Some homeowners are lucky and have their homes sited in areas where the trees seem to have been naturally placed. But for those of us who live in newer subdivisions, where all the trees were removed prior to development, we are challenged with incorporating trees back into our landscapes. Adding trees back will not only improve the appearance of a property but also increase its value. (January 7, 2011, Page 2B)
Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about when LQ.C. Lamar and Dr. Thomas Dudley Isom were elected to represent Lafayette County in the Secession Convention in 1860 on page 2 B in today’s Oxford Living section. (January 7, 2011, Page 2B)
- Marion Whittington Gober — 82, of McGehee died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Graveside services were held Wednesday at Union Ridge Cemetery in Monticello, Ark. Griffin Funeral Home of McGehee was in charge of arrangements.
- Annie Lou Landreth Gore — 78, of Coffeeville died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elam Baptist Church in Coffeeville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.
- Jewel Upchurch Tatum — 71, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union West Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 this evening at Waller Funeral Home and Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at the church.
Water Valley’s seventh-grade boys defeated Charleston 12-8 Thursday night to improve to 3-5 on the year. Makedrius Gooch led the Blue Devils with seven points. The seventh-grade girls also posted a win over Charleston thanks to a late steal and layup. The eighth-grade boys lost 14-12 to Charleston. The team was led by A.J. Hawkins’ four points. All four teams will be back in action Monday at home against Charleston starting at 4 p.m. (January 7, 2011, Page 8A)
The Oxford seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams had no problem pulling off a sweep of South Pontotoc Thursday night in the teams first action since the Christmas break. The eighth-graders defeated South Pontotoc 48-25 thanks to 13 points from Josh Gibbs, eight points from K.T. McCollins and seven points each from David Dennis and Michael McGhee. McGhee and McCollins each had five blocks in the win for the Chargers, who are now 12-2 overall.
Stevie Little writes a guest column to tell the story of her family’s move to Oxford and life with their special needs child and sibling, John Milton Little. She writes about how Oxford offers so much for those with special needs and thanks those who’ve played key roles in her son’s life and those of others in need. (January 7, 2011, Page 4A)
Terry Johnson Sr. writes to comment on Gov. Haley Barbour’s recent controversial words and to encourage all of us to connect with someone different and develop meaningful relationships with others from different cultures. (January 7, 2011, Page 4A)
- Charles Loyd Calder — 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Coffeeville. Burial will follow in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
- Collie Patterson Crouch — 100, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service on at Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
- H. Glen Willard Jr. — 68, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Union Church of the Nazarene in Pontotoc County. Burial will follow at the Old Union Cemetery near Oxford. The family will meet at United Funeral Service in New Albany at 11 a.m. Friday before leaving for the church.