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Obituaries – Feb. 24, 2011

Kyron Jakereon Brown

WATER VALLEY—Kyron Jakereon Brown, age 3 months, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at his home in Water Valley.

    A graveside service was held in the Garden of Memories, located at Coleman Funeral Home, Oxford, Friday, February 18, at two o’clock in the afternoon. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include: his parents, Kimberly Brown and Orlando Hall, both of Water Valley; two brothers, Jerkaylen Brown and Caleb Brown, both of Water Valley; grandmothers, Minnie Brown of Oxford and Nancy Hall of Water Valley; grandfathers, Eddie McGlorn of Oxford and Ray Suggs of Water Valley; and a great-grandmother, Louise Hall of Water Valley.

    Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.


Robert Lee Burden

GOLDSBORO, NY—Funeral services for MSGT Robert Lee Burden (Ret. USAF), age 70, were held February 17, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton, New York.

    Mr. Burden died Saturday, February 12, in the Pitt Community Hospital in Greenville, NY.

    Surviving are his wife, Janet  Burden of Goldsboro; two sons, Robb and Derek Burden; one daughter, Teresa Martz;  two brothers, Frank Burden and Kenneth Jessmon, Jr.; seven grandchildren, Fletcher and Magnolia Burden, Kraig Rutherford, Kile Courtney-Burden, Carin, Daniel and Breanna Martz.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Kenneth Jessmon, and two brothers, Wayne and Larry Burden.

     Born May 13, 1940 in Coffeeville, Mr. Burden was a son of the late Clifton B. nd Mary K. (Lyles) Burden. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1958-1978, and attaining the rank of Master-Sgt. After his honorable discharge, he attended college for automotive and opened his own repair shop, “Bob’s Garage,” which he operated from 1978-2005.

    On December 6, 1971 he married Janet Lee Matthews in Phoeniz, Arizona. A few of his interests were camping with the Boy Scouts, fishing and restoring classic cars.

    Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyon Street, P. O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.


Edward Raley

BANNER—Edward “Buck” Raley, 70, of Banner died February 18, 2011 in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born May 29, 1940, in Water Valley, Mr. Raley was a son of the late Loyd Elbert Raley and Thelma Ashmore Raley. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lynn Raley. Mr. Raley was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church. He was a retired manager of Dowdle Gas and Vend-A-Snack. He was an avid fisherman, gardner, and loving father.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, February 20, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, Bruce, with Bro. Dennis Dorris officiating and Bro. Dan Dickerson assisting. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Baptist Cemetery, Banner, with Terry Davis, Andy Edwards, Stephen Gorone, Horace Hardy, Rob May, Bo Massey, Nathan Massey, and Tyrone Turner as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Edwards, Jim Hodge, and Leonard Poynor.

    Survivors include his wife, Anne Henry Raley of Banner; two daughters, Suzette Kitchen, and husband, Bob, of Plantersville, and Crystal Turner, and husband, Tyrone, of Eupora; three sons, Barry Raley of Oxford, Tony Raley of Banner, and Jeffrey Walters of Pontotoc; one sister, Barbara Grant, and husband, Jimmy, of Haleyville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Gabriel Turner, Michael Turner, and Jessica Turner.

William Staten Summers

TILLATOBA—William Staten “Sonny” Summers, 73, formerly of Cleveland, passed away February 11, 2011, at his home in Tillatoba.

    Services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, February 14, in Ray Funeral Home, with Rev. Thomas Bruce, Elsworth McCracken, and Joel Hammond officiating. Burial followed in the North Cleveland Cemetery, with Steven Dill, Steven Stroup, Michael Paul Riddell, Peter Walker, Will Williams, and Jimmy Utz, Jr. as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Perry and Brooks Reynolds.

    Mr. Summers was born October 9, 1937 in Ruleville to the late Lazarus Earl Summers and Mary Dell Wilson Summers. He owned and operated his own roofing company for many years. He married Ann Williams on October 8, 1983 in Cleveland. He enjoyed fishing, listening to gospel music and being the long running champion of family dominos. He was an honorable man of his word and was amazing at his job. He was very family oriented and loved his grandchildren dearly.

    He is survived by his wife, Ann Summers of Tillatoba; a son, James McDaniel (Pam) of Woodland; two daughters, Dee Stroup (Scott) of Tillatoba and Liz Summers of Thibodaux, Louisiana; two grandchildren, Brittany Engle and Amber Engle of Tillatoba; five sisters, Sally Brewer (Davis) of Merigold, Edna Porter of Drew, Margaret Mitchell of Brandon, Lilly Smith of Drew, and Ellen Riddell (Paul) of Jackson.


L.C. (Billy) Walls

HAMPTON, VA—L. C. (Billy) Walls died Monday, February 14, 2011.

   Born in 1955, Mr. Walls was a the sixth child of the late John E. Walls, Sr. and Mrs. Hattie Alexander Walls. He graduated from high school in 1973 in Water Valley. He was retired from the Air Force, but continued to work for the government in a contracted position. After retirement he lived in Hampton, Virginia. His only daughter,  and three granddaughters also live in Hampton.

   Mr. Walls is also survived by three sisters, Hattie (Rual) Caldwell of Memphis, Katie (Raymond) Carr, and Brenda J. Walls, both of Water Valley; and a brother, Melvin (Sue) Walls of Water Valley.

    He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Marie, and a brother, John (Helen) Walls, Jr.

    The funeral service will be held in Hampton, Virginia Saturday, February 26 at noon. A memorial service was held in Water Valley.

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