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Carl Eugene Drake, 1942 – 2020

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Carl Eugene Drake passed away in Metairie, La., Feb. 24, 2020.

Gene was born in Vicksburg on Feb. 13, 1942, and was the son of Clara Frances and Chester E. Drake, both deceased. His sister, Clara Frances Drake, predeceased him.

Gene graduated from H.V. Cooper High School in Vicksburg in 1960. He completed his undergraduate studies and a law degree (Juris Doctor) at the University of Mississippi and was a member of the Mississippi Bar. He was a member and vice president of the Kappa Sigma social fraternity. In college, he graduated from the Officer Candidate’s school with the Mississippi Army National Guard and served for a decade.

Gene and his father co-owned Drake Towing Company in Vicksburg. Gene founded and operated Tideland Corporation, a water transportation company in New Orleans, for over 40 years. He attended First Baptist Church in Vicksburg and transferred his letters and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans for the remainder of his life. He was a pilot, a fisherman, and an avid sailor and was a member of the Southern Yacht Club for decades.

Gene was survived by cousins Stephanie Barrett Branch of Omaha, Neb., Kathe Ellis Baer of Chapel Hill, N.C., Elizabeth Barrett Locatur of Charlotte, N.C. and Martha Anne Ellis Zelski of Keene Valley, N.Y.

A graveside service will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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Jessie Jones, 1942 – 2020

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Jessie Jones passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Jones was born in Eupora, Mississippi. He was a welder at Bechtel Nuclear power plant. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence G. Jones and Lucie Dewberry Jones; siblings Betty Jean Kirksey, Curtis Jones, Louise Sanders, Shannon Jones, Daisy Miller, George Jones, David Jones and Shirley Holman.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Jones; four sons Jessie Jones, Jr., Greg Jones, Christopher Jones and Clarence Jones; two daughters Samantha Morgan and Lisa Jones; a sister Bonnie Fortner; and 11 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at noon in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Glenwood Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Ray Davenport, 1954 – 2020

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Kenneth Ray Davenport passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at his home. He was 66.

Kenneth was born July 27, 1954, the son of Jesse B. Davenport and Florence Nelson Davenport. After he graduated from Florence High School, he worked for Foam Packaging his entire working life, retiring in 2017. He loved hunting, fishing, farming, tractors, cows, cowboy hats and boots.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evelyn Davenport.

He is survived by his son, Samuel Anderson (Angie); daughter, Tammy Dunn; brothers Jesse Davenport, Jr. and Joseph Thompson Davenport (Evone); sisters Martha Oswalt, Liz Owens and Patricia Bozeman; grandchildren Olivia Hamme and Emily Ashley (who took especially good care of him during the last weeks of his life), Haley Wells, Hannah Hasty, Baylen Warnock, Karley Keyes, Woods Anderson and John Hayes Anderson; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl, Mississippi.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Conerly, Jay Hearn, best and lifetime friend Larry Gentry, Wayne Muirhead, Jerry Lee Edmondson, Dewitt Edmondson, employees of Foam Packaging, his sitter Lakeisha Montgomery and the nurses of Encompass Hospice Care.

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Carla Louise Weeks, 1962 – 2020

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Carla Louise Weeks passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at her home. She was 58.

Carla was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Oct. 8, 1962, the daughter of Carlos and Rubye Brassfield Blackmon. Everyone who knew Carla knew she was a very fun- loving person. She believed in family, friends, peace, love and tie-dye. Carla said she wanted all her family, lifetime co-workers and customers to know how much she loved them.

Carla is preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Rubye Blackmon, her sister, Anne Bolls, and her niece Angela Bolls.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Weeks; her two brothers Bobby Blackmon and Bill Blackmon (Betty); nieces Elizabeth Bolls-Kumar (Rajesh), Amber Whitley (Matt), and Sonya Loveless; nephews George Bolls (Eileen), James Blackmon, Bobby Blackmon (Melissa), Joshua Birdno and Anthony Birdno; great nieces and nephews Sheila, Jennifer, Jessica, Hagan, Tyler, Abby, Austin, Noah, Kenya, John, Jacob and Lawson; and her special friends, Katie Wimberley and Sandra Duckworth.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home followed by the service at 2 p.m. Brother Dwight Sibley will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nickalus Romano, Joshua Birdno, Matt Whitley, Steve Loposser and Jonathan Rundles. Honorary pallbearers are Tommye Romano and Stephanie Weeks.

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