Katie Mae Cummings Vernon
Services for Katie Mae "Bluejay" Cummings Vernon will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie Hardy officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Service.
Mrs. Vernon died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Chicago. She was 93.
Mrs. Vernon was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where she had served as president of the Usher Board. She worked as a cook at both Waterways Experiment Station and the Grange Hall community's Head Start, which she also helped found.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Vernon; a daughter, Johnnie Mae Jenkins; 11 siblings; and her parents, Greene and Mariah Cummings.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Larry Maurice Jenkins of Hammond, Ind., and Toni Darden of Hickory Hills, Ill.; six great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, including members of the Buck, Braboy, Brown, Funches, Harris and Scott families of Vicksburg.
Services for Sammie Williams will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. L.A. Hall officiating. Burial will be Monday at National Cemetery in Natchez.
Mr. Williams died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 85.
Mr. Williams was a custodial worker and veteran of World War II. He was a member of Mount Heroden M.B. Church, where he was in the choir. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 213.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mary M. Williams, and seven brothers, Andrew Williams, Eddie Williams, Alison Williams, Arthur Williams, Ernest Williams, Ardell Williams and John Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie Braxton Williams of Vicksburg; a stepson, Melvin E. Redmond Sr. of Vicksburg; two sisters, Loaner Neely of Vallejo, Calif., and Bernice Crawford of Compton, Calif.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Chesley Mims Boggan
MENDENHALL - Chesley Mims Boggan died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at his home in Mendenhall. He was 79.
Mr. Boggan was an administration manager for Brown & Root Inc., and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He served in the Coast Guard.
He was a member of the Simpson County Economic Development Foundation, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Mendenhall Coffee Club, the Brown & Root Retiree Association and the Masons and Shriners.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie L. and Bell May Boggan; and two brothers, Howard Boggan and Leotis Boggan.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jovita Hopkins Boggan; a son and daughter-in-law, Garry H. and Connie Boggan of League City, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita B. and Ed Schilling and Ronda B. and Larry Wolfe, all of Vicksburg; a brother, Johnnie Theron Boggan of Florence; two sisters-in-law, Edna Earle Boggan of Brandon and Pauline Boggan of Mendenhall; and six grandchildren, Amanda Brice, Lenora Schilling and Jasmine Wolfe, all of Vicksburg, Jeremy Wolfe of Starkville, Sean Boggan of League City and Brigid Boggan of Austin, Texas.
Services were at 10 a.m. today at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Mendenhall with the Revs. Foy Killingsworth and J.O. Walker officiating. Burial followed at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Luther Boggan, Mike Boggan, C. Sean Boggan, Jake Brice, Robbie Hamilton, Justin Harmon, Lawrence Milner and Jeremy Wolfe.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Mendenhall Coffee Club.
Memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church or Weathersby Baptist.
EDWARDS - Services for Earl Brown will be at noon Sunday at St. Mark M.B. Church in Edwards. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Saturday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. Sunday until the service.
Mr. Brown died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson. He was 86.
A resident of Edwards, Mr. Brown was a deacon and Sunday school teacher for St. Mark M.B. Church. He was a retired insurance agent for Dillon Burial Association.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Brown; and a son, Robert Earl Brown Jr.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Louis Brown of Snellville, Ga., and Alan David Brown of Bronx, N.Y.; one daughter, Adra R. McDermott of Edwards; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.
W.T. Gattis Jr.
DELHI - W.T. "Bill" Gattis Jr. died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, in Monroe. He was 85.
Mr. Gattis retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June Gattis.
He is survived by a daughter, Janelle Gattis of Indian Wells, Calif.; a son, Bill Gattis of St. Joseph; a stepson, Mike Wilson of Delhi; a stepdaughter, Ki Allen of Delhi; and a grandson, William Dudley Gattis of Denver, Colo.
Memorial services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cox Funeral Home in Delhi. Burial will follow at Delhi Masonic Cemetery.
Nora Willodeen Powell Jones
OAK GROVE - Nora Willodeen Powell Jones died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at West Carroll Memorial Hospital. She was 83.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Reyburn Jones; her mother, Zora Royals Powell; her father, James Buchanan Powell; two sisters, Eunice Keys and Christine Henry; three brothers, Elvin Powell, Jack Powell and Ford Powell; and a grandson, Willis Arland Purvis.
She is survived by two daughters, Reba Keith of West Monroe and Johnniece Waters of Oak Grove; two brothers, J.B. Powell of Monterey, La., and Wendell Powell of Minden, Texas; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were at 10 a.m. today at Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove with Dr. James Parker officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wayne Keyes, Wayne Boyte, Kenneth Gunter, Jimmy Gunter, Johnny Gunter and Danny Creech.
PORT GIBSON - Terrance Kelly died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 28.
Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Mary Kelly Sykes; a sister, Tamarreka Devoual; a grandfather, Joe Kelly Sr.; and a grandmother, Willie T. Devoual.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Roderick and Clarissa Devoual of Port Gibson; his maternal grandmother, Rosetta Kelly of Port Gibson; his paternal grandfather, J.C. Devoual of Port Gibson; five brothers, Robert Sykes Jr., Rodel Devoual, Roderick Devoual, Kerrick Watson and Divante Christian, all of Port Gibson; two sisters, LaQunda Hedrick of Dallas, Texas, and Shaundra McMillan of Hazlehurst; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Angelita Terrell of Jackson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater St. Mark M.B. Church in Port Gibson with the Rev. Jermaine Brown officiating, assisted by the Rev. Leon Howard. Burial will follow at McCay Cemetery in Russum.
Visitation will be from 1 until 6 tonight at Thompson Funeral Home in Port Gibson and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the service.
Myrtle L. Leasy
PORT GIBSON - Myrtle L. Leasy died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Waukegan, Ill. She was 71.
Mrs. Leasy is survived by a son, Jimmy Ellis of Port Gibson; nine brothers, Johnnie Banks, Clarence Banks and Edgar Banks, all of Waukegan, Elvin Banks, Jerry Banks, Jimmy Banks and James Banks, all of Jackson, Denny Banks of Atlanta and Jimmy Banks of Ames, Iowa; four sisters, Martha Anderson of Hermanville and Florence Harvey, Peggy Banks and Mary Frances Banks, all of Jackson; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Minnie Bell, Ethel Gardiner, Olivia Payton and Carol Brunson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Port Gibson with the Rev. Jimmy Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Whitehall M.B. Church Cemetery in Pattison.
Visitation will be from 1 until 5 today at Thompson Funeral Home in Port Gibson and Saturday at the church from noon until the service.
Edward Curtis McClain
EDWARDS - Edward Curtis "Eddie" McClain died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was 38.
Mr. McClain was born in Choctaw County. A graduate of Rebul Academy, he attended Hinds Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked as a waiter at the Park City Club for more than 10 years in Dallas, Texas, where he had lived for the past 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Curtis McClain.
He is survived by his mother, Ann McClain of Edwards; a sister, Tammy McClain Moss of Fort Smith, Ark.; a brother, James Michael McClain of Edwards; and other relatives.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Edwards Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Raymond and Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the service.
Memorial services will be later in Dallas.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Services for Joseph Shelton will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Service with the Rev. Walter Weathersby officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Shelton died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at his home. He was 64.
Mr. Shelton was a member of Mount Givens M.B. Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnson Shelton Sr. and Julia Perkins Shelton; and a brother, Johnson Shelton Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Alfredia Shelton of Indianapolis; a son, Joseph Shelton Jr. of Indianapolis; a daughter, Diane Moffett of Vicksburg; two sisters, Katie Gray and Chaney Peterson, both of Vicksburg; six grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including the Eastman, Nelson, Peterson, Scott and Shelton families of Vicksburg.