Elizabeth Blissard

Elizabeth Smith Blissard, 87, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Fernbrooke Personal Care Home in Houston. She was born May 3, 1927, in Van Vleet to James Jackson Smith and Mollie Mae Neal Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Thorn United Methodist Church. [Read more...]

James Stallings

James Earnest Stallings, 95, a resident of Calhoun City for 46 years, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.  He lived in Tupelo for the past 16 years at Traceway Retirement Community.  He was born February 16, 1919 in Webster County and  grew up on the family farm in Cumberland. He was the son of the late Lonnie Lee Stallings and Mary Earnest Stallings. He graduated from Cumberland High School, Wood Junior College and Mississippi State University. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. For 33 years, he was employed by Farmers Home Administration as County Supervisor in Calhoun County from 1952 until 1969 and as a District Director from 1969 until 1979. After retiring, he founded Stallings Real Estate in Calhoun City and managed it for 12 years. [Read more...]

Glen Parker

Glen Alfred Parker, 81, of Corinth, died July 15, 2014 at his home. Born September 4, 1932 in Calhoun County, he graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1950, attended Itawamba Community College and then received his Bachelor of Science Degree at Mississippi State University in 1956. He completed his education by earning his Master of Science Degree at the University of Memphis. He served his country in the Mississippi National Guard, and worked seven years as a school teacher at Houston High School and Corinth High School. [Read more...]

Lora Edwards

Lora Frances Herring Edwards, 91, of Eupora, died July 11, 2014 at Eupora Long Term Care. She was born August 13, 1922 in Calhoun County, the daughter of Paul Herring and Cannie Bell Neal Herring. She was a homemaker and member of New Hope Baptist Church in Webster Co. [Read more...]

Luther Redwine

Luther Manuel Redwine 90, of Bruce,  died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Bruce Community Living Center. He was born  October, 24, 1923 to Louis Redwine and Vesta Melton Redwine. He was a Baptist and a mechanic.  [Read more...]

Colleen Holt

Colleen Briley Holt, beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt, passed away peacefully in her Huntsville home on July 1 at the age of 63. A private family memorial will be held to celebrate her life.  [Read more...]

Margaret Callahan

Margaret Pauline Callahan, 98, of Bruce, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at her daughter’s residence. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was born May 9, 1916 in Purcell, Ok., the daughter of the late Andrew Cox and the late Jettie Willis Cox. She was the wife of the late Delbert Callahan. Surviving are daughters, Pansy Acker, Rochester, Mi., and Donna (George) Liles, Bruce;

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Rena Patterson

Rena Mae Spratlin Hood Patterson went home to the Lord Monday, July 7, 2014. At the time of her death, she was at home in Old Town community, Calhoun County, where she lived with her daughter, Linda White. The daughter of William Joseph ‘Joe’ and Sarah Ella (Bailey) Spratlin, Rena was raised in a Southern Baptist Christian home. She was a member of Old Town Baptist Church, Pittsboro.

At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Saviour. Her life reflected God’s presence and guidance. Traveling by wagon, she helped raise money for the construction of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Calhoun County. A devoted Christian woman, she has served as  Sunday School teacher, Children’s Discipleship leader, Bible School teacher, church secretary, church hostess, and church clerk. Her faith was practiced in all of her life.

She was married at 16 to Junior Hood, gave birth to their son at 18, and was widowed by WWII at 19. Years later, she married William Claxton ‘Clax’ Patterson. The marriage was blessed with two daughters. They made their home and raised their three children in Calhoun County. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, excellent homemaker, accomplished seamstress, and skilled cook. With advancing years and failing health, she made her home with daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don White. [Read more...]

R.A. Byars

Funeral services for R.A. Byars, 91, were  Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Arcadia with Bro. Jeff Hoffman officiating. Interment will be held today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. in Pinecrest Memorial Garden in Bruce, with full military honors. Parker Memorial of Bruce is in charge of burial.

He was born October 5, 1922, in Pittsboro, to Cecil and Veleria Stewart Byars. He entered into rest July 3, 2014, in Ruston, LA. He graduated high school in Marks,  and went on to Delta State College to receive his BA degree in Business Education, and Masters degree in school administration and Physical Education from the University of Mississippi. He served three years in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the European Theater. He began teaching in 1949 in Mississippi. In 1955, he moved to Arcadia and began teaching business courses and coached basketball for 13 years. In his last few years of teaching, he served as assistant principal. He retired in 1978. Upon retirement, he enjoyed fishing and gardening. One of his greatest joys was his daily visits with each resident of Leslie Lakes Retirement Center and his 2-3 times a week visits with the residents of Willow Ridge Nursing Home. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Arcadia, serving as a teacher of men’s bible study, usher and member of the Joy Club. In 2009, R.A. received the Heritage Award from the Bienville Chamber of Commerce. [Read more...]

Debra Norwood

Debra Norwood, 56, of Water Valley, died  Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born July 9, 1957 in Texarkana, Tx., the daughter of Buford Hallum and Faye Melton Hallum of Texarkana. She was the wife of Steve Norwood of Banner. She was a graduate of Texarkana College and a public school teacher for 30 years as a dyslexia counselor. She received the teacher of the year award in her school district in 1998 Liberty-Eylu High School. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church Texarkana, where she was pianist, also attending Drivers Flat Baptist Church Banner. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Border Chapter 211, Texarkana, and Chapter 5, Water Valley. [Read more...]