Vardaman History Project

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▪ Joseph Boyd Adams
▪ Randy Wiseman Adams
▪ Bedford Forrest Spratlin
▪ Pearl Hollingsworth Spratlin
▪ Claude E. Spratlin
▪ Sophia Viola Dye Spratlin
▪ Paul Flemming Martin
▪ Noah Elbert Jenkins
▪ Louella Vanlandingham Jenkins
▪ William T. Jenkins
▪ J. D. Marshall
▪ Curtis L. Naron
▪ Ada Lee Streeter Naron
▪ The Whitehorn Family
    ▪ Sarah Belle Whitehorn
    ▪ Lillie Whitehorn
    ▪ Sara Lucille Whitehorn
    ▪ Henry Kelly Whitehorn
    ▪ Joseph Blue Whitehorn
    ▪ Essie Whitehorn Cochran
    ▪ Minnie Whitehorn Gable
    ▪ Margaret Whitehorn Ward
▪ Andrew Ward
▪ James Ward
▪ Milburn Cochran
▪ Earle Gable
▪ Malcolm P. Freely






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Joseph Boyd Adams

Joseph Boyd Adams, 74, died suddenly Thursday, July 6, 1978 at Houston Hospital.

He had lived at Vardaman more than 40 years and was owner and operator of Peoples Drug Store there since 1934. He received his pharmacy license from the Mississippi State Board of Pharmacy in 1932.

Boyd Adams He was a member of the Vardaman First Baptist Church. He was a Mason, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi in 1968. He was also a York and Scotish Rite Shriner and a member of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed singing and was for many years president of the county Sacred Harp Singing Convention. He had also served as president of the State Sacred Harp Singing Convention.

Mr. Adams had been active in civic and religious concerns in his community and county all of his life.

Born Feb. 15, 1904 in Calhoun, he was the son of Jasper I. Adams and Dovie Davis Adams.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Batsy Carter Adams of Vardaman; one son, John Jasper Adams of Vardaman; five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Rasberry of Calhoun City, Mrs. Ruth Flanagan of Pittsboro, Mrs. Arvis Wright of Hardy, Ark., Mrs. Winnie Thompson of Bruce, Mrs. Thelma Schuh of Clarksdale; a brother, Leslie Adams of Memphis, Tenn. and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 8 at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Lowell Johnson officiated, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. Joel Haire. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman with Masonic graveside rites. Pallbearers were R.E. Rasberry, John Ed Carter, Phillip Carter, George Frederick Carter, Tillman Lee Flanagan, Sid Schuh, Pat Schuh, and J.T. Arnold. Masons served as honorary pallbearers.

Anthony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Randy Wiseman Adams

Randy Wiseman Adams, five-year-old son of John Jasper and Margie Wiseman Adams of Vardaman, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 17, 1967 at the Vardaman Hospital.

Born at Ft. Polk, La., he had lived most of his life in Vardaman.

Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Johnna Adams, at home; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Boyd Adams, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Wiseman, all of Vardaman.

Funeral services were held at Vardaman Baptist Church Saturday afternoon. Rev Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. J.T. Busby. Burial was in Vardaman's Hillcrest Cemetery, under the direction of Antony Funeral Home.



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Bedford Forrest Spratlin

Bedford Forrest Spratlin, 85, died Sunday April 23, 1978 at Hillcrest Hospital.

He was a retired carpenter and had resided at Vardaman most of his life where he was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Born Dec. 6, 1892 in Calhoun County, he was the son of William and Lois Murphree Spratlin.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Pearl Hollingsworth Spratlin of Vardaman; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Sanderson, Mrs. Maggie Martin, and Mrs Martha Nell Martin, all of Vardaman and Mrs. Gay Young of Bruce; one son, Maurice Spratlin of Decatur, Ga.; six sisters, Mrs. Clara Hollingsworth of Vardaman, Mrs. Eurice Green of Bruce, Mrs Edna Hayes of Calhoun City, Mrs. Dean Free of Wynne, Ark., Mrs. Erma Archer of Booneville and Mrs Mary Evelyn Bryant of Indianola; four brothers, Oren Spratlin of Grenada, Rabon Spratlin of Calhoun City, Hulett Spratlin and Ruel Spratlin, both of Bruce; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Lowell Johnson officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Pallbearers were John Forrest Martin, Richard Young, Robert Young, Maurice Bryan Martin, Winfred Sanderson, Bud Smith, James Ray Hamilton, and Jerry Hamilton.

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Pearl Hollingsworth Spratlin

Pearl Hollingsworth Spratlin, 87, of Vardaman, died Wednesday, March 28, 1984 at North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. A homemaker and member of Vardaman Baptist Church, she was born May 22, 1896, the daughter of William Aron Hollingsworth and Ophelia Nix Hollingsworth.

Services were Friday at 3 p.m. at Vardaman Baptist Church with Rev. Lowell Johnson officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons John Forrest Martin, Maurice Bryan Martin, Richard Young, Robert Young, John Hendrix and Jim Hamilton.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Sanderson, Vardaman; Mrs. Maggie Martin, Vardaman; Mrs. Martha Nell Martin, Vardaman; and Mrs Gay Young, Bruce; and one son, Maurice Spratlin, Atlanta, Ga.

She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Edna Holland, Slate Spring; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.




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Claude E. Spratlin

Mr. Claude E. Spratlin, 77, died Wednesday, May 24, 1972, at Vardaman Hospital.

He was a retired merchant and resided at Vardaman. He was a Baptist and a Mason.

Claude & Nettie Belle Spratlin Born Sept. 7, 1894, in Calhoun County, he was the son of W. M. and Lois Murphree Spratlin.

Funeral services were held in the Vardaman Methodist Church. Rev. Ben Goodwin, her pastor officiated, assisted by Rev. Ken Pickens. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bill Blue, Roy Mitchell, He leaves his wife, Mrs. Nettie Belle Brown Spratlin of Vardaman; three daughters, Mrs. Rufus Gilder of Vardaman, Mrs. Coleman Bagwell of Starkville, and Miss Veneal Spratlin of Vardaman; three sons, John Spratlin of Jackson, Bill Spratlin of Vardaman, and Paul Spratlin of Little Rock, Ark.; seven sisters, Mrs. Clara Hollingsworth of Vardaman, Mrs. Vara Green and Mrs Eunice Green, both of Bruce, Mrs. Mary E. Bryant of Indianola, Mrs. Mary Edna Hayes of Calhoun City, Mrs. Wilidean Free of Wynne, Ark. and Mrs. Erma Faye Archer of Booneville; six brothers, Forrest Spratlin of Vardaman, Arthur Spratlin, Hulet Spratlin and Ruel Spratlin, all of Bruce, O.D. Spratlin of Grenada and Rabon Spratlin of Calhoun City; 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 25 at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Ken Pickens officiated, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. Savell. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Leo Vanlandingham, Ralph Hollingsworth, Bruce Spratlin, Rufus A Gilder, O.D. Spratlin, Jr., and A.D. Spratlin.




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Sophia Viola Dye Spratlin

Mrs. Sophia Viola Dye Spratlin, 90, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 1970, at the Calhoun County Hospital in Bruce.

Mrs. Spratlin was the widow of W.M. Spratlin. She resided at Bruce.

She was a member of the Bruce First Baptist Church.

She was born in Calhoun County Oct. 17, 1880, and her parents were Thomas Dye and Lucinda Strout Dye.

She leaves seven daughters, Mrs. Clara Hollingsworth of Houston, Mrs. Vera Greene of Vardaman, Mrs. Edna Hayes of Calhoun City, Mrs. Eurice Greene of Bruce, Mrs. Wilowdeen Free of Wynne, Ark., Mrs. Erma Faye Archer of Booneville and Mrs. Mary Evelyn Bryant of Indianola; eight sons, C.E. Spratlin, Forrest Spratlin, Winfred Stratlin, all of Vardaman, Arthur Spratlin, Hulett Spratlin, and Ruel Spratlin, all of Bruce, O.D. Spratlin of Grenada and Rabon Spratlin of Calhoun City; 61 grandchildren; 125 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Bruce. Rev. Kermit McGregor officiated, assisted by Rev. E.A. Bailey. Burial was in Rocky Mount cemetery under the direction of Antony Funeral Home of Bruce. Pallbearers were A.D. Spratlin, O.D. Spratlin, Jr., Ralph Hollingsworth, Gerald Wayne Greene, Bud Hardin, Fred Green, J.W. Foshee and Freddie Spratlin.



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Paul Flemming Martin

Paul Flemming Martin, 62, died Saturday, June 2, 1984 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, following several years of poor health.

He resided in Vardman, where he was a member of the Vardaman First Baptist Church. He was a former owner and operator of a service station in Vardaman. He was employed by Schmiting Produce Co. until he was disabled.

Born Aug. 1, 1921 in Calhoun County, he was the son of Rex Martin and Nannie Lee Flemming Martin.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Maggie Lou Spratlin Martin of Vardaman; a daughter, Mrs. Paulette Spencer of Greensboro, NC; a son, Maurice Bryan Martin of Vardaman; a sister, Mrs. Linda Stokes of Lighthouse Point, Fla.; two brothers, Tommy Lee Martin of Nashvile, Tenn, and Bryan Martin of Memphis, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Lowell Johnson officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Vardaman. Pallbearers were Lee Spencer, Joe Spencer, David Martin, Page Martin, Rex Martin, Martin Stokes and Thomas Lee Martin.

Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Noah Elbert Jenkins

Noah Elbert Jenkins, 74, died May 15, 1974 at his home on Rt. 2, Vardaman.

He was a retired farmer and a Baptist.

He was born Sept. 21, 1899 in Carbon Hill, Ala., the son of Jack and Martha Carroll Jenkins.

He leaves his wife, Mrs Louella Vanlandingham Jenkins of Vardaman; three daughters, Mrs. Jovena Mayhan of Vardaman, Mrs. Quinette Webster and Mrs. Delories Murphree, both of Memphis, Tenn., two sons, Velton Jenkins of Hamilton and Carbon Jenkins of Grenada; three sisters, Mrs. Duria Cannon of Batesville, Mrs. Rosie Winter and Mrs. Nora Stroup, both of Vardaman; two brothers William Jenkins and Dee Jenkins, both of Vardaman; 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 17 at New Hope Baptist Church. Rev Terry Zook officiated, assisted by Rev Winfred Brasher. Burial was in Ellzey cemetery. Pallbearers were Durell Winter, Odie Bee Vanlandingham, Donald Gene Freely, Eltona Free, Edward Free and Scott Freely.

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Louella Vanlandingham Jenkins

Louella Vanlandingham Jenkins, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1986, at her home on Rt. 2, Vardaman.

She was the widow of Elbert Jenkins and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Born Nov. 7, 1901 in Calhoun county, she was the daughter of Bill Vanlandingham and Della Dye Vanlandingham.

She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Jovena Mayhan, Mrs Quinette Webster, both of Vardaman, and Mrs. Delores Murphree of Senatobia; one son, Velton Jenkins of Yulee, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Janie Freely, and Mrs Clytee Freely, both of Vardaman; one brother Hollie Vanlandingham of Vardaman; 17 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at New Hope Baptist Church. Rev Winfred Brasher officiated, assisted by Rev. Marion Holley. Burial was in Ellzey Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons: Ronald Lee Jenkins, Charles Dee Mayhan, Clovis Ray Webster, Keith Murphree, Richard Jenkins and Barry Jenkins.

Antony-Parker Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

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William T. Jenkins

William T. Jenkins, 91, died Friday, March 28, 1980 in Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City.

He was a retired farmer and lived in Vardaman.

Born Jan. 20, 1889 in Winston Co., Ala., he was the son of Jackson C. Jenkins and Martha Jane Carroll.

He leaves his wife, Mrs Ethel Hamilton Jenkins of Vardaman; one daughter, Mrs. Bernice Crawford of Vardaman; one son, James Jenkins of Vardaman; three sister: Mrs. Rosie Winters and Mrs. Nora Stroup, both of Vardaman, and Mrs Burla Cannon of Batesville; three grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 30 at Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Roger West officiated with interment in Elzey Cemetery. Pallbearers were R.L. Dye, Bobby Spratlin, Ravis Winter, Charles D. Mahan, Clyde Bailey and Clayton Spratlin.

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J. D. Marshall

J. D. Marshall, 64, died Thursday, June 22, 1978 at his home on Rt. 2, Vardaman where he had lived most of his life.

He was a retired equipment operator and a member of the New Providence Baptist Church.

Born March 25, 1914 in Calhoun County, he was the son of Samuel J. and Savannah Helms Marshall.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Oleta Vance Marshall of Rt. 2, Vardaman; three sons, Rex Marshall of Calhoun City, James Marshall, and Max Earl Marshall, both of Vardaman; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Hood of Cahoun City and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at First Baptist Church. Rev. James Allen Wade officiated, assisted by Rev. Lowell Johnson. Burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Douglas Marshall, Carl Marshall, Bennie Vance, Harvey Vance, Roy Vance, and Ellis Marshall. Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Curtis L. Naron

Curtis L. Naron, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1981 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he was under treatment.

He was a retired farmer and resided at Vardaman, where he was a member of the Vardaman Methodist Church.

Born Sept. 5, 1891 in Chickasaw County, he was the son of Monroe Naron and Mollie Crawford Naron.

He leaves his wife: Mrs Ada Streeter Naron of Vardaman; four daughters: Mrs. Gertrude Hill and Mrs. Doris Ellis, both of Okolona, Mrs. Murlee Lane of Grenada and Mrs. Martha Smith of Vardaman; two sons: C.L. Naron of Vardaman and Bobby Naron of Houston; a sister: Mrs Rubye Martin of Memphis, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Vardaman Methodist Church. Rev. Danny Estes officiated. Burial was in Rhodes Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Earl McGregor, Reuben Byars, James Robert Duncan, Tommy Duncan, William Alford, John Jasper Adams, Aaron Chandler, and Bobby Young.

Antony-Parker Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.


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Ada Streeter Naron

Mrs. Ada Lee Streeter Naron, 87, of Vardaman, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1982 at the Houston Community Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Calhoun County on July 30, 1895 and was the daughter of Edmund Caradine Streeter and Martha Ann Edwards Streeter. She was the widow of the late Curtis L. Naron, who died Sept. 8, 1981. Mrs. Naron was a member of the Vardaman Methodist Church.

She leaves four daughters, Gertrude Hill and Doris Ellis, both of Okolona, Murlee Lane of Grenada and Martha Smith of Vardaman; two sons, C.L. Naron of Vardaman and Bobby Naron of Houston.; 12 grandchildren and seven great grand-children.

Funeral services were held at Vardaman Methodist Church on Sept. 2. Rev Danny Estes officiated, assisted by Rev. Grady Hudson. Interment was at Rhodes Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ruben Byars, William Alford, James Duncan, Tommy Duncan, Bobby YOung and Donnas Wells. Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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The J.E. and Sallie Whitehorn Family
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Sarah Belle Blue Whitehorn

Mrs. Sarah Belle "Sallie" Whitehorn, born Dec. 24, 1876, died at her home in Vardaman on Friday Morning, Sept. 8, 1950 at the age of 73, after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held from the Vardaman Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. J.F. Hartley, followed by interment in Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman, Thornton Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Whitehorn was a member of the Baptist Church. She had lived in Vardaman for 44 years, was the daughter of Archibald and Margaret Elizabeth Blue, pioneers of Calhoun County, who lived in the Ellzey community for many years. She was the widow of J.E. Whitehorn, former Mayor of Vardaman, who preceded her in death 10 years ago.

Mrs Whitehorn was indeed a lady with a lovely character, leading a useful, Christian life, one who will be greatly missed daily by her life-long neighbors, friends and loved ones. The beautiful floral tribute attested to her many friends.

Pallbearers were: Smith Evans, Rex Sanderson, Bill Hill, Charles Fred Martin, Paul Martin, Jewett Blue, Dan Blue, Bill Blue, Bobby Gene Gable, and H.M. Moseley, Sr. Honorary pallbearers were her many friends of this section.

Mrs. Whitehorn is survived by two sons, J.B. and Kelly Whitehorn of Vardaman; six daughters, Mrs. Essie Cochran, Mrs Andrew Ward and Miss Lillie Whitehorn of Vardaman; Mrs. Charlie Perry and Mrs. Earl Gable of Memphis, and Miss Lucille Whitehorn of Washington D.C.; and by two grand-children, Mrs. Lamont Doan, Little Rock, Ark., and James Holden Ward, Vardaman. Two nephews and one niece also survive.

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Lillie "Lil" Whitehorn

Lillie Whitehorn, 91, died Wed. Dec. 8, 1999. She was a retired homemaker and member of the Vardaman First Baptist Church.

She was born in Vardaman on 9 Feb. 1908, the daughter of Joseph Emerson Whitehorn and Sally Belle Blue Whitehorn.

Her services were held Sat. Dec. 11 at Parker Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Faye Whitehorn Perry of Memphis; two nephews, James Holden Ward of Hendersonville, NC, and Thomas Perry of Millington, TN; one niece Martha Doan of Little Rock, AR; her Caregiver Sarah Partridge of Vardaman; and several great niece and nephews.

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Sara Lucille Whitehorn

Sara Lucille Whitehorn, 88, died Tuesday Dec. 29, 1992 at Hillcrest Hospital, Calhoun City, where she was a patient. She resided on Rt. 2, Vardaman and was a member of the Vardaman First Baptist Church.

She was employed for 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

Born February 3, 1904, in Vardaman, she was the daughter of James Emmerson Whitehorn and Sallie Belle Blue Whitehorn.

She leaves two sisters, Ms. Lillie Whitehorn of Vardaman, and Mrs. Faye Perry of Memphis, TN; and one brother, J.B. Whitehorn of Vardaman. Funeral services were held Jan. 1 at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Vardaman. Rev. Dale Easley, her pastor, officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Pallbearers were Bobby Inmon, Maurice Bryan Martin, Tommy Perry, Kenny Doan, Allen Doan, and Steve Doan.

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Henry Kelly "Kek" Whitehorn

Mr. Henry Kelly Whitehorn, 90, died of natural causes Thursday, Sept. 24, 1992, at Hillcrest Hospital, Calhoun City, where he was a patient.

He was born on March 11, 1902, and had resided in Vardaman all of his life. He was the former co-owner of Whitehorn Service Station there and was a member and deacon of Vardaman Baptist Church.

He was the son of James Emerson Whitehorn and Sallie Belle Blue Whitehorn.

He leaves three sisters, Ms. Lucille Whitehorn and Ms. Lillie Whitehorn, both of Vardaman, and Mrs. Faye Perry of Memphis TN; and one brother, J.B. Whitehorn of Vardaman. Funeral services were held Saturday aftrernoon at Vardaman Baptist Church, Rev. Dale Easley officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Vardaman. Pallbearers were deacons of his church: G. Hamilton, Jim Fred Hamilton, Mike Mitchell, Morris Bryan Martin, John Tedder, and David Schwalenberg. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of his church.


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Joseph Blue "J.B." Whitehorn

Joseph Blue Whitehorn, born March 6, 1910, died May 4, 1995, at Hillcrest Hospital Calhoun City.

He was co-owner of Whitehorn Service Station.

Services were held at Parker memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Vardaman, with the Rev. Dale Easley officiaing. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.

Pallbearers were Tom Perry, James Ward, Steve Doan, Buck Skinner, Hugh S. Hardin, and Garnell Flowers.

Survivors include two sisters, Lillie Whitehorn of Vardaman and Faye Perry of Memphis, TN.

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Essie Whitehorn Cochran

Essie Whitehorn Cochran was an avid local historian. She was a pioneer resident of Vardaman and her memories of the early town, its buildings, and its people have formed a solid foundation for much that has been subsequently written about the town. The Vardaman History Project is indebted to her for her preservation of early Vardaman history.

Many of the obituaries in this section of the Vardaman History Project web site were copied from clippings that she had saved in a scrapbook.

Mrs. Essie Whitehorn Cochran, 89, died Sunday, June 11, 1989 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., where she was a patient.

A resident of Vardaman, she was the widow of Robert M. Cochran, who died in 1964. She was a graduate of Moorhead College and taught school in Calhoun and Chickasaw Counties for 42 years. She was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church and the Retired Teachers' Association.

Born May 30, 1900, in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of James Emmerson Whitehorn and Sarah Belle Blue Whitehorn.

She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Martha Jack Doan of Little Rock, Ark.; three sisters, Ms. Lillie Whitehorn, Ms. Lucille Whitehorn, both of Vardaman, and Mrs. Faye Perry of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers, Kelly Whitehorn and J.B. Whitehorn, both of Vardaman; three grand-children and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 13, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Rev. Dale Easley officiated, assisted by Rev. Fred Hartley. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Pallbearers were Allen Doan, Steve Doan, Ken Doan, James Ward, Tom Perry, Tommy Lee Dye, Robert Dye, and Lewis Dye. Honorary pallbearers were Leo Vanlandingham, Don Reedy, Franklin Lowe, John Jasper Adams, Robert Earl McGregor, Chick Martin, Richmond Alexander, and Jack Spencer.

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Minnie Whitehorn Gable

Mrs. Minnie Whitehorn Gable, 56, died Sunday May 6, 1973, at Memphis, Tenn., where she resided. She was the wife of Earl Gable. She was a member of the Frazier Baptist Church in Memphis where she was active in W.M.U., and she was a superintendent and teacher in the junior department of Sunday School for 13 years.

She was born in Vardaman in Calhoun County, Miss., Oct. 7, 1916, the daughter of James E. Whitehorn and Sarah Belle Blue Whitehorn.

She leaves her husband; five sisters, Mrs. Essie Cochran, Miss Lucille Whitehorn, Mrs. Margaret Ward, and Miss Lillie Whitehorn, all of Vardaman, and Mrs. Faye Perry of Memphis; two brothers, Kelly Whitehorn and J.B. Whitehorn, both of Vardaman.

Funeral services were held May 8 at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. P.O. Davidson of Memphis officiated, assisted by Rev. Red Lambert of Greenville and Rev. Ken Pickens of Vardaman. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Alan Doan, Steve Doan, Kenny Doan, James Earl Gable, James H. Ward, and Joe Beasley.

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Margaret Whitehorn Ward

Mrs. Margaret Whitehorn Ward, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1981, at her home in Vardaman.

She was the widow of Andrew Ward and was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church. Mrs. Ward had worked for several years in the Vardaman Post office as a postal clerk.

Born Jan. 10, 1906 in Vardaman, she was the daughter of James Emmerson Whitehorn and Sallie Belle Blue Whitehorn.

She leaves a son: James Holden Ward of Hendersonville, N.C; three sisters: Mrs. Essie Cochran, Miss Lucille Whitehorn, and Miss Lillie Whitehorn, all of Vardaman; two brothers: J.B. Whitehorn and Kelly Whitehorn, both of Vardaman; and two grand-daughters.

Services were held Tuesday at Vardaman First Baptist Church. Rev. Lowell Johnson officiated, assisted by Rev. Fred Hartley. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Pallbearers were Nelson Ramsey, Bud Hardin, John Jasper Adams, Robert Earl McGregor, Don Reedy, Earl Gable, C.P. Ward, and Howard Easley.

Anthony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert Andrew Ward

Mr. Robert Andrew Ward, 72, of Vardaman, died Friday, April 4, 1975, in Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City, following several days treatment there.

He was a retired service station attendant. He was a member of Vardaman Baptist Church.

Born Feb. 9, 1903 in Calhoun County, his parents were Marion H. and Elizabeth Harville Ward.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Margaret Whitehorn Ward of Vardaman; one son, James H. Ward of Hendersonville, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Roberts of Yazoo City and Mrs. Ethel Foster of Summerville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. James Shumate officiated, assisted by Rev. J.F. Hartley. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman, under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Howard Easley, Vernon Easley, Hugh Hardin, C.P. Ward, Willie Ward, and Robert Brand.

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James Holden Ward

Services for James Holden Ward, 70, who died Dec. 30, 2003, were held.

He was a native of Vardaman and lived in Tunica before moving to Henderson County, NC, 41 years ago. He was the son of the late Margaret Whitehorn Ward and Robert Andrew Ward.

He was a 1949 graduate of Vardaman High School and attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College in 1950. In 1955 he received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. He was a pharmacy consultant and practicing pharmacist for 21 years, retiring in 1966. For many years he was the head pharmacist at Pardee Hospital. He worked as a practicing pharmacist at Justus Pharmacy and South Brevard Pharmacy and Duvall Pharmacy in Tunica. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Robley Ward; two daughters, Cynthia Ann Ward Mullies of Winston-Salem and Virginia Ellen Ward Walter of Hendersonville, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

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Milburn Cochran

Mr. Milburn Cochran, 68, succumbed Thursday, May 28, at the Vardaman Hospital, where he had been under treatment for 16 days.

Mr. Cochran resided at Vardaman. He was a retired farmer and manufacturing plant employee. He was a native of Crockett County, Tenn. His parents were Robert Beverly Cochran and Kittie Bond Cochran. He was not affiliated with a church, but was a Methodist by faith.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Essie Whitehorn Cochran, of Vardaman; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Jack Doan, of Little Rock, Ark,; a sister, Mrs. Eunice Dye of Vardaman; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday afternoon at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. R.B. Winter and Rev. J.F. Hartley. burial was in Hillcrest cemetery in Vardaman. Pallbearers were Tommy Lee Dye, Robert Dye, Louis Dye, Charles Hollis, Durell Dye and Bill Blue.

Honorary pallbearers were Emerson Everette, Grady Naron, Oscar Morgan, John V. Martin, Alvis Crawford, R.N. Lovelace, Tom Dye, Robert Hunt, Ruble James, Herman Bowles, Charles Fred Martin, Robert Earl McGregor, Forrest Spratlin, L.B. Dye, Luther Murff, Wilton Griffin, G.W. Ramage, Bob Gable, Sam Hartley, Frank Hill and Paul Martin.

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Earle Armstrong Gable

Earle Armstrong Gable, 71, a former Mayor of Vardaman, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1986, at Oxford-Lafayette County Hospital where he was a patient.

He had resided at Vardaman for a number of years and was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church and a Mason. He served as Mayor of the town from 1981-1985.

He was a retired car salesman and a former driver for the Old Street Railway Co. in Memphis for 20 years and former president of the union representing the Street Car Co.

He was a graduate of Memphis State University and Memphis Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Born Dec. 1, 1914 in Vardaman, he was the son of Robert Lee Gable and Lola Mary Orr Gable.

He leaves one brother, James O. Gable of Ripley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Rev. Dale Easley officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Vardaman. Pallbearers were Jessie Clyde McNair, Bill Blue, Charles Crum, Billy Paul Spencer, James 'Treetop' Morgan, and Jack Spencer.




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Malcolm P. Freely

Mr. Malcolm P. Freely, 58, died Dec. 19, 1974 at his home in Vardaman. He was a retired employee of Vanhorn Motor Co. He was a member of Vardaman Baptist Church.

Born July 29, 1916, in Kennon, Tenn., he was the son of Thomas A. and Nellie Parmly Freely.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Clytee Vanlandingham Freely of Vardaman; two sons, Donald Freely of Elliott and Scott Freely of Vardaman; three sisters, Mrs. Elva Allen and Mrs. Mamie Hicks, both of Vardaman, and Mrs Claudia Marcy of Tupelo; one brother, Robert Freely of Vardaman; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. James Shumate officiated, assisted by Ref. Fred Hartley. Burial was in Ellzey cemetery under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Floyd Harrell, Elton Free, Louie Freely, Verlon Jenkins, Bobby Freely, and Arnie Marcy.