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Obituaries – May 8, 2008

J.C. Anthony

MADISON – J. C. Anthony, 73, died May 3, 2008, at St. Catherine’s Village, following a long illness.

  Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in the Chapel of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Highland Colony. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, at 2:30  p.m. on Tuesday.

  Born March 29, 1935, in Water Valley, Mr. Anthony was a son of the late Ray Jackson (Jack) and Corinne McNamee Anthony. As a young man, Mr. Anthony worked many jobs and excelled in sports. His love of sports and early exposure to Ole Miss athletics led to his lifelong love of Ole Miss and support of its programs and teams. He accepted athletic scholarships to Northwest Mississippi Junior College and Arkansas State University. After earning a degree from Arkansas State, Mr. Anthony coached at Marks and then Greenwood, meanwhile earning a masters degree from Ola Miss.

    He then coached at Southwestern (now Rhodes College) in Memphis.. His next position was Dean of Men and basketball coach at Millsaps College. In 1968, he became a sales rep for Hendrick Graduate Supply House in Jackson. For 32 years he traveled north Mississippi and western Tennessee. Mr. Anthony was a compelling salesman who earned the trust and friendship of his customers and co-workers, culminating in his induction into the Herff Jones Hall of Fame.

  Survivors include: his wife of 25 years, Cindy; sons, Michael Lee Anthony and Randy Forest Anthony; three grandchildren; an uncle, Pat (Mary) McNamee; an aunt, Sue Brasel; numerous cousins; and two stepsons, Rice Mellen and Philip Mellen.

  The family cannot adequately express their gratitude for the loving care and support of the St. Catherine’s Village Community throughout J. C.’s residence there. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Catherine’s Village Foundation or Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

William Earl Byford

 COFFEEVILLE: William Earl Byford, age 77, passed away Monday, May 5, 2008, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  He was a son of the late Elton and Bessie Jones Byford of Coffeeville. Mr. Byford served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years at Heat Craft/McQuay in Grenada and has served as a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Coffeeville from its inception.

  Funeral services will be at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, May 7, in Calvary Baptist Church at Coffeeville, with the committal following the service in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. James West will officiate the service.

  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Jaco Byford of Coffeeville; two daughters, Marlene Parker (Sonny), and Gail Holloway (Larry), both of Coffeeville; one brother, Charlie L. Byford of Coffeeville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Margie Lee McKinney Colclasure

WATER VALLEY –  Margie Lee McKinney Colclasure, 78, died April 18, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  She was born October 27, 1929 and was a homemaker and personal caregiver. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Water Valley.

  Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in First Assembly of God Church, Water Valley, with Bro. Carl McLain and Bro. R. W. Moffett officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County. National Funeral Home, Grenada, had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include three sons, Louis Colclasure of Courtland, Mike Colclasure and Timmy Joe Colclasure, both of Water Valley; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Wayne Harrison Chapman

COFFEEVILLE: Wayne Harrison Chapman died May 1, 2008, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley, where he had lived since February 2006.

  Born May 3, 1918 and reared in the Dividing Ridge Section of Yalobusha County, Mr. Chapman was the fourth of eight children born to Wayne Winston Chapman and Lillian Virginia Harrison Chapman. He graduated from Coffeeville High School in 1938 and attended Memphis School of Commerce. He was working at Consolidated Air Craft Company in San Diego, California when he married Virginia Morgan of Coffeeville on June 12, 1943.

    He and Virginia moved to New Orleans where he continued to work for Consolidate Air Craft Co. until the end of the war. His first child, Judy Lynn, was born there in 1945. After the war the family moved back to the Coffeeville Area. Mr. Chapman went to work for Orgil Brothers, a wholesaler of hardware in Memphis, where he continued to work as a salesman until he retired in August, 1985. His territory for Orgil included Water Valley, Coffeeville, Bruce, Calhoun City, Oxford and Grenada.

  Mr. Chapman was a deacon and active member of Coffeeville First Baptist Church for most of his adult life. He has also been a member Grenada First Baptist Church and of Water Valley First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Coffeeville. He owned and operated an 80 acre farm between Coffeeville and Water Valley for many years.

  Survivors include daughters, Judy Jones of Southaven, Mary Anderson of New Columbia, IL, Jan O’Connor of Fallston, MD, and Kay Farmer of Lewisburg, TN; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jenny Lou Chapman Pennington of Banning, CA.

  Services were held at ten o’clock in the morning Monday, May 5, in First Baptist Church, Coffeeville. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery. Viewing was on Sunday evening from 3-8 p.m. in Garner-Harper  Funeral Home at Coffeeville.

Rita Mays Regel

MEMPHIS – Rita Mays Regel, 77, of Memphis, formerly of Water Valley, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—Memphis.

  Funeral services were held at ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, May 3, in the Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, with interment following in Forest Hill East Cemetery on Whitten Road.

  Mrs. Regel retired after 32 years with Baptist Hospital.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Regel. Survivors include three children, Richard and Ed Regel, and Stella Davis; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Durline Murphree.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Awareness Fund or Baptist Trinity Hospice.

Annie Glynn Rogers

LEAGUE CITY, TX –  Born in Panola County, Mrs. Annie Glynn Rogers traveled with her military husband, the late Benjamin Houston (Hugh) Rogers, until settling in League City, Texas. She was a member of the League City United Methodist Church, the Sunshine Club and an honorary member of the League City Garden Club.

  Survivors include: a son, Glenn Houston Rogers, and his wife, Essie Mae Rogers, of League City; two granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Visitation was held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home Tuesday, May 6, beginning at one o’clock in the afternoon, with the funeral following at two o’clock. A committal service followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to Orwood Presbyterian Church. Send in care of: Tommy Webb, 258 CR 354, Oxford, MS 38655.

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