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Josephine Griefield Pratt, 1935 – 2020

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Josephine Griefield Pratt died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Merit Health-River Region Medical Center. She was 85.

Mrs. Pratt was a native of Vicksburg and the daughter of the late Elmer Vincent Griefield and Angelina Morrissey Griefield, and is the last surviving grandchild of Tom and Josephine Morrissey. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy and Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., She lived in Memphis, Tenn., for a short period of time. While there she was a founding member and principal of Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. After returning to Vicksburg, she taught special education at St. Francis. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Mrs. Pratt was a very civic-minded individual, active in Keep America Beautiful-Vicksburg Chapter, a strong supporter of public education and the Leader In Me program. Historic preservation, community development, and public health and welfare were her passions in the community. As a business owner, she restored and renovated many homes in Vicksburg, including Belle of the Bends, which she owned and operated. An avid gardener, Mrs. Pratt was a long-time member of Green Hills Garden Club.

Mrs. Pratt is survived by three sons, Wayne Pratt (Paige) of Madison, Miss.; Thad Pratt (Wyn), and Bryan Pratt (Vickie), both of Vicksburg; two foster daughters, Kim Anh Do (Pat) of Portland, Ore., and MyAnh Stenson (James) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren: Lauren Pratt Wallis (Trent), Ashton Pratt, William Pratt, Mallory Pratt, Brandon Pratt, Cameron Pratt and Sara Pratt.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Riles Funeral Home. A funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William Pratt, Brandon Pratt, Cameron Pratt, Ashton Pratt, Trent Wallis and Percy Shorter. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne McMaster, Skippy Tuminell and Wallace Pratt.

Memorials may be made to Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, 7901 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138, or to St. Michael Catholic Church, 100 St. Michael Place, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

 

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Floyd Henry Coghlan Sr., ‘Son,’ 1927 – 2020

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Son Coghlan with his last game hunted by crossbow.

Mr. Floyd Henry Coghlan Sr., “Son,” 93, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his home, surrounded by family, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Born Aug. 18, 1927, Son was one of 8 children to Ethel Estelle Screws and Edgar Floyd Coghlan of Spanish Fort, Mississippi, (Holly Bluff) where Son was raised and spent the majority of his life as a Delta farmer (Coghlan & Sons Farm). Prior to farming, Son also worked in oil fields in Texas and Mississippi and was employed at Mississippi Chemical in Yazoo City.

While working oil fields in Laurel, Mississippi, Son met his loving wife, Ozzie Coghlan (married 1956), with whom he loved and raised five children, later blessed with 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A Korean War Veteran, Son served his country proudly in the U.S. Army.

Known affectionately by his family as “Pawpaw,” Son was an avid fishermen and hunter, gardener and even mud-truck racer. He enjoyed spending time with his family and employees on the farm and sharing his love of the great outdoors.

Son was preceded in death by his daughter Deborah Carter and grandson Dudley Carter; brother Jean Coghlan; sisters Clara Mae Screws, Louise Templeton, Ethel Cliburn and Geneva Millwood.

Son is survived by his wife Ozzie (Lampkin) Coghlan; children Charles Graham (Kathy), Sandra Coghlan Coleman, Henry Coghlan (Yolanda), Ike Coghlan (Angie); grandchildren  Jeanna Wood, Abby McPhail and Brelan Yelverton, Kallie Ketchum and Billy Carter, Jay Coleman and Deborah Luke, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Crystal Massey and Floyd Coghlan, Megan Coghlan, Blake Coghlan, Alex Madesclaire, Taylor Dean and Katie Dean; great grandchildren Hanna Cearnel, Thadius Cearnel, Tucker Wood, Mason Wood, Sarah Kate Mcphail, Brantley Yelverton and Turner Yelverton, Coleman Miller, Jodi Luke and Breanna Luke, John Hagen Ketchum, Carter Ketchum and Maizey Ketchum, Carson Massey, Carolina Massey and Caleb Massey, and Lawson Hogue; sisters Mary Dorris and Sylvia Coghlan. Son is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of family and friends.

Services are postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. The family is requesting donations in Son’s memory to Holly Bluff Baptist Church.

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Nona Ford, 1937 – 2020

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Mrs. Nona Ford passed away at Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 83.

Nona was born on Feb. 11, 1937. She was married to her late husband, William B. (Sonny) Ford, for 63 years. Nona and Sonny moved to Vicksburg in the 1950s. Nona was a loving wife and a supportive mother. She spent her younger life raising her children. Later in life, Nona took pleasure in enjoying her grandchildren and being outside. Nona had a deep love for the Lord.

Visitation for Nona will be Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg. A memorial service will begin at noon. A graveside service will follow directly after the memorial service.

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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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