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Ester Mae Jackson, age 78, of Warren, died March 17, 2002, at the Bradley 
Medical Center.

She was born May 16, 1923, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mattie Covington.

She was a retired Dietician and a member of the Flower Club and Social Club.

Survivors include 5 daughters, Shirley (Charles) Graham of Glendora, CA, Christine
Alexander of Altadena, CA, Mattie Jackson, Bertha Jackson, and Lola Jackson, all 
of Warren; 3 sons, James (Eula) Jackson, Curtis Jackson and Christopher Jackson, 
all of Warren; 16 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and 
friends and a special friend Mevelyn Jones.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 23, 2002, at St. James A.M.E. Church with 
Rev. Jessie Washington officiating.  Burial was in Union Cemetery by Hammons 
Funeral Home.

JACOBS, Melvin

Melvin Jacobs, age 72, died August 20, 2000, at the Beverly Nursing Home.

He was born August 31, 1927, the son of the late Pete and Fannie Jacobs.

Survivors include 2 nieces, Lenetta White and Shirley Perry (Hart) of Nashville, TN;
a great nephew, James Hampton, Jr., Nashville, TN; a sister-in-law, Ella Joyce Jacobs,
Warren; a devoted friend, Louievena Rightout; cousins, great nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 23, 2000, at St. John A.M.E. Chruch, 
Rev. Johnny Simpson and Rev. G.T. Blackman officiated.

Burial was in Union Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.


Tillis Jamerson, age 89, died January 25, 2001, at Bradley County Medical Center.

He was born September 24, 1911, the son of the late Dave and Rena Jamerson of Warren.

He was a retired lumber grader at Potlatch.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Juluis Gardner of Hackensack, NJ; 1 brother, Murphy 
Jamison of Rock Island, IL; 8 grandchildren; Julion Gardner-Tyler of Bronx, NY, Denise
Jamerson of Lubbock, TX, Sharon Jamison-Webb, Andrei Jamison and Scharla Jamison 
of East Moline, IL, Anthony Jamison of Chicago, IL, Julius (Jeff) Jamison of Silvis, IL, 
and Eldon Robinson of Rock Island, IL; 2 great grand-children, Cantrese Webb of Lansing,
MI and Terrell Webb of Moline, IL; 4 great great grandchildren, Christopher Webb, 
Brittany Webb, Ryan Webb and Grant Webb; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Chruch.

Rev. Eddie Hampton, Sr., officiated.

Burial was in Union Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.


Fannie M. Jenkins, age 92, died February 14, 2001, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home.

She was born December 7, 1908, the daugher of the late Lee and Julia Marks in 
New Edinburg.

She was a homemaker and a member of Greenland Baptist Chruch.

Survivors include 8 daughters, Opal Anderson of West Helena, AR, Suedean Broughton, 
Pauline Draper and Geraldine Hutchins of Chicago, IL, Dorothy Beasley and Paulette 
Jacobs of Milwaukee, WI, Julia Jensen of Flint, MI, and Helen Boswell of Warren; 5 sons, 
Doyle Jenkins of San Diego, CA, Thomas Jenkins of Stone Mountain GA, James and Claude
Jenkins Jr., both of Milwaukee, WI, Lincoln Jenkins of Chicago, IL

One son, Leonard, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Tuesday, February 20, at Greenland Baptist Church with Rev. Graylin
Wilson, Rubert Waller and Clara Morgan officiating.  Burial was in St. John Cemetery by 
Hammons Funeral Home.

JOHNSON, Rosie Lee

Rosie Lee Johnson, age 90, of Warren, died December 20, 2002, at Wagnon Place 
Nursing Home.

She was born March 1, 1912, in Johnsville, the daughter of the late Harrison and 
Rhodie Rogers Trotter.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Willie Earl (Annie) Johnson of Chicago, IL; five daughters, 
Willie Brandy and Jacqueline Simon of Chicago, IL, Jeannette Armstong of Monrovia, 
CA, Mary York of Warren, Florence Gibson and Jessica (Sydney) Duhe of Baton Rouge, 
LA; two sisters, Charlene Harrison of Crossett and Clorene Belin of Woodbridge, VA; 
two brothers, Earnest Trotter of Detroit, MI and Robert (Inell) Trotter of Crossett; one
sister-in-law, Reola Hemphill of Johnsville; two very dear friends, Cardell Williams and
Perry Green; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild;
nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Johnson, 10 siblings, one son, Roy 
Johnson, Jr. and two grandchildren, Bruce Benson and Tamikia York.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 28, 2002, at Palestine AME Chruch in 
Johnsville with Rev. Daniel Franklin officiating.

Burial was in Palestine Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.

JONES, Thomas, Sr.

Thomas "Nanky" Jones, Sr., age 60, died April 10, 2001, at Bradley County 
Medical Center.

He was born January 21, 1941, the son of the late C.B. and Catherine Jones 
of Hermitage.

He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Icephine Jones; 2 sons, Thomas Jones, Jr. and Casey
(Vanessa) Jones, both of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Kathy Jones of Warren; 2 
sisters, Bertha Jones and Gloria (James) Daniels, both of Warren; 2 aunts, Elmira
Ausby and Theartha Jones, both of Wichita, KS; 9 grandchildren; nieces, nephews,
and other family members.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Church of Christ on West
Central Street, Bro. Robert Waller officiated.

Burial was in Harding Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.

JONES, Wardell

Wardell Albert Jones, age 74, died May 20, 2001.

He was born November 27, 1926, in Warren, the son of Daniel and Ester Jones.

Upon graduating from high schol in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served 2 years. 
He attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he obtained a Bachelor 
of Science degree in mathmatics.  In the early 1950s he moved to Flint, Michigan.  
He retried from General Motors after 37 years of service.

Survivors include one son, Marcus A. Jones of Flint, MI; one grandson, Marcus A.
Jones, JR. of Flint, MI; Stephanie D. White of Cincinnati, OH, whom Mr. Jones 
considered as a daughter; a devoted and loving friend Dorothy Davis of Muscle 
Shoals, AL; and cusins, Esther Bradket of Warren and Kecia Lee Fells of Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Esther Jones; and a cousin 
whom he referred to as a brother, Rev. Frank Bradley.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in 
Flint, Michigan, with Dr. Roy I. Greer, Sr., officiating.  Burial was in River Rest
Cemetery in Flint. 

Pallbearers were friends of the family and members of the ch;urch.  Flower bearers
were the Mt. Olive Baptist Church family and friends of the family.

LARRY, Donald

Donald Harold Larry, age 54, died March 7, 2001, in Bradley County Medical Center.

He was born October 4, 1946, the son of the late Willie Larry, Sr. and Bessie Ingram Larry.
Survivors include one daughter, Bridgette Larry, Milwaukee, WI; four brothers, 
Dwight Larry, Little Rock, Willie Lee Larry, Jr., Milwaukee, WI, Allen C. Larry,
Racine, WI, and Amos Stepps, Enic, OK; one sister, Carolyn Larry, Milwaukee, WI;
nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral serviceswere Saturday, March 10, at Hammons Funeral Home Chapel with
Rev. Eddie Rice, Sr., officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

LEAKS, Milton

Milton Leaks, age 82, died September 26, 2001 at Wagnon Place Nursing Home
in Warren.

Survivors include 6 sons, Tharman Leaks of Marvell, Norman Leaks and Milton
Leaks, Jr., of Camden, Roy Leakes of Oklahoma City, OK, Caly Leaks of North
Carolina and LeErnest Leaks of New Edinburg; 3 daughters, Mildred McCree 
of Warren, Missie Radford of Camden and Ruth Willliams of Bearden; and 23 

Funeral services were Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at the Mt. Zion A.M.E. 
Zion Church in Warren with Rev. Lindsey officiating.  Interment was in New Zion
Cemetery in Warren.

Arrangements were by Reddick Funeral home of Warren.

LEAKS, Sefronnie

Sefronnie Leaks, age 77, of Warren, died Sunday, December 2, 2001.

She was born July 28, 1924, in Summerfield, Louisiana, she was the daughter 
of the late Cleveland Gant and Daisy Leamgston.

Survivors include 9 sons, George Moore and Johnny (Kelly) Leaks, both of 
Warren, Floyd Lee (Faye) Leaks Jr., of New Edinburg, Bishop Leaks, Levester
Leaks, Lonnie (Cindy) Leaks, Donald Ray Leaks, Larry (Kelly) Leaks, and
Randy Leaks, all of Minneapolis, MN; 4 daughters, Willie Pearl (Arthur) 
Wilkerson of New Edinburg, Elsie Ray (Ray Charles) Dupree of Milwaukee, 
WI, Maybeline (Paul) Fudge and Sandy Leaks, both of Minneapolis, MN; 32
grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; special friends, Mr. and Mrs. 
Mathew Swinney, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Swinney, and Sis Georgia Wallace;
nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 8, 2001, at Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, Warren, with Rev. Eddie Rice officiating.  Burial was in 
St. Paul Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.


Mrs. Eva V. Lewis died Thrusday, September 27, 2002, in Danane 
Ivory Coast, West Africa.

She was born September 1, 1919, in Sassa County, Liberia.

She accepted the Lord at an early age and became a member of the 
Evening Star Baptist Church.  She was married to Francis H. Lewis, Sr.,
for 52 years.  Her husband and one son, Francis H. Lewis, Jr., 
preceded her in death.

"Ma Eva", as she was affectionately known, accomplished much during
her lifetime.  She was decorated by the late President Tolbert of Liberia
for her humanitarian services.  She received the highest honor of any
woman in that country.

She was a Deaconess, Matron, Mother of Advisory Board of several 
churches, Past Grand Matron of Deborah Chapter OES No. 11 of 
Kakata & Grand Lecturer, and Past Grandmatron.  She helped build 
and was the founder of the Baptist Church in Bong Maines, Liberia. 
She wa a nurse and instructor of midwifery.  She worked with the 
Red Cross where she taught nutritian and family planning in Kakata
and Bong Mines, Liberia.  She served as the Director Director of 
the Public Health Clinic in Katata for over 25 years before the 
hospital was established.  She spoke 25 different dialects of the
various tribes of Africa.

Survivors include Euphemia (Fee-Fee) and Calvin Jones, Francine 
and Maria Cannon, all of Warren, Maiatoniette Phillips of Burmouth
Dorset, England, Magdaline and Robert Sumo James of Rahway, 
New Jersey, Willimena and Cephus Agby of Kansas City, Kansas; 
27 grandchildren; step-children; a host of foster children; nieces 
and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist
Chruch in Warren at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2002.

Burial will be at Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia.

LOWRY, Mable Rodgers

Mabel Rodgers Lowry, age 75, of Hermitage, died March 25, 1993, 
at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff.  She was born 
January 2, 1918 at Warren, a daughter o the late Dan Rodgers and 
Beulah Rice Robers. She was a homemaker, a member of the 
Hermitage United Methodist Chruch and the widow of Charles Edward
Lowry, who died October 23, 1990.  Surviving are two daughters,
Jacqueline Johnson and Diann Bethea both of Hermitage; one 
brother, troy Rodgers, Hermitage.  One sister Hazel Stedman, 
Warren; 5 grandchildren, Carline Pearce, Tammy Barnett, Tara 
Cicirello, Neil Williams and Lori Williams; five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at Palestine United
Methodist Chruch by Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Wayne Bell.  
Buddy Boykin played and Karen Boykin sang.  Burial was in
 Palestine Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers
were Rodney Boykin, Robbie Lowry, Mike Ashcraft, Phillip Ferrell,
Timmy Boykin, Danny York and Clay Lowry.  Honory pallbearers
were Otha Temple, Lamar Temple, Dale Weatherly, Milford Dees,
Bailey MacHargis, Kriby Bowman and James Temple. 

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Transcribed and submitted to the Bradley County Obituary pages by Dena Calbert-Jordan and provided for transcription by Jann Woodard

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