Namesake of Miss. landmark Margaret’s Grocery dies

Published 12:19 am Friday, October 9, 2009

Margaret Dennis, the namesake and longtime proprietor of a grocery store that became a folk-art landmark in the Mississippi Delta, has died. She was 94.

Dennis died Monday at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Cool Springs M.B. Church in Vicksburg with burial in Cedar Hills Cemetery. W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dennis is survived by her husband, the Rev. Herman Dennis, who turned the couple’s modest grocery store into a maze of red and white bricks, Christmas lights, Mardi Gras beads and signs with theological slogans.

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She also is survived by a stepdaughter, Cora Dennis Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Mississippi Arts Commission: derscore)grocery