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Obituaries – Nov 26, 2009

Dorris Lynn Cain

OXFORD – Dorris Lynn Cain, Jr., 83, died Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born September 19, 1926, in Yalobusha County, Mr. Cain was a son of the late Doyle L. and Sallie Potts Cain. He worked for many years at Holley Carburetor as a machine operator in Water Valley. He was a deacon at Sardis Lake Baptist Church.

  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 25, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Sardis Lake Baptist Church, with Rev. Kevin A. Crofford and Bro. Charles Keel presiding. Burial will be at Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County, with Rick McCarty, Jimmy McCloud, Dalton Martin, Jake Sanders, Dale Scanlan, and Adrian Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Horne and William Turner. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of the service.

    In addition to his parents, Mr. Cain was preceded in death by his wife Geneva Ruth Hollowell Cain, and one brother, Norris Cain.

    Survivors include a daughter, Kay Harmon, and her husband, Bill, of Batesville; two sons, Jimmy Pratt, and his wife, Patricia, of Water Valley, and Michael Pratt, and his wife, Liz, of Banner; a sister, Margaret Gean of Water Valley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three step great-great-grandchildren.


Clarence Bleathon McCullar

WATER VALLEY –Clarence Bleathon McCullar, 80, of Water Valley died November 21, 2009, in the Veterans Nursing Home at Oxford.

   He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn McCullar of Mesquite, Texas; his aunt, Janie McCullar of Water Valley; and numerous cousins.

    Mr. McCullar was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He was a farmer and a member of Lovejoy Methodist Church in Panola County.

    A graveside service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, November  24,  in the Sylva Rena Baptist Church Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.


Richard Wayne Williams

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Richard Wayne “Morgan” Williams, age 57, passed from this life in the early morning hours of October 31, 2009, at his home in Houston, Texas.

Born November 6, 1951, to Richard and Effie Pearl Tutor Williams of Water Valley, he is survived by his wife, Phyllis Greene of Houston, Texas; one brother, Randy Green; and three sisters, Lori Williams Shuffield, Teri Green Dunn and Keli Green Zsolcsak all of Houston, Texas; and a beloved uncle Atlas Earl Tutor of Water Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Bruce Allen Williams. He was the grandson of the late Allen Hollis and Freddie Flowers Tutor of Water Valley.


Kay Boyd Whitaker

WATER VALLEY – Kay Boyd Whitaker, 69, of Water Valley, formerly of Boyle, died Thursday, November 12, 2009, at her residence.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, November 16, in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Burial followed in North Cleveland Cemetery, under the direction of Cleveland Funeral Home.

    Mrs. Whitaker was born May 10, 1940, to Aubrey and Doris (Sherron) Boyd in Pace. She married James M. Whitaker on July 15, 1964, in Cleveland. Mrs. Whitaker lived in the Cleveland area all of her life until her retirement to the Water Valley area.

    She attended Pace, Merigold and Boyle primary schools, before graduating from Cleveland High School in 1958. She graduated from Mississippi Delta Junior College LPN School in 1980 and after graduation she worked at the Bolivar County Hospital, Dr. Jim Adams Clinic and Dr. Don Blackwood Family Medical Clinic.

    Mrs. Whitaker was a former secretary/treasurer for the Bolivar County Saddle Club for many years. Her family said she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, who dedicated her life to helping others. When she and her husband moved to Water Valley, the couple attended Sylva Rena Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Shannon Boyd.

    Survivors include her spouse, James M. Whitaker of Water Valley; A daughter, Pam (Keith) James of West Lafayette, Ind.; A son, Jimbo Whitaker of Water Valley; two brothers, Rev. Charles (Nancy) Boyd of Holly Springs; A sister, Ann (Bill) Quinton of Cleveland; a grandson, Matthew (Jessica) James of Lafayette, Ind.; and two granddaughters, Tabitha James of West Lafayette, and Lilly Whitaker of Water Valley.

    Pallbearers were Matthew James, Neal Quinton, Lane Quinton, Jared Moseley, Charles Boyd, Jr., and Steven Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were Les Avritt, Clancy Howard, Chris Hays, Kenny Runnels, Little John Arbuckle, Tyler Quinton, Tristan Moseley and Conner Quinton.

    Memorials may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suit 1400, New York, NY 10122 or

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