March 20, 2008

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Mary Jane Dixon

CARY — Mary Jane Dixon died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was 56.

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Mrs. Dixon was a resident of Cary.

She is survived by three sons, Jerry Dixon III of Atlanta, Noria A. Dixon of Monroe and Jason M. Dixon of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four daughters, Diana Dixon of Brandon and Aima J. McGee, Christine Q. Dixon and Martha M. Dixon, all of Cary; two brothers, Floyd Norton of Atlanta and Floyd Marshall of Los Angeles; three sisters, Mary Ann Gardner of Brookhaven, Teretha Brown of Atlanta and Betty Lee of Pomona, Calif.; and 14 grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope M.B. Church in Blanton with Pastor Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Cary Community Cemetery. A wake service will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at Walker Funeral Home in Rolling Fork.

Edward Edeburn Erb Sr.

Mr. Edward Edeburn Erb Sr. died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, surrounded by his family at his home in Vicksburg. He was 83.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hayword Cemetery in West Middlesex, Pa. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Glenwood.

Born Jan. 11, 1925, in West Middlesex, he was the eldest child of the late Maynord Locke Erb and Sara Jane Erb.

Graduating from West Middlesex High School, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant and flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. After briefly attending Allegheny College, he joined Westinghouse in Sharon, Pa., where he began a career in the lighting industry that spanned 47 years and took him and his family to Cleveland, Ohio; Vicksburg in 1966; Stow, Ohio; and, finally, back to Vicksburg in 1975. He officially retired from Cooper Lighting in 1992, but worked as a consultant until 2002.

In West Middlesex, he was involved in various civic and church activities. In Vicksburg, he was a member of Porters Chapel United Methodist Church and the PCUMC Men’s Club.

Mr. Erb was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Nina Jane; his stepmother, Dorothy Erb (McKnight); and his sister, Martha J. Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bernice M. Erb; his son, Edward E. Erb Jr. and wife Kathy of Afton, Va.; his daughter, Sandra E. Evans and husband Arthur of Vicksburg; his grandchildren, Edward E. Erb III, Carrie Ann Igondjo (Erb), Melissa L. Stockton (Birdsong) and Robert D. Birdsong; great-grandchildren, Anique Kathleen Igondjo and Indigo Valo Stockton; brothers, John, Jim and David; and sisters, Helen Richardson, Mary Stafford, Sara May Miller, Esther Sanderbeck and Julie Moore.

Memorials may be made to Porters Chapel United Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Ruby Ross Hackler

Mrs. Ruby Ross Hackler, age 77, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home with Dr. John G. McCall officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight.

Mrs. Hackler was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and of the Business Woman’s Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes and Willie Ross; her sisters, Beulah Duke, Lucille Brantley and Bell Ashley; and her brothers, Bill Ross, Harper Ross and Roy Ross.

Mrs. Hackler is survived by her husband, Billy Ray Hackler of Vicksburg; her daughter, Lori H. Simrall of Vicksburg; her sisters, Gladys Bass of Brandon, Olive Vincent of Irving, Texas, and Barbara Nell Apoka of Laughton, Okla.; and her grandchildren, Kristen Danielle Pecanty, Mandy Pecanty and Kris Pecanty.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Pierce IV, Dr. Daniel Edney, Tom Lee, Karsten Simrall and Kris Pecanty.

Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Vincent, Dexter Ross and nephews of Mrs. Hackler.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, GA 30384-9410 or to the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, 800 Avery Blvd., Ste 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157.