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Obituaries – Dec 17, 2009

Carol Walker Joyner

AMORY – Carol Walker Joyner, 56, of Amory died Thursday, December 3, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory..

    Born January 24, 1953, in Oxford, she was a daughter of the late William “Sonny” and Carrie Lewis Walker. She lived in Water Valley until 1974 and has lived in Amory for the last 35 years. In 1972 she married Mike Joyner who survives her. Along with her husband, she co-owned and operated Larson’s Big Star in Amory for over 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Amory. A devoted wife and mother, she will be greatly missed. Her legacy will be the comfort of many friends she has enjoyed over the past several years.

    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Monday, December 7, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt and Bro. Buzz Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in Walker Cemetery near Water Valley, with Dan Dabbs, Ronnie Herndon, Don Larson, Rodney Penington, Don Sanders, Kerry Saylors, Mike Tubbs, and Benny Wright as pallbearers.

    Survivors include her husband, Mike Joyner of Amory; two sons, Chad Joyner and Blake Joyner, both of Amory; and two brothers, Jimmy Walker of Starkville and Lynn Walker of Water Valley.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Billy Walker.


John B. Morgan

WATER VALLEY –  John B. Morgan, 87, died December 11, 2009, in Baptist Memorial Hospital Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford of natural causes. At the time of his death he was a resident of Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

    Born February 22, 1922, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Frank and Nancy Person Morgan. Mr. Morgan was also preceded in death by: his wife, Mae Ollie Telford Morgan; three sons, Johnny B. Morgan, Willie B. Morgan, and Odell Morgan; six sisters; and five brothers. He worked for the railroad in Kentucky and was a farmer. Mr. Morgan was a member of Union Hill M.B. Church.

  The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Wednesday, December 16, with Rev. Cleveland Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, with Eddie Robinson Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Corrie Alexander Morgan of Water Valley; three daughters, Mary Ann Hervey and Janie Buck, both of Water Valley, and Eva Lois Johnson of Tupelo; two sons, Lee Eddie Morgan and George Morgan, both of Water Valley.


Martha Carol Reasons Whitsett

OAKLAND – Martha Carol Reasons Whitsett, 71, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at her residence in Oakland.

    Born in Maury City, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late John Harris Reasons and Nellie Castleman Reasons. She was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church, the Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers of Yalobusha and Tallahatchie Counties. She was a passionate member of the Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Hernando and Water Valley Lodges. She was an avid traveler and co-founder of Insulation and Refractories Services, Inc. of  Memphis.

    The funeral service was held Friday, December 11, at noon in the Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue, with Bro. Gene Howell and Bro. Charles Boyd, Sr. officiating. The committal followed in Memphis Memory Gardens on Raleigh LaGrange Road with Harold Perry, Robert Royal, Steven Lovell, Paul Williams, Freddie Veteto and Frank B. Books serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include her husband, John G. Whitsett of Oakland; a son, John W. Whitsett, and his wife, Kathey, of Horn Lake; a daughter, Denise Whitsett of Memphis; two sisters, Sheila Gholson and Shirley Magner, both of Kenneth, Mo.; three grandchildren, Lindy Edwards, Brooke Berry, and Elizabeth Berry; and one great-grandchild.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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