October 5, 2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 5, 2007

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Trellis William Green

Trellis William Green died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at River Region Medical Center. He was 93.

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Born in Robinhood, Miss., he was the son of Charles Hubert Green and Katie Peavy Green.

Mr. Green was a longtime resident of Vicksburg and was a member of Bowmar Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon. He retired in 1974 from the Mississippi National Guard and the Army after 45 years of service. He was a veteran of Company B 106th Combat Engineers of the 31st Infantry Dixie Division, having served in the Pacific and in Korea.

He is survived by three sons, Trellis G. Green of Hattiesburg, John B. Murray of Kingwood, Texas, and Don O. Murray of Shreveport, La.; one brother, Rudolph Green of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry White, pastor of Bowmar Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.

Joe Nathan Howard Sr.

Services for Joe Nathan Howard Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Antione Eakins officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Howard died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at River Region Medical Center. He was 54.

Mr. Howard was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Ella Whitfield; his father, Daniel “Bob” Clark; his mother and stepfather, Rachel Whitfield Carter and Willie Carter Sr.; and a stepbrother, Ronnie Houston.

Survivors include his wife, Louise James Howard; two sons, Joe Nathan Howard Jr. of Detroit and Marc Elliott Howard of Southfield, Mich.; one daughter, Stacy Dionne Howard of Southfield; five brothers, Robel Howard and Shelby Howard, both of New Orleans, Claude Whitfield of Baton Rouge, Willie Carter Jr. of Southfield and Floyd Howard of Detroit; two sisters, Ethel Carter Carson and Willie Jean Jenkins, both of Vicksburg; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Raymond V. Ray

Raymond V. Ray died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at his home. He was 86.

Mr. Ray was born in Evansville, Ind., and attended Mississippi State University in 1939 on a football scholarship. His team won the 1941 SEC Championship and participated in the Orange Bowl.

A veteran of the Army, he was based in Italy in World War II, serving in the Air Corps. He remained in the Mississippi National Guard until 1970. He was a member of the VFW for 62 years and was a member of the MSU Bulldog Club.

He moved to Vicksburg in 1947 to work as a coach for Carr Central High School. He was a salesman for Lincoln National Life before serving as a State Farm agent for 34 years. He also assisted the St. Aloysius football team and worked as a referee for high school and junior college games. He was a youth counselor for Warren County for a number of years and served as chairman for the Heart Fund of Warren County and as polio chairman in the 1950s.

Mr. Ray served 20 years as a member and chairman of the Warren County Bridge Commission and was a member of the Army-Navy Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder and member of the Men’s Sunday school class.

He is survived by his wife, Mary R. Ray; three daughters, Linda Ray Sprenkle of Concord, N.C., Dina Alford Carlisle of Mountain Home, Ark., and Ada Ray Lauderdale of Vicksburg; a brother, Roy R. Ray of DeLand, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tim Erskine officiating.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Moore Wilbert

HERMANVILLE — Rebecca Moore Wilbert died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at her home in Hermanville. She was 92.

Mrs. Wilbert was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezekial and Anna Ferguson Moore; her husband, Robert Wilbert; and a grandson, Ulyos Tolliver Jr.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Windmon of Hermanville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.