Obituaries – Oct 8, 2009

Samuel Emerson Knight

OXFORD – Samuel Emerson Knight, 78, a retired supervisor with Bell South, died Friday, October 2, 2009, in University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson.

  The funeral service was held Tuesday, October 6, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Waller Funeral Home Chapel, Oxford, with Rev. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial was in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

  Born in Water Valley, Mr. Knight was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the Korean War. He was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church for 42 years and a member of the Exchange Club and Telephone Pioneers Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Joseph Knight.

  Survivors include his wife, Wanda Knight of Oxford; two daughters, Deborah “Miss Debbie” Paine, and her husband, Brad, of Oxford and Shira Glenn Caccavale, and her husband, Gary, of Chino Hills, Cal..; one son, Sammie “Tiger” Knight, Jr., and his wife, “Pam, of Oxford; one brother, Shelby Lavert Knight of Southaven; seven grandchildren, Erika M. Paine of Oxford, Jamie Bengard of Chino Hills, Todd B. Paine of Oxford, Che’ Allison Knight of Houston, Texas, Cole Knight of Oxford, Lee Paine of Oxford, and Reed Knight of Oxford; and one great-grandchild.

  The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Knight’s memory be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.

  In honor of Mr. Knight’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy was flown at Waller Funeral Home.

 

Horace Eugene Upchurch

OXFORD – Horace Eugene “Gene” Upchurch, 76, a retired contractor, died Monday, September 14, 2009, in Oxford.

  Funeral services were held Thursday, September 17, at 2 p.m. in the Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial followed in the Anchor Cemetery.

  Born in Lafayette County, Mr. Upchurch was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as Airman First Class. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church, where he served as the official greeter. Mr. Upchurch was a former deacon and served on the Anchor Baptist Church Recreation Committee. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike Upchurch.

  Surviving him is his wife, Mary Lee Upchurch, of Oxford.

  The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Upchurch’s memory be made to Anchor Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Anchor Cemetery Statue Fund, 1009 Highway 7 South, Water Valley, MS 38965.

  In  honor of Mr. Upchurch’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force was flown at Waller Funeral Home.

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