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Delta Council meets for 83rd session

It’s called the fabric of our lives and for a region steeped in agricultural history, cotton is still king in many ways. Friday hundreds of farmers, business professionals, politicians, students and area residents met at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center for the 83rd annual Delta Council meeting.

Linnie Lea Farmer, 79, of Shelby

Mrs. Linnie Lea Farmer, 79, of Shelby passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Shelby Nursing and Rehab.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home. 
A Celebration of Life service will follow beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Ray Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Haney officiating. Interment will be in Beulah Cemetery.
Linnie was born on March 29, 1939, to Odell and Irene Newman in Malvina. On September 29, 1960, she married Timothy McClain Farmer at Trinity Baptist Church in Rosedale. She worked for 35 years for Ampco Products until retirement. Linnie's favorite thing to do was fish with her husband.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Timothy McClain Farmer Sr.; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Farmer; grandson, Lynn Boyd Farmer Jr.; brothers, Gerald Newman, Robert Newman, and Earl Newman; and sisters, Mavis Mize and Martha Ray Ladner.
Linnie is survived by her children, Penny Lea Hamilton (Mark) of Shaw, Lynn Boyd Farmer Sr.  (Becky) of Ruleville, Timothy McClain Farmer Jr. of Cleveland, and Darlene Couchman (Dale) of Mustang, OK; grandchildren, Timothy McClain Farmer III of Fultondale, AL, Caitlyn Farmer of Fultondale, AL, Matthew Hamilton (Rebecca) of Shaw, Jamie Hamilton of Shaw, D.J. Couchman of Mustang, OK, Dakota Couchman of Mustang, OK, Cyndi Martyn (Andrew) of Cleveland, Magen Farmer of Ruleville, Cathy McDonald of Cleveland, Kristen Britt (Josh) of Clarksdale, Ashley Mersereau of Greenwood, and Emily Mersereau of Sumner; great-grandchildren, Abby Grace Hamilton of Cleveland, Alex Braden Hamilton of Cleveland, Dawson Lee Martyn of Cleveland, Caden Alen Faurote of Greenville, Nicholas Shane McDonald of Cleveland, Mason Mersereau of Greenwood, and Landon Britt of Clarksdale; and siblings, Lorene Bizzle of Dublin, Doris Goodell (Lesley), and Ruthie Victorino of Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be Timothy McClain Farmer III, Matthew Hamilton, Jamie Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Andrew Martyn, and Alex Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Caden Faurote, Dawson Martyn, Nicholas McDonald, and Jack Griffin.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit


Vernease Irene Smith, 73, of Drew

Vernease Irene Smith, 73, of Drew died April 26, 2018, at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville.
Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Holly Grove Church in Drew with Pastor Martha Shoulders officiating. Burial will be in Drew Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.
Survivors include sons Dennis Pittman, Louis Smith, James Smith, Tommy Smith and Gary Smith; daughters Linda Pittman, Diana P. Clark and Dorothy Smith; brothers Johnny Williams, Walter Houston, James Southern and Charles Southern; sisters Louise Williams, Cassie Williams, Flora Glasper, Rosie Houston and Pastor Martha A. Shoulders; 24 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

McArthur Hayes, 73, of Pace

McArthur Hayes, 73, of Pace, died Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Bolivar Medical Center.
Services will be Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Spangle Banner Church in Pace with Rev. Larry D. Young officiating.
Survivors include wife Willie R. Hayes of Pace; son Ronald L. Hayes of Portland, OR; daughter Angela R. Hayes of Portland, OR; brothers Raymond Hayes of Oakland, CA, James Hayes of Milwaukee, and Tommy Mitchell of Pace; sister Dorothy Hayes of Portland, OR; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Fannie Amelia Rusca, 81, of Cleveland, formerly of Drew

Fannie Amelia Rusca, 81, of Cleveland, formerly of Drew, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Cleveland Heath & Rehabilitation.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 30, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home.
Amelia was born on November 1, 1936, to John Monroe and Annie (Sanders) Dunson in Vaughn.
She married Fancher Bailey July 9, 1953, and they moved to Shelby to begin their family. After Mr. Bailey's death, Amelia and family moved to California where she met and married Wilfred Peter "Moose" Rusca in 1980. While in California, Amelia was an inspector/sorter for the California Almond Growers where she had worked for 25 years. In 1998 Amelia moved to Drew to be near family. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching crime stories, football, and ice skating on TV, music, plants, flowers, animals and being at the activities of her children and grandchildren. Amelia was a member of Drew Baptist Church.
Amelia was preceded in death by her parents, John Monroe and Annie Sanders Dunson; husbands, Fancher Bailey and Wilfred Peter Rusca; brothers, Donald Dunson, Henry Dunson; sisters, Ione Tinsley, Laura Jane Petty; son-in -law, Guy Cox; and a granddaughter, Brandilyn Reese.
Amelia is survived by her children Sherry Cox of Drew, Gary Bailey (Chris) of Ceres, CA, Barbara Reese of Modesto, CA, Mark Bailey (Sandy) of Drew, Rick Bailey (Karen) of Salida, CA; and a sister, Johnnie Dunson Davis of Elliott; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
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