Richard Vanlandingham

Richard Earl Vanlandingham, 81, entered his heavenly home surrounded by his loving family, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born August 12, 1936 in Calhoun County to Claxton and Lillian Parker Vanlandingham.
He served his county in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1963. He was a retired saw filer and truck driver.<--more-->

He was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church where he truly loved worshiping with his church family, family and grandchildren. He lived by example and the teachings of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” He was an avid NASCAR fan. His favorite times in life was watching NASCAR races, gospel singing, eating popcorn, watching his favorite western movies and enjoying time with his family and trips to Hardy, Ar.
His favorite quote was “if you are on time you are not late and if you are late you are not on time”. He lived by this quote daily.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charlie Vanlandingham, and sister, Nell Crocker.
Those left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 53 years, Helen Blackwelder Vanlandingham, Pittsboro; daughter, Christie (Joey) Story, Bruce; son, Charlie Frank Vanlandingham, Pittsboro; sister, Margaret (Lewis) Bailey, Derma, and grandchildren, Savanah, Dakota and Kristen Vanlandingham, and Kennedy Story.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Paul Lowe officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Perry Bailey, Sonny Bailey, Bob Brown, Rob Langston, Scott Ledbetter and Charlie Vanlandingham.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Coffee Shop Crew where he enjoyed fellowship with his friends, told tales of old and discussed current events of the day.
Memorials and contributions may be given to Sanctuary Hospice House 5159 W. Main St. Tupelo, MS. 38801 where the staff was so faithful and caring of the family.
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Calendar of Events

•pesticide applicator training will be Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 (check or money order) per person and you must bring your driver’s license or your PAT certification number as we no longer use SSN# as identification. Training will be at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. For more info, call 662-412-3177.

•Bruce vfw 5571 will be open Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24. Karaoke, dance, DJ and music nights. Kitchen/canteen will be open. All are invited.

•Calhoun County Fair meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Anyone interested in helping with the county fair and planning is encouraged to attend.

•multi-county row crop meeting will be Thursday, Mar. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Calhoun County Extension Office in Pittsboro. MSU specialist will discuss all aspects of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat production including fertility, diseases, weed management, phenoxy herbicides and economics. This meeting is sponsored by MSU-ES and Wade Inc. RSVP by noon Tuesday, Feb. 27 by calling (662) 412-3177 to guarantee your meal.

•Calhoun County Forestry meeting will be Monday, Mar. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Program will be a pond management program by Mississippi Department Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks. Call 662-412-3177 by Friday, Mar. 2 for food prep.

•ServSafe Food Certification Class will be taught March 22, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Certification exam will begin around 4 p.m. and should be completed by 6 p.m. The class will be at the Yalobusha County Extension Office in Coffeeville. Cost $140. Deadline to register is February 22. Call Pamela Redwine at the Extension Office at 662-675-2730 to register.

•4-H Advanced Sewing club meeting will be Monday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Call 662-412-3177 for information.

•EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER, to benefit the local Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, will be Saturday, Mar. 3 at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 each will includes soup, water, roll and a handmade bowl by Deer Run Pottery, of Pittsboro. Eat in or carry out. Limited tickets available.

•SOUTH CALHOUn HEAD START CENteR is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year for children ages 3-4 and Early HeadStart ages 0 month-36 months on or before Sept 1. Applications are being accepted from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For info call 628-6585 or stop by the center in Calhoun City.

•#RECOVERY MEETS EVERY Thursday night at 7 p.m. Vardaman First Baptist Church Fellowships Hall. This is a Bible study based on the 12-Step Program. All are welcome. For info call Jerry Murphree 662-414-1107

•Tai Chi classes have resumed at the Calhoun City Public Library. Classes are held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise to increase balance and flexibility. No charge. Contact Patsy Zeidman at 662-628-1378 or the Calhoun City Public Library at 662-628-6331.

•OUR DAILY BREAD FOOD PANTRY accepts monetary non-perishable foods donations all throughout the year. Call 983-4600 or mail donations to P.O. Box 206, Bruce, MS 38915.

•FREE ADULT READING AND WRITING HELP... Bruce First Baptist Church is enrolling adults who wish to learn to read or improve their reading ability. All tutors certified by the MS Baptist Literacy Missions Board. For information, call the church office. 662-983-2218.

•Republican Party meets the third Tuesday in each month courthouse at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

•DOG?LOVERS! LEAGUE?FOR?NO-KILL?SHELTER meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the dog shelter on S. Thompson St. For info, call 983-7471.

•DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL station is open in Pittsboro every third Tuesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the old tax assessor’s office/church building near entrance to the Multi-Purpose Building on Hwy 9.

•LOOSA SCHOONA CHAPTER of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet the second Monday of each month from September through May at Jeffery’s on Bruce Square at 2:30 p.m. Meal is Dutch treat.

•CALHOUN?VETERANS SERVICE?OFFICER Robert Gosa is at the American Legion Building in Calhoun City on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. until. Call for appointment, 628-1933 or 983-9328.

•FOSTER/ADOPT?PROGRAM... safe and stable families sought in Calhoun County. Call 628-412-3183 for info about the MDHS Resource program.

•CALHOUN CITY AMERICAN LEGION POST #50 and American Legion Auxiliary Post 50 meet the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Meal at 6:30 p.m.

•WEIGHT?WATCHERS?IN BRUCE meets every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. at Jody’s Dance Studio.

•BRUCE VFW & AUXILIARY MONTHLY meet second Saturday of each month. Pot luck meal at 1 p.m. Meeting at 2 p.m. To rent building, call Robert Henry 835-9726.

•BRUCE?LIONS?CLUB meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Pizza Palace at noon.

•ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meetings every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Bruce Methodist Church. All are welcome.

•NARCOTICS?ANONYMOUS meets Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Baptist Church, 38 CR?257, Bruce.

•SONS?OF?CONFEDERATE?VETERANS &?Order of the Confederate Roses meet every third Thursday at 6 p.m. All are invited.

•CALHOUN?CITY?ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church, Calhoun City. For info, call 628-4222.

To submit items for the calendar,
call 983-2570, fax 983-7667
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Mary Jo Meeker

Mary Jo Meeker, 76, of Gore Springs, passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Born May 17, 1941, in Earle, AR, she was the daughter of Fred Alonzo and Mamie Bell McCorkle Wood. She was a homemaker, and of Baptist faith.<--more-->

She had tremendous love for her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandchild. One of her greatest joys was spoiling them, but those who knew her will remember she had no fear of giving tough love, and knew she would always tell it like it was. Her family and friends knew her to be an unselfish person, who would do anything for anybody if she was able. She loved to fish and play bingo. Her family will always remember that she also loved telling jokes “even when she forgot the funny part.” A very kind and loving woman, she will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be Monday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home. There will be a visitation at 4 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Bro. Kenneth Armstrong will be officiating.
She leaves behind her daughter, Abby Jo Thomas, Cadaretta; brother, Kenneth Wood, Helena, AR; grandchildren, Markie Bell Thomas, Sarah Jo Thomas and Ryan Perkins, Eupora, and great-grandchild, Kingslee Josiah Perkins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Lee Meeker, and sons, Doug, Timothy and David.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at

Carolyn Denley

Carolyn Whitworth Denley, 78, entered into her heavenly home from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Born October 31, 1939, in Calhoun City, she was the daughter of Bonner and Mae Goodson Whitworth. She was a member of New Gauley Freewill Baptist Church.<--more-->

She was married to Gilbert Alvin Denley, Sr. for over 50 years before his passing in 2010, and together they raised five wonderful children. She graduated from Calhoun City High School in 1957, and went on to Itawamba Community College to pursue a business degree. She retired from Kellwood Co. in Calhoun City after 43 years of service. She was well known for her caring heart and giving soul. Her gracious work with the children of Calhoun County earned her recognition and an honorary award from Excel. In her free time she enjoyed going places with friends. One popular destination was Branson, Mo. Each time she got home she said, “I ain’t never going back!”, only to return again. Her family will always remember the time they were “run out” of Graceland after she was caught sneaking around the back of the pool trying to find Elvis. She also taught line-dancing years ago on Thursday nights at the American Legion. Above all, the most important thing in her life was her family. She cherished the time spent with the kids and grandkids, and her memory will live on forever in their hearts.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Reeder, Bro. Mike Smith, and Bro. Jimmy Vance will be officiating. There will be a visitation from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Big Creek.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jordan Denley, Jonathan Denley, Jon Garrett Denley, Coley Denley, Dan Griffith, and J.B. Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Hamblin, Catlin Doler, Jody Doler, Kevin Doler, and Barney Wade.
She leaves behind a daughter, Laura (Dan) Griffith, Amory; sons, Gilbert (Glenda) Denley, Calhoun City; Garry (Cindy) Denley, Horn Lake; Michael (Laurie) Denley and Heath Denley both of Big Creek; sisters, Linda Doler, Calhoun City and Colleen Clark, Houston; grandchildren, Chris (Beth) Denley, Hernando; Coley (Heather) Denley, Hernando; Jonathan (Machele) Denley, Calhoun City; Jordan Denley, Vardaman; Lauren Denley (J.B.) Long, Tupelo; Jon Garrett Denley, Big Creek; Sydney and Reese Griffith, both of Amory; great-grandchildren, Jemma, Layney, Williamy, Hudson, Hadley, Houston, Ainsley and Anniston Denley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Gilbert Alvin Denley, Sr.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at

Arthur Thomas

Arthur Morris Thomas, 62 of Bruce, passed this earthly life Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Calhoun City. He was born August 8, 1955 in Bruce. He was a merchandiser operator for Weyerhaeuser.<--more-->

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing with his cats. He was a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father Doyle Thomas;, mother, Etheleen Doss Thomas; brother, Jackie Thomas and a sister, Martha Ann Thomas. Those left to honor his memory are his wife of 35 years, Connie Waldo Thomas, Bruce; nephew Ryan (Angel) Thomas, Mantachie, and a niece, Allison (Jacob) Haire, Bruce.
His funeral service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. J.R. Eaton officiating. His final resting place was in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
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