Obituaries for September 8, 2001

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 8, 2001

Saturday, September 08, 2001

The Natchez Democrat

Obituaries published in the Saturday, September 8, 2001, edition

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Services today

Mildred Taylor, 2 p.m., Young’s Funeral Home Chapel, Ferriday,


Donald Arbuthnot, 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, Woodville.

Lizzie Smith, 2 p.m., Rufus Baptist Church, Ferriday, La.

Dr. Ben Hunter Sr., 11 a.m., Mercy Steat Baptist Church, Ferriday,


Harriett Hazel Havard, 11 a.m., Morning Star Baptist Church.

Dr. Ben Hunter Sr.

April 1, 1937 – Aug. 30, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – Services for Dr. Ben Hunter Sr., 64, of Ferriday,

who died, Thursday Aug. 30, 2001, at Riverland Medical Center

in Ferriday, will be at 11 a.m. today at Mercy Seat Baptist Church,

with the Rev. F.D. Schiele officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Natchez National Cemetery

under the direction of Concordia Funeral Home.

Dr. Hunter was born April 1, 1937, in Clayton, the son of George

and Martha Hunter Sr.

He was a retired child welfare supervisor for the Concordia

Parish School District and a member of Mercy Seat Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 20, 1959, to July 6, 1962.

He graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, earned

a master’s degree from Prairie View College in Prairie View, Texas,

and a doctorate at Walden University in Palm Beach, Fla.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Matthews Hunter of Ferriday;

four sons, Larry Hunter of Las Vegas, Ben Hunter Jr. and Michael

Brown both of Ferriday and Daniel Brown and his wife, Marie Brown

of Germany; two daughters and their husbands, Benee Lenard and

Anderson Lenard III of Shreveport, La., and Benedra Brooks and

Kalvin Brooks of Ferriday; one brother, Booker T. Hunter of Jasper,

Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Hunter Jones of Shreveport and Beulah

M. Coleman of Chicago; two grandchildren, Kanedra Brook and N’Kendra

Brooks of Ferriday and a number of other relatives.

Paul B. Whittington

Nov. 6, 1915 – Sept. 6, 2001

MEADVILLE – Services for Paul B. Whittington, 85, of Meadville,

who died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at V.A. Hospital in Jackson,

will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Franklin Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery in Meadville under the

direction of Franklin Funeral Home.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until

service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Whittington was born Nov. 6, 2001, in Franklin County,

the son of Joe M. Whittington and Effie Clark Whittington.

He was retired from the U.S. Air Force serving in the Korean

War and a lifetime member of the American Legion DVF.

Mr. Whittington was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Smith Whittington

of Meadville; three daughters, Diane Casto of Meadville, Susie

Maxey of Pasedena, Texas, and Vickie Lechler of New Orleans; one

sister, Grace Lee of Meadville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Amanda Jackson Fleming

Nov. 25, 1921 – Sept. 6, 2001

LEESDALE – Services for Amanda Jackson &uot;Bee&uot; Fleming,

79, of Natchez, who died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at her residence,

will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Rock No. 1 Baptist Church

with the Rev. Carl Smith officiating.

Burial will be in the Leesdale Cemetery under the direction

of George F. West Funeral Home.

Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and

from 2 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Mrs. Fleming was born Nov. 25, 1921, in Adams County, the daughter

of Jack and Callie Jackson.

She was a member of St. Peter Rock No. 1 Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Jessie L. Fleming, Lula M.

and her husband, Albert Thompson, Eddice J. Hobson and Matile

J. Hall, all of Natchez; three brothers, Aaron Jackson and George

Jackson of New Orleans and Willie Jackson of Natchez; and a number

of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Tyrone Fleming, Charles Fleming,

Joseph Fleming, Albert Thompson, Johnny Moore and Joseph Hutchins.

Sedric Davis Campbell

Funeral arrangements for Sedric Davis Campbell, 74, of Natchez,

who died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in Natchez, are incomplete at

Laird Funeral Home.

Mildred Taylor

Jan. 18, 1920 – Sept. 5, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – Services for Mildred &uot;Curl&uot;&160;Taylor,

of Waterproof, who died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Vicksburg

Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. today at Young’s Funeral Home Chapel,

with the Rev. Mark Rowlen officiating.

Burial will be in the Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction

of Young’s Funeral Home of Ferriday.

Visitation is from noon until service time today at the funeral


Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 18, 1920, in Melwood, Ark., the daughter

of Fred Lawrence Smith and Bell Hamlin Smith.

She was a homemaker and a methodist.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Bob

Smith, Carl Smith, Edward Smith, Herman Smith and Lawrence Smith;

and one sister, Virgie Tillman.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Taylor of Vicksburg; two

daughters, Angela Stephens of&160;Vicksburg and Verona Taylor

of Ruston, La.; two sisters, Thelma Holley of Pine Bluff, Ark.,

and Maxine Johnson of Shreveport, La.; one brother, Donald Smith

of Shreveport; four grandchildren, Lee Claypool, Abigail Claypool,

Brittany Claypool and Samantha Claypool, all of Shreveport; and

a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Harry Ball, Ed Claypool, Freddie Smith,

Lawrence Smith, Jr., Johnny Tillman and Scott Zingery.

Honorary pallbearers will be I.C.U. 4th floor nursing staff

at Vicksburg, Dr. Abdul Bahro, Dr. Walter Johnston and Dr. Lee


Pauline G. Tate

Funeral arrangements for Pauline G. Tate, 65, of Ferriday,

La., who died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at Natchez Community Hospital,

are incomplete at Comer Funeral Home in Ferriday.

She was the owner of Tate’s Boat Camp near Ferriday.

James&160;Loyd Coleman Jr.

May 26, 1913 – Sept. 7, 2001

MEADVILLE – Services for James Loyd&160;&uot;J.L.&uot; Coleman

Jr., 88, of Meadville, who died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at his

residence, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Meadville Baptist

Church with the Revs. Wiley Reid and Curt Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery under the direction

of Franklin Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 12:30

a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Coleman was born May 26, 1913, in Franklin County, son

of James Loyd Coleman Sr. and Lucenda Posey Coleman.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and was a retired rural

letter carrier. He was a member of the Meadville Baptist Church.

Mr. Coleman was preceded in death by his wife, his parents,

one son, one sister and one granddaughter.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Coleman Nix of Meadville;

four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother John

H. Coleman of Meadville; and one sister Mildred Coleman Galbreath

of North Platte, Neb.