The people behind The Oxford EAGLE — and why we do what we do
Head Pressman Eddie Lance, a native of Grenada and a graduate of Delta State University, began working for The Oxford EAGLE in 1994. His duties include supervising production of the newspaper and ordering supplies for the production side of the business. A camping enthusiast, he has visited nearly every theme park in the United States with his family. He is also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He and his wife, Judith, have four children: Edward III, Joseph, Brandon and Heather; and one grandson, Gavin.
Eddie’s reason: “This is a good place to work, and it’s nice to have good relationships with your employers. Fixing the press when something goes wrong can be stressful, but I like knowing I can do it.”
Pressman Rayford “Bo” Brassell, a graduate of Lafayette High School, began working at The EAGLE in 1987. In addition to his pressman duties, which include the operation and maintenance of the press in the production of the newspaper, he has served as a route carrier. He and his wife, Joester, have three children: Tambra Brassell, Rayburn Brassell and Kelvin Egerson.
Bo’s reason: “My favorite thing is using the old camera to make a negative for printing. I only get to use it once a week now, when we print the Coffeeville paper. But I love it — it’s been here for years.”
Inserter Patricia Foster was born in Oxford and raised in Los Angeles. She returned home and has worked with The EAGLE since 1993. She has four children: Bernard White, Crystal White, Patrice Foster and Hazel Foster. Off hours, she spends time with her three grandchildren and on Facebook.
Pat’s reason: “It’s the people here, and the gossip, too. There’s some of everything talked about back here.”