WATER VALLEY: Lee R. Bell, Jr., age 84, of Water Valley died Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi. Mr. Bell was retired from Bud’s Mobile Homes and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
The funeral service was held Saturday, June 23, 2007, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Reverend Ken Izzard officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Surviving Mr. Bell are: his wife of fifty-two years, Zula Mae Richards Bell of Water Valley; daughters, Ida Grayson of Fort Worth, Texas and Lisa Hernandez of Newport News, Virginia; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bell was preceded in death by: his parents, Lee Roland and Myrtie Mae Koonce Bell; two brothers, Sanders Bell and Charlie Bell; and two sisters, Elizabeth Cook and Alma Hart.
RALEIGH, Miss: Leslie Farrell Coleman, 88, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007, after a brief valiant battle with cancer.
Mr. Coleman was born October 5, 1918, to Vollie Pearson and Mary Farrell Coleman in Water Valley. He was a graduate of Jeff Davis School High School in Water Valley. Mr. Coleman was attending Mississippi State University until called to active duty in 1940 with the U.S. Army Air Corp., serving honorably during World War II and in the Korean War, where he was a bomber flight engineer with the 380th Bomb Group. He received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Award and numerous other awards for honorable service in the Air Force Reserves until his retirement as Master Sgt. in 1978. During this time, Mr. Coleman returned to Mississippi State University, completing his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Mr. Coleman and his family moved to Raleigh in 1960 when he accepted the position as Smith County Farm Extension Agent. He served the farmers and 4-H’ers of Smith County well. He has been an active member of First Baptist Church, Raleigh since 1960, where he taught the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class and was an active deacon and respected elder.
He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Betty Dixon Coleman; daughters, Peggy Coleman of Chantilly, Virginia, and Brenda Coleman Berger, and her husband, Chris, and their three children, all of Raleigh; brothers, Jack Coleman of McClain, Howard Coleman of Water Valley, and Edward Coleman of Los Angeles, California; and sisters, Corinne Coleman, Helen Coleman, and Lucille Coleman, all of Los Angeles.
SARDIS: James Robert “Jr.” Haynes, 97, died June 22, 2007 in Fairfield Assisted Living, Batesville.
The funeral service was held Sunday, June 24, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in the Wells Funeral Home Chapel at Batesville, with Rev. James Edwards and Rev. Terry Tribble officiating. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery at Sardis.
Born May 24, 1910, in Oakland, Mr. Haynes was a son of the late James Isaac and Ovida McCorkle Haynes. He grew up in Oakland and moved to Sardis in 1946 while working with the Soil Conservation Service. He retired as manager of Magnolia Farms after many years . He was named Livestock Man of the Year in 1970 by the Panola County Livestock Association. Mr. Haynes had been a member of Hebron Baptist Church of Sardis, since he moved to Panola County. He served as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He loved his service to God and working in his yard.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruby Frances Thomas Haynes of Batesville; two daughters, Sonia Haynes Jay, and Son-in-law Elton Jay of Brandon, and Sandra K. Haynes of Sardis; one son, Robert T. “Bob” Haynes and Daughter-in-law Joyce Haynes of Batesville; two sisters, Lucille Haynes Edwards of Coffeeville and Edith Haynes Everett of Canton; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: a daughter, Connie Haynes Week; a sister, Bessie Lynn Carney of Coffeeville; and three brothers, Noris Haynes of Canton, Harvey Haynes and Allen Haynes, both of Oakland.
WATER VALLEY: George Luther Sprouse, 70, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
He was born in Panola County to the late John W. and Addie Gross Sprouse and has been married to his wife, Connie Sprouse, for 50 years. He was a Maintenance Worker for Toro Lawnboy. Mr. Sprouse served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the VFW.
The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Rev. Bill Forsyth presiding, and Bro. Randy Ross assisting. The committal was held in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, south of Water Valley, with Larry Sprouse, Tommy Prince, Billy Warren, Willie Pullen, Chuck Turner, and Danny Godwin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were George Rutherford and Ed Robertson.
Mr. Sprouse is survived by: his wife, Connie Sprouse of Water Valley; a daughter, Sherry Ross of Water Valley; a son, Jerry Sprouse of Water Valley; five sisters, Freddie Rutherford and Margaret Dunn, both of Water Valley, Betty Robertson of Oxford, Edith Hughes of Oakland, and Katherine Gates of Werumpka, Ala.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.