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August 9, 2007

Carl “Ray” Barton

    COFFEEVILLE: Raymond Carl “Ray” Barton, 53, of Coffeeville, formerly of Memphis, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2007, at his home.
    Mr. Barton was an inspector for MTI—Mid-America. He was the former Minister of Music at West Frayser Baptist Church and presently served as Music Director for the Yalobusha Baptist Association. Ray was a member of First Baptist Church, Coffeeville, where he faithfully served as a deacon.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 7, in Coffeeville First Baptist Church, at two o’clock in the afternoon. Rev. Bryan Bailey and Rev. Truman Scarborough officiated. Burial followed in the Goshen Cemetery near Coffeeville. Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Coffeeville had charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include: a son, Joshua Ray Barton of Memphis; his parents, Rev. M. C. and Melba Barton of Coffeeville; two brothers, David Barton of Coffeeville and Charles Barton of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; and two sisters, Mary McRight of Hohenwald, Tenn. and Cynthia LaRue of Camden, Tenn.
    Memorials may be made to Sta-Home Hospice or to the First Baptist Church, Coffeeville, Pastorium Renovation Fund.

Vera Harris Curry

    WATER VALLEY: Mrs. Vera Harris Curry, 93, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
    Born November 3, 1913, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Curry was a daughter of the late Mary Person and William Wilkie Harris. She was one of eight children, three sisters, Lillie M. Harris, Hazel Viola Harris, and Ruth Harris, and four brothers, Nelson Harris, Elzie Harris, James Ozzie Harris and Amber Lee Harris, all of which preceded her in death. She was married to the late Andrew Curry.
    She leaved to mourn her passing a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, August 7, with Rev. Johnny Roland officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James M. “Jim” Kinkennon
  WATER VALLEY: James M. “Jim” Kinkennon, age 83, of Water Valley passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
  Mr. Kinkennon was a son of the late Perry and Vina Leona Smith Kinkennon. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Amos Kinkennon. He was a retired mechanic at Big Yank Corp. in Water Valley. Mr. Kinkennon served his country in World Warl II with the United States Army in the South Pacific and Asian Theater. He was a former alderman for the City of Water Valley, a member of the VFW and a member of Mt. Liberty Church.
  Funeral services will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, August 8, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. R. W. Moffett and Rev. Dan Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
  He is survived by: his loving wife of 59 years, Hazel Kinkennon of Water Valley; one daughter, Linda K. Jenkins, and her husband, Mickey, of Tupelo; a brother, Clifford Kinkennon of Tupelo; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Russell Aubry Steele

    WATER VALLEY: Russell Aubry Steele, 79, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2007, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
    A son of the late King Solomon and Mary Lucinda Steele, he was born in Calhoun County. Mr. Steele was married to Ina Mae Stewart Steele and was a welder for Fruehuauf Trailer Company in Memphis.. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church and of Driver’s Flat Baptist Church.
    The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Saturday, August 4, at eleven o’clock in the morning. Dr. Leo Crawfford and Rev. Kevin Crowford officiated. The committal was in Providence Cemetery in Calhoun County with Boyd R. (Rusty) Steele, Jr., Dwayne Pratt, Brandon Pratt, Chad Pratt, Josh Pratt, and Drew Pratt serving as pallbearers.
    Mr. Steele is survived by: his wife, Ina Stewart Steele of Water Valley; a daughter, Patricia Pratt of Water Valley; one son Boyd Russell Steele of Byhalia; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Crawfford, and a brother, Joe Steele.

Minnie Lee Suggs

    OAKLAND: Mrs. Minnie Lee Kimble Suggs, 60, of Oakland died Monday, July 30, 2007, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—DeSoto at Horn Lake.
    Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, August 4, in the Mt. Moriah District Association Building in Coffeeville, with Pastor Sidney Townes officiating. Burial was in the Persimmon Hill Cemetery at Enid. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. had charge of arrangements.
    Born April 11, 1947, in Oakland, she was a daughter of the late Hubert Kimble and Fordia Flowers Kimble. She was an assembly line worker for BorgWarner in Water Valley. Mrs. Suggs was a member of St. Andrew M.B. Church at Oakland.
    Survivors include: her husband, Isiah Suggs of Oakland; three god-sons, Antonio Kimble, Deronte Suggs, and Deontre Suggs, all of Horn Lake; three god-daughters, Shavonda Kimble, Luetricia Suggs, and Kim Patterson, all of Horn Lake; five sisters, Hubert Jean Kimble, Mary Bradford, and Shirley McCollins, all of Oakland, Marie Taylor of Cascilla, and Mary Chandler of Hartselle, Ala.; and three brothers, L. C. Kimble and H. K. Kimble, both of Oakland, and Henry Lee Walls of West Memphis, Ark.

Deloise Carter Turner

  BOLIVAR, TN: Mrs. Deloise Carter Turner, age 70, formerly of Water Valley, passed away in Bolivar, Tennessee in the Bolivar General Hospital on Saturday, August 4, 2007.
  She was a daughter of the late Daniel Carter and Mary Dean Miller. Mrs. Turner was a former employee of Ram Tool and also Motts, Inc. She was a Baptist.
  Visitation will be Friday, August 10, 2007, from 11:00 a.m. until service time of 12:00 Noon at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Rev. Amos Sims will officiate the funeral service. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.
  Survivors include: a sister, Bobbie Avant of Bolivar, TN; step-sisters, Helen Patterson of Detroit, Michigan, Carrier Taylor of Water Valley, Sadie Donnell of Jackson, TN, and Mary Ziegler of Warren, Ohio; step-brothers, Joe Taylor of Adairville, KY, Dean Taylor of Jackson, TN, and Fred Taylor, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ; a niece and two nephews.

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