Promises drove Anderson
Tunica County knows her as “Ladybug” and she is recognized by her smiling face, laughter, giving heart and outgoing personality. For those who know her well, she is also a woman of great faith and tremendous courage.
LaTonya “Ladybug” Anderson, a lifelong resident of Tunica County and an employee at Bally’s and Horseshoe Casinos, remembers the day that changed her life like it was yesterday.
Fannie Mae Butler
Fannie Mae Butler, 97, died February 29, 2012, at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Tunica.
Soliving A Cold Case: Cornes’ murder was top priority, Sheriff says
It was a humid summer day in July nearly 10 years ago when an employee of Tunica Grain Elevator made a grisly discovery. Just before 7 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department learned that the body of a woman was hanging between two grain bins. Her clothing, including her shoes, was strewn around the scene.
The victim was identified as 45 year old JoAnn Cornes of Tunica, the mother of four. Coroner Glenn Grent pronounced her dead at approximately 7:21 a.m on July 23, 2002. She had last been seen the previous evening by her common law husband, Henry Neely, who said she had no disputes or problems with anyone.
Survivor’s testimony filled with faith, hope
Anyone who’s been around Carmelita Barney for any time at all knows that she’s a woman of great faith.
That faith was put to the test nearly five years ago when she went in to see her doctor for a routine office visit.
“My doctor sent me to have a mammogram,” explained Barney, 71, who aside from spending 16 years in Chicago, has lived in Tunica her entire life. “That’s when I found out I had (cancer).”
Like most suspected breast cancer cases, Barney was ordered to undergo a biopsy following her mammogram. What happened next was anything but routine.
According to Barney, instead of having the mass in her breast biopsied, surgeons performed a partial mastectomy, removing nearly half of her left breast.
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