Rochester Shiers

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Graveside services for Rochester Shiers, of Natchez, were 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Greenlawn Garden Cemetery in Vicksburg. Laird Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

     Mr. Shiers, 80, died June 23, 2012, at his home. He was born in Louise on May 14, 1932, to Fred Floyd and Ida Mae Hope Shiers.

     He attended Washington Baptist Church and was retired from Armstrong Tire and Rubber Co.

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     Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Helen Shiers; and two brothers, Carl Shiers and Hilbert Shiers.

     Survivors are his wife of 32 years, Ruth H. Shiers, of Natchez; son, Chester “Chet” Shiers and wife, Donna, of Summit; daughters, Betsy Bayne, of Charleston, S.C., Cindy Phillips and Cheri Shiers, both of Byram; stepdaughter, Brenda Smith, of Brookhaven; stepson, Billy C. Wilson and wife, Janice, of Meadville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Buddy Shiers and John Shiers, both of Vicksburg; and special friends, Gwen and Byron Carnette, of Natchez.

     Pallbearers were Dean Bonsall, Marty Jackson, Lindsey Jackson, Ryan Smith, Rocky Shiers and Jimbo Shiers.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Washington Baptist Church or the American Lung Association.

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