Longtime Mississippi journalist Orley Hood dies at 65



JACKSON (AP) – Orley Hood, who wrote with a passion about Mississippi sports and family issues with an eye for the out-of-the-ordinary, has died at the age of 65 from complications of leukemia.

University of Mississippi Medical Center officials and longtime friend Rick Cleveland says Hood died Friday at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Hood was a native of Vicksburg. His career in sports writing began at The Meridian Star and took him to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Jackson Daily News and The Clarion-Ledger. In his later years at The Clarion-Ledger, Hood wrote features and a general interest column.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, and two sons, Hunter and Tucker.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

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