June 6, 2008

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 6, 2008

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Clara Harvell

PORT GIBSON – Clara Harvell died Saturday, May 31, 2008, at River Region Medical Center. She was 60.

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Mrs. Harvell received a bachelor of science degree from Alcorn State University and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she taught in the Cook County School District for 30 years.

She returned to Port Gibson after retiring and was a member of St. Peter M.B. Church in Pattison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Harvell; her father, Jimmie Burrell; her mother, Myrtle Hulbert; her stepmother, Lula Mae Burrell; one brother, Jimmie Burrell Jr.; and one sister, Yvonne Burrell.

She is survived by four brothers, Keith Burrell and Melvin Burrell, both of Hermanville, Donald Burrell of Chicago and Billy Burrell of Port Gibson; nine sisters, Lillie Burrell-Palm, Hazel Anderson, Margie Burrell and Shirlene Thompson, all of Port Gibson, Renetta Barnes, Elisa Burrell and Debra Burrell, all of Hermanville, Rosie Knox-Davis of Vicksburg and Mary Burrell Iroanya of Austin, Texas; and friends and other relatives, including Eboni Queen and Rodney Burrell, both of Port Gibson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greater St. Mark M.B. Church in Port Gibson with the Revs. Troy Smith and Barry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at the Burrell Family Cemetery in Hermanville. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 today at Thompson Funeral Home in Port Gibson and Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. until the service.

Annie Farrar Steed

ANGUILLA – Annie Farrar Steed died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Delta Regional Hospital in Greenville. She was 95.

Mrs. Steed was a resident of Anguilla.

Survivors include a son, Earnest Steed of Rolling Fork; six daughters, Earnestine Steed of Chicago, Lorraine Steed of Gardenia, Calif., Annie Sisney, Geraldine Steed, Nadean Evans, and Shirley Alford all of Anguilla; and 33 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Light M.B. Church of Anguilla with the Revs. T.D. Wicks and H.C. Hagler officiating. Burial will follow at Vicks Cemetery in Anguilla.

A wake will be from 5 until 6 Monday evening at Walker Funeral Home in Rolling Fork.

Rev. R.F. Vernon

Services for the Rev. R.F. Vernon will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert L. Miller Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

The Rev. Vernon died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. He was 97.

He was born in Warren County. He was a retired minister, having pastored at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Mount Zion M.B. Church in Port Gibson and Old Pleasant Hill M.B. Church in Claiborne County.

He was a member of Stringer Lodge No. 1 F&AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard F. Sr. and Anna Bell Randolph Vernon.

Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Maggie Vernon of Memphis; two sons, Tommy Vernon and Richard Thomas Vernon, both of Dallas, Texas; and three daughters, Josie Clark and Marilyn Vernon Sawyer, both of Memphis, and Helen McCullum of Dallas.