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Obituaries – March 4, 2010

Willie C. Gater

SHELBY – Willie C. Gater, age 74, died in the  Shelby Nursing and Rehab Feb. 20, 2010. Mr. Gater was a former resident of Oxford.

  The funeral was held Saturday, February 27 at eleven o’clock in the morning in Cypus Grove M.B. Church, Oxford, with Rev. R. B. McClain officiating. Burial was in the Cypus Grove Cemetery. Byas Funeral Home, Inc. of Shelby had charge of arrangements.

  He is survived by: brothers, John Gater and B. B. Gater, both of Oxford, Webster Gater, Jr. of Chicago, and Jerry Gater, Jeffro Gater and Moses Gater, all of Charleston; sisters, Mae Francis Carothers of Iowa, Martha Carothers of Water Valley, Lottie Marie Gater of St. Louis, Missouri, and Arliler Ruth Gater of Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


Michael David Glick

WATER VALLEY – Michael David Glick, 52, of Water Valley passed away at his home March 1, 2010.

  Born in Millington, Tenn., Mr. Glick was a son of the late John Wesley and Addie Lou Hayles Glick. He served six years in the Navy and 15 years in the Army National Guard. During his military career, he fought in the Bosnian War. He enjoyed traveling the world. Mr. Glick was a member of the Yalobusha Primitive Baptist Church of Water Valley. He worked at BorgWarner in ERC Maintenance.

  Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Yalobusha Primitive Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 4, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Yalobusha Primitive Church, with Elder James Hall presiding. The committal will be held in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Lafayette County with Jason Glick, Michael David Glick, II, David Eakes, Mark Story, Will Burns, and Mathew Pryor serving as pallbearers.

  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy Kay Glick of Water Valley; three daughters, Tammy Wells Eakes (David) of Pass Christian, Michelle Rene’ Burns (Will) of Water Valley, and Juanita Kay Story (Mark) of Water Valley; two sons, Michael David Glick, II, of Lafayette, La., and Jason Paul Glick (Jessica) of Senatobia; a sister, Linda Schmitz of Water Valley; eight grandchildren, Keaten Burns, Brennan Allen, Elizabeth August Eakes, Tristan David Glick, Aiden Zane Story, Laine Austin Burns, Sarah Lawson Eakes, and one on the way.

  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial be made to the American Cancer Society through the Water Valley Relay For Life.

  The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Online condolences may be offered at


William Harold Johnson

WATER VALLEY – William Harold Johnson, age 73, of Water Valley died Friday, February 19, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born November 19, 1936, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Arlie Robert and Minnie Marvelene Green Johnson. He served in the National Guard for several years. Mr. Johnson was the mechanical foreman for Big Yank, Inc. and was a Baptist. His family fondly remembers his love for working on cars and being their “fix-it” guy.

  The funeral was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at two o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, February 21, with Bro. Freddie Moorman presiding. Burial was in Haven Hill Cemetery in Coffeeville, with Matthew Hendricks, Brandon Wilburn, James Melton, Jeffery Bounds, Jeremy Bolen, and Andrew Albee serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Wilburn and Hoyt Stone.

  He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Johnson of Water Valley; two daughters, Kim Wilburn and her husband, Billy, and Kay Stone and her husband Hoyt, all of Water Valley; one sister, Larie Wallace and her husband, Selvyn, of West Point; five grandchildren, Shea Johnson, Brandon Wilburn, Matthew Hendricks, Amber Wilburn, and Chase Stone; one great grandchild, Kaytlyn Johnson; three step grandchildren, Nathan Stone, Bruce and Lisa Stone; and two step great-grandchildren, Blake Wiggington and Micha Stone.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Billy Johnson.


Nicholas Raymond Lucas

TAYLOR – Nicholas Raymond Lucus, age 33, died Thursday, February 18, 2010 at his home in Taylor.

  Having moved from Arkansas, Mr. Lucus had lived in this area for three years. He was a Baptist, who attended Adonai Church, near Water Valley.

  A private service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Ramona C. Lucus of Taylor; his father and stepmother, John R. (Rebecca) Lucus, Sr. of Conway, Ark.; one sister, Elizabeth Mary Alice Watson of Conway; two brothers, Michael Marvin Lucus of Conway and John R. (Jennifer) Lucus, II of Water Valley; two children, Raygan and Rachel Mottz, both of Oxford; two nephews; and one niece.

  He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Dove.

  Memorials may be made to the Nicholas R. Lucus Funeral Fund, care of Coleman Funeral Home, P. O. Box 160, Oxford, MS 38655.


Max Peacock

WATER VALLEY – Max Peacock, 63, of Water Valley passed away at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis, Ark. on February 22, 2010.

  Born in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Alger Elmo and Mary Gaines Peacock. He worked as a painter.

  The graveside service was held Thursday, February 25, at 1 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, with Rev. Freddie Moorman presiding. Patrick Peacock, Randy Peacock, Sr., Randy Peacock, Jr., Ricky Peacock, Dillan Waddell and Shane Peacock served as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Colclasure, Terry Varner and Jerry Peacock.

  He is survived by two daughters, Christy Stacks of Saltillo and Candis Ross Waddell of West Memphis, Ark.; two sons, Steven Varner of Elizabeth City, NC and Terry Varner of Water Valley; two sisters, Betty P. Crenshaw of Toccoa, Ga. and Debby P. Ross of West Memphis, Ark.; a brother, Jerry Peacock of Dummonds, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kimberly Riley, Ty Varner, and Jordon Varner; and one great grandchild.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce P. Moss, and a brother, James E. Peacock.

  The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Online condolences may be offered at www.sevenoaksfuneral


David Lee White

DAVENPORT, IOWA – David Lee White, Sr. of Davenport, Iowa died February 11, 2010.

  Born July 29, 1932, in Water Valley, Mr. White was a son of the late Winston Conway and Essie Corrine McFarland White. He married Mary Emma Wilmington April 15, 1956, in Water Valley. He was lead man for over 30 years at French & Hecht in Walcott, Iowa.

  The funeral service was held Friday, February 19, in the Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ, Davenport, with Elder Donnell Owens officiating. Interment was in Davenport Memorial Park, with David Lee White III, Larry Wilmington, Travarus White, and Trevell White as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Earl Wilmington, Toby Henderson, Mike Henderson and Alvin Henderson. Weerts Funeral Home of Davenport had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Mary White of Davenport; daughters, Mary Ann White and Janese White, both of Davenport, and Catherine Delain (Leslie) Brown of Denver, Colorado; sons, David Lee (Jodi) White, Jr., Steve (Marilee) White, and Epsie (Galina) White, all of Denver; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Bessie Woodall of Memphis, Mary (A.J.) Hairston, and Juanita (Charley) Terrell, both of Oxford, Bernice Daniels, and Lottie (Ralph) Morgan, both of Water Valley; brothers, Winston White, Jr., S. T. (Edna) White, and Hilton (Izella) White, all of Water Valley; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Sylvester White, Sr. and Eugene White.

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