Bobby Holder

Robert Everette “Bobby” Holder, also known as “Frog,” 64, of Houston, passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. He was born March 1, 1954 in Vardaman to James Everette and Mavis Winter Holder. He was a farmer, and was retired from Chickasaw Farm Services in Houston. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Calhoun County. He was a loving husband, father, soon-to-be-grandfather, and friend. 

His life was celebrated at Thorn Church of God December 4 with Bro. Tommy Havard and Bro.  Johnny Cherry officiating.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty; daughter Alisha (Justin) Richardson, and one grandchild to arrive in April; his mother, Mavis Holder; sister, Judith Ann (Jerry) Martin; brothers-in-law: Danny Higginbotham, and Jimmy (Linda) Higginbotham, and life-long friend, Randall Langford; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family, and friends that were like family. He was preceded in death by his father, James Everette Holder, his parents-in-law Henry and Ruth Higginbotham.

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STARKVILLE – In the old days, a long drive on a state highway through stretches of rural Mississippi were a reasonably reliable barometer of the voter support, or at the very least, the fiscal health of a statewide campaign. All one had to do was count the billboards and yard signs.
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William ‘Gator’ McCluskey

William Leroy “Gator” McCluskey, 53, of Grenada, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at his residence.  He was the husband of Jennie Faye Huffman McCluskey,  who also passed away the same day.  He was born November 9, 1964 in Houston to William Leroy and Geraldine Reeves McCluskey. He had worked many years as a self-employed electrical contractor and was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church in Calhoun County. [Read more...]

Sherman Higginbotham

Sherman Lee Higginbotham, 79, of Banner, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at his home.

He was born February 19, 1939 in Vardaman to Charlie and Verdie Collums Higginbotham.

A master carpenter by trade, he enjoyed woodworking in his spare time, along with outdoor activities that included hunting and fishing. [Read more...]

Sherman Higginbotham

Sherman Lee Higginbotham, 79, of Banner, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at his home.

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Sherman Higginbotham

Sherman Lee Higginbotham, 79, of Banner, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at his home.

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Paul Lenard

Paul Antony Lenard. 63, of Coffeeville, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born June 27, 1955 in Marks. He was a graduate of Calhoun City High School, Class of 1974. [Read more...]

Johnny Long

John Harold “Johnny” Long, 69, of Holcomb, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born October 24, 1948 in Big Creek to Martin Alexander and Essie Lewis Long. [Read more...]

Shirley Morris

Shirley Ann Stokes Morris, 75, passed away peacefully at North Delta Hospice in Southaven on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Born September 26, 1942 in Greenwood, she was the daughter of the late Argolus Stokes and the late Jeanette Fesmire Stokes.  She was of Pentecostal faith, and was retired from Franklin Corp. in Houston.  In her free time she loved to work in her garden. [Read more...]

John Ellard recalls Pittsboro of the 1930s

On a Sunday afternoon in early April, as we left the restaurant in Pittsboro, John Ellard pointed to the center of the square, where the courthouse had burned in early 1920s.
The curbing around the building and the well in the front were not removed until 1938, he said as we sat in his car before beginning a tour. Jo Ann sat in front and led the conversation, while I sat in back and took notes.

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