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.
Roger Wayne Shelton
EPPS, La. - Roger Wayne Shelton died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at his home in Epps, La. He was 44.
Mr. Shelton was born in Topeka, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Robin Shelton of Epps; three daughters, Katheryn Shelton and Caty Moore, both of Epps, and Angela Nicole Shelton Mitchell of Oak Grove; his parents, Robert A. and Ruth A. Holloway Shelton of Many, La.; two brothers, Robert Shelton of Mansfield, La., and Marty Shelton of Forest, La.; and two sisters, Beverly J. Lockwood of Lawrence, Kan., and Valerie Dunn of Many.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Epps Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Piercy and Kenny Duchesne officiating. Burial will follow at Epps Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Delhi.
Pallbearers will be Sheldon Baker, Lloyd Rogan, Jerry Ratcliff, Robert Watkins, Mitchell Boyte and John Paul Johnston.
Honorary pallbearers will be at Eddie Newell and Jeff Moody.
Willard Lloyd Tyler Jr.
Willard Lloyd Tyler Jr. died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. He was 63.
Mr. Tyler was a resident of Vicksburg. He was a 1958 graduate of Bowman High School. He received a bachelor's degree in science from Jackson College in 1962 and a master of science degree in education with concentration in chemistry from Tuskegee Institute in 1966.
Mr. Tyler furthered his studies at Baylor University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was selected for Who's Who Among American High School Teachers and awarded the Star Teacher Award. He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, American Chemical Society, National Science Teachers Association and Vicksburg Chapter of National Teachers Association. He taught in Drew and the Vicksburg Warren School District for 38 years, including at Lucy Jefferson Junior High School, Rosa A. Temple High School, North Vicksburg High and Vicksburg High School.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Rhodes Tyler, and his sister, Dr. Lelia Tyler Sanders.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Thomas Tyler; two daughters, Tammie Tyler Hauser of Jackson and Tonya Michelle Tyler of Baton Rouge; his father and stepmother, Willard Tyler Sr. and Saltine Tyler of Vicksburg; one brother, Maxwell Tyler of Vicksburg; four sisters, Wilbur Tyler Clay and Charlotte Sanders Tyler, both of Vicksburg, Linda Sanders Tyler Gater of Jackson and Dr. Deidre Ann Tyler of Salt Lake City; and two grandchildren.
Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Monroe Washington Jr.
Monroe "Pee-Wee" Washington Jr. died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 56.
Mr. Washington was a retired gardener. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe Washington Sr. and Downsy Stewart; a daughter, Doris Ann Washington; two brothers, L.C. Washington and Clarence Washington; and two sisters, Theresa Favors and Clorda Williams.
Survivors include two sons, Monroe Washington III and Luther Charles Washington, both of Vicksburg; two brothers, Willie Washington and Steve Washington Sr., both of Vicksburg; a sister, Regina Bradley of Detroit; and a grandson, Daryl Jermaine Washington of Vicksburg.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Briscoe officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Talmadge Terrel Blake
MONROE - Talmadge Terrel Blake died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Monroe. He was 87.
A retired farmer, Mr. Blake was a former resident of Delhi and a lifelong member of Lamar Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ruth Baucum Blake; and his parents, David Wyatt Blake and Lula Diane Gunter Blake.
He is survived by two sons, Lynn Blake of Delhi and H.C. Blake of Tallulah; four daughters, Rita Clark of West Monroe, Pam Marshall of Delhi, Ann Garley of Flora and Sandra Williams of Daytona, Fla.; a sister, Daisy Bacon of West Monroe; and 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cox Funeral Home in Delhi with the Revs. Marion Collier and Jack Baucum officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Faith Memorial Park Cemetery in Delhi.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Evelyn Cecilia Cheek McDaniel
OAK GROVE - Evelyn Cecilia Cheek McDaniel died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Carroll Nursing home in Oak Grove. She was 88.
Mrs. McDaniel was born in Mangham, La., and was a resident of Oak Grove.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Captain McDaniel; and her parents, Addie and Harvey Osborn Cheek.
She is survived by two daughters, Nippie Philley of Oak Grove and Dubbie Spangler of Monroe; a brother, Herman Cheek of Alexandria, La.; three sisters, Odell Allen of Clarks, La., Myrtis Clack of Holly Ridge, La., and Agnes Auldie of Batesville; and nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fiske Union Assembly of God with the Rev. Geary Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church Saturday before the service.
Pallbearers will be Tony Robian, Steve Rye, Jason Reeves, Kevin Key, Daniel McCarthy and Jeremy McAlpin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Dean Dartlon, Jack McNeil, Doug Jennings, Ralph Clack, Paul Lee and J.T. Raymond.
Joe J. Tuccio Sr.
Joe J. Tuccio Sr. died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at his home. He was 89.
A native of Hermanville, he was the son of the late Ben and Mary Anzalone Tuccio.
Mr. Tuccio had made Vicksburg home for most of his life. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service with more than 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II serving in the European Theater, seeing action at the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau Prison in Germany.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Mr. Tuccio was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy L. Tuccio in 1987; a granddaughter, Jennifer Nelson in 2001; a brother; and three sisters.
He is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Tuccio of Vicksburg; three sons, Joe J. Tuccio Jr. of Brandon, Paul E. Tuccio of Washington, D.C., and Ben D. Tuccio of Lexington, S.C.; two granddaughters, Rebecca Nelson of Hattiesburg and Amy Armstrong of Vicksburg; five grandsons, Riley Nelson Jr. of Vicksburg, Anthony P. Tuccio of Falls Church, Va., Lance K. Tuccio of Santa Barbara, Calif., Lawrence Burns of Mauldin, S.C., and Joe J. Tuccio III; and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick Farrell, pastor, officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Tuccio's grandsons: Lance Tuccio, Lawrence Tuccio, Joe J. Tuccio III, Riley Nelson Jr. and Anthony Tuccio.
Honorary pallbearers will be Walter May, Wil Dornbusch, Mike Franco and Firemen of Station No. 7.
Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home has charge of all arrangements.
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.
James C. Amos
FARMERVILLE, La. - James C. Amos died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Farmerville, La. He was 74.
Mr. Amos was born in Crowville, La. He served in the Army for 23 years, serving in the Korean War twice and in the Vietnam War. He retired as a sergeant.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marion C. Amos; his mother and stepfather, Susie and R.L. Dunham; two brothers, Earl Amos and Billy Mack Amos; a sister, Louise Ryals; and a stepson, Walter Chriceol.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Amos of Houston, Texas, and Robert Amos of Mooringsport, La.; two daughters, Karen Daniel of Vicksburg and Michelle Skains of Farmerville; one stepdaughter, Sherri Griffith of Shreveport, La.; a sister, Catherine Nowlin of Monroe; a brother, Bobby Dunham of Cheyenne, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends, including Martha Amos.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville with the Rev. David Martin officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Ruby Lee Jackson Bass
Services for Ruby Lee Jackson Bass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church with the Rev. Louis A. Hall Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bass died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 93.
A homemaker, Mrs. Bass was a member of Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church at Freetown, where she had served on the Mother Board for more than 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester Bass Jr.; a son, Sylvester Bass III; a daughter, Annie Bass Amos; a granddaughter, Marsha Bass McKelphin; and her parents, Jessie and Martha Jackson.
She is survived by a son, George Bass of Vicksburg; three daughters, Martha Warrick of New Orleans and Evelyn Bass and Bobbie Bass, both of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren, Winfred Warrick, Armond Bass, Ruby Mercadel, Larry Bass, Michael Bass, Robert Earl Bass, Tony Bass Sr. and Carla Fields; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Shirley Barnes Chatman
BOLTON - Services for Shirley Barnes Chatman will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Church of God in Christ on William Lake Road in Bolton. Bolton Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Chatman died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was 76.
Formerly of Vicksburg, Mrs. Chatman was a resident of Bolton.
She was preceded in death by one son, Pierre Davis; her parents, William and Mamie Barnes; two sisters, Narrie Barnes and Mary Henderson; and two brothers, William Barnes Jr. and Albert Barnes Sr.
She is survived by a daughter, Lolita Morales of South Carolina; a son, Alfred Davis Jr. of Bolton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, including Linda Barnes Wright of Vicksburg; and cousins and other relatives.
Edward R. Cox Jr.
Edward R. Cox Jr. died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was 77.
Born in Mobile, Ala., Mr. Cox had been a Vicksburg resident since 1951. He was the son of the late Edward R. Sr. and Mable Terrell Cox. He graduated from McGill High School in Mobile and attended the University of Southern Mississippi.
He played professional baseball in the Farm League of the Brooklyn Dodgers and scouted for the Baltimore Orioles. He founded Vicksburg Paint and Glass Co. in 1951 and helped found Southern Door and Hardware Co. Inc. He also owned Capital Paint and Glass Co. in Jackson.
Mr. Cox was past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and of the Vicksburg Catholic School board. He was former director of the Miss Mississippi Pageant and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 898. He was a communicant and charter member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Edward Cox; a brother, James Newton Cox; and a sister, Mary Lillian Cox.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette G. Cox of Vicksburg; three sons, Jeff Cox of Vicksburg, Christopher A. Cox of Brandon and Perry N. Cox of Madison; two brothers, Patrick H. Cox of Charlotte, N.C., and Ernest J. Cox of Mobile; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. P.J. Curley, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Riles Funeral Home, followed by a prayer service at 7, and Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the service.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Cox Jr., Chad Edward Cox, Eddie Monsour, Alex Shiers, C.L. Hardy Jr. and Lance Boswell.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Thigpen, Jimmy Vessell, A.L. Sullivan, David McBee, John Byram and Joe Grayson.
Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg 39183 or to a favorite charity.