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Obituaries – Sept. 9, 2010

Linda Ford Gray

WATER VALLEY – Linda Ford Gray, age 63, died on Friday, September 3, 2010, at her home in Horn Lake.

    Born April 14, 1947, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, she was a daughter of the late Rev. John H. Ford and Marie Flowers Ford. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Water Valley. Mrs. Gray was a gospel singer and loved singing in churches. She was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College in Memphis.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, September 5, in First United Pentecostal Church of Water Valley, with Bro. Charles Compton and Bro. Paul Marshall officiating. Interment was in the the First United Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Water Valley.

    Survivors include three sisters, Jean (Jerry) Bounds of Southaven, Nancy Hine of Water Valley, and Judith St. John of Southaven; two brothers, Sonny (Pam) Ford of Sardis and Mike (Sherry) Ford of Collierville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Herman McCluskey

WATER VALLEY – Herman Eugene McCluskey, 81, a former salesman for M. E. Carter Meat Company in Jonesboro, Ark., died Wednesday, September 1, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    The funeral service was held Friday, September 3, at  eleven o’clock in the morning in the Chapel at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with Rev. Jimmy Pinkerton and Rev. James McCluskey officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

    Born in Iuka, Mr. McCluskey was the widower of Eula Faye Beene McCluskey. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Sgt. First Class in the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star in June, 1952, for his service as a sharp shooter during the war. He was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy McCluskey Ferguson.

    Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Faye Cobb of Water Valley; a son, Larry Eugene McCluskey, and his wife, Sheila, of Lake City, Ark.; two sisters, Gladys McCullar of Monroe, La. and Evelyn Cook of Water Valley; three brothers, Herschel McCluskey of Oxford, Billy McCluskey of Pontotoc, and Jerry McCluskey of Brandon; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mr. McCluskey’s memory be made to: Yellow Leaf Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655.

      In honor of Mr. McCluskey’s service to our country, the flag of the U.S. Army was flown over Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.

Annie Mae Riggs

CHARLESTON – Annie Mae Riggs, age 88, died Monday, September 6, 2010, in the Tallahatchie Extended Care Facility.

    Born October 25, 1921, Miss Riggs was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Blanche Nilander Riggs. She was a homemaker and a member of Charleston First United Methodist Church.

    Graveside services were held at one o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, September 7, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Womble Funeral Home of Charleston had charge of arrangements. Miss Riggs leaves no immediate family.

     The family request that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 159, Charleston, MS 38921, or Talla Extended Care Facility, P. O. Box 230, Charleston, MS 38921.

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