Bobby Pepper

Bobby Pepper

Lee County Neighbors is a Community based blog in Lee County written by Bobby Pepper. It is a companion product of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | | Journal Inc.

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By Bobby Pepper Lee County Neighbors The weather outside Mary Magers’ beauty shop on a recent Friday morning in Nettleton was cold, wet and windy. The scenery inside the shop, however, was much brighter. Wearing a colorful blouse, Magers was a ray of sunshine while styling the hair of her customer and close friend, 90-year-old […]

By Bobby Pepper Daily Journal When he worked as a tool and die maker, the Rev. Mike Marecle used his gifts to build machine tools, dies and molds. It was during this time Marecle discovered he had another gift: counseling. “I was in God’s waiting room in that season,” Marecle said. “People would call or […]

By Bobby Pepper Lee County Neighbors Katrina Patty lists her main occupation as “housewife.” Her second job is that of “community volunteer.” The exact location where the Belden resident works is unlimited. Patty’s jobs take her everywhere, and she wears a lot of hats in the process. One day she may be working for the […]

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal TUPELO – Regardless of his audience, whether it was Civitans from around the world or a banquet in Northeast Mississippi, Charlie Mullinnix always left them laughing with his down-home humor. “Charlie’s the only person I know who could tell the same jokes over and over and get a big laugh […]

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal Matthew Gumm couldn’t take it any longer. Weighing 310 pounds, the Mooreville teen told his mother he was tired of being made fun of because of weight, tired of being rejected by girls, tired of feeling depressed. “He felt so bad about himself that he was starting to shut himself […]

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal In today’s society, individuals who struggle with life’s issues are sometimes referred to as “those people.” It’s “those people,” according to their critics, who have all the alcohol, drug and relationship problems – not them. There’s no need for them to attend any kind of meeting because all is perfect […]

By Bobby Pepper/Lee County Neighbors NETTLETON – Diarra Giddens was handed “Desmond,” a 1-month-old baby boy, on a Wednesday and told to take care of his every need until the next Monday. When Monday arrived, a tired Giddens was eager to hand him back. “I couldn’t get any sleep at night,” said Giddens, a Nettleton […]

By Bobby Pepper/Lee County Neighbors The earliest memory of David Jones’ life is one of him holding a baby. Jones, a Saltillo resident, was 4 when that moment was stored in his mind. He doesn’t recall the identity of the baby, but he can’t forget what he did afterward. “I remember going across the street […]

By Bobby Pepper/Lee County Neighbors TUPELO – Before dipping her spoon into a bowl of potato soup, 11-year-old Chandler Head paused to think about the people who struggle to find something to eat every day. Chandler, a home-schooled sixth-grader, was one of hundreds Wednesday who attended the 14th annual Empty Bowls Luncheon. Proceeds from the […]

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal TUPELO – Hundreds of people will line up Wednesday for a bowl of soup in support of the Salvation Army’s food program. In addition to the soup sales, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary finds other ways to raise money to feed the hungry and needy in the community. This year’s […]