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Obituaries

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James Huddart Lee, 1917-2021

Jun 4, 2021

Former Pine Bluffs Post Publisher James Huddart “Jim” Lee, died December 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. He was 103.  

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Longtime Herald publisher, owner Bill Hartman dead at 79

Jun 4, 2021

Bill Hartman, the longtime owner of the Fort Bend Herald in Rosenburg, Texas, died the afternoon of May 3 at a Sugar Land hospital. He was 79. Hartman, known more commonly by Herald readers as “BH” ...

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Thomas “Tom” Addison Buckner III, 1934-2021

Jun 4, 2021

A memorial service for Thomas “Tom” Addison Buckner III, age 86, who died April 9, 2021, was held Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Canyon Creek Baptist Church, 4306 S 31st St, Temple, Texas.  ...

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M.D. Drysdale, 1944-2021

Jun 1, 2021

Maurice Dickey Drysdale, 76, editor/publisher emeritus of the White River Valley Herald, died early morning, April 28, 2021, at his home on LaBounty Road in Randolph.

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Former Gazette Publisher Charles Freeman personified ‘service above self’

May 1, 2021

Charles “Chuck” Freeman, former publisher of the Record Gazette in Banning, California, passed away March 31 at his home, ending a lifelong battle with diabetes.

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Mary Lou Jones Webb, 1938–2021

May 1, 2021

Funeral services for Mary Lou Webb, 82, of Bude, Mississippi, were held at Feb. 23, 2021, at Midway Cemetery in Meadville, Mississippi, with the Rev. Marvin Howard and the Rev. Rickey O’Quinn officiating.

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Al McCombs, newspaper legend of the Chino Valley, dies at 91

Apr 1, 2021

Allen P. McCombs, publisher emeritus of Champion Newspapers who shaped the Chino Valley community for 64 years, died Friday, March 12, 2021, at Inland Christian Home in Ontario, California, from complications ...

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Al Smith, 1927-2021

Apr 1, 2021

Al Smith, who published weekly newspapers in Kentucky and Tennessee and co-founded the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, died March 19 at home in Sarasota, Florida. He was 94.

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Al Smith’s journalism was one of good faith, now often missing

Apr 1, 2021

Al Smith, my friend and mentor who died March 19 after a very full life, was known best in Kentucky as the host of a TV show on which journalists gathered to hash out the week’s news and as one of ...

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