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Obituaries – Aug. 28, 2008

Karen Bennett

COFFEEVILLE – Karen Bennett, 43, of Coffeeville died at her home Sunday, August 24, 2008.

  Karen was a member of Elam Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

  Visitation was held in the Chapel of Elam Baptist Church beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 26. The service began at 2 p.m., following visitation, with Bro. Don Thornburg and Bro. Rick Glidwell serving as ministers. Burial followed in the Elam Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of the service.

  Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey Bennett of Coffeeville; a daughter, April Renee Crowe of Coffeeville; three step-daughters, Amanda Fletcher of Coffeeville, Keri Bennett of Enid, and Alyssa Bennett of Coffeeville; a son, Ryan Crowe of Coffeeville; and one step-son, Neal Bennett of Coffeeville; one sister, Anita Billings of St. Louis, MO;  one brother, Anthony Clay Davis of Coffeeville; her mother, Josephine Wright Davis of Water Valley; her stepfather, William Davis; her grandmother, Mary Harris of Water Valley; a grandchild; and a  step grandchild.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Clay T. Davis.

  Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America. P. O. Box 631047, Baltimore, MD 21263-1047.

Billy Houpt

WATER VALLEY– Billy Houpt, 79, died Wednesday, August 20, at his son’s home in Panola County.

  Mr. Houpt was first a farmer, owning land in Lafayette, Yalobusha and Calhoun Counties. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was also a retired Mississippi Highway Patrolman. Mr. Houpt was a Baptist.

  The funeral service for Mr. Houpt was held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley Saturday, August 23, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Rev. Doug Pepper officiating. Burial followed in Orrwood Cemetery. Mr. Houpt was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Locke Houpt.

  Survivors include: his daughter, Billie Houpt of Irving, Texas; his son, Michael Houpt, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Willard Houpt; granddaughter, Amanda Joy Houpt, all of Water Valley. He also leaves a sister, Bonnie Purvis of Toccopola, and a brother, Mike Inman of Oxford. Memorials may be sent to the Orrwood Cemetery Fund, c/o Tommy Webb, 258 CR 354, Oxford, MS 38655.


Rev. Jim A. Lindsey

COFFEEVILLE – Rev. Jim A. Lindsey, 68, passed away August 24, 2008, at his home in Coffeeville.

  Born March 29, 1940, in Ripley, he was a retired Baptist Minister and a member of Elliot Baptist Church in Grenada.

  Visitation will be Wednesday, August 27, from 1 p.m. at graveside, until service time. The service will begin at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Delay Baptist Church Cemetery at Water Valley, with Rev. E. K. Gordon presiding. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  Bro. Jim is survived by: his wife, Veronica Lindsey of Coffeeville; two step-daughters, Amanda Boyd of Laurel and Becky Boyd of Coffeeville; a sister, Barbara Soldan of Memphis; and a step-grandchild, Jackson Wayne Boyd.

Troy Mardis

OXFORD: Troy Mardis, 68, of Oxford, passed away August 20, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born March 6, 1940, in Tippah County, Mr. Mardis was a son of the late Clyde and Quay Joslin Mardis. He was the owner of Mardis Truck Service. Mr. Mardis was a deacon in Calvary Hill Church of Christ at Oxford.

  The funeral service was held Friday, August 22, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Johnny Richardson presiding. Burial followed in Church Grove Cemetery.

  Survivors include: his wife, Opal Brewer Mardis of Oxford; one daughter, Lori Scruggs (Steve) of Batesville; a son, Edward Mardis (Gail) of Oxford; three brothers, Aaron Mardis of Byhalia, Larry Joe Mardis of Oxford, and Sammy Mardis of Tiplersville; and seven grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Newell Mardis.

Bryan Scott Poteete

GRENADA – Bryan Scott Poteete of Grenada died Sunday, August 17, 2008, after a long bout with cancer.

  Born Thursday, February 1, 1968, he was a son of Barbara and Bobby Poteete of Water Valley. He was a graduate of Bruce High School and a Methodist. Mr. Poteete was a self-employed carpenter.

  He is survived by his life partner, Lisa Vance of Grenada; his children, twins, Blake and Ashley Poteete of Big Creek; and his parents, Barbara and Bobby Poteete of Water Valley.

  Scott was preceded in death by his brother, Steve.

  A graveside service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, August 21, in Oak Hill Cemetery, with Bro. David Graham officiating.

Billy Weems

MARION, AR: Billy Weems, 77, of Marion, Arkansas passed away on August 14, 2008, in Methodist University Hospital, Memphis.

  Graveside services were held Saturday, August 16, in Caraway Cemetery, Caraway, Arkansas, with Rev. Lyndal Dale officiating. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Arkansas was in charge of arrangements.

  Mr. Weems was a retired iron worker and an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War.

  Survivors include: his wife, Elwanda England Weems of Marion; a daughter, Melinda Morse (Todd) of Fletcher, N.C.; a son, Joel D. Weems (Dabney) of Oxford; a sister, Wanda W. Larson (Bill) of Water Valley; and two grandsons.

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