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Obituaries – Feb. 19, 2009

Lottie Mae Glass Fox

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Lottie Mae Glass Fox, 104 years old, died February 6, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

  Mrs. Fox was born February 5, 1905. She was retired and was a member of Everdale Missionary Baptist Church. She was the oldest of 15 children, all of whom preceded her in death.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, February 14 at noon in Everdale M.B. Church, with Reverend Phillip Brackett officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Water Valley, with Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include a son, Willie Fox of Water Valley; seven daughters, Opal Trice and Ellar Harris, both of Shannon, Bernice Minor of Water Valley, Amy Woodard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Molly Simmons of Long Beach, California, Dolly R. Fant and Catherine Brown, both of Water Valley.

  Mrs. Fox was the grandmother of Elaine Robinson, affiliated with Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.

Ernest David Kisner, Jr.

BRUCE – Ernest David  Kisner, Jr., 72, died Monday, February 9, 2009, at his home in Bruce.

  Born March 3, 1936, in Paris, he was a son of the late E. D. and Cathey Kisner. He worked for many years at Big Yank Corp. in Water Valley, and was a member of the Army National Guard. He held memberships in the First United Methodist Church in Paris, the Masonic Lodge in Bruce, the Oddfellows, and was an avid sports fan of Ole Miss and the St. Louis Cardinals.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, February 12, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. David Poyner presiding. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery in Lafayette County, with David R. Kisner, Jerry Saxton, Davy Doss, Ernie Doss, Johnny Nichols, and Benjamin Bagwell serving as pallbearers.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Maynor, and two brothers, John Kisner and James Kisner.

  Survivors include his wife, Christine Kisner of Bruce; a daughter, Pamela Albrecht of Jackson; a stepdaughter, Teresa Nichols of Vardaman; a son, David R. Kisner of Ocean Springs; three step-sons, Davy Doss of Bruce, Glenn Doss of Starkville, and Ernie Doss of Bruce; a sister, Ernestine Simon of Chicago; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Faye Denley Lancaster

COFFEEVILLE – Dorothy Faye Denley Lancaster, 72, of Coffeeville died Friday, February 13, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

  Born November 19, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Ruby Richards Denley.

  The funeral service was held Monday, February 16, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Broom Cemetery Chapel in Coffeeville, with Rev. Mike Ramage officiating. Interment followed in Broom Cemetery with Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include: two daughters, Stacy Martin of Madison, Ala. and Bridgette Ramage of Calhoun City; two sons, Donnie Martin of Coffeeville and Travis Martin of Jackson; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Jones of Biloxi and Emma Redwine of Byhalia.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Ruby Richards Denley; one son, Ronnie Martin; and one brother, Durwood Denley.

Maggie Lee Sanders

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Maggie Lee Sanders, 91, died January 31, 2009, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  She was a native of Yalobusha County and a member of Mt. Grove M.B. Church. Mrs. Sanders was a retired line operator for BorgWarner in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held Friday, February 6, in Mt. Grove M.B. Church, with Rev. Jacob Hentz officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville Cemetery, with Hodges Serenity Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include two daughters, Martha Jenkins of Water Valley and Dorothy Sanders-Thompson of Jackson; three sons, Cleve Sanders of Water Valley, Frank Sanders and Ulylessie Sanders of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Helen Sanders of Detroit; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leander “Coon” Sanders, one daughter, and five sons.

Dorothy Nell Turner Spearman

BRUCE: Mrs. Dorothy Nell Turner Spearman, 80, died February 15, 2009, in Darlington Oaks Hospice, Vernona.

  Mrs. Spearman was born September 17, 1928, in Bruce. She was retired from BorgWarner, where she was a Quality Operator. She was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Creston H. Spearman, and her parents, James Andrew Turner and Mary Maggie Massey Turner.

  The funeral service will be held at one o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, February 19, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Bruce, with Rev. Keith Benefield and Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery, with  John Campbell, Tony Cain, Terry Dean Cain, Jerry Turner, Steve Turner, and Gene Shanks as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Thomas Campbell, Sr., Kenneth Cain, Eugene Spearman, and Dwight Spearman,

  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, at the funeral home.

  Survivors include: one daughter, Debora Wright Berry of Olive Branch; one son, James E. Wright, Jr. of Nesbit; two sisters, Brenda Ann Campbell of Bruce and Maxine Cain of Banner; one brother, Delaine Turner of Bruce; one grandchild, Jason E. Wright of Hernando; and two great-grandchildren.

  Memorials may be made to: Save 1 Pet, P. O. Box 1335, Olive Branch, MS 38654; or Darlington Oaks Community Hospice Care.

Thomas S. Swearengen

WATER VALLEY – Thomas S. “Tommy” Swearengen, 72, of Water Valley, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, in Yalobusha General Hospital.

  The funeral service was held in Water Valley First Baptist Church on Saturday, February 14, at ten o’clock in the morning, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Anita McGehee sang and with Mrs. Lecia Bain as the accompanist. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley, with Melvin Ford, Baxter Jones, Hal Hughes, Bob Tyler, Joe Lowe, Jack Gurner, Dr. Paul Odom, and Dalton Rogers as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were, Mary Lou Jones, Barbara Hughes, Dale Tyler, Cecil Ford, Jessie Gurner, Erv Odom, Dot Knox, Larry Bell, Butch Hayles and Dr. Odom’s Sunday School Class. National Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

  Born December 16, 1936 in Tillatoba, Mr. Swearengen was a son of the late Thomas and Louise Swearengen. He was a member of Water Valley First Baptist Church. Mr. Swearengen was a Navy veteran. He was a retired business owner and real estate investor. Mr. Swearengen had served as an alderman for the City of Water Valley for the past seven years. An avid fisherman and hunter, he enjoyed the outdoors very much and was a member of the Rocky Point Hunting Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Earl Swearengen.

  Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Betty Ruth McCulley Swearengen of Water Valley; a daughter, Sherry Gray (Donald) of Water Valley; a son, Steve Swearengen (Brenda) of Nesbit; six grandchildren; Austin Gray, Lee Gray, Conner Gray, Jessica Pool, Heather McCraw, and Zack McGraw; and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Swearengen of Madison; and one sister, Genora Holloway of Water Valley.

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