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Obituaries – Oct 23, 2008

Edward H. House

SOUTHAVEN – Edward H. House, 77, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2008. Services were held Sunday, October 19 at Forest Hill South. Burial was in Forest Hill South Cemetery. Mr. House served as an Air Force Tech. Sergeant, retiring after 22 years.

    After his retirement he ran his own logging business in Charleston, S.C., and was a member of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C. He was born in Water Valley to Joe and Callie House.  

    He was preceded in death by his first wife Virginia Nell House. He leaves his wife Nellie Cantrell House of Southaven; a sister, Mary E. Inman-Milstead of Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Joseph Dencil House of Bartlett, Tenn., and Larry Dale House of Water Valley; and many friends and family in Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

Samuel Coleman Person

WATER VALLEY: Samuel Coleman Person, 64, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2008 at his home.  

    He was born on July 31, 1944 in Water Valley to the late Presley and Thelma Whalen Person II. He was retired from the United States Air Force and NIBCO – a Water Valve Manufacturer.

The family received friends at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 from 1:00PM-2:00 PM. The funeral service was at 2:00 PM Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Dickerson officiating. Interment was in Bethlehem Cemetery in the Velma Community with Ron Person Dustin Person, Cody Person, Trey Pipkin, Dalton Zinn, Tyler Mills, James Person, and Chris Mills serving as honorary pallbearers.

Samuel is survived by: Daughter, Elaine Staton with husband Stan of Jonesboro, AR; son, Bryn Person of Jonesboro, AR; Sisters, Emma Coleman of Water Valley, MS and Dorothy Rudy of Ofallon, MO; brother, Presley C. Person III of Panama City Beach, FL.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by: sisters, Mildred Provenza and Mary Nell Johnston; and brothers, Billy B. Person and Robert Person.

In leau of flowers memorials may be made to the Veteran’s Administration or American Cancer Society.

James “Jimmy” Woodard

WATER VALLEY – The season and the time came for James “Jimmy” Woodard on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, in Yalobusha General Hospital at 6:58 p.m.

  Mr. Woodard was born April 8, 1917 to the late Clinton and Rachel (Vann) Woodard. He confessed hope in Christ at an early age and united with Rocky Mountain M.B. Church and later united with Pine Grove East M.B. Church.

  James, a loving husband and a devoted father, supported his family by farming and factory work. He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Vergia Lee Belcher on June 30, 1940. To this blessed union 13 children were born.

  The fond memories of “Nit Daddy” will be forever cherished by his children including James (Dorothy) Woodard, Cleotis Woodard, Maggie (Talmage) Grays of Chicago, Linda Robinson of Markham, Illinois, L. C. (Nita) Woodard of Shreveport, Louisiana, Lottie Daniels of DeRidder, Louisiana, Ricky (Rose) Woodard of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Christina Woodard, Ida Chapman, Claire Gooch, and Catherine Harris, all of Water Valley. He also leaves one brother, Clinton (Clara Lee) Woodard, Jr. of Memphis; two sisters, Bettye Woodard and Edith Woodard, both of Water Valley, nine sisters-in-law, and two brothers-in-law.

  Two children Odessa Lust and Georgia Woodard, five brothers, Luther, Alvin, Dave, Bill, L. V., and L. D. Woodard, and two sisters, Mary Telford and Ivory Belcher, preceded him in death.

  His legacy continues through his 34 grandchildren and many great and great-great granchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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