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Charles Franklin Commander, 77, of Shaw

Charles Franklin Commander, 77, of Shaw passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center Long-Term Care Unit.

The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home. A graveside service followed beginning at 3:15 p.m. on June 25, 2017, at Delta Heights Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Cleveland with Rev. Bobby Williamson officiating.

The battle is over, his mind is at peace.

Mr. Commander was born October 1, 1939, in Washington County, to the late William Henry Commander and Alma Bailey Commander. On July 27, 1963, he married Jeanette Fly in Shaw. Mr. Commander was engaged in farming for many years and was a member of Shaw Baptist Church. An avid fisherman and hunter; he loved animals and being outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, William Commander, Jr. and Joe D. Commander; and sisters, Sue Bell Holder and Francis Adele Tabb.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeanette Fly Commander of Shaw; daughter, Melanie Commander Saffold, her husband Allen Saffold of Olive Branch; two grandchildren he loved dearly, Allen Bailey Saffold and Charles Wilson Saffold of Olive Branch; sister, Joann Miller (Lamar) of Duck Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit rayfuneralhome.net

Edra Mae Holder Lohr, 87, of Cleveland

Mrs. Edra Mae Holder Lohr, 87, of Cleveland passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Providence Nursing Home.

Visitation was from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Massey Nowell Funeral Home in Louisville.

A Memorial service followed at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Massey Nowell Funeral Home with Rev. Jay Murphy officiating.

Mrs. Lohr was born on January 16, 1930, to Thomas Lindsey Holder and Neva White Holder in Mississippi. She was happily married to her beloved husband, Ferdinand “Freddy” Baptist Lohr for 50 years before his passing on June 2, 2013. Mrs. Lohr was the owner and operator of Edra’s Restaurant in Cleveland and in Tunica for over 30 years. She enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening, and reading poetry.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ferdinand “Freddy” Baptist Lohr; parents, Thomas Lindsey Holder and Neva White Holder; brother, Wilbur Holder; sister, Wilma Camp; and son-in-law, Ned Rone.

Mrs. Lohr is survived by her daughters, Brenda VanLandingham (Bernard) of Louisville and Shelia Rone of Ethel; son, Howard M. Mitchell (Charlotte) of Philadelphia; brother, Charles Holder (Lea) of Garland, TX; grandchildren Barry VanLandingham (Stacie), Chris VanLandingham (Christi), Christal Gregory (Neil), Brian Rone (Buffy), Zack Rone (Shaunna), and Josh Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Sophie VanLandingham, Blaine VanLandingham, Nash VanLandingham, Ethan VanLandingham, Taylor Gregory, Laney Gregory, Allye Kate Gregory, Cyrus Rone, Landon Rone, Sidney Rone, Rowdy Rone, Braxton Rone, Brailyn Rone, John Caden Rone, Paisley Rone, and Carly Mitchell; great-great-grandchild, Ivan Rone; nephew, Tommy Holder of Skene; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit rayfuneralhome.net.

Oather Lee Ferguson Jr.

Services for Oather Lee Ferguson Jr. were held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Williams & Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville. 

Mr. Ferguson, 86, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at his home in Grenada.

He was born on October 11, 1930, in Glendora to the late Oather and Rosa Lewelling Ferguson Sr.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Joyce Smallwood and Linda Bright.

Oather retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 20 years, and he was a nurse for 18 years at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. He was also a Mason and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grenada.

He was a patriot through and through, never missed flying his flag on holidays and was a veteran of the Korean and Viet-Nam wars. He deeply loved his wife and all of his family.

He is survived by wife of 64 years Ann DeWolfe Ferguson of Grenada; daughter, Deborah Bowen of Grenada;  son, Oather Lee Ferguson III of Pensacola, FL;  brothers, El Hugh Ferguson of Cleveland  and Pete Ferguson of Poplarville;  sisters, Dolly Sherron of Drew  and Margaret Morgan of Jackson; sister-in- law, Elizabeth Gray of Drew; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Visitation was Monday, June 26, 2017, from noon-1 p.m. at Williams & Lord Funeral Home in Ruleville. Rev. Sam Ridell will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be the Patriot Guard Riders of MS.  Burial will follow at Drew Cemetery.

Williams & Lord is in charge. Online guest book may be signed at www.williamsandlord.com

Larry Warren Harrison, 66, of Merigold

Mr. Larry Warren Harrison, 66, of Merigold passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at UMC in Jackson.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Braswell officiating. Interment will follow in North Cleveland Cemetery.

Mr. Larry was born in Shaw on October 24, 1950, to Calvin Gordon Harrison and Edna Lee Frazier Harrison. On February 14, 1971, he married Mary Ann Goodnight in Cleveland. He was a jack-of-all-trades working as a pipe welder offshore for numerous years, but also being skilled in various other areas of fixing things. Mr. Larry was a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping, drinking coffee with his friends no matter the time of day, being with his grandchildren; and he loved dirt track racing.

He is preceded in death by his parents Calvin Gordon Harrison and Edna Lee Frazier Harrison; brother, Bill Harrison; and sister, Judy Fortunato.

Mr. Larry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann Harrison of Merigold; sons, Bubba Harrison (Heather) of Cleveland and Scottie Harrison of Merigold; grandchildren, Taycole Harrison and Ashton Harrison, both of Cleveland; brother, Calvin Harrison of Cleveland; sisters, Gloria Thompson (James) of Pearl and Faye Lynch of Fort Worth, TX; and a host of numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Redden, B.B. Dye, Larry Powell, Kenny Carpenter, Jeff Lindsey, and David Carpenter.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wyllie Hilburn, Chet Norton, Tommy Narron, J.R. Hawkins, Mickey Robinson, and Carl Tarver.

In memory of Mr. Larry, the family requests donations made to Calvary Baptist Church.

To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.rayfuneralhome.net

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.