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Governor signs bill allowing development of DSU property

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Tuesday Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 919, which gives Delta State University the opportunity to lease the Derrall Foreman Golf Course property and develop it.

Rep. Abe Hudson was the author of the bill.

“By giving Delta State University the option to lease its land, an opportunity is provided to the university to explore a long-term revenue stream.

Elsie Myers Drane, 97

Elsie Myers Drane, 97, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Highland Home in Ridgeland.

She was a native of Durant and longtime resident of Cleveland. She had been a resident of Ridgeland for 24 years. Born July 13, 1919, she was the daughter of Charles William Myers Sr. and Sallie Weeks Myers of Durant. Her parents and four siblings preceded her in death.

Elsie graduated at Whitehaven, TN, high school in 1937. She attended Hillman College in Clinton and Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, and graduated at Delta State College, Cleveland. At Hillman she was president of the freshman class. Hillman, originally Central Female Institute, was founded in 1853 and operated during and survived the Civil War and in 1942 was purchased by and became part of Mississippi College in Clinton.

At Blue Mountain Elsie was Defense Attorney for the Student Council and Vice President of the Baptist Student Union. She flew to Puerto Rico in 1943, during WWII to marry her childhood sweetheart who was stationed there as an Air Force officer, and she worked there at Borinquen Field Air Force Base as a secretarial supervisor for a year during the war. She was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland where she founded and taught at the church kindergarten. She was also a former member of Cleveland Woman’s Club and The Bolivar County Hospital Auxiliary.

Elsie taught first grade and retired from A.W. James Elementary, Drew. She served as a hospital volunteer in Cleveland and at River Oaks, Flowood, for 13 years until she was in her nineties. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Colonel Richard Bankhead Drane of Cleveland.

Surviving Mrs. Drane are her son, Don Drane (Carol Ann) of Madison, granddaughter Scottie Drane Ellis (Shane) of Hernando with children Austin and Cooper and grandson Richard W. Drane of D’Iberville. Other family members include Richard Drane and his wife of South Carolina; their children Meredith, Margie, Barry and Emily, and eight grandchildren of the Carolina Dranes and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Mother was a dedicated reader of the Memphis Commercial Appeal and the Jackson Daily News, a longtime fan of the puzzles, frequent contributor to Lydel Sims and Jack Sunn, and often chuckled at some of the obituaries. As her son, she would scold me if I did not put in her obituary that she told me right up to the end to mind my own business and stop tending to hers. One of her favorite quotes, when asked a question that was none of the questioner’s business was, “If you will forgive me for not answering the question, I will forgive you for asking it.” She would remind us all that it applies still.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. She would have appreciated being remembered with donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

James Andrew F. “Fitz” Taylor

James Andrew F. “Fitz” Taylor died Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Texas.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Ray Brooks School in Benoit under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home in Greenville.

Minnie Bell Walker of Shaw

Minnie Bell Walker of Shaw died Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Bloomington, IL.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017, at New Beginning M.B. Church in Shaw with Rev. Herron Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Northwest Shaw Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at T.L. Redmon Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Maggie Butler, 89, of Ruleville

Maggie Butler, 89, of Ruleville died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at her home.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Sweet Kingdom of Ruleville with Rev. Willie Rounds officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Galilee Cemetery in Ruleville.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville.

Survivors include sons Robert, Larry and Willie Montgomery, all of Ruleville, and Charles and Johnny Montgomery, both of Arkansas; daughters Barbara Carter, Rose Montgomery, Katie Stewart, and Helen Montgomery, all of Ruleville; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Online guestbook is at www.byasfuneralhomes.com

Robert Davis Jr., 64, of Cleveland

Robert Davis Jr., 64, of Cleveland died Monday, March 13, 2017, at his home.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Survivors include daughters Shakela Brown of Louisiana and Titianna Powell of Cleveland; sisters Nellie and Marvic Davis of Memphis; and 6 grandchildren.

Tommy L. Gunns, 49, of Cleveland

Tommy L. Gunns, 49, of Cleveland died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson.

Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, March 25, 2017, at United Baptist Church in Cleveland with Rev. Lonnie Gunns officiating. Burial will be in Northwest Shaw Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland and an hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Survivors include father Tommy Gunns of Shaw; mother Ellaweas Gunns of Byram; and sisters Monica Gunns-Taylor of Birmingham AL, and Latonya Rash of Shaw.

Arthur D. Carter, 67 of Shelby

Arthur D. Carter, 67 of Shelby died Monday, March 13, 2017, at his home.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Community Chapel in Shelby. Burial will be in Place of Prayer Memorial Gardens in Shelby.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Shelby.

Survivors include wife Lee Dora Carter of Shelby; sons Terry King of Shelby and Eric King of Holly Springs; and daughters Dorothy Grim and Daisy Banger of Shelby.

Sylvester Spear, 66

Sylvester Spear, 66, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 11a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Shaw with Rev. Kenneth McKinney. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Survivors include wife Bertha Wiggins Spear of Shaw; sons Sylvester Spears Jr. of Memphis, TN, Kelvin J. Spears of Shaw, Timothy L. Spears of Greenville and Derrick D. Spears of Ruleville; 13 grandchildren; five siblings; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

LaMarcus Williams, 29

LaMarcus Williams, 29, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2017, at Vernon Memorial Apostolic Faith Church with Rev. Edgar Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Gardens in Cleveland.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland and beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Survivors include wife Lora Williams; mother Ronda Williams; father Jessie Eatmon; children Johnathan Williams, Jaila Williams, Jakiya Scott, Justin Thomas, JáMaurion Williams and JáKailyn Williams; sisters and brothers Arnel, Arneisha, Janeisha, Joycein, Joshua, Wykima, Korey, Christopher, Taquille, MaFiyania, Amariana, Demeatreace, Deyonte, Kristy and George; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, other relatives and friends.