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Obituaries

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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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Carvy Snell, publisher of Metter Advertiser, dies

Apr 1, 2021

George C. ‘Carvy’ Snell, III, 70, died Friday, March 12, 2021, at Memorial Health in Savannah following an extended illness. A prominent businessman in the Candler County community for many ...

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G. Kenner Bush Jr., 1934-2021

Apr 1, 2021

ATHENS, Ohio — G. Kenner Bush Jr., of Athens, Ohio, 86, died Feb. 28, 2021. Active in community and Ohio University affairs and regional development throughout his 32-year career as publisher ...

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Rebecca Ann ‘Becky’ Mayo, 1941-2021

Apr 1, 2021

Rebecca Ann ‘Becky’ Mayo, who was active in many phases of the Sequoyah County Times newspaper operation, died Jan. 14, 2021. She was 79. 

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The Atlanta Voice’s editor-in-chief Marshall Latimore dies at 36

Apr 1, 2021

The Atlanta Voice lost a piece of its heart on Tuesday, March 9, when its Executive Editor and Chief Content Officer Marshall A. Latimore, 36, passed away suddenly. The cause of death has not yet been ...

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