ATLANTA – Virginia Turner Brooks, 97, of Atlanta, died Jan. 28, in a Texarkana hospital. 
She was the owner of the Atlanta Times and worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation during World War II.
She attended Hockaday Junior College and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the Atlanta Garden Club, The Hat and Glove Society, Board of Trustees at Saint James Day School and a board member of the Original Atlanta Public Library.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Jesse M. Brooks.
Survivors include a son, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and other relatives.
Private graveside services were held at Pine Crest Cemetery.

KIRBYVILLE – Iris Louise Herndon of Kirbyville died Dec. 30 at Silsbee Oaks Health Care. She was 89.
Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at First United Methodist Church in Kirbyville with burial at Kirbyville Cemetery. 
The widow of C.B. (Buck) Herndon, she was the owner, editor and publisher of The Kirbyville Banner for many years. After she sold the newspaper to her son Joe, she and Susan Conn operated Art Works, a gift shop located on Main Street.
She was a member of the Kirbyville United Methodist Church, a member of the Kirbyville Women’s Civic Club, and a past director and president of the Kirbyville Chamber of Commerce. 
She was also named Citizen of The Year and awarded Outstanding Citizen for Community Development.
She was survived by four children, 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild and other relatives.