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Obituaries – Oct 1, 2009

Jack Anderson Coleman

McCLAIN – Jack Anderson Coleman, 83, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at Hospice Ministries, Ridgeland.

  Born August 24, 1926, Mr.  Coleman was a son of the late Vol and Udera Coleman of Water Valley. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Water Valley and served in the U.S. Army in Tokyo, Japan, during and immediately following World War II. After retiring from service, he married Edna Ruth Langham of Water Valley on August 20, 1949. Mr. Coleman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from Mississippi State University in 1956 and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1964. Later he continued his education with a fellowship at Texas A&M.

    Mr. Coleman served over 40 years in education and inspired many young students. He began his teaching career at the high school level in Warren and Wilmot, Arkansas. Among other positions, he was a principal in Charleston and in McLain. He was also a teacher in Fruitdale, Ala. Mr. Coleman spent summers selling watermelons in McLain and traveling the world, with excursions to Europe after retiring. He also spent time visiting his children and grandchildren.  

    Mr. Coleman was active in The Salvation Army Corps and a volunteer at Camp Shelby, giving tours of the armed forces museum. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in McLain, serving as a Sunday School teacher and leading the music for many years. He never met a stranger due to his friendly smile and ability to converse about any subject, thus gaining him friends in many churches, charitable organizations and throughout the community.

  Mr. Coleman was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Coleman.

  Survivors include his children and grandchildren: Andy Coleman and wife, Ramona, and their children, Amanda and Andrew, of Allen, Texas; Jill Coleman Gunn and husband, Paul, and their children, Lee Morgan and Jackson, of Jackson; Tony Coleman and wife, Beth Jay, and their child, Jay, of Pelahatchie.

  The funeral service was held at 12 p.m Saturday, September 26, in First Baptist Church of McLain. There was a 2 p.m. graveside service Sunday, September 27, in the Hopewell Cemetery, Water Valley.

  Freeman Funeral Home of Creekesville was in charge of arrangements.

  Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 69, McLain, MS 39456, or The Salvation Army Hattiesburg, P. O. Box 1750, Hattiesburg, MS 39403.


Hugh “Kevin” Gordon

FT. MYERS, FLA.– Hugh “Kevin” Gordon, age 36, of Ft. Myers, Fla. died September 21, 2009, in Ft. Fyers.

  Services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, September 26, in Magnolia Chapel North, with Rev. David Thompson officiating. Burial followed in Williamson Cemetery with Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing.

  He was preceded in death by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gordon of Water Valley and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Adams of Coffeeville.

  Survivors include sisters, Stacy Faught (Clay) and children, Austin and Emily, all of Northport, and Debbie Ditto (Mike) and children, Devan, and Mikayla, all of Cordova, Tenn.; and parents, Danny and Linda Adams Gordon of Northport.

  Kevin was born February 20, 1973 in Memphis. He lived in Winfield, Ala., then moved to Northport, Ala, and for the last 11 years had lived in Ft. Myers. He attended the University of Alabama, while working at Paristans. While living in Florida, he worked for Orgill, Inc.

  Pallbearers were Chris Adams, Jeff Adams, Corey Burns, Randy Davidson, Mitch Hall, Devon Horton, Brett Milligan, Adam Sowell, and Jack Williams.

  Honorary pallbearers were employees of Orgill, Inc. and all the many people who knew and loved him.

  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Union Chapel Methodist Church Children’s Benevolence Fund, 5400 Hwy. 69 N., Northport, AL 35473.


Charlotte Reynolds Hille

WATER VALLEY – Charlotte Reynolds Hille, 67, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

  Born in Houston, Texas, February 20, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Charles and Dorothy Franks Macferran Reynolds. She began working as a Systems Analyst at TRW in California and then moved into a teaching career. Mrs. Hille began her teaching career in Houston, Texas. From there she taught at John Tyler High School and Tyler Christian Fellowship, both in Tyler, Texas. She retired from teaching in the Special Education Department at Water Valley High School. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, September 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church at Water Valley, with Bro. Barry Dickerson presiding. The committal was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include two daughters, Renee Dayan (Franck) and Tiffany Hille Wilson, both of Oxford; two sons, Roger Bohot (Susan), and Casey Hille (Lorena), both of Wichita, Kansas; a sister, Helen Morris of Chandler, Texas; two brothers, Pat Reynolds of Friendswood, Texas and David Reynolds of Houston, Texas; and nine grandchildren.


Daniel Nelson

LAFAYETTE COUNTY – Daniel Nelson, age 15, passed away Monday, September 28, 2009, in Lafayette County. Daniel loved fishing and three-wheeler riding and enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry. He worked for several years in his Uncle Virgil’s cabinet shop. Daniel also enjoyed cutting grass and talking on the phone and texting his friends.

A visitation is planned for Thursday, Oct. 1, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m. Services are scheduled  Friday, October 2, at 10 a.m. at Sand Hill First Congregational Methodist Church in Yalobusha County with Rev. Bobby Jones serving as minister.

Pallbearers are Jason Haley, Darren Smith, Glen Callahan, Kenny Arbuckle, Richard Monk, and Benny Walker.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Mary Ann Bright Nelson of Water Valley, and his grandmother, Cliffe Bright of Courtland.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rev. Virgil and Mrs. Carolyn Nelson, and his grandfather, Charles Bright.


Evalyn Stottlemire Peeples

WATER VALLEY –  Evalyn Stottlemire Peeples, age 93, passed from this life Monday, September 28, 2009, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

  Born August 14, 1916, in Littleton, West Virginia, Mrs. Peeples was a daughter of the late Edwin and Lydia Berkhouse Stottlemire. She was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.

  The funeral service was held Tuesday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with Rev. John Stewart and Rev. Daniel Dickerson officiating. The committal was in Spring Creek Cemetery at Banner, with Rodney Ratliff, Bobby Price, Jeff Peeples, Gregory Davis, James Massey, and Dylan Peeples serving as pallbearers.

  Survivors include three daughters, Lynda Peeples Ratliff, Judith Peeples Davis, and Gayle Peeples, all of Water Valley; four sons, James E. Peeples, Jr. of Bartlett, Tenn., Donald A. Peeples of Water Valley, Richard L. Peeples of Water Valley, and Michael V. Peeples of Troy, Michigan; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Peeples, Sr.; sister, Katherine Stottlemire; and Winfred Stottlemire.

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