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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Conversation With

Taking care of cemetery guests

A CONVERSATION WITH – Willie Dennis has been taking care of Oxford Memorial Cemetery for 20 years. The job includes keeping the cemetery mowed, groomed and litter-free — and giving grieving families plenty of space and peace while the day’s work goes on. (April 1, 2010, Page 3)

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    Four feathered friends settle in

    A CONVERSATION WITH — Leah Dossett recently moved from the Los Angeles area to Oxford, bringing her collection of four pet parrots. They’re set up in their new home with a room of their own, complete with a large front-facing window and a television that shows cartoons all day. Look for them to accompany her on bike rides around town as the weather warms. (March 25, 2010, Page 3)

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      A logical pursuit

      A CONVERSATION WITH — Arseniy Parshikov came to Oxford as a teenager, and his logic-based Russian education has since served him well. He graduated from Oxford High School and today makes a living expertly hooking up vehicle audio and video systems at his business, Bump in Da Trunk. (March 18, 2010, Page 3)

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        Applying a master’s lessons

        A CONVERSATION WITH — Jeff Stayton endured Barry Hannah’s blunt-and-brutal critiques of his fiction writing, but sees them now as grace in disguise. Today he applies Hannah’s direct approach when it comes to coaching his own students in their writing. And in both his fiction and scholarly work, he aims to look as closely at every sentence, even every word — just as Hannah taught him. (March 4, 2010, Page 3)

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          Leaving work’s burdens out in the car

          A CONVERSATION WITH… — Recently retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Abbeville native Ricky Roy is now working part-time with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. After 27 years of driving — a good 900,000 miles on the road — he’s settling into a new rhythm and looking towards the future. (February 25, 2010, Page 3)

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            Cast in the role of hostess

            A CONVERSATION WITH… — Donna Ruth Roberts is one of the most beloved volunteers and sponsors for the annual Oxford Film Festival, which opens today with a welcome party at her historic home. The independent filmmakers she befriends find it novel that a woman of her generation and political leanings — she’s an active local Republican leader — can so enjoy their craft and their company. (February 4, 2010, Page 3)

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              Times change, values endure

              “A CONVERSATION WITH…” — Frankie Logan has lived her entire life in the Abbeville area and says the values she grew up with — about taking care of each other and investing in education — are the same ones she and her neighbors live by today. (January 21, 2010, Page 3)

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                A veteran of courtroom service

                “A CONVERSATION WITH…” — Robert “Pat” Patterson has served as circuit court bailiff at the Lafayette County Courthouse since 1985. Today, at 89 years old, his “retirement” career has lasted longer than his actual career: 20 years of service as a federal probation officer. He also worked at Parchman prison during the 1950s and early 1960s — and loved it. (January 14, 2010, Page 3)

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