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Obituaries – Dec 11, 2008

Margaret Duke

WATER VALLEY – Margaret Duke, age 81, of Water Valley died Friday, December 5, 2008, in Yalobusha General Hospital.

    Born June 12, 1927, in Lambert, Mrs. Duke was the daughter of the late Bailey P. and Fannie Stewart Horton. She worked at Big Yank and Holley Carburetor in Water Valley, and was a member of Springdale Family Worship Center.

    The funeral service was held Sunday, December 7, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Burial followed in Tabernacle Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

    Mrs. Duke is survived by three daughters, Ann Perkins of Scobey, Kathy McCharen of Water Valley, and Judie Davis of Cusetta, Georgia; four sons, Daniel M. Duke, Jr. of Hernando, Roger Duke of Water Valley, Lynn Duke of Edwards and David Duke of Scobey; three sisters, Helen Pollock of Horn Lake, Charlotte Butts of Southaven, and Betty Moore of Philadelphia; two brothers, Henry Horton of Horn Lake and Bobby Horton of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

    Along with her parents, Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her husband, D. M. Duke, one daughter, Wanda Ruth Hoase, and three brothers, J. C. Horton, B. P. Horton, and Jack Horton.


Ila Frances Stroupe

WATER VALLEY – Ila Frances Stroupe, 75, died Wednesday, December 3, 2008, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born in Lafayette County on February 18, 1933, Mrs. Stroupe was a daughter of the late Albert Joseph Wrenn and Dalia Idell Davis Wrenn. She received her degree from Blue Mountain College and was a retired educator, serving school systems in Yalobusha and Calhoun counties. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Water Valley.

    Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Lafayette County, on Saturday, December 6, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Pallbearers were her nephews. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

     Survivors include two sons, Mike Stroupe of Ripley and Al Stroupe (Lisa) of Dumas; four sisters, Gladys Blaker (Alton) of Grenada, Mary Baddley of Grant, Alabama, Elsie Allen (Cliff) of Batesville, Arkansas, and Esther Nelson of Water Valley; three brothers, Frank Wrenn of Oxford, A. J. Wrenn, Jr. (Lela) of Pearl River, Louisiana, and Stanley Wrenn (Deana) of Strawberry, Arkansas.

    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Hendrix and Betty Joe Wrenn, and two brothers, Arthur Wrenn and Roy Wrenn.


Arthur William Woodall Jr.

CHICAGO – Arthur William Woodall, Jr. died November 6, 2008.

     A private memorial service was held Saturday, November 29, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in Bellevue Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, with Reverend Hill officiating. Interment was in Oxford.

    Born April 16, 1942, in Yazoo County, Mr. Woodall was the first child of the late Arthur W. Woodall, Sr. and Mary Gladys Wesley Woodall. He accepted Christ as his personal savior in his later years.

    Mr. Woodall graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago. In March of 1964, he was united in holy matrimony to Linda Woodall, and in this loving bond four children were born, Stephanie, Anthony and Ursula. Later Mr. Woodall had two additional children, LaDonna and Tiffany. In the late 1980’s, he moved to Water Valley. He attended the Mississippi Police Academy and after working as a dedicated policeman, he later held the position as captain of one of Mississippi’s finest police departments. He also gained employment at the University of Mississippi, assisting in the Engineering department.

    Survivors include children, Stephanie (Stanley), Anthony (Jeanine), Ursula (Kenneth), LaDonna (Boise), and Tiffany, father-in-law, Edward Ezell; brothers, Thomas “Sonny” Jackson, Carl, and Gerald; sisters, Tushima and Ylanda; 16 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Woodall, a brother, Duryea Woodall, and sisters, Lucille Grey, and Doris Jean.

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