• Ellen Wynonia “Granny” Odom – 79, died on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. A chapel service is planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home in Selma, Ala., with Dr. Kenneth Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow at Pine View Memorial Gardens in Selma. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service.
• Sarah Payton – 76, died April 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Tallatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building with the Rev. Eddie Goliday officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 6:30 this evening at Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.
• Ben Barrett Smith – 67, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Batesville with burial at 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Dickins Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements. (April 20, 2010, Page 2)
Lafayette’s boys and girls track teams won the Division 2-4A titles Monday at Byhalia.
The Commodores won the event with 131 points, 27 more points than second place Senatobia, who finished with 104 points. The Lady Commodores finished with 159.5 points. (April 20, 2010, Page 8)
• Mary Lou Dodson – 85, died on Friday, April 16, 2010, at Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services were held on Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral home with Dr. James Pinkerton officiating. Burial followed at Memory Hill in Ellendale, Tenn.
• Delmer Lamar (Did) Fortner – 74, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at his residence in Oxford. Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Springhill Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Springhill Methodist Church Cemetary. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
• Ruth Tolson Kelly – 85, retired elementary school teacher, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Funeral services were this morning at College Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial followed at College Hill Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
• Frances Irene Maples – 90, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coleman Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Russell officiating. Burial will follow at the Oxford Memorial Cemetary. Visition will be Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home.
• Sarah Payton – 76, died, April 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Funeral services are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.
• John Michael Tiller – 57, of Water Valley died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley with Dr. Randy Bain presiding. Tiller’s Sunday school teacher, Tommy White, will share some closing remarks. (April 19, 2010, Page 2A)
– Kessinger Real Estate welcomes three new agents: Wanda Noah Holly, Will R. Knotts and Adam Quick
– Freddie Pinion of Oxford, an agent for Alfa Insurance, was named the Georgia-Mississippi Agent of the Year for 2009 at the company’s awards ceremony
– Oxford native Ann Coleman Thames has been selected as one of the “50 Leading Business Woman” for 2009 by the Mississippi Business Journal (April 19, 2010, Page 6A)
Oxford’s trip to Alcorn County over the weekend produced three one-sided tennis wins.
The Chargers improved their record to 16-0 overall as a team heading into the Class 5A playoffs this week by defeating Tishomingo County, Corinth and Alcorn Central. All of the matches were won by the scores of 7-0. (April 19, 2010, Page 3B)
David Phillips and Matt Smith both homered and the No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels put together a big inning in the fifth to help earn a 5-4 win over No. 5 South Carolina Sunday at Carolina Stadium.
The win on Sunday ended a six-game losing streak in Sunday games for the Rebels (24-13 overall, 8-7 in the Southeastern Confernce). South Carolina (28-8, 11-4) won the first two games of the weekend to take the series. (April 19, 2010, Page 4B)
Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back to the 1930s when the University of Mississippi nicknamed its athletic teams the Rebels and created a mascot named Colonel Rebel. (April 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Gwen Westbrook Howell – CLEVELAND — Howell, 83, of Oxford, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Visitation will be held Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Graveside funeral services will follow at 2 in the New Cleveland Cemetery.
Ruth T. Kelly – 85, died Thursday, April 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
Gracie McIntosh Morrow – 47, died Thursday, April 15, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home.
Harold L. Rogers – BATESVILLE — Rogers, 78, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be at 3 this afternoon at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with Bobby Stewart officiating and the Rev. Pat Ludlam assisting. Burial will follow in Forrest Park Memorial Cemetery. (April 16, 2010, Page 2A)
Lafayette’s eighth-grade football team earned wins over South Panola and Olive Branch Thursday night.
Eli Murphree shined for the Commodores in the 12-6 win over South Panola and the 18-0 win over the Conquistadors.
He scored on a 32-yard run and a 21-yard run in the win over the Tigers and then scored three touchdowns on runs covering 10-, 40-, and 1-yards in the win over OBHS.
The defense was also credited with solid overall play, including nose tackle Austin Arrington and Jakai Ivy at middle linebacker. (April 16, 2010, Page 8a)
Three Lafayette High doubles teams qualified for next month’s MHSAA state tournament Thursday with solid showings in the Division 2-4A tournament at Center Hill. The Commodores placed second overall as a team in the tournament. (more…) (April 16, 2010, Page 8a)