- Sylvester “Sugar man” Cook — 62, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
- Joshua Darnell Fondren Jr. — infant son of Jessica Woodard and Joshua Darnell Fondren Sr., died Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring North Cemetery in Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Leland Herod — 59, of Oxford died Saturday, March 6, 2010. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be until 6 this evening at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford.
- Carey “Pudding” Shantel McCollins — 31, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held earlier today at Green Goshen C.M.E. Church in Water Valley. Burial followed at Green Goshen Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
- Jacquelyn Mason Smith — 50, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held Wednesday at the Serenity-Martin Funeral Chapel in Oxford. Burial followed at Brown Chapel Church Cemetery in Taylor. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)
A dual offensive effort by Preston Huggins and Cope Duchaine helped lift the Under-12 (boys) Earthquakes past the Wizards 5-4 in the Oxford Park Commission’s soccer league earlier this week. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
“We had discussed having a practice meet for a couple of years, and Coach (Scott) Kendricks said we could have the track for an afternoon,” OMS boys coach Mike Hardwick said in an e-mail. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a free screening of “James Marshall’s Favorite Fairy Tales” at 10 a.m. Monday as its Children’s Morning Movie. For more information, call the library at 234-5751. (March 12, 2010)
The members of the Lafayette County/Ole Miss Retired Education Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Depot. The family of Flora McElreath Tucker will provide the meal and dessert in honor of her years as a teacher and a member of the retired teachers’ association. Don Hutson, chief administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, will talk about the hospital’s efforts to improve the health facilities in Lafayette County. Treasurer Lee Mitchell will report on the members’ due status. (March 12, 2010)
Singers from several states will make a joyful noise on Sunday at Oxford’s 30th annual all-day Sacred Harp singing in the choral room of the music building on the Ole Miss campus, located next to the baseball field.
The singing runs from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parking is available at the east end of the building (by the band hall) and near the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Signs will lead to the spacious and resonant choral room.
The Scared Harp, a shape-note tunebook first published in 1844, contains songs sung by the first settlers in Oxford and north Mississippi. A Sacred Harp singing is neither a concert nor a performance, but a community musical event with deep roots in American tradition. At every singing, the stately ways of an earlier era are maintained. The singers sit facing inward in a “hollow square” from which individuals are called, one by one, to stand in the center of the square and lead their favorite selections from the songbook. There is no instrumental accompaniment.
The Scared Harp represents the oldest continuous musical tradition in the United States, with many songs dating from the 18th century. During the singing, a traditional observance will be held in memory of singers and other community members who have passed away since last year’s singing. Another tradition is the famous “dinner on the grounds,” a potluck feast held at noon in an adjoining room in the music building. All are invited and Oxford residents planning to attend are asked to bring a dish to help feed out-of-town and out-of-state singers.
The singing is a cultural event sponsored by the city of Oxford, the department of music and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. For more information, call either Warren and Anne Steel at 236-5356 or John and Brenda Merritt at 234-1344. (March 11, 2010)
Meets for breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ole Miss Catering banquet suite located at 123 Heritage Drive. Featured speaker this week is retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, Kay Cobb. Justice Cobb will give a non-partisan presentation of the Tea Party movement both nationally and in Mississippi. Guests are invited to attend. To RSVP for this event, e-mail email@example.com or call Scott Thompson at 816-9898. For more information visit www.oxford-olemissrotary.com. (March 11, 2010)
- Floyd Bryant Sr. — 92, died Monday, March 8, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
- Patricia Jane “Patsy” Little Culpepper — 71, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Brigman’s Funeral Service of Black Mountain, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.
- Joshua Darnell Fondren Jr., infant son of Jessica Woodard and Joshua Fondren Sr., died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
- BRANDON — Tommie Sue Franklin Rhodes — 81, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Burial will follow in the Gulde Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
The Lafayette County Saddle Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Beacon Restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard. New show schedules will be available, membership dues will be collected and other business matters will be discussed. For more information, contact either Sylvia Baker at 236-6758 or Margaret Webb at 234-2434. (March 11, 2010)