Archive - Jan 14, 2013
Lois Sharp, age 88, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at St. Dominic Hospital, in Jackson.
Lois Sharp was born in St. Tammany Parish, La., April 24, 1924, to Rev. Wilson L. Sharp and Mary Fauntleroy Sharp.
She was preceded in death by both parents and sister Nellie Penton, and brother Donald Sharp. She is survived by three sisters: Miriam Elmore of West Point, Mattie R. Chalk of Anniston, Ala., Theda Howell of Raymond.
Lois Sharp retired from the Desoto Company in 1982, after 25 years of service.
Robert F. Cockrell, age 87, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Robert Franklin Cockrell was born October 4, 1925, in Clay County, to the late Fannie Turnage and Frank Cockrell. He retired from Weyerhaeuser of Jackson in 1986. Robert F. Cockrell was a member of Presbyterian faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy Hospital as a Corpsman having served during WW II. Robert F. Cockrell married Bonnie Tisdale Cockrell September 10, 1948, in Starkville.
David Gibbs had a gift for knowing when to speak.
Those who served with Gibbs during his political career, whether on the Clay County Board of Supervisors or at the state House of Representatives knew that when Gibbs got up to speak that he intended to say something important.
Clay County, as well as portions of Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties are mourning the loss of two great community leaders this winter.
State Senator Bennie Turner, who represented District 16 at the stateâ€™s capital passed away at 64 in early December.
On Sunday, constituents represented by David Gibbs in District 36 learned he too had died in Tupelo.
The two men were known locally as family men who used their talents to better their community at home as well as in their respective political offices.
The two deaths also represent a tremendous loss at the state level.
Nearly 1,000 caskets stored inside the West Point Casket Company could have went up in flames Friday after a fire broke out at the building but are all in tact along with the building, which received mostly fire damage to the roof.
The fire at the casket company, owned by Matthews Casket Company of Pittsburg, Penn., started around 5:04 Friday afternoon in the midst of the work crewsâ€™ installation of monitors in the building.