Charles L. Cummings
PONTOTOC: Charles L. Cummings, father of Yalobusha County Agent Steve Cummings, died Tuesday, March 19, 2007, in the North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.
He was born September 8, 1927 to the late Luther and Mamie Cummings of Pontotoc. Mr. Cummings was a graduate of Pontotoc High School. After high school graduation, he went to work for Kroger, where he became store manager at age 20. In 1956 he bought the old Kroger Store in Pontotoc, which went on to become Cummings Leadway Grocery. In 1975 he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Pontotoc, where he worked until his retirement in 1997. He was also a World War II Veteran and a charter member of the Pontotoc National Guard.
Mr. Cummings was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc and he was a board member of the churches’ United Food Depot of Pontotoc County. He was a charter member and longest active member of the Pontotoc Civitan Club, where he served three times as president. He was a member of the American Legion, Pontotoc Cattlemen’s Association, and Pontotoc Forestry Association. He served two times as alderman for the City of Pontotoc and was selected the 2001 Best Civic Worker in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include: one son, Steve Cummings of Coffeeville; one daughter, Carla Lunn and her husband, Matt Lunn, of Pontotoc; four grandchildren; three sisters, Nell Johnson and Mary Ellen Sewell, both of Pontotoc, and Emma Gene Bryan of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Mamie Cummings, one brother, Grover Cummings, and one sister, Lucille Cummings.
Visitation will be at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th, and also in Pontotoc First Baptist Church from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Services will follow at the church at two o’clock in the afternoon with Dr. Ken Hester and Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Ellis Reeder, Tommy Pounds, Keith Thomas, John-Phillip Bray, Ashley Barton, and Scott Cummings as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Pontotoc Civitan Club and the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church. Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church, Oak Hill Baptist Church, or the chairty of your choice.
WATER VALLEY: Mrs. Juanita Fondon, age 54, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at her residence in Water Valley.
She was the wife of the late Kizer Maurice Fondon. Mrs. Fondon was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Davidson Elementary School in Water Valley. She was a member of Everdale Baptist Church in Water Valley.
The funeral service was held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley, Friday, March 16, 2007, at one o’clock in the aftenroon. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by: a daughter, Margarette Danielle Fondon of Water Valley; two sons, Dreva Jabbar Campbell and Noah Fondon, both of Water Valley; eight sisters, Shirley Rogers, Virgie Suggs, Brenda Campbell, Linda Campbell, Ruby Joyce Campbell, Patricia Ann Campbell, and Janeth (Raymond) Neely, all of Water Valley, and Mattie (Eli) Moore of West Helena, Arkansas; three brothers, Harry (Margaret) Campbell of Tallahassee, Florida, Johnny (Ruby) Campbell of Little Rock, Arkansas, and James (Pearl) Campbell of Water Valley; three grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Kizer Maurice Fondon on April 25, 2005; a daughter, Jessica Fondon; her parents, George Watson and Margarette Rogers Campbell; and a brother, Bobby Campbell.
John Lucien Hurst, Sr.
BANNER: John Lucien Hurst, Sr., 63, of Banner died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at his daughters home in Olive Branch.
Funeral services for Mr. Hurst were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in the Chapel of Latham Funeral Home, Water Valley, with Bro. Brian Wright officiating. Burial was in Providence Cemetery in Calhoun County.
He was retired from Weyerhauser. Mr. Hurst was a Baptist and a Navy Veteran of Vietnam.
Survivors include: a daughter, Christiana Allison of Olive Branch; a son, John L. Hurst, Jr. of Lilbourn, Missouri; five sisters, Leta Jones of Ash Grove, Missouri, Juanita Thurlkill of Arkansas, Judy Wisenant of Banner, Clara Holland of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Eilene Wallace of Barstow, California; two brothers, Teddy Hurst of Pennsylvania and Kenny Hurst of South Carolina; and four grandchildren.
Bonnie A. “Pete” Robison
COFFEEVILLE: Bonnie A. “Pete” Robison, age 91, of Coffeeville died Saturday, March 17, 2007, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
He was a retired truck driver with Southwestern Transportation, a National Champion Truck Driver (1965), and a member of Coffeeville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at one o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley, with Rev. Wayne Sheffield presiding. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery, with Robbie Voss, Larry Voss, Marc Jeter, Danny Jeter, Doug Jeter, and Buddy Neal serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Robison leaves no immediate survivors. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Jewel Robison, his father, Bonnie A. Robison, and his mother, Annie F. Williams Robison.
WATER VALLEY: Madrine Turner, age 92, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
Mrs. Turner was the last surviving child of eight children born to the late Arthur and Agatha Davidson Rotenberry. She was the wife of the late Nelson Berger and J. A. Turner. Mrs. Turner was a factor worker at Big Yank Corp. in Water Valley, and a farmer. She was a member of Ford’s Well Church of Christ.
Visitation will be at Seven Oaks Funreal Home, Water Valley, Wednesday, March 21, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Ford’s Well Cemetery at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, March 21, 2007.
She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.