Obituaries

Mike Aune

    WASHINGTON, DC: Mike Aune, 25, Intelligence Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Crystal City, Virginia, died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, DC.
    Mr. Aune is survived by: his parents, Eddie and Cindy Aune of Oxford; a brother, Bob Aune of Oxford; his grandparents, Ernest P. and Ernestine H. Aune of Water Valley and Mrs. A. C. Parker of Hattiesburg.
    Mike was a former resident of Oxford and a member of First Baptist Church in Oxford. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and a 2004 graduate of the Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home at Oxford.
    The funeral service will be Thursday, July 26, at eleven o’clock in the morning in North Oxford Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Hankins and Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.
  The family requests that memorial contributions in Mike’s memory be made to the Croft Institute for International Studies, P. O. Box 158, University, MS 38677-0158 or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.

Ellie Mae Oakes Braswell

    GRENADA: Ellie Mae Oakes Braswell was born in Stampley on April 5, 1922, to Albert Jackson and Annie Mae Raper Oakes. Her formative years were spent in Fayette, Charleston, and Water Valley where she attended school. She was a 1942 graduate of Water Valley High School. In December of 1941, she married the love of her life, Bert Gaston Brasell. They moved to Memphis where Gaston was employed and Mae graduated from Moler Beauty College. Gaston joined the Navy before World War II and they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where Bert Gaston, Jr. was born in 1944. After Gaston was shipped out on the USS Clinton, Mae and “Skipper” moved back to Durant to live with her parents and younger siblings. After the war, Mae and Gaston remained in Durant where they bought their first home and developed a small farming operation, raising cattle and cotton. Betsy Carole was born in 1949 and Bonnie Claire was born in 1951. The family was active in the Durant United Methodist Church. In 1960, Gaston was transferred with the Mississippi National Guard to Grenada, where they made their home for 42 years. As the granddaughter of a Methodist minister, Rev. J. W. Raper, Mae was active in Grace United Methodist Church in various capacities, especially the WSCS, now know as the United Methodist Women. She was also active on the Greenwood District level with the UMW. For years she represented Grace as the delegate to the North Mississippi Conference and later the Mississippi Conference. After Gaston’s death in 2000, Mae became a resident of The Orchard in Ridgeland, where she continued to enjoy life by sewing, traveling and visiting family.
    Survivors include: her children, Bert Gaston Braswell, Jr. (Diane) of Bartlett, Tennessee, Betsy McKenzie (Jerry) of Ridgeland, and Bonnie Dalton (Don) of Raleigh, North Carolina; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Jack Oakes of Zionsville, Indiana, Tom Lewis Oakes of Middleburg, Florida, Irene Alexander of Water Valley, Frances Downer of Natchez, and Bob  Oakes of Fowler, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, July 26, 2007. A celebration of her life will be at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, July 27, in National Funeral Home at Greanda. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
  Memorial may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Grenada or to the American Cancer Society.

Iona Hemphill

    WATER VALLEY: Mrs. Iona Hemphill, 92, formerly of McCaysville, Georgia, passed away in the Yalobusha County Nursing home on Monday, July 16, 2007.
    Mrs. Hemphill moved to Water Valley several years ago to be near her daughter, Dorris Crawford. She has been in the nursing home most of that time. A daughter of Walton and Harriett McCeldry Owenby, she was born in Morgantown, Georgia. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McCaysville, and was a retired dress shop owner.
    Survivors include: two daughters, Dorris H. Crawford of Water Valley and Joanne H. Schonborn of Waxhaw, North Carolina; two sisters, Iris Reece of Marrietta, Georgia and Ruth Anderson of Chatsworth, Georgia; three brothers, Roy Owenby of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Charles Owenby of Ellijay, Georgia, and James Owenby of Marrietta, Georgia; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Graveside services for Mrs. Hemphill were held in Copper Ridge Memorial Gardens, McCaysville, at eleven o’clock in the morning, Friday, July 20, with Reverend Raymond Aven Presiding.
    Memorials may be made to the Reedy Acres Foundation, P. O. Box 742, Water Valley, MS 38965.

Harry Newton Ross

    WATER VALLEY: Harry Newton Ross, age 80, of Water Valley passed away in Yalobusha General Hospital on Friday, July 20, 2007.
    The son of O. J. and Mabel Womble Ross, Mr. Ross was born in Water Valley. He was a retired USDA Inspector and a member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
    Funeral services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Monday, July 23, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, with Jason Sharp, Tom Green, Joe Ross Wright, Rick Wright, Paul McKay and Craig Williams serving as pallbeaers. Honorary pallbearers were Stephen Ross, Carson Sharp, Collin Sharp, Stephen Roberts, “Tuffy” Williamson, Josie Simpson, Dr. Paul Odom, Rayford Edward, Ruben Johnson, Melvin Ford, “Crip” Tyler, Bill Trusty, Wade Doolin and Dean Newell.
    Mr. Ross leaves: his wife, Fay M. Ross of Water Valley; a daughter, Jill Ross Sharp, and husband, Jason, of Water Valley; one son, Scott Ross, and his wife, Donna, of West Point; and five grandchildren.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Frances “Pampy” Ross Wright.

Sammie Treloar McKee

    COFFEEVILLE: Mrs. Sammie Treloar McKee, 87, devoted RN and Director of Nurses at Yalobusha General Hospital for years, passed away July 19, 2007, in Yalobusha General Hospital.
    The wife of Morris C. McKee, who preceded her in death on July 13, 2004, her last wish was to see Morris again and her wish was granted. She died on the day of their 64th anniversary. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
    Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery, with Micheal McKee Woods, Major Vincent G. Woods, Trey Smith, Jimmy Treloar, Bill Harbour, and James Horace Finnie, as pallbearers.
    Survivors include: her son, Mike T. McKee, and his wife, Martha McKee, of Oxford; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her beloved Morris, Mrs. McKee was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Clare Karr Treloar, and a sister, Martha Helen Harbour.

Mary Chandler Murphree

    WATER VALLEY: Mary Chandler Murphree, age 87, of Water Valley died in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford on July 22, 2007.         Born in  Yalobusha County, she retired from Big Yank Corporation. She also managed the Valley Theatre and later Oakwood Furniture. Mary was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, a member of the Pink Ladies, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Rebekahs.
    Funeral services will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon, Wednesday, July 25, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Fuenral Home, with Brother James Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Gilead Cemetery.
    Mrs. Murphree is survived by: one son, Bobby Murphree, and his wife, Patsy, of Water Valley; one grandson; and a sister, Sally M. Samuels of Bolivar, Missouri.
    She was preceded in death by: her husband, Wayne Murphree; her parents, Thomas A. and Laura Lee Cook Chandler; a sister, Louise C. McMullian; brothers, Charles A., Earl, Thomas, Oscar “Doc”, Jessie, Henry E., and Dick Chandler.

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