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Obituaries – March 26, 2009

Clory S. Hervey

WATER VALLEY – Clory Sanders-Hervey, 93, died March 15, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

    Born May 27, 1915, in Torrance, Mrs. Hervey was a daughter of the late Frank and Martha Ann Sanders. She was raised by Catherine Good-Sanders after the death of her mother. She confessed her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Coffeeville, where she worshiped until her health failed. She also attended church with her daughter, Eva, at Everdale Missionary Baptist Church in Water Valley. She was a homemaker. She was united in holy matrimony to Evans “Sugarfoot” Hervey in 1954, and to this union no children were born, but she assisted her husband in raising four children as her own.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, March 21, in Mt. Grove M.B. Church, with Pastor Jacob Hentz officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Water Valley, with grandsons, nephews and friends serving as pallbearers. Eddie Robinson Funereal Homes had charge of arrangements.

  She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her step-mother; one son, James E. Sanders; one step-son, Clement Hervey; two sisters, Emmaline (Beedee) Sanders-Roberts, and Willie Williams; five brothers, Leander, Alexander, Frank, Lonnie, and Oliver Sanders; four sisters-in-law, Christine, Pearl, Beth and Maggie Lee; and two grandchildren.

  Survivors include four children, Essie Johnson of Waterloo, Iowa, Leonard “Pee Wee” (Johnella) Sanders of Detroit, Mich., Eva Cook of Water Valley, and Eddie (Ruth) Sanders of Lathrup Village, Mich.; three step children, Zelma Brown, Bessie Gooch, and Walter Hervey of Utica, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

William Roy Fly

COFFEEVILLE – William Roy Fly, 65, passed away March 23, 2009, in Water Valley at his brother’s house.

  Born in Coffeeville, he was a son of the late Fletcher “Buddy” and Louise Bankston Fly. He was retired from Heatcraft in Grenada and had also worked as a farmer. He was a member of Goshen Memorial Chapel in Coffeeville.

  The funeral service will be held in Goshen Memorial Chapel Wednesday, March 25, at eleven o’clock in the morning, with Rev. Wayne Sheffield presiding. The committal will be held in Goshen Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley has charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include two brothers, Fletcher Fly, Jr. of Coffeeville and Manche Benjamin “Benny” Fly of Water Valley; two special nephews, Scott Stovall and Jagger Stovall; and nine nieces and nephews.

Helen Scott Carter Melton

MEMPHIS – Helen Scott Carter Melton died early Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee.

  Born in Oxford, November 21, 1940, she was 68. The daughter of Helen Caulfield Carter Simpson of Memphis and the late Ira Scott Carter, Helen leaves her mother, her husband, the Rev. William Melton, and her daughter, Lydia Melton, both of Nashville, and a brother, Doug Carter, of Rosemark, and several nieces and nephews. Helen Scott was the granddaughter of the late Albert Douglas and Helen Leland Caulfield and the late Chelsie “Pop” and Birdie Carter, all of Water Valley. Until recently, Helen and Bill Melton had lived in Memphis, where he has served as pastor of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, and taught at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Early in her adult life, Helen had worked for a doctor, and later had her own antique business. Since Bill’s retirement, they had been active at First Presbyterian Church, Memphis, where Helen worked faithfully with the Clothes Closet and the Soup Kitchen. She also enjoyed working with the flowers at the church.

  Friday, March 13, following a private interment, a beautiful Service of Witness to the Resurrection was held in Memory of Helen Scott at First Presbyterian Church, Memphis, with the minister, the Rev. C. V. “Bo” Scarbrough, and Ellen Roberds, former assistant minister, officiating.

Eudora C. Woodard

TILLATOBA – Eudora C. Woodard, 95, passed away March 21, 2009, in Grenada Lake Medical Center.

  Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Woodard was a daughter of the late Leroy and Emily Fondren Carothers. She was an elementary school teacher for 32 years. Mrs. Woodard was a member of Pleasant Hill M.B. Church in Tillatoba, the Bible Club and the Mt. Moriah District Association.

  A graveside service was held in the New Providence Cemetery in Panola County on Tuesday, March 24, at ten o’clock in the morning. The service was conducted by Rev. Robert Reed, with Seven Oak Funeral Home handling the arrangements.

  Mrs. Woodard is survived by: a son, Percy Robinson, Jr. of Tillatoba; four step-daughters; one step son; and a host of nieces and nephews.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Percy Robinson, Sr. and Wilson Woodard, three sisters; and two brothers.

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