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Obituaries – Nov 20, 2008

Mike Samuels

SENATOBIA – Kenneth Michael (Mike) Samuels, 58, passed away Nov. 18 at Baptist DeSota Hospital. Visitation is Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. and services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Pate-Jones Funeral Home on Hwy. 51 south in Senatobia with burial following in the Pontotoc City Cemetery in Pontotoc.

Mike was a Baptist, an avid sportsman, a veteran of the US Navy and a past member of the Civitan Club and Woodmen of the World, among numerous other organizations. He leaves his wife, Becky Samuels of Senatobia; his daughter, Beth Samuels of Memphis; his mother, Quay Samuels of Water Valley; his sisters, Sue Cobern of Senatobia and Pam Timmons of Memphis. He also leaves his granddaughter, Zoe Seidman of Memphis.

Louise C. Myrick

WATER VALLEY – Louise C. Myrick, 83, of Water Valley passed away Thursday, November 13, 2008, at her residence.

    Born May 21, 1925, in Augusta, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late W. S. and Maggie Crouch. Mrs. Myrick was also preceded in death by her husband, A. J. “Jack” Myrick. She helped build airplanes during World War II in Jacksonville, Florida. Mrs. Myrick retired from Big Yank and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning, Monday, November 17, in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain presiding. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

    Mrs. Myrick is survived by a daughter, Vickie Navarro of Texas; three sons, Roy Beck of Douglasville, Georgia, A. J. “Andy” Myrick, Jr., M.D., of Birmingham, Alabama, and Andrew Jefferies Myrick of Texas; a sister, Evelyn Burrum of August, Georgia; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces.


Sherman Lee White

WATER VALLEY – Sherman Lee White, Sr., 72, died November 14, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Mr. White was born September 10, 1936. He was a construction worker, employed by Carothers Construction and a Baptist.

    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning, Tuesday, November, 18, in Bayson Chapel M.B. Church, Water Valley. Burial was in the church cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Grenada, had charge of arrangements.


C.W. Cox

WATER VALLEY: C. W. Cox, 83, died Tuesday, November 11, 2008, in the Mississippi State Veterans Home at Oxford.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Friday, November 14, in Linn Methodist Church, with Rev. Erin Grant and Rev. Danny Prater officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Mortimer Funeral Home, Inc. of Indianola in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Cox, born in Potts Camp June 29, 1922, was a son of the late Charlie W. and Fannie Bell Rorie Cox. He moved to Water Valley in 1990, after his retirement from the City of Greenville’s fire department. Mr. Cox was a member of First United Methodist Church in Water Valley. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, was a member of the American Legion, and the Firefighters Association of Mississippi.

    Survivors include: his wife, Helen (Nell) Cox of Water Valley; a daughter, Pam (Roger) Franck of Oxford; a sister, Katie Thomas of Slidell, Louisiana; and two grandsons, Ryne and Reid Bankston.


Ruby Lee Matthews

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Ruby Lee Matthews died Sunday, November 9, 2008, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

    She was born October 14, 1915 in Tillatoba, a daughter of the late Willie and Lizzie Booker Lee. She was a member of Sanders Chapel M.B. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lue James (Jimmy) Matthews, and sons, Lue James Matthews, Jr. and Lee V. Matthews, a great-grandchild, Darius Davidson; and eight siblings.

    She is survived by children, Dora (John) Black, Curtis (Ann) Matthews, and Lawrence (Louise) Matthews; two daughters-in-law, Earnestine Matthews and Katherine Matthews; a step-daughter, Mary (Fred) McSwine of LaGrande, Illinois; a brother, Ermon (Velma) Lee of Detroit, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Maggie Sanders of Water Valley and Helen Sanders of Detroit; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

     The funeral service was held Saturday, November 15, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Sanders Chapel M.B. Church, Water Valley, with Pastor Mitchell E. Steen officiating. Burial was in Sanders Chapel Memorial Garden with Anthony Matthews, Andrew Matthews, Barron Matthews, Rodney Gaston, Tommy Turner, and Derrick Stokes serving as pallbearers. Curtis Matthews, Lawrence Matthews, John Black, Willie Baker, Clayton Horton, Jeffery Matthews, Brian Steen, and Willie Whitfield were honorary pallbearers. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

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