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Obituaries – Feb. 3, 2011

Donna Kirkwood Harding

COLUMBUS – Donna Kirkwood Harding died January 28, 2011.

    Born January 4, 1921, in Memphis, Mrs. Harding was the oldest daughter of Donald and Sarah Morris Kirkwood of Panola County. Her siblings included William (Billy) Kirkwood, Nancy Kirkwood  Ross, and Robert (Bob) Kirkwood. She spent her early years in Earl, Ark., before moving to the Water Valley area in 1936. She was a graduate of Camp Ground High School, where she was selected “Miss Camp Ground” in 1940. During the war she worked in Hattiesburg and she was a welder building transport ships in Oakland, California.

    Donna Kirkwood and Norris Harding were married in November of 1945. They had three children, Donald, Harding, William (Billy) Harding, and Bruce Harding. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley, where she taught Sunday School for  many years. She also served at the Sand Spring (Orwood) Presbyterian Church and Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Harding was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Visitation was held Saturday, January 29, from 6 until 8 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, January 30, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Spraberry and Bro. Melvin Mordecai officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Water Valley, with Clay Ashford, Barron Caulfield, Jr., Trent Howell, Robert Norwood, Jimmy Treloar, and John Wood serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include her three sons, Donald Frank (Jean) Harding of Caledonia,  William “Bill” Norris Harding of Clarksdale, and Roger Bruce (Teresa) Harding of Bartlett, Tenn.; one sister, Nancy Kirkwood Ross of Mayflower, Ark.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Norris D. Harding, and two brothers, William and Robert Kirkwood.

    The family requests that memorials be made to Orwood Cemetery Fund, care of Tommy Webb: 258 CR 254, Oxford, Miss. 38655; or First Presbyterian Church, Water Valley.

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Wilson Earl Smith

WALLS – Wilson Earl Smith, age 57, died Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at his home in Walls.

    Born in Oakland, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Harrison Lester and Marantha Kennedy Smith. He worked in the construction industry for most of his life. He was a hard worker, who liked laying brick and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Smith attended the Second Baptist Church in Walls.

    Visitation was held Thursday, January 27, from 6-8 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, January 28, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro.  Raymond Aven officiating. Interment was in the Oakland City Cemetery, with his nephews serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include four sisters, Ilene Dees of Enid, Christine Brown of Walbridge, Ohio, Mary Bunch of Walls, and Pearl Boyles of Water Valley; two brothers, Lester “Red” Smith and James “Bud” Smith, both of Water Valley; one aunt, Pearl Thompson of  Senatobia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Johnson, and five brothers, J. H. Smith, Bill Smith, Bobby Smith, Chester Smith, and Delmer Smith.

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