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Josephine Hart Simrall Gilliland, 1919 – 2019

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Josephine Hart Simrall Gilliland passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at River Region Medical Center.

Mrs. Gilliland was born Dec. 8, 1919, at Ballground Plantation, Redwood, Miss., to Bell Newell Simrall Sr. and Bessie Edwards Simrall. Her mother died when she was 5 years old, so she spent her school years in Belzoni, Miss., with her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Edwards; only to return home for summers and holidays. Many fun times were spent at Ballground enjoying the country life. Josephine received a bachelor’s degree from Belhaven College in 1941 and continued her education at the University of Tennessee and Mississippi State University.

In 1945 Josephine met World War II veteran, Harry Hunt Gilliland Sr., of Cleveland, Miss. The two were married at her Ballground family home. The union lasted until his death 47 years later in Vicksburg, Miss. Two children, Harry Jr. and Rosalie helped complete many happy years with family and friends, including 25 years in the Vicksburg Public School System.

Josephine always gave her time to her home, family and friends; and community, serving where there was a need. She was active at Hawkins Methodist Church before joining Crawford Street United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Sunday School Class, Women’s Division and XYZ. Her local club work included Retired Teacher’s Association of Vicksburg, American Association of University Women, First Families of Mississippi, Daughters of the American Revolution, Redwood Homemakers and Magnolia Garden Club; holding offices in each organization. Josephine made many lifelong friendships in these clubs.

She is survived by son, Harry Hunt Gilliland Jr. (Jenifer) and daughter, Rosalie Simrall Gilliland Theobald. Also survived by Harry’s children Hunt Klaus Gilliland (Lindsey) and Gareth Gilliland Lampkin (Randy), Rosalie’s children John Thomas Theobald, Richard Hunt “Beau” Theobald and Joseph Edwards Theobald (Nikki). Great grandchildren are Riley Dean Lampkin, Gray Thomas Lampkin, Lachlan Klaus Lampkin, Joseph Cameron Theobald, Emma Nicole Theobald, Dustin Louis Theobald, William Hunt Gilliland and Samuel Phillips Gilliland; sister Will Mary Simrall Pratt, children James E. Pratt, Jr., Mary Jo Pratt Van Zandt, Sally Pratt Harris and grandnephew Bell Newell Simrall IV (Sweyn).

At the time of her death, Josephine was residing at Legacy (formally Olive Branch) Nursing Home in Tallulah, La. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Helen Cooper for being Mama Jo’s dear sweet roommate who was such a loving friend and guardian angel.

Preceded in death by her husband, Harry Hunt Gilliland, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Robert Lafayette Edwards and wife Josie Hart Edwards, and second wife Emily Edwards; paternal grandparents, Bell Newell Simrall & wife, Sue Lum Simrall; father Bell Newell Simrall, Sr.; wife Bessie Simrall & step-mother Mary Barber Gorman Simrall; brother Newell Simrall, Jr. (Calista), sister Bessie Annette Simrall and step-brother James E. Gorman, Sr. (Mary); step-aunt & best friend Jennie Barber Witty and her surviving sons Robert (Sally), John (Susan) and Frank (Mary Ann).

Graveside services under the direction of Riles Funeral Home were held Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. with her special grandnephew, Newell Simrall, IV, giving the heart-felt eulogy, and hymns were sung by a dear friend, Sharon Penley.

Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford Street Vicksburg, MS 39180 or a charity of your choice.

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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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