Posts Tagged ‘obituary’

Allain to lie in repose at Capital Friday; funeral Saturday in Natchez

JACKSON — A memorial service for former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain will be held Friday at the state Capitol in Jackson, and the funeral will be Saturday in Natchez. Allain, a Democrat, was governor from January 1984 to January 1988, after serving one term as attorney general. He was known for strengthening the executive branch […] [...]

Williams, Big Tobacco whistleblower, dies at age 72

OCEAN SPRINGS — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking. Williams died last week of a heart attack in […] [...]

Memorial service to be held for late Hollandale mayor

HOLLANDALE — A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow for Hollandale Mayor Melvin Willis Sr., who died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 65. City clerk Helen Johnson says Willis had taken medical leave Nov. 1. She says after being diagnosed with cancer, Willis was admitted to Anderson Medical Center in Meridian on […] [...]

Former college president Cleland dies at age 95

JACKSON — Howard J. Cleland, who served as president of Belhaven College for 17 years, has died at the age of 95. Officials with Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home say Cleland died Sunday. The cause of death was not released. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, followed by […] [...]

Former corrections commissioner Cabana dies at 67

HATTIESBURG — Donald A. Cabana, who ran the state penitentiary at Parchman and wrote about his experiences with death row inmates, has died. He was 67. Mississippi corrections officials say Cabana died yesterday at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after a long illness. Funeral services are pending. Cabana spent 40 years in corrections including stints […] [...]

Ex-USM athletic director McLellan dies at 81

HATTIESBURG — Former Southern Mississippi athletic director H.C. “Bill” McLellan has died after a short illness. He was 81. McLellan, who died early Monday, led the Southern Miss athletic department from 1986-99 and helped the Golden Eagles become a charter member of Conference USA in 1996. The Southern Miss athletic budget grew from $2.7 million […] [...]

Ex-state lawmaker Thames dies in Jackson at 69

JACKSON — Former state Sen. Billy Thames died yesterday of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 69. Thames’ wife, Ann, said he died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Thames was a Democrat from Mize who served in the Senate from January 1980 until January 2008. He was […] [...]

Son of John Stennis dies at 78 in Jackson

JACKSON — John Hampton Stennis, a lawyer and former state legislator who was the only son of the late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, died yesterday. He was 78. Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam […] [...]

Ex-brigadier general, lawmaker Melancon dies at 68

BROOHAVEN — Steven L. Melancon, a retired brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former state lawmaker, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Melancon died Friday at his home in Brookhaven. Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He […] [...]

Former brigadier general, state lawmaker Melancon dies at 68

BROOHAVEN — Steven L. Melancon, a retired brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former state lawmaker, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Melancon died Friday at his home in Brookhaven. Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He […] [...]

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