Bobbye McCormick

Bobbye D. McCormick, 82 of Bruce, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital  in Oxford. Born March 2, 1932 in Palmer, Ar., she was the daughter of the late Cecil Loring Tharpe and Lucy Idenia Self Tharpe.
She was a retired group manager from North MS Regional Center. She was a loving devoted mother, friend and wife, a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Eastern Star. [Read more...]

Lillian Hamilton

Lillian G. Hamilton, 101, of Pittsboro, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Bruce Community Living Center in Bruce.  She was born August 16, 1913 in Arkansas to Thad Vanlandingham and Maude Duncan. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church. [Read more...]

Bonnie Sue Bray

Bonnie Sue Bray, 67, of Bruce, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Calhoun Health Services Hospital in Calhoun City after a brief illness as a result of a longtime battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Born January 13, 1948 in Vardaman, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Cook and the late Virginia McGee Cook. She was married to Jimmy W. Bray for nearly 49 years, having wed June 10, 1966. She was a longtime farmer’s wife and  member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was a loving homemaker.  [Read more...]

Wendell Smith

Wendell ‘Dale’ Smith, 57, of Tuscaloosa County, Al., and formerly of Bruce, died January 31, 2015. He was born April 20, 1957 in Pittsboro, the son of Frances Jean Lee Petty. He accepted Christ early in his life and was baptized. He began working for the Weyerhaeuser Company during his junior year in high school. He graduated from Bruce High School in 1976 and joined the Army National Guard. After being united in holy matrimony to Annie Kaye Bean, the couple moved to Columbus, where he continued to work for Weyerhaeuser and serve in the National Guard. The marriage produced two daughters. His interests included family vacations, hunting, fishing, hiking, weightlifting, and amateur photography. [Read more...]

Jimmy Luther

Jimmy Curtis Luther, 67, of Houlka, died  Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Saturday, February 22, 1947 in Calhoun County, he was the son of the late William C. “Bill” Luther and the late Mary McDonald Luther. He was retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after serving 43 years, from 1966 until 2009. He was a member of Cooke Memorial Baptist Church. [Read more...]

Barbara Murk

Barbara Sue Murk, 72, of Bruce, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at her residence. Born  April 19, 1942 in Ethel,  she was the daughter of the late Marvin Moorhead and the late Belva Shoemaker Moorhead. She was the wife of the late Billy Murk. She was a retired floral designer for The Grapevine, and a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Chruch.  [Read more...]

Hunter McGreger

Hunter Lee McGreger, 13 of Vardaman, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Calhoun Health Services  Hospital in Calhoun City. Born April 14, 2001 in Biloxi, he was an 8th grader at Vardaman School and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.  [Read more...]

J. Fred Burke

J. Fred Burke, 98, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at Golden Age Nursing Home of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born on January 5, 1917 in Calhoun County, MS to the late William and Mae Seale Burke. He was a charter member of North Greenwood Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and taught the 10 year old boys’ Sunday School Class for many years. He attended Delta State and taught school before serving in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star. He and his wife Mary Alice moved to Greenwood after the war and he was retired District Manager for United Insurance Company.  He was a longstanding member and President of the Greenwood Lions Club. [Read more...]

Gladys Cantrell

Gladys Boggus Cantrell , 90, of Water Valley died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – NMS  in Oxford.  She was born May 29, 1924 in Calhoun County, MS to Garlin Boggus & Arvilla Cleveland Boggus.  She was a retired seamstress for Kellwood & a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City, MS. The funeral service will be Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City, MS with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating.  Burial will be Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers are Adam Langham, David Cantrell, Casey Ward, Davin Ward, Chris Ward, & Don Ward.
She is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Terry) Anthony, Water Valley; son, Fred W. (Fredda) Cantrell, Tupelo; five grandchildren, Derek (Alice) Smith, Madison, AL; Michelle (Cayce) Washington, Water Valley; Desha (Brad) Ferguson, Water Valley; David Cantrell, Tupelo; & Kelly (Chris) Clark, Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Chase, Brent, & Staci Smith; Mallory & Carlye Washington; Peyton & Braxton Ferguson;  two sisters, Irma (Don) Ward, Big Creek; Peggy Dunlap, Metheun, MA;  special friend since childhood, Clemmie Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Cantrell, parents & two sisters, Dorris Ann Boggus; & Ruth McNair
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B.C. Ruth

Bryce Clinton Ruth, Sr., 94, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Indywood Estates. He was born in Pittsboro, on May 28, 1920, to Barney Edward Ruth and Sara Elizabeth Armstrong Ruth. He proudly served the United States Army during WWII, where he became a Purple Heart recipient for his actions as a forward observer in Northern Africa and Italy. [Read more...]