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Jackson, Mississippi
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Saturday, October 11, 1997
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r I i ne uanon-ieager Saturday, octooer 11, 199 SSISSIPPI DEATHS Joe N. Bailey, former legislator By Stephanie Patrick Oftatrtdgw Staff Witter COFFEEVILLE Former Mississippi Rep. Joe N. Bailey, D-Coffeeville, 64, died of pneumonia Thursday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services are 2 p.m. today at Cotfeeville United Methodist Church with burial in Cotfeeville City Cemetery. Visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. today at Gamer-Harper Funeral Home, Mr. Bailey was a Cotfeeville native and served in the state Legislature from 1952-68. While there, he was on the Southern Regional Education Board, the Appropriations Committee and was the chairman of the House Agricultural Committee for 12 years. He was a farmer. Former Gov. William Winter, who was a representative for Grenada when Mr. Bailey was in office, said they used to carpool together to sessions in Jackson. "He was a constructive and visionary leader for the state," Winter said. He said Mr. Bailey wanted to see Mississippi eliminate its class and reacial divisions. "He understood that Mississippi would only get ahead when it pooled all its resources," Winter said. Mr. Bailey served on the Board of Directors for Mississippi Chemical Corporation for nearly 20 years. ; His son, Dr. Joe N. Bailey II of Tupelo, said his father was a selfless man who wanted to fiep others. ' "My Dad's entire life was spent in service o the three things he loved most his family, the United Methodist Church and the state of Mississippi," he said. "He didn't care about money or material things. He told (ne over and over, 'If you do what's right, things will always go your way in the end.' " ! Mr. Bailey was a lifelong member of Cotfeeville United Methodist Church. He served as the North Mississippi Conference Lay Leader four times and was a delegate to both General and Jurisdictional Conferences six times. He was on the South East-em Jurisdictional Council of Ministries and the Hinton Rural Life Center's Board of Directors. He was a director of the United Methodist Foundation of Mississippi and he was instrumental in organizing the United Methodist Men of the North Mississippi Conference. He became a John Wesley Fellow of the United Methodist Church in 1984. I Other survivors include: wife, Emma; Co-ley L. Bailey and Steve M. Bailey, both of Cotfeeville; and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Cotfeeville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Cotfeeville MS 38922, or to the Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville NC. FredW.AIImand tire co. worker NATCHEZ Fred W. Allmand, 73, an employee of Armstrong Tire & Rubber Co., died of cancer Thursday at his home. Services are 3 p.m Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church with burial in Natchez City Cemetery. Visitation is 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Laird Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Mr. Allmand was a Magnolia native. He graduated from Brookhaven High, where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Mississippi, where he was an accounting major and a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He served three years as a quartermaster aboard the U.S. submarine Pompon in the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Allmand was an avid sportsman and played golf daily for more than 40 years at Belwood Country Club. He was a member of OTT & LEE FUNERAL HOME sin7'9M Brandon 824-6018 Locally Forest 469-3412 uwncu Morton 732-6571 MRS. LETHA M. (DOLL) WATTS 1 1 am Sat. Star Baptist Church O&L Brandon MR. JOHN HAVARD SR. 3 pm Sun. Bexley Baptist Church Visit: 5-9 pm Sat. O&L Forest MR. LUREEN YOUNG 11 am Sat. Oak Grove MB Church Church Cem, Learned MR. WILLIE BAINES 11 am Sat. Orange Hill MB Church Tyewalter Cem, Bolton MRS. NETTIE MAE LAWRENCE 11 am Sat.Peoples Chapel Mt. Olive Cem, Pocahontas MRS. EMMA BARRETT 2 pm Sat. Smith Chapel MB Chapel Church Cem, Flora MR JOHN H. PITTMAN 2 pm SatTPeoples Chapel Cedarlawn Cem. MR WILLIE WASHINGTON 2:30 pm Sat. Victory Metropolitan MB Church Garden Memorial Park MS GWENDOLYN M. JAYSON Daughter of Mrs. Eddye Wiggins Rosary Sun. 6-7 pm PFH 11 am Mon.Holv Ghost Catholic Ch Garden Memorial Park Visit 1-8 pm Sat. We know that affordability matters. "FuU" Funeral Service from "2800" Service to all regardless of financial ability Compare our services, prices and standards 969-3040 Funeral Directors, Since 1925 7 BRANDON Lewis F. Jones, 63, a retired Air Force technical sergeant, died of heart failure Thursday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Mortimer Funeral Home. JACKSON Bonnie B. Butler, 66, of Wood Street, died of lung complications Wednesday; 1 p.m. today at Truvine Missionary Baptist Church. JACKSON George Cooper Jr., 87, of Norman Street, a farmer, died Thursday of kidney failure; 1 p.m. at Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. TERRY Joe W. Warren, 79, a janitorial employee, died of cancer Saturday; 2 p.m. today at Cook Funeral Home Chapel. The Clarion-Ledger publishes obituaries free of charge. Since they are news stories, certain facts are required. Included are the deceased's complete name, age and occupation; date, cause and place of death; time and place of services; and survivors. Families may add background information such as club and church memberships and school accomplishments. Obituaries received by 4:30p.m. will appearin the next day's editions. Obituaries will be published for any person who has lived in, or is being buried in, Mississippi. Information must be received from the funeral home. Funeral homes may dial 961-7252 or 1-800-222-80 1 5 Ext. 7252 and leave their names and phone numbers. St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include: wife, Anne; sons, Fred Allmand Jr. of Eugene, Ore. and Christopher Allmand of Stuart, Fla.; daughters, Courtney Oglesby of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Eden Pickle of Memphis; brother, W.P. Allmand of Grandbury, Texas; sisters, Helen Neal and Doris Kem, both of Brookhaven, and Jean Scheumack of Green Valley, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Historic Natchez Foundation, P.O. Box 1761, Natchez MS 39121 or to the Cathedral School for Excellence Fund, P.O. Box Q, Natchez MS 39121. Jessie A. Barnes retired brick mason BROOKHAVEN Jessie A Barnes, 78, a retired brick mason, died of heart failure Monday at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson. Services are 1 1 a.m. today at Willie Mae Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. Barnes was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Purple Circle Social Club. Survivors include: sons, Jessie Barnes and Romeo Barnes both of Brookhaven and Mark Handy of California; daughters, Pamela Whitaker and Katherine Maddox of California, Regina Washington, Cynthia Fields and Karen Barnes all of Brookhaven, Mary Fairman of Tacoma, Wash., Bonnie Williams of Norfolk, Va., Irma Ammans and Ann Handy both of California; sisters, Betty Searcy of San Francisco; and 37 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Helen Tatum Boone homemaker Helen Tatum Boone, 77, of Benning Road, a homemaker, died of heart failure Friday at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clinton with burial in Lakewood Memrial Park. Visitation is 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Lakewood Funeral Home and 9 a.m. Monday at the church. Mrs. Boone was a Moms County native. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clinton and worked with the primary children and later the youth. She taught the ladies auxiliary and sang in the choir. Survivors include: husband, Harlan; daughter, Janette Carr of Jackson; and three grandchildren. if, mm JL r v mt m w 1320 Ellis Ave. 354-0116 1-800-962-2418 Flowers for all Occasions Open 6 Days m ii Jt4 Deans' Memorial Funeral home 99 Diamond St. Brandon, MS. 39042 825-3884 SHELBY JEAN BERRY 2:00 p.m. Saturday Rock Hill, Braxton, MS JOHNNY BEVERLY 11:00 a.m. Saturday Ebenezer C.M.E. Church, Richland, MS T 1 TeshjmMemrid I AS- 3580 Robinson RoadVvl? ml W7X Jackson, MS 39209 Jy?& MR. JESSE HURST 11:00 A.M. SAT.AVHMFH CHAPEL MR & MRS. GEORGE AND HELEN DRAKE 1:00 p.m7Greater Tree of Life M.B. Ch. MR GEORGE COOPER 1:00 p.m. SatyGrtr. Mt. Olive-Raymond Rd. MS. DOROTHY JEAN RIDDLEY 2:00 p.m. Sat.New McRaven Hill M.B. Ch. MR. EMANUEL EUGENE WILSON, SR. 3:00 p.m. SatTemple COCHUtica, MS MS. PEARL NICHOLS 3:00 SatTWHMFH Chapel MRS. ANNIE RILEY Incomplete Locally Owned and Operated by: Audrey B Wiley, Anthony R. Davis and Freddie L Davia "Professional Senict You Can Ihoend On" 601-922-3366 Billy Don Bourne sales manager BRANDON Billy Don Bourne, 59, a district sales manager for Blue Circle Cement, died of a heart attack Thursday at Lonesome Doe Country Deep Camp in Woodville Services are 3 p.m. today at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl with burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Visitation is at 10 a.m. Mr. Bourne was a Columbia native. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting. Survivors include: wife, Carol; daughters, Tami May of Pearl, Madelyn Sylte of Ridge-land and Connie Barrentine and Judy Sis-trunk, both of Brandon; stepmother, Joyce C. Bourne of Columbia; brothers, Jack Bourne and Ricky Bourne, both of Columbia, and Johnny Bourne of Hattiesburg; and eight grandchildren. Anna Quay R. Broadf oot retired office manager HATTIESBURG Anna Quay Rowsey Broadfoot, 83, a retired office manager for Broadfoot Construction Co., died of heart failure Thursday at Wesley Manor Retirement Home. Services are 2 p.m. today at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home High Street Chapel with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation is noon today. Mrs. Broadfoot was a Batesville native. He and moved to Jackson in 1948 and lived in Hattiesburg for the past year. She was a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church tn Jackson. She was the widow of James Kimbrough Broadfoot. Survivors include: daughters, Sandra Rossmeyer of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Betty Thomas of Hattiesburg; one stepson, Jimmy Broadfoot of Collins; sister, Nina Watkins of Jackson; and 12 grandchildren and 1 1 great-grandchildren. Jack M. Carre retired salesman Jack M. Carre, 82, of Belleglade Street, a retired salesman, died of cardiac and respiratory arrest Thursday at Mississippi State Veteran's Home. Graveside services are 1 p.m.- today at Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. today at graveside. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Mr. Carre was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and had been a resident of Jackson for 46 years. He was a World War II veteran. He participated in the Normandy invasion and won the Purple Heart for wounds suffered there. He served with Third Army in U.S. Mr. Carre was a Catholic. He loved to cook, shop for groceries and take care of his wife. GREEN OAK FLORIST 1956-5017 Funeral flowers after hours & Sundays. AH mcoat credit cards accepted. MR. GARY LYNN HARRIS, JR. 1 pm Sat. BL Chapel-Pearl MR. BILLY DON BOURNE 3 pm Sat. BL Chapel-Pearl (601 ) 939-61 1 0 (601 ) 372-5623 WRIGHT & FERGUSON MRS. IRENE RENFROE 10:30 am Sat. Graveside Raymond Cemetery MRS. VIRGINIA MCCRAW 11 am Sat. First Baptist Church Jackson MRS. ANNA QUAY ROWSEY BROADFOOT 2p.m. Sat.W&F High St. Chapel Visit: 12 Noon Saturday W&F High St. MR. JACK CARRE 1 p.m. Sat.Graveside Lakewood Memorial Park Visit: 12:30 p.m., Saturday at Cemetery MRS. STELLA M. DORRIS 3:30 p.m. SatW&F High St. Chapel Visit: 1:30 p.m. Saturday W&F High St. MR. MALCOLM D. WETZEL 352-36 Survivors include: wife, Clara; son, Lee Carre of Clinton; daughter, Anita Fowler of Vicksburg; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mississippi Affiliate, P.O. Box 16808. Jackson MS 39236. James Melton 'Met' Cole retired airline agent BRANDON James Melton "Met" Cole, 64, a retired airline agent, died of liver failure Thursday at River Oaks Hospital. Services are 2 p.m today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with burial in Pearce Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Cole was a Itawamba County native. He was a Smithville High graduate. He retired after 40 years in the airline industry. He was a member of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. Survivors include: wife, Clara; sons, William Cole and Robert Cole both of Brandon; daughter, Tina Louise Ginn of Brandon; brother, Charlie Cole of Amory; sister, Mel-vina Kendrick of Smithville; and six grandchildren. Delma Rudolph Creswell retired maintenance worker POPE Delma Rudolph Creswell, 77, a retired heat and air maintenance worker, died of heart failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Services are 1 1 a.m. today at Dickins Funeral Home with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mr. Creswell was an Arkansas native. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist. Survivors include: wife, Rosie; sons, David Creswell of Southaven and Danny Robertson of Yukon, Okla.; daughters, Shirley Rovery of Memphis, Linda Goode of Nesbit and Debbie Moore of Southaven; sister, De-lois Wilson of Rockwood; brothers, Edward Creswell of North Augusta, S.C. and Thomas Creswell of Memphis; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church & Cemetery, Pope MS 38658. Percy Curry retired farmer NORTH CARROLLTON Percy Curry, 79, a retired farmer, died of heart failure Tuesday at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Services are 3 p.m. today at Moss Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Carrollton with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Curry was a member of Moss Spring Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include: sons, Percy Pilcher and Donnell Pilcher, both of Greenwood, and Edward Curry of Greensboro, N.C.; daughters, Ollie Pilcher of Greenwood and Olga Mae Stigler of Indianapolis; brothers, Ward Curry of North Carrollton and Otis Wendell Curry of Indianapolis; sister, Beulah Anderson of Greenwood; and 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Stella M. Dorris homemaker CLINTON Stella M. Dorris, 9 1, a home-maker, died of heart failure Friday at Pineha-ven Nursing Home. Services are 3:30 p.m. today at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street in Jackson. Mrs. Dorris was a Tupelo native and spent most of her life in Jackson. She was a former member of Robinson Street Baptist Church and Griffith Memorial Baptist Church. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school. She was the widow of James T. Dorris. Survivors include: sons, James T. Dorris of Baton Rouge and Russell Dorris of Natchez; and six grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church. Helen Drake substitute teacher Helen Drake, 48, of Mayes Street, substitute teacher for Jackson Public Schools, died Oct. 2 of injuries received in an automobile accident on Highway 49 south of Florence. Services are 1 p.m. today at Greater Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Drake was a Brookhaven native. She graduated from Eva Harris High School in LAKEOVERX FUNERAL HOMEX MRS. MARION MCGEE 12:30pm Saturday Pilgrim Rest ChurchMadison Int. Garden Memorial Park MR. WILLIE G. PERKINS. SR 1:00 pm SatNew Galilean Church Kepose in unurch 12 noon Sat. Int. Garden Memorial Park MR. VERNELL WHITE 'Father to Pertis Whit Anni( Smith Mildred Willis, Carla Owens, &' Mary Paige) 4 KM) pm Saturday Mt. Zion ChurchPrentiss Int. Church Cemetery Brookhaven and studied at Natchez Junior College. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas. She was a member of the Mission Society at Greater Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of Pastor Aid and the youth department's Mothers Board. She was scout mother of Troop 306 in Jackson. Her husband, George M. Drake, also died in the accident. Survivors include: sons, Thomas Jackson and Curtis Ridge, both of Waco, Roy L. Johnson Jr., James M.R. Johnson and George M. Drake Jr., all of Jackson; father, Luther Roberts of Brookhaven; mother, Beulah Roberts of Brookhaven; brothers, the Rev. Luther Bernard Roberts and Virgil R. Robinson, both of Brookhaven; sisters, Augustine Stewart of Waco, Catherine Tillman and Janice Smith, all of Brookhaven. George M. Drake retired Marine George M. Drake, 61, Mayes Street, a retired Marine, died Oct. 2 of injuries receive in an automobile accident on U.S. 49 south of Florence. Services are 1 p.m. today at Greater Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Drake was a Waco, Texas, native. He was a graduate of A. J. Moore High School in Waco. He received his bachelor's degree in education while serving in the Marines. After his honorable discharge, he worked with youth. He was scout father of Troop 306 in Jackson. His wife, Helen Drake, also died in the accident. Survivors include: sons, Thomas Jackson and Curtis Ridge, both of Waco; Roy L. Johnson Jr., James M.R. Johnson and George Drake Jr., all of Jackson; brother, Edward L. Drake of Waco; sisters, Gladys D. Saddler, Betty Drake and Amanda Drake, all of Waco. Eura M. Ferguson homemaker GREENVILLE Eura M. Ferguson, 88, a homemaker, died of heart failure Friday at Delta Regional Medical Center. . Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Ferguson was a Water Valley native. She was a longtime resident of Greenville and Washington County. She was a member of Swiftwater Baptist Church. Survivors include: husband, O.B.; sons, Travis Ferguson Sr. of Greenville and Boyd Ferguson of Hollandale; daughter, Waurine Ferguson Walley of Brandon; and nine grandchildren and 1 1 great-grandchildren. 1 . MR. HERMAN MALNER 2:00 SatMeadowbrook Ch of Christ Visit after 1:00 SatCh Lakewood Memorial Park MRS. HELEN BOONE 11:00 MonCh of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Visit 6:00-8:30 SunLakewood After 9:00 MonCh Lakewood Memorial Park MR. HURD BROOME Arrangements incomplete The Rev. Maron Gardner minister CHARLESTON The Rev. Maron Gray Gardner, 92, a minister, died of heart failure Thursday at Tallahattchie General Hospital. ' Services are 2 p.m. today at Adams Arbor Church of God of Prophecy with burial in the church cemetery. Newsom Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The Rev. Gardner was a member of Turkey Foot Church of God of Prophecy in Hof-comb. Survivors include: son, Billy L. Gardner of Danville, Ala.; daughters, Amy Winter of Hol-comb, Eleanor Rose of Meridian, Jane King of Pearl and Patricia Hughes of Yazoo City; brother, Ulon Gardner of Cary; sister, Rosie Dykes of Vidor, Texas; and 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchilden and one great-great-grandchildren. Armine B.Gates housewife MENDENHALL Armine B. Gates, 85, a housewife, died Wednesday of injuries she received in an auto accident on North State Street in Jackson. Services are 10 a.m. today at Colonial ' Chapel Funeral Home in Mendenhall with burial in Mendenhall City Cemetery. Visitation is 8-10 a.m. today. Mrs. Gates was a Simpson County native: Her husband, Cecil "Big Boy" Gates, also died in the accident. : There are no immediate survivors. Cecil V. 'Big Boy' Gates retired construction worker ' MENDENHALL Cecil V. "Big Boy-"Gates, 85, a retired construction worker, died Wednesday of injuries received in an auto accident on North State Street in Jack" son. Services are 10 a.m. today at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Mendenhall with burial in Mendenhall City Cemetery. Visita-tion is 8-10 a.m. today. Mr. Gates was a Simpson County native. His wife, Armine Gates, also died in the accident. There are no immediate survivors. Lois Mc Williams Gully retired schoolteacher GRENADA Lois McWilliams Gully, 88, a retired schoolteacher, died of heart failure Thursday at Grenada Lake Medical Center. Services are 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church with burial in Oddfellows Cemetery. Mrs. Gully was a DeKalb native. She grad-' uated from the University of Southern Mis-See DEATHS, 3B Casino: Event's timing questioned From IB nual lease for state tidelands. Imperial Palace officials last month signed a $500,000 lease, but only after scratching through several items, including provisions that the casino pay local taxes. Clark rejected the altered lease. During a hearing in late September, Harrison County Chancery Judge J.N. Randall told attorneys for Imperial Palace and the secretary of state's office to work out an agreement. Blount and Singletary said the two sides plan to meet later this month. Clark was invited to today's reception but will not attend, Blount said. Singletary said the state's three gaming commissioners Bill Gresham of Indianola, Robert En-gram of Gulfport and Victor Smith of Jackson were invited. They do not plan to attend, said commission spokesman Warren Strain. Engram and Smith returned late Thursday from an International Association of Gaming Attorneys annual meeting in London, Strain said. Gresham has a broken leg and said he could not attend, Singletary said. Today's reception is part of an annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Legislative Weekend. And estimated 30-40 legislators attended the Coast Legislative Weekend last year. Bill Morrison, executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, said a committee of chamber leaders and Coast 21 members chose Imperial Palace as the site for today's recep- tion. Coast 21 is a strategic planning' group consisting of local public officials and industry leaders. Morrison said there was "an awful lot of discussion about the ramifications" of having the reception at Imperial Palace while the lease is in dispute. "There are feelings both ways as far as the correctness of it," said Morrison, who was not on the committee that chose the reception site. "I think as far as just making it interesting for our guests, I think it will play well." Two state representatives on Friday said the reception site will not influence their thoughts about the tidelands lease. "We're going to require that they do what all other casinos will do that is, meet their tax obligation. We're going to stand by the secretary of state," said Rep. Billy Broomfield, D-Moss Point. Broomfield said he plans to attend the reception and other Gulf Coast Legislative Weekend events, because such events give state and local leaders a chance to discuss issues in a relaxed atmosphere. Rep. Charlie Williams, R-Sena-tobia, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said he will not attend the events. Lamar: Classes overcrowded From IB buildings, some of which have become fixtures at the schools for many years. Even with that, overcrowded classrooms are a plague at many of the county's schools. Major new construction in the county has been stymied by the fact that Lamar voters have not passed a school bond issue in more than 20 years. "Every time there is any kind of bad weather, we have to pile out into a permanent building," said Anna McKin-ney, a kindergarten teacher at Oak Grove. "It's really a bad situatioa" A complete appraisal earlier this year of the district's needs by a Georgia firm identified repair needs for the district's existing facilities alone totaling nearly $20 million, and recommended building two new county high schools. The plan was later amended by the school board to maintain community high schools in Purvis and Sumrall, along with building a larger high school at Oak Grove. "This is your one chance to build a new Purvis High School," School Board member Pat SandiferOd a public forum in Purvis recent Because the bond issue needs a super majority, at least 60 percent, to pass, supporters seized the Saturday election idea, common in Louisiana, in hopes of enhancing the voter turnout. "I think this will ensure maximum participation by the voters," said Rick Norton, head of Help Educate Lamar Pupils, a citizens' group that has rallied support for the plan. "I think there will be a large turnout, and I think it will pass by a substantial margin." Lamar County Circuit Clerk Leslie Wilson said it is too early to tell whether the Saturday election day will bring out the vote, but signs point to a good turnout. "You don't know whether it will bring people out because they're nol rushed to go to work on a Tuesday or whether they're not going to vote because they're gone for the weekend," Wilson said. "However, we voted a lot of absentee ballots, so I'd be looking for a good turnout, if the absentees are any indication." As of Thursday afternoon, Wilson said almost 400 voters had f asl absentee ballots, comparing favorably to the 440 who voted absentee in last fall's presidential election.

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