Bernard 'Ben' Richard Williams Jr.
Major Bernard "Ben" Richard Williams, Jr., USAF, Ret., age 84, died on Friday, July 18, 2008 at his home in Osyka, Mississippi, from pancreatic cancer. Ben was born to Bernard Richard Williams, Sr. and Ruby Dean Ott Williams and reared in Osyka.
Preceding him in death are his parents and brother, Dr. Kenneth Ott Williams. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda Shanks Williams; son, Bernard Richard Williams, III and his wife, Rachel, and their daughters, Sydney Ellen and Caroline; daughter, Lou Ellen Williams; daughter, Kay W. Knight and her husband, Scott, and her daughter, Adrienne LaFrance; and sister-in-law, Dr. Nancy Burrow Williams.
Major Williams retired from the USAF as a pilot with 27 years of service in World War II, Korean Conflict, Cold War, and Vietnam Conflict. After retirement he collaborated with Paul Ott to produce and write television spots for the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission.
Ben graduated from Osyka High School in 1940. Later he attended his beloved Louisiana State University and graduated as a distinguished military graduate, attaining his BS and MS degrees in Horticulture. He was on the staff at LSU as an AFROTC instructor and later as a researcher in the Horticulture Department.
He served 25 years as a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, the longest serving trustee. He was a Mason and a member of Osyka Baptist Church.
A service of celebration of his life was held on Monday, July 21, 2008 at Osyka Baptist Church with visitation from 2-6 p.m. and services at 6 p.m. and burial in the Osyka Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb. Services were conducted by Dr. Milton Kliesch, pastor of Osyka Baptist.
Memorials may be sent to the Osyka Veterans Park, Inc., P.O. Box 402, Osyka, MS 39657 or to the Computer Fund, Osyka Baptist Church, P.O. Box 152, Osyka, MS 39657.
Funeral services for Curtis Campbell, 51, of Wisner, were held at South Central Baptist Church on Thursday, July 17, 2008 with Rev. Larry Eubanks officiating. Interment followed at South Central Cemetery under the direction of Young's Community Memorial Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Mr. Campbell was born Nov. 20, 1956 in Winnsboro, and passed away Monday, July 14, 2008 at his residence in Wisner. He was a resident of Wisner, an employee with Haring Farm Planting Partnership, a mechanic, and a member of the South Central Baptist Church. Curtis enjoyed hunting, fishing and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Faye (Moore) Campbell; father, William Joseph Campbell.
Survivors include his mother, Alpha Claudean (Hill) Campbell; two sons: Jeremy Campbell of Monroe, and Curtis Duke Campbell of Wisner; two daughters: Brandy Alexander and husband Danny of Vidalia; and Mandy Smith of Ridgecrest; two brothers: Robert "Brother" Campbell and wife Kathy of Jigger Point; Sam Campbell of Wisner; sister: Sharon "Sister" Martin and husband Charlie of Vidalia; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was also survived by eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mark Batey, Doug Easterling, Kevin Parker, Ronnie "Cracker" Graham, Ed McKee, and Bubba Dale Ellerbe.
Honorary pallbearers were John Haring, Glenn Wall, Little Mac Harris, and Emma Jean Allbritton.
To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.youngscommunity.com.
Funeral service for Calvin Humphries, 79, of Fort Necessity were held Thursday, July 17, 2008 in the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Rev. Howard Childs officiating.
Interment followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Winnsboro.
Mr. Humphries was born to George Christian and Florence Thomas Humphries on Sepr. 12, 1928 in Fort Necessity and passed from this life Tuesday, July 15, 2008 in Winnsboro.
Mr. Humphries, a retired carpenter, was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Tommy, Edward, Clyde, Nathan, and Billy Humphries; former wife Marie Humphries; and a grandson Chadwick Eugene Humphries
He is survived by two children: Belinda Humphries Allen of Monroe and Greg Humphries and wife Tammie of Winnsboro; one sister Margie Nell Wiggins of West Monroe, two grandchildren Shannon Allen and Lane Humphries.
To sign guest book or view video tribute on line visit www.gillfirstnational.com.
Funeral services for JT Taylor, 78, of Winnsboro, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the chapel of Gill First National Funeral Home in Winnsboro with Rev. Howard Childs officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Taylor was born on July 17, 1930 to George and Coley Moreland Taylor in Baskin and he passed from this life on July 21, 2008 at Plantation Manor Nursing Home in Winnsboro.
He loved country music and working on his farm. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Ada Mae Taylor; Mattie Mae Mannings; Dorothy Sims.
He is survived by one sister: Gracie Taylor; one brother: Luther Taylor; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Dowdy, Nolan Dowdy, Jason Little, Kenny Little, Dale Taylor, and Richard Williams.
Online condolences may be sent www.gillfirstnational.com.
Rev. Dorsey White Sr.
Funeral services for Rev. Dorsey White Sr., 80, of Fort Necessity were held Saturday at Pleasant Star Baptist Church in Winnsboro with the Rev. Deacue Fields Jr. officiating.
Burial followed in Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery in Fort Necessity under the direction of Richardson and Sims Funeral Home of Winnsboro.
Mr. White died Monday at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Earlene White, Winnsboro; four daughters: Melinda J. Credit, Winnsboro; Dorothy R. Muldrew, Tulsa, Okla.; Rachel G. Hyatt, South Bend, Ind.; Chelsea T. Little, Monroe; seven sons: Howard J. White, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Author White, Orlando, Fla.; Dorsey White Jr. and Travis T. White, both of Fort Necessity; Rev. Shelby S. White, Monroe; Christopher White, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Rev. Keith A. White, Kansas City, Kansas.