- Billy Gillentine — 40, died Wednesday in Smellterville, Idaho. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
- Ruby Bernice McGee — 92, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Services will be held at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will follow at Browning Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at East Providence M.B. Church in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Claude Lee Freeman Jr. — 80, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at his home in Water Valley. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill North M.B. Church in Water Valley. Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge City Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.
- Ruby Wright Henry — 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Kingdom Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
- The Rev. William Marvin Kelley Jr. — 72, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Philadelphia M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will follow in Flint Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in Oxford.
- Ruby Bernice McGee — 92, died Sept. 5, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Services will be held at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will follow at Browning Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Providence M.B. Church in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Ina Dean McLemore Gordin Smith — 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Oxford. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland. Burial will follow at Merigold Cemetery in Merigold. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the services at the funeral home.
- Ruby Wright Henry — 88, died Tuesday at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
- Willie C. Willingham — 81, died this morning at the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
The first meeting for the new year for the David Reese Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the home of Maralyn Bullion. This will be the annual salad luncheon. Members are asked to bring a favorite salad. Prospective members are invited to this meeting. Former members who are interested in being reinstated are also invited and urged to attend.
The new regent, Marjorie Clay, will preside and give a report on her trip to Washington and the DAR Continental Congress last July. She will also review plans for the coming year and assign committees for the various projects. More activities with the veterans in the Oxford home are planned as well as programs with the history departments of the local schools and a literacy program. For more information or for directions to Bullion’s home, call 234-3299. (September 7, 2011)
Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregiver Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community, 100 Azalea Drive, in Oxford. Meetings are open to all caregivers interested in those with Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders and provides resources and support for caring for individuals who have memory loss. Refreshments are provided compliments of Azalea Gardens. For more information contact the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging at 877-948-3090 or Jo Ann O’Quin, Department of Social Work, 236-1879 or email@example.com. (September 7, 2011)
A benefit for Ronnie Mills will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the North Oxford Baptist Church Family Life Center. Mills worked most of his life as an Oxford firefighter and helped with many benefits over the years by giving his time and talent. The proceeds for this benefit will go to Mills who has suffered this year with many different ailments and complications with diabetes. Barbecue plates with all the trimmings will be available for eat-in or take-out for $10 each. Entertainment will be provided and a regular auction and silent auction will be held. Door prizes will be available and T-shirts will be sold for $15. For more information, call Sandy Bishop 234-1384 or Bonnie Craig 234-4510. (September 6, 2011)
Newcomers will gather for the annual Fall Kickoff Party at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Greystone Farms. In addition to food, music and entertainment, new officers and committee chairs will be introduced. The catered meal fee must be paid by Sept. 12. New residents in the Oxford area are welcome to join. For more information, a membership packet and monthly calendar, visit or call the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce at 234-4651. (September 6, 2011)
The public is invited to a presentation by Master Gardener, Barbara White, who will discuss “Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden,” Monday at 9 a.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Service on Veterans Drive. For more information, call the Extension Office at 234-4451. (September 6, 2011)
The University Dames invites women faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff to its annual Newcomers’ Reception and Double Decker Bus Tour from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the second floor board room of The Lyceum.
The University Dames is an organization for women who are affiliated with the University of Mississippi (female faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Priscilla at 662-801-6223. (September 6, 2011)
Volunteer Oxford, the community’s new volunteer center, needs area residents to volunteer on a day of service and remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11. Various service site activities will focus on hunger and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Local nonprofits benefiting from this day will be community resources that address hunger: The Pantry, More Than a Meal, Love Packs and the Oxford Community Garden. Volunteers will also honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by working alongside local heroes.
Service site projects include community-wide food drives, gardening and landscaping projects, and helping organize and prepare food. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Oxford Activity Center. Volunteers will work on various service projects that afternoon with a 5 p.m. community supper at Lamar Park. Volunteers will receive a complimentary dinner on the grounds with the community invited to participate in the 9/11 service community event. The community will observe a moment of silence and also recognize and honor police, firefighters, and military servicemen and women.
To volunteer, contact Kelly Shannon at 236-6662 or email email@example.com. (September 6, 2011)