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Magdovitz, Lawrence - Clarksdale  
Lawrence M. Magdovitz Clarksdale Lawrence "Larry" Maynard Magdovitz, 77, passed away, surrounded by his loving children, Sunday morning, May 24, 2015 after a long illness. His story began in Clarksdale, MS in 1937 when he was born to Harry and Lenabel (nee May) Magdovitz. One of many Jewish families in the Clarksdale area, the Magdovitz family operated Mack's Department Store on Issaquena for several decades. Lawrence and his older brother, Jerome, worked in the store with their parents. Lawrence played catcher when the boys were playing baseball and was an avid Boy Scout. He and his brother were both Eagle Scouts. After graduating from Clarksdale High School, he attended Vanderbilt University and received not only a Bachelor of Arts degree but also his Bachelor of Legal Letters and Juris Doctorate. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He graduated in 1961 from law school. He then passed the Tennessee and Mississippi bar exams in the same week by taking the Tennessee bar exam in Nashville and then driving that night to Oxford to sit for the Mississippi bar exam the next morning. He briefly worked in Kentucky before returning home to Clarksdale and opening up the Law Offices of Lawrence Magdovitz in 1962 at the Stephens Building. His law practice would span 52 years. While he was respected, and sometimes feared, for his legal skill, his true talent lay in business, specifically real estate. Up to the day he died, Lawrence was a licensed attorney in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, a residential contractor and real estate broker in Mississippi. He began buying real estate early in his life, buying his first rental house in Clarksdale when he was just 16 years old using the money saved up from working at Mack's Department Store. After his return to Clarksdale in 1962, he began buying more and more homes in Clarksdale and renting them out. At one time he owned over 200 homes in Clarksdale. He also built more than 40 homes in the Clarksdale-area and many subdivisions in Clarksdale still bear the names he gave them, including some named after the family dog, Nicholas. Never satisfied, he turned his attention to commercial real estate in 1980 buying a small commercial building leased to the United States Postal Service in Dundee, Mississippi advertised for sale in the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. This is where the story gets interesting. After this first purchase, he acquired more post offices and even started building several in rural Mississippi including Ashland, MS and Lake Cormorant, MS. By 2002, he had amassed a portfolio of several hundred post offices. Recruiting his son to work for him, he then managed to become the largest single owner of post office buildings in the United States, second only to the United States Postal Service itself. But still, he could not stop himself from growing his real estate empire. In 2010, he decided to purchase a Dollar General building in Mississippi, and like the post office building in Dundee, it was just the first step of many as he put together another portfolio of commercial real estate. All this from a merchant's son from Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was never given anything and earned everything he had with his own two hands. While his life seemed to revolve around business, his sole motivation was to provide for his family. He was a devoted family man. He married Kerin Northrup Coffey in 1972 in a ceremony at Temple Beth Israel in Clarksdale. In 1973, he and his beloved Kerin welcomed a daughter, Beth Ann Magdovitz. Two years later, they welcomed their son, Lawrence M. "Larry" Magdovitz, II. In 1980 Lawrence moved his family up to Germantown, TN while still working in Clarksdale Tuesday through Thursday every week. In 1994, five days shy of her 57th birthday, Kerin Magdovitz died and Lawrence's heart was broken. He would never re-marry. His 77 years on this earth were a testament to what a person can do with the right attitude and desire. His word was his bond and he never gave anyone doubt as to where they stood with him whether they wanted to know or not. He did not seem the most likable person sometimes, but anyone who really knew him saw the gentleman inside. He gave generously to various charities including the Boy Scouts and the Institute for Southern Jewish Life and ensured that good work would continue through the Lawrence M. & Kerin C. Magdovitz Foundation. There's even a library named for him in Arkansas; see if you can find it. Along with many legendary tales about his yelling and business acumen floating around the Delta, Lawrence leaves his first-born, his Precious Darling, Beth Ann Magdovitz Hayes and her husband James. He also leaves his namesake, his son Lawrence M. "Larry" Magdovitz, II and his wife Nouth. Grandpa will miss, and be terribly missed by, his four grandchildren: Lawrence M. "Trip" Magdovitz, III, Noah Connor Magdovitz, Ava Kerin Magdovitz and Harrison Axel Hayes. He also leaves his stepson, John Brooks, from his beloved Kerin's first marriage, cousins Earl Magdovitz, Joy Bearman, Floyd Shankerman, Selma Mayer, Patricia Driscoll and all the Magdovitzes in the world who shall go on spelling their last name for everyone until the end of time. Finally, Lawrence leaves his big brother Jerome, wife Barbara, nephew Brad Magdovitz and niece Sharon Davis. Lawrence and Jerome competed all their lives, as brothers are wont to do. Hey Romey, last one up here is a rotten egg. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 with funeral service 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28 all at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home, 314 E. 2nd St., Clarksdale, MS. Burial in Beth Israel Cemetery. Reception to follow at the home of Arnold and Gloria Himelstein, 203 Shaw Cove, Clarksdale, MS. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home,662-624-6218.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 28, 2015
Malatesta, Robert J. - Shelby  
Robert J. Malatesta, 83, Shelby, died 05-29-2015. Arrangements: Ray.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 31, 2015
Martin, Martha R. - Raleigh  
Martha R. Martin, 75, Raleigh, died 06-01-2015. Arrangements: Colonial Chapel.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on June 3, 2015
Martin, Myrtis - Pearl  
Myrtis Delories Martin Pearl Myrtis Delories Martin was born December 31,1935 in Farmersville, LA, to the late Willie and Oris Morgan. On November 10,1950 she was joined in marriage to Tommy Benjamin Martin, Jr. That union was almost 65 years. Jesus called her name Saturday, May 30, 2015, while surrounded by her family. If she knew you, she loved you and gave to all selflessly. Survivors include husband, Tommy; daughter, Karen McNeely (Keith) of Pearl, MS, son, Tommy David Martin (Maureen) of LaGrange, Ohio; grandchildren, Keeli McNeely O'Cain (Donald), Kabet McNeely (Lynn), Jason Martin (Shanon), Amanda Martin, and Kyle Martin; great grandchildren, Jesse Langford, William Langford, Rosa Langford, Tristan McNeely, Kaitlyn McNeely, Logan Smith, Kirkland O'Cain, Morgan Stevens, Samantha O'Cain Lowe (Blake), Kaela Stevens, London O'Cain; great-great grandchildren, Swayze Gracelyn, Myleigh-lou 'Lou Lou', Braxton Hunter, Addyson Klaire, and Baby Stevens (due Oct 2015); sister, Nonnie Mae Norman, and many brother-in laws, sister in laws, as well as many, many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visitation will be at Baldwin Lee Funeral Home, Pearl, MS on Monday, June 1, 2015 from 5-8pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 2, at 11am in the funeral home chapel with interment at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Please visit www.baldwinleepearl.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on June 1, 2015
McCrory, Edna - Richland  
Edna R. McCrory Richland Ms. Edna Ruth McCrory, 73, of Richland, passed away May 29, 2015 in Jackson. Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm Monday, June 1st at Culpepper Funeral Home Chapel in Kosciusko, with burial following at Coleman Cemetery in McAdams. Visitation will begin at 12 noon. Rev. Sid Johnson will officiate. Ms. McCrory was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. She retired with Civil Service. She was preceded in death by parents, W. Russell and Lorene M. McCrory. She is survived by aunts, cousins and many friends. For online condolences visit www.culpepperfuneralhome.com
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 31, 2015
McDonald, Ricky - Jackson  
Ricky McDonald, 60, Jackson, died 05-07-2015. Arrangements: Jackson Memorial.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 30, 2015
McDonald, Ricky - Jackson  
Ricky McDonald, 60, Jackson, died 05-07-2015. Arrangements: Jackson Memorial.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 29, 2015
McNamee, Carlos - Pearl  
Carlos McNamee, 92, Pearl, died 05-26-2015. Arrangements: Ott and Lee Brandon, Brandon.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 28, 2015
Middleton M.D. Sr., William - Winona  
Dr. William A. Middleton Winona Dr. William Alfred Middleton, Sr., 90, of Winona, Mississippi, died May 31, 2015, at Monfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Winona with Reverends Tim Mims, Johnny Walker and Jason Middleton officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, with military honors at graveside. A visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church. Dr. Middleton was born on December 8, 1924, in the Alva Community of Webster County, Mississippi. He served in the United States Army during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines. Following his service to his country, he attended Mississippi College in Clinton and then Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he completed his medical degree. Dr. Middleton married Sarah Nell Grice of Crystal Springs in 1954 and returned to Winona, Mississippi, to begin his 50+ year medical career as a general practitioner and surgeon. He was an active member of the American Medical Association and the Mississippi Medical Association throughout his career. Dr. Middleton was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona, where he served as a lifetime deacon. He was very involved in the community, including the Montgomery County Arts Council. Dr. Middleton was preceded in death by his son, William Alfred Middleton, Jr.; parents, Alfred Byron and Hildred Carver Middleton; brother, Virgil Carver Middleton; sister, Edna Earl Middleton Pittman; and nephew, James Roy Pittman. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Nell Grice Middleton; daughter, Melanie Ann Middleton of Jackson; brothers Dan Middleton (Jamie) of Winona and Harold Middleton (Cecelia) of Benton; sister-in-law Marianne Middleton of West Point; and a host of nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will Dr. Middleton's nephews, Mike Brown, Myron Foster, Denny Hoover, Charlie Lockett, Byron Middleton, Carl Middleton, Curtis Middleton, Hal Middleton, Jimmy Middleton, and David Shipp. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church and members of the Senior Men's Sunday Class. Memorials may be made to Mississippi College, First Baptist Church of Winona, Gideons International, or any charity of the donor's choice. Lee Funeral Home in Winona ( www.ofhwinona.com ) is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on June 2, 2015
Minyard, Thomas L. - Greenwood  
Thomas L. Minyard, 79, Greenwood, died 05-28-2015. Arrangements: Williams & Lord.
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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 30, 2015
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