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▪ Reverend James Sebron Mosley
▪ Reverend Carmon Savell
▪ Gwendolyn Johnson Savell
▪ Reverend Lawrence Fernando Haire
▪ Reverend Walter Finley Evans
▪ Reverend James Leo Bailey
▪ Reverend William Edgar Blaylock
▪ Dr. Barry Ford "B.F." Box
▪ Jackson Percy Burt
▪ Charles B. Sisler
▪ Flora Pauline Evans
▪ Smith William Wilson
▪ William Emerson Tedder, Sr.
▪ Mary Annie Smith Bailey
▪ Lucy James Gillespie
▪ John Austin Martin
▪ Lee Sanderson
▪ Lou Stevenson Sanderson
▪ Jasper Grady Inman
▪ Prince Edmond Blue
▪ Hollie J. Embry
▪ Elder Ronald Ray Cockrell






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Reverend James Sebron Mosley

From "Nashville Christian Advocate" 21 Jun 1890

Rev. James S. Mosley, born in Williamson Co., Tenn., Dec 11 , 1827; died April 27, 1890; moved to Chickasaw Co., Miss. at age 21 years; married Mary L. Young in 1850; 9 children, 8 surviving him; served in 29th Reg. Miss. Vols., CSA; wounded three times; moved to Calhoun Co., Miss; he was licensed to preach in Methodist Church in 1869; ordained deacon Dec 7, 1879; served as a local preacher."


Newspaper Clipping from Calhoun County Mississippi:

Rev. James S. Moseley was born Dec. 11, 1827, in Williamson County, Tenn, and died April 17, 1890. He left there at the age of 21 years and came to Chickasaw County, Miss.

Two years after this, he professed religion and joined the M. E. Church, South.

In the year 1850, he was married to Mary L. Young, who survives him. They were Blessed with nine children, eight of whom are still living.

When the call was made for volunteers to defend his beloved south-land, he heard and obeyed the call. He served as a private in the 29th Regiment of Mississippi volunteers for three years, receiving three wounds in battle.

After the war, he returned home to make as good as he had been a soldier. Brother Moseley removed with his family to Calhoun County, Miss., where he lived until his death.

He was licensed to preach at Old Mt. Zion Church, in the bounds of what was then called the Calhoun Circuit, in the year 1860, was ordained deacon by Bishop Kavanaugh at Water Valley, Dec. 7, 1878. Brother Moseley continued to exercise his gifts and graces as a local deacon until disabled by long trouble with which he wrestled for four years, and which finally caused his death. He died as he lived, expressing his willingness to depart.




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Reverend Carmon Savell

The Reverend Carmon Savell, 65, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1977 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, following heart surgery.

Rev. Savell was pastor of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Calhoun County. He had pastored churches for 29 years in Mississippi, including Vardaman and Iuka, and he had served the county as the Baptist Missionary several yers ago. He was a veteran of World War II, in which he served as a chaplain.

Born Oct. 10, 1912, in Philadelphia, Miss., he was the son of Harbert A. Savell and Nettie Fleming Savell.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Gwendolyn Johnson Savell of Vardaman; three sons, Van Hernry Savell of Titusville, Fla., Richard Kent Savell of Greensboro, N.C., and Duglas aLauren Safvell of Prattville, Ala.; one sister, Mrs. B. O. Younger of ?Smyrna, Dele.; five brothers, Herert Savell of Rosedale, Hillen Savell of Knoxville, Tenn., Vernon Savell of Brookhaven, Harold Savell of Ashville, N.C., and Rev. Carl Savell of Jackson; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday morning at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. James Richardson officiated, assisted by Rev. Carl Savell. Interment was in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Fate Hardin, J.W. Foshee, Dudley Davis, Lester Holder, Danny Hardin and Don Hardin. Antony Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.



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Gwendolyn Johnson Savell

Mrs. Gwendolyn Johnson Savell, 69, died Sunday Aug. 24, 1980, at the Houston Medical Center.

She had resided for the past few years on Rt. 2, Vardaman, near Poplar Springs, and was the widow of Rev. Carmon Savell who died Nov. 23, 1977.

She was a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church and the author of a number of Christian devotionals. She was a retired school teacher.

She leaves three sons: Van Henry Savell of West Lake, La., Richard Kent Savell of Greensboro, N.C., and Douglas Lauren Savell of Prattville, Ala.; a sister Mrs. Joseph R. McDonald of Springfield, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Don Wilson officiated, assisted by Rev. Carl Savell. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were deacons of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church, J.W. Foshee, Fate Hardin, Dudley Davis, Lester Holder, Danny Hardin, and Cecil Holder. Honorary pallbearers were Chester Bailey, G.B. Vance, Grady Schwalenburg and Ed Liles.

Antony-Parker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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Reverend Lawrence F. Haire

The Reverend Lawrence Fernando Haire, 82, died Friday, May 23, 1980 at his home in Bruce.

He was a Baptist minister and had lived most of his life in this county, serving for 13 years as County Baptist Superintendent of Missions, until he retired on Jan. 1, 1967.

L.F. Haire Born at Robbs, Miss., April 30, 1898, he was the son of Irvin and Eliza Ophelia Haire.

He attended Clarke memorial College and graduated from Mississippi College. He also attended Southwestern and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Haire was ordained to preach in July 1923. He served a total of 21 churches prior to moving to First Baptist Church in Bruce in 1940, where he served until 1945. He was pastor of churches in Pontotoc, Lafayette, and Holmes counties, in addition to serving 13 churches in Calhoun. He was Associational Missionary in Dear Creek Assn., which included Humprhey, Sharkey, Washingon and Issaquena counties.

While a pastor in Calhoun County, he served as chairman of the Missions Committee and the State Mission Board. He was chairman of the Executive committee of Dorroh Lake Baptist Assembly, located in Webster County near Slate Spring.

He leaves his wife: Mrs Addie Bell Crocker Haire of Bruce; three daughters: Mrs Faye Taylor of Columbia, SC., Mrs. Voncille Tedrick of Springfield , Va., and Mrs. Jean Hays of Ruston, La.; a son: Rev. Joel Haire of Jackson; and 10 grandchildren.

His funeral service was held Monday morning at the Bruce First Baptist Church. Dr. Charles Nester officiated, assisted by Rev. John Alexander and Rev. Marvin Bibb. Interment was in Bruce Cemetery. Pallbearers were W.W. Beckett, Benford Doler, A.D. Spratlin, B.J. Bennett, Walter Glenn and James Arlis Harrelson. Honorary pallbearers were Calhoun County Baptist Association ministers, Sellers Denley Sunday School Class, Hulet Spratlin and Z.R. Hasings.

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



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Reverend Walter Finley Evans

Rev. Walter Finley Evans, 60, of Grenada, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1982 at Greenwood Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood. A Baptist minister and WWII veteran, he was born September 7, 1922 in Vardaman, the son of Smith and Pauline Evans.

He was a Baptist minister since 1959 and director of Baptist Missions of Grenada and Yalobusha Counties for 10 years. He was pastor of the following churches: Bridge Creek Baptist Church, PoncedeLeon, Fla.; Gum Springs Baptist Church, Braxton, Ms.; Pilgim Rest Baptist Church, Crystal, Ms., and Hebron Baptist Church, Grenada. He held a B.A. Degree from Mississippi College, and an M.A. in Religious Education from the Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans.

Services were Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Vardaman Baptist Church with Rev. Emmerson Tedder and Rev. Jimmy McGee officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.

Pallbearers were Sherman Barnett, Rev. William Waddell, Rev. James Fancher, Rev. Jim Lindsey, Rev. Carl Hayes and Alton Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers were ministers whom Rev. Evans has served with.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Ruth Ramage Evans, Grenada, Ms.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Evans, Vardaman; one sister, Mrs. Glenda Roberts, Vardaman; and one brother Dennis Lee Evans, Southaven.



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Reverend James Leo Bailey

Services for the Reverend James Leo Bailey, 53, pastor of Wesley Methodist Church at Columbus, were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, from the church, with burial in Bailey Memorial Cemetery (Loyd Cemetery) near Vardaman.

The Rev. Bailey, pastor of the Columbus church since June, died early Sunday, October 31, 1971, at Lowndes General Hospital of an apparent heart attack.

Born in Vardaman on August 29, 1918, the son of William Elijah Bailey and Dora Elizabeth Spratlin Bailey, he attended Wood Junior College and Emory University. He held pastorates at 16 churches including Verona, Plantersville, Itta Bena, Charleston, Senatobia, and Winona.

He was a member of the Methodist Board of Missions, Evangelism and Board of Hospitals and was a trustee of the Methodist Hospital in Memphis. In addition to his pastorate, he taught Bible at Mississippi State College for Women.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Nelda Comer Bailey; a son James Bailey of Columbus; five brothers, Joe Bailey, J.C. Bailey, Wilmer Bailey, Clyde Bailey, and Clifton Bailey all of Vardaman.




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Reverend William Elmer Blaylock

The Reverend William Elmer Blaylock, 60, died at his residence in Loyd community, on Rt. 1, Vardaman, Sunday, October 18, 1968. He had been in poor health for a numbr of years.

Rev. Blaylock had been pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church, Poplar Springs Baptist Church and Loyd Baptist Church prior to his retirement. He had also taught school in Chickasaw and Calhoun counties for 15 years. He was a landowner and farmer.

Born at Pittsboro in Calhoun County, he was the ons of William H. and Cora Pilgreen Blaylock. He was a member of Loyd Baptist Church.

Rev. Blaylock was a good man, one who understood the frailties of man but believed in the goodness of his fellow man. He was compassionate and sympathetic; congenial and generous; kind and gentle. Studious, scholarly and thoughtful, Rev. Blaylock brought much good to this county and area and reaped a crop that was rich in friendship and love and abundant in good deeds and Christianity.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Flora Green Blaylock of Loyd; two sons, Joe Blaylock of Houston and Kent Blaylock of the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado; a sister, Mrs. Edith Mills of Morton, Miss.; a brother, Clifford Blaylock of Big Creek and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on October 14 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Rev Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. Baine Alexander. Burial was in the church cemetery, under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tom Earl Blaylock, Jack Troutt, Dearl Green, Bill Troutt, Jake Bailey and Danny Foster.




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Dr. Barry Ford Box

Dr. Barry Ford Box, 59, of Starkville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1975, at Oktibbeha County Hospital, after suffering a heart attack while teaching at Mississippi State University.

He was associate dean of the College of Education at Mississippi State University and a former principal of Vardaman High School, serving at Vardaman for several years in the 1950's.

Mr. Box coached the Vardaman girls basketball team to the state championship in 1959.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Alice Harvey Box; a son, Larry Box, of Starkville; a sister, Mrs. Verdie Rhee Walters of Caledonia; and a grandson.

Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Sulpher Springs Primitive Baptist Church of which he was a member, near Aberdeen. Burial was in Egger Cemetery there. Rev Prentiss Gordon officiated, assisted by Elder Grady.




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Jackson Percy Burt

Jackson Percy Burt, 69, of Vardaman, died suddenly in his garden at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 1980. A retired school teacher and girls basketball coach, he had spent most of his years in Calhoun County except for a few years in Benton County when he was principal at Hickory Flat. He ws also principal at Derma and Vardaman, and served as girls basketball coach at Big Creek, Calhoun City, Houlka and Vardaman, and was president of district two Miss. High School Activity Assn.

Mr. Burt was born in Calhoun County Nov. 3, 1910, the son of John Jackson Burt and Nancy Annie Huffman Burt. He was a member of Vrdaman Baptist Church, a Mason, and a member and past president of Retired Teachers Assn. of Calhoun County.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Pryor-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Ward, Rev. Lowell Johnson and Rev. Danny Estes officiating. Burial was in Mount Hermon cemetery with Pryor-Wilson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Burt leaves his wife, Mrs. Lillian Edington Burt, Vardaman; a son, John G. Burt, Vardaman; a sister, Mrs. Mallie Coston, Starkville; three half-sisters, Mrs. Lydia Coston, Bruce, Mrs. Willie Denton, Metarie, La., Mrs. Hester Nash, Cromwell, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tony Burt, Wade Burt, Roger Griffin, Paul Hill and Phil Griffin.




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Charles B. Sisler

Mr. C. B. Sisler Victim of Death January 1949

Prominent Vardaman Citizen Laid At Rest at Pittsboro Sunday Afternoon


Funeral services for Mr. Charles B. Sisler, prominent Vardaman citizen, were held at the Vardaman Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the services being conducted by Revs. L.F. Haire, J. F. Hartley, and H. N. Moseley, followed by interment in the cemetery at Pittsboro under direction of the Thornton Funeral Home. Mr. Sisler died of a heart attack while driving his car on Highway No. 8 Saturday afternoon.

Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Mr. Sisler came to Calhoun County when quite a young man. He taught school at Pittsboro for a time and at other points in Mississippi, and moved to Vardaman in 1906, where he made his home until his death. He was superintendent of the Vardaman school from 1906 until his retirement in 1923. He was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church and was active in all phases of church work. It is said of Mr. Sisler that the lessons he taught in the school room and in the Sunday School room have made a lasting impression upon the communities in which he has made his home. He was a successful business man, as well as a fine school man, and has contributed much to the development of this county..

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Estelle Gaines Sisler of Vardaman, and a sister, Mrs. Irlee Saxe, of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Pallbearers were: J.E. Roberts, Roy Mitchell, R.E. Gilder, G.G. Gilder, J.R. Vanhorn, E.H. Bowling, Bob Gable and J.R. Penick. Honorary: Dr. E.B. Young, Dr. J.S. Edmondson, M.F. Young, C.R. Vanhorn, J. B. Adams, A.B. Crawford, A.E. Ferguson, and J.E. Morgan.




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Estell Gaines Sisler

Mrs. C.B. Sisler Victim of Death

Well Known Vardaman Lady Buried at Pittsboro Cemetery on September 9th


Mrs. Estell Gaines Sisler, widow of the lamented C. B. Sisler who passed away in January 1949, died at her Vardaman home on Tuesday morning Sept. 8, 1953, following a short illness.

Mrs. Sisler was born and reared at Pittsboro. Her husband came to this county from Virginia many years ago and taught school at the old Pittsboro Male & Female College, later teaching at other points in Calhoun. He met and married Mrs. Sisler over 60 years ago. They moved to Vardaman while the town was in its infancy and Mrs. Sisler has lived there over 45 years. She was a descendant of a pioneer family in this section and her brother Tom Gaines, now deceased, was a leading merchant and business man of the county for many years.

Mrs. Sisler was a devout member of the Vardaman Methodist church and was interested in the educational and civic progress of the community.

Funeral services were held from the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel at Calhoun City Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. I.E. Johnson, assisted by Rev. E.S. Furr, followed by interment in the Pittsboro cemetery by the side of her husband. Pryor Funeral Home had charge of arrangements and the pallbearers were J.E. Roberts, Roy Mitchell, Russell Penick, J.R. Vanhorn, Dr. J.S. Edmondson and Howard Moseley.

Mrs. Sisler is survived by two nieces, Mrs. C.S. Wilson of Dundee, and Mrs. Oscar R. White, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; by a nephew, George F. Gaines of Mobile, Ala., and a cousin, E.A. Enochs of Houston, Miss.




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Flora Pauline Cardwell Evans

VARDAMAN - Flora Pauline Cardwell Evans, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1986, at Cleveland Health Care Center. She was a member of Vardaman Baptist Church.

She was born on November 1, 1903.

Services were held Sunday at Antony-Parker Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery.

Survivors include her husband Smith Evans of Vardaman; one daughter, Glenda Roberts of Vardaman; one son, Dennis Evans of Southaven; two sisters, Lela Cardwell and Grace Langford, both of Vardaman; one brother, Edward Cardwell of Meridian.




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Smith William Wilson

Smith William Wilson, 77, of Vardaman died Aug. 13, 1982 at his home in Vardaman. He was born Mar. 16, 1905 at Kennedy, Ala. and was the son of Andrew Wilson and Sallie Byars Wilson. He was the retired owner of Vardaman Dry Cleaners and a member of Vardaman Baptist Church.

He leaves his wife, Corrine Evans Wilson of Vardaman; one daughter, Patricia Whittle of Jackson; two sisters, Ann Morrison, Elrod Ala., and Marine Foster, Kennedy, Ala.; one brother, Harris Wilson, Kennedy, Ala.; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 14, 1982 at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Finley Evans officiated, assisted by Rev. Lowell M. Johnson. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tim Whittle, Bill Whittle, Johnnie Whitt, Robert Brand, John Jasper Adams, Herman Scarbrough, and A.B. Wright.




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William Emerson Tedder, Sr.

Funeral services for William Emerson Tedder, Sr. of Vardaman were held Saturday, June 13, 1981, at Vardaman First Baptist Church. Burial was in Midway Cemetery near Vardaman with Rev. Loell Johnson and Rev. Emerson Tedder, Jr. officiating.

Mr. Tedder, 78, died Thursday, June 11 at Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City.

Mr. Tedder was a retired farmer, cattleman and timberman. He served a supervisor for District Five in Calhoun County from 1944 to 1951. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vardaman and was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jimmie Lee Gillespie Tedder of Vardaman; two daughters, Glenda Donoho of Houston, Texas and Josephine Hayes of Corpus Christi, Texas, one son, Rev. Emerson Tedder, Jr. of Pearl;one sister, Lena Mae McQuary of Woodland' and three grandchildren.

Pryor-Wilson Funeral Home of Calhoun City was in charge of arrangements.




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Mary Annie Smith Bailey

Mrs. Mary Annie Smith Bailey, 85, died Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 1985 at Oxford-Lafayette County Hospital where she was under treatment after becoming ill a few days before her death.

She was the widow of E.A. Bailey who died in 1954. Mrs. Bailey had resided in Bruce for a number of years after moving there from the Loyd community. She was a member of the Bruce United Methodist Church. Mrs Bailey was a former Calhoun County Election Commissioner and former member of the Homemakers Club.

She was a correspondent of this [Monitor-Herald] newspaper for many years, having written the Loyd news when she lived there and continuing with Bruce news after moving to Bruce.

Born Sept. 11, 1900 in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of Abner Smith and Doshia Boggus Smith.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lanetia Bailey Richardson of Anguilla; a step-daughter, Mrs. Lela Belle McCluskey of Slate Spring; three sons, Homa Bailey and David Bailey, both of Bruce, and Rev. E. Allen Bailey of Greenwood; a step-son, Edmond R. Bailey of Vardaman; a sister, Mrs. Lela Alexander of Calhoun City; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Bruce United Methodsit Church. Her son, Rev. E. Allen Bailey, at her request, officiated, assisted by Rev. Ben Goodwin, Rev. Marvin Bibb and Rev. Robert Earl Thomas.

Burial was in Loyd Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Bailey, Freddie Buchanan, Mike Schuller,Bobby Barr, Robert Earl Thomas, Danny Bailey, Mike Winter and Ray Ed Crawford.




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Lucy James Gillespie

Mrs. Lucy James Gillespie, 91, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 1985, at Houston Community Hospital.

She was the widow of David E. Gillespie and had lived all of her life in Vardaman. She was a member of the Loyd Baptist Church.

Born March 22, 1894 in Alabama, she was the daughter of George James and Florence Idella Kimbrell James, both natives of Alabama.

She leaves five daughters, Mrs. Elsie Ruth of Bruce, Mrs. Juanita Hesson and Mrs. Jean Poynor, both of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Ruth Sanderson and Mrs. Mildred Hardin, both of Vardaman; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Luther of Clinton, Ala. and Mrs. Mable Rickman of Starkville; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Jeffreys officiated, assisted by Rev. Robert Earl Alexander. Interment was in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenny Hardin, Roncie Hardin, Wade Burt, Dewayne Winter, Earl McGregor and Gwin Winter. Pryor-Wilson Funeral Home, Calhoun City, was in charge of arrangements.




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John Austin Martin

Hon. J.A. Martin, age 80, for more than twenty-five years popular Justice of the Peace of Beat 5, died at his home near Vardaman on March 22nd. Funeral services were held at the Vardaman Baptist Church on Monday, conducted by Revs. J.M. Bullard, J.F. Hartley, and Gammell. Interment was in the Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman. Funeral arrangements were directed by Young-Crawford Funeral Home.

Mr. Martin was one of the county's most beloved citizens. He was reared in Calhoun and has been a model citizen and a true and upright gentleman all his life. Behind him lies a long life of rugged honesty and a record for clean living and service to his fellow man.

During his tenure of office as a justice of the Peace, he was fair and impartial in his decisions, and had the reputation of bring about many compromises of differences between his neighbors and friends. He evidently pleased his constituents by his behavior as an officer for they elected and re-elected him many times.

Mr. Martin was a faithful member of Mt. Hermon Baptist church for many, many years -- and lived up to the tenents of his faith at all times.

We were proud to have the friendship of Mr. Martin. He was one of the fine men of Calhoun County who stood by us in the days when we were striving to overcome debt and bring our people a better and more readable paper. We well remember his many encouraging words.

He is survived by four sons, Ira Martin, Marion Martin, John Martin, and Rex Martin, all of Vardaman. One son, Fred Martin, preceded him in death several years ago.




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Lee A. Sanderson

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, August 14, 1941, from the Baptist church in Vardaman for Mr. Lee Sanderson whose death occurred Sunday afternoon, following an illness of long duration. The Rev. Hugh M. Collins assisted by the Rev. Metts officiated. Burial was in the Vardaman Cemetery.

Mr. Sanderson, a native of this county, was born near Houston. In early manhood he went to Texas for several years. Upon his return, he settled in Vardaman, being among the first residents following the railroad being build there. He engaged in the mercantile business until ill health caused him to have to retire. He was an active member of the Baptist Church, teaching a Sunday School class and holding the office of church clerk for years.

He is survived by his widow who was formerly Miss Lou Stevenson of Atlanta, Miss., and two sons, Dolph of Washington, D.C., and Edwin, a member of the faculty of Delta State Teachers College. A brother, Mr. V.D. Sanderson of St. Louis, Missouri, and two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Tabb and Mrs. Jim Tabb of Houston also survive.




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Lou Stevenson Sanderson

Mrs. Lou Stevenson Sanderson died Saturday, May 30, 1964, at Grenada, Miss. She was 90.

Born in Chickasaw County, Miss., she had resided at Vardaman since 1906. She was the widow of Lee A. Sanderson who died in 191. Her parents were J.S. Stevenson and Mary Ann Estes Stevenson. She was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church.

Services were held Monday afternoon at the Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. Cooper Hartley of Grenada officiated, assisted by Rev. Curtis James of Vardaman. Burial was in Hillcrest cemetery at Vardaman, under the direction of Cook Funeral Home of Bruce. Pallbearers were Wilson Blue, Carl Sanderson, J.R. Vanhorn, Boyd Adams, Buck Skinner, and Paul Blue.

She leaves two sons, Dr. J.A. Sanderson of Alexandria, Va. and Edward L. Sanderson of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. J.R. McCord of Vardaman; and three grandchildren.

From the 'News from Vardaman' column in the Monitor-Herald:

Mrs. Bob Stevenson and Mrs. Brady Carson stayed all day Sunday in the Vardaman Funeral home where their sister-in-law and aunt, Mrs. Lee A. Sanderson, lay a corpse. She died of a heart attack Saturday night in the Grenada Rest Home where she had been an invalid several years.

Her sons, Dolph from Alexandria, Va., and Edward from Panama City, Fla., arrived about 8 o'clock Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Summerall and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hill sat up over there Sunday night. J.T. Summerall went over for a while Monday morning.

She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Beside her husband who preceded her in death many years ago.




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Jasper Grady Inman

Mr. Jasper Grady Inman, 75, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 1967, following an automobile accident at the highway intersection in Vardaman.

Mr. Inman who had lived his entire life in the Midway community on Rt. 1, Vardaman, was a retired farmer.

He was a Baptist. His parents were Andrew Jackson and Eleanor Susan Rish Inman.

Mr. Inman was well-known in Calhoun County as a good farmer and business man. He was loyal to his family and friends and believed wholeheartedly in being a good neighbor. He maintained an active interest in the civic and religious affairs of his community and county. Mr. Inman was a good man.

He leaves a son, Jasper Owen Inman of Vardaman; two sisters, Mrs. Jewel Summerall and Mrs. Fairy Roberts both of Vardaman; five brothers, Leroy Inman, Jack Inman, Vardaman Inman and Rodney Inman, all of Vardaman and A.J. Inman of Cleveland, Miss.; and one niece of Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 8 at the Midway Baptist Church. Rev. Carl Morris officiated, assisted by Rev. James Bryant. Burial was in the Midway cemetery under the direction of Antony Funeral Home.




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Prince Edmond Blue

Mr. Prince Edmond Blue was fatally electrocuted Thursday, May 16, 1968, while working on an appliance. He was 53.

Mr. Blue, who was an electrician, had lived his entire life in Vardaman, where he was born.

He was a member of the Vardaman Baptist Church, and a veteran of World War II.

His parents were Jonathan David Blue and Annie VanHorn Blue.

Mr. Blue was well-known in Calhoun county as a man of integrity and honor. He proved himself a loyal friend, good neighbor, loving husband and father, and active community worker.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Annie Bell Lucas Blue, of Vardaman; a daughter, Miss Joanne Blue of Vardaman; three sisters, Mrs. Janie Gable, Mrs. Annie Ramage and Mrs. Edna Watkins, all of Vardaman and two brothers, Jewett and Tom Blue, both of Vardaman.

Funeral services were held May 17 at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev. C. E. James officiated, assisted by Rev. J.F. Hartley. The burial was in Hillcrest cemetery in Vardaman, under the direction of Antony Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Frederick Edmondson, John Snellings, Junior Watkins, Harvey Ramage, Thomas Blue, and George Blue.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J.S. Edmondson, Roscoe McCord, James Easley, Willie B. Gregg, Leo Vanlandingham, Leo Ferguson, Kelly Whitehorn, Tom Spencer, Charles Hollis, Windell Lancaster, Vector Bryant, Claude Spratlin, Forrest Spratlin, Boyd Adams, Ola Edmondson, Smith Evans, Herman Scarbrough, Elmo Overby, Bill Blue, Stanley Williams, Lon Pryor, Jr., John Warner, Lloyd Smith, Dr. Carter Dunn, Paul Moore, J.G. Marshall and Edgar Easley.




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Hollie J. Embry

Mr. Hollie J. Embry, 85, died Tuesday, April 11, 1967, at the Vardaman Hospital where he had been under treatment for five weeks. He was a retired barber.

Mr Embry was born in Calhoun County, the son of Wiley Embry and Sara Jane Hawkins Embry. He had lived at Vardaman most of his life.

He was a Mason and had a reputation as a fine man.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Sallie Gilder Embry, of Vardaman; a daughter, Mrs. James P. Culpepper of Stone Mountain Ga.; two sons Hollie J. Embry, Jr. of Marietta, Ga., and Robert Wiley Embry of Jackson; a brother, Robert Lee Embry of Jackson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, April 13, at Vardaman Baptist Church. Rev Curtis James officiated, assisted by Rev. J.F. Hartley. Burial as in Hillcrest cemetery in Vardaman under the direction of Antony Funeral Home.




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Ronald Ray Cockrell

HOUSTON - Elder Ronald Ray Cockrell, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at White County Medical Center in Searcy, Ark. He was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Bastrop, La., to Jualen Cockrell and Lilian White Cockrell.

He was a minister at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church in Vardaman.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Elder James Hall and Elder Rusty Wise officiating. Burial will be at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Vardaman. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Shephard Cockrell of Houston; three daughters, Amy Cockrell and Wendy Cockrell, both of Tampa, Fla., and Julie Hicks (Justin) of Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Eric Cockrell of Searcy, Ark.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Linch of Monroe, La., and Linda Sue Harkness of Tyler, Texas; and one brother, Harold Cockrell of Bastrop, La. He is preceded in death by his parents.