March 21st, 2011
Neil Blansett, 73, passed away, Friday, March 18, 2011, at his home in Pheba. Neil Blansett was born May 16, 1937, in Clay County, to the late Sallie Liza Russell Blansett and Ollie M. Blansett. He was a Panel Welder for Babcock and Wilcox Company for 30 years and a member of Hebron Baptist Church. Omar Neil Blansett married Barbara Watson June 12, 1959, at Pheba.
By Bryan Davis
The season is still early for the three area baseball teams. West Point, Oak Hill and Hebron Christian will all be participating in Spring Break baseball later this week, hoping to get better prepared for the road ahead.
That road is going to be paved with a lot of crucial district games for all three teams, but the three clubs have shown early on that they are ready to make a playoff run.
Joseph Joshua Stevens Jr.
Joseph Joshua Stevens Jr., age 71, died on March 14, 2011, after a brave battle with cancer. Joshua Stevens Jr. was born March 13, 1940, in Mobile, Ala., to Joseph J. Stevens and Anna Mae â€śBootsieâ€ť Smith Stevens.
Rena Cunningham, age 80, passed away, Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Dugan Memorial Home, in West Point.
Rena Guest Cunningham was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Greenwood, Miss., to the late Polly Ann Mims Guest and Howard Erskins Guest. Mrs. Cunningham was a seamstress at Knickerbocker and later Big Yank for 30 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Rena Mae Guest Cunningham was married Erle C. Cunningham, who predeceased her Nov. 8, 1974.
James Richard "Ricky" Smith
By Bryan Davis
Already with a win on Friday night, against Columbus, the West Point Diamond Wave baseball team (4-1) returned to the field on Saturday afternoon for a match with Hamilton. The Green Wave won for the second time in as many days in a 6-4 comeback victory.
Following their 6-2 Friday night win, the Green Wave sent Leroy Calvert to the hill on Saturday. Calvert pitched a complete game, throwing seven innings, walking none. He struck out six batters, and only three of the four runs he allowed were earned.
Kicking off their spring season, the Rip Squad 10u baseball team won back to back tournaments. They won the Hansberger Spring Fling in Pontotoc and then the 82 Challenge Spring Fling held in Philadelphia. Pictured from left are Jon Austin Roberts, Payton Springfield, Bo Spencer, Nate Lamkin, Brandon Gilliland, Beau Bates, Deveun Nance, Tres Gammill and Blayze Berry. Not pictured is Chance Goley. Congratulations Rip Squad on a great start to your season!
Lann, Allen Wedding
Kirby Elizabeth Lann and Louis Brock Allen both of Aberdeen were married Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at half past one in the afternoon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen, Miss., Rev. David Harrell officiated.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Henley Lann III of Aberdeen, Miss. The bride is the granddaughter of Joe Edward Grissom of Aberdeen, Miss., Betty Grissom and her husband Glen Grissom of Columbus, Miss., Walter Henley Lann, Jr. and his wife, Patti Lann of Aberdeen, Miss., and the late Mary Avis Lann.
Wooten, Evans engagement
Willie and Lois Williams of Pheba, Miss., and Henry L. and Sharon Poston of West Point, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, LaShonda S. Wooten to Tremechie Evans, son of Joseph and Barbie McDowell and William C. Bell of Starkville, Miss.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late William and Leola Wooten and the late Julius and Laura Poston.
Lula Mae Bell
Lula Mae Bell, age 71, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.
Funeral services are Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. from Strong Hill M.B. Church, with the Rev. Israel Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Hill M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation is Monday, March 14, 2011, from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.