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514 3rd Street
Kenyon, MN 55946
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James LeRoy Bye Sept. 28, 1944-Nov. 1, 2016 - The Torrington Telegram

Monday, November 07, 2016

Rosella (Roy) Judd of Mitchell, Claudia Nichols of Iowa, and Valerie Browning of Gillette; sons James, Jr. (Lynette) Bye of LaGrange, and Glen (Flo) Davis of Henry, Neb.; daughter, Cherie (Kenyon) Boldan of Arizona; grandchildren, Cherish McCloughan of Arizona, Joe and Chrystal Phillips of Michigan, Jim Palmer of LaGrange, Brittney Palmer of Chadron, Neb., Marrissa Bye of Torrington, Brenda Morrison of Torrington, Angel and Ryan Westall of Morrill, Neb., Anthony Davis of Henry, and Matthew Wiggins of Torrington; great-grandchildren, Lucas Wiggins, Miley Hilsabeck, Jordin Eutsler, Jaedin Duthy, Jazlynn Duthy, Emma Westall, and Nichole Westall. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Bye; sister, Minnie Morris; and granddaughter, Gaylynn Sinner.Share on Facebook...

Leon R. Deguise - Fairmont Sentinel

Monday, August 29, 2016

Vonna (Richard) Henry, Gary (Janet) Deguise, and Valerie (Ned) Hance; grandchildren, Matt (Darcy) Deguise, Ryan Deguise, Alison (Jeff) Mans, Jennifer (Justin) Krieger, Lindsay (John) Kenyon, Ned (Sonja) Hance, Sarah (Rolland) Gerard, Joshua (Melissa) Wiederhoft; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as many other extended family and friends.Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Leona Deguise; daughter Janet Wiederhoft; granddaughter Erin Deguise; two sisters and one brother.The family requests memorials be given in Leo's name to the KJLY Radio Station, Martin County Youth for Christ, or the Evangelical Covenant Church Building Fund.www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net...

James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72 - New York Times

Monday, August 01, 2016

In 1978, his next anthology, “Elbow Room,” won the Pulitzer for fiction (blacks had won before in other categories, including poetry) and was lauded by Robie Macauley, a former editor of The Kenyon Review, in The New York Times Book Review for its “fine control of language and story, a depth in his characters, humane values.”As in “Hue and Cry,” Mr. Macauley wrote, the author established his viewpoint as a writer and a black man, but not as a black writer.“He was able to look beneath skin color and clichés of attitude into the hearts of his characters,” the reviewer concluded, “a fairly rare ability in American fiction where even the most telling kind of perception seldom seems able to pass an invisible color line.”Suketu Mehta, whose memoir “Maximum City” was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and who was mentored by Mr. McPherson, said that his essays “belong to the humanist tradition of American letters: an anger at the economic and racial injustices of the country, coupled with a constant appreciation for the way community forms out of unlikely alliances, such as between poor Southern blacks and Southern whites.”In 1981, Mr. McPherson was among the first 21 “exceptionally talented individuals” who received what became known as “genius awards” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in spite of an unusually judgmental letter from his mentor, the novelist Ralph Ellison. After Mr. McPherson had given up his tenured professorship at the University of Virginia and ended his marriage to a white woman, Mr. Ellison described him as “talented,” but disapproved of his “current restlessness.”Henry Louis Gates Jr., the literary critic and historian, called Mr. McPherson one of the “literary heirs” of Mr. Ellison, who died in 1994.James Alan McPherson Jr. was born in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 16, 1943. His father became the first black master electrician in the state, but only after frustrating delays blamed on racial discrimination drove him to alcoholism and gambling debts that resulted in a period in jail. His mother, the former Mabel Small, worked as a maid. James helped support the family by delivering newspapers.He married the former Sarah Lynn Charlton. Their marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by their daughter, Rachel McPherson; a son, Benjamin; a sister, Mary McPherson; and a brother, Richard.He attended segregated schools, and, after working summers as a railroad dining car waiter, earned a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College, a historically black institution in Atlanta, in 1965.He graduated from Harvard Law School, but decided against a legal career — instead, enrolling in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he received a master of fine arts degree. Still, he...

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James LeRoy Bye Sept. 28, 1944-Nov. 1, 2016 - The Torrington Telegram

Monday, November 07, 2016

Rosella (Roy) Judd of Mitchell, Claudia Nichols of Iowa, and Valerie Browning of Gillette; sons James, Jr. (Lynette) Bye of LaGrange, and Glen (Flo) Davis of Henry, Neb.; daughter, Cherie (Kenyon) Boldan of Arizona; grandchildren, Cherish McCloughan of Arizona, Joe and Chrystal Phillips of Michigan, Jim Palmer of LaGrange, Brittney Palmer of Chadron, Neb., Marrissa Bye of Torrington, Brenda Morrison of Torrington, Angel and Ryan Westall of Morrill, Neb., Anthony Davis of Henry, and Matthew Wiggins of Torrington; great-grandchildren, Lucas Wiggins, Miley Hilsabeck, Jordin Eutsler, Jaedin Duthy, Jazlynn Duthy, Emma Westall, and Nichole Westall. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Bye; sister, Minnie Morris; and granddaughter, Gaylynn Sinner.Share on Facebook...

Leon R. Deguise - Fairmont Sentinel

Monday, August 29, 2016

Vonna (Richard) Henry, Gary (Janet) Deguise, and Valerie (Ned) Hance; grandchildren, Matt (Darcy) Deguise, Ryan Deguise, Alison (Jeff) Mans, Jennifer (Justin) Krieger, Lindsay (John) Kenyon, Ned (Sonja) Hance, Sarah (Rolland) Gerard, Joshua (Melissa) Wiederhoft; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as many other extended family and friends.Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Leona Deguise; daughter Janet Wiederhoft; granddaughter Erin Deguise; two sisters and one brother.The family requests memorials be given in Leo's name to the KJLY Radio Station, Martin County Youth for Christ, or the Evangelical Covenant Church Building Fund.www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net...

James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72 - New York Times

Monday, August 01, 2016

In 1978, his next anthology, “Elbow Room,” won the Pulitzer for fiction (blacks had won before in other categories, including poetry) and was lauded by Robie Macauley, a former editor of The Kenyon Review, in The New York Times Book Review for its “fine control of language and story, a depth in his characters, humane values.”As in “Hue and Cry,” Mr. Macauley wrote, the author established his viewpoint as a writer and a black man, but not as a black writer.“He was able to look beneath skin color and clichés of attitude into the hearts of his characters,” the reviewer concluded, “a fairly rare ability in American fiction where even the most telling kind of perception seldom seems able to pass an invisible color line.”Suketu Mehta, whose memoir “Maximum City” was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and who was mentored by Mr. McPherson, said that his essays “belong to the humanist tradition of American letters: an anger at the economic and racial injustices of the country, coupled with a constant appreciation for the way community forms out of unlikely alliances, such as between poor Southern blacks and Southern whites.”In 1981, Mr. McPherson was among the first 21 “exceptionally talented individuals” who received what became known as “genius awards” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in spite of an unusually judgmental letter from his mentor, the novelist Ralph Ellison. After Mr. McPherson had given up his tenured professorship at the University of Virginia and ended his marriage to a white woman, Mr. Ellison described him as “talented,” but disapproved of his “current restlessness.”Henry Louis Gates Jr., the literary critic and historian, called Mr. McPherson one of the “literary heirs” of Mr. Ellison, who died in 1994.James Alan McPherson Jr. was born in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 16, 1943. His father became the first black master electrician in the state, but only after frustrating delays blamed on racial discrimination drove him to alcoholism and gambling debts that resulted in a period in jail. His mother, the former Mabel Small, worked as a maid. James helped support the family by delivering newspapers.He married the former Sarah Lynn Charlton. Their marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by their daughter, Rachel McPherson; a son, Benjamin; a sister, Mary McPherson; and a brother, Richard.He attended segregated schools, and, after working summers as a railroad dining car waiter, earned a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College, a historically black institution in Atlanta, in 1965.He graduated from Harvard Law School, but decided against a legal career — instead, enrolling in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he received a master of fine arts degree. Still, he...