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Monday, March 30, 2015

Don Whitten

Friday’s obituaries

Leatrice Randle Griffin — 100, died at her home in Coffeeville on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Bro. Donnie Stewart and Bro. Daniel Hathorne officiating.  Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service in the church sanctuary.  McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service of Grenada is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Ann Coleman — 78, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi early this morning. Arrangements are incomplete with Coleman Funeral Home. For complete arrangements, see

Louise Kehoe — 62, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. Michael Haas officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home.

Mary Roy Lambert — 77, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Tenn., with Dr. Bob Agee officiating. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Arrington Funeral Home in Jackson, Tenn. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell “Russ” Howell Waldrip — 82, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Alive Hospice Center in Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Blair and Bro. Charles Whitten officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home.

  (March 27, 2015, Page 3A)

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    Following Golden Rule good for everyone

    Serving others is good for them and for you, Editor Don Whitten writes as he discusses two recent phone calls dealing with helping your neighbor and doing unto others as you would have them do to you. (March 25, 2015, Page 4)

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      Former UM student shines with debut novel

      Why do you choose to read a book? The cover, reviews, a connection to the area or Ole Miss? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the debut novel of, M.O. Walsh, a former Ole Miss student in the school’s M.F.A. program. (March 19, 2015, Page 4)

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        How large will field get in 1st District race?

        The addition of Henry Ross to the ballot last week raised the number of candidates for the vacant 1st Congressional District representative position to 11. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the field and what’s ahead for candidates and voters. (March 16, 2015, Page 4)

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          Would you take the last doughnut?

          Editor Don Whitten faced a dilemma: take the last doughnut in the box or not. What would you have done, knowing that unwritten rule about taking the last doughnut, last piece of chicken, last piece of cake, et cetera? See Whitten’s thoughts and actions in today’s column. (March 12, 2015, Page 4)

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            Taking the big step to home ownership

            Editor Don Whitten writes about the pros and cons of home ownership as he welcomes a co-worker to the home ownership club. (March 9, 2015, Page 4)

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              Jim Smith — er, Martin — will be missed


              Those he grew up with in Lafayette County, those he went to school and church with, knew him as Jim Smith. Those who heard him on the radio, on the P.A. at Ole Miss and as the voice of Lafayette High School football for years, knew him as Jim Martin.

              To those privileged to know him in all of his roles, he was just “Jim.”

              James Martin Smith, 55, passed away last Friday at his home. And with his passing, those who knew him best and those of us who knew him pretty well through his nearly four decades in the radio business, another void was created.

              (more…) (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Chargers fall in quarterfinals this morning

                JACKSON — Oxford’s run in the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs came to an end this morning with a 57-56 quarterfinal loss to Wayne County at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on the campus of Jackson State University.

                Cortez Jones led all scorers with 24 points for the Chargers, who had their 10-game winning streak snapped. Josh Gibbs added 12. Devin Paicley-Smith led Wayne County with 19 points.

                Oxford (26-5) led by as many as nine in the second half, but the War Eagles went on an 11-2 run to tie it at 52 midway through the fourth quarter and scored five of the final nine points. Shelby McEwen’s half-court heave at the buzzer drew air.

                For a complete story from Sports Editor Davis Potter, see Friday’s Oxford EAGLE.

                 (March 5, 2015)

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                  Full stories available on website; ice delays deliveries

                  Because of the winter storm in the area, some deliveries of today’s Oxford EAGLE may not be possible until later in the week. We will attempt to deliver as many as our carriers can safely deliver, and send those we can’t deliver out Friday if roads are clear. Also, The Oxford EAGLE offices will close early today because of the weather and travel conditions.

                  As a service to our readers, we will be posting full versions of our bylined stories in today’s paper on the website, oxford (March 5, 2015)

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                    Jim Martin — er, Smith — will be missed

                    Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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