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Obituaries – July 1, 2010

James Dewitt “Jimmy” Brower

COFFEEVILLE – James Dewitt “Jimmy” Brower, 70, of Coffeeville, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010, at his home.

    He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who was well-known and respected in the community. He was a longtime business owner in Coffeeville and an avid car and antique tractor enthusiast. He loved spending time with his family, especially eating ice cream with his grandkids. One of Jimmy’s favorite pastimes was attending antique car shows. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and attended First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

    The funeral service was held Saturday, June 26, at ten o’clock in the morning in First Baptist Church at Coffeeville, with Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment followed in the Hopewell Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Garner-Harper Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife of 49 years and nine months, Barbara Brower; a daughter, Brenda Gibson (Earl) of Coffeeville; two sons, Ronny Brower (Diane) of Memphis and Brad Brower (Amy) of Olive Branch; a sister, Betsy Collomp of Jonesboro, Ark.; a brother, Bobby Brower of Coffeeville;  and six grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, D. T. and Vera Langham Brower.


L.D. Jones

WATER VALLEY – L. D. Jones, age 89, of Water Valley died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.   

    Born April 10, 1921, he was a son of the late Brandon Rice and Hazel Rushing Jones. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Jones was a building contractor and owner of Jones Building Supply. He was also a former co-owner of Lafayette Gin. He served his county as supervisor for three terms and was a past president of the Rotary Club. Mr. Jones was an active member of Camp Ground Baptist Church and served as a deacon for 55 years.

    The funeral service was held at Camp Ground Baptist Church at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, June 25, with Bro. David Ross presiding. Visitation was from noon until two o’clock prior to the service. Burial was in the church cemetery, near Water Valley, with Hal Vaughn, Tommy Vaughn, Michael Jones, Steve Jones, Greg Jones, and B. J. Jones serving as pallbearers. Lloyd Defer, Charles Dennis, and Michael Dennis were honorary pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

    He is survived by his wife, Nancy Winburn Jones of Water Valley; four sons, Bobby (Darlene) Jones, Billy (Joy) Jones, Jerry Jones, and Ricky Jones, and one step-son, Ricky Winburn (Bobbie) of Water Valley;  four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  his first wife, Mary Alice Jones; two sisters, Marjorie Mayo and Lura Mae Vaughn; two brothers, Brandon “Jack” Jones, Jr. and Jimmie Jones; and one grandson, Bobby Ray Jones.


Mary Edna Ramsey Leon

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA C.A. – Mary Edna Ramsey Leon, age 73, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Guatemala City from heart failure.

    She was born March 30, 1937, in Lafayette County, to the late Rayford and Frances Mooney Ramsey. She has lived in Guatemala City for more than 50 years.

    The funeral service and burial was held in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 20.

    She is survived by: her husband of 51 years, Hector Herman Leon of Guatemala City; two sons, David Vincent (Maira) Leon of Kenner, La. and Victor Manuel (Mildred) Leon of Seirra Vista, Ariz., eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by two brothers, Richard Curtis (Mary Ellen) Ramsey of Collierville, Tenn. and David Ramsey of Oxford; two sisters, Margie Ramsey (Billy) Pilcher, and Carolyn Ramsey (John) Easley of Water Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister, Pauline “Polly” Ramsey Lovelace, and one brother, Lewis Ramsey.


James Solon “Jim” Oakley

WATER VALLEY – James Solon “Jim” Oakley, age 89, of Water Valley died at his home June 26, 2010.

   Born in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Robert S. and Myrtle Maddux Oakley. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. Jim was a former realtor and tree farmer, and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

    The funeral service was held Monday, June 28, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. Barry Dickerson officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

    Survivors include a sister-in-law, Virginia  Oakley of Memphis; and two nephews, Jared Oakley of Memphis and Robert Oakley of Vienna, Va.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Robert Oakley.

Raynard Turner

PEARL – Raynard Turner, age 43, of Pearl died June 19, 2010 in Central Mississippi.

    The funeral service was held Saturday, June 26, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Bayson Chapel M.B. Church, Water Valley, with Rev. Kenneth Rogers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford had charge of arrangements.

    Born October 6, 1966 in Water Valley, Mr. Turner was a son of James Turner and the late Mabelene Hervey Turner.

    He leaves loving memories with: his wife, LaQueda McCoy Turner; his children, Keegan Donavan Faustin, Raynard Adrian Latrelle Turner, Taina Nicole Turner and LaCedric Rashad Turner; his father, James Turner of Water Valley; a sister, Lucy Polk of Water Valley; two brothers, James E. Turner of California and Ormy Martin of Batesville; and a host of family and friends.

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