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Obituaries – Jan. 20, 2011

William Lee “Billy” Bell

BILLINGS, MONT. – William Lee “Billy” Bell, 57, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Coffeeville, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2011, after a long illness.

    Born August 19, 1953, in Water Valley, he was a son of Noel Lee “Pug” Bell and Hollie Field Bell. He had a kind and generous spirit, giving to a fault, a friend to all who met him, a person who will be greatly missed by many. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outside and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Also, he enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys play football. He was employed for over 25 years with Sean Drilling Industries in Houston, Texas. He then worked as an independent oil field contractor.

    Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, 2011, at two o’clock in the afternoon in First Baptist Church, Coffeeville, with Rev. Truman Scarbrough officiating. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery, with Harold Shaw, Jr., Donald Byford, Jarvis Simmons, Kevin Foster, Mark Hays and Buddy Adams as pallbearers. Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Cheryl L. Bell of Billings; his parents, Noel L. and Hollie F. Bell; his children, Jennifer Bell Waldo (Cliff); Christy Bell (Scott), and William A. “Tony” Bell (Hollie), all of Coffeeville, and Robert G. “Bobby” Bell of Billings; five grandchildren, Cynthia Goodwin, Laura Lee Goodwin, Dylan Hood, Austin Waldo, and Reagan Waldo; three step-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, John O. “Buddy” Adams; a niece and nephew.

    He was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Bell Adams, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Boyle, Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Crews.

Bertha Booker Davis

WATER VALLEY—Bertha Booker Davis of Water Valley died Sunday, January 9, 2011, in Desoto Healthcare at Southaven at the age of 104 years and nine months.

    She was born in Lafayette County on April 6, 1906, to the late Francis Marion Booker and Elvira Haney Booker. Mrs. Davis had lived in Water Valley for many years before moving into the Desoto Healthcare facility in 1998. She was a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ.

    Visitation began at 10 a.m. Friday, January 14, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, followed by funeral service at eleven o’clock in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. David Floyd and Gaylon Booker conducting the service. Pallbearers were Guy R. (Sonny) Davis, Jack Welch, Bobby Schmitz, Bobby Singleton, and Kenny Goodwin. Interment was in the Camp Ground Cemetery. There was no graveside service.

    Mrs. Davis is survived by a son, Guy Russell Davis (Marie) of Bartlett, Tenn; a grandson, Guy Russell Davis, Jr. of Memphis; a step granddaughter, Janice Rowell (Barney) of Nesbit; a step grandson, Michael Allison (Terry) of Bartlett; one great-grandson; one great-great-granddaughter.

    At the time of her death, Mrs. Davis had been widowed for 78 years, having lost her husband, James R. (Jim) Davis in 1933.

Mary Ann Folson Ealy

OXFORD—Mary Ann Folson Ealy, age 99, died Sunday, January 9, 2011, in Graceland Nursing Care at Oxford.

    Born in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Regina Taylor Folson. Mrs. Ealy was a member of Everdale Missionary Baptist Church where she served as an usher and a member of the Mother Board. She was formerly a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Ealy was a wonderful cook and loved going to church.

    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, January 15, in Everdale Baptist Church at Water Valley, with Rev. Larry Hervey, Rev. Phillip Brackett, and Rev. Timothy Frierson officiating. Interment was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. Her granddaughters served as flower girls.

    Survivors include two daughters, Rosie N. Kee (Charles) of Detroit, Michigan, and Anna M. Campbell (Harry) of Tallahassee, Fla.; one son, Chester L. Folson of  Coffeeville; a daughter-in-law, Christine Haywood; two sisters, Sarah Cook of Oxford and Idessa Anderson of Memphis; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Theo Ealy; one daughter, Cozy Shaw; two sisters, Cora Folson and Corrine Reese; and three brothers, David Lewis Folson, George Washington Folson, and Leroy Folson.

    Online condolences may be made at

Ura Jane Barlow Parker

TULA – Mrs. Ura Jane Barlow Parker, 98, retired postmaster at the Tula Post Office where she worked for 37 years, died Saturday, January 15, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Belden.

    The funeral service was held Monday, January 17, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, with Rev. Clay Farr, Rev. James Richardson, and Rev. Matthew Pharis officiating. Burial followed in the Tula Cemetery.

    Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Parker was the widow of J. B. Parker. She was a lifetime member of Tula Methodist Church, where she served as the church secretary for over 40 years. She was a member of United Methodist Women and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mattie Barlow; eight sisters and brothers; two sons, John Bartley Parker, Jr. and John Robert Parker, Sr.; one great-grandson, Adam Betts; and one great-granddaughter, Lyza Jane Case.

    Survivors include a daughter, Jane Parker O’Callaghan of Belden; a daughter-in-law, Janis Parker of Oxford;  a sister, Leona Brown of Oxford; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

    Memorial contributions in Mrs. Parker’s memory may be made to the Tula Cemetery Fund or Tula Methodist Church, c/o Janis Parker, 64 CR 436, Oxford, MS 38655.

Dorothy Lee Peden

BATESVILLE—Dorothy Lee Peden, age 83, widow of Cooper Peden, died Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Batesville.

    The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 19, in the First United Methodist of Batesville, with Rev. Pat Ludlam and Rev. Charlie Simmons officiating. Interment will be in the Belen Cemetery at Belen. Visitation will be from one until two o’clock prior to the service in the First United Methodist Church.

    Born June 26, 1927, in Eastbourne, UK, Mrs. Peden was a daughter of the late Leonard and Grace Lee. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church of Batesville.

     Survivors include: two daughters, Mary Peden Fuquay (Walter) of Oakland; Beverly Peden Neale (Charlie) of Memphis; four grandchildren, Tricia Southcomb, Paul Brasher, Jr., Alex Neale, Cory Peden; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Gary Lynn Redwine

WATER VALLEY—Gary Lynn Redwine, 55, of Water Valley died at his home Sunday, January 16, 2011, with his wife, Lisa, by his side.  

   He was born in Water Valley to the late Doyle and Mildred Maynor Redwine and was a bass player and vocalist for the 69 South Band. Gary retired after 27 years with BorgWarner, and enjoyed carpentry work and flying in his glider over Yalobusha County, where he often took photos of homes and farms. He was a loving father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family.

    Services are planned for two o’clock in the afternoon, Friday, January 21, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Bro. James West will conduct the service, and members of his band will serve as pallbearers, with family and friends serving as honorary pallbearers.

    Survivors include his wife, Lisa Welch Redwine, one daughter, Miranda (Nicholas) Core, and a son, Todd (Crystal) Redwine, all of Water Valley; a sister, Diane (Abe) Morris of Forest; three grandchildren, Logan Core, Makaelah Redwine, and Rhiannon Redwine, and one grandchild on the way.

    In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his step-mother, Bernice Prescott Redwine; a sister, Linda Jean Redwine; and a brother, Roy Lee Redwine.

    Online condolences may be offered at

Corinne Edrington Trusty

WATER VALLEY—Corinne Edrington Trusty, 105, died Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Fairfield Assisted Living Center in Batesville.

    Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at two o’clock in the afternoon in First United Methodist Church at Water Valley.

    Mrs. Trusty, daughter of the late Robert Ernest Edrington and Nell Gregory Edrington, was born November 2, 1905, in Water Valley. Married to Aubrey W. Trusty on August 22, 1925, they celebrated their 79th anniversary prior to his death on March 19, 2005. When Mr. Trusty retired in 1962, they moved from Shreveport, Louisiana to Water Valley. Because they were co-superintendents of the Youth Division of the First Methodist Church in Shreveport for 33 years, church members dedicated the Trusty Prayer Room to them.

    Mrs. Trusty was the oldest in age and length of membership of the Water Valley First United Methodist Church. Joining the church on Easter in 1912, she remained an active member, attending all services and serving in many areas. In her honor, a local United Methodist Women’s group was named Corinne Circle. She was a lifetime honorary member of the local administrative board. The Trusty’s established a scholarship fund for students entering the Methodist ministry.

    They were Grand Marshals of the 1995 Christmas parade. Known to her friends as “Skeet,” she was an accomplished seamstress and a knowledgeable antique collector.

    Survivors are her daughter, Nettie Nell Richmond of Jackson; a son, William Edrington Trusty, Sr. of Batesville; five grandchildren, Mary Richmond Short of Jackson, Charles Clay Richmond, III, of Jackson, Jennifer Trusty Coker of Brandon, Shannon Trusty Defour of Satsuma, Ala., and William Edrington Trusty, Jr. of Batesville; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Verna Leigh Ellzey Vines

WATER VALLEY—Verna Leigh Ellzey Vines, age 70, widow of David Morgan, died Thursday, January 13, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

     Funeral services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville, with Rev. Jay Anderson presiding. Interment followed in Springdale Cemetery at Oxford.

    Ms. Vines was born September 25, 1940, in Serepta to Murray and Eva Sartain Ellzey. She was an L.P.N. for over 30 years and was a Baptist.

    Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca Morgan of Oxford; a son, Rodney Morgan of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Janie Ellzey White of Courtland; her mother, Eva Sartain Ellzey of Batesvile; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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