Hurricane Katrina

James Lacey Brown, 70, Biloxi

James Lacey Brown, 70, had a difficult time getting to know his son, but before the storm, they spent time riding around together, Williams said.

The elder Brown had recently retired from the city and was taking it easy.

"He loved to do tree work," she said. "He loved to work. Before, he did a lot of work for other folks, but he just sat around a lot. He was retired."

Brown and Williams had known each other for nearly 25 years; he lived in a house behind hers.

"We weren't married, but we were together for a long time," she said.

She said Brown, a Durant native, had long, curly hair and had been in Biloxi since before Hurricane Camille.

Brown's body was only recently identified by the Harrison County Coroner's O ffice.

The storm surge collapsed the house the family was in and swept them out in water that was higher than the backyard fence.

Williams said of those seeking shelter in the house, she never would have expected the storm to take those two.

"We fought through the storm all day," she said. "I thought those two would have been OK. I don't know why we didn't leave. I never thought it was going to be this bad."

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