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. […]