PAYNES: J. W. Byars, 80, farmer, died Saturday, September 15, 2007, at the Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Born March 23, 1927, in Tallahatchie County, Mr. Byars was a son of the late Jim and Robie Lee Cole Byars.
Rev. J. G. Thomas conducted services at eleven o’clock in the morning, Monday, September 17, in Womble Funeral Home Chapel, Charleston. Ramona Parker presented the sacred music. Interment was in Magnolia Gardens Cemetery at Paynes.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Gentry Byars; one daugher, Mary Ann Byars Price of Oakland; a son, William Paul Byars of Water Valley; a sister, Louise Lindley of Holcomb; three brothers, Jesse Byars of Charleston, Jack Byars of Grenada, and Ned Byars of Paynes; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mary E. Cooper
CEDAR FALLS, IOWA: Mary E. Cooper, 93, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, died Thursday, August 23, 2007, in the Cedar Falls Health Care Center.
Born July 20, 1914, Mrs. Cooper was a daughter of the late Henry Braden and Mary Elizabeth Smith VanWinkle, Mrs. Cooper was married to Thomas Emerson Cooper I, on June 18, 1932, in Water Valley. He died February 24, 1964.
Mrs. Cooper was a licensed practical nurse with Scholtz Hospital for many years and then with Americana Nursing Home, until her retirement.
Survivors include: a daughter, Edna “Tootie” Marshall of Washburn, Iowa; two sons, Thomas E. Cooper II of Cedar Falls and Timothy (Tina) Cooper of East Dundee, Illinois; four grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren and two on the way; a sister, Francis Hilleshiem of Waukon, Iowa.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by two daughters, Gwen Baker and Syble “Renee” Porter, three brothers, Tom, Rip, and Braden VanWinkle, three sisters, Ruth Bartusch, Irene Dehl, and Inez VanWinkle, and twin great-granddaughters.
Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, and was a devoted witness for the Lord.
Frank Leon Harmon
DIXIE, LA: Frank Leon Harmon, 91, passed away in Dixie, Louisiana, where he had lived for the past year and a half.
Born in Lafayette County, Mr. Harmon was a son of the late James Lewis and Camilla Cooper Harmon. He and his wife of 69 years, Mildred Wood Harmon, were former residents of Water Valley for 30 years. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from January 1943 to May 1945. He graduated with a BS from the University of Mississippi in 1938, received his MA from the University of Mississippi in 1940, and his doctorate studies were at Oklahoma State University. He served as High School Principal and Basketball Coach at Crawfordsville, Arkansas from 1948-1954, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, from 1959-1976. He was co-author with Dr. Dan DuPree of five mathematics text books, beginning with Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics. He was a member of Rotary International and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Sheveport, Louisiana, and a former member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley. He was the Director of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Secondary Teachers in 1969; was Director of NASA Research Contract with the University of Louisiana, Monroe, 1963; and Recipient of the National Science Foundation Grant, 1963-1964.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2007, from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. in Seven oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Dr. Randy Bain presiding. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, south of Water Valley.
Survivors include: his wife, Mildred Wood Harmon of Dixie, LA; two daughters, Camilla Harmon Baxter of Collierville, TN and Eleanor Daniels Hilsenrath of Fairfield Bay, AR; a son, Dr. Frank Wood Harmon of Dixie, LA; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Mr. Harmon was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Bell Harmon Vines and Beaulah Harmon Reed and three brothers, Wayne Harmon, Earnest Harmon and Dwight Harmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church in Water Valley or Boardmoor Bpatist Church in Shreveport, LA.
Wesley Thomas Hughes
WATER VALLEY: Wesley Thomas Hughes, 64, passed away at his home in Water Valley Thursday, September 13, 2007.
Born in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Albert Wesley and Marion Flowers Hughes. He was a truck driver.
The family held a memorial service Sunday, September 16, 2007, beginning at two o’clock in the afternoon in Bethel Cemetery at Water Valley. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hughes is survived by: a daughter, Pamela Ann Crocker of Water Valley; a son, Wesley Thomas Hughes, Jr. of Branson, Missouri; an uncle, Atlas Earl Tutor of Water Valley; a significant other, Janice Sellers of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by a sister, Nora Lee Henry, and a brother, Albert Hollis Hughes.
Eula Faye Beene McCluskey
OXFORD: Mrs. Eula Faye Beene McCluskey, 71, retired antique dealer, died Friday, September 14, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Mrs. McCluskey is survived by: her husband, Herman E. McCluskey of Oxford; one daughter, Brenda McCluskey Cobb of Oxford; one son, Larry Eugene McCluskey of Jonesboro, Arkansas; a brother, Bill Beene of Water Valley; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. McCluskey was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Oxford.
The funeral service was held Sunday, September 16, 2007, at two o’clock in the aftenroon, in Waller Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Pinkerton and Rev. James McCluskey officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.
The family has asked that expressions of sympahty or memorial contributions in Mrs. McCluskey’s memory be made to Yallow Leaf Baptist Church.
Ardis Alvin Shields
SARDIS–Ardis Alvin Shields, 64, died Tuesday, September 11, 2007, in Sardis due to injuries received in an automobile accident.
Graveside services were Friday at McIvor Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
Shields, born Aug. 30, 1943, to the late Alvin and Lena Potts Shields, was a member of McIvor Baptist Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Angel Shields Shanowat of Pikeville, Ky.; four sons, Wayne Hitchcock of Pikeville, Ky., Ardis Gene Shields of Hayward, Wis., Thurman Lee Shields of Chicago and Randy Lannet of Sardis; four sisters, Mary Ann Kuehl of Crystal Lake, Ill., Joyce Brown of Sardis, Michelle Shields and Kathy Shields, both of Pontotoc; six brothers, J.C. Shields of Batesville, Harvey Shields and James Robert Shields, both of Tennessee, Leslie Shields, Terry Shields and Ricky Shields, all of Batesville; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Earnest Lee Smith
OAKLAND: Ernest Lee Smith, 86, passed away in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford Wednesday, September 12, 2007.
A son of the late James N. and Effie Lee Edlin Smith, he was born in Marshall County. Mr. Smith was a self-employed Dairy Farmer and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. Smith was a member of the Oakland Baptist Church and the Disabled American Veterans.
The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, September 15, 2007, with Bro. James Edwards and Bro. Jimmy Hood officiating. The committal followed in the Oakland Cemetery, with Davy Bailey, Kevin Able, Kenny Brown, Sam Taylor, Ashley Boggan, Jerry Haynie, Sherwin Haynie, and Patrick Haynie serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Joe Walker, Daniel Gillett, Wade Holland, John Witsett, Brad Hughes, Mac Ross, Walter Fegua, Rich Ross, and Jeff VanCleave.
Survivors include: his wife of sixty-five and one-half years, Nell Smith of Oakalnd; two daughters, Sandra (Carl) Wadsworth of Euless, Texas and Linda (David) Bailey of Cleveland; a son, Ron (Marie) Smith of Southaven; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a sister, Era Knighton, and a brother, Jessie Smith.