Krewe announces this year’s court of royalty
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Krewe of Natchez Indians recently announced their court of royalty for 2010.
Chief Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner Jr., is the son of Robert Gardner of Gulfport and Shelia Trust Gardner of Vidalia. He was raised by his maternal grandparents Roosevelt Bowman of Hughsprings, Texas, and Shirly Trust Bowman of Vidalia.
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He is a graduate of Vidalia High School and attended Grambling State University. He was active in school activities throughout high school and college.
After attending Grambling, Gardner has worked for four years as a para-educator with the Concordia Parish School System.
He is a member of the Ferriday Lodge No. 101 where he serves as secretary. He is a member of the Abraham Consistory (32nd Degree) of Boyce, La. He is also a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church where he sings in the choir.
Gardner plans to continue his education and work toward becoming a therapist.
He enjoys spending time with friends and family, singing and traveling with his gospel group The Undertakers.
He is also active in Natchez Little Theatre.
Queen Serena Dixon
Serena Dixon is the daughter of Barbara Dixon and David Williams. She is a 2003 graduate of Natchez High School.
While attending Natchez High, she was an honor student, a member of the championship girls track and field team and active in other clubs and activities.
Dixon earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Alcorn State University, where she was an honor student, participated in various community service activities and joined Beauté Noir and other clubs and organizations.
Currently she lives in Jackson where she is attending Jackson State University and working toward her master’s degree in public health. After completing her master’s, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in public health and become an environmental health intelligence analyst.
She is currently employed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol in Jackson.
In her spare time, Dixon enjoys volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club, supporting the National Kidney Foundation, shopping, exercising, traveling, playing golf, playing her Wii and spending time with family and friends.
Duke Kenneth Woods
Kenneth Woods is the husband of Patti Woods. They have two sons, Keiwayne and Kenneth Jr., and one daughter, Kina.
He is a 1974 graduate of South Natchez High School.
He is a master carpenter with Ransom and Woods Construction, which has been in business for more than 30 years.
He is a dedicated member of Mercy Seat Baptist Church.
Woods enjoys hunting, fishing and dancing.
Dutchess YaMika Shanté Madison Thomas
YaMika Shanté Madison Thomas is a native of Natchez. She is the daughter of Willard J. Madison and Marth R. Madison and has three brothers, Kelvin Alexander, Montrell Fleming and Damien Woods.
She is married to Reginald Thomas and has two children, Raheem Demond Khylil and Anfernee Malik Davieon Thomas. She has one godchild, Anyla Janae Herring.
Thomas is a graduate of Natchez High School and Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She is currently enrolled in Devry University.
She is employed by Natchez-Adams School District. Thomas is a member of Forest Aid Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Lucy Barnes Chapter No. 16 Order of Eastern Star.
She enjoys spending time with family, reading and shopping.
Duke David Myles
David Myles is the son of Robert and Johneette Myles of Natchez. He is married to Elizabeth Myles and has four children, Ashley Myles, Ashley Cooke, Delnora Cooke and William Madison, all of Natchez.
He is a graduate of South Natchez High School and was employed for more than 20 years with International Paper.
He is a member of John G. Jones No. 3 Lodge.
He enjoys spending time with family and friends and bowling.
Dutchess Delphine Brent
Delphine Brent was born in Jayess, the daughter of James and Herman Lee Collins.
She is a member of Salem Baptist Church in Jayess.
Brent is an honors graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson with an associate of applied science degree in medical radiological technology. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in radiological sciences at Florida Hospital College of Health in Orlando, Fla., and hopes to become a radiologist assistant.
She is a member of Order My Steps dance academy and the NAACP.
Brent has three children, Kenneth Zachary Brent, Cornell Lee Brent and Darren Kejuane Smith, and two grandchildren Kameron and Ambyance Brent.
She is employed as a registered x-ray technologist at Natchez Community Hospital.
She enjoys dancing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Past Chief Anthony Heidelberg
Anthony Heidelberg is a native of Ellisville, the son of Aaron and Linda Heidleberg. He is married to Terri Bradley Heidelberg and has two sons, Jaylon Jermain Heidelberg and the late Brandon Aaron Skipper.
He also has two siblings, Keona Heidelberg Wilkins and her husband James of Ellisville and Marlon Heidelberg and wife Carmen of Memphis, Tenn.
He is a graduate of South Jones High School and earned an associates degree from Jones County Junior College. He is a graduate of Delta State University and earned his juris doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.
He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Pilgrim Baptist Church.
Heidelberg is the owner of Heidelberg Law Office and practices law in Mississippi and Louisiana.
He enjoys golfing, traveling and being happy.
Past Queen Terri Bradley Heidelberg
Heidelberg was born and raised in Natchez by her parents Cornelius and Bessie Bradley.
She is married to past Krewe of Natchez Indians chief Anthony Heidelberg and is the mother of Jaylon Jermaine Heidelberg and the late Brandon Aaron Skippper. She has one sister, Melody Brown and her husband Samuel.
Though she considers herself a North Natchez Ram, she was a member of the first graduating class at Natchez High School.
She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Thereafter, she began her 13 years of employment with the state of Mississippi with the department of information technology and services as a communications analyst.
Heidelberg is a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her loved ones.
Past King Robert McNeely
Robert McNeely is the husband of Jacqueline McNeely. They have two daughters, Lekeshia Mercedes Jones and Jacqueline Cameron.
He has two grandchildren, Cambria Unique Chatman and Tristin Oliver Cameron and one son-in-law, Douglas Cameron.
He is a graduate of Cathedral High School and a veteran of the United States Army.
He is employed by the Isle of Capri Casino as Director of Property Management.
He is the owner of Unique’s Multi-purpose Building.
McNeely is a member of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon.
He is a member of John G. Jones No. 3 Masonic Lodge.
He is a graduate of Leadership Natchez and serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and is a Civil Service Commissioner.
He is also a member of the Natchez Business and Civic League. He is a founder of the Krewe of Natchez Indians and serves as its president.
He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and family.
Past Queen Jacqueline McNeely
Jacqueline McNeely is the daughter of Walter Johnson and Gail Johnson. She has five siblings, Margaret, Yvonne, Walter, Luella and Shirley.
She is the wife of Robert McNeely. They have two daughters, Lekeshia Mercedes Jones and Jacqueline Cameron.
She has two grandchildren, Cambria Unique Chatman and Tristin Oliver Cameron and one son-in-law, Douglas Cameron.
She graduated from Eve’s Beauty College in Harvey, La., and is self-employed as owner of Artistic Hair Designs. She is the owner of Uniques’s Multi-purpose Building.
She is a member of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church and founder of the Krewe of Natchez Indians, where she serves as treasurer.
She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, traveling and shopping.