Monday, April 20, 2009

Thomas Fulton

Thomas Fulton, Opera Conductor, 44
1967 Graduate of Ackerman High School (MS)
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 1994
The New York Times

Thomas Fulton, a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, died on Thursday, August 4, 1994, in Milan, Italy, where he was vacationing. He was 44 and lived in New York City.

The cause was kidney failure, said his brother, Charles.

Mr. Fulton made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1981 and conducted more than 20 operas for the company, most recently "Tosca" in Central Park in June. He worked frequently in Europe, conducting the Orchestre National de France and the orchestras of the Paris Opera and other houses in France and Germany.

He was also an associate conductor of the San Francisco Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Ravinia Festival, the Opera Company of Boston and EMI Records.

In addition to his brother, of Gainesville, Fla., he is survived by his father, Joseph, of Fairfield Bay, Ark.

Thomas Fulton Memorial
Published: Wednesday, October 19, 1994
The New York Times

A memorial service for the conductor Thomas Fulton is to be held tomorrow at 5 P.M. at the 92d Street Y on Lexington Avenue. Carol Vaness, Sharon Sweet, Maria Guleghina, Vinson Cole and Sherrill Milnes are to sing, accompanied by John Keenan and Patrick Stevens, and a string quartet from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is to play. The service is open to the public; seating is to begin at 4:30. Mr. Fulton, who was 44, died on Aug. 4.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nancy McBrayer

Mrs. Nancy Haze Kirkpatrick McBrayer, 78, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Mississippi Baptist Hospital, Jackson.

She was a retired educator, having taught in the Mississippi public schools 38 years.

Born October 20, 1930, she was a native of Noxapater and was of the Baptist faith. During her school days at Noxapater, she and her sister played on the basketball team. She graduated from East Central Junior College and Mississippi Southern, with a degree in elementary education, then taught in Natchez, Noxapater and, for many years, in Ackerman.

She was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan and loved traveling to games wearing her maroon and white. In her later years, she never missed a State game on TV. She was known for her beautiful yard, especially the caladiums of every color and variety. Friends and family enjoyed her excellent cooking. With a warm smile and a gentle voice, she was a generous and thoughtful giver.

Her parents, Ira and Algy Kirkpatrick, and two brothers, Joe Davis and Jimmy Kirkpatrick, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Myron; daughter, Myra Ann Lewis and grandson, Adam of Ridgeland; brother, Ira Lee Kirkpatrick, Jr. and his wife, Lucille, of Noxapater; sister, Ann Fulton of Brandon; sister-in-law, Edna Kirkpatrick of New Orleans; niece, Lillian (Joe) Mirando of Ponchatoula, LA; nephews, Ira (Sharon) Kirkpatrick of McDonough, GA, and Jim Fulton of Brandon; great-nieces, Lucy Mirando and Lisa (Jantsen) Haney; great-nephew, Aaron Kirkpatrick; and many more relatives and friends.

Visitation is at Porter Funeral Home, Louisville, today at 5-8 pm. The funeral will be 2 pm Friday, April 17, 2009, at Porter Funeral Home, followed by burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery, in Noxapater, MS.

The family expresses our appreciation to Dr. Bart DeLashmet and Dr. Grace Shumaker for the health care they provided throughout her years.

Memorials may be made to Noxapater Baptist Church, P. O. Box 251, Noxapater, MS, 39339. To sign the guestbook, please go to