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James (Son) Thomas

James (Son) Thomas, 66, Delta blues guitarist and singer, died June 26 in Greenville, Miss., of a stroke. In the late 1960s Thomas’ work became more widely known as a result of his appearances in films made by the Center for Southern Folklore.

As his fame grew he went on to record in the U.S. and abroad.

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Mary Margaret

Heueisen Hayslip

Mary Margaret Heueisen Hay-slip, 76, a 50-year veteran in the motion picture exchange business in Kansas City, died July 9 in Kansas City of unreported causes.

Hayslip, who got her first job in 1937 at Warner Bros. Kansas City film exchange as a film inspector, went on to become a film booker and then an office manager before she retired from Warner Bros. in 1967.

She then served as an office manager for indie film distributor Thomas-Shipp until the early 1980s.

Active in the Women of the Motion Picture Industry, Hayslip served as president of the K.C. chapter in 1958-59 and later as international president, 1963-64.

She was cited as Pioneer of the Year in 1984 by the United Motion Picture Assn. of Kansas City and previously had been named Honored Showwoman of the Year by Show-A-Rama 21, the association’s annual trade show.

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