Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Services for Patricia Ann Franklin Washington, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Rose Hill M.B. Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Washington, 60, died Oct. 3, 2007, at her residence. She was born on April 21, 1947, to Luther Franklin Sr. and Ora Lee Franklin.

She was a 1966 graduate of Eva H. Harris School, a homemaker and a member of Rose Hill M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lionel Washington; and her brothers, Luther Franklin Jr., Charles Franklin and Tommie Franklin.

Survivors include her sisters, Ada Rutledge, of Brookhaven, Maxine Banks, of New Orleans, Margie Gurley, of Houston, Texas, and Mary Knox, of Brookhaven; and her brother, William “Larry” Franklin, of Brookhaven.

The family sends its thanks to Divine Care Hospice and Hospice Ministries, of Brookhaven.

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Sandra Calcote

Friday, August 17, 2007 12:00 am

A Brookhaven native died Sunday in a house fire at her Birmingham, Ala., residence, family members said.

The cause of the fire that killed Brookhaven native Sandra Calcote, 60, is still undetermined, said her daughter Kara Bondly, a Birmingham doctor.

“They haven’t really told us anything at all,” Bondly said.

It is believed that the fire started in the kitchen, she said. Calcote was alone in the home.

Calcote had been in Birmingham about six months, Bondly said. She moved to the city to be closer to her daughter, but traveled frequently between Birmingham and Brookhaven.

Calcote retired about 10 years ago from the Lincoln County School District as the child nutrition director, Bondly said. She was also a teacher at Eva Harris School for a number of years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Nola Baptist Church in Sontag, Bondly said.

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Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr

Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr

Services for Alton “Pete” Nelson Jr., of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at New Zion Union M.B. Church in Bogue Chitto with burial in the Bogue Chitto Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Nelson, 58, died Dec. 2, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 6, 1947, to Alton Nelson Sr. and Mynell Holmes.

He was a temporary worker at Specialty Mineral Co. in Brookhaven. He was a 1965 graduate of Eva H. Harris High School. He was a member of New Zion Union M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his father; his son, Victor Nelson; his sister, Jena Kaye Bullock; and a brother, Robert Dorsey.

Survivors are his mother, Mynell Holmes, of Bogue Chitto; his wife, Ruby Lee Nelson, of Brookhaven; his daughter, Remelda Dalton, of McComb; his son, Alton Nelson III, of Brookhaven; his sisters, Sally Godbolt, Deborah Turner and her husband, Benton, and Lorrain Lewis and her husband, Rufus, all of Bogue Chitto; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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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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