By REGGIE ROSS
Longtime GrenadaStar columnist Arnold Dyre was killed Monday night while driving along Interstate 55 in Madison County. He was 71.
The accident happened around 10:41, on the northbound lane near Exit 108 in the Madison city limits, according to the Madison Police Department.
Maj. Robert Sanders, with MPD said that upon arrival, officers discovered that a 2017 Ford F-150 driven by Dyre was originally traveling southbound on Interstate 55 near the 109 mile marker when the vehicle left the roadway.
Sanders said that after the vehicle left the road, it crossed the median into the northbound lanes of Interstate 55.
“The vehicle continued into the wooded area to the east of the interstate and struck a tree,” Sanders said.
According to Sanders, medical personnel provided attention until Dyre was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Sanders said Dyre was pronounced dead at 11:46 p.m.
Over the years, Dyre became well-known for his weekly column in the GrenadaStar. He was the author of several books, including “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “Home Again.” He also wrote three novels including “Untruths and Truths Untold,” “Lost and Found,” and “Death Too Soon.”
Dyre was a retired attorney and a Navy veteran, who had a tour in the Vietnam War. One of his last speeches was given at Grenada’s Memorial Day ceremony.
“He loved Grenada and he loved people,” Grenada Mayor Billy Collins said. “We got together at a reception on the night of Memorial Day, and that was the last time I saw him. He was outgoing and loved the outdoors. Grenada and this state has lost a good friend and a hero.”
GrenadaStar Publisher Joe Lee III said both the newspaper and the community will miss Dyre’s weekly writings.
“Arnold had become a big part of our newspaper family,” Lee said. “He was a master storyteller. We all got to know him through his articles. His humor and friendship will be missed.”
The MPD said the accident remains under investigation, but further information is currently not available.
“Since he passed away at the UMMC in Hinds County, the Hinds County coroner is coordinating the autopsy and cause of death,” said Captain Kevin Newman of the MPD.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.