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Obituaries – Apr 16, 2009

Garner Shelton Baker

WATER VALLEY – Garner Shelton Baker, age 85, of Water Valley, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in the State Veteran’s Home of Oxford.

  The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, March 28, in Sylva Rena Baptist Church with Bro. James West officiating. Burial followed in Sylva Rena Cemetery, with Donnie Dunigan, Elvis Camp, Kent Hersey, Joe Black, Eddie Hyde, and David Wallice, as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Gardner and Edwin Bonner. National Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

  Born April 20, 1923, in Tallahatchie County, Mr. Baker was a son of the late Everette and Dora Belle Baker. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Travis Baker and W. C. Baker. Mr. Baker was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iwo Jima and Guam during World War II and later in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, during the Korean Conflict. He also served ten years in the National Guard. He was a life member of VFW Post 4100 in Water Valley. Mr. Baker was employed as a Parts Manager at Henson Implement Company in Charleston before he retired.

  Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean Baker of Water Valley; one daughter, Shirley Loges of Port Arthur, Texas; one son, Tom Baker of Oakland; one sister, Nina Rogers of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Lea Wallice, Thomas B. Baker, Sasha Hyde, and Amanda Dawn Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Chapel and Ethan Hyde.


Barbara E. Newton Frady

COFFEEVILLE – Barbara E. Newton Frady, 48, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Jackson at the University Medical Center.

  Born in Alturas, Florida, she was a daughter of the late Lehman and Dorothy Ptak Jordan. She was a homemaker.

  Visitation will be Wednesday, April 15, from 1 p.m. until service time. The funeral service will be held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley, at two o’clock in the afternoon. Rev. Don Thornburg will officiate. The committal will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Coffeeville, with Gene Hill, Steven Newton, Glen Thompson, Paul E. Frady, Shawn Davis, and Homer Melton, serving as pallbearers..

  Survivors include her husband, Paul S. Frady of Coffeeville; daughters, Lisa Thompson and Tracy Oconer, both of Crestview, Fla.; a son, Steven J. Newton of Crestview, Fla.; step-daughters, Kim L. Frady of Kosiusko and Tammy J. Payne of McAdams; a step-son, Paul Eric Frady of Montgomery, Ala.; sisters, Carolyn Sendiski of Montogomery, Ala. and Betty Paul of Paxton, Fla.; two grandchildren, James and Joseph Thompson; and several nieces and nephews.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Jordan and Margaret Golden.


Edna Goodwin Perkins

WATER VALLEY – Edna Goodwin Perkins, 61, passed away Monday, April 13, 2009, in Water Valley at her residence.

  Born in Serepta, she was a daughter of the late Alfred Clyde and Mildred Starks Nichols. She was a homemaker and a member of Sand Hill Methodist Church in Yalobusha County.

  Services will be held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at ten o’clock in the morning, Wednesday, April 15, with Rev. Virgil Lynn Nelson and Rev. Roger Hunter officiating. The committal will be in Antioch Cemetery in Calhoun County, with J. P. Nelson, Robbie Goodwin, David Adams, Billy Goodwin, Randy Nelson, and Daren Smith serving as pallbearers. Philip Ross was an honorary pallbearer.

  Mrs. Perkins is survived by her husband, Guy B. Perkins of Water Valley; daughters, Kathy Goad (Travis), Melissa Goodwin, Carolyn Kelly (Gary), and Melinda Files (Mack), all of Water Valley; a son, Bobby Goodwin (Alma)  of Water Valley; sisters, Linda Doolin of Bruce, Lucille Melton of Bruce, and Eva Dover of Sardis; a brother, A. C. Nichols of Valpraiso, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Will Goodwin; a step-son, Chris Elmore; and a brother, Steve Nichols.


Edith Woodard

WATER VALLEY – Ms. Edith Woodard died Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, April 9, in the Water Valley Civic Center, with Rev. George Forrest officiating. Interment was in Rocky Mountain M.B. Church Cemetery, with Wilton Telford, Wade Woodard, Ronnie Person, Lenair Person, Frank Belcher, Steve Woodard, Dale Woodard, and Keith Woodard as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were George L. Woodard, Ricky Caldwell, Gregory Woodard, Melvin Woodard, George O. Woodard, Rodney W. Henderson, Kelvin Woodard, and Roger Caldwell. Eddie Robinson & Son Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  Born February 13, 1934, in Water Valley, Ms. Woodard was a daughter of the late Clinton and Rachel Vann Woodard. She was a member of Rocky Mount M.B. Church, where she served as an usher until her health began to fail. She was well known in the community for doing house work and catering food. Her cooking will be dearly missed. She was passionate about gardening and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

  She leaves five daughters, Callie Woodard-Grigsby, Laura Caldwell, Shirley Gillard, Debra Woodard, and Sandra Woodard, all of Water Valley; three sons, John Hall, George O. (Janet) Woodard of Water Valley, and George L. (Nora) Woodard of Memphis; one sister, Betty Woodard of Water Valley; one brother, Clinton (Clara) Woodard, Jr. of Memphis; two sisters-in-law, Martha Woodard and Inez Woodard of Water Valley; a special grandson whom she raised, Fredrick (Ashley) Covington; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Telford and Ivory Belcher, seven brothers, L. D. Luther, Alvin, Bill, L. V., Dave, and James Woodard; one grandchild, Tammitha Woodard; and two great-grandchildren, Natasha Woodard and Ruben Woodard.

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