Grace Raley

Grace Ann Henry Raley, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at her home in Banner. She was born June 27, 1953 in Batesville,  to  Thomas Jefferson and Grace Edith Thompson Henry. Grace worked for a number of years at Winchester in Oxford and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and plants, feeding the birds and cooking for her family and friends. [Read more...]

Genita Johnson

Genita Ann Johnson, 64, of Vardaman,  went to her heavenly home Saturday, September 3, 2016, at her residence. Born May 12, 1952 in Magnolia, she was the wife of Myles Johnson. Her birth mother was Maxine Stewart of Memphis. She was preceded in death by her adopted mother, Edna Lindsey. She was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church. [Read more...]

Lyla Mitchell

Lyla Fuggett Mitchell, 90, went to her heavenly home  Friday, September 2, 2016 at Bruce Living Center in Bruce. She was born March 13, 1926 in Calhoun County, the daughter of Walter Fuggett and Winnie Vaughn Fuggett. She was a retired sewing machine operator at Kellwood and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. [Read more...]

Natalie McKinney

Natalie Patricia McKinney, 74 of Bruce,  went to her heavenly home Saturday, September 3, 2016, at NMMC in Tupelo. Born October 22, 1941 in Galveston, Tx. she was the daughter of Louis Paysse and Natalie King Paysse. She was the wife of the late Curtis McKinney. She was a retired office manager Easy Credit Finance of Bruce. [Read more...]

Kenneth Bowling

Kenneth Wayne Bowling, 56, of Water Valley, died Thursday, September 1, 2016, at his residence.
Born Friday, May 20, 1960 in Vardaman, he was the son of the late Billy Wayne Bowling and the late Annie Lou Holloway
Armstrong. He was the husband of Retha Jean Bowling. He was a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church, he was formerly employed with Hardin Trucking.

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John Hodges

John Thomas Hodges, 75, of Grenada, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 27, 1941 in Oneonta, AL to Howard and Julia Hodges. He had served his country in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Warehouse Supervisor with Michelin Tire Corporation. Following his retirement with Michelin, he became a licensed hearing aid specialist and formed Hodges Hearing Aid Service, Inc. [Read more...]

Willa Sexton

Willa Nell Sexton, 51, went to her heavenly home Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born April 21, 1965 in Grenada, the daughter of the late James Miller and Laura James. [Read more...]

Helen Knox

Helen Kelley Knox departed this life on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Bruce. She was 85 years old. She was a native of Coffeeville and a resident of New Orleans. [Read more...]

Tony Lee Hardin

Tony Lee Hardin, 59, died August 17, 2016.He was born in Calhoun City, and lived in Hackleburg, AL most of his life.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hackleburg and had worked for the Northwest Alabama Gas company for over 20 years. He was truly loved by many. [Read more...]

David Sandidge

Faber David "Dave" Sandidge, 84, passed away August 16, 2016, at Floyd Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. He was born October 4, 1931, in Osceola, AR to James Solomon Sandidge and Bonnie Estell Baker Sandidge. He was a band director for 45 years and began his illustrious career in Bruce in 1957.
He earned a Bachelor`s Degree at Memphis State University, his Master's Degree at Ole Miss, and did further graduate work at Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He went on to lead award-winning band programs in Hazlehurst, Clarksdale, Gulfport and North Richland Hills, Tx. During most of those years, he also served as a choir director for Methodist Churches. After retiring to Houston in 1997, he served as interim director for Houston High School, interim choir director at First Baptist Church and built the band program at Hebron Christian School. He was highly acclaimed by both colleagues and students; was named "Outstanding Band Director in Mississippi" by Phi Beta Mu in 1985; was awarded "Excellence in Music Education" by the National Band Association in 1985, and was inducted into the Gulf Coast Band Directors Hall of Fame in 2000. He greatly enjoyed serving as a director with the Mississippi All-State Lion's Band for 11 years and participated in several wins as top band at international competitions. He was a Marching and Concert Band adjudicator in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida. 

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