Meet Our Neighbors

Dr. Will Edmonson is a Tupelo physician who specializes in pulmonary critical care. He has practiced medicine 17 years. His workload has increased during the pandemic, but Edmonson said Tupelo is fortunate to have plenty of pulmonologists.

Elizabeth Ducksworth has been an employee of Larson’s Cash Saver in Oxford for three years. The mother of four has recently been promoted to assistant manager.

Jeffrey Dukes, an Oxford native and graduate of Lafayette High School, has been with the Oxford Police Department since 2008. He has been a warrant officer and SWAT team member, and now is a school resource officer. He is the father of three daughters.

Floyd Hodges has been in hardware sales for almost 10 years at Tupelo Hardware Co., a family-owned north Mississippi institution that has been in business since 1926. Hodges previously was a sewing machine mechanic at Hunter Sadler.

Tina Pate has been Tupelo’s postmaster since June 20, 2019. She is the first woman to fill this position in Tupelo. The 60-year-old Pate’s first job with the United States Postal Service was in Mooreville after her high school graduation.

Christopher Wilkinson is a 2020 graduate of Corinth High School, where he was a member of the archery team. Wilkinson will be serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and will attend recruit training this summer at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Emily McElreath is the mother of Evelyn, age 2, and Vivian, age 1. Without the usual play dates, preschool and visits with grand-parents, she kept her kids busy at home with crafts, reading, playing with bubbles, drawing with chalk and going on scavenger hunts.

Sarah Robinson is a biology teacher at Oxford High School. She has worked at OHS since 2013, and was named Oxford School District’s Teacher of the Year in January.

Will Reed and his wife, Amanda, run Native Son Farm in Tupelo. They feed hundreds of north Mississippi families through their Community Supported Agriculture program as well as their farm stand and local farmers markets.

Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill, along with other city and state officials, has spent countless hours planning the community response to the pandemic. She and her husband, Rhea, have three children.

Maggie Carroll of Cotton Plant is a survivor of COVID-19. She was the first person to be discharged from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after being placed on a ventilator. Read more about Carroll here.

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