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Obituaries – Feb. 10, 2011

Edna Mae Eddie Bennett

ORANGE, TEXAS – Edna Mae Eddie Bennett passed away Monday, January 31, 2011.

    She was a daughter of the late Max A. and Belle Goldfine. A native of Orange, Texas, she had spent her entire life there. Mrs. Bennett was a graduate of Orange High School and loved being a member of the Bengal Guards. She attended the University of Texas and returned to Orange, where she met and married her husband of 34 years, Dr. David Bennett, M.D. She was a charter member of the Service League of Orange and participated in the Leaf and Petal Garden Club for many years. She was an avid bridge player.

    Survivors include her children, Dr. Frank Bennett of Monroe, La., Debbie and Philip Drago, Jr. of Port Neches, Texas, Shelley and Trent Howell of Water Valley, and Ms. Barbara Bennett of Houston, Texas; a sister, Shirley Sugarman of Cleveland, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrea and Garrett Mulkey of Arlington, Texas, Alana Drago of Dallas, and Rebecca Drago of Houston, Texas; a great-grandson, Jackson Mulkey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Visitation was Wednesday, February 2, 5-8 p.m. A graveside service was held in Kol Israel Cemetery at Beaumont, Texas. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Emanuel in Beaumont, Texas, The Orange Public Library (large print children’s collection), the American Cancer Society, The Service League of Orange, or a charity of your choice.

Betty Jean Marion

COFFEEVILLE – Betty Jean Marion, age 69, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in Grenada Lake Medical Center.

    Born November 15, 1942, Mrs. Marion was a daughter of the late Earl Marion and Louise B. Hoskins Marion. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed cooking and cared for many children during her lifetime.

    Visitation was held Saturday, February 5, from ten until eleven o’clock at Zion Springs Baptist church in Bruce. The funeral service followed visitation at eleven a.m., with Rev. Tommy Daniels officiating. Interment was in the Zion Spring Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    She is survived by five sisters, Stella Collins of Memphis, Susie Flemons of  Coffeeville, Shirley Malone of Senatobia, Mary Steen (Sammy) of Jackson, and Mattie Sims of Water Valley; five brothers, Robert Marion (Louise), James Marion (Elizabeth), Tommy Marion (Edna), John T. Marion (Rosie) and Perry Marion (Brenda), all of Coffeeville; and a host of relatives and friends.

    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Lee.

Walter Earl McClellan

COFFEEVILLE – Walter Earl McClellan, 74, of Coffeeville died Thursday, February 3, 2011, at his residence.

   Born in Potts Camp, December 10, 1936, he was a son of the late Johnny  Baker and Maggie Lorene Randolph McClellan.

    Mr. McClellan was a U.S. Marine veteran and a retired maintenance manager. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. Mr. McClellan attended First Baptist Church, Coffeeville.

    Visitation was Saturday, February 5, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Garner-Harper Funeral Home at Coffeeville. The funeral service was held Sunday, February 6, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel at Grenada, with Rev. James Edwards officiating. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery.

    Survivors include: his wife, Nancy Black McClellan; a daughter, Stephanie McClellan Defer and her husband, Bubba, of Water Valley; a grandchild, Skyler Defer; one sister, Sandra Jones of Como; and several nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Chism, and a niece, Teri Chism.

Leonard Gene Rogers, Sr.

WATER VALLEY – Leonard Gene Ro-gers, Sr.,  age 75, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  Born December 2, 1935, in Whitesville, Kentucky, he was a son of the late James Alonzo Rogers and the late Viola Wimp Rogers.

    In high school, Mr. Rogers began working summers for Green River Rural Electric Cooperative, Corp. in Owensboro, Ky. He worked in rural electrification in jobs ranging from lineman in Kentucky, to systems engineer in Blytheville, Ark., to working with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) out of Washington, D.C. as Senior Rural Electrification Specialist. This assignment took him to projects in Jamaica as Project Manager and in Central and South America, to Yemen, and India. After retirement from NRECA, Mr. Rogers developed his own consulting firm – still working with rural electrification.

    In 1993 he  moved back to Oxford to be near the grandchildren, who were his absolute delight. They affectionately called him PawPaw and grilled PawPaw Patties (hamburgers) were their favorite food. Mr. Rogers always loved movies. His hobby became collecting information about old movies and movie stars and he had started writing a book about them. He and his wife, Sue, moved to Water Valley in 2006.

    Visitation was Saturday, February 5, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at 2:30 p.m., with Elder Josh Winslett and Elder Mark Quarles officiating. Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery in Oxford.

    He is survived by his wife, Sue Fuller Rogers of Water Valley; a son, Leonard Gene “Roge” Rogers, Jr. (Teri) of Collierville, Tenn.; a daughter, Susan Lynn Rogers Newman (Joe) of Water Valley; and three grandchildren, Randi Lynn Barber, Jeffrey Charles Rogers, and Jennifer Lee Rogers.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Rowell, two brothers, James T. Rogers, and Ronald F. Rogers, and a grandson, Jeremy Michael Barber.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to his beloved church, Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, 252 CR 303, Oxford, MS 38655, or a charity of your choice.

Helen Vaughn Purser

WATER VALLEY – Helen Vaughn Purser, age 79, died Thursday, February 3, 2011, at her home in Water Valley.

    Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Purser was a daughter of the late Earl Eugene and Hazel Leake Vaughn. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, canning and gardening. She especially liked to fish. She loved people and she enjoyed crocheting for her family and friends. Helen was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Water Valley.

    Visitation was held Sunday, February 6, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley. The funeral service was held Monday, February 7, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Ken Izzard officiating. Interment was in Owens Cemetery at Abbeville, with Eddie Vaughn, Randy (Bubba) Daniels, Vaughn Daniels, Billy Slone, Curtis Dennis, and Frank Vaughn, serving as pallbearers.

    Mrs. Purser is survived by one daughter, Karla Denise Bennett of Water Valley; a son, Bruce Bennett (Teresa) of Kiln, Miss., a sister, Louise Kiewert (Roy) of Cannoga  Park, Calif.;  three brothers, Sonny Vaughn (Sue) of Oxford, Earl Vaughn (Edith) and Harry Vaughn (Sue), both of Abbeville; and one granddaughter, Skeet Bennett of Ellisville.

    She was preceded in death by her husbands, James E. “Buck” Bennett and Tom Purser, one sister, Dorothy Withrow; three brothers, Willis Vaughn, Carlos Vaughn, and Tony Vaughn; and one grandson, Jonathan Bennett.

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Velma Williams

OXFORD – Velma Williams, age 68, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born in Hughes, Ark., she is a daughter of the late William Columbus and Ethel Jane Rock Miller. Mrs. Williams had lived in Water Valley with her daughter for the past three years. She worked as a seamstress for many years and enjoyed reading and sewing for her family and friends.

    A graveside service was held Thursday, February 3, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the Delay Baptist Church Cemetery, at Water Valley, with her grandchildren and nephews serving as pallbearers. Visitation was 30 minutes prior to the service. Seven  Oaks Funeral  Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Webb of Marion, Ark., and Elizabeth Rutland of Lafayette County; three sisters, Shirley Black of West Memphis, Ark., Dale Cooley of Osceola, Ark., and Peggy Dudy of Old Town, Fla.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Nora Mae Pickle, Dora Lee Pickle, Delma Yarbrough, and Mary Sue Miller, and two brothers, I. D. Miller and William Miller.

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