Pages from the past: A look back with Charlotte Buchanan: Update on Chandler Worley

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

SEPTEMBER 1919

The Sunflower County Board of Supervisors met on September 1st. T. C. Sledge was appointed road commissioner of District 4 after R. R. Green resigned.

Last week W. E. Chapman leased his paper the Enterprise to L. E. Gill who was formerly connected with the Itta Bena Times. Mr. Chapman has accepted a more lucrative advocation and will attempt to gain wealth by a speedier means.

AD FROM DELTA REAL ESTATE AND LOAN COMPANY:  We are prepared to buy and sell real estate of any description and to make liberal long-term loans on FARMLANDS with low interest rates. Respectfully, Gordon L. Lyon, Lane T. Chandler, W. W. Gresham.

AD; Just received a carload of Mogul Wagons. Few as good, none better, priced right. W. J. Holt.

SOCIETY: Mrs. Earl Hogin delightfully entertained her bridge club last Tuesday night.

50 YEARS AGO,

SEPTEMBER 1969

The DVC Sportsmanship trophy was presented to Cadman Porter, principal of Indianola High School on behalf of the Indianola Indians It was [resented Friday night during the football game with Leland.

There as been an unusual sight around town as depicted in a photograph. Mark Henderson is shown riding his bike around town with his pet racoon Rascal hanging precariously on to the banana seat. Mark is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Henderson.

Chandler P. Worley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Worley of Clover Drive, Indianola, has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force upon his graduation from Officers Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

25 YEARS AGO,

SEPTEMBER 1994

Fall out from financial problems in the Town of Sunflower has now hit the local library.

It has closed down. “I feel so bad for the kids. Now they will have no place to go read and study after school,” said Annice Powell, Director of the Sunflower County Library System. She said the decision came after the Sunflower Board of Aldermen voted against signing the current contract.

EDITORIAL: Sunflower County’s multi-million-dollar jail is a marked improvement over the old dungeon on the third floor of the courthouse. It was like a rooftop dungeon with most of the steel cells and doors coming from the old jail that was on the bank of Indian Bayou which stood since the first of the century. A parking lot is there now.

15 YEARS AGO,

SEPTEMBER 2004

Mrs. Christine Hunter Mitchell celebrated her 101st birthday last Sunday

She is a native of Sunflower County and a longtime church and community leader. She attributes her long life to the blessings she has received from her church work.

She was born September 4, 1903 on a plantation near Moorhead and is the widow of Elder Mitchel.

She is the founder of the Mitchell Temple Church of God in Christ. Before her retirement, she was employed for many years by the Robert Barnett and Morris Lewis, Jr. families.

SPORTS NEWS BY PAUL PUTNAM:  Seldom does a high school football game end with a walk-off score, but that is exactly what happened last Friday night on Gentry High’s football field. The Rams won a hard fought 3-0 victory over Humphreys County when Mario Applewhite played the hero by booting a 22-yard field goal to win the game.

UPDATEE ON

CHANDLER WORLEY

Chandler Worley was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force 50 years ago.

He retired after 20 years as a Lt. Colonel.

Today he is with the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation Great Plains Division in Billings, Montana.

Worley is the Region’s Chief of Contracting.

“In other words, I purchase things to help keep the dams and power plants operating,” he said.

During the intervening years, he has led an admirable life.

He received a Master’s in Meteorology from the University of Texas and worked as a meteorologist at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

He was an F-4 Phantom Jet weapons system operator at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida and at Korat Royal Thai AFB in Thailand during the Vietnam war.

He flew F-111 fighters in Idaho, England, Pakistan and New Mexico, Worley worked as program manager for the full-scale development and test of the Air Launched Cruise Missile in Ohio and later for development and test of precision guided weapons in Florida.

Many will remember “Chan” as he is called by family and friends growing up on Clover Drive in Indianola and one of six children of Chandler and Dot Mancil Worley of Indianola. His dad is remembered as the esteemed band director at Indianola High School and later as an executive of Lewis Grocer Co.

His mom was the daughter of the late and fabled Dr. G. J. Mancil.

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