Obituaries

Willie Lee “Bill” Barr

    WATER VALLEY: Willie Lee “Bill” Barr, 54, died July 12, 2007, in the V.A. Hospital in Memphis.
    He was born January 8, 1953. Mr. Barr was a construction worker.
    His funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning July 19, 2007, in Springhill Church, with Eric Nelson officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Taylor.
    Survivors include: his wife, Betty Barr; three daughters, Latesia Barr, Latina Barr, and Katrina Barr; and his parents, Julia Barr and Smiley Barr of Memphis.

Olline Cofer Brower

    WATER VALLEY: Mrs. Olline Cofer Brower, age 86, of Water Valley passed away Monday, July 30, 2007, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxfod.
    She was a homemaker, a member of the Pine Valley Homemakers Club, a longtime writer for the North Mississippi Herald and the Calhoun County Journal. Mrs. Brower was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Borg/Warner and had always helped on the family farm.
    Mrs. Brower’s funeal will be held at ten o’clock in the morning Wednesday, August 1, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Tim Stormant and Bro. William Hodge officiating. Interment will follow in Turkey Creek Cemetery, with Tim Gholson, Scoot Taylor, Jake Campbell, Derek Woodard, Chad Kimzey, and Lynn Havens as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Gholson, Glenn Taylor, Art Samuels, Ed Reemes, Zack Taylor, Trey Brower, Zach Brower, Cody Brower, and Colton Brower.
  Mrs. Brower is survived by: her husband, J. G. Brower of Water Valley; daughters, Linda (Jim) Gholson of Water Valley; Marty (Glenn) Taylor of Water Valley, Alice Brower of Water Valley, and Ellen (Art) Samuels of Foley, Alabama; sons, John (Carolyn) Brower II and David (Sherry) Brower, all of Water Valley; a sister-in-law, Claire Cofer of Jackson, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
   Preceding Mrs. Brower in death were: her parnets, Oyer Jackson and Allie Goforth Cofer; a sister, Ginger Holloway; brothers, Jack, Frank, Dennis, Earl, Mitchell, and James Cofer.
  In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to Turkey Creek Baptist Church or the Charity of your choice.

Barry Arno Griffin

  WATER VALLEY: Barry Arno Griffin, age 70, of Water Valley died in Yalobusha General Hospital on July 25, 2007. A son of the late Leonard H. Griffin, Sr. and Lona Bell Tutor Griffin, he was a retired Antique Dealer.
  The funeral service was held at three o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, July 28, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Officiating the service was Bro. Fred Eakes and Bro. David Ross. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with Greg Hughes, Tim Hughes, Chris Hughes, Junior Hughes, Tom Lannon, Marty Griffin, and Stan Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were James Eddie Griffin, Nicky Griffin, Shawn Davis, and Dr. Joe Walker.
  Mr. Griffin is survived by: his son, Barry Wayne Griffin, and his wife, Debbie, of Water Valley; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
  Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were wife, Viola “Katie” Griffin (4/22/1994), sisters, Drexell V. Hale and Jimmy Musgrove; brothers, Leonard H. Griffin, Jr. and Morrell Griffin.

Frank Hollinger

  WATER VALLEY: Frank Hollinger, age 60, of Water Valley died in the Veteran’s Hospital in Memphis July 24, 2007.
  He was a retired truck driver and loved music. He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  Mr. Hollinger’s funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, July 28, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. Donald Miller officiating. Interment was in Delay Road Cemetery in Yalobusha County with Timmy Martin, Larry Martin, Jeffrey Martin, B. J. Hollinger, James Hollinger, Kevin Wilbourn, Brock Langham, and Henry Dale Fly serving as pallbearers.
  Survivors include: his wife, Annaleen Link Hollinger of Water Valley; sons, Terry Lynn (Marsha) Hollinger and Jerry Wayne Hollinger, both of Water Valley; sisters, Peggy Edwards and Dianne Hollinger, both of Stevenson, Washington, and Betty Melton of Houston; brothers, James Earl Hollinger of Water Valley, Andy Clyde Hollinger of Houston, Arthur Hollinger, and Aubrey Hollinger, both of Batesville; and five grandchildren.
  Mr. Hollinger was preceded in death by his parents, James Arthur and Charlene Weeks Hollinger, a sister, Mary Lois Hawkins, and brothers, Floyd and Gene Hollinger.

Bill Johnson

  WATER VALLEY: Bill Johnson, age 90, of Water Valley died in Yalobusha General Hospital, Water Valley, on July 23, 2007.
  Born in Panola County, Mr. Johnson lived in the Water Valley Area for many years. He was the Butcher and Manager of Perkins Grocery. Mr. Johnson was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church. He loved music and will be remembered as a member of many local country music bands.
  The funeral service for Mr. Johnson was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Fuenral Home, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Inerment was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Charles Heath, Clinton Mooney, Bobby Singleton, Jimmy Hollowell, Buck Raley and Bill Stark serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Ashmore, Hubert Sanders, Donnie Laughlin, James Taylor, Terry Anthony, Clinton McKinney, James Grimmet, Bob Williams and Cayce Washington.
  Survivors include: a daughter, Charlotte Johnson Hardy, and her husband, Horace, of Water Valley; one son, Billy Johnson, and his wife, Jane, of Water Valley; two grandsons; four grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Mize of Oxford and Ruby Haney of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Jack Johnson of Madera, California and Johnny Johnson of Huntington, Arkansas.
  Preceding him in death were: his wife, Euelea A. Johnson (1987); parents, L. L. Johnson and Eloise Barton Johnson; sisters, Cecil Mae Riggs, Annie Kate Hollowell and Coleen Kemp; and brothers, Hargis Johnson and Earl Hugh Johnson.

Edward Brian Johnson

Funeral services for Edward Brian “E. B.” Johnson of Winona were held last  Friday, July 27, at Oliver Chapel in Winona, with burial in Winona Garden of Memory.  Rev. Reidis Nash and Rev. John L. Walker offiicated.  Mr. Johnson died Tuesday, July 24, in an automobile accident in Lafayette County.  He was 28.
Mr. Johnson was a 1997 graduate of Winona Christian School and an employee of Nissan Motor Company in Canton.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona.
Survivors include his parents, Bobby Joe and Cathy Johnson of Winona; two sisters, Amanda Johnson and Alesha Johnson of Winona; a brother, Michael Johnson of Winona; and his grandmother, Vera Bryant of Winona.
Pallbearers were Bryant Lumbley, Bryant Bell, Billy Hopper, Bobby Jones, Daniel Patterson, and Mac Mabry.  Honorary pallbearer is Brandon Patterson.

Louise Woods

  WATER VALLEY: Louise Woods, age 84, of Water Valley passed away on July 23, 2007, at Community Hospice in Verona.
  She was a member of South Hopewell M.B. Church. Born in Lafayette County to Andrew Ann Woods and Dora Woodall Woods, she was a homemaker all her life.
  The funeral service was held in South Hopewell M.B. Church at eleven o’clock Friday morning, July 27, 2007. Officiating the service was Rev. Terry Wortham. Interment followed in Browning Cemetery in Lafayette County.
  Survivors include: a sister, Elvira Vortis of Memphis, Texas.
  She was preceded in death by: one sister, Ollie Dean Mosley, and two brothers, John R. Woods and Henry Lee Woods.

Ronald Steve “Ronnie” Moorhead

  PARIS: Ronald Steve “Ronnie” Moorhead, age 51, of Paris died in Baptist Memorial Hospital North-Mississippi at Oxford July 24, 2007.
  Ronnie was a true outdoorsman. He loved being outdoors, loved his Lord, his Church and loved his family. Ronnie was a member of Paris Baptist Church.
  The funeral service was held in the Paris Baptist Church at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, July 27, 2007, with Bro. Jimmy Sockwell and Bro. Larry Wicker officiating. Interment followed in the Paris Cemetery with Riley Harris, Marcel Poynor, Ernie Lynn Mueller, Mike Mueller, Bobby Turnage, and Scoot Taylor serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
  Surviving Mr. Moorhead are: his wife, Deborah Kinsey Moorhead of Paris; his parents, James and Betty Taylor Moorhead of Paris; three brothers, Jim (Brenda) Moorhead of Water Valley; Scott (Lisa) Moorhead of Oxford, and Kim (Janna) Moorhead of Olive Branch.
  The family request that memorials be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

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