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Obituaries – Dec 30, 2010

Cleala Mae Adams

WATER VALLEY—Cleala Mae Adams, age 86, died Sunday, December 19, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born June 23, 1924, Mrs. Adams was a daughter of the late Chancie Lee and Jane Ophelia White Toliver. She confessed hope in Christ at an early age and joined Spring Hill North M.B. Church. She later joined Pleasant Green M.B. Church where she served on the Mother Board. She remained faithful at Pleasant Green until her health failed.

    She was married to the late George Washington Adams and to this union two daughters and two sons were born. Mrs. Adams was a retired factory worker, having worked for Motts Incorporated. She was also a member of the Yalobusha County Homemaker’s Club.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Adams were held in Pleasant Green M.B. Church in Panola County on Monday, December 27, at noon, with Rev. Preston Gleeton, Sr. presiding. Interment was in the Pleasant Green Church Cemetery immediately following the service. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    She leaves two daughters, Minnie (Willie) Douglass of Chicago, Ill., and Mildred (James) Judson of Water Valley; one son, George Wesley (Pearlie) Adams of Milan, Ill.; three sisters, Janie L. Phose, Lila R. Morgan, and Gladys Kilgore, all of Grand Rapids, Michigan; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Lester Adams; one sister, Annie C. Homburger; and two brothers, Chancie Lee Toliver and James Lacy Toliver.

Daniel Edward Bynum, Sr.

OXFORD—Daniel Edward Bynum, Sr., 51, died Thursday, December 23, 2010, at his home near Oxford.

    Born in Chicago, he had lived most of his life in the Oxford area. He enjoyed cooking, especially on the grill. Mr. Bynum had served in the National Guard and was a member of Jumper’s Chapel Church.

    A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 30, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. John Stewart officiating. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Debra Burk Bynum of Oxford; one son, Daniel Edward Bynum, Jr. of Kettering, Ohio; one sister, Sandra Anthony of Pope; three brothers, Donald Bynum of Water Valley, Ronald T. Bynum of Senatobia, and Larry Bynum of Chicago; and two grandchildren.

    His parents, Raymond and Virginia Bynum, preceded him in death. Memorial may be made to Baptist Home Care and Hospice, 126 Hwy. 51 North, Batesville, MS 38606.

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Mary Pearl Woods Dooley

FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA—Mary Pearl Woods Dooley, 87, died December 21, 2010, at her home in Fairhope, Alabama, surrounded by her family.

     Born March 27, 1923, Mrs. Dooley was the only child of Marcus Leroy and Mary Pearl Woods. She grew up in Water Valley. After attending college in Bardstown, Ky., she  fell in love, married, and moved to Middlesboro, Ky.

    Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Edward Moore Dooley; 12 children, Teresa Cloud, Mark (Kathy) Dooley, Bill (Rosanna) Dooley, Bo Dooley, Becky (Carl) Lundberg, Brian (Charlisa) Dooley, Jeanne Dooley, Shay (Richard) Sims, Chris Dooley,  Casey Dooley,  John Doley, and Kerry (Bill) Lehmberg; and 16 grandchildren, Kayla Cloud, Chelsea Cloud, Eddie (Alex) Dooley, Amanda (Eric) Griffin, Lucas Dooley, Sarah Dooley, Erin Dooley, Caitlin Dooley, Buck (Summer) Kelley, Toby (Megan) Kelley, Andy Kelley, Kristjen (Ben Welchel) Lundberg, Jana Sims, Reggie Dooley; and three great-grandchildren.

    “Our mother had a rich and happy life and enjoyed many things, most of all her family, friends, and church,” stated her children.

    A Memorial Mass was held Thursday, December 23, at ten o’clock in the morning in St. Lawrence Catholic Church at Fairhope. Interment was in Belforest Catholic Cemetery. Arrangement were by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. Fairhope.

Robert H. Samuels

BEEBE, Ark. – Robert H. “Poppie” Samuels, age 84, of BeeBe, Ark., retired Director of Printing at the University of Mississippi, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010, in Arkansas Hospice Hospital at Little Rock, Ark.

    The funeral service was held Monday, December 27, at 11 a.m. in St. Andrews United Methodist Church of Oxford with Rev. John Kramer officiating. Burial followed in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date in First United Methodist Church of BeeBe. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Born October 8, 1926, Mr. Samuels was a son of the late Roy Hestal and Edith Carlene Moore Samuels. He grew up in Water Valley, the third of five children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth Melroy “Snow” Samuels, Wayman Carl “Freck” Samuels, and Billy Elsworth Samuels; and a sister, Geneva Lee “Sis” Ison.

    Mr. Samuels attended Camp Ground School and joined the United States Navy in 1942 and was stationed at Virginia Beach, Va. He married his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Louise Cooper of Taylor and Oxford, on November 2, 1945. After his Navy service, they returned to Memphis where he was employed by S. C. Toof and Company for over 41 years. He retired in 1996 from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as the Director of Printing Services. He was recognized as an expert in the printing industry and was a frequent speaker and consultant to clients, schools, and universities.         He received numerous awards and recognition for his success in sales. He was a 32nd degree Mason for the Grand Lodge of Tennessee for over 50 years. Mr. Samuels was a sports enthusiast and loved the Old Miss Rebels and supported them enthusiastically. He was very active in his church, St. Andrews United Mehtoidst in Oxford and also in his church in BeeBe, First United Methodist of BeeBe. He was also an active member and volunteer with Exchange Club of Oxford and the Interfaith Compassion Ministries. Poppie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

    Survivors include: his wife, Mary Louise Samuels of BeeBe, Ark.; his daughter, Donna Louise Walton (Earl) of BeeBe, his son, Ronald Larry Samuels (Lynn) of Nashville; grandchildren, Hollie Walton Gumm (Matthew) of BeeBe, Whiteney Samuels Musser (Matthew) of Nashville, and Cooper Alan Samuels (Kendall) of Nashville; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    The family request that expressions of sympathy in Mr. Samuels’ memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 6, Oxford, MS 38655; or First United Methodist Church of BeeBe, 302 North Main Street, BeeBe, AR 72012.

Matthew “Mack” Harmon

WATER VALLEY—Matthew “Mack” Harmon, age 91, died Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

    Born December 14, 1919, Mr. Harmon was a son of the late James Matthew and Victoria Jane Palmer Harmon. He was a self-employed carpenter. Mr. Harmon enjoyed playing the fiddle and won several fiddling competitions. He was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church, near Water Valley.

    Survivors include his spouse, Lottie Mae Harmon of Water Valley; two daughters, Mackie Surrette of Lafayette County and Teresa Kay Howell of Hamilton, Ala.; and one grandchild, Ricky Surrette.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Cora Lee Stegall, Velsie Bratton, Envie Mize, Ezy Mize, and Marie Singletary, and three brothers, Kelly Harmon, G. A. “Bunk” Harmon, and Richard Harmon.

    A graveside service was held in the Paris Community Cemetery on Thursday, December 23, at ten o’clock in the morning, with Bro. Freddie Earl Moorman, Jr. officiating. Hubert Sanders, Gerald Redwine, Larry Sprouse, Delano Mize and Bro. Freedie Earl Moorman, Jr. served as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

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