Former McComb mayor dead at 96

Former McComb Mayor Newton Haskin James, a white businessman who was among a bi-racial group of community leaders who worked to ease tensions during the civil rights movement in 1960s, has died at the age of 96.

Officials with Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home say James died Thursday, June 13, at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, at J. J. White Memorial Presbyterian Church in McComb. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery. […]


Historically black cemetery seeks upkeep help

A Magnolia group has asked Pike County for help in maintaining a historically black cemetery.

The Enterprise-Journal reports the cemetery is on 2.71 acres and is separated from the main Magnolia Cemetery by a chain link fence. The 15-acre Magnolia Cemetery is maintained by its own association.

“People are buried out there from the 1800s,” Celia Gordon Pearson, president of United Cemetery Association, told supervisors this past week.

Pearson said there is a lot of history out there.

“I’m just going to have to get someone to go with me plot by plot and tell me who’s buried there,” she said. […]