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Obituaries – Dec 4, 2008

Philip L. Long

WATER VALLEY – Philip L. Long, 64, died November 30, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Mr. Long was born December 29, 1943. He was retired from Wal-Mart in Oxford, having worked in maintenance. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of Cornerstone Full Gospel Church in Water Valley.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4, in Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, Water Valley, with Rev. R. W. Moffett officiating. National Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Joyce C. Long of Water Valley; daughters, Alta Lynn Hughes, Stephanie Loie Smith, and Pamela Denise Colclasure, all of Water Valley; a son, Clay Ferguson of Water Valley; one sister, Sharon Johnson of Independence, Missouri; three grandsons; and two granddaughters.


Natasha Nicole Woodard

WATER VALLEY – Natasha Nicole Woodard died November 21, 2008, the result of an automobile accident.

    Born June 12, 1984, in Grenada, Miss Woodard was the only child of  Shonna Rena Woodard and Wesley Denoise White. To her friends and family she was known as “Tasha.” She accepted Christ at an early age and united with Pine Grove Baptist Church. She was a 2002 graduate of Water Valley High School and in May 2008 she received her Certified Nurses Assistant degree from Northwest Community College. She was employed by the Veterans Home in Oxford.

    The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 26, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Water Valley Civic Auditorium, with Rev. Amos Sims officiating, assisted by Rev. Johnny Roland, pastor. Interment was in the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Water Valley, with Melvin Woodard, Lenair Person, Gregory Woodard, Dwayne McNeal, Ronnie Person, and Jahari McNeal as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Sherman White, Jr., Donivan Henderson, Freddrick Covington, Jordan Woodard, DeMarc White, and Leon White. Arrangements were by Eddie Robinson & Son Funeral Home, Batesville.

    Survivors include: her mother, Shonna Rena Woodard of Southaven; her father, Wesley “DeDe” White of Water Valley; grandmothers, Callie Woodard and Willie Mae Turner, both of Water Valley; great-grandfather, Grafton (Valarie) Walls of Chicago; great-grandmother Edith Woodard of Water Valley; and Godmother Jeanette Thomas of Memphis.  She also leaves a hosts of aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, and a special friend, Terrell Shaw.

    Two grandparents, Horace Grigsby and Sehrman White, Sr., and a great-grandmother, Victoria White, preceded her in death.


Sherman Lee White

WATER VALLEY – Sherman Lee White, Sr. died November 14, 2008.

    Born (September 10, 1936) and reared in Water Valley, Mr. White was the third child born to the late Charlie and Victoria McFarland White. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Annie V. White Mickey. He attended Water Valley High School. Mr. White confessed hope in Christ at an early age and united with Bayson Chapel M.B. Church.

    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning November 18 in Bayson Chapel M.B. Church, with Rev. Amos Sims officiating. Interment was in the Bayson Chapel Cemetery, with James Daniel, Ralphael Hayes, Dwayne McNeal, Rickey Mickey, Jeffrey White, and Chris Yancy serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Bayton Chapel M.B. Church. Arrangements were by Eddie Robinson Funeral Home, Water Valley.

    Survivors include nine children, Leon White and Brenda F. White of Oxford, Sherman L. (Wyanda) White, Jr., Denoris (Ann) White and Keith White of Water Valley, Shelia (Larry) McNeal of Tampa, Florida, DeMarc (Debra) White of Tupelo, Melonie S. (Rodney) Anthony of Dallas, Texas, and Shebra Miller of Davenport, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles (Dori) White of Chicago and Fred E. (Betty) White of Water Valley; three sisters, Mary Lynn (Cornelius) Hairston of Oxford, Wonso Geneveth (Naylond) Hayes of Holly Springs, and Mattie Hence of Detroit, Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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