Pages from the past: Update on Brooks RobertsBy CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,
100 YEARS AGO,
The American Legion of Indianola Post No. 2 met at the courthouse Sunday and elected officers. They are Charles Bookout, commander; Monroe Martin, vice-commander; E. A. Tanner, adjutant and finance officer and Mrs. Kate Faison, historian.
W. D. Lester of Inverness was a pleasant caller Tuesday and paid his subscription.
OBITUARY: Mrs. J. M. Harding a most highly respected lady died at her home Wednesday of pneumonia after a brief illness. Mrs. Harding was one of the most estimable ladies in our community. She was loved by all who knew her.
AD; Missouri mules for sale: I will return to Indianola on March 8th with a carload of fine young mules from four to six years old. Signed: J. E. Van Epps
50 YEARS AGO,
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Philley have taken over the restaurant at the Floyd Marquis Amoco Station on the corner of Catchings. and Highway 82. This is the location previously occupied by Labella’s Café. (Writer’s note} Today this is the location of a Double-Quick convenience store.
MOORHEAD NEWS BY MRS. GUS NOBILE; We have an “eyecatcher” with the newly erected marker denoting “Where the Southern Crosses the Yellow Dog. Credit is given to The Moorhead Garden Club who instigated the project and to the town for completing it.
FROM CECIL BLACK, COUNTY AGENT; Jimmy Failing was recently recognized as the top cotton producer in the 300 to 499-acre division at the County Cotton Achievement Banquet.
25 YEARS AGO,
GENTRY SPORTS NEWS: Gentry Ram Donte Boatman soared through the air for an under the basket shot in his team’s 77-69 victory over T. L. Weston Friday night.
COURTHOUSE NEWS: Paula Simmons has been named interim Circuit Clerk to replace longtime Circuit Clerk Sammy Ely who is retiring on March 31.
Hardy Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Hill of Indianola is among 84 students from the University of Mississippi selected for inclusion in the 1995 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
15 YEARS AGO,
The 52nd Livestock Show was held last week. Miss Jackie McClain was crowned Queen with Lain Tindall as First Alternate. LaBeth Brown was crowned the 2005 princess.
FEATURE ON BROOKS ROBERTS. The feature centered on the talents of Brooks Roberts in his photography work. Roberts talked about vanishing churches, bridges, and historic buildings in the Delta and his desire to preserve them through his photography work.
UPDATE ON BROOKS ROBERTS:
Life has changed drastically for Brooks Roberts over the last 15 years. “About a year after The E-T had that feature on me, I moved to the Caribbean with my wife Jenny where I worked as a scuba diving guide. We settled on the island of St. Croix and led the life of beach bums for about two years.” Roberts said.
He said that in early 2007 his childhood friend and college roommate Preston Lott came to visit. “It was while Preston was there that we came up with the idea of a Delta pizza joint.
We moved back to Indianola and opened Lost Dog Pizza next to Peasoup’s. We opened our second location a year later in Cleveland. We then decided to franchise our uniquely Delta pizza joint and lost the ‘Dog’ because of copyright laws,” he said.
Fast forwarding to 2020, there are now 17 Lost Pizza locations in Mississippi, Tennessee. Arkansas and Florida with three more locations expected to open this year.
“We still own the Lost Pizzas in Indianola and Cleveland. We also have a mobile Lost Pizza kitchen and work music festivals and the like,” he said.
Roberts said he enjoyed photography but now loves to paint. “I enjoy painting portraits of blues musicians and many of them hang in our Lost Pizza locations,” he said.
Roberts and his family as well as Preston Lott and his family now live at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Their childhood friendship continues as they have built homes next to each other and have a business office in Santa Rosa Beach.