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Obituaries – Apr 23, 2009

Mary Quinn Kendrick

JACKSON – Mrs. Mary Quinn Kendrick, 96, formerly of Water Valley and recently of Jackson, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Highland Home, Richland. Lovingly referred to as Gran-Meri, she was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Fred A. Kendrick.

  Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a burial service at eleven o’clock on Thursday, April 23, in Wright & Ferguson Chapel, Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, at three o’clock that afternoon.

  Mrs. Kendrick is survived by four daughters, Mary Anne Graham Welch, Jackson, Emily Wilbourne Rardin, Stone, Lucy Lea Sellers, Sapelo Island, Georgia, and Robena Louise (Ben) Hussman, Little Rock, Ark.; their husbands; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Leslie Earl Redwine

DUCK HILL – Leslie Earl Redwine, 62, of Duck Hill passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in Grenada Lake Medical Center.

  He was a retired construction worker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Born November 16, 1946, in Yalobusha County, he was a son of the late Clarence and Annie Lorene Jenkins Redwine. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Elmer Redwine.

  A memorial service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, April 18, in Red Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Terry Edwards officiating. Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Jo Redwine; two sons, Chris Aston of Johnston, South Carolina and James Miller of Laurel; three daughters, Kerri Sumner of Water Valley and Stephanie and Sally Sibley of Eupora; a brother, John Rewine of Columbus; and sixteen grandchildren.


Betty Jean Pinion Sharpe

CHARLESTON –  Betty Jean Pinion Sharpe, 73, of Charleston died April 19, 2009.

  She was formerly of Sumner. Mrs. Sharpe was a hairdresser in Charleston.

  The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, April 22, in Sumner Baptist Church. Burial will be in Jenkins Cemetery at Sumner. Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston has charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include: her husband, Clayton Sharpe of Coffeeville; two daughters, Betty Tolbert of Water Valley and Pattie Preston of Danville, Kentucky; a son, Michael Glenn Sharpe of Ashland, Kentucky; three sisters, Ruth Slaughter of Carrollton, Delores Campbell and Linda Martin, both of New Albany; a brother, R. E. Pinion, Jr. of Lambert; and six grandchildren.


Clifton Edgar Smith

WATER VALLEY – Clifton Edgar Smith, 85, passed away April 19, 2009.

  Born in Cold Hill, Arkansas, he was a son of the late Callie Jefferson and Dora Louisa Shepherd Smith. He retired from Holley Carburetor in Water Valley. Mr. Smith was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church in Yalobusha County and was a member of the local VFW.

  The funeral service was held at three o’clock in the afternoon  Tuesday, April 21, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. Raymond Aven and Bro. Ronnie Crenshaw officiating. The committal was held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley with Roy Cobern, Troy Cobern, Eddie Magee, Carl Massey, Casey Washington, and Wayne Hatfield serving as pallbearers.

  Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Lalah Inmon Smith of Water Valley; a son, Larry Edgar Smith (Melissa Jo) of Water Valley; a daughter, Lowedia Doolin (Robert); a sister, Hazel Kinkennon of Water Valley; two brothers, Clarence Smith and James Smith, both of Water Valley; grandchildren, Lara Leigh Sossamn (Billy W.) of Batesville and Melissa Morgan “Missy” Smith of Southaven; and two great-grandchildren.

  Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Garry Dale Smith; a brother, Clinton Smith; and a sister, Jessie Alline Collins.


Hugh Franklin Wright

OLIVE BRANCH – Hugh Franklin Wright, son of the late Gene and Elizabeth Baddley Wright, was born July 7, 1944, in Water Valley.

  He went to his heavenly home Saturday, April 18, 2009, with his family surrounding him.

  Mr. Wright was retired from Canadian National Railroad (formerly ICRR). He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church of Olive Branch. He enjoyed fishing with his brother and attending Ole Miss Rebels’ activities with his sons and grandson, Jackson.

  He leaves his wife, Dorthe of Olive Branch; sons, Brian (Maurie) of Olive Branch, and Matt (Stacy) of Tupelo; grandsons, Jackson and Cooper of Olive Branch; one sister, Gale Arrington (Jimmy) of Oxford; a brother, “Perch” (Linda) of Southaven; five nephews, 1 niece, and many friends. Hugh will be sorely missed.

  The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, April 21, in Christ Presbyterian Church.

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