James Drew “Dick” Carr
WATER VALLEY: James Drew “Dick” Carr, age 86, died Friday, January 18, 2008, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi after a short illness.
Born January 24, 1921 in Water Valley, Mr. Carr was a son of the late Thomas Edgar and Pearl Hensley Carr. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Carr was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church, near Water Valley.
The funeral service was held at 2:30 in the afternoon Sunday, January 20, 2008, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. The service was conducted by Rev. David Ross and Rev. Ross Robinson. Burial followed in Camp Ground Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Kris Hunt, John Carr, James Carr, Jerry Hill, Tommy Hill, and Billy Gene Moorehead serving as pallbearers.
Surivivors include: a daughter, Yvonne Carr Hunt of Adamsville, Tennessee; two sons, Larry Carr and Phillip Carr, both of Water Valley; one sister, Maxine Carr Hogan of Ferguson, Missouri; six grandchildren; and threee great-grandchildren.
Mr. Carr was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Mills Carr, on October 26, 2002, and one sister, Marie Carr Lowe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Ground Baptist Church of Water Valley.
Freda Mae Leech Farmer
WATER VALLEY: Freda Mae Leech Farmer, age 71 years, a resident of Water Valley, formerly of East Prairie, Missouri, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2008, at 8:15 a.m. in the Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Born March 19, 1936, in East Praire to the late Dave and Agnes O’Conner Leech, Mrs. Farmer lived in Water Valley for the past 12 years and was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. On March 23, 1979, in Memphis, she married Oscar Calvin Farmer, who survives of the home.
Besides her husband survivors include: four daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and David Carter of San Bernadino, California, Vicke and Jerry Musto, Twila and Derek Curtice and Leecie and Steve Butler, all of Memphis; one step-son, Van Farmer of Bertrand, Missouri; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorsie and Billy Bradley of East Prairie; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of relatives and friends.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at ten o’clock in the morning in the East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery, with Bro. Calvin Miller officiating. Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie, Missouri was in charge of arrangements.
WATER VALLEY: Leland Mooney, age 79, passed away Friday, January 18, 2008, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
Born August 19, 1928, in Coffeeville, he was a son of the late Dave and Sally Fielder Mooney. He served in the United States Army and retired from Big Yank Corporation after 42 years of employment. He was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.
The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, January 22, 2008, with Rev. Dan Dickerson officiating. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with Horace Hardy, Billy Stark, Charles Heath, James Taylor, Clifton Mooney, and Hubert Sanders serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School Class at O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, and Cayce Washington and Drew Kirk.
He is survived by: his wife, Joan Mooney of Water Valley; and an adopted granddaughter by her choice, Sara Beth Dickerson of Water Valley.
Myrtis Ruth Gatlin Ray
OXFORD: Mrs. Myrtis Ruth Gatlin Ray, 71, owner of Myrtis Ray’s Produce Store, died Tuesday, January 15, 2008, in Baptist East Hospital at Memphis.
The funeral service was held Thrusday, January 17, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County.
Mrs. Ray was a long-time member of Pine Flat Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing and nature.
Survivors include: her husband, James O. Ray of Oxford; one daughter, Stephanie Dennis of Oxford; two sons, Trent Ray and Ronnie Ray, both of Oxford; seven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by three children, Phillip Ray, Tina Marie Ray and Tonya Denise Ray.
Memorial contributions or expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Ray’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814.
Ervin Cecil Eugene Tidwell
WATER VALLEY: Ervin Cecil Eugene Tidwell, 72, retired pulp wood cutter, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at his home near Oxford.
The funeral service was held Monday, January 21, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Waller Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial followed in Pine Flat Cemetery.
Mr. Tidwell was a life-long resident of Lafayette County. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church and was an extremely giving person.
Survivors include: his wife, Odell M. Tidwell of Water Valley; one son, Glenn Tidwell and his wife, Angelena, of Water Valley; four sisters, Audrey Fiew, Dorothy Young, and Colista Walls, all of Water Valley, and Coline Briggs of Costa Grande, Arizona; three brothers, L. D. Tidwell, Melvin Tidwell, and Donald Tidwell, all of Water Valley; and two grandchildren.
The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Tidwell’s name be made to the Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, c/o Sammye Baker, 294 Hwy. 328, Oxford, MS 38655.
Miriam H. White
WATER VALLEY: Miriam H. White, age 84, formerly of Collierville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, January 21, 2008, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.
Born March 21, 1923, in Beulah, she was a daughter of the late W. S. and Clara Romine Hawkins. Mrs. White earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University. She was a homemaker and a baptist.
Survivors include: her husband, James H. White of Collierville; a daughter, Mim Duncan of Germantown, Tennessee; two sons, Pat White of Loudon, Tennessee and Bob White of Rossville, Tennessee; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Page Robins Adult Day Care Center of Collierville, Tennessee.
Rachel Miller Wilson
WATER VALLEY: Rachel Miller Wilson, age 90, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
She was born to the late Willie B. and Cynthia Deborah West Miller in Opossum Neck, Mississippi. She was a LPN, retiring after 45 years from Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. She was a Daughter of the Confederates, and a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
The funeral service, conducted by Dr. Randy Bain, was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, Janaury 19, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by: a daughter, Jean (Bob) Kroll of Water Valley; two sons, James S. (Sandra) Wilson, Jr. of Batesville, and David (Connie) Wilson of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Johnnye Gowan of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, James Sidney Wilson, Sr., on September 30, 1991; sisters, Helen Tate and Ann Trimble; a half-sister, Dorothy Jean Pea; and a brother, Rev. W. W. “Bill” Miller.
CHICAGO: Roosevelt Yates, 70, of Chicago, Illinois, died at his home January 9, 2008. He was a former resident of Coffeeville.
The funeral service was held Saturday, January 19, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Mount Moriah Association Building in Coffeeville. Burial was in the Coffeeville Cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Survivors include: his wife, Martha Yates of Chicago; a son, Jerry Yates of Chicago; one daughter, Paula Yates, of Chicago; brothers and sisters, Minnie Pearl Howard of Batesville, Patricia Booker, Mike Yates, and Harry Yates, all of Chicago, James Yates and Willie Yates, both of Benton Harbour, Michigan, Shirley Carothers and Betty Lee, both of Coffeeville, Lonnie Yates, John Yates, Robert Yates and Brenda Flowers, all of Memphis; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.