IRENE TIDWELL BURKE – 97, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Chet Bush officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Flat Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 5 until 7 at the funeral home.
BETTIE BUSBY – 71, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Plantersville. Services were held Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc, with Brother Ricky Pierce and Brother Jed Daniels officiating. Burial followed in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.
JACOB PRICE JR. – 54, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his residence in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building with the Rev. Alice Blackmon officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
WILLIAM TRAVIS “BILLY” RUTLEDGE – 88, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Services were held at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville, with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial was to follow in Booneville Cemetery.
HATTIE MAE SNEED – 88, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Union Church of the Nazarene in the Hurricane Community, with the Rev. Joe Morse and the Rev. Cecil Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Nazarene Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 this evening at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc and Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church. (September 21, 2010, Page 2)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about “disappearing insurance,” a valuable lesson he was taught as a youngster by Jaybird, a beloved black man who worked with his father. (September 21, 2010, Page 4)
Charles E. Treas writes about how restaurants could help local patrons who leave their credit cards behind by just taking a few minutes of their time, John McKendree writes to tell that Jimmy Nail won the Rolling Thunder rifle giveaway and John Arrechea’s letter explained a bit about the decision to take down a tree at the historic Lafayette County courthouse. (September 21, 2010, Page 4)
Dempsey Brewer scored three goals to help lead the Under 10 Tornados to a 5-1 win over the Crew Monday night in Oxford Park Commission youth soccer action. In the other U-10 game, United blanked the Fire 2-0.
In two U-10 girls league games, the Crew shut out the Galaxy 1-0, while the Earthquakes downed the Sounders 2-0. In two Under-12 boys league games, the Galaxy halted the Earthquakes 4-0, while the Sounders and Wizards played to a 1-1 tie. In the U-12 girls league, the United topped the Sounders 4-1, while the Galaxy topped the Tornados 4-1. (September 21, 2010, Page 7)
The Lafayette Commodores earned their first win in ninth-grade football Monday with a 14-0 shutout of Itawmaba AHS. The coaching staff credited the play of the entire defense and for the team continuing to battle after a slow start to the season.
Cam Herod led the team with a 4-yard scoring run on offense and the return of an interception 35 yards for a touchdown on defense. The team will be back in action at home against Senatobia on Sept. 28. (September 21, 2010, Page 7)
- James Ellis Baker — 59, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will follow in the Banner Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
- John L. Cherry — 77, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. Services were held this morning in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Veterans Garden of the Garden of Memories at Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford.
- Edith Lucille Dickey — 71, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Services were held Sunday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed at Elam Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
- Susan Varas Hannah — 64, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Services will be held at 2 this afternoon in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
- Harry K. Jennings Sr. — died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery East in Memphis. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Bettie Peel — 57, formerly of Oxford, died Sunday in Grand Rapids, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
- William Travis “Billy” Rutledge — 88, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville, with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 this evening and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Oxford’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in the MSU High School Invitational meet held Saturday. Both teams finished fifth overall.
The Chargers were led by Lucien Duchaine who finished ninth overall with a time of 18 minutes, 11 seconds. Marcus Barnes was 16th with a 19:06, Kevin Clancy was 25th with a 19:31, while Wilson Gardner rounded out the finishers with a 35th-place finish (20:03). Scott Parkin and Austin Carter also scored for the Chargers. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
Lafayette’s varsity girls cross country team finished fourth in Saturday’s Saltillo Meet. Esmeralda Rodriguez led the team with an eighth-place finish on the 4K course with a time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Manon Mullen was 17th with a time of 17:59. Mariah Buford and Corey Hollis finished 27th and 28th respectively, while Teierah Campbell was 52nd overall. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
Patti C. Harris writes to ask if the change voters were looking for has happened, and she urges people to take a closer look at everything before they vote again in November. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)
Oxford kids, families and volunteers will host a celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the operation Christmas Child Relay Center at Calvary Baptist Church on CR 207 to kick off the expected 3,500 shoe box gifts to be collected from Oxford residents for hurting children worldwide.
For thousands of shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and necessity items — this will be the first stop on their journey. The shoe boxes are then hand-delivered to hurting children around the world. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (662)801-8511 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoe boxes is Nov. 15-22. (September 20, 2010)