Jessie Colin Patrick
Jessie Colin Patrick, 59, a retiree with the Department of Transportation, died March 27 at Lackey Hospital in Forest.
Graveside services were March 30 at Antioch Cemetery in Forest. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Forest handled arrangements.
Mr. Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Brooks and Grace Patrick; brother, Herbert Patrick; and niece, Sandra Diffenderfer.
Survivors are wife, Carolyn Jones Patrick; daughter, Teresa Harrell of Forest; two grandchildren; brothers, Houston Patrick of Martin, Tenn., James E. Patrick of Forest and Hyram L. Patrick of Jackson; and sisters, Nell Diffenderfer of Clinton, Mary McDonald of Meridian and Merle Skinner of Union.
Zip Oliver, 84, died April 2 at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Services were April 5 at Lakewood Funeral Home with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Oliver was born and raised in Kilmichael. He is the son of the late Cecil Oliver and Lucy Brown Hovas.
Mr. Oliver was a retired line foreman with MP&L. He served our country in World War II while enlisted in the US Navy. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to do wood work. He is described as being a man of many talents.
Preceding him in death is his oldest son, Michael Oliver.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Virgie Oliver of Clinton; sons, Cecil Oliver and Donald Oliver, both of Clinton; daughters, Lynn Martz of Raymond, Carolyn Pardue of Jackson, Kathy Oliver of Edwards and Marian Pardue of Clinton; brother, Ralph Oliver of California; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, No. 1, Jackson, Miss. 39216.
Johnnie Easley, 81, died April 3 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Services were April 5 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Easley was a native of Frost, La., and a longtime resident of Jackson. She was chief financial officer of Easley and Easley Millwork.
Mrs. Easley was a faithful member of Alta Woods Baptist Church.
Mrs. Easley was preceded in death by her husband, Downie E. Easley, in 2002.
Survivors include her son, Bill Easley of Clinton; grandson, Corey Easley of Clinton and granddaughter, Melissa Easley of Clinton.
Memorials may be made to Alta Woods Baptist Church, 169 Colonial Drive, Jackson, Miss. 39204.
Donna Ann Salvant Finch, 44, died April 3 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Services were April 6 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland.
Donna was born March 30, 1961, in Gulfport to Dorothy Head Salvant and Maurice Clayton Salvant.
She grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School. Donna then received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Belhaven College and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing.
She frequently said that her life began when she married her husband, Rob, in 1982. Donna loved being outside with her family, doing anything from camping to playing with their dogs and horses. She was an avid gardener and delighted in sharing her many beautiful plants with everyone.
She also enjoyed decorating and making holidays special for her family. Donna could make any house feel like a home and enjoyed helping others in this way. Her appreciation for antiques and finding "hidden treasures" led her to purchase Canton Square Antiques in Canton over three years ago.
Donna is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Stanley Finch; sons, Robert Alexander "Alex" Finch and James "Jamie" Michael Finch. Other survivors include her parents, Dorothy Salvant of Clinton and Clay Salvant of Flora; sister, Debbie King of Madison; brother, Bill Salvant of Mandeville, La.; mother-in-law, Sally Finch of Brandon; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jennifer and Scott Canada of Brandon and Amy and Randy Sims of New Braunsfel, Texas.; three nieces and six nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was loved dearly and will be deeply missed by all those her precious life touched.
Donna was able to save the lives of others by becoming an organ and tissue donor at the time of her death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency,12 River Bend Place, Jackson, Miss. 39232; the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Blair E Batson Hospital for Children, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, Miss. 39216; or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, Miss. 39236.
The family would like to express special appreciation to the treatment teams in the Neuroscience Intensive Care and Emergency Department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
John Shirley, 66, went to be with the Lord April 4 from his residence in Clinton.
Chapel services were April 6 at Lakewood Funeral Home chapel with interment in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Shirley was born in Jackson in 1938, his parents are the late John Shirley and Alberta Hollingsworth Shirley. Mr. Shirley was a graduate of Forest Hill High School where he was a star basketball player and won the All-State Champion Free Throw. He also graduate from Hinds Community College.
Mr. Shirley served our country in the Air National Guard and was a retired captain with the Jackson Fire Department. He later worked with the Pony Express and Total Transportation driving 18 wheelers. Mrs. Shirley enjoyed traveling with him on his trips where they were able to see and visit different parts of the country. He also drove school buses for the Clinton School District, he loved children, and his job driving the children.
Mr. Shirley was an outdoors person, he liked water skiing and fishing. When his two boys were small, they went on many fishing trips together. He and his wife Edwina also enjoyed square dancing. Mrs. Shirley said her husband was a sweet, humble person, to know him was to love him. He was a kind and unselfish always putting his family before himself. He loved Christmas and all the holidays, whenever he could be with his family that he loved so much.
He loved the Lord with all his heart and his church family. He was a pillar of his church, the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church, serving his Lord as a longtime deacon. He always said the sweetest and most humble prayers and loved gospel music. He was devoted to the Lord, his wife, children and many friends.
He was preceded him in death by a son, John "Jay Bird" Shirley, who passed away only a year ago.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Edwina Smith Shirley; son, Randy Shirley, both of Clinton; three sisters, Lois Lewis of Clinton, Ruth Dungan of Pinehurst, N.C., and Betty Hall of Huntsville, Ala.; and many more relatives and a host of friends. He now joins his son who preceded him in death, John "Jay Bird" Shirley that passed away only a year ago.
The family would like donations to be made to the American Cancer Society.
Frances C. Anderson
Frances Creekmore "Creekmama" Anderson, 78, a retiree from the State Tax Commission, died at home April 7.
Services were April 11 at Wright and Ferguson with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Anderson was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Kemper County to Thomas Watson Puckett Sr. and Maud Irene Puckett.
She was widowed to Donald Clark Creekmore and later preceded in death by her second husband, George W. Anderson.
She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and later Daniel Memorial Baptist Church. She loved the Lord with all her heart and will be missed by all who knew her. Everyone loved Creekmama, but she loved us "most."
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Mize and husband James of DeKalb, Dorma Thompson and husband Jerry of Marion, Vickie Reinninger and husband Bennie of Walker, La., and Pat Greenberg of Irvine, Calif.; sons, Jeff Creekmore and wife Janis of Brandon, David Creekmore and wife Anna of Florence, Mike Anderson and wife Pam of Jackson, and Frank Anderson and wife Vanessa of Meridian; sisters, Margaret Brown of Louisville and Elizabeth Nelson of DeKalb; brothers, T. W. Puckett Jr. of Porterville, William L. Puckett of Clinton, and the late Johnny W. Puckett of Porterville; 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International or a favorite charity.
J. C. Hood, 80, died April 4 at the Central Mississippi Medical Center.
Funeral services were held April 7 from the Clinton chapel of Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home. Interment followed the service in Lakewood Cemetery.
Born in Yazoo County, Mr. Hood had lived in Clinton for many years. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Clinton, and for 43 years he owned and operated Hood's Texaco Service Station in Clinton. He was a medic with the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie Hood, in 1967.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Hearst Hood; two daughters, Rhonda Ann Hood Stewart and husband David and Leslie Ann Hood; two sisters, Stella Calhoun of Vicksburg and Marie Cargil of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Emaline F. Wilkinson
Emaline Fulton Hupp Bullard Wilkinson, 33, died April 5 at River Region Medical Center.
Services were April 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Ward Hall. The Rev. Steve Bryant officiated. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wilkinson was born in Vicksburg. She was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and attended Millsaps College. Mrs. Wilkinson graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in southern studies. Mrs. Wilkinson was active in numerous professional and civic organizations. She had served as director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau since April 12, 2004.
She was the founding director of tourism in Yazoo City, where she established the Tourism Board prior to joining the Corinth Tourism Bureau as director where she served for 7 1/2 years. She served as president and vice president of the Mississippi Tourism Association and on the board of the Mississippi Restaurant Association.
Mrs. Wilkinson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Chancellor Nathaniel W. "Nat" Bullard.
She is survived by: husband, Odis Wilkinson of Vicksburg; two sons, John Henley Wells Wilkinson and Christopher Harris Bullard Wilkinson, both of Vicksburg; mother, Betty Dial Williams Bullard of Vicksburg; five sisters, Betty B. Quantz of Oxford, Ohio, Ann B. Gee of St. Joseph, La., Ettie B. Jones of Midland, Texas, Allison B. Durst of Vicksburg and Sally Bullard of Clinton; two brothers, John Williams Bullard of Vicksburg and Archibald Webb Bullard of Corinth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to: Susan G. Coleman Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 224523, Dallas, Texas 75222 (www.komen.org); or Jacobs Ladder Learning Center, 1017 Harrison St., Vicksburg, Miss. 39180.
Alice Jabour Abraham
Alice Jabour Abraham, 90, died April 5 at her residence.
Funeral services were April 8 at St. George Orthodox Church with The Very Rev. Father John Morris officiating. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home of Vicksburg handled arrangements.
Mrs. Abraham was born in Vicksburg on April 10, 1914, to the late John and Helen Jabour. She was a graduate of Carr Central High School. She was married on June 10, 1937 to Edward John Abraham, who preceded her in death. Together they owned and operated Dixie Dress Shop on Washington Street until his death in 1977.
Mrs. Abraham was a kind and compassionate person endearing herself to all who knew her. She loved being around people and engaging in conversation. Her family was her passion and she instilled in them values of life that are reflected in them today.
Mrs. Abraham's second love was entertaining and food preparation. Hosting tea parties was a favorite. She was a master in the art of Lebanese cuisine. Her Thanksgiving dressing was legendary.
As a member of St. George Orthodox Church, she was active in the Women of St. George and the Cedar's Ladies Club. She was a supporter of the public schools of Vicksburg as a member of the PTA and organized fund raising projects. The YMCA honored her, her husband and family as "Family of the Year" on several occasions.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Adele Jabour Joseph, Mary Jabour Louis and Josephine Jabour.
Mrs. Abraham is survived by five children, Robert E. Abraham and wife Debbie of Clinton, Eleanor A. Durst and husband Joe and Carla A. Leese and husband David, all of Vicksburg; Gail A. Lee and husband Tommy of Forest and Lynn A. Middleton and husband Scott of Oxford; nine grandchildren, Delia Durst Simpson and husband Sherman, David Durst and wife Allison, and Alice Tiffany Leese Luke and husband Scott, all of Vicksburg; Dana Durst Pittman and husband Ben of Raymond, Jon Dray Lee of Forest, Marlene Alice Middleton of Oxford, J. J. Abraham and wife Christa, Greg Abraham and wife Jeannie, all of California; and Lisa Abraham Dunkin and husband Wade of Oklahoma; four great-grandchildren, Lee Simpson and Sean Simpson of Vicksburg, and Hailey Grace Pittman and Emily Claire Pittman of Raymond; one sister, Amelia Jabour Clarke of Ridgeland; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is forever grateful for the compassionate care given by her caregivers, Jonell Bobo, Joann Burns, Paulette Darden, Katie Mott, Donna Elzie, Nadine Rozier, Nell Gill, and the employees of Patient's Choice Hospice, Charlotte Miller, Nancy Butler, Whitney Doiron, Toni Dickerson, Lori May, Cecilla Cobb, Rosemary Stamps, Audrea Freeman, Monique Hamlin and Denise Jackson.
Active pallbearers were David Durst, Victor Cain, Jon Dray Lee, Johnny Louis, J. J. Abraham, Fred Joseph Jr., Gregg Abraham and Mark Davis Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Howard Fountain, Dr. Daniel Edney, Gene Underwood, Ellis Karry, Ben Shaw, Bobby Thomas, Dr. Kurt Schrock, Matthew Martin, George Nasif, Ellis Rantisi, Mike Baroudy, Roy Noble, Lee Jr., Scott Luke, Grady Leese, Charles Hadad, Wayne Thornton, Dr. John Paul Lee, Ben Pittman, Sherman Simpson, Harvey Smith, Charles Abraham, Rowdy Nosser, Bob Saway, Rick Hardy, George Jabour Jr., Dobie Nosser and Jimmy Angelo. Pallbearers were nephews, Dr. Tom Louis, Dr. George Ronald Abraham, Richard Monsour, Raymond Abraham, Tommy Louis, Freddy Abraham, Alfred Joseph and the Men and Women of St. George Orthodox Church.
Memorials can be given to St. George Orthodox Church, Vicksburg, Miss.
Frances C. Ditsworth
Frances Carolyn Adams Ditsworth, 68, went to be with her Heavenly Father April 7 at her home in Pascagoula, surrounded by family and friends.
Funeral services were April 10 at First Baptist Church of Pascagoula with Dr. Rex Yancey and the Rev. Dennis Ray Smith officiating. Interment followed immediately at Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula.
She was born May 13, 1936, in Indianola. Mrs. Ditsworth worked 19 years at Ingalls Employees Credit Union and retired from Pascagoula City School System in May 1998.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Pascagoula and active in Sunday school and Women on Mission. Mrs. Ditsworth was a member of Pascagoula Country Club and Ladies Golf Association Club Handicap Champion in 2002.
Mrs. Ditsworth was preceded in death by her father, Richard W. Adams; brother, William W. (Buddy) Adams, and infant son, Darrell Wayne Ditsworth.
Mrs. Ditsworth is survived by her husband, Wayne J. Ditsworth Jr. of Pascagoula; mother, Cleo Adams and sister, Sue Harrell of Pearl; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Kent Mummert of Clinton, daughter and son-in-law, Debora and Robert West of Kingsport, Tenn., son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Paige Ditsworth of Pascagoula, and grandchildren, Stephen West, Cal Mummert, Joel West, Daniel Mummert, Rebecca West, Sara Ditsworth and Amy Ditsworth and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pascagoula Building Fund or Hospice of Light, Gautier.