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Obituaries – May 21, 2009

Lucille Bland

CHARLESTON – Ms. Lucille Bland, 94, of Charleston died at her home Thursday, May 14, 2009.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, May 19, in Mt. Zion M.B. Church at Enid, with Rev. Columbus Bland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. in charge of arrangements.

  Born February 6, 1915, Ms. Bland was a daughter of the late Spencer Smith and Emmaline Laws. She was a housewife and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church of Enid.

  Survivors include nine daughters, Cora Bland of Charleston, Cleophia Blackburn of Batesville, Velma Walker of Memphis, and Madeline Jackson, Alberta Buckley, Annie Bland, Myrtle Lane, all of Chicago,  Maggie Jones of Winstonville, and Leartic Gage of Bellwood, Ill.; a step-daughter, Dorothy Blair of Chicago; two sons, William McKinley of Batesville, and Rev. Columbus Bland of South Holland, Ill.; 48 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren.


Kayden Terrell Fondren – Daylen Jerrell Fondren

WATER VALLEY – Kayden Terrell Fondren and Daylen Jerrell Fondren, twin sons of Jessica Woodard of Water Valley and Joshua Fondren of Taylor died in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

  A graveside service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Monday, May 18, in Spring Hill North M.B. Church Cemetery, with Rev. Sammy Townes officiating. Hodges Serenity Funeral home in Oxford had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include their mother, Jessica Woodard of Water Valley; their father, Joshua Fondren of Taylor; grandparents, Freda Fondren of Taylor, Brenda and Stacy Woodard of Water Valley; great-grandparents, Martha Fondren of Taylor, Earnestine Woodard and Grace Bishop, both of Water Valley.

  They were preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Woodrow Daniels, Sr.


Mary Elizabeth Myrick Kolb

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Myrick Kolb passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 89 years of age in Hoover, Alabama.

  Born in Water Valley, October 15, 1919, Mrs. Kolb was a daughter of the late Bruce James Myrick, Sr. and Ivy Poteete Myrick. She spent a large part of her life in Baton Rouge, La., and lived the last 28 years in Water Valley. She was a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ, and was a past member of The Garden Club of Water Valley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Frank Rupert Kolb, Sr.; her brothers, Andrew Jackson Myrick and Bruce James Myrick, Jr.; and her sister, Marguerite Viola Myrick.

  She is survived by her son Frank Rupert (Kay Bankston) Kolb, Jr.; and her grandsons, Eric Frank (Staci Forrester) Kolb and their children, Savannah Kathryn and Carson Forrester; Kyle Bankston (Carrie Cagle) Kolb, and their children, Lilli Ann and Ila Kate; and Ivan Blake (Jamie Hyche) Kolb and their son, James Hendry, all of Hoover.

  The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 19, at ten o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

  Memorials may be made to Rainbow Omega, Inc., 100 Hope Drive, Eastaboga, AL 36260 in memory of Mary Myrick Kolb.


Mildred Edlin Leeton

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Mildred Edlin Leeton, 91, a homemaker, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 20, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Abbeville Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Hope and Rev. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m., prior to the funeral. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford will have charge of arrangements.

  Born in Marshall County, Mrs. Leeton was the widow of James William Leeton. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Leeton Lowstuter. She was a member of Abbeville Baptist Church.

  Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Leeton King, and her husband, Jimmy, of Oxford; a son, James Dwight Leeton, Sr., and his wife, Barbara, of Water Valley; two sisters, Annell Farmer of Salem, Ore. and Evelyn Gibson of Kenner, La., three brothers, Austin Edlin of Memphis, Dwain Edlin of Paris, and Thomas M. Edlin of Oxford; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

  The family asked that memorial contributions in Mrs. Leeton’s memory be made to the Abbeville Cemetery Fund, 15 East Long Street, Abbeville, MS 38601.


Robert R. Summers

HOUSTON, TX – Robert R. Summers, 86, formerly of Water Valley, passed away on May 13, 2009, in Houston, Texas.

  He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Navy in the South Pacific. After the war he came to Water Valley and started Summers Tile Co. Later moving to Houston, Texas, he continued his flooring business and was a long time elder of St. Paul Presbyterian Church. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Summers, Sr. of Charleston. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hiram and Billy Summers of Charleston, and a sister, Isabel Edgar of Water Valley.

  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna Summers; a daughter, Janice Summers Hodge, and her husband, Robert; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Frances Attaway of Charleston, and Bess White of Water Valley.

  A memorial service was held at St. Paul Presbyterian Church  on May 16. Interment was in Houston’s Veterans Cemetery.


Gladys Irene Reeves White

COFFEEVILLE – Gladys Irene Reeves White, 86, of Coffeeville passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

  Born in Iuka on October 4, 1922, she was a daughter of the late John Bell and Savannah Murry Reeves. Mrs. White was a homemakers and a member of the Community Full Gospel Assembly of God in Charleston.

  The funeral service was held at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, May 17, in the Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. C. H. Newcomb officiating. The committal was in New Hope Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

  Mrs. White is survived by five daughters, Linda French Prestage of Bruce, Zelma French Sims of Water Valley, Nell Dunn Norwood of Coffeeville, Nancy Ellen White Rhea of New Albany, and Judy Irene White Chinault of Water Valley; one son, Henry Larry White of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin White; a sister, Gertrude Bardo, a brother, Clerence Reeves; a granddaughter, Michelle Reid; and one grandson, John Gullette.

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