Obituaries for Friday, February 6, 2009

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 6, 2009

William Blackwell

Services for William Blackwell, of Bogue Chitto, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 7, at New Zion Union M.B. Church in Bogue Chittowith burial in Bogue Chitto-Norfield Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 2 until 7 p.m. at Williams Mortuary inBrookhaven.

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Mr. Blackwell, 73, died Feb. 2, 2009, in Covington. He was bornin Bogue Chitto on April 2, 1935, to J.C. Blackwell and MinnetteMcGee Blackwell.

He was a graduate of Lincoln County Training School. He was asawyer and employed with Gordon Redd Lumber Co. for 35 years. Mr.Blackwell served his country for three years in the U.S. Navy. Hewas a member of New Zion Union M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, LaverneHolmes Blackwell; his sisters, Nelma Edward, Mary Lou Brown andHilda Montgomery; and his brothers, James Blackwell and GarnerBlackwell.

Survivors are a son, William G. Blackwell, of Houston, Texas; adaughter, Penny L. Blackwell, of Bogue Chitto; a godson, VerricoLewis, of Bogue Chitto; his sisters, Mynell Holmes, Elnora Dorsey,both of Bogue Chitto, Velvelyn Foster and her husband, E.C., ofJackson; his brothers, Levan Blackwell and wife, Grace, of BogueChitto, Matthew Blackwell and wife, Bess, of Jackson, WesleyBlackwell and wife, Jessie Mae, of Springfield, Mass., James S.Blackwell, of Houston, Murray Blackwell, of Atlanta, Ga.; his 10grandchildren; his six sisters-in-law; his four brothers-in-law;and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sylvia Ann Case Harrington

Memorial services for Sylvia Ann Case Harrington, of Saraland,Ala., formerly of Wesson, are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at SmithtownBaptist Church. Ascension Funeral Service is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Harrington, 61, died Jan. 28, 2009, at Springhill MemorialHospital after a brief illness.

She was a native of Wesson. She married her husband, Johnny, onFeb. 26, 1967. Mrs. Harrington and her family moved to Saraland,where they reared their three children. She loved her family, herfriends, her flowers and her heavenly Father.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Emmett and Imogene”Jean” Case, of Wesson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Garlandand Katherine Harrington.

Survivors are her loving husband of 41 years, John P.Harrington; her children, Jaye Harrington and wife, Ashley, CaseyHobbs and husband, Rod, and Brandy Harrington; her sister, JanetCurrie and husband, Carey, of Wesson; her five grandchildren, Adam,Samantha, Addison and Bailey Harrington and Chaz Hobbs; her twofoster grandchildren, Margaret and Nohealani; a brother-in-law,Jimmy Harrington and wife, Donis, of Wesson; a sister-in-law, PatsyBerch and husband, Curtis, of Wesson; and her numerous nieces andnephews, all of Wesson.

Lester Miller

Services for Lester Miller, of Glen Cove, N.Y., are 11 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 7, at Bethel AME Church in Brookhaven with burial inRosehill Cemetery. Byas Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Miller, 80, died Jan. 31, 2009, in Glen Cove. He was born inBrookhaven on Aug. 3, 1928, to Willie Miller and Gladys MillerWinston.

Mr. Miller was a graduate of Alexander High School and AlcornCollege where he was a member of the class of 1945. He was aretired teacher and coach. He was president of the Glen Cove NAACPfor more than 20 years. He was a member of Kappa Alpha PsiFraternity and the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Fair HousingBoard. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Veterans ofForeign Wars and the American Legion. He was a member Calvary AMEChurch in Glen Cove.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, WillieMiller Jr. and James Conner Miller; and a son, Rico Miller.

Survivors include his sons, Lester Handy, of Anaheim, Calif.,and Monteneze Miller, of Ridgeland; his daughters, Cynthia Miller,of Slidell, La., Stephannie Parrish, of Hazlehurst; and MoniqueAndrews, of Acworth, Ga.; his sisters, Saretha Wilson, of Chicago,Ill., and Rico Miller, of LaPlace, La.; 10 grandchildren; and threegreat-grandchildren.

Virgie O. Tibbs

Services Virgie O. Tibbs, of Brookhaven, were 11 a.m. Thursday,Feb. 5, at Community Funeral Services with burial at 1 p.m. at theNatchez City Cemetery.

Mrs. Tibbs, 75, died on Feb. 2, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Lincoln County on Nov. 27, 1933, to T.J. Oliver and MaryLofton Oliver.

She was a dietician for Brook Manor Living Center. She was amember of New Prospect Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Milton L.Tibbs; a son, Tony Tibbs; one brother and a sister.

Survivors include her son, Milton Tibbs; her daughters, SandraCovington, Patricia Stroud and Betty Tibbs; her brother James K.Oliver; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.