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Obituaries – Feb. 4, 2009

Lawrence Edward Cox

COFFEEVILLE – Lawrence Edward “Pancho” Cox, Jr., 67,  of Coffeeville died January 22, 2010, in Grenada Lake Medical Center.

  A family memorial service will be held at a later date. National Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  Born April 1, 1942, in Water Valley, Mr. Cox was a son of the late Lawrence Edward “Doc” Cox, Sr. and Myrle Porter Cox. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Cox was a self-employed restaurant owner. He was also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

  Survivors include one daughter, Georgia Lynn Maxwell; one granddaughter, DeNita Downs; and a special friend and caregiver, Mike Riley, all of Coffeeville.


Clarice M. Winter Edwards

WATER VALLEY– Clarice M. Winter Edwards, 86, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born in Algoma, she was a daughter of the late Robert W. and Irene Hawkins Winter. Mrs. Edwards was a member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. She loved her family and enjoyed playing Rook and dominoes.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, January 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Dr. Randy Bain and Bro. Joe Davis officiating. The committal was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, south of Water Valley, with Larry Edwards, Eddie Long, Butch Peno, Larry Christman, Marquis Stevenson, Tommy Edwards, Sammy Edwards, and Jimmy Dale Edwards serving as pallbearers.

  Mrs. Edwards is survived by two daughters, Lynda Edwards Mankowski, and her husband, Martin, of Elgin, Ill., and Debby Edwards Hughes, and her husband, Jack, of Water Valley; two sisters, Hazel Long of Bruce and Paula Bougeois of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Robert Winter of Atwater, Calif.; five grandchildren, Martin Lynn Mankowski, Laurie Mankowski Peters, Amy Mankowski, Tracey Mankowski, and Brandon Hughes; and eight great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lynn Edwards; four sisters, Kat Floyd, Nina Christmas, Zastrow, Jonnie Gardner, and Syble Winter.


Myrtle Lawrence

WATER VALLEY– Mrs. Myrtle Lawrence, 89, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010, in Alton, Ill. at the Elder Care Facility.

  Born in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Cleve and Hattie Person Alexander. She professed her love for Christ at an early age and joined Pine Grove M.B. Church, where she served as an usher until her health began to decline. She was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho, Bryant Court # 160 for many years. Mrs. Lawrence enjoyed cooking and worked for many years as cook in the Water Valley School District. She also enjoyed fishing, sewing, gardening, quilting, and sitting in her big chair in front of the window reading her Bible.

  Visitation will be held at the Pine Grove M.B. Church in Yalobusha County on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. until service time. The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning at Pine Grove M.B. Church, with Rev. Cleveland Alexander, Rev. Johnny Roland, and Rev. Amos Sims officiating the service. The committal will be held in Pine Grove M.B. Church Cemetery with Ramond Carr, Lee Polk, Roy Lee Alexander, Amos Hervey, Cleveland Hoskins, and Rual Clay Caldwell serving as pallbearers.

  Mrs. Lawrence is survived by a daughter, Lue Bertha Folson of Alton, Ill.; two sons, Ardell (Loiuise) Lawrence of Alton, and George Lawrence of Water Valley; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Lawrence of Water Valley; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

  Along with her parents, Mrs. Lawrence was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lawrence; a son, James Lawrence; and two brothers, James Alexander and Cleveland Alexander.

  The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.


Clarles Nash Nichols

WATER VALLEY – Charles Nash Nichols, age 84, died Monday, February 1, 2010, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  Born in Tishomingo County, he was a son of the late J. D. and Lena Nichols. Mr. Nichols worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers as a welder. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Nichols enjoyed spending his leisure time hunting and fishing.

  A graveside service will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, Wednesday, February 3, at two o’clock in the afternoon.

  He is survived by his soul mate of 20 years, Martha Wilson; one daughter, Mary Lou Smith, and her husband, Kynith, of Bald Knob, Ark.; one son, Paul Nichols of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Sherrie Barrentine, Darren Miller, and Angela Davis, all of Bald Knob, and Sandra Piker of Fouke, Ark.; and one sister, Evelyn True of Water Valley.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlcie Tuggle of Bald Knob; three sisters, Opal Pugh, Helen Mixon, and Inez Nichols; and five brothers, Arlis, Joe, Olen, Clovis, and Noel Nichols.

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