Albert Holman Williams, 76, born in Davenport on April 20, 1944, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was a Clarksdale resident and graduated from Coahoma Agricultural High School (“Aggie”). He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Tugaloo College.
Clarksdale will be under executive orders at least one more week as the Board of Mayor and Commissioners decided to mirror the state’s leadership and follow the Governor's guidelines.
“We are in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi,” said Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy. “We have seen an uptick and I want to remind people roaming around, if you don’t have essential business to do, go home.”
Clarksdale has seen four shootings in six days with another man seriously injured by gunfire while walking on a city street.
The Clarksdale Police Department responded to the 500 block of Catalpa Street at 2:34 a.m. June 1 following a phone call that a man had been shot.
Sammy L. Cotton, 67, of Clarksdale died May 30, 2020 at his residence. Public viewing is 2 to 5 p.m. June 5, 2020 at Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Heavenly Rest Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. June 6, 2020 with Pastor Kenny Watson presiding.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hornburger-Byas Funeral Home.
After taking a year off, McKinley Scott saw an opportunity to get back into coaching and build a program.
The Coahoma County School District board voted to name Scott the Coahoma County Red Panthers’ high school football coach during the May board meeting. Scott succeeds Mario Lane, who was the coach for two seasons.
Most of the patients who tested for the coronavirus at Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center the past couple of weeks did not have any symptoms.
Robert Fava, Jr., 82, was born on April 14, 1938 and went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 18, 2020 at his home in Alligator. He was the Owner and Operator of Mary Ann’s Variety Store and Fava Brothers Grocery in Alligator for over 50 years. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The following crime reports were released by the Clarksdale Police Department Assistant Chief Vincent Ramirez, Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18, 2020.
MON. MAY 18
Officers responded to the area of the 500 block of North State Street at 9:11 p.m. in reference to a shooting into a vehicle. When they arrived on the scene, they spoke with Veronica Jenkins and she stated that she was at TigerMart, when she heard several gunshots outside the building.
Jenkins said she came out to find her vehicle along with several other vehicles had been hit by gun fire.
Officers searched the area and found several shell casing in the Daylight Donut shop parking lot.
The case was assigned to Investigator M. Dawson.
On Monday morning around 12:17 a.m. officers responded to 439 South State Street in reference to a female subject that had shot.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spoke with Tirua Hodges and noticed that she had been shot in the lower back area. Hodges was transported by helicopter to Region One in Memphis in stable condition.
The case was assigned to Investigator K. Walker.
On Monday officers responded to a call of shots fired on Wildcat Drive. No one was found in the area, but officers searching the area foun several shell casings in the roadway.
The Clarksdale Municipal School District unanimously selected a 26-year veteran in education Dr. Earl Joe Nelson to be the next superintendent of the school district Wednesday afternoon.
Nelson succeeds Dennis Dupree, who retired after spending 12 years in the position.
Robert Lloyd Bailey, Jr., died on the twenty-first of January 2020, after a long illness. Bob was the son of the late Robert Lloyd Bailey and Frances Sumner Bailey whose grandfather established the town of Sumner. Bob was preceded in death by his cousins, June Sumner Glenn of Crawfordsville, Ark.; Taylor Sumner Spradling of Clarksdale; Joy Su
George Henderson, 74, of Detroit, Mich. died Jan. 15, 2020 at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Mich. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 public viewing was at Mt. Ary Missionary Baptist Church followed by funeral service at noon with Pastor Michael Moore presiding. Burial followed at Church Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to
After reporting no new cases Thursday, Coahoma County saw three new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday. There have been 10 new local cases over the past seven days and the county’s third death was reported Tuesday.
The county now has 64 people who have had or who are currently infected with the disease
Patricia Clark, 50, of Clarksdale died Friday, February 28, 2020 at home in Clarksdale.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Coahoma County is one of 13 counties in the Mississippi Delta region and 19 throughout the state of Mississippi that are part of the Growth and Prosperity (GAP) program to give economically distressed areas of the state an extra incentive to attract jobs and capital investment.
The Coahoma Community College Softball Team played their final home doubleheader for the 2019 season against No. 10 Itawamba Community College. The Tigers gave everything they possessed internally, but the Indians took charge in a sweep (8-1, 21-1).
Mary Wheasler Meredith, 95, a homemaker from Lyon, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Lyon Methodist Church in Lyon. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Lyon Methodist Church in Lyon with burial in the Oakridge Cemetery.
The Clarksdale-Coahoma County Airport Board met Monday evening, Dec. 10 for the first time in three months to pay bills and discuss the airport’s rental plane.