Louise McCormick McKelroy, 81, of Calhoun City, died June 26, 2011 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born July 22, 1929 in Sledge, the daughter of Chester Jack and Hattie McCormick. She was a retired employee of Union Planters Bank and was an active member of the First Baptist Church.
Myrtilla Burris Kirk, 74, died Thursday, June 23, 2011 at South Sunflower County Hospital due to an accidental fall at her home while entertaining her family. She was born April 14, 1937 to Waitus Rankin and Lorene Ruth Burris at Pittsboro. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at the age of 9. She graduated from Mississippi College where she was elected Miss Mississippi College her senior year. She spent her life serving God in His church, loving and raising her children, and serving others in her vocation for 13 years as teacher for the gifted in the Indianola School System. She was married to Bobby Kirk June 18, 1960 and had just celebrated 51 years of marriage. They served faithfully together in Roundaway Baptist Church where she was youth and choir directors, and Sunday School teacher. Her life was a wonderful testimony of her love for the Lord, family, and friends.
Larkin S. Alford Jr., 48, of Carroll County passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at his residence. He has been dedicated to serving the community as a locksmith for 27 years. He had a passion for the outdoors and a love for working on the family farm. He was a dedicated family man and will be deeply missed by both family and friends.
Joan Shelton Rutland, 59, of Pascagoula and formerly of Bruce, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in a local hospital. She had been a resident of Pascagoula since 1973. She was born November 17, 1951 in Millington, Tn., to Tillman Leon and Ruby Ward Shelton. She was a graduate of Mississippi College and worked as an educator for 34 years, 25 of those with the Pascagoula Independent School District. She was a member of Arlington Heights Baptist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. As a teacher, she helped shape the lives of hundreds of school children. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Phillip Parker, 60, of Mathiston, died June 27, 2011 at his home. He was born June 2, 1951 in Houston, the son of Wood-row Wilson and Gladys Allred Parker. He was a retired draftsman for Gulf States Manufacturing and was a member of Clarkson Baptist Church in Webster County.
Clinton D. Collums, 82, of Homer, La., died June 25, 2011 at Presbyterian Village, Homer. He was born February 11, 1929, the son of Webb and Alemdia Collums. He was a retired employee of Dept. of Defense, member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Homer, and was a Korean War Veteran.
Dr. Bobbye Chancellor, 84, of Collinsville, died June 21, 2011, at Meridian. She was a retired United States Department of Agriculture Veterinarian who in her early years as a veterinarian had a mixed practice with her husband Dr. James E. Chancellor, Jr., Macon. A member of Antioch Southern Methodist Church, she is perhaps best remembered for her active participation in veterinary medicine, and the encouragement and opportunities she worked to provide to young women entering the profession. Her accomplishments include graduating from Auburn Veterinary Medical School in 1951 as the seventh woman to complete the degree, running a small and large animal veterinary practice, two term American Veterinary Medical Association vice president, Women’s Veterinary Medical Association president, State of Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year, frequent volunteer and continuous supporter of U.S. Pony Club, lover, owner and trainer of Arabian horses, and over 25 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jim Ed Shumpert, 55, of Derma, died June 23, 2011 at his home. He was born September 29, 1955 in Aberdeen, the son of Edmond and Louise Baltmon Shumpert. He was retired from Leggett & Platt, Houston, and had served in the Mississippi National Guard nine years.
Bruce Sawmill Festival quickly approaching; schedule includes arts & crafts, car show, politics, music
By JOEL McNEECE
The Aqua King and Queen pageant, golf tournament, car show, live entertainment, political speaking, arts and crafts and homemade ice cream are among the many highlights of the upcoming Bruce Sawmill Festival set to begin Thursday, July 7.
The Calhoun County Journal won five awards, including top honors for best sports feature story and best general news photograph in the Mississippi Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.