- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A former Vicksburg resident has left an endowment totaling about $30,000 to the city for Cedar Hill Cemetery.

City Attorney Nancy Thomas told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this week that longtime resident Mildred Miller Roshore had left 10 percent of her trust to be used for the cemetery, according to The Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/1qvVNlg ). Roshore died in 2008 while living in Clinton.

Thomas said the city will receive about $25,000 of the money within 60 days, and the remainder in quarterly payments through June 2018.

City officials are waiting to determine what is specified under the terms of the endowment before spending the money.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he would like to see the money used for a benevolent fund to assist the poor with burials.

Alderman Willis Thompson said there are roads in the cemetery that need work. “They need to be paved and repaired. I think that would be a good way to use the money,” he said.

Ashley Wells, the trustee for Roshore’s estate, said the trust fund is composed of money left to Mrs. Roshore and her sister, Jo Nell Miller, after their brothers, Jack and Louis Miller, died, and from a trust set up by Roshore and her husband of 50 years, Edwin. Roshore’s brothers are buried at Cedar Hill. The cemetery funds became available after Edwin Roshore died on January 2014.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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