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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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Opal Howell

Mary Opal Orr Howell, 91, passed away peacefully at Baptist Hospital Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Born August 12, 1926, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Jessie Cleland Orr and Ollie Conner Orr. She attended Pleasant Hill School and was a member of Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church. She was retired after working many years at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. In her free time, she loved to work crossword puzzles and tend to her garden. She was also known to be a wonderful cook, and very talented with a sewing needle. Above all things, she loved her family the most. Spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids brought much joy to her life. She will be remembered for her sweet nature and loving heart, and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Elder Calvin Warren and Elder Rusty Wise will be officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Stone, Jeff Howell, Bradley Howell, Will Howell, Mike Howell and Jaron Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be Grover Edington, Tom Reedy, Jimmy Blaylock, Wayne Doler, Kelly Moore, Jonathon Howell and Justin Howell.

She leaves behind a daughter, Marcell (Kenneth) Stone, Calhoun City; sons, Stanley (Sandra) Howell, Raymond, and Jimmy (Jo) Howell, Calhoun City; sisters, Ruth Hodge, Clinton, and Bonnie (Ladurale) Doler, Slate Springs; brother, Harvey Dan (Annette) Orr, Bruce; grandchildren, Wayne (Nikie) Stone, Calhoun City; Jeff Howell, Calhoun City; Laura Howell, Gunnersville, AL; Mike Howell, Raymond; Jonathon (Patricia) Howell, Baltimore, MD; Justin (Jenna) Howell, Louisville, KY; Jaron (Emily) Howell, Charlotte, NC; Bradley (Andria) Howell, Bruce, and 10 great-grandchildren, Lylla, Will, Lilly, Heath, Evan, Lawson, Lylla, Dean, Arianna, Cassidy, and a very special niece, Kay Reedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Earl Howell; son, Jessie W. “Bill” Howell; brother, J.C. Orr, and a sister, Eloise McFall.

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