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Obituaries – Aug. 20, 2009

Mildred Vaughn Carter

MEMPHIS – Mildred Vaughn Carter, 85, of Memphis died August 17, 2009.

  Mrs. Carter was born November 19, 1923 in Water Valley. She was a daughter of the late Elmer and Zulene Vaughn. Mrs. Carter graduated from Water Valley High School and helped lead the girls team to the 1941 North Central Mississippi Basketball Championship.

  Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Robert “Bob” Carter; three children; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jane Mixon of Southaven, Joanne Carlisle of Water Valley, and Pat Mixon of Oxford.

  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Mixon; and brothers, Lawrence and George Vaughn of Water Valley.

  The family will be receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 19. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 20, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Gideon’s International or Alzheimer’s Association.


Bill F. Knox

CRENSHAW –  Mr. Bill F. Knox, 85, died Sunday, August 9, 2009, at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.  

    Services were held Wednesday, August 12, at the Crenshaw United Methodist Church with interment at Longtown Cemetery.  Pate-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Knox was born November 5, 1923, in Water Valley.  He came to Crenshaw in 1947 to work at the Bank of Crenshaw.  He was employed there until he retired in 1987.  He was the President of the bank for over 35 years.  He was also a general insurance agent and president of the Crenshaw Insurance Agency.  He was a Panola County supervisor for 33 years.  He was a longtime member of the Crenshaw Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a charter member of the Crenshaw Lions club.  He was also the Panola County representative on the Board of North Mississippi Mental Health Commission for 21 years.  He was a Mason and Shriner for over 63 years, a member of the Valley City Lodge #402, a member of Wahhabi Shrine of Jackson and member of Crenshaw United Methodist Church.

    Mr. Knox was preceded in death by his wife, Mollie Ruth Rich Knox and two sons, Andrew and Clayton Knox, his brothers, Richard, Johnny and Sam Knox.

    Survivors include his son, B. Rich Knox and his wife Rosemary of Yazoo City.

    The family requests memorials be sent to the Crenshaw United Methodist Church or the Neurofibromatosis Foundation.


Peggy N. Pryor

WATER VALLEY – Peggy N. Pryor, 56, died early Sunday morning, August 16, 2009, at Oxford, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  Born in Tillatoba, she was a daughter of the late Shirley M. Kehoe and Preston Pryor. She was a server at Cossar State Park Restaurant.

  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 19, at Cossar State Park in Oakland.

  She is survived by a daughter, Dena Moody; a sister, Paulette Michelletti; two grandchildren; three nephews; and one niece.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry L. Pryor and Larry Pryor.


Lula Mae Swindoll

WATER VALLEY – Lula Mae Swindoll Miller, 91, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Southaven.

  Born in Potts Camp May 20, 1918, Mrs. Miller was a daughter of the late Warren and Lela Woodard Swindoll. She was a member of North Main United Methodist Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, August 17, with Rev. Fred Eakes and Gene Kennedy officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Paul McCullar, David Green and David Duncan as pallbearers.

  She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Duncan of Trafford, Ala. and Betty (David) Green of Southaven; one grandson, David (Beth) Duncan of Remlap, Ala.; and three great grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Winfred Miller; a son, Jerry Wayne Miller; and seven brothers; and three sisters.

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