Vardaman History Project

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▪ Robert G. Young
▪ Thomas W. Young
▪ Monette Morgan Young
▪ Barbara Frances Young Yancy
▪ Diana Young
▪ Dr. Edmond Brooks Young
▪ Millard Fillmore Young
▪ Flora Belle Hollis Young
▪ Una Greenslade Richards
▪ John Frank Richard
▪ Fort Nelson Ramsey
▪ Johnny Rufus Vanhorn
▪ Sadie Lee Clark Vanhorn
▪ Charles Graham Van Horn
▪ Sarah Lucille Vanhorn Green
▪ Felix Carlile Vanhorn
▪ Vivian Vanhorn Perkins
▪ Eula Barbara Murphree Morgan
▪ Gillia Hazeltine Hardin Murphree
▪ Albert Hosea Morgan
▪ Alsie Morgan
▪ Theda Morgan Mott
▪ Reuben Reece Morgan
▪ Thomas Glen Scarbrough
▪ William Orland Scarbrough
▪ James Herman Scarbrough
▪ W. D. Scarbrough
▪ Curtis Bryan Scarbrough
▪ Georgia Morgan Lester

Robert Gabus Young

Mr. Robert G. (Bob) Young, age 76, one of Calhoun county's outstanding leaders and citizens, passed away at the family home in Vardaman, on Friday, March 29, following n illness covering several years.

R.G. Young Mr. Young was known to almost every person in the county, and was called a friend by nearly everyone who knew him. He served District No. 5 for 12 years as its Supervisor, and made a record that has since been pointed to us as one of the best ever made by a supervisor in this county. Mr. Young was one of the first who started the movement of widening, straightening, and surfacing the farm roads in his district. He was economical in his administration and saw that every dollar he spent for the district got results. He was honest in his official duties as well as in his private life--and he worked hard to bring progress and prosperity to his people and to the entire county.

He was born near where Vardaman now stands on Feb. 21, 1881, and was the son of the well-known Captain Thomas W. Young and Sallie Blue Young, both of whom passed away some years ago.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Masonic fraternity, and was, during his life, a farmer and retired business man.

Mr. Young was unassuming, friendly, and obliging. He was a man of his word, who lived up to his obligations and promises, and who had a deep sense of obligation to those who befriended him.

His long life was most useful--and was worthwhile to Calhoun County and District No. 5. His death caused much sadness, for besides his wide circle of devoted friends, he was related to many families in the county.

Calhoun County has had few citizens who were more loyal to their trust, or more interested in the county's progress than Bob Young.

Funeral services for Mr. Young were held from Vardaman Methodist Church on Saturday, March 30, at 10:00 A.M., conducted by his pastor, Rev. L.M. Wright, assisted by Dr. Hal D. Bennett and Rev. Sam Brown. Pallbearers were members of the Vardaman Masonic Lodge, while Cook Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of funeral arrangements. Interment followed the services in the Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman. Honorary pallbearers were: B.F. Spratlin, Luther Murff, Ned Reese, Boyd Parker, Lee Parker, Rev. A.M. Gammell, Fon Dye and Tom Dye.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtice Young of Vardaman; by a son James Richard (Pete)Young, of Bruce; by 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Thomas Wilson Young (1914-1946)

Thomas W. Young died suddenly at his home Saturday morning, July 6th, 1946. He was 31 years of age. Funeral services were held Sunday from the Vardaman Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Carmen Savell, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. O.L. Elliott. Interment was in Vardaman cemetery. Grave services were held by members of the American Legion with full military honors. Thornton Funeral Home had charge of Arrangements.

He was born in Vardaman on Sept. 27, 1914, the son of Robert Gabus Young who survives him and Sarah Frances Richards Young who died in 1943.

"Tom," as he was affectionately known, was well liked by all who knew him. He was a carpenter. He served in the army in World War II, having served in the South Pacific in the islands of Guam and Saipan. He received his discharge in January of this year. He was a member of the Calhoun City Post of the American Legion. Before entering the service, Tom was employed in the construction of Camp McCain, at Grenada.Tom Young Family

He will certainly be missed in his community. The large floral tributes as well as the huge crowd at the funeral attested to the many friends who loved him.

Pallbearers were: Cecil Harrington, Thurman Parish, Amma Lecornu, Dan Blue, Bill Blue, Paul Blue, Frank Richards, and Ralph Richards. Honorary pallbearers were: Rex Sanderson, Ray Sanderson, R.E. Gilder, J.V. Martin, Zelma Casey, Smith Evans, Andrew Ward, Jack Naron, Ernest Roberts, Ernest McKibben, Earl Blue and Carthel Richardson.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Monette Morgan Young, two daughters, Barbara and Diana; and one son, James; his father, R.G. Young, all of Vardaman, and one brother James R. Young, of Bruce. His mother, Sarah Frances Richards Young, died in 1943.

Photo: Tom Young family in 1945:
(L-R) Back Row: Barbara, Monette; Front Row: James, Tom, Diana

Monette Morgan Young

Monette Morgan Young, 84, of Jackson, MS, formerly of Vardaman, died Friday, February 18, 2000 at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson of complications resulting from multiple myeloma. She was born July 5, 1915 in the Reid Community in Calhoun County, the daughter of Albert Hosea Morgan and Eula Barbara Murphree Morgan. She was a homemaker, a retired LPN, and she was a Baptist.

Monette Young Funeral service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.

Pallbearers were Lee Yancy, Tom Yancy, Bill Cooper, Bob Cooper, Glenn Parker, and Charles Parker.

Survivors include one daughter, Diana Young, Clinton; one son, James Morgan Young, Fort Walton Beach, FL; and five grandchildren, Cindy Yancy, Jackson; Paige Srinivas, Lombard, IL; Dawn Young, Davie, FL; Lee Yancy, Tupelo; and Tom Yancy, Washington, DC. She was preceded by her husband, Thomas Wilson Young in 1946, and her daughter, Barbara Frances (Mrs. Jesse L. Yancy, Jr.) Young Yancy.

Monette was an avid family historian and was the author of the book, The Cherry Hill - Poplar Springs - Reid Community in Calhoun County, Mississippi . From her youngest days she loved to read and to hear her grandmother's stories. She also loved poetry, and left a collection of her poems for her grandchildren.

Barbara Frances Young Yancy

Barbara Yancy,
ex-state senator
by Marky Aden,
Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer,

Barbara Young Yancy, 63, of Morningside Terrace, a former state senator, died of heart failure Wednesday, April 24, 1996, at her home.

Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce United Methodist Church in Bruce with burial in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is handling arrangements.

Barbara Young Yancy Mrs. Yancy was a Vardaman native. She was the widow of Jesse L. Yancy, Jr. After their marriage, she lived in Bruce where she reared her family and was active in civic and political affairs for many years. She represented Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, and Monroe counties in the Senate from 1970 until 1971 after defeating two opponents to fill the unexpired term of her husband, who died while in office in 1970.

Mrs. Yancy, a Democrat, did not seek re-election. She spent the remainder of her professional life in state government. She was employed by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks at the time of her death..

A 10th generation Mississippian, Mrs. Yancy's interests included Mississippi's history and artistic culture and she was a skilled artist and craftsman.

Mrs. Yancy's son, Tom Yancy of Washington, said his mother ran for his father's legislative seat because he left some unfinished projects, including a measure establishing a procedure for investing state funds to earn interest, which was not the practice at that time. "He was a populist, good-government kind of guy," Yancy said. "It was not uncommon for widows to run for their late husband's offices in those days, but it was unusual in that Mother faced a pretty tough fight. She was one of the few women legislators in those years. She didn't see herself as one of those women who were breaking new ground. I think she saw it as her duty to my father's legacy, and to the people who elected him.".

Mrs. Yancy never had any formal art training but always dabbled in the arts. "Even up until her death, she did all kinds of things with what you might call folklore Santa Claus figures," he said. "She was a fine painter, but didn't really pursue that. She had a full-time job with us kids, and after my father died she went to work."

During the late Gov. Cliff Finch's administration, Mrs. Yancy operated a governor's hotline helping people get help from government, her son said. "She survived a couple of administrations," he said.

In Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mrs. Yancy served as assistant to the director of the parks division, and until her health declined she conducted arts and crafts workshops for lay people at all the state parks. "It was just everyday stuff, like making Easter egg baskets out of all sorts of things," Yancy said. "She was a talented woman and a strong woman who had ideas and wanted to do something beyond the traditional role."

Yancy said his sister followed their mother's path to a job with the state Senate and he himself is a journalist covering national government issues for specialty publications. Mrs. Yancy "came from a long line of proud Mississippians, and I hope it continues with us," he said.

Other survivors include: daughter, Cindy Yancy of Jackson,; son, Jesse Lee Yancy III of Oxford; mother, Monette Morgan Young of Jackson; brother, James M. "Sonny Young of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and sister, Diana Young of Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the Jesse L. Yancy, Jr. Memorial Library in Bruce.

Diana Young

Diana Young, 73, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at UMMC Grenada.

Born Monday, February 23, 1942 in Vardaman, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Wilson Young and the late Monette Morgan Young. She was in ill health for most of her life and was cared for by her mother.

Diana Young She was a member of the Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Jackson, MS.

She is survived by her brother, James Morgan Young of Fort Walton Beach, FL; two nieces, Paige Young Ganti, and Dawn Young Davisson, and her nephew, Jesse Lee Yancy III.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Barbara Frances Young Yancy; a niece, Cynthia Claire Yancy; and a nephew Thomas Warren Yancy.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home. Her cremains will be interred in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Vardaman, Mississippi.

Dr. Edmond Brooks Young

Dr. Edmond Brooks Young, age 68, died at Houston Hospital of a heart attack on Tuesday morning, March 13th.

Dr. Young was a leading citizen of Calhoun County as well as an outstanding physician. He was born at Ellzey, near Vardaman, the son of the lamented Captain Thomas W. Young and Sarah Frances Blue Young. He received his early education at Vardaman and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He located at Vardaman and practiced his profession throughout his life. He was a member of the Methodist church, a Past-Master of Vardaman Lodge, No 527, F & A.M., and a charter member of Thomas W. Young Chapter No. 157, Order of Eastern Star, which was named in honor of his father.

Dr. Young lived a useful and upright life. He was a man of honor and his word was as good as his bond. He had a heart full of sympathy for humanity and in his practice worked willingly for his patients, rich or poor, able to pay or too poor to pay. He was a loyal citizen, a leader in progressive undertakings and had a high sense of civic duty. He was an ardent sportsman, who enjoyed fishing throughout his life.

He was one of the leading citizens who fought for better roads and better schools some 30 to 35 years ago, and helped to bring about the improved conditions that we all enjoy at this time.

Funeral services are being held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Vardaman Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. R.B. Burks and Rev. E. A. Bailey, Jr., to be followed by interment in the cemetery at Vardaman. The Thornton Funeral Home has charge of funeral arrangements and pallbearers are: R.P. Ashby, B.B. Scarbrough, S.W. Wilson, Hollie Spencer Young, James Young, W.H. Daniels, Paul Gregg and John Skinner. Honorary: Dr. J.M. Hood, Dr. John D. Dyer, Dr. W.J. Aycock, Dr. Thomas Gore, Dr. S.K. Gore, Dr. G.G. Armstrong, Dr. Lee, Dr. V.B. Philpot, Dr. S.H. Davis, Dr J. Rice Williams, Dr. Guinn, and Mr. E.A. Enochs.

Dr Young is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cubelle Evans Young, of Vardaman, and a brother, R.G. Young of Vardaman.

Millard Fillmore Young

Mr. M.F. Young Victim of Death
Prominent Vardaman Businessman
Succumbs at Age 75 -- Burial at Ellzey

Services for Millard Fillmore Young, age 75, retired hardware merchant, banker and farmer, who died at his home at Vardaman on Thursday, October 27, 1949, following a long illness, were held from the Vardaman Methodist Church on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. I.E. Johnson, Rev. O.L. Elliott, Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. J.B. Middleton, followed by interment in the Young's Chapel cemetery at Ellzey under the direction of the Thornton Funeral Home with Masonic rites at the graveside.

Mr. Young was a native of Calhoun and his influence throughout his long and useful life was felt in every phase of the county's development and progress. He spent his life time in Vardaman and engaged in the hardware and funeral director business some forty years with businesses at Calhoun City, Bruce and Vardaman. He was president of the old Merchants & Farmers Bank of Vardaman for about 20 years, retiring from this position when the bank was re-organized some years ago. He also had considerable farming interests which he looked after personally. In all these businesses he was unusually successful, possessing a keen business mind and being obliging, considerate and honest with his customers and workmen.

He served two terms as a member of the Board of Supervisors from District No. 5 of Calhoun many years ago and was a member of the Board of Aldermen at Vardaman several terms. He performed his official duties in a commendable way and had the friendship and confidence of those whom he served.

Mr. Young was active in fraternal circles. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Vardaman, which he served as Worshipful Master at times and served twice as Worthy Patron of Thomas W. Young Chapter O.E.S.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and served as a member of the Board of Stewards of the Vardaman Methodist Church for 35 years.

Mr. Young was the son of Capt. T.W. Young and Mrs. Sallie Blue Young. He was born at Ellzey on Jan. 25, 1874, and lived there until the town of Vardaman was organized in the early 1900's, when he moved to the young town and grew up in a business way as the town grew.

He was honest, reliable, trustworthy and truthful. He sold his merchandise at a reasonable price and gave his customers every courtesy and service possible. He was very popular in this county and was known to nearly every person in Calhoun as "Uncle Fill".

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle Hollis Young of Vardaman; by one son, Hollie Young of Bruce; and by two brothers, Dr. E.B. Young and R.G. Young, both of Vardaman.

Flora Belle Hollis Young

Mrs. Flora Belle Young, age 80, who lived at Vardaman, passed away at the Calhoun County Hospital at Bruce on Monday, Oct. 28, 1957, where she had been under treatment the past six weeks.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Van Buren Hollis, and was born in Calhoun County on Dec. 4, 1876. She was the widow of the late Filmore Young, who was an outstanding business, civic and religious leader of Calhoun County throughout his long and honorable life.

Mrs. Young was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Order of Eastern Star, the O.E.S. Chapter at Vardaman having been named in honor of her father-in-law, Captain Thomas W. Young, an officer in the Civil War.

The writer knew Mrs. Young from the age of some 5 years until her death. We knew her to be an intelligent and practical woman, who was strongly religious and deeply civic minded. Her life at Vardaman from the time the town was organized up to her passage was an influence for good and a factor in the civic, educational and religious development of the community.

A descendant of a pioneer family, which helped to develop the county from its early history, she possessed the characteristics and graciousness that are given one that is reared in a cultured home.

She not only identified herself with all worth-while movements for goodness, decency and progressive civic undertakings, but gave her friendship generously to the people with whom she associated and worked.

Vardaman and Calhoun County have lost a valuable citizen because of the death of this splendid woman, and many of us will ever remember Mrs. Young as a loyal friend and a person of rare character.

Funeral services were held from Vardaman Methodist Church of which she was a loyal member, by her pastor, Rev. Doc Jeters, assisted by Revs. O.L. Elliott and I.E. Johnson, with interment following in the cemetery at Young's Chapel at Ellzey. The pallbearers were Eastern Star Members. Jas. E. Cook Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

She was predeceased by her husband and by her daughter, Clarice Young McCord.

She is survived by a son, Hollie D. Young, prominent Bruce business man; by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Una Greenslade Richards

Prominent Vardaman Civic and Religious Leader
Succumbs Sunday, Feb. 8th.

Mrs. Una Richards, age 73, passed away at the Vardaman Clinic on Sunday, Feb. 8, 1953, after an illness of only two days.

Mrs Richards was born in Chickasaw county Dec. 8, 1879, the daughter of John Greenslade and Sallie Ulmer Greenslade. The family moved to this county and resided at Ellzey for many years. She was married to Mr. T.J. Richards, deceased, well-known Vardaman businessman over a long period of years.

Mrs. Richards was a member of the Methodist Church and was a member of the Thomas W. Young Chapter of the O.E.S., of Vardaman. She was a splendid woman, an asset to the communtiy, and a leader in the progress and moral development of her town. She was loved and respectd by everyone and held the admiration and respect of all who knew her.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. from the Vardaman Methodist Church conducted by Rev. E.S. Furr, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. I.E. Johnson, followed by interment in the Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Cook Funeral home of Vardaman, had charge of funeral arrangements, and active pallbearers were Earl Blue, Bill Blue, John Dee Blue, Paul Blue, Rex Blue and James Young. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Ward, J.B. Whitehorn, Kelly Whitehorn, J.R. Penick, J.R. Penick, Jr., and Finley Evans.

Eastern Star rites were given at the graveside.

Mrs Richards is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Sadie Ramsey of Vardaman; by six sons, Dr. V.R. Richards of Greenwood, J.E. Richards of Memphis, Brooks Richards of Seattle, Wash., Frank Richards, of Covington, Tenn., Charles Richards of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Japan, and Joseph Richards of Tunica; and by 8 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John Frank Richard

Mr. John Frank Richard, 71, died Saturday, March 8, 1986, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo.

A resident of Vardaman, he was an employee of Texas Gas Co, and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Collierville, Tenn.

Born March 31, 1915 in Vardaman, he was the son of Thomas J. Richard and Una Greenslade Richard.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Betty Higgins Richard of Vardaman; two step-daughters, June Higgins and Wanda Higgins, both of Vardaman; one sister, Mrs. Sadie Blue of Vardaman, three brothers, Jim Richard of Memphis, Tenn., Brooks Richard of Seattle, Wash., and Charles Richard of Tampa, Fla.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel, Vardaman. Rev. Bill Mills officiated, assisted by Rev. Robert Boyer. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Pallbearers were Nelson Ramsey, Pete Young, Billy Richard, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Blue and J.B. Whitehorn.

Fort Nelson Ramsey

Fort Nelson Ramsey, 58, of Vardaman, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999 at Trace Regional Hospital of Houston. He was born in Vardaman on July 28, 1941, the son of Fort Nelson Ramsey and Sadie Richards Ramsey Blue. He was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Vardaman.

Funeral service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Rev. Robert Earl Alexander, Bro. Ray Hamlin, and Rev. Keith Spratlin officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Blue, Stanley Tutor, Danny Tutor, Gerald Harmon, Amos Tutor, and Ravis Joe Winter.

Survivors include his wife, Voncel Bonnie Tutor Ramsey, Vardaman; three daughters, Vonda Moore, Kelly Ramsey, and Lora Ramsey, all of Vardaman; two step-brothers, Jim Blue, Vardaman, and George Blue, Laurel.

Johnny Rufus Vanhorn

Mr. Johnny R. Vanhorn, 63, died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1967 of a heart attack in the Heidelberg Hotel in Jackson, Miss., where he was attending a Farm Bureau convention.

He resided at Vardaman, having lived there most of his life. He was employed with the Soil Conservation Service in Calhoun County. A native of Calhoun County, he was the son of William P. Vanhorn and Martha Elizabeth Mosley Vanhorn. He was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church and a very active member of the church.

Mr. Vanhorn was recognized by Calhoun Countians as a good man, one who loved his family, was loyal to his friends and dedicated to progress in this county.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Sadie Lee Clark Vanhorn of Vardaman; two sons, Charles G. Vanhorn of Vardaman and John L. Vanhorn of Winona; a sister, Mrs. Lucile Greene of Handsboro, Miss.; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Friday morning at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. L.F. Haire and Rev. Marvin Lee. Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral home.

Sadie Lee Clark Vanhorn

"Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal" Monday, September 16, 1991

Sadie Lee Vanhorn, 85, died Sunday at the Trace Regional Medical Center in Houston after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church. She was the widow of Johnie Rufus Vanhorn, who died in 1967.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Graham Vanhorn of Vardaman and John Leigh Vanhorn of Winona; one brother, Malcolm Clark of Biloxi; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Charles Graham Van Horn

Mr. Charles Graham Van Horn, 78, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended battle with COPD. He was born in Vardaman, MS on December 4, 1937 to Johnny Rufus Vanhorn and Sadie L. Clark Vanhorn. Charles married Elizabeth Lanelle Whittle. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University receiving his degree in Petroleum Geology. He was self-employed in the furniture manufacturing industry for many years.

Charles Van Horn He was the proud grandson of a Civil War Veteran. He collected and catalogued over a 1000 Native American artifacts in Calhoun Co., which he donated to the Cobb Institute at MSU. He was an avid steam train fan, and prolific reader on most any subject. He was a long time member of the MS Valley Flywheel Club and North MS most famous anvil shootist. He loved to joke with folks that if they had lived a good, clean Christian life like he did, they wouldn't be having their troubles.

Survivors include his wife, Lanelle Van Horn of Tupelo; two sons, Chuck Van Horn of New Orleans and Rufus Van Horn of Tupelo, granddaughter, Lauren Van Horn Castro of Santa Monica, CA, and a brother, John Leigh Van Horn of Winona. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Martha Marie Van Horn.

A service honoring his life was held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 in the Sanctuary of All Saints Episcopal Church with Father Paul Stephens and Rev. Dr. Billy Walden officiating. A graveside service followed at 3:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Friends were received from 11:00 a.m. to service time in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church.

Sarah Lucille Van Horn Green

This photograph of Sarah Lucille Van Horn Green was taken on her 100th birthday. Mrs. Green, 100, of Gulfport, died Saturday, April 8, 2006 in Jacksonville, FL.

Sarah Lucille Van Horn Green Mrs. Green was a native of Calhoun County, MS and resident of Gulfport for over 65 years. She was educated by Mississippi College for Women and a member of Handsboro United Methodist Church. She was a very loving mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Green is preceded in death by her husband, E. Jay Green; brothers, Johnny & William Van Horn; father, William P. Van Horn, a Civil War Veteran, and her mother, Martha Mosley Van Horn.

She is survived by a daughter, Gail Jones and husband Tom of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, Hank Jones and wife Cindy of Washington, D.C, and Julie Lamey and husband Donny of Jacksonville, FL; five great grandchildren, Courtney, Katie, Tommy and Maggie Lee Jones, and Meagan Lamey; sister in law, Wilda Green of Gulfport; nieces, Betty Boardman, of Gulfport, Jeanine Lindsay of Long Beach and Nancy Lamey of Biloxi; nephews, R.J. Hover, Jr. of Long Beach, Joe and John Green of Boise, ID, Charles Graham Van Horn of Vardaman, MS and John Leigh Van Horn of Winona, MS.

The visitation was held Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Handsboro United Methodist Church. The service followed at 10:00 a.m. and she was buried in Handsboro Cemetery, Gulfport.

Gulf Coast Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

Felix Carlile Vanhorn

Funeral services were conducted from the Vardaman Baptist Church for Felix Carlile Vanhorn, 80, merchant, cattle and cotton buyer, and former school teacher, who died at Vardaman on Friday, Sept. 11, 1964, in the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. T. Perkins, after a lingering illness. Burial was in the New Liberty Cemetery.

He was born in Calhoun County and was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church.; Mr. Vanhorn leaves three daughters, Mrs. Hugh Collins of Belzona, Mrs. Vardaman Woodson of Bradentown, Fla., and Mrs. Perkins of Vardaman; his half brother, Johnny Vanhorn of Vardaman; a half-sister Mrs. Lucille Green of Hansboro; 11 grandchildren, including Mrs. J.R. Penick of Houston, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Vivian Vanhorn Perkins

Mrs. Vivian Vanhorn Perkins, 71, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 1979, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

She was the wife of Charlie Perkins and they had resided at Vardaman all of her life. She was a retired employee of a clothing manufacturer. Mrs. Perkins was a member of the Vardaman United Methodist Church and a member of the Thomas W. Young Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, at Vardaman.

Born Dec. 28, 1907 in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of Felix Vanhorn and Mallie Lucas Vanhorn

She leaves her husband, Charlie Perkins of Vardaman; five daughters, Mrs. J.R. Penick, Jr. of Houston, Mrs. Ralph Green of Gulfport, Mrs. Julian Morgan and Mrs. Herbert Smith, both of Memphis and Mrs. Jimmy Bingham of Vicksburg; two sisters, Mrs. Vadie Woodson of Bradenton, Fla. and Mrs. Lola Collins of Leland; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug 27 at Vardaman United Methodist Church. Rev Danny Estes officiated, assisted by Rev. Grady Bailey. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Pallbearers were John Green, Earl Morgan, Charles Morgan, Terrell Penick, Ben Smith, Bryan Smith, Gregg Bingham and Barry Bingham.

Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eula Barbara Murphree Morgan

Eula Barbara Murphree Morgan, 96, of Memphis died in a Health Care Center there Friday, March 6, 1981.

A retired schoolteacher, she was born in the Lloyd-Oldtown area on Feb. 2, 1885, the daughter of Jefferson and Tina Hardin Murphree. She spent most of her life in Lloyd, Reid, and Vardaman, having moved to Vardaman in 1936. She moved to Memphis in the 1970s to live with her daughter.

AH & Eula Morgan She was a Baptist and had been a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church and the Vardaman Baptist Church before joining Speedway Baptist Church when she moved to Memphis.

Funeral services were held in Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Ray Gilder, Rev. Robert Earl Alexander, and Rev. Dale Carson officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery next to her husband and their baby son, James Albert Morgan who died in 1926.

Pallbearers were her nephews Glen Parker, Charles Parker, Fred Harris, Eltis Murphree, J.B. Murphree, and Gayron Murphree.

She was the widow of Albert Hosea Morgan who died in April of 1956 at Vardaman.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Monette Morgan Young, Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Leila Parker, Pittsboro, and Mrs. Inez Haire, Bruce; her three grandchildren, Barbara Frances Young Yancy, James Morgan Young, and Diana Young; and her five great grandchildren, Cynthia Claire Yancy, Jesse Lee Yancy III, Thomas Warren Yancy, Elizabeth Paige Young, and Marjorie Dawn Young.

Gillia Hazeltine "Tina" Hardin Murphree
September 15, 1861 - January 11, 1936

Tina Hardin Murphree was born in the Old Houlka area of Chickasaw County, the daughter of David Wilson Hardin and Barbara Jane Samantha Vaughn Hardin. She was the wife of Jefferson D. Murphree and they lived on the western edge of the Lloyd community. The tribute below was written shortly after her death in January 1936 by Rev. Leslie E. Roane, well-known preacher in Calhoun County and frequent contributor to the Monitor-Herald.

The house sits by the side of the road. The same footsteps have been resounding through its walls for more than half a century. In 1886 it was in the making. The sound of the axe, in the hand of the young owner, went ringing through the forest of tall pine trees which was almost unbroken for many miles in every direction.

Four years before, he had married Tina Hardin, when he was only 19, she 17. Their home had been elsewhere, but now they had moved into the new house where they were to live for fifty years and more--and--but wait--.

The sighing breeze resounded through the tree-tops. A mother was singing. No lullaby this time, but her child had heard that many a time.

"Jesus Lover of My Soul, Let Me to Thy Bosom Fly". The reader is familiar with the song.

The house done, he wends his way down the incline, the traces jingling, the sun rising in purple glory over the eastern hills, to work in the corn fields, for the mother and their babies must be fed. Eleven were born to them, nine living now. Throughout the years he was to continue in this exalted work, her keeping the house. Second Saturdays saw no work after dinner, for the mules hitched to the wagon, carried all the family down the incline and over the sandy road to Meridian Church where "Uncle Jeff" was a deacon--and one of the best. "Aunt Tina", too, had her place at church and would be missed when she failed to go. While very young she had heard the faithful preachers' warning from God's word, "Ye must be born again", and had heeded the invitation to come to Christ. Her future life was to run parallel with the Bible teachings.

The breathing was a struggle. "Aunt Tina" was at the door of death. The aged husband requested that prayer be had beside the bed. The noble son-in-law preacher, Rev. J. H. McGregor requested the writer to lead. The silence, when we knelt, was broken only by the heavier breathing of her who so soon was to pass away. Used to many experiences in several states, the writer had met nothing like this. Could these quiet ones who knelt there have known--but they didn't--they would have not been surprised at his earnest pleadings, almost a whisper. He had spent hours the night before in tearful agonies with the Lord asking Him to bless every home in Calhoun County, where his work is.

The old house sits by the side of the road. The tinkle of the cowbell would be heard on the morning air. "Uncle Jeff" walks through the old hall as in days of yore--but alone. The old place where the romping children used to be a familiar sound, and where visitors were always welcomed and made so pleasant will see "Aunt Tina" on earth no more. The full moon, shining through ethereal realms high up in the heavens sends its velvety beams to earth to light it up in splendor. At one o'clock Saturday morning the angel of the Lord came down, unseen, unbidden, and carried the lovely spirit to the land of the angels. Well done--Aunt Tina--well done. We will all miss you and look through memory's veil at your beautiful life--and follow you soon.

In the old church-yard at Rocky Mount, where so many lie sleeping the last long sleep; the choir sang sweetly Sunday, "Nearer, My God, To Thee" as we lowered her body into the open grave. A mound of fresh earth is there--that is true. many friends and relatives are sorrowing--that is true, too. But a greater truth, and a sweet one, "Aunt Tina" sings 'The grand new song" with the angel band in the heavenly choir.


Albert Hosea Morgan

Albert Hosea Morgan died March 19, 1956, at his home in Vardaman. He was born on Nov. 13, 1881 in the Reid community, the son of Reuben and Dove Swindoll Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was a retired farmer. He was a Baptist and was a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church, and the church clerk there for many years before he moved to Vardaman in 1936.

He leaves his wife, Eula Barbara Murphree Morgan; a daughter, Monette Morgan Young; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and his brother, Alsie Morgan of Reid. He was predeceased by a son, James Albert Morgan who died in 1926 after living only 5 days.

Funeral services were held on March 21 at the funeral home chapel in Vardaman. Burial was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery.

Alsie Morgan

Alsie Morgan, 74, died at the Vardaman Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 10, 1963. He had been under treatment for about 5 days.

Mr. Morgan was born in and lived in the Reid community near Vardaman. He was the owner and operator of a grocery store at Reid. He was the son of Reuben and Dove Swindoll Morgan. He was a Baptist.

Services were held Oct. 11 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Herman Bryant officiated, assisted by Rev. Bane Alexander and Rev. Dero Bollinger. Burial was in the church cemetery, under the direction of Cook Funeral Home of Vardaman.

Pallbearers were James R. Hardin, Billie Alexander, John Murphree, J.W. Foshee,Clint Lester, and Dud Davis.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Early Bray of Memphis and Mrs. Bess Matt of the Reid community; a sister, Mrs. Etta Brown of Houlka; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Theda Morgan Mott

Theda Morgan Mott, 86, of Vardaman, died Monday, January 27, 1997 at Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born January 30, 1910 in Reid, the daughter of Alsie and Connie McBroom Morgan. She was a homemaker and member of Old Town Baptist Church.

Funeral service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Rev. Robert Earl Alexander and Rev. Jim Jeffreys officiating. Graveside service was at 1:30 p.m. at Lynn Cemetery in Sunflower County.

Pallbearers were Billy Fred Alexander, David Bray, Dudley Davis, Carroll Ray Morgan, John Joseph Alexander, and Raymond Pettit.

Survivors include one sister, Lois Bray, Houston; one step-daughter, Francis Fox Shaw, and several nieces and nephews.

She was the widow of J.B. Mott, who died in 1970.

Reuben Reece Morgan

He Was Last Of The County's Confederate Veterans
Special to the Commercial Appeal

BRUCE, Miss., Jan. 1 [1943]-- Funeral services for Reuben R. Morgan, last Confederate veteran in Calhoun County were held Thursday from the Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. L. F. Haire and Rev. J. Dorroh officiating. Mr. Morgan was 95.

He died Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emma Murphree, in Vardaman, Miss., of the infirmities of old age.

A native of Lafayette County, Miss., Mr. Morgan came to the Poplar Springs community 90 years ago with his parents. He spent all his life there except for four years in the confederate Army, during which he took part in the Battles of Shiloh and Corinth.

He is survived by two sons, Alsie and Hosea Morgan of Reid, Miss., and two daughters, Mrs. Murphree and Mrs. Etta Brown of Vardaman.

Thomas Glen Scarbrough

"Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal" Tupelo, Mississippi Thursday, January 4, 2007


Vardaman - Thomas Glen Scarbrough, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

He was born July 4, 1935, in Webster County. He was retired from maintenance at E. L DuPont in Memphis after 33 years. He was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and a member of Pinehills Country Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Edward Scarbrough, Sr. and Mary Roxie Morgan Scarbrough.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Chapel in Vardaman. The Reve. Dale Easley will officiate. Burial will be in New Providence Cemetery in Derma.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Spencer Scarbrough of Vardaman; two sons, Thomas Glen Scarbrough, Jr. (Karen Y.) of Brunswick, Tenn., and John Paul Scarbrough of Southaven; three grandchildren, Amber M. Guess, Elizabeth Scarbrough and Samuel Glen Scarbrough; one great-grandchild, Destiny Noel Guess; one sister, Lou Keenum of Lakeland, Tenn.; one brother, Samuel Edward Scarbrough, Jr. of Como.

Pallbearers will be Kevin "Buck" Langford, Keith Spencer, Dewitt Moore, John T. Hamilton, Bobby Peacock and Ray Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Earl McGregor, John T. Skinner, Nathan Harrison, Jerry Rutherford, Gilbert Denley and Ace Cannon. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vardaman Sports Plex or a charity of the donor's choice.

William Orland Scarbrough

Mr. William Orland Scarbrough, 61, died Monday, Mar. 22, 1971, at Vardaman Hospital.

Mr. Scarbrough, who resided all of his life at Vardaman and was a machine operator.

He was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church and a Mason, holding membership in the Vardaman Lodge, which he had served as a Past Master and was serving as senior deacon this year. He was also a past Patron of the Thomas W. Young Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Born at Vardaman, May 21, 1909, his parents were W.D. and Martha Blue Scarbrough.

He leaves a brother, Herman Scarbrough of Vardaman; and a sister, Mrs. Lottie James of Carthage.

Services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 23, at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Ken Pickens officiated, assisted by Rev. Ben Goodwin and Rev. J.F. Hartley. Burial was in Ellzey cemetery, under the direction of Antony Funeral Home of Vardaman.

James Herman Scarbrough

Mr. James Herman Scarbrough, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1986 at the Veteran's Hospital in Jackson, where he was a patient.

He resided at Vardaman, where he was an employee of the factory-frame plant. He as a deacon of the Vardaman Baptist Church and a Mason. He was a veteran of World War II.

Born March 20, 1911, in Mississippi, he was the son of James David Scarbrough and Virginia Blue Scarbrough.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Alpha Griffin Scarbrough of Vardaman; one daughter, Mrs. Pat Herring of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Pete Scarbrough of Jackson; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Dale Easley officiated. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Pallbearers were Herman Cook, Bill Blue, Earl McGregor, James Marshall Casey, Bill Paul Spencer, Jim Fred Hamilton, Carl Marshall, and Steve Johnson.

W. D. Scarbrough

Heart Attack Ends Life of Good Man
Mr. W. D. Scarbrough Dies
At Houston Hospital Monday -- Burial At Ellzey

Mr. W.D. Scarbrough, age 74, retired farmer, died at the Houston Hospital Monday morning at 4:00 o'clock, of a heart attack. He was stricken while visiting his daughter, Mr. Ora Williams, of this city, and was carried to the hospital Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held from Young's Chapel Church at Ellzey on Wednesday morning at 10:30, conducted by Rev. J.F. Hartley and Rev. L.F. Haire, followed by interment in the church cemetery. The Thornton Funeral Home directed the rites.

Mr. Scarbrough was a member of the Baptist Church and was born in Chickasaw County. He lived at Vardaman for about 30 years, but had resided at Lake Comorant for the past several years. He was a good citizen and a man of honesty and integrity. He had a large circle of friends in many sections of the state.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie Blue Scarbrough; by two sons, Herman Scarbrough, of Vardaman, and Orland Scarbrough, Maud; by three daughters, Mrs. Ora Williams, Calhoun City; Mrs. Irene Laney, Maud; and Mrs. Lottie James, Douglas, Arizona; by two brothers, Romie Scarbrough, Memphis and Jesse Scarbrough, Morganza, La.; and two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Aston, Benton Ark., and Mrs J.W. Carter, Florence, Ala.

Curtis Bryan Scarbrough

Mr. Curtis Bryan Scarbrough, 83, died Tuesday morning, April 28, 1981, at Hillcrest hospital in Calhoun City.

He had lived most of his life in Vardaman and was a landowner and farmer. He was a member of the Vardaman Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge at Vardaman.

Born June 14, 1897 in Mississippi, he was the son of Sam Scarbrough and Alice Dowdy Scarbrough.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Flossie Scarbrough of Vardaman; one daughter, Mrs. Doris Ferguson of Calhoun City; one son: Rev. Bryan Scarbrough of Pontotoc; two sisters: Mrs. Myrtle Dendy of Woodland and Mrs. Floy Lantrip of Memphis, Tenn.; two brothers: Durell Scarbrough of Jackson and Wilmer Scarbrough of Woodland; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Vardaman Methodist church. Rev. Danny Estes officiated, assisted by Rev. E.S. Furr and Rev. Charles Earnest. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Pallbearers were Thomas Scarbrough, Ray Peden, Mike Oliver, John Kenneth Oliver, Bill Lovelace and Sam Gore.

Antony-Parker Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Morgan Lester

VARDAMAN - Georgia Morgan Lester, 97, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born May 3, 1916, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker, and a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 15, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Robert Earl Alexander will officiate, and Bro. Benny Hill will assist. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Patton of Columbus, Ruth Ann (Bill) Fleming of Derma and Nancy (Robert) Franklin of Brandon; one son, buddy (Sandra) Lester of Houston; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six great-great -grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George W. Morgan and Cordie White Morgan; her husband, Clinton Lester; two sons, an infant, James Edward Lester and Bobby Lewis Lester; two brothers; Clarence Morgan and Vernon Morgan; and one sister, Gladys Patterson.

Pallbearers will be Clint Covington, Tim Covington, Bill Fleming Jr., Bryce Fleming, Matt Franklin, Barry Lester, Clint Lester, Dale Lester, Kenny Lester, Edward Patton, Trey Frazier, Charlie Patton and Colton Robinson.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poplar Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary John Tyler, 548 CR 136, Pittsboro, MS 38951.