1937 — 2022
Oxford community leader Mary Lexa died May 21, 2022, after a sudden illness. One of the achievements she was most proud of was the establishment of the Baptist Cancer Center in Oxford. Mary and her late husband, Jerry, attended every meeting of Mississippi's State Board of Health for more than a year to convince the board of the need for a cancer diagnostic and treatment center. They distributed a questionnaire to the church community? African American and white churches?and civic clubs asking such questions as if you have cancer, how far are you traveling to treatment, is it a financial burden or transportation challenge, and do you know anyone unable to receive treatment because of these...