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Obituaries – Jan. 29, 2009

Mildred Wood Harmon

DIXIE, LA. – Mildred Wood Harmon, 92, passed away in Dixie, LA, where she lived for the past 3 years.  

  She was born to the late Clint and Irene King Wood in Water Valley.  She and her husband of 69 years, Frank Leon Harmon, were former residents of Water Valley, for 30 years.  She graduated – with a BS from the Business School of Commerce at the University of Mississippi and earned an additional 60 hours of college credit from the University of Arkansas and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, LA.  

    She was a member of the Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA and former member of the First Baptist Church in Water Valley.  She also was a member of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, American Association University Women, American Contract Bridge League, ADK Teachers Sorority, and the Water Valley Garden Club.

    Services were held Saturday, January 24,  in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Bain presiding.  Burial followed in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Water Valley, with Michael Daniels, Alex Daniels, Jonathon Harmon, Kenneth Baxter, Mark Bissell, Guy Bumpas, and Mark Bonds serving as pallbearers.

Mrs. Harmon is survived by two daughters, Camilla Harmon Baxter of Collierville, Tenn. and Eleanor Harmon Hilsenrath of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; a son, Dr. Frank Wood Harmon of Dixie, La.; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Baxter, Lesley Baxter Bonds, Kenneth Baxter, Dr. Michael Daniels, Paul Daniels, Alex Daniels, Holly Harmon Bissell, Hayley Harmon Bumpas, Jonathon Harmon and Kendall Harmon; and seven great grandchildren.

    Along with her parents, Mrs. Harmon was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Leon Harmon (September 15, 2007) and one sister, Elsie Wood McKinney.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church P.O. Box 1472, Water Valley, MS  38965 or Broadmoor Baptist Church – Senior Adult Division 4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA  71105.

Newman Merritt

WATER VALLEY – Newman Merritt, 85, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2009, at his home in Water Valley.

  Born October 13, 1923, in Wayne County, he was the son of Fletcher and Mamie Eplin Merritt. He was the Postmaster at Lundale, W.Va. and was a painter. Mr. Merritt served as a Marine during World War II and was a member of the VFW in Man, W.Va. As a Scoutmaster, he attained the highest award and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

  The funeral service was held Sunday, January 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. William Milam presiding. The committal was held in Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County, with Bobby Goodwin, Craig Goodwin, Scott Stewart, Darrell Montgomery, Dwayne Potts, and Richard Hill serving as pallbearers.

  He is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Christine Merritt of Water Valley; four daughters, Judy Bergeron of Washington, D.C.; Sandra Oldaker of Chipley, Fla., Lessie Watts of Oxford, and Jo Ann Potts of Water Valley; two sons, Jessie Adams of Coffeeville and David Wayne Adams of Water Valley; a daughter-in-law, Amy Glasgow; two sisters, Violet Merritt of Newark, Ohio, and Shirley Merritt of Huntington, W.Va.; four brothers, Edward Merritt of Fayetteville, W.Va., Chester Merritt of Newark, Ohio, Denver Merritt of Carmi, Ill., Ted Merritt of Huntington, W.Va.; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Merritt.

Mark Stephen Moore

REISTERSTOWN, MD.: Mark Stephen Moore, age 30, of Reisterstown, Maryland, died Sunday, January 18, 2009, at his home.

  Born August 4, 1978, in Tupelo, he was a self-employed mechanic, who loved fishing, cars, and motorcycles. He had been a member of the Westminister Moose Lodge.

  The funeral service was held Friday, January 23, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Chapel of Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford, with Bro. Bradley Bagwell officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Leaf Cemetery, Oxford.

  Survivors include: a daughter, Cheyenne Nicole Moore, and her mother, Jennifer Fryman, both of Taneytown, Maryland; his parents, Phyllis Marie Rikard Moore of Reisterstown, Maryland, and Johnny Moore of Oxford; two sisters, Delores Ruth of Reisterstown, and Cathy Hopper of Water Valley.

  If desired, contributions to help with funeral cost may be sent to the funeral home.

Princess C. McClendon

HAVELOCK, N.C. – Princess C. McClendon departed this life January 20, 2009.

  Born October 31, 1943 in Chicago, she was a daughter of the late Odell McClendon and Princess E. Harris. At the age of 16, Mrs. McClendon came to know God, joining the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Chicago. She was a graduate of Chicago Vocational High School. Years later she decided to further her education by attending Malcolm X College in Chicago, where she earned a degree as an efficiency engineer. She worked in this field and many others during her life.

    Her greatest joys were jobs that involved working with people, especially children, and taking lots of pictures. She had a deep love for life and animals, with a special fondness for birds. She also loved the environment and hated to see anything wasted. She was a giving person and supported charitable organizations over her lifetime. St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Feed the Children were her favorites. She attended the Havelock Church of Christ, was a member of the Havelock Fifties Club, and visited the Havelock Senior Center on a regular basis. She was preceded in death by her beloved Herbert Laws.

  She is survived by: her loving mother, Princess E. Harris; children, Anthony H. McClendon and his wife, Patricia, Florence D. America, and Dorthea Watkins, and her husband, Chris; ten grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends.

  A memorial service was held at five o’clock in the evening Friday, January 23, in Cherry Point Church of Christ, Havelock, North Carolina.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to National Audubon Society, 225 Barwick St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014.

Lynrose Early Williamson

VICKSBURG – Lynrose Early Williamson died Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 85.

  Mrs. Williamson was a native of Yalobusha County and had lived in Vicksburg for the past 60 years. She was a graduate of Mississippi University for Women and retired from the Mississippi State Extension Service as a home economist. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, where she was in the Priscilla Sunday School Class.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Williamson; her parents, Eva and Charles Early; two brothers, Wayne Curtis Early and Harold Vance Early; four sisters, Myrtle O. Burns, Pauline Bloodworth, Zola Belle Fielder, and Loyce Raulerson.

  Survivors include: one daughter, Lynette W. Fuller of Vicksburg; two brothers, Gerald Early of Cascilla and Charles L. Early, Jr. of Horn Lake; one sister, Iona Early of West Memphis, Arkansas; and two grandchildren, Corey and Susan Fuller.

  Services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, January 24, in Glenwood Funeral Home, with Dr. John G. McCall, Dr. Matt Buckles, and Rev. Jim Hess officiating. Burial followed in Green Acres Memorial Park, with Mark Chaney, Arthur Lagg, Calvin Pugh, Edmund McMaster, Robert Peters, and David Haworth as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Priscilla Sunday School Class, the staff and volunteers of Patient’s Choice Hospice, Dr. Dan Edney and Geneveve Berry.

  Memorial may be made to Mississippi University for Women, 1100 College St., Columbus, MS 39701-5800, or to Baptist Children’s Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.

Ernestine Few Wood

MEMPHIS – Ernestine Few Wood, 95, of Memphis passed away Wednesday, January 21 at Baptist East Hospital.  She was born December 5, 1913 near Water Valley, MS.  For 46 years she worked for Bluff City Buick and was a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church.  

    She is survived by a sister, Thelma Learned and many nieces and nephews.  Her niece, Cindy Pittman, and her husband, David, niece Donna Floyd and a cousin, Frances Hester, cared for her.  Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her brothers, Calvin Few, Charles Few, Mabry Few, and Hunter Few and sister, Jewel Few.  

    Graveside services were held Saturday, January 24, at Pisgah Cemetery located between Water Valley and Coffeeville.

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