February 8, 2008
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 8, 2008
The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries in news form for area residents, their family members and for former residents at no charge. Families wishing to publish additional information or to use specific wording have the option of a paid obituary.
Terrell Brent BankesterTerrell Brent Bankester died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at his residence. He was 48.
Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., he was a former resident of Jackson and had lived in Vicksburg for the past eight years. He was a graduate of McCluer Academy in Jackson and Millsaps College.
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Mr. Bankester did graduate work at York University in England. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Jackson.
He is survived by his parents, the Rev. Hancell and Lois Johnson Bankester of Vicksburg; two sisters, Brenda Donald and Carleen Singletary, both of Madison; and other relatives.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with Frances Gilmore officiating.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the service.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 820763, Vicksburg, MS 39182.
Bertha Lee BrownUTICA — Services for Bertha Lee Brown will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Union M.B. Church in Utica with the Rev. Michael Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Second Union Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Brown died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at her home in Utica. She was 73.
A native of Warren County, Mrs. Brown was a homemaker. She was a member of Second Union M.B. Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isiah Brown; two brothers, Johnny Davis and Tommy Davis; her father, Columbus Davis; and her mother, Elbetha Davis Henderson.
Survivors include a son, Nicholas Brown of Chicago; a daughter, Shirley Brown Thomas of Chicago; one brother, Charles Davis of Starkville; and two grandchildren.
Ulysses C. HardyUlysses C. Hardy died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kan. He was 49.
Mr. Hardy was of the Baptist faith. He was formerly employed with Sheffield Rental of Vicksburg and Allied Moving Co. of Olathe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Hardy and Ikie Lee Scott Hardy; and a son, Ulysses C. Shelley.
Survivors include two brothers, James Jefferson and Walter Lee Hardy, both of Vicksburg; five sisters, Joyce Ann Smith, Lee Esther Hardy, Linda Fay Hardy, Debora Ann Hardy and Lisa Hardy, all of Vicksburg; three sons, Jeffery Shelley, Terrence Shelley and Shannon Shelley, all of Vicksburg; and two daughters, LaTonya Shelley and Kenyatta Foster, both of Vicksburg.
Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.
Beatrice V. JonesServices for Beatrice V. “Ma Bea” Jones will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with Blake Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Jones died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at River Region Medical Center. She was 92.
A homemaker, Mrs. Jones was born in Bovina. She was a member of the Worldwide Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Cook and Albert Jones; a son, Lacey Jones; one sister, Hattie Jackson; two brothers, A.C. Jackson and R.D. Jackson; and her parents, Monroe Jackson and Edna Walker White.
She is survived by a son, James Cook Sr. of Vicksburg; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Edna Green, Abraham Green and her caregiver, Sylvia King.
Martha Cooper MorrisonMartha Cooper “Twick” Morrison died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008.
Mrs. Morrison was born in Turner’s Station, Ky. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with a bachelor of arts degree and was later awarded the degree Honorary Doctor of Humanities. She received a master of arts degree in English from the University of Mississippi.
Mrs. Morrison, a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, was active in United Methodist Church work for 50 years on local, regional and national levels, serving in numerous leadership and teaching capacities at each level. Included, among many others, were serving as vice president of the Women’s Division, the policy-making board for one million United Methodist women; as a director of the General Board of Global Ministries, which administered the mission work of the United Methodist Church in more than 90 countries; and as Conference Lay Leader of the Mississippi Conference, coordinating the work of the laity across the state.
Mrs. Morrison participated in mission trips in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin.
She was a founding member of the Good Shepherd Community Center in Vicksburg and was recently named a recipient of the Livesay Service Award by Millsaps College.
Mrs. Morrison was predeceased by her parents, the Rev. Paul B. and Ann Kimbrough Cooper; and her brother, Paul B. Cooper Sr.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert R. Morrison Jr.; her two sons and their wives, Paul Cooper and Frances Rone Morrison of Jackson and Robert R. III and Corin Coleman Morrison of Vicksburg; and seven grandchildren, Caroline Barry Morrison, Paul Cooper Morrison Jr,, Lee Rone Morrison, Helen Elizabeth Morrison, Erin Elizabeth Morrison, James Russell Morrison and Robert Coleman Morrison.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crawford Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Geoffrey Joyner, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight and from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service in Wesley Hall at Crawford Street United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Wade West, Briggs Hopson, Hugh Green, Russ Loflin, Bobby Fleming, John Boa, Joel Horton and Tommy Shelton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Betty Bexley, Joyce McPherson, Marjorie Neumann, Peggy Allen, Martha Ann Klaus, Lucy Jones, Martha West, Ridgely Bayley, Jerry Mahloch, Lauren Posey, Mary Kathryn Mann, Louise Hudson, George Edna Sherman, Ilma Williams, Carol Leggett, Beverly Rhymes, Dr. Hendrik Kuiper, Dr. Susan Chiarito, Bobby Bailess, Ed Jackson and the United Methodist Women and Shepherds.
Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford St., Vicksburg, MS 39180, or Good Shepherd Community Center, 629 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.
Matthew ParkerMatthew Parker, infant son of Matthew Nash and Felicia M. Parker of Vicksburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at River Region Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Maggie Nash.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Reginald Sims and Jarquise Parker, both of Vicksburg; his maternal grandparents, Flora Mae Parker and Walter Crumb, both of Vicksburg; and his paternal grandfather, Eddie Lee Hicks of Dallas.
W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Richard Louis TheobaldRichard Louis “Ricky” Theobald died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at his residence. He was 54.
Born in Vicksburg, he was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School Class of 1971, where he was active in the sports programs of the school.
Mr. Theobald received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Mississippi. After graduation, he entered the insurance business with his father and later opened his business with the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
Mr. Theobald was a member of the Vicksburg Association of Life Underwriters and a Certified Financial Planner, Series 6 and 7. He was active in civic and professional associations, including serving as president of the Vicksburg Life Underwriters Association. He coached with the Vicksburg City Leagues and the YMCA. He was an avid hunter and sportsman, sharing his love for the outdoors with his sons and their friends. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis R. Theobald Jr.; and a brother, John Theobald.
He leaves his wife, Margaret “Missy” Cronia Theobald of Vicksburg; three sons, twins John Theobald and Beau Theobald of Vicksburg and Joe Theobald of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Maisie Ingram of Starkville; his mother, Marion “Fronia” Theobald of Vicksburg; three sisters, Dette Vedros and her husband, Steve, and Carol Mims and her husband, Peter, all of Vicksburg, and Rosie Barrett of Apex, N.C.; two brothers, Andrew Theobald and his wife, Donna, of Eagle Lake and Louie Theobald of Vicksburg; and other relatives and many friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father P.J. Curley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Wade Evans, Ricky Johnson, Bobby Amborn, Tony Kolb, Joe Neely and Pete Stone.
Honorary pallbearers will be Peter Mims, Ricky Mitchell, Joey Mitchell, Richard Waring, James Marble, Bob Houser, George Nasif, Don Jackson, Graham Allen, Dottie Smith and Lawrence “Bubba” Hennessey.
Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183 or to a favorite charity.
James WilliamsServices for James Williams will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Bernard officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Byas Funeral Home in Greenville.
Visitation will be from 3 until 4 today at Dillon-Chisley.
Mr. Williams died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at River Region Medical Center. He was 84.
Mr. Williams is survived by a daughter, Evelyn Jackson of Vicksburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Johnnie Woods Jr.Services for Johnnie Woods Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with Elder Larry Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Woods died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at River Region Medical Center. He was 54.
He was born in Vicksburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Savage Woods; and his father, Johnnie Woods Sr.
He is survived by two sons, Gerald Woods Sr. and Jonathan Woods, both of Vicksburg; one daughter, Esther Vaughn of Vicksburg; his mother, Ella Lee Woods of Vicksburg; three brothers, Ira Woods, Matthew Woods and Eddie Brent Sr., all of Vicksburg; four sisters, Ardella Wardley, Terrizena Woods, Elsie McGowan and Jacqueline Woods Swartz, all of Vicksburg; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.