July -13, 2008

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Sarenthia “Winkie” Channell

Sarenthia “Winkie” Channell died Friday, July 11, 2008, at her home. She was 58.

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Born in Canton, Mrs. Channell had been a resident of Vicksburg most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Johnny Manuel Williams and Juanita Jane Wiltcher Williams. For a number of years, she was a hairdresser and was later employed as a deputy sheriff with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. Mrs. Channell was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Kenny Channell of Vicksburg; two daughters, Buffie Findley of Vicksburg and Crystal Mann of Brownwood, Texas; one granddaughter, Kirsten Mann of Brownwood; two grandsons, Brenden Galey and Tristin Galey, both of Vicksburg; and one brother, Glyn Trigg of Clinton.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Curtis, pastor of Warrenton Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at noon Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until the service Monday.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Phillips, Billy Heggins, Dale McDuff, Doug McMichael, Billy Ray Channell and Hank Hodges.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Barrett and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Center of Vicksburg, 2378 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.

Annie Mildred Cotton Fancher

ATMORE, Ala. – Annie Mildred Cotton Fancher died Friday, July 11, 2008, at her home. She was 87.

Mrs. Atmore was a retired teacher with the Escambia County, Fla., board of education and was born in Vicksburg on Oct. 14, 1920, to the late Edward Beaugard and Juliana Foster Cotton.

She was preceded in death by a son, Edward Turner Fancher.

She is survived by her husband, Sterling Fancher of Atmore; one son, William Turner “Bill” Fancher of Daphne, Ala.; one daughter, Julianna Hardy of Atmore; one brother, Dwain Cotton of Vicksburg; and five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel in Atmore with the Revs. Arnold Hendrix and Don Haskell Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Clyde Wilson Posey Sr.

Clyde Wilson Posey Sr. died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Heritage House Retirement Center. He was 81.

Born Nov. 1, 1926, in Philadelphia, Miss., Mr. Posey was the youngest of seven children of Leonard and Lucy Posey.

He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served for two years while stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss; Tyler, Texas; Fort Meade, Md.; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon discharge from the Army, he attended barber school at Hinds Junior College and later owned and operated Posey’s Barber Shop in Vicksburg, retiring in 2001 after 50 years of being a barber. He was a longtime member of Bowmar Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Elizabeth Posey and Gwen Hopper Posey; four brothers, Jay Posey, Ross Posey, Bill Posey and Jimmie Posey; and two sisters, Eva Beckham and Hazel Bounds.

Survivors include his son, Clyde W. Posey Jr. of Vicksburg; his daughter, Beth Clark and her husband, Mark, of Ridgeland; his stepchildren, Dr. George Hopper and his wife, Missy, of Starkville, Mary Helen Malone and her husband, Eddie, of Terry, and David Hopper and his wife, Colleen, of Longview, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry White of Bowmar Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Clark, Earl Edris, Milton Jones, Tommy Lee, Jerry Lynch and William Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dorothy Edwards, Gwen Edris, Kathy Jones, Billy Posey, James H. Posey and members of the men’s Adult V Sunday school class at Bowmar Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Bowmar Baptist Church Building Fund, 1825 U.S. 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Russell Albert Shirk

Russell Albert Shirk died Friday, July 11, 2008, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. He was 93.

Born in Upham, N.D., Mr. Shirk was reared in Springfield, Ohio, and had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1958. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a retired cabinet maker for Magnolia Mobile Homes. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Mr. Shirk was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Jones Shirk; his parents, Albert H. and Pearl O’Dell Shirk; two brothers, Gordon Shirk and Raymond Shirk; and two sisters, Ethel England and Dorothy Lewis.

Survivors include two sons, Calvin R. Shrink of Dayton, Texas, and Earnie H. Shirk of Vicksburg; two daughters, Glenna S. Gammon of Baton Rouge, and Diane S. McCaskill of Vicksburg; one sister, Helen S. Bostick of Springfield, Ohio; and six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will be at McBride Cemetery in Jefferson County. Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.