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Chancery Judge Roberts dies of cancer at 65

OXFORD — Lafayette County Chancery Judge Edwin Roberts, who was serving his third term, died yesterday at his home in Oxford. He was 65. Officials with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford say funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. A list of survivors was not immediately available. Lafayette County Chancery Clerk ...

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Ex-mayor remembered for easing racial tension dies at 96

MCCOMB — Former McComb Mayor Newton H. James, a white businessman who was among community leaders who worked to end tensions during the civil rights movement in 1960s, has died at the age of 96. Officials with Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home say James died Thursday at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at J. J. ...

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Rock/R&B songwriter Jackson dies at home of cancer

RIDGELAND — Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of “Old Time Rock and Roll” and hundreds of other soul, rock and rhythm and blues tunes, has died. He was 68. Jackson died yesterday morning at his home in Ridgeland, said Thomas Couch Sr., board chairman of Malaco Records. Jackson had been sick with cancer for about a year. “It was not unexpected, ...

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Longtime supervisor/lawmaker Anderson dead at 74

JACKSON — Hinds County Supervisor Doug Anderson has died. Fellow supervisor Robert Graham announced Anderson, 74, died Saturday at St. Dominic Hospital, reports WLBT-TV. Anderson was hospitalized April 3 after reacting unfavorably to medication. He had also been hospitalized in March. In addition to 19 years as a supervisor, Anderson was a state senator for 12 years and a state ...

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Former tough-talking lawmaker dies on Coast at 79

OCEAN SPRINGS — Mack McInnis, a former South Mississippi lawmaker known for his tough talk on prison issues, has died. McInnis’ daughters said their father died in his sleep Sunday. He was 79. McInnis’ memorable statement about a push to make Mississippi prisoners wear striped uniforms made national news in 1994. “We want a prisoner to look like a prisoner, ...

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Popular Jackson restaurant owner dies at 64

JACKSON — Hal White, a partner with his brother Malcolm in the popular downtown Jackson eatery and blues club Hal & Mal’s, has died. He was 64. Malcolm White announced his brother’s death yesterday on his Facebook page. Hal White had been in intensive care at St. Dominic Hospital since suffering an aneurysm in his brain Saturday. The Mass of ...

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Former lawmaker, long-time spokesman dies at 68

DALEVILLE — Former State Rep. Jerry E. Wilkerson, who served three terms in the Mississippi House and was a spokesman for the propane, petroleum and convenience store associations for 25 years, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home say Wilkerson died at his home in Daleville on Wednesday. The cause of death was ...

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Zacharias, longtime MSU president, dies at 77

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s 15th president, Donald W. Zacharias, has died of complications from multiple sclerosis, the university said yesterday. He was 77. He died late Saturday night, said daughter-in-law Sarah Zacharias of Boulder, Colo. Zacharias was president from 1985-97. Only founding president Stephen D. Lee served longer, the university said in a news release. “Donald Zacharias was a ...

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Former Appeals judge dies on Coast at age 71

OCEAN SPRINGS — Retired Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge William Harbin Myers, 71, of Ocean Springs died Feb. 7, 2013. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said, “Judge Myers performed his duties with dignity, timeliness and scholarship. His pleasant demeanor and sense of humor will be missed by all.” Myers’ career of public service spanned nearly 20 years. ...

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Legislature losses another member with Gardner's death

BATESVILLE — Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68. Gardner died of “an apparent heart attack,” said Madison Drake, spokeswoman for Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. The Democrat served in the 122-member House since 2007 and had been chairman the House Ethics ...

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