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Reynolds, Emogene - Germantown, Tn  
Emogene Reynolds, 90, Germantown, TN, died 11-21-2014. Arrangements: Garner-Harper.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 25, 2014

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Russell, Jacqueline - Newton  
Jacqueline Russell, 71, Newton, died 11-20-2014. Arrangements: Newton County Funeral Home.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 22, 2014

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Rainey, Steven L. - Brandon  
Steven L. Rainey, 52, Brandon, died 11-18-2014. Arrangements: Ott and Lee.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 19, 2014
Robertson, Jan - Oxford,  
Jan Robertson Oxford Jan Robertson died on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Memphis surrounded by her three loving sons. She was 73. Her quiet and peaceful passing from this earth was a contrast to the boisterous and beautiful life she so joyfully led. Born Lillian Janette Humber on July 9, 1941 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Jimmy & Ninette (Carter) Humber. Jan grew up in the Mississippi Delta and called the state her home for nearly all of her life. After graduating from Clarksdale High School in 1959, Jan attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she was valedictorian. She then enrolled at the University of Mississippi in 1961 where she was managing editor of The Daily Mississippian and covered the James Meredith riots, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination. After her graduation from Ole Miss in 1963, Robertson married James L. Robertson and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a few years before returning to their home state and settling in Greenville, Mississippi where they started a family of three sons. In Greenville, she distinguished herself as state editor of the Delta Democrat Times and later —perhaps more famously — as the hostess of "Romper Room" on local TV where she was known to preschoolers across the Delta as "Miss Jan." In 1979, the family moved to Oxford, where Robertson went to work in the Office of Public Relations at her alma mater. She worked in PR at Ole Miss for more than a decade, serving as director of university news and editor of the Ole Miss Alumni Review. She eventually worked as an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism until her retirement. A lifelong, diehard Democrat, Jan first served as a local campaign coordinator and then delegate to the 1976 Democratic convention for Jimmy Carter. Over the next 40 years, she supported or served on the campaigns of dozens of Democratic candidates at the local, state, and national levels and on the Executive Committee of the state Democratic Party. She served as campaign manager for Robert Clark, the first African American nominee for Congress since Reconstruction. In 2009, she was proudly seated on the Capitol lawn as Barack Obama was sworn in as President. Jan spent her lifetime giving back to others through community service. In Oxford, she served as president of Habitat for Humanity, the Exchange Club, and the American Red Cross. She also led the Boys & Girls Club of the L-O-U Community through a period of growth, and then served two years as state president of the Mississippi Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She was an active member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Her commitment to her community did not go unnoticed, and she was honored with the "Woman of Distinction Award," by the Girl Scouts of America, named to the "Book of Golden Deeds for Community Service" by the Oxford Exchange Club, and even earned the "Green Thumb" award from the Greenville Gardening Club, of which she was particularly proud. But biographies aside, Jan was best known as a one-of-a-kind, larger than life character. An optimistic and unapologetic liberal, Robertson spent her last years tooling around North Mississippi in a Toyota Prius emblazoned with bumper stickers evenly divided between support for progressive causes and Ole Miss basketball. Pulling up behind her at a stoplight was like visiting the library. She loved an adventure and did service projects in Russia, cruised around Alaska, went on a safari in Tanzania, and found herself in Times Square at the turn of the millennium. She loved food and traveled the U.S. dining at some of the country's finest establishments while also never missing a Cracker Barrel or cherry limeade from Sonic. She was a friend and confidant to food servers everywhere, regardless of the restaurant's stature; if you wore an apron, she wanted your opinion on "what do you recommend from the menu?" She also loved to shop and probably spent more time at Square Books Jr. than any child ever has, and probably more money than any adult. There wasn't a singing, mechanical animal that she didn't buy at Hallmark. She loved the arts, going to plays and the movies, and prided herself on her near-encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood and the Oscars. She laughed. Loud and whooping. All the time. And she spent far more of her life smiling than not, even when she was sick. Jan Robertson lived a life filled with deep love, great kindness, vibrant color (purple and green on most days; red and blue for Ole Miss games), and a child-like enthusiasm for the world around her. She was a loving mother, a doting grandmother, a loyal friend, a generous supporter of her community, and she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her sons, Rob Robertson (Jenny) of Memphis, Lamar Robertson (Lauren) of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Chris Robertson (Sarah) of Fairfax, California; five grandchildren: Caroline, Beck, Tate, Cecilia and Lily Jane; her sister Mary Margaret Polles (Sammy) of Ridgeland; brother James Humber of Clarksdale and several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from noon until 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Oxford, followed immediately by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the church. A private graveside service will be held at Oxford Memorial Cemetery for family. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club LOU Barksdale Clubhouse, 413 Washington Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 19, 2014
Robinson, Mason - Bolton  
Mason Robinson, 87, Bolton, died 11-13-2014. Arrangements: Bolton .
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 21, 2014
Romero, Doris Ann - Brandon  
Doris Ann Romero Brandon Doris Ann Romero, 82 died on November 16, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi. A Graveside Service will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Old Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery in Ackerman, MS. Mrs. Romero was born on June 23, 1932 to Hal and Ruth Sides Worrell. She is survived by her sons; Clifton Romero (Theresa), and Larry Romero. Her daughters; Dawn Williams and Susan Romero Horton. Grandchildren; Phillip Williams, Aimee Woodard (Casey), Austin Romero, and Kristen, Ama and Elizabeth Moody.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 20, 2014
Rook, Evelyn  
Evelyn M. Rook Jackson Evelyn Maloney Rook (December 30, 1924 - November 16, 2014) Evelyn Maloney Rook, 89, of Braxton, passed away on November 16, 2014. Visitation will be at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Highway 13, Mendenhall, Mississippi, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Services will be held at St. Peter's Cathedral, Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2pm, with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park immediately following services. Evelyn was born December 30, 1924, in Jackson, Mississippi, the daughter of Peter Maloney and Evelyn Brady Maloney. She graduated from St. Joseph' Academy in May, 1943, and Fritz Beauty School as a licensed beautician in November, 1943. She married the late Walter Nial Rook, Jr. on February 19, 1944, and worked as a beautician in Jackson until they started their family in 1945. Evelyn was an avid bridge player, square dancer, and artist. Evelyn was a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle and St. Therese Catholic Church in Jackson, as well as St. Stephen Catholic Church in Magee, Mississippi where she sang in the choir. Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Nial Rook, Jr; her parents; her brothers: Francis James Maloney, Daniel Joseph Maloney, Rev. Walter Lawrence Maloney, and Peter Maloney; her sisters: Mary Elizabeth Jefferson, Anna Grace Corley, Ellen Maloney, Kathleen Aurelia Greenaway, Agnes Black, and Josephine Bridget McDiffett; her children: William Lawrence Rook and Joseph Rook. Evelyn is survived by her children, Bill and wife, Carole of Braxton; Peter and wife, Liz of Starkville, and Walt and wife, Susan of Mendenhall; her grandchildren: Stephen Rook of Columbia, South Carolina, Michael Rook of Nashville, Tennessee, Matthew Rook of Los Angles, California, Tina Lindsay (Joel) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Tony Rook (Lisa) of Starkville, Mississippi, and four great-grandchildren. In Lieu of flowers,memorials may be sent to Cathedral of St.Peter the Apostle P.O. box 57 Jackson,MS 39205-0057
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 18, 2014
Rueff Jr., Dr.Charles M. - Tupelo  
Dr.Charles M. Rueff, 76, Tupelo, died 11-14-2014. Arrangements: Memorial.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 18, 2014
Rueff, Dr. Walter Thomas - Jackson  
Dr. Walter Thomas Rueff Jackson,MS Dr. Walter Thomas "Tommy" Rueff, 71, of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, surrounded by his family, and supported by numerous friends and colleagues at Baptist Hospital - a place where he himself worked for many years. A Memorial Services will be held Friday Nov. 21, 2014 at 11:00am at St Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral. Visitation will be from 10:00am till 11:00am at the church. Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1943, Tommy was the son of Charles Rueff, a conductor for Illinois Central Railroad, and Allie Rueff, a nurse. He graduated from Millsaps College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He attended medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he trained under James D. Hardy, specializing in general, thoracic, and cardiovascular surgery. After medical school, Tommy founded Central Surgical Associates with Dr. Karl Stauss, where he practiced surgery for more than 25 years. During his medical internship, Tommy met his wife, Ann, who was working as a nurse at UMC. They married in 1982 and had two sons, T. and Andrew. Tommy loved collecting antiques, fountain pens, books, and pocket knives. He traveled extensively, but was most at home driving his tractor at his farm in Terry, Mississippi. Tommy was predeceased by his brother, Charles Rueff Jr. Tommy is survived by his wife, Ann, as well as his two sons, Walter Thomas "T." Rueff Jr. and Michael Andrew Rueff, and his two daughters in law, Frannie Wesberry Rueff and Elise Smyth-Gilbert. He also leaves behind his beloved black lab "Buddy," and countless friends, colleagues, patients, and others whom he loved and who loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the University Medical Center or to St. Andrew's Cathedral.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 21, 2014
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