Bradford J. Dye Jr.
Bradford J. Dye, Jr., 84, died July 1, 2018, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Funeral services will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson on Thursday, July 5, at 2 p.m., with visitation from 11:30-1:30 preceding the service.
After three terms as lieutenant governor of Mississippi, Dye was an attorney with Pyle, Mills, Dye and Pittman in Ridgeland until retiring in 2017. He served over 11 years until 2015 as Director, Public Finance, Duncan Williams, Inc., investment bankers based in Memphis. Beginning in 1993, he was a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Dallas for 11 years.
Brad Dye, son of Maylise Dogan Dye and Bradford J. Dye, was a native of Charleston, where he was an Eagle Scout. After graduating from Charleston High School, he entered the University of Mississippi and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in January 1957. Two years later, he received his degree from the University of Mississippi Law School. While at Ole Miss, Dye was active in the Associated Student Body, having first been elected treasurer and later president of the Student Body; he also served two terms as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and was inducted in the 1980s into the Gamma Iota Chapter, Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Fame. As an undergraduate, Dye was named to the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame.
After graduation from law school, he practiced law in Grenada with his father, under the firm name of Dye & Dye. In 1959, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Senator James O. Eastland appointed Dye as an attorney on the staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., where he worked from 1961 through 1964. In 1963, he was elected to the Mississippi State Senate. In 1965, he resigned from the Senate to accept an appointment by Gov. Paul B. Johnson as a commissioner on the Workmen’s Compensation Commission. In 1968, Gov. John Bell Williams named Dye the executive director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board, now the Mississippi Development Authority. In 1971, Dye resigned as director of the A&I Board to enter the race for state treasurer; he was elected and served in that position until 1976.
In January 1980, Dye was sworn in as the 35th lieutenant governor of Mississippi, was twice re-elected, and served until 1992, the only person in state history to hold that position for 12 consecutive years. During that historic tenure, he presided over the passage of legislation of immense importance. The single piece of legislation which Dye found most gratifying was the 1987 comprehensive four-lane highway program, which is the basis of Mississippi’s modern transportation system and provided an essential component of economic and industrial development. Dye’s role was critical in the 1982 passage of Gov. William F. Winter’s comprehensive education reform package.
A life member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, in 2006 he was inducted into the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame and in 2014 into the Ole Miss Law Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2009 the Political Science Department of the University named him the first recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award and established a public service scholarship in his name; he also was a member of the Political Science Advisory Board. In 2010, Gov. Haley Barbour presented Dye the Mississippi Medal of Service. Dye’s volunteer activities have been varied. As a long time Red Cross water safety instructor, he taught life saving and swimming to hundreds of young people in Grenada and Tallahatchie counties. He was the Charter Vice-President of the Grenada Jaycees and served as the chairman of the Grenada County Cancer Society Fund Drive.
After moving to Jackson in 1965, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Board of the United Way of the Capital Area; the Board of Directors of Jackson Junior Achievement; the Advisory Council on Programs and Research for the College of Business and Industry, Mississippi State University; and the Beauvoir Development Foundation, Inc. He was state fund chairman in 1972 for the Mississippi Chapter, American Red Cross, and served in 1973 and 1974 as Mississippi Heart Fund Chairman.
For a number of years he coached youth sports teams in basketball, baseball, and football organized by the YMCA. Dye and his wife were involved with the Governor’s School Parent’s Association for several years as co-chairmen.
Most recently, he served on the advisory board of the Mid-South Housing Foundation. Dye, a life-long Methodist, was an active member of three metro Jackson churches: Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland.
Brad Dye considered his most valuable legacy to be his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, the former Donna Bailey of Coffeeville; his three sons, Hamp (Shannon) of Madison, Ford (Sonya) of Oxford, and Rick (Emily) of Jackson; five grandchildren, Nathan (Hannah), David, Emma, Jack, and Margaret; and one great granddaughter, Ann Hampton.
Memorials may be made to the UM Foundation – Brad Dye Political Science Scholarship in care of the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
Parkland Funeral Home in Ridgeland is in charge of services.
William Kenneth ‘Bo’ Jackson
William Kenneth “Bo” Jackson, age 71, of Oakland, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at his residence.
He was born on July 12, 1946, in Yalobusha County to the late Henry Howard and Eleanor Mae Jackson. Bo enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and his logging career, which spanned three decades and three generations. Bo was “Papa” to a host of people, related and not, and was a father figure to many. This included a number of nieces and nephews and multitude of other people to whom Gail and Bo had opened their hearts and home throughout the years.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Elam Baptist Church near Coffeeville. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Elam Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Gail Hardy Jackson; his two children, Ken Jackson and Amy Jackson Sewell (Jody), and eight grandchildren, Megan White, Steven Jackson, Ronald King, Dalton King, Hunter Jackson, Landon King, Faith Sewell and Mason Jackson; and three great-grandchildren. Bo is also survived by two brothers, Wayne Jackson (Mary Sue), Bobby Ray and a sister Patricia Rowland (Jimmy).
He was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie Jackson; two sisters, Sue McCullough and Connie Duke; and a brother Sonny Jackson.
Pallbearers include Dalton King, Landon King, Ronald King, Stevie Jackson and Donald Fillyaw. Honorary pallbearers will be Bubba Martin, Steve Ramage, Rocky Magee and Mark Hartley.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.
Jane Lee, 74, of Grenada, died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Grenada Living Center.
Arrangements for Mrs. Lee are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.
William Lonzo Lott
William Lonzo (W.L.) Lott departed this life in the loving company of his family on June 26, 2018.
He was born in Grenada on May 10, 1934, as the youngest of three children to Clarence and Annabelle Lott. He lived in Grenada until 1955 when he moved to Batesville with his bride, Carol Jean Spraberry Lott, and their infant son, Criss, to begin a career in the grocery business. For the next 18 years, he worked as a butcher, learning the craft of his trade and honing his skills as a businessman. During that time, the young family grew to include another son Dennis, and two darling daughters, Laci and Tabitha.
Mr. Lott then realized his dream of entrepreneurship. He launched a series of businesses in Batesville and the surrounding area which came to include several convenience stores and a hardware store. Although a masterful “horse trader” with a head for numbers, he most enjoyed working with the public. He was never too busy to help a customer, and he made good service his stock-in-trade.
Mr. Lott’s desire to always do his best extended even to his hobbies. He collected no fewer than six street rods over the years and was especially fond of a 1934 Buick that won “Best in Show” on more than one occasion. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson trike to and from Grenada and to Ridgeland on occasion.
Despite work and family commitments, Mr. Lott was also devoted to his community. He was a faithful member of the Batesville Church of Christ for many number of years, and he served as a Wahabi Shriner and Master Mason member of Panola Lodge #66. He and Carol Jean were also ardent supporters of the Delta Street Rods, often offering to cook catfish for the car club and its guests at car shows.
His greatest legacy, however, was as the family patriarch. Although a big man whose physique alone was imposing, he had a gentle soul and a kind spirit. He always took the time to listen, sympathize, and support his family – no matter the source or size of the problem. He unfailingly gave the love he received, and more. He will be missed as deeply as he was loved.
Mr. Lott was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol Jean Lott; his daughter Tabitha Lott; his daughter-in-law Peggy Lott; and his sister Motel Todd. He is survived by his sister, Claudine Beck; sons Criss and Dennis Lott and their wives, Deneise and Kathy Lott, respectively; his daughter and son-in-law, Laci and Ernie Capwell; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Teresa and Mike Philly; brother-in-law Lamar Spraberry; 11 adoring grandchildren; eight great grandchildren.
Services were Friday at the Batesville Church of Christ. Interment was at the Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Sardis Lake Christian Camp.
Wells Funeral Home was in charge.
Walter Allen McCool Jr.
Walter Allen McCool Jr., 86, of Grenada, died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Grenada Living Center.
Arrangements for Mr. McCool are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.
Carolyn Fondren Mitchell
Funeral services for Carolyn Fondren Mitchell of Gore Springs, and formerly of Stewart and Winona, were Monday in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona with burial following in the Winona Garden of Memory.
The Rev. Ben Hill, the Rev. Randy Bridges and the Rev. Rupert Ingram officiated the services. Pallbearers were Ben Hill, Randy May, Jason Kilgore, Justin Kilgore, Paul Pickens and John Paul Pickens.
Mrs. Mitchell, 77, died at her home on Thursday, June 28, 2018. She was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 11, 1940, and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Dorothy Durkee Fondren. She was a retired bookkeeper and a tremendous supporter of our military service men and women.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband of 52 years Don Mitchell of Gore Springs; son Jeffrey A. Mitchell (Tami) of Gore Springs; sisters, Margaret Moore of Winona and Jean Kilgore of Stewart; brother Charles Fondren of Stewart; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) handled arrangements.