- Larry Kelly — 58, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carter Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.
The 1950s-era, steel-truss bridge over the Tallahatchie River on the northern border of Lafayette County on Highway 7 is being taken down. Traffic has been successfully switched over to a new, more spacious and modern bridge. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)
Eight people waited until the last day to qualify for local elections in Lafayette County. As the clock ticked down to 5 p.m. Friday, several candidates waited at the Lafayette County Courthouse to see if anyone would come to qualify at the last minute. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)
Oxford attorney Richie Burnette and members of the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation plan to embark on a historical project that they will never finish. History never ends, and this group of Oxford history buffs plans to create a website dedicated to the history of Oxford and Lafayette County. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)
- Evelyn Epps — 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Sardis Nursing Home in Sardis. Services were held Saturday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with Dr. Tommy Snyder and the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.
- James “Jim” Martin Smith — 55, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home in Thaxton. Services were held Saturday at Philadelphia Baptist Church cemetery with Rick Mize officiating. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
- Robert Charles “Bob” Thierry — 94, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Oxford. Visitation will be held Monday from 3 until 5 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Suisun Fairfield Rockville Cemetery in Fairfield, California.
- Kereria Hatchett Farr — 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 this evening, with family hour from 6 to 7, all at the Serenity Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
The Ford Center at the University of Mississippi will host an exhibit of a rare collection of William Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibit, “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” will be in Oxford for one month in 2016. (February 26, 2015, Page 1A)
No obituaries were submitted for publication today. (February 26, 2015, Page 3A)
- Velda Brown Carter — 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at her home in Batesville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with Michael Bates and Robert Rawson officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.
Born in Harmontown, she was the former bookkeeper for Custom Sign Company in Batesville, and she was also a member of the Batesville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Durrell “Molly” Carter.
Survivors include her nieces, Sandra Snelling of Batesville, Billie Capwell of Pope, and a nephew, Charlie Corsby of Pope.
- Adelaide Ramsey Riley Fisher — 81, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at her home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Oxford. Burial will take place following the service at the Odd Fellow Cemetery in Lexington at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Born in Lexington, she grew up there and attended MSCW and Ole Miss, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She married in 1954, and they lived in Lexington with their three sons. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She served as administrative assistant to the Holmes County superintendent of education for 38 years, retiring in 1995.
In 1995, she married her second husband and moved to Greenwood, where she became a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church, The Explorer Bible Study, The Greenwood Garden Club and The Friends of Cottonlandia Museum. She served as a teacher in Sunday school there. In 2008, she moved to Oxford and made her home there, becoming a member of First Baptist Church, where she continued her lifelong joy in serving as a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Riley, and her second husband, Bobby Fisher.
Survivors include her sons, Mark Riley of Wartrace, Tenn., Chris Riley of Oxford and Matt Riley of Lexington; her stepson, Bob Fisher of West Helena, Ark.; her stepdaughter, Leigh Fisher of West Helena; five grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren.
Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church Oxford, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655; or Lexington Foundation For Excellence (Central Homes Christian School) P.O. Box 14 Lexington, MS 39095. (February 25, 2015, Page 2A)
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As many as 20 new people were expected to become part of Oxford’s government as a result of the biggest overhaul of the city administration since Pat Lamar was elected mayor in 1997. (more…) (February 25, 2015, Page 1A)