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August 30, 2007

Cleve Alexander, Jr.

    WATER VALLEY: Cleve Alexander, Jr. died Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

    The funeral service was held Saturday, August 25,, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Pine Grove East Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

    Born August 6, 1934, Mr. Alexander was a son of the late Hattie and Cleve Alexander. His wife was the late Delois Alexander. He was retired from Big Yank Corporation and was a member of Pine Grove East Church.

    Survivors include: two daughters, Hattie Park and Charlinda Lewis; four sons, Frank Alexander, Pastor Cleveland Alexander, Clarence Alexander and Roy Lee Alexander; sisters, Hattie Walls, Mable Hervey, Pauline Louis, and Myrtle Lawrence, all of Water Valley, Louise Telford of Memphis, and Helen Mott of Holly Springs; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

    In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Alexander of Memphis.

Charles Ray Byford

    COFFEEVILLE: Charles Ray Byford, 72, of Coffeeville died Friday, August 24, 2007, at his residence.

  Services were held at three o’clock in the afternoon Monday, August 27, in First United Methodist Church in Coffeeville. Burial followed in Harbour Cemetery. Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada had charge of services.

    Mr. Byford was an electrician, having retired from Heatcraft after 28 years of service. He was a member of Coffeeville First United Methodist Church. He was also an avid fisherman.

    He was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Myrtle Byford; and a grandson.

    Survivors include: his wife, Betty Byford of Coffeeville; one son, Donald Byford of Coffeeville; two daughters, Rita Lancaster of Coffeeville and Ravonda Richardson of Nesbit; three brothers, Edward Byford, James Byford and John Byford, all of Coffeeville; two sisters, Lousie Graham of Coffeeville and Nancy Fly of Cadaretta; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Geneva Ruth Cain

    SARDIS: Mrs. Geneva Ruth Cain passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Batesville. The arrangements are incomplete with Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley in charge.

Willie Lee Fondon

    WATER VALLEY: Willie Lee Fondon, 52, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Memphis.

    He was born in Yalobusha County to the late Ella Holley Fondon.

    A graveside service was held Tuesday, August 28, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Pine Grove Cemetery in Water Valley, with Rev. Amos Sims officiating.

Ruby Sansom Hardy

    WATER VALLEY: Ruby Sansom Hardy, age 92, passed from this life in Yalobusha General Hospital on Monday, August 20, 2007.

    Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Hardy was a daughter of the late Elec A. Sansom and Rosa Rushing Sansom. She was a homemaker and a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church. Mrs. Hardy for many years was a principal figure in Hardy’s Garden Plants, owned and operated by her, her late husband, Grade Hardy, and her son, Tony.

    The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Thursday, August 23, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Chuck Fowler officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Scott Wilder, Lance Wilder, Steve Hardy, Chris Hardy, Chad Innman, and Terry Hardy serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andy Allred, Brett Baxley, and Jim Hammer.

    Survivors include: a daughter, Shirley H. Wilder of Marietta, Ga.; sons, Harold L. Hardy of Stockbridge, Ga., Donald G. Hardy of Horn Lake, and Tony G. Hardy of Water Valley; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

    Preceding Mrs. Hardy in death in addition to her parents were: her husband, Grade Hardy (August 28, 1989); one grandson, David Hardy; three sisters, Eutha Nicholas, Grace Williams, and Fay Martin; four brothers, Carl Sansom, Hillman Sansom, Claude Sansom, and Cecil Sansom.

Dewitt House

  WATER VALLEY: Dewitt House, age 73, of Water Valley died in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.

    Mr. House was retired after operating a glass company. He served as a deputy sheriff for Yalobusha County, and was a member of the VFW. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Mr. House was a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ.

    The funeral service was held Saturday morning, August 25, at ten o’clock in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Brother David Floyd officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with David Martin, Justin Mitchell, Caleb House, Walter Richardson, Michael Richardson, and Brandon Richardson serving as pallbearers. Honorary  pallbearers were Bill Williamson, Wilbur Herring, Garland Gholson, Joe House, David Lyles, and Charlie Harris.

    Surviving Mr. House are: his wife, Betty Savage House of Water Valley; a daughter, Missy H. Mitchell and her husband, Michael, of Water Valley; a son, Eddie D. House, and his wife, Shirley, of Bourbonnais, Ill.; one sister, Joan H. Savage of Bosie, Idaho; a brother, Albert House, Jr., and his wife, Ruth, of Water Valley; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Preceding Dewitt in death were his parents, Henry Albert and Jettie Shepard House; brothers, Loyd House, Harold (Jack) House, R. V. House and Dennis House; and a sister, Lucille H. Shepard.

Mary E. Mullis

    MEMPHIS: Mrs. Mary E. Mullis, 85, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007, in Memphis.

    She was born in Sumner to the late Thomas and Margaret Kirksey White. A homemaker, Mrs. Mullis was married to the late Neal Reed Mullis. She was a member of the Little Texas Baptist Church in Tunica.

    The funeral service was held Tuesday, August 21, at 11:30 a.m., with Bro. Floyd Thornburg presiding. The interment was in Friendship Cemetery in Charleston with Adam Welch, Jason Welch, Mike Moorman, John Floyd, John Tucker, and Chris Laster serving as pallbearers.

    Mrs. Mullis is survived by: five daughters, Tracy Welch of Coldwater, Helen King of Memphis, Penny Pennington of Sarah, Margaret Smith of Memphis, and Delois Denley of Coffeeville; two sons, Michael Laster of Coffeeville and Harold Laster of Coffeeville; a sister, Ruby Powell of Oakland; 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.

    Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: a daughter, Peggy Wilkinson; four sons, Claude Hollins, Tommy Laster, Sr., David Randell, and James Edward “Bubba” Laster; a sister, Fannie Filleah two brothers, Claude White and Johnny White, Sr.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Virginia Ruth Langston Strunk

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO: Virginia Ruth Langston Strunk, the sister of Mrs. Martha Williamson, Carolyn Fewell, Dorothy Ann Smith, and David Lamar Langston, all of Water Valley, passed away August 25, 2007 in Steubenville, Ohio. The arrangements are incomplete with Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley in charge.

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