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Darrell Lanell Dorsey, 44, of Cleveland

Darrell Lanell Dorsey, 44, of Cleveland died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Reuben Riddle Chapel with Rev. Larry Haywood officiating. Burial will be in Mound Bayou Memorial Gardens.

He was born January 28, 1973 in Mound Bayou and graduated from JFK High School in Mound Bayou. He was a cook at Airport Grocery in Cleveland and attended Strayer University for business and Job Corps in Memphis, TN.

He is survived by his mother Lenda Dorsey; a brother Jamille Dorsey; an aunt; a fiancé; and a host of other family and friends.

Mary Lee Kelly, 73, of Greenwood

Mary Lee Kelly, 73, of Greenwood died June 15, 2017, at her home.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Beulah Community Church in Beulah with Pastor R.L. Young officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Beulah.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Great Southern Funeral Home, 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017 at Beulah Community Church in Beulah and Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at Beulah Community Church in Beulah.

Great Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie “Charlie” B. Farris, 66, of Benoit

Johnnie “Charlie” B. Farris, 66, of Benoit died June 19, 2017 at his home.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at New Stone M.B. Church in Benoit with Pastor Calvin Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Greenville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Benoit Christian Community Center.

Survivors include wife Linda Mae Farris of Benoit; sons Curtis Cleveland of Colorado Springs, Billy Cleveland of Greenville, Dexter Nelson of Walls and Johnnie Cleveland of Memphis, TN; a daughter Carolyn Butler of Memphis, TN; brothers Wille M. and James Farris of Benoit, Curtis Farris of Minneapolis, MN, and Willie E. Farris of Greenville; sisters Arether Thomas and Pearlene Hall of Greenville, Teretha Gales of Leland, Julia Butler of Louisiana and Edna Caldwell of Chicago, IL; 9 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. 

NBCSD fires superintendent; attempts to balance budget

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The Board of Trustees for the North Bolivar Consolidated School District terminated superintendent Linda Robinson at a special call meeting on Tuesday.

Board secretary John Coleman confirmed the action shortly after executive session but did not go into details why the decision was made due to personnel matters.

Virgie L. Jones, 89

Virgie L. Jones, 89, died June 16, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at New St. Phillip M.B. Church with Pastor Larry King officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Gardens in Cleveland.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland with family hour from 5-7 p.m.

Survivors include daughter Nita Shaffer; sons Millard and Elderin Jones, both of Georgia, and Connie Jones of Dublin, GA; sisters Ethel Sharkey of Chicago, IL, and Cora Palmer of Memphis, TN; and brother Luther Chestnut of Chicago, IL.

Dorothy Pope Tate, 58, of Rolling Fork

Dorothy Pope Tate, 58, of Rolling Fork died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Mt. Lula M.B. Church in Rolling Fork with Rev. James E. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Chapel Cemetery in Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at W.S. Brandon Mortuary in Cleveland and an hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

She is survived by daughter Tabitha Pope Tate of Vicksburg; son Christopher L. Bee of Rolling Fork; six grandsons; siblings Thelma Gaynell Pope of Rolling Fork, Maggie Gentry of Jacksonville, NC, Natasha Pope and Alice Pope Baker, both of Greenwood, Shirley Pope Wesley of Nashville, TN, Floyd Pope of Cleveland, Larry Pope of Vicksburg, Edward Pope of Rolling Fork, Patrick Pope of Clarksville, TN, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lula Katherine Stowers Smith, 78, of Inverness

Lula Katherine Stowers Smith, 78, of Inverness died on June 15, 2017.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Union Grove M.B. Church in Moorhead with Rev. Edward Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Memorial Gardens in Indianola.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, and family hour will be from 5-6 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Indianola.

Survivors include sons Eugene and Jimmy Smith of Indianola, Guy Smith of Rosedale, and Earl and Arthur Smith of Grand Rapids, MI; daughters Mary Long and Patricia Lockett of Inverness, Clementine Smith of Indianola, and Sharon Stowers of Cleveland; brothers Earnest Stowers of Tunica, Roy Stowers of Indianapolis, IN, and Mack Arthur Stowers of Atlanta, GA; sisters Lorine Myers of Indianola, and Mae Francis Daniels of Indianapolis, IN; 30 grandchildren, 49 great- grandchildren, 2 great- great- great- grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

John Oliver Smiley Jr., 77, of Bloomfield Hills, MI, formerly of Gunnison

John Oliver Smiley Jr., 77, of Bloomfield Hills, MI, formerly of Gunnison, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Mound Bayou with Rev. Horace McKay officiating. Burial will follow in Ross Memorial Gardens in Mound Bayou.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. with family hour from 5-6 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland and from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In 1958, John graduated from Mound Bayou High School. He attended two years at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, and transferred to Mississippi Valley State College (Mississippi Valley State University) in Itta Bena, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1963. He moved to New Orleans in 1965. John worked for one year at Reynolds Company in New Orleans. In 1967, he moved to Detroit, MI, and began working at Ford Motor Company. During this time, he returned to school to earn a metallurgical engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He worked as a skill trades for Ford Motor Company for 42 years until he retired in 2009.

Survivors include wife Annie Rose Ross-Smiley of West Bloomfield Hill, MI; son John Oliver Smiley III of Southfield, MI; two grandchildren Samantha Smiley of Southfield, MI, and Ashlie Thorn of Detroit, MI; great-grandchild Ami Rice of Detroit, MI; daughter-in-law Umckia Smiley of Southfield, MI; mother-in-law Rosie Carter-Ross of Mound Bayou; sisters-in-law Lucille Ross of Detroit, MI, Bernice Ross-Stidhum of Cleveland, Deborah Ross-Lee of West Bloomfield, MI, and Carol Collins-Ross of Detroit, MI; brothers-in-law Mack McKinley Ross of Detroit, MI, Leroy Stidhum of Cleveland, Joseph Lee of West Bloomfield, MI; special cousin, LaFrancine Seles of Memphis, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

Hudson reviews special session

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Mississippi Representative Abe Hudson Jr. reflected on the recent special legislative session held in Jackson.

Hudson said the special session was necessary after appropriations for the Attorney General's Office, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and State Aid Roads were not agreed upon during the regular legislative session.

Morgan

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Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Morgan of Cleveland announce the birth of their son Alec Joshua Morgan on May 23, 2017, at Merit Health in Clarksdale.

The baby weighed 9 lb. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long.

The mother is former Whitney Corbin of Lambert.

Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Dianne Corbin.

Paternal grandparents are Pam and Mark Morgan.

The baby is welcomed by sibling Aniston Morgan, 4.