Posts Tagged ‘obituary’

State Sen. Harden dies after serving for quarter-century

JACKSON — State Sen. Alice Harden, a Democrat from Jackson who fought for better public and higher education programs, has died. She was 64. Her death was announced today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Funeral arrangements are pending. Harden had served in the Senate since 1988. She had served as chairman of both the education […] [...]

Longtime Democratic lawmaker Turner dies at 64

WEST POINT — Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died yesterday. He was 64. Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died yesterday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, […] [...]

Mayor, ag commissioner candidate dies in car accident

PICKENS — Mayor Joel Gill, who was a past candidate for Mississippi agriculture commissioner and U.S. Congress, has died in a car accident. He was 61. His wife Ann Gill said he died yesterday afternoon in the accident. Gill, a Democrat, was elected mayor in 2009 and had served as an alderman before then in […] [...]

Noonkester, longtime William Carey president, dies at 88

HATTIESBURG — J. Ralph Noonkester, who served as president of William Carey University for 33 years, has died at the age of 88. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg say Noonkester died early Monday after a brief illness. The cause of death was not released. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at […] [...]

Former House member Bowles dies at 78

HOUSTON — William Eugene “Billy” Bowles, who served 20 years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and ran Bowles Grocery for 34 years, has died. He was 78. Officials with Houston Funeral Home said today Bowles died yesterday at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Houston First United […] [...]

Ex-gaming commissioner Harvey dies in Jackson

JACKSON — Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul A. Harvey of Madison, who oversaw Mississippi’s casino industry during the early 1990s as the first executive director of the state Gaming Commission, died yesterday at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 75. Harvey died after a brief illness, said his son, Air Force Col. […] [...]

Former Forrest County lawmaker Lambert dies at 60

GULFPORT — Paul Richard “Rick” Lambert, who represented the Hattiesburg area in the Mississippi Senate from 1980-1992, died Monday in Gulfport, where he had lived the past several years. He was 60. Services are at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity United Methodist Church of Gulfport with burial in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, according to Riemann […] [...]

Former state Sen. Lee dies of cancer at age 74

PICAYUNE — Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died today after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012. Lee served most of his career […] [...]

Former higher ed commissioner Trash dies at 86

LAKE — E.E. “Tad” Trash, who led Mississippi’s higher education system for 19 years as it struggled with desegregation issues related to historic black colleges, died Tuesday. He was 86. Officials with Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home said today funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Raymond United Methodist Church. Burial will […] [...]

Sturdivant, prominent politican/farmer, dies at home

GLENDORA — Mike P. Sturdivant, a two-time gubernatorial candidate and fourth-generation Delta farmer, has died. He was 85. Officials with Wilson and Knight Funeral Home told the Associated Press that Sturdivant died today at his home on the Due West Plantation near Glendora. Funeral services are pending. Mike Sturdivant Jr. told the Greenwood Commonwealth his […] [...]

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