March 13, 2008

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Lee Charles Bell Sr.

BATON ROUGE — Lee Charles Bell Sr. died Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Baton Rouge. He was 70.

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Mr. Bell was born in Gurley, La., and lived in Baton Rouge, where he was a self-employed plumber.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Bell and Minnie Lee White Bell; nine brothers; and three sisters.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Mary Ruth Bell; six children, Mary Lee Corners, Angela Inez Bell, Lee Charles Bell Jr., Joyce Dean Bell, Naomi Jean Bell and Sandra Kay Mayfield, all of Vicksburg; one brother, Wilbert Bell of Jackson, La.; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Services were Saturday in Baton Rouge. Burial followed in Gurley under the direction of Richardson Funeral Home of Clinton, La.

Mattee Cooper

ANGUILLA — Mattee Cooper died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was 71.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by four sons, Albert Cooper of Louise, Jerry Cooper of Rolling Fork and Larry Cooper and Carl Cooper, both of Anguilla; three daughters, Brenda Martin of Carlsbad, Calif., and Rose Denise Cooper and Evelyn Faye Cooper, both of Anguilla; two brothers, Leon Cooper of Anguilla and Clem Cooper of Rolling Fork; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including Georgia Jenkins, Linda Brewster and James McDaniel.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian Light M.B. Church in Anguilla with Pastor R.C. Addison officiating. Burial will follow at Cynthia Diana Cemetery in Anguilla. Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at Walker Funeral Home.

Vernon Vincent Maxwell Jr.

On March 9, 2008, the spirit of Vernon Vincent Maxwell Jr. quietly slipped away at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

Born on June 6, 1963, in Vicksburg, Vernon was the eldest son of Mrs. Emma Maxwell and the late Mr. Vernon Vincent Maxwell Sr.

He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vicksburg, where he served faithfully as an altar server.

While he was in high school, he worked in the Soil Technologies at the Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. He was also an employee of General Motors, Advanced Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts, all of Jackson. He was employed at Hunter Engineers in Raymond as a quality engineer.

He completed his elementary and high school education in the Catholic schools in Vicksburg. He also received his bachelor of science degree in industrial technology at Jackson State University in Jackson.

Vernon leaves to cherish his exciting life a loving and caring wife, Rita G. Maxwell of Jackson; an amazing son, Vernon Vincent Maxwell III of Jackson; his beloved mother, Emma Maxwell of Vicksburg; his much-loved mother-in-law, Delores Griffin, and father-in-law, Charlie Griffin of Vicksburg; two sisters whom he cherished dearly, Carol Maxwell of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Janice Maxwell of Woodstock, Ga.; two uncles, Louis Gooden and Dwight Maxwell of Virginia; two aunts, Lisa Edwards of Vicksburg and Jasmine Waters of California; nieces, Rian Maxwell of Stone Mountain and Jordan and Janee Lomax, both of Woodstock; and a host of cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles, and other relatives and friends, including the Griffin, Grant, Lomax, Gooden, Bosley, Brown, Davis, Copeland, Jones, Murphy and Warren families.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Andre Maxwell; one uncle, Percy Gooden; one aunt, Annie Marie Grant; and grandparents, Maxine Bunch and Sammy Gooden;

Visitation will be Friday, March 14, from 2 until 6 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home. A recitation of the Rosary will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Jessing officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Vernon Vincent Maxwell III educational fund at any Trustmark Bank location.

Linda Diane Adams Smith

Linda Diane Adams Smith died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Hospice in His Hands in Philadelphia, Miss. She was 66.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Mayersville and a former Vicksburg resident. She had lived in Philadelphia since 1993. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by three daughters, Debbie Harris of Philadelphia, Sarah Thomas of Atlanta and Georgia Barnes of Norfolk, Va.; one sister, Susan Adams of Greenville; one brother, Billy Adams of National City, Calif.; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Green Acres Memorial Park with the Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight and at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Hugh Acuff, Wayne Acuff, Randall Barnes, J.W. Harris, Wayne Harris and Edward Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Barnes, Jonathan Swayze, Mark Eric Harris Jr., Alicia Harris, D’andre Thomas, Ian Dennis Thomas and Thomas Jay Warren.

Doris Brown Tyner

EDMOND, Okla. — Doris Brown Tyner died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Copper Lake Estates in Edmond, Okla. She was 79.

A native of Mendenhall, Miss., Tyner served as postmaster for 38 years in Port Gibson before moving to Vicksburg in 1993. She had been a resident of Edmond since 1996.

She is survived by one son, Billy Earl Wilson of Edmond; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson with the Rev. David Harrison officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home of Port Gibson.