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...]

Allis Hodge

Allis Marie Hodge, 66, of Vardaman, died  Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her residence. She was born January 23, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nv.,  the daughter of the late Woodrow Lantry and the late Charlotte Bartlett  Lantry. She was the wife of the late Ray Hodge. [Read more...]

Sara Brown

Sara N. Brown, 86, of Bruce, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born June 27, 1928, the daughter of the late Ellis Ivy and the late Lura Crocker  Ivy. She was the wife of the late R.B. Brown. She was a member of Church of God and she was a homemaker. [Read more...]

James Ferguson

James E. Ferguson, 85, Bruce, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born June 19, 1929 in Bruce,  he was the son of the late Velton Ferguson and the late Ida McCormick Ferguson. He was the husband of Jimmie Countiss Ferguson. He served in the Navy, and was a retired sawmill owner and logger. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church, lifetime Mason, former member of the Lions Club, former V.F.W member, former community bank board member for Bancorp South, and former School Board member. [Read more...]

Kay Bardo

Charlene “Kay” Trombley Bardo, age 69, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her home in Coffeeville.  She was born March 19, 1945 in Munising, MI to the late Charles Edgar and Greta Masters Trombley.  Kay graduated from Grenada School of Cosmetology and worked for many years as a hairdresser. She later enrolled in the nursing program at Holmes Community College where she earned a degree as an LPN and then worked at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.  Kay enjoyed fishing, writing poetry, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Hill officiating.  Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery with Mason Hardenburgh, Shannon Clements, Eric Allbritton, Andy Bardo, Michael Hill and Marty Bardo serving as pallbearers.  Roger Jenkins, Gaylan Bardo and Garrett Bardo will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kay is survived by her husband, Jimmy James Bardo of Coffeeville; her daughters, Threasa Davis of Henderson, KY, Kimberly Anderson and Angela Jenkins (Roger) all of Olive Branch, and Teresa Whitten of Grenada; her sons, Christopher Hardenburgh (Becky) of Water Valley, Scott Hardenburgh (Melinda) of Grenada, Wheeler Lishman III of Coffeeville, Charles Lishman (Holly) of Hickory Flat, Scotty Bardo (Stephanie) of Bruce, Jimmy Dewayne Bardo (Nathan) of Coffeeville,  and Michael Bardo (Mandy) of Coffeeville; her sisters, Millie Dunn and Carol Dominguez both of Munising, MI and Cora Kerrick of Williamsfield, IL; her brothers, Jerry Trombley of Water Valley, and Lloyst Trombley of Wetmore, MI; twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Braatz and Muriel Binns.

Ruby Winter

Ruby Gorden Brown Winter, 96, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Bruce Community Living Center. She was the daughter of the late Early Brown and Dovie James Brown. She was a faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Church, where she served as secretary and treasurer for several years, and also sang in the adult choir. After her retirement from factory work at Glenn Slacks, she and her husband, Doyle, founded and ran Winter Feed and Seed Store in Vardaman for 15 years. She was well-known throughout Calhoun County for the home-cooked meals she prepared and served every day at the feed store to whomever happened to stop by. She was a community news correspondent for The Monitor Herald for 60 years and The Calhoun County Journal for 49 years. She also served as the female chairperson for Calhoun County Farm Bureau for four years.

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Edsel Blount

Edsel Blount, 86, of Bruce, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at his residence. He was born August 19, 1927 in Bruce, the son of the late Joseph Blount and the late Delon Ivy  Blount. He was a self-employed cattleman and farmer. He was a World War II Veteran. He was a member of Lantrip Baptist Church.  [Read more...]

Kerry Heinz

Kerry Darlene Heinz, 53, of Oxford, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at her residence. She was born August 29, 1960 in Bruce. She was a graduate of Bruce High School class of 1978. Later in life she was a graduate of M.U.W. as an R.N. and was employed by Baptist Memorial Hospital Oxford. She was a member of The Orchard Church, Oxford; founder of the Sassy Sparrows, Oxford, and was an honorary member of Fabric of Hope in Bruce. [Read more...]

Mary June Prophette

Mary June Varnado Prophette of Calhoun City died June 8, 2014 at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis. She was born May 25, 1955, the daughter of Katherine Varnado and Amos Glaspie. Mary Jane, as she was known to many, joined in holy matrimony to the late Gary Prophette Sr., who preceded her in death. She resided in Houston for over 17 years and later moved to Memphis, where she lived until her death. She was a member of Daniel Temple Church of God of Derma, and of the King Rider social club of Houston. [Read more...]