Thursday, July 12, 2007
Pulitzer winner dies in accident
By SUE WATSON
A syndicated cartoonist and winner of the coveted Pulitzer Prize in 1988 was killed Tuesday morning in an automobile accident near Holly Springs.
Douglas Nigel Marlette, 57, of Hillsborough, N.C., was pronounced dead on the scene by coroner John Garrison. He said he was called to mile marker 27-28 on Highway 78 just east of the West Holly Springs Exit at 9:55 a.m.
Marlette was a passenger in the vehicle which hydroplaned, left the highway about 160 feet and struck a tree, Garrison said.
The driver, whom Garrison said he was told was not seriously injured, was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford for treatment.
Marlette was born in North Carolina and raised in Durham, N.C., Laurel, Miss., and Sanford, Fla. He graduated from Florida State.
Marlette won numerous awards and prizes for his cartoons. His work appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He won the Pulitzer while working for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Marlette’s work is collected in 19 volumes and includes ethics columns in national and international newspapers and journals.
He wrote two novels and his latest appointment was as Gaylord Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Journalism.
He was employed by The Tulsa World as an editorial cartoonist at the time of the accident. According to Carolyn Jenkins with the daily newspaper, Marlette was returning from his dad’s funeral in North Carolina and was in the area to attend a seminar before returning to Tulsa.
Another fatality in county
In another recent accident, Johnie Wayne Byrd, of the Barton area, was pronounced dead on arrival following a single vehicle accident Wednesday, July 1, at around 10:30 a.m.
Marshall County Coroner John Garrison said Byrd lost control of his vehicle while driving on Croft Road in the Barton area. The vehicle struck a utility pole first, then hit a tree and struck a chain-link fence, he said.
There were no passengers with Byrd at the time of the accident, Garrison said.
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