Vardaman History Project

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▪ Gertrude Gilder
▪ Grace Roberta Gilder
▪ Robert Earl Gilder, Jr.
▪ Frances Moseley Gilder
▪ Gatlin G. Gilder, Sr.
▪ Earl Moseley Gilder
▪ James Ernest Roberts
▪ Roy Mitchell
▪ William Isom Anglin
▪ Grace Ferguson Penick
▪ Alice Myrtice Dye Robertson Young
▪ Charley Henry Robertson
▪ Idell Dye Vanlandingham
▪ Leo Vanlandingham
▪ Eunice Cochran Dye
▪ Lee Bernell Dye
▪ Thedie Higginbotham Dye
▪ James Edd Dye
▪ Eddie Brooks Dye
▪ Shelby Turner Dye
▪ Tommie Lee Dye, Sr.
▪ Zelda Allen Dye
▪ Tommie Lee Dye, Jr.
▪ John Henry Dye
▪ Louis Fondren Dye
▪ Margaret Louise Penick Alford
▪ Mary Nell Hunt Gilder






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Billie Gertrude Gilder

Billie Gertrude Gilder, 84, a longtime resident of the Vardaman area, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 1972, in the N. Miss. Retirement Home in Grenada.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Vardaman Methodist Church, with interment in the Midway Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Gilder and Rev. Ken Pickens officiated. Anthony Funeral Home was in charge.

Mrs. Gilder was born in 1888, a native of Waverly, Tenn., and a resident of Vardaman for many years. She was the widow of R.E. Gilder, Sr. and the mother of R.E. Gilder, Jr., Gatlin Gilder, and Roberta Gilder.

She leaves one son, Gatlin Gilder of Memphis, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Grace Roberta Gilder

Miss Grace Roberta Gilder died Saturday, December 23, 1961, at the Vardaman Hospital, where she had been under treatment for one day. She was 48.

Born in Vardaman in 1913, she had lived most of her life in Vardaman. She was the daughter of Robert Earl Gilder, Sr. and Gertrude Gatlin Gilder.

She was a Baptist and a member of the Thomas W. Young chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Services were held on Dec. 24 at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. Jim Bain. Interment was in the Midway cemetery, under the direction of Cook Funeral Home of Vardaman. Pallbearers were Bill Blue, Tom Therell, Prince Hamilton, Paul Spencer, Roy Mitchell, and James Easley.

She leaves her mother, Mrs. Gertrude Gilder of Vardaman; and a brother Gatlin Gilder of Vardaman.

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Senator Robert Earl Gilder, Jr.

State Senator Robert Earl Gilder, Jr.,of Vardaman became ill on Wednesday, October 4, 1961. His condition grew grave and he was rushed to the University Hospital in Jackson on Thursday and died there on Friday night, October 6, of tetanus. Members of his family stated that about two weeks previously he had been working in one of his pastures on his farm, when he scratched his back on a barbed wire fence. He did not consider the scratch harmful, and had forgotten it.

At the age of 47, Senator Gilder had reached the peak of his career. He had served with distinction in the Mississippi Senate for the past two years and was recognized throughout the state as one of the more prominent legislators. He held several important committee assignments. He was serving on the joint committees of General Legislative Investigations, and Enrolled Bills. In the Senate he was chairman of the committee on Public Health and a member of the committees on Banks, County Affairs, Finance, Game and Fish, and Public Utilities . He was Senator of the 31st District, which is composed of Calhoun, Chickasaw, and Pontotoc counties. It was thought by Calhoun Countians and Mississippians who knew him that he very likely could have continued to serve Calhoun County in public office, and would probably within the next few years have been in line for a state office.

His death has meat a great loss to the people of Calhoun county, and Mississippi. He was capable, level-headed, dependable, and a man of his word. He had a sense of practical judgement that served him well in the Senate. He was a man who was not afraid to fight for his beliefs and his friends and he would speak his mind with clearness and forcefulness.

Born at Vardaman on Aug. 7, 1914, he was the son of the late R.E. Gilder, Sr., and Mrs. Gertrude Gatlin Gilder, who resides at Vardaman. He had lived his entire life at Vardaman. He attended school at the University of Mississippi, where he studied law. At the University of Missouri, he went through a course in journalism. At the age of 21 he was elected to a two-year term as Mayor of the Town of Vardaman. He had also served the town as Alderman for 12 years. He had taught in the public schools of Mississippi, operated a gin, engaged in the timber business, and was still operating a large farm. At one time, he worked for the State Motor Vehicle Commission. At the time of his death he was President of the Board of Directors of the Natchsz Trace Electric Power Association. He was a land owner, farmer, and cattleman. He was associated with his brother, Gatlin Gilder, as General Manager of the Vardaman Manufacturing Company.

He and Frances Louise Moseley were married in November 1937. He was Methodist and a Mason.

Besides his mother, he leaves his wife; three sons: Bob Gilder, Earl Gilder, and Jeff Gilder, all of Vardaman; a brother, Gatlin Gilder; and a sister, Miss Roberta Gilder, all of Vardaman.

Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. James Richardson, formerly of Vardaman, officiated, assisted by Rev. Jim Bain, Rev. Bryan Scarbrough and Rev. Curtis James. Burial was in the Midway cemetery under the direction of Pryor Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tom Therrell, Raymond Robertson, Ray Sanderson, Arlis Sanderson, Arlis Harrelson, Raymond Spencer and J.E. Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. M.C. Sappington, Dr. O.B. Crocker, Dr. S.L. Dobbs, Dr. D.L. Harrison, Jr., Paul Martin, Carthel Richardson, Watt Carter, Smith Wilson, Paul Moore, Bill Spencer, Rodney Inman, Bill Blue, J.W. Hill, Jim Hugh Tabb, R.V. Taylor, R.E. Gilder, Jr.Bertram Scarbrough, Lee Lon Pryor, Oscar Edmondson, Lt. Gov. Paul B. Johnson, Highway Patrol Director Boyd Goding, Rep. Russell Fox, Rep. Walter Hester, Sen. George Yarbrough, Aron Foster, Ralph Taylor, Atty. Gen Joe T. Patterson, Sen. Preston Davis, Jerome Shaw, Tom Scarbrough, Boyd Adams, Bob Gable, Eddie Hendrix, Rex Sanderson, Buck Skinner, Tom Spencer, Frank Hamilton, Prince Hamilton, Gov. Ross Barnett, Sen. Frank Barber, Sen. Gene Wirth, Sen. Herman Camp, Sen. Robert D. Anderson, Sen. Odie Trenton, Herman Clanton, J.Y. Reed, Sen. Bill Caraway, Robert L. Crawford, Dist. Atty. Jesse L. Yancy, Jr., Harry Robinson, and Grady Morgan.

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Frances Louise Moseley Gilder

Frances Louise Moseley Gilder, widow of the late Senator R.E. Gilder, died Monday night, Oct. 30, 1961, at the Vardaman Hospital, where she had been under treatment several months. She had been in poor health for a long time. She was 42.

Born at Vardaman on Sept. 27, 1919, she had lived her entire life there. Her mother, Mrs. Nancy Cannon Moseley, survives her. Her father was M.A. Moseley. She was a Baptist.

Services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Vardaman Baptist Church, under the direction of Pryor Funeral Home. Rev. James Richardson officiated, assisted by Rev. Curtis James, Rev. J.F. Hartley, and Rev. H.B. Winter. Burial was in the Midway cemetery. Pallbearers were J.E. Carter, Watt Carter, Tom Therrell, Raymond Robertson, Rex Sanderson, and Roy Mitchell.

Besides her mother, she leaves three sons, Bob Gilder, Earl Gilder, and Jeff Gilder, all of Vardaman; two sisters, Mrs. Lorette Williams of Vardaman, and Mrs. Earline Williams of Memphis, Tenn.

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Gatlin G. Gilder, Sr.

Gatlin G. Gilder, age 63, of Southaven, formerly of Vardaman, died Wednesday, November 3, 1982 at Methodist Hospital South in Memphis. funeral services were held Thursday, November 4 at Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Midway Cemetery in Calhoun County with Rev. James Richardson officiating.

Born Aug. 9, 1919, the son of the late Robert E. Gilder, Sr. and the late Gertrude Gatlin Gilder of Vardaman, he was a furniture salesman for Eubanks Furniture Company in Southaven and was former owner of Vardaman Manufacturing Company. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nell Hunt Gilder of Southaven; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara McCullough of Houston;p one son, Gatlin G. Gilder, Jr. of Southaven and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Harry Robinson, Earl Gable, Charles Fred Martin, Tom Therrell, Lawrence Chandler and Charlie Eubanks.

Antony-Parker Funeral home of Vardaman was in charge of arrangements.

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Earl Moseley Gilder

Earl Moseley Gilder, 58, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, in Southaven.

He was a retired salesman in the food broker industry and a former employee of the Mississippi State Treasurer's Office.

He was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church and was a former resident of Vardaman and Jackson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Melanie Gilder Snuggs of West Monroe, LA; two brothers, Bob Gilder of Memphis and Rev. Jeff Gilder of Vardaman; one grandchild.


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James Ernest Roberts

James Ernest Roberts James Ernest Roberts, 82, of Vardaman, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1982 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

A heavy machinery equipment operator and member of Midway Baptist Church, he was born November 24, 1899, the son of Sam Roberts and Minnie Winters Roberts.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Vardaman Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Gilder, Rev. Lowell Johnson and Rev. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery with Antony-Parker Funeral home in charge.

Pallbearers were Hunter Sullivan, Ernie Gordon, Mitchell Gordon, Jodie Roberts, Brent Harrell, and Parrish Hartley.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Martha Lee Buchanan Roberts, Vardaman; two granddaughters, Mrs. Martha Gail Gordon, Vardaman; Mrs Margaret Ann Walls, Rainsville, AL; one grandson, Mike Mitchell, Vardaman, and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Roy Mitchell

Mr. Roy Mitchell, 68, died Saturday, July 14, 1984, at Houston Community Hospital, following a fall from a ladder. A Vardaman resident, Mr. Mitchell was a heavy equipment operator.

He was a member of Vardaman Baptist Church.

Born Nov. 18, 1915 in Tennessee, he was the son of William H. Mitchell and Minnie Tull Mitchell. He was married to the late Mrs. Mickey Roberts Mitchell.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Martha Gail Phillips of Vardaman and Mrs. Margaret Ann Walls of Fyffe, Ala.; one son, Mike Mitchell of Vardaman; one sister, Mrs. Durell Alexander of Booneville; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Gilder officiated, assisted by Rev. Lowell Johnson. Burial was in Midway Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ernie Gordon, Mitchell Gordon, Hunter Sullivan, Donald Harrell, Jody Roberts, and Kim Chrestman.

Antony-Parker Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.



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William Isom Anglin

Mr. William Isom Anglin, a resident of Vardaman since 1925, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 6, 1962, near Graysport Crossing at Grenada Lake, as he and a friend were returning from a fishing trip. He was 64.

Mr. Anglin was born and reared in Calhoun County. He was the son of the late Will Anglin and Delia Nix Anglin. He was the owner and operator of Anglin's Sporting Goods Store and Radio Repair Shop at Vardaman.

He was a Baptist and a Mason. Mr. Anglin was well-liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He had the gift of making friends easily and his sense of humor has given a lift to many people. He was active in civic and religious activities, and at one time operated a telephone exchange at Vardaman.

Services were held Saturday afternoon at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. Jim Bain. Interment was in Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman, with Masonic rites. James E. Cook Funeral Home was in Charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Van Johnson, Johnnie Vanhorn, Charlie Perkins, Buck Skinner, Stewart Hamilton, and Bill Spencer.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Georgia Bailey Anglin, of Vardaman; two sons, Joe Van Anglin of Jackson, Miss., and Dale Anglin, of Houston, Miss.; a daughter, Mrs. E.A. Murphree, of Vardaman; three brothers, A.L. Anglin, of the Loyd community, Eldridge Anglin of Bruce, and Everette Anglin of Memphis; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Honorary pallbearers were: Norman Inman, Willie Vanhorn, Roscoe McCord, James Williams, Robert Hunt, J.E. Roberts, Wilton Griffin, Baylous Ashby, Roy Mitchell, Claude Spratlin, Forrest Spratlin, Boyd Adams, Ola Edmondson, Thomas Blue, Bob Gable, Dr. J.S. Edmondson, Smith Wilson, and Talmer Chandler.




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Grace Ferguson Penick

Mrs. Grace Ferguson Penick, 73, died Sunday, June 27, 1976, after suffering an apparent heart attack while at church Sunday night.

She was the wife of Mr. Russell Penick and had lived at Vardaman all of her life. She was a member of the Vardaman Methodist Church and of the Order of Eastern Star.

Born June 15, 1903 in Vardaman, she was the daughter of Thomas Richard Ferguson and Emma Martin Ferguson.

She leaves her husband, Russell Penick of Vardaman; two daughters, Mrs. Merrill Alford of Vardaman and Mrs. Billy Wells of Big Creek; three sons, J.R. Penick, Jr. of Houston, Charles Penick of Vardaman and Billy Penick of Houston; five sisters, Mrs. Blanch Davis of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Aleene Burton of Saulsbury, Tenn., Mrs. Alpha Morse of El Cecito, Calif., Mrs. Nancy Bailey of Oxford and Mrs. Johnnie Beardon of Monroe, La.; two brothers, Victor Ferguson of Batesville and Martin Ferguson of Grenada; 16 grandchildren and seven great grand-children.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 29 at the Vardaman Methodist Church. Rev Ben Goodwin officiated, assisted by Rev. E. S. Furr. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Penick, Steve Penick, Billy Wayne Alford, Tony Alford, Gary Penick, Therrel Penick, Gene Wells, Rory Wells, Barry Wells and John Wells.

Antony Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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Alice Myrtice Dye Robertson Young

Mrs. Alice Myrtice Dye Robertson Young, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1973 at her home in Vardaman.

She was a Baptist. She was born Oct. 9, 1897 in Vardaman, where she had lived all of her life. Her parents were Charlie Dye and Ann Dye.

Myrtice Young She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Reese of Calhoun City and Mrs. Lorene Hartley of Vardaman; two sons, Raymond Robertson of Vardaman and John Marshall Robertson of Memphis, Tenn.; five sisters, Mrs. Mable Dalton of Houlka, Mrs. Jimmie Lee Sutherland of Vardaman, Mrs. Loretta Atkinson of Coldwater, Mrs. Alma Lindsey of Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. Velma Vanlandingham of Arkansas; five brothers, Pete Dye and Maxie Dye, both of West Point, C.H. Dye of Coldwater, Ruble Dye of Memphis, Tenn., and Leslie Dye of Savage; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Finley Evans of Grenada officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Hartley, Fred Hartley, Buddy Robertson, Boyd Wayne, Keith Robertson, Gary Robertson, Howell Reese, Jr., and Andy Reese.




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Charley Henry Robertson

Mr. Charley Henry Robertson, 39, died suddenly at his home in Calhoun City, on Wednesday, October 28, 1964.

He had been employed at the Calhoun Garment Company for the past ten years. He was born in Vardaman, Miss., the son of Mrs. Myrtice Dye Robertson Young, of Vardaman, who survives him, and the late John Marshall Robertson. He had resided in Calhoun City for the past 18 years. He was a veteran of the Second World War.

Besides his mother, he leaves his wife, Mrs. Charlie Parker Robertson, of Calhoun City; two sons, Boyd Wayne and Marshall Ray Robertson; and two daughters, Martha Ann and Barbara Jean, all at home; two sisters, Mrs. Howell Reese, of Calhoun City and Mrs. Lorene Hartley, of Vardaman; two brothers, Raymond Robertson, of Vardaman, and John Robertson, of Nesbitt, Miss.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29, at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Rev. J.F. Hartley officiated. Burial as in Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman. Pallbearers were Brack Patterson, J.W. Rice, Kenneth McKelroy, Robert Holloway, Rufus Childs and Herbert Harville.




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Idell Dye Vanlandingham

Idell Dye Vanlandingham, 97, of Vardaman, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1909, in Vardaman to Filmore Dye and Sarah Jane Robinson Dye. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Vardaman with Bro. Dale Easley officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of the arrangements.

Surivors include one daughter, Judy Parks Thomashowski of Vardaman; one sister, Allene Prophet of Vardaman; one daughter-in-law, Lucy Vanlandingham of Lafayette, La.; one sister-in-law, Ann Dye of Vardaman; three grandchildren, Pam Huddleston Deveau and husband, Larry, of Memphis, Tracy Parks and wife Ginny, of Jacksonville, Fla., and James "Jim" Vanlandingham Jr. and wife Kristen, of Lafayette, La.; five great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephew, Marty Parker, Nell Pitre, Delores Vaughn, Sarah Anthony, Margaret Story, Elizabeth Montgomery, Connie Eaton, Eugene Dye, Dale Carson, and Lee Flanagan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Vanlandingham, in 1994; a son, James F. Vanlandingham Sr., in 1997; and two brothers, Burnell Dye and Dick Dye.

Pallbearers were Larry Bailey, Phillip Fleming, Danny Bailey, Don Harrell, Robert E. McGregory and Bill Blue. Honorary pallbearers were John J. Adams; Carol Crausby, Mary McDonald, and Jackie Smith.




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Leo Vanlandingham

Mr. Leo Vanlandingham, 85, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1994, at his home on Rt. 2, Vardaman.

He was a retired convoy driver for Dealers Transport, Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Vanlandingham was ordained as a deacon June 16, 1963, Haveview Baptist Church in Memphis and served as a deacon in Vardaman First Baptist Church until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Idell Dye Vanlandingham of Vardaman one daughter, Mrs. Jody Parks Tomashowsk of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, James Fred Vanlandingham of Lafayette, La.; one sister, Mrs. Lois Bozeman of Vardaman; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Dale Easley officiated, assisted by Rev. Billy McCord. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Vardaman, under the direction of Parker Memorial Funeral Home, Vardaman. Pallbearers were young deacons of his church, Jeff Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton, Danny Bailey, Carl Marshall, John Tedder, Brent Harrell, Steve Johnson, and Davy Schwalenberg.

Honorary pallbearers were senior deacons or members of Vardaman Baptist, Billy Paul Spencer, John Jasper Adams, Ray Sutherland, Mike Mitchell, Hubert Gann, Jim Fred Hamilton, Pete Gibson, Chick Martin, A.D. Wright, H.E. Bailey, Grady Schwalenberg, Doyle Hawkins, and Charles Hollis.




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Eunice Cochran Dye

Mrs. Eunice Cochran Dye, 76, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1971 at the Vardaman Hospital.

She was the widow of Fon Dye and resided at Vardaman.

She was a Methodist.

She was born in Crockett County, Tenn., March 3, 1895, the daughter of Robert Beverly and Kitty Bond Chochran.

She leaves a daughter Mrs. Edwin Johnson of Youngstown, Ohio; two sons, Robert Dye and Louis Dye, both of Vardaman; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services wsere held Wednesday afternoon at the Vardaman Methodist Church. Rev. Ben Goodwin officiated, assisted by REv. Ken Pickens.




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Lee Bernell Dye

Mr. Lee Bernell Dye, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 1983, at Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City where he was a patient.

He was a retired hardware worker and resided in Vardaman.

Born Jan. 13, 1905, in Calhoun County, he was the son of Filmore Dye and Sarah Jane Robertson Dye.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Vera Pettit Dye of Vardaman, three daughters, Mrs. Reggie Nell Pitre of Houston, Tex., Mrs Delores Vaughn of McDonough, Ga., and Mrs. Sarah Anthony of Memphis, Tenn.; one son Herbert Eugene Dye of Houma, La.; three step-daughters, Mrs. Libby Mitchell of Grenada, Mrs. Earline Parker of Vardaman, Mrs. Virginia Cheataman of Philadelphia; step-son Lee Pettit of Fairfield, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Leo Vanlandingham and Mrs. Aleen Prophet, both of Vardaman; a brother, Durell Dye of Vardaman; 10 grandchildren and 15 step-grandchildren; three great grandchildren and 17 step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev Clarence Cooper officiated, assisted by Rev. Lowell Johnson. Burial was in Ellzey Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lewis Dye, Robert Dye, William Vaughn III, Herbert Dye Jr., James Babin, Timothy Cardwell, Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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Thedie Higginbotham Dye

Mrs. Thedie Higginbotham Dye, 68, died Monday, Oct. 20, 1980, at Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City.

She was the widow of John Henry Dye and resided at Vardaman. She was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church.

Born April 15, 1912, in Mississippi, she was the daughter of William Higginbotham and Ioma Free Higginbotham.

She leaves a son, Ricky Dye, of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Ruthell McCloud and Mrs. Barbara Ann Simms, both of Okolona, Mrs. Johnnie Faye McAllister of Vardaman, Mrs. Louise Baker of Drew and Mrs. Laderl Dye of Bruce; four sisters, Mrs. Vera Dye and Mrs Therrie Stone, both of Vardaman, Mrs. Birie Lee Holliday of California, and Mrs. Ro Amma Dye of West Point, and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Oct. 22 at New Liberty Baptist Church. Rev Fred Hartley officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Martin, Billy Walls, Eddie Moore, J.D. Walls, Nelson Vanlandingham and Laderle Ramage.




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James Edd Dye

James Edd Dye Dies Suddenly
Vardaman Citizen Succumbs on Monday, Following A Heart Attack


Mr. James Edd Dye, age 74, who resided at Vardaman, passed away at Edmondson's Clinic on Monday morning, Sept. 16, 1957, where he had been under treatment for a few hours.

A native of Calhoun, Mr. Dye was born May 9, 1883, the son of Ross Green Dye and Mary Jane Cook Dye. He resided in the county and in the area around Vardaman practically all his life. He was regarded as a good and honorable citizen and had a wide circle of friends and relatives. He was a descendant of pioneer families of this section. Mr. Dye was a familiar figure on the streets of Vardaman ever since the town started in 1905. He was neighborly, agreeable and considerate of others -- and he was ever ready to join in any movement for the good of the community.

His death caused much sadness over the county because of his being related to many of our people and a friend to many others.

Funeral services for Mr. Dye were held from Vardaman Baptist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon, conducted by Rev J.F. Hartley, assisted by Dr. Hal D. Bennett and Rev. Doc Jeters. Interment followed at Hillcrest cemetery, in Vardaman. James E. Cook Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of funeral arrangements and pallbearers were: Bernell Dye, Durell Dye, Robert Dye, Louis Dye, Charley Henry Robertson and Raymond Robertson.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada Pearl Robertson Dye; by two daughters, Mrs. Argie McGregor, of Vardaman and Mrs. Freed McKibben, of Calhoun City; by a son, Leroy Dye, of Jonestown; by a brother, Mr. Fon Dye, of Vardaman; by 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.




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Eddie Brooks Dye

Mr. Eddie Brooks Dye, 68, died at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 1984, at Community Hospital of Calhoun County in Pittsboro.

A retired farmer, he had lived all of his life on Rt. 1, Vardaman.

Born May 5, 1915 in Calhoun County, he was the son of Bill Dye and Lula Jennings Dye, both natives of Calhoun County.

He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Ayers of McDavis, Fla.; a son, Robert Lee Dye, U.S. Army, Lawton, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Janie Duncan of Houston and Mrs. Lorene Wall of Vardaman; one brother, Shelby Dye of Vardaman; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Pryor-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Dr. Clarence Cooper officiated, assisted by Rev. Fred Hartley. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery. Pallbearers were Elvis Black, Billy Walls, J.D. Walls, Larry Martin, Nelson Vanlandingham, and Sterling Hood.




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Shelby Turner Dye

Mr. Shelby Turner Dye, 66, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 1984, at Houston Community Hospital.

He resided on Rt. 1, Vardaman, in New Liberty community, and was a retired employee of Calhoun County Supervisor's District 5. He was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church, a past Master of the Vardaman Masonic Lodge No. 527, and held membership in the Woodmen of the World and Farm Bureau.

Born Dec. 6, 1917, in Calhoun County, he was the son of William Thomas Dye and Lula Elizabeth Jennings Dye.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lavenia Ramage Dye of Vardaman; one daughter, Mrs. Jackie Bush of Vardaman; one son, Shelby Joe Dye of Calhoun City; two sisters, Mrs. Lorene Walls of Vardaman and Mrs. Janie Duncan of Houston; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at New Liberty Baptist Church. Dr. Clarence Cooper officiated. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery. Pallbearers were Donnie Cain, Jimmie Ellis, Curtis Bryant, Billy Clements, J.W. Edmondson and Ronnie Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Archie Fleming, Raymond Bailey, Bill Blue and Paul Gregg.

Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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Tommie Lee Dye, Sr.

Mr. Tommie Lee Dye succumbed Friday, April 14, 1967,at the Veterans Hospital in Jackson, Miss., where he had been under treatment for three weeks. He was 73.

Born in Calhoun County, Miss., he had resided at Vardaman most of his life. He was a retired merchant.

He was a member of the Vardaman Methodist Church and of the Masonic Lodge and the Disabled American Veterans. The World War I veteran was the son of Phillip Shelby Dye and Mary Frances Blue Dye.

Mr. Dye was well-liked by all who knew him and his friends say he was a good man.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Zelda Dye of Vardaman; a son, Tommie Lee Dye, Jr., of Vardaman; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at Vardaman Methodist Church, Rev. Ben Goodwin officiated, assisted by Rev James Curtis and Rev. Winfred Brasher. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman, under the direction of Antony funeral Home. Pallbearers were Leo Vanlandingham, Charles Hollis, Ruble James, Elton Ramage, Robert Earl McGregor and Jim Ray.




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Zelda Allen Dye.

Zelda Allen Dye Services for Zelda Allen Dye of Vardaman were Feb. 24 at the Vardaman Methodist Church with the Rev. Ben Goodwin and the Rev. Glenn Puttman officiating.

Burial was in Hillcreest Cemetery.

Mrs. Dye, 85, died Feb 22, 1988, at Oxford-Lafayette Medical Center. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Dye was the widow of Tommie Lee Dye, Sr. She was the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Rosa Burton Allen.

Mrs. Dye is survived by a son, Tommie Lee Dye, Jr., of Calhoun City; a sister Ruth Hollis of Vardaman; a brother, Ralph Allen of Vardaman; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Earl McGregor, Hayden Martin, Leo Vanlandingham, C.P. Ward, James Louis William and Richmond Alexander.

Parker Memorial Funeral Home was in Charge.




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Tommie Lee Dye, Jr.

Tommie Lee "Tom" Dye, Jr. Tommie Lee "Tom" Dye, Jr. , 61, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Central in Memphis.

He was born March 5, 1938, in Calhoun County. He was a farmer and car salesman, and an Air Force veteran. He was a member of Derma Baptist Church and Vardaman Masonic Lodge, and past president of the Calhoun City Lions Club. He was a co-founder and past president of the board of Calhoun Academy.

Services will be at 2 p.m Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Spratlin, the Rev. Jeff Gilder and the Rev. Buford Usry officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City with Masonic rites.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Lucius Dye of Calhoun City; two daughters, Debbie White of Vardaman and Gail McKibben of Bruce; two sons, Robert Lee Dye of Brandon and Tony Parker of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren, Josh Langford and Anna Langford, both of Vardaman, Nathan Dye and Shannon Dye, both of Brandon, Dusty McKibben of Bruce and Katie Parker and Lucius Parker, both of Calhoun City.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Morris, Joe Blaylock, J.T. Skinner, Charles Hill, Billy Wooten, William P. Wright, James H. Wright and Ray Hamilton.




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John Henry Dye

Mr. John Henry Dye, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1972 at Houston Hospital.

The retired farmer resided at Vardaman. He was a Baptist.

He was born April 5, 1910, in Vardaman, the son of William Thomas and Lula Jane Jennings Dye.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Theda Higginbotham Dye of Vardaman; four daughters, Mrs. Johnnie McAlister of Columbus, Mrs. Ruth Cooper of Pontotoc, Mrs. Louise Norred of Vardaman and Mrs. Barbara Ann Franklin of Big Creek; two sons, Laderle Dye of Houston and Ricky Dye of Vardaman; three sisters, Mrs. Lizzy Turner of Pontotoc, Mrs. Janie Duncan of Houston and Mrs. Lorene Walls of Vardaman; three brothers, Shelby Dye and Eddie Brooks Dye, both of Vardaman and Thomas Dye of Ft. Worth, Texas; 28 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon., Oct 26, at Vardaman BBaptist Church. Rev Curtis El. Jams officiated, assisted by Rev. Ken Pickens. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery under the direction of anoony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Joe Ben Mooneyham, Robert Earl McGregor, Buck Skinner, Hosea Parker, Kenneth Waslls andB?illy Walls.




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Louis Fondren Dye

Louis Fondren Dye, age 72, died at his home at Vardaman on Wednesday, Nov. 30. He was a retired farmer.

Military funeral rites were held Friday, Dec. 2 at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev L.F. Haire officiated, assisted by Revs. R.B. Winter, Curtis James and J.F. Hartley. Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman. James E Cook Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Pallbearers were Boyd Parker, Rex Martin, Andrew Ward, Fred McKibben, Jewett Blue and Oscar Morgan.

Mr. Dye had lived his entire life at Vardaman. He was the son of the lamented Ross Green Dye and Mary Jane Cook Dye. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of World War I. He was a man who held the respect of all who knew him and was known as a truly good man.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Eunice Cochran Dye, of Vardaman; two sons Louis Dye of Vardaman and Robert Dye of Hollandale; a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Johnston of Youngstown Ohio; six grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were: J.D. Marshall, Sam Hartley, Orland Scarbrough, Norman Edmondson, Frank Hill, J.B. Whitehorn; and Forrest Spratlin.




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Margaret Louise Penick Alford

Margaret Louise Alford, 84, died Sept. 26, 2007, at the Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. She was born March 28, 1923, in Vardaman. She was a former teacher and a retired inspector for Kellwood Company. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Vardaman United Methodist Church. She married Oscar Mearill Alford on Nov. 4, 1942; he preceded her in death.

Services were at the Vardaman United Methodist Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors included one son, Billy Wayne Alford (Shirley) of Corinth; one brother, J.R. Penick of Houston; one sister, Mary Sue Wells of Vardaman; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Tony Alford; two brothers, Billy Penick and Charles Penick; and her parents, John Russell Penick and Cleveland Grace Ferguson Penick.




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Mary Nell Hunt Gilder

Mary Nelle Hunt Gilder, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born January 15, 1920, in Cottage Grove, Tenn., to Robert Wilkes Hunt and Clyde Estelle Maddox Hunt.

She graduated Cottage Grove High School at age 15, and attended Bethel College. She was Paris Tennessee's Maid of Cotton Representative for the Cotton Carnival. She was all-state in basketball, and was Tennessee State Amateur Champion in Tennis. She loved sports, especially football. She was a Braves fan. She was an avid bridge player and until her death, was a participant of four bridge clubs. She loved life and most importantly, people.

She and her husband, Gatlin Gladney Gilder, Sr. were the founders of Vardaman Manufacturing Company in Vardaman. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a homemaker and in recent years was a retail sales associate for Carson's Department Store in Houston, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Houston.

Services are at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Larry Patrick and the Rev. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial will follow at Midway Cemetery in Vardaman.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara and Don McCullough of Houston; her son, Gatlin Gilder, Jr. of Houston; her grandchildren, Suzy McCullough Zimmerman and Joel, Jamie McCullough Elliott and Justin, Jim Gatlin McCullough and Anna, Rob Gilder and Brandie, and Barbara Ann Gilder Kirkland; her great-grandchildren, Gatlin Farrar, Loren Zimmerman, Zac Zimmerman, Ella Elliott, Wilson Elliott, and Rece Gilder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, whom she married August 31, 1941, Gatlin Gladney Gilder, Sr. of Vardaman.

Pallbearers will be Mike Mitchell, Chuck Carson, Dewitt Spencer, Joel Zimmerman, James Marshall Casey and Justin Elliott.