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Obituaries – Dec 16, 2010

Dr. Gaines Lassabe Cooke

GRENADA – Dr. Gaines Lassabe Cooke died peacefully at his home Sunday evening, December 12, 2010. He was born October 15, 1920, in Hammond, La. and was raised in Coffeeville.

    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Grenada. Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

   Pallbearers are Charles Flowers, Scott Flowers, Graydon Flowers, Chip Denton, Mike Nabors and Johnny Hankins. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Bobby Townes and Dr. Joe Roberts.

    Dr. Cooke attended and graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Mississippi in Oxford in May, 1940. He then received his Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Upon receiving his medical degree, he served a rotating internship at Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa.

     It was here that he met his future wife, Olga Kotys Cooke whom he was married to for 57 years. During World War II, he served as a physician on board the USS Shamrock in the Mediterranean. After the war he completed residencies at Geisinger Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital in New York and Lahey Clinic at Boston, MA. He returned to Grenada in 1949 and practiced medicine until his retirement in July, 2003. During this time, he was associated with Grenada Lake Medical Center and served as Chief of Staff.

     Dr. Cooke was also an avid Ole Miss fan and supporter, a loyal member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, a member of the Grenada Rotary Club and a founding member of the Grenada Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

    He is preceded in death by his wife, Olga Kotys Cooke, his parents, Gaines and Frances Cooke, his sister, Nell Cooke and a granddaughter, Alexa Cooke. He leaves a daughter, Lassie Cooke Flowers and husband, Harry, 2 sons, Gaines L. (Buddy) Cooke, III and Steve Cooke and wife, Ginger. He also leaves five grandchildren, Charles Flowers and wife, Adrienne, Amelia Flowers, Scott Flowers and wife, Julie, Graydon Flowers and wife, Abby and Molly Cooke; and four great-grandchildren, Allie Harris, Gray, Gaines, and Anna Flowers.

    Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the University of Mississippi Foundation or All Saints Episcopal Church.

Glenn Richard Criddle

CALHOUN CITY – Glenn Richard Criddle, 70, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 24, 1940, in Vardaman. He was a member of Youngs Chapel Methodist Church.

    Services were held Friday, December 10, Vardaman United Methodist Church. Rev. Harold Robertson and the Rev. John Warren officiated. Interment was held at  Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of the arrangements.

    Mr. Criddle is survived by one son, Glenn Richard Criddle Jr. of Mississippi; three sisters, Joyce House of Water Valley, and Myrtle Morris and Carolyn Williams, both of Calhoun City; one brother, Jimmy Noel Criddle of Vardaman; and three grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Noel Willie Criddle and Josephine Young Criddle; three brothers, George Criddle, Donald Criddle and Gerald Criddle; and a niece, Tammy Cooper.

    Pallbearers were Aubrey Criddle, Doyle Criddle, David Hood, Jerry Howell, David Marshall and Keith Neal.

    Honorary pallbearers were Pee Wee Coleman, Jeremy Criddle, Chris Harris and Timmy Moss.

Robert Williams

COFFEEVILLE—Robert Williams, 75, of Coffeeville died Sunday, December 12, 2010, at his residence.

    Born in Water Valley on November 11, 1935, Mr. Williams was a son of the late Arthur Fisher and Mabel Claire Cole Williams. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Mr. Williams was a retired farmer and a lifetime member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.

    The family will gather at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Water Valley at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 15. Graveside services will follow at 10 a.m. in the church cemetery with Rev. Barry Dickerson officiating.

    Mr. Williams is survived by two daughters, Tonia Williams Bailey and Autumn Rae Williams, both of Water Valley, and their mother, Bobbie Mitchell Williams of Scobey; three grandchildren, Cole Bailey, Devin Bailey, and Anna Claire Phillips; one sister, Opal Wright of Water Valley and special friends Eugene Shaw, Bruce Stidham and Kim Hollowell.

     In addition to  his  parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, May Jane Walton; and four brothers, Cole, Howard, Arthur, Jr., and Harold Williams.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3597 CR 58, Water Valley, MS 38965.

  Garner-Harper Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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