Lena Rodriguez

Lena Rodriguez (Lena Pearl Milton)

Graveside services for Lena Rodriguez of Bogue Chitto are 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27, in Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 2-7 p.m., with family hour from 6-7 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Rodriguez, 61, died March 25, 2004, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born in Bogue Chitto on April 29, 1942, to George Milton and Etheline Milton.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was a 1962 graduate of Eva Harris High School.

Preceding her in death were her father; a sister, Loretha Terrell; and her brother, Earnest Milton.

Survivors are her mother, Etheline Milton of Bogue Chitto; her husband, John Rodriguez of Fontana, Calif.; her daughter, Philena Humphrey-Rodriguez of Birmingham, Ala.; her stepsons, Sal Rodriguez of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Jon Rodriguez of Munford, Tenn.; her sisters, Dolline Jackson and Glean Wells, both of Bogue Chitto, Linda Kay Milton of Brookhaven, and Lucille Underwood of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and two grandchildren.

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Ernestine Williams

Ernestine Williams

Services for Ernestine Williams of Union Church are 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Zion Chapel AME Church with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday, June 7, from noon to 8 p.m. with a family hour from 7-8 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Williams, 58, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at her residence. She was born in Lincoln County on May 5, 1944, to the late Wendell and Lizzie Henderson Williams.

She was retired. She was a member of Zion Chapel AME Church She was a 1963 graduate of Eva Harris School.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Charles Williams and Archie Williams.

Survivors are her brothers, Andrew Williams of Brookhaven, Burna Williams of Union Church and Charlie Williams of Brookhaven; sisters, Ora Williams of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Inez Houston of Chicago; god daughter, Felicia Levert of Chicago; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Terrel Julius “T.J.” Rance

Terrel Julius “T.J.” Rance

Services for Terrel Julius “T.J.” Rance of Jackson were Saturday, Nov. 3, at Morning Star Baptist Church with burial in Garden Memorial Park.

Mr. Rance, 80, died Oct. 29, 2001. He was born in Fernwood on July 21, 1921 to Henry and Christine Rance.

He was retired from state employment as a Senior Health Care Planner. He was formerly a teacher and principal at Eva Harris High School.

Preceding him in death was his daughter, Veronica Renea Ellis.

Survivors are his wife, Bertha Rance; six children, Marionette Hamilton, Janet Holmes, Charles Rance, Stacey Rance Gaines, Crystal Monique McLin and La Tasha Estus; five grandchildren; a sister, Vivian Broussard of Houston, Texas; and three brothers, Johnny Rance of Yakima, Wash., Jake Rance of Portland, Ore., and Willie Chester of Houston, Texas.

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Eva Harris property up for sale

Eva Harris property up for sale

Eva Harris Alternative School and a former principal’s and coach’s house on the Enterprise Attendance Center campus are for sale.

The two buildings will be sold separately after the Lincoln County Board of Education declared them as surplus property Monday.

The centralized alternative school became expendable in January when the board approved a plan by Superintendent Terry Brister to relocate alternative students to their respective campuses.

Eva Harris, Brister said, simply no longer meets the needs of the district.

“I looked at it to see what we could use it for in the future. I couldn’t see any way it would help us, because of future plans and the progress of the Lincoln County School District,” he said.

Brister said several issues were considered in making the decision, including the new bond-funded facilities, other available locations for future plans, cost of maintaining the building and insurance premiums.

“I didn’t see it playing a role in the future of this district,” he said.

The superintendent said he and the board are beginning to discuss some changes in the district that would require locating or relocating some existing or new services, but Eva Harris was not a location being considered in those plans.

“That played a major role in my decision-making, because we may do some other things at other sites,” he said. “I’m looking at it all.”

He declined to discuss what those plans might be.

“We’re in the talking phase of changing other locations and facilities, but Eva Harris would not accommodate them,” he said. “It’s really too early to talk about those plans.”

At Enterprise, Principal Bruce Falvey said campus expansions in 1999 and the current bond-funded construction each took a slice of the existing parking lot, and faculty and student parking at the school was beginning to become critical.

“Parking is not very plentiful and we just need more of it,” he said. “We’ve continued to grow and the more people you have, the more vehicles you have.”

The need is apparent daily, Falvey said, but especially during athletic events.

The 1940s-era home, which has served the district in the past as a principal’s and coach’s home, has outlived its usefulness, Brister said.

“It’s basically not going to serve us in the future, and we need the space,” he said. “All four schools have parking problems, and we are trying to address them as quickly as we can. This will solve the problem at one of those schools.”

Until recently, Brister said, Jerry Meador had been living in the house. When he was promoted to principal of Bogue Chitto Attendance Center late last year,he moved. No one has lived in the house since Meador moved out around Christmas.

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Blanchie Ree Jenkins Dillon

Blanchie Ree Jenkins Dillon

Services for Blanchie Ree Jenkins Dillon of Brookhaven were 11 a.m., today, Dec. 28, at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Mt. Olive Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Dillon, 60, died Dec. 20, 2004, at her residence. She was born in Quentin on Dec. 24, 1943, to Frank Jenkins and Cora Jenkins Smith of Brookhaven.

She was retired after 32 years of service. She was a 1963 graduate of Eva H. Harris. She was a graduate from Jackson State University, and she received her Master’s degree from Mississippi College. She was a member of Greenwood Mississippi Baptist Church, where she served as senior choir member and financial secretary. She also served with Women Empowered Women, Chosen Single Ministry, and as a Sunday school teacher. She served as secretary of the Brookhaven Singing Union and the South Mississippi Singing Union. She taught in the Hazlehurst Public School District. Mrs. Dillon served as director for St. Paul’s Daycare and New Vision Preschool in Brookhaven. She also taught at Mississippi Job Corps in Crystal Springs.

Preceding her in death were her father; and two sisters, Revel Jenkins and Versie Bell McCray.

Survivors are her mother; her sons, Frederick F. Dillon and Roderick R. Dillon, both of Brookhaven, and Willie L. Dillon Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; her sisters and a brother-in-law, Lillie R. Floyd, Julia and Shelby Mitchell, and Frankie Chandler, all of Brookhaven; her adopted sisters, Betty J. Dillon, Charlestine Waterman, Annie L. Tillman, JoAnn Robinson, Maxine Dillon and Mary P. Smith, all of Brookhaven, and Patricia Dillon of Denver, Colo.; her adopted brother, Levi Dillon of Brookhaven; her stepsisters, Thelma Dixon of Brookhaven and Ina Thomas of Milwaukee, Wis.; her stepbrothers, Alcorn Smith of Milwaukee, Wis., and Billy Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; a special niece, Rose Byrd; a special friend, Nathanial McCray of Brookhaven; a godson; and a host of other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

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1967 Class Roster


Robert O. T. Adams, Precious Allen, Bertha Nell Baker, Willie Ann Beard, Eugene Black, Alice Mae Blue, Shirley Boarden, Bennic Bowman, Jewell Brown, Yvonne Bullock, Jessie Butler, Johnnie B. Byrd*, Dessie Carter, Albert James Cooks, Alice Cooks, Norris Crossley*, Robert J. Culver, James Demyers, Betty J. Edwards, Carl H. Edwards, Anthony Fairman, Jr., Willie Ray Fairman, Millie T. Ferdinand, James Ferguson, Jacqueline Freeman, Doris Galloway, Willie A. Gayten, Rufus Humphries, Versie Henderson, Jr., Linda Henderson, Jo Dell Hunter, Herman Henderson*, Elease Hooker, Revel N. Jenkins*, Frankie L. Jenkins, JoAnn Johnson, Lee Anna Jones, Roosevelt Kelly, Dolores Kees*, Melvin Levy, J. T. Hooker Blue, Dorothy Mallard, Major Mallard, Jr.,  Peggy Joyce Miller, Imogene Keys, Pearline London, Johnnie L. Magee, O’Neal Martin, Eunice May, T. L. May, Lloyd Charles McMorris, Melton McMorris Jr., Douglas McNulty, Richard Moss Jr., John Newton, Daisy M. Newsome, Shirley A. Patterson, Robert L. Porter, June D. Price, Louise Porter, Amanda Richardson, Helen J. Roberts, Bessie Redd, Nod Richardson, Florence Rancifer, Mary Richardson, Betty J. Sanders, James E. Scott, Catherine Smith, Charlcne Smith, Deborah Smith, Dorothy V. Smith, Gloria Smith, Helen P. Smith, Jerry Smith, Leroy Terrell, Mable Lene Terry, John A. Tillman, Shirley A. Thomas, Mazie L. Townsend, Willie Mae Watson, Eddie L. Washington, Otto Washington, Troy Washington, Bonnie Dell Williams, Patricia Williams, O. C. Williams, Virgie M. Winston, Doris Wiseman, Berdia J. Woods


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1966 Class Roster


Beatrice Adams, Julie N. Ard, Carrie Barnes, Marilyn Barnes, Ora L. Beard, Cora Bracey, Brenda Brown, Mary L. Brown, Francis Bullock, Annie Cameron, Mary Coleman, Bobbie Corley, Mary E. Dalton, Bobbie Edwards, Lynell Edwards, Oma Ferdinand, Carolyn Franklin, Patricia Franklin, Thelma Freeman, Patricia Harris, Versie B. Jenkins*, Lee Ester Lyons, Elnora May, Margaret Mikell, Loretta Milton, Lucille Milton, Sandra Moore*, Rosie Moss, Gloria McNulty, Patricia McNulty, Linda Newton, Alice Porter, Louise Porter, Vena Price, Bessie Redd, Gloria Richardson, Peggy Richardson, Shirley Richardson, Thelma Richardson, Annie Smith, Jeardean Stovall, Marilyn Tillman, Mary C. Washington, Lillie Watson, Willie M. Watson, Beatrice Wilcher, Pinkie Williams, Sandra Wilson, Sammie Bailey, Albert Barnes, James Beard, Bennie Bowman, James Bowman, Othel Brown, Hollis Butler, Edward L. Byrd, Jewel Carter, John H. Clark, Jerry Collins, Willie L. Dalton, James Edwards, Willie R. Fairman, Jimmy Ferguson, Willie B. Fields, Allen Frelix, Johnny Hill, Robert C. Holmes, Johnson Hooker, J. B. Johnson, Willie Love*, Willie D. Lyons, Larry Marks, James May, T. L. May, Willie Mingo, Robert Moore, Fred McDaniel, Leon McDaniel, Samuel McMorris, Vincent Porter, Roger Ratcliff, Emale Redd, James Robinson, Alex Robinson, Jonathan Robinson*, James Sandifer, Clarence Smith, James E. Smith, Louis Smith, Harvey Sutton, John Tobias, Cornelius Trunner*, Benton Turner, Thomas Turner, Curtis Tyner, Charles Watkins, Andrew Williams


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