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Obituaries – Oct 7, 2010

Elsie Lavenier Brewer Ashford

WATER VALLEY – Elsie Lavenier Brewer Ashford, age 89, a former long-time resident of Water Valley, died Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in Greenville.

    Born June 25, 1921, in Crockett, Miss., Mrs. Ashford was a daughter of the late Ernest Brewer and Pearl Craig Brewer. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Northwest Community College.

    After 40 years of service in the teaching profession, Mrs. Ashford retired from the Water Valley School District. She was an avid bridge player and loved riding motorcycles with her son in her later years. Mrs. Ashford was a faithful member of the Water Valley Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa, and MAE. She was selected as star student twice during her career.

    The funeral service was held in the Water Valley Church of Christ at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, October 2, with David Floyd and Fred Eakes as the officiating ministers. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Gordon Louis “Lou” Andrews, II, Tomie R. “Robbie” Ashford II, Hunter Cheyenne Ashford, Clay Ashford, Mark Williams Hayden, Martin Elbert Young, George Breisch Stallings and Steve Arnold Mears serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Ashford is survived by one daughter, Cindy (Gordon) Andrews of Greenville; one son, Tommy (Gayle) Ashford of Water Valley; a sister, Faye Hayden of Batesville; four grandchildren, Tomie Robert Ashford, II, Gordon Louis “Lou” Andrews, II, Angilique Gayle Andrews Stallings and Elizabeth Ann Andrews Mears; and five great-grandchildren, Hunter Ashford, John Paul Ashford, Ryen Ashford, Gage Stallings, and Laura Beth Mears.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Ashford, in 2003; two sisters, Willa May Thomas and Madeline Sealy; and a brother, Gene Leonard.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Water Valley Church of Christ. Online condolences may be made to

Dorothy Faye Dibble

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – Dorothy Faye Dibble, 86, of Zephyrhills, Fla. passed away Friday, September 24, 2010.

    Born September 27, 1923, in Water Valley, she was the daughter of Marvin and Era Maude Vaughn Tutor.

    Mrs. Dibble was a former member of a Philanthropic Educational organization and owner of Pasco Abstract, Co. She was a member of First Christian Church of Zephyrhills.

    Survivors include a grandson, Richard Dibble, III (Trace) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a granddaughter, Larissa Tolan of Michigan; four sisters, Margie (John) Weaver of Livingston, Texas, Hazel Taylor of Southaven, Betty Moore (Benny) of Columbus, and Georgia Roberts (Billy) of Searcy, Ark.; three brothers, Harvey Tutor of Chicago, Ill., J. W. Tutor (Inez) of Water Valley, and Leslie Tutor of Southaven; three great-grandsons, Justyn and Jacob Dibble of West Palm Beach and Logan Tolan of Michigan; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Tolan of Michigan.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dibble, Sr.;  a son, Richard Dibble, Jr.; two brothers, Herman Tutor and Frank Tutor; and also her parents. Graveside services were held September 29, at Oakside Cemetery in Zephyrhills.

Billy Dean “Beau” Kilgore

COFFEEVILLE—Billy Dean “Beau” Kilgore, age 63, died October 3, 2010 at his home in Coffeeville.

    Born in Grenada on June 8, 1947 he is a son of William Marion Kilgore and Margaret F. Kilgore. Mr. Kilgore attended the University of Mississippi. He was a veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He worked as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. He attended the Church of Christ in Coffeeville and the Heartstrong Church in Memphis. Mr. Kilgore was an avid outdoorsman, he  enjoyed reading and loved his dogs.

    The visitation will be held Wednesday, October 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Coffeeville. The funeral service will be held in the Coffeeville Church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, with Rev. Donald Roberson officiating. Interment will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at Memphis.

    Survivors include: one son, David Bret (Amy) Kilgore of Collierville, Tenn.; his mother, Margaret F. Kilgore of Coffeeville; and one granddaughter, Savannah Kilgore of Collierville.

    He was preceded in death by his father, William Marion Kilgore. Online condolences may be made at

James Herman Ragland

OAK GROVE, LA – James Herman Ragland, 94, formerly of Lafayette County, died on Monday, September 27, 2010, at West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

    Services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Monday, October 4, in Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church at Water Valley, with Rev. Spencer Mathis and Rev. Robert Burress officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Eddie Robinson and Sons were in charge of arrangements.

    Born in Calhoun County, Mr. Ragland was a retired janitor and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Odie Ragland; one son, Raymond Ragland; two sisters, Ora R. Booker and Lydia R. Sims; and two brothers, Winfred Ragland and Byron Ragland.

    Survivors include his son, James Edward Ragland (Mary) of Menika, Ill.; one daughter, Sandra Ragland Eskin of Lake Providence, La.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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