Alyne Payton, Walter Payton’s mom, dies after long illness

May 13, 2013 in News, Obituaries, Statewide News, Top Stories

Alyne S. Payton, the mother of the late NFL Hall of Fame running back and Chicago Bears star Walter Payton, died Monday at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 87.

Family members say she died after a long illness.

Officials with Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home said services were scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Black’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson. Burial was Saturday in Resthaven Cemetery in Columbia.

Female inmate dies in Marion Co. jail

December 18, 2012 in News, Statewide News

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in the Marion County Jail.

The Hattiesburg American reports 25-year-old Samantha Gatlin of the Foxworth community was discovered in her cell on Dec. 11.

Deputies said medical assistance was rendered at the scene by the jail’s nursing staff until AAA Ambulance Service arrived on the scene.