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Obituaries – Jan. 8, 2009

Nell Jernigan Butts

BRANDON – On January 1, 2009, Nell Jernigan Butts left her earthly home for her heavenly home. Born June 25, 1908, she had celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Graveside services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, January 3, in Maben Memorial Gardens at Maben. Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon was in charge of arrangements.

    Nell was a woman of strength and many talents. As a young woman she loved sports and played basketball and tennis at Derma High School. She met Rev. Stanton M. Butts, a young Methodist pastor, and they married and to this union was born six children.

  Rev. and Mrs. Butts pastored many churches in the North Mississippi Methodist Conference area for many, many years. Nell was his constant and faithful helpmate and was a great asset as a pastors wife. She was a very talented homemaker, seamstress and famous cook. It was a wonderful treat to eat at her table and eat her wonderful homemade rolls and all her cooking.

    She has spent the last seven years of her life at the Heritage House of Castlewood Assisted Living where she received much tender love, care and joy. She enjoyed watching all types of sports on TV and had all her favorite teams and players. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.

    She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Sally Jernigan; five siblings; and her husband, Rev. Stanton Butts.

    She is survived by: her six children, daughter, Martha Ann McCarter of Port Arthur, TX, sons, Clovis Butts (Pat) of Dixon, TN, Geroge Butts (Carolyn) of Brandon, Don Butts (Linda) of Louisville, KY, Benny Butts (Kate) of Water Valley, and Charlie Butts (Nita) of Brandon; twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

    The Butts family lived in Water Valley from 1959-1961, when Rev. Butts was pastor of First United Methodist Church.


Irene Holt House

WATER VALLEY – Irene Holt House, 94, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

    Born May 24, 1914 in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Ollie Hollinger Holt. She was a homemaker and a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church.

    The funeral was held Tuesday, January 6, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Freddie Moorman conducting the service. Burial was in Turkey Creek Cemetery with Billy Stark, Bob Williams, Charles Heath, and Earl Stacey as pallbearers.

    Survivors include: her son, Larry Dale House, and his wife, Margie, of Pueblo West, CO; a sister, Estelle Box of Water Valley; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harold S. (Jack) House, and a brother, T. J. Holt.


Mary Christine Newman Wilson

BANNER – Mrs. Mary Christine Newman Wilson, 94, died December 29, 2008, in Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home, Calhoun City.

    Born October 21, 1914, Mrs. Wilson was a daughter of the late Willie S. Newman and Laura P. Morgan Newman. Her husband was the late Freeman C. Wilson. She was a retired employee of Big Yank Corporation, Water Valley, and a member of Drivers Flat Baptist Church.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon December 31 in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel at Bruce, with Rev. Roy Wilson and Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating. Burial was in the Banner Cemetery with Eddie Morris, Dwayne Morris, Nathan Hodges, Ricky Wilson, Paul Wilson, Rodney Naramore, and Edward Huckaby serving as pallbearers. An honorary pallbearer was Larry Davis.

    Survivors include a daughter, Opal Wilson Newman, and her husband, Ralph, of Paris; three sons, Gene Wilson, Wife Jeanie, of Tula, Rev. Roy C. Wilson and Wife Nell, of Nesbit, and James C. Wilson and Wife Pat of Banner; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

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