July 18, 2008

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 18, 2008

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Richard Hicks Sr.

PORT GIBSON – Richard Hicks Sr. died Monday, July 7, 2008, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Lancaster, Texas. He was 95.

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Mr. Hicks was born in Claiborne County to Jeff Hicks and Willie Jay Bland. He had worked as a logger and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Jackson Hicks; one son, Joe Louis Hicks; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include five sons, Eddie Lee Hicks and Willie J. Hicks, both of Dallas, Texas, Matthew Flowers of Arizona, Richard Hicks Jr. of Chicago and John H. Hicks; five daughters, Betty Barnes and Vera Mae Liggins, both of Port Gibson, and Louise Benit, Shirley A. Hicks and Jacqueline Miller, all of Dallas; 45 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rollins Funeral Home in Port Gibson with the Rev. Eddie Walls officiating. Burial will follow at Thompson Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Benit, Maurice Andrews, Alonzo Hicks, Percy Williams, Jerry Goldsberry and Tyrone Goldsberry.

Winnie Pearl Scott Rounds

Services for Winnie Pearl Scott Rounds will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Travelers M.B. Church with the Rev. James Edward Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rounds died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at River Region Medical Center. She was 56.

Mrs. Rounds was a native of Jefferson County. She was a former employee of Ameristar Casino’s transportation department. She was a member of Greater Mount Olive M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Sr. and Sarah Cotton Scott; two brothers, Eddie Scott Jr. and Phillip Scott Sr.; and two sisters, Madora Richmond and Dorothy Slaughter.

Survivors include one daughter, Claudia R. Scott of Vicksburg; four brothers, Richard Scott Sr. and Jordan Smith Jr., both of Vicksburg, Robert Scott Sr. of Fayette and Jessie Gray of Chicago; one sister, Patricia Cole of Vicksburg; one granddaughter; and nieces, nephews and members of the Turner, Moore, Smith, Henderson, Brown, Rounds and Clark families.

Edgar Lamar Tate Jr.

Edgar Lamar Tate Jr. grew up in Picayune, Miss., and, at age 13, moved to Raleigh, Miss., where he graduated from Raleigh High School. He excelled at all sports, going on to play semi-pro baseball in his late teens and early 20s. Upon graduating from Mississippi State University, he owned a Gulf jobber ship for several years, going on to serve as an environmental engineer until he retired. He married Susan Hemby, a native of Vicksburg, and was married to the love of his life for more than 38 years.

Lamar was a loving family man who devoted most of his time not only to his wife, daughters and grandson, but also to his church and church family. He was a devoted member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, where he spent countless hours working with the UMYF youth group, SOS (Services Over Self) program and Agape Sunday school class.

Lamar enjoyed fishing excursions with friends, reading and travel. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you honor Lamar with donations to Crawford Street United Methodist Church and/or the SOS program.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Hemby Tate of Vicksburg; two daughters, Natale Tate Averett of Brandon and Lauren Tate Gall and husband William Steve of Miramar Beach, Fla.; a sister, Arlene Tate Cox and husband John of Minneola, Fla.; and a grandson, Daniel Tate Averett of Brandon.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, pastor officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the hour of the service.

Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.