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Obituaries – Jan. 28, 2010

Eleanor McCorkle Buntin

OAKLAND – Eleanor McCorkle Buntin, 92, of Charleston died Friday, January 22, 2010.

  Services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, January 25, in Springhill Baptist Church in Oakland. Burial followed in the Springhill Cemetery. Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston was in charge of arrangements.

  A homemaker, she was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Buntin.

  Survivors include a daughter, Florence Buntin Williams of Vancleave; four sons, William W. Buntin of Oakland, Tyce M. Buntin of Oxford, Percy R. Buntin of New Orleans, and Richard A. Buntin of Pearl; a sister, Elizabeth Dickey of Oakland; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Betty Jo Hendricks Coleman

WATER VALLEY – Betty Jo Hendricks Coleman, age 73, of Water Valley was taken home to heaven on Friday, January 15, 2010.

  She was a life-long resident of Water Valley and a 30-year employee of BorgWarner. Born August 1, 1936 in Water Valley, Mrs. Coleman was a daughter of the late Joseph Alton and Mary Davis Avant. She was a member of the “Birthday Girls” group who celebrated life with joy. She frequently attended gospel singing concerts. Mrs. Coleman was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.

  The funeral service was held Tuesday, January 19, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley, with David Spaulding, David Cade, Jim Cade, Pete Eubanks, and Sonny Avant serving as pallbearers.

  Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Spaulding, and her husband, David, of Water Valley; one son, Larry D. Hendricks, and his wife, Donna, of Moriarty, New Mexico; seven sisters, Pat Cade of Water Valley, Brenda Avant of Batesville, Nina Pendleton of Franklin, Ind., Patricia Waldo and Tommie Foster, both of Greenwood, Ind., Linda Richards of Hallsville, Texas, and Jeri Riley of Groverton, Texas; two brothers, Billy Avant and Clinton Avant, both of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Michael Hendricks, Brent Sheeks, and Bryan Sheeks; and three great-grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Buck Hendricks; three sisters, Beverly Davis, Mary Lorene Avant, and Joyce Irene Avant, and one brother, James Avant.

  Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Betty Coleman.


Dr. James Avery “Jim” Holder

ANNISTON, ALA. — A memorial service for Dr. James “Jim” Avery Holder, age 60, of Anniston, was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Reverend Michael Jiles officiating. Dr. Holder died January 23. Dr. Holder was born in Emory, Georgia and lived there a short time while his father was a seminary student. He grew up in small towns throughout Mississippi where his father was the pastor of several Methodist churches including North Main Methodist in Water Valley.

He completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy from Millsaps College with the intent of entering seminary. After his father’s stroke and illness, he then went on to medical school at The University of Mississippi.

Dr. Holder is preceded in death by his father, James Hardy Holder, Jr., and a brother, Paul Holder. Dr. Holder is survived by his wife, Jennie C. Holder of Anniston; his mother, Frances Harrelson Holder of Southaven, Mississippi; a step son, Sebastian White and his wife, Jennifer, of Heflin; two canine daughters, Jasmine and Buttercup; his former spouse, Avie L. Holder, of Anniston; a sister, Libby Fox of Germantown, North Carolina; a brother, John Holder and his wife, Nancy, of Horn Lake, Mississippi; a grandson, Carter S. White; one niece; and two nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Animal Shelter Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Calhoun County, P.O. Box 1826, Anniston, Ala. 36202.

Sally Catherine Fly Turner

MADISON – Sally Catherine Fly Turner, 96, of Madison, formerly of Drew, died Thursday, January 21, 2010, in St. Dominic Hospital at Jackson.

  The funeral service was held in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, January 24, with the Rev. Chubby Winters officiating. Burial was in the Drew Cemetery, with Jerry Fly, Larry Calder, Jimmy Dale Fly, Steve Timmes, Delbert Timmes, and Benny Fly as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Marion Whatley, Ewell (Bubba) Powell, and Doug Proctor.

  Born October 27, 1913, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late Marion Alphonso “Fon” and Minnie (Chancellor) Fly. She married Ernest C. Turner January 23, 1937, in Webb. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Drew. One of her passions in life was quilt making. Her family says she was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, who will be missed by all who knew her.

  Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest C. Turner; a daughter, Virginia Nichols; and two sons, C. L. Turner and Carl Turner.

  She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Elizabeth and husband, John Ostermiller, of Salt Lake City, Utah and Sharon Marie T. and husband, Leon Taylor, of Brandon; four sons, Curtis Dale and wife, Elaine Turner, of Montgomery, Ala., Clovis Gerald and wife, Bonnie Turner, of Greenville, Charles Edward and wife, Gail Turner, of Brandon, and Clinton Wallace Turner of Terry; a sister, Della Rose Stebens of Quinton, Texas; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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