Obituaries for Fri., Sept. 18, 2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 18, 2015

Miriam Dee Wesley Broom

Mrs. Miriam Dee Wesley Broom, 85, of Andalusia passed away Thurs., Sept. 17, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brothers Wilson Meadows and John Daszczuk (and possibly Harold Baughtman) officiating. Interment will follow in River Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be today, Fri., Sept.18, from 6-8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Henry Larkin Broom of Andalusia; son, Gerald Glynn Broom of Andalusia; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Broom and Ronnie Edwards of Andalusia; grandchildren, Michael Glynn Broom, Rebecca Kathryn Broom, Angela DeeAnn Canant, April Michelle Favors, Beverly Dawn Edwards, Pamela Broom Majors, Paula Broom Davis; great grandchildren, Jacob Lingrosso, Corey Lingrosso, Lexie Cross, Matthew Baxley, Taylor Cook, Madison Sherwood, Dylan Canant, Macye Canant, Tallon Canant, Michael Justin Majors, Logan Majors, Zachary Majors, Lauren Davis, and Kara Davis; brothers, Wally Cleveland Wesley and William Jerry Wesley; sister, Jeannie Wesley Hendee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son, Walter Reese Broom.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at

Tony Lee Richburg

Mr. Tony Lee Richburg, age 44, of Opp passed away Fri., Sept. 4, 2015, in the Mizell Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Wed., Sept. 9, 2015, at New Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Harris Richburg of Opp; his mother, Mable McVay Richburg of Opp; sons, Cameron Richburg, Zachary Harris, Jaggert Harris, Will Lee, and Tyler Beckworth, all of Opp; daughters, Kristen Landers of Clinton, S.C., and Dakota Lee of Opp; his brothers, Gary Richburg, Donnie Richburg, David Richburg, and Randy Richburg, all of Opp; sisters, Charlotte Jones of Opp and Amanda Brown; and six grandchildren.

Mr. Richburg was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Short.

Robert Bynum Albritton

Robert Bynum Albritton II, 78, passed Sept. 9 at his home in Oxford, Miss.

He was chair and professor emeritus of political science, is being fondly remembered by his University of Mississippi colleagues as a visionary leader, loyal mentor and respected teacher.

A memorial service will be held later in Andalusia. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655.

A native of Andalusia, Albritton earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. He moved to Oxford in 1998, serving as professor and chair of the Department of Political Science until 2003, when he left his administrative role to concentrate on teaching. He also chaired the university’s Faculty Senate in 2011-2012 before retiring in spring 2012.

Previously, Albritton taught at Northern Illinois University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Williams College, University of Vienna in Austria, Northwestern University and Chiang Mai University and Songkla University, both in Thailand.

Albritton’s professional activities included memberships and appointments in the Mississippi Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Policy Studies Association, Policy Studies Review, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, American Political Science Association and the Association of Asian Scholars.

He co-edited one book and co-authored more than 30 journal articles, textbook chapters and countless conference papers.

Having played football, Albritton was an avid football fan. He was also an animal lover who often volunteered at the animal shelter as a “paw-walker.”

He is survived by his wife, Nantaporn Apasiripol of Oxford; a son, Robert Bynum Albritton III of Herndon, Va.; a daughter, Phyllis Mary-Anne Albritton of Evergreen, Colo.; a brother, William Leonard Albritton of Saskatoon, Canada; and three grandchildren.