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Obituaries – March 10, 2011

Joan Campbell

POPE—Joan Wray Campbell, age 80, of Pope died Sunday afternoon, March 6, at her home.

    The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, March 9, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Shiloh Cemetery, Courtland, with her grandsons; Thad Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Brett Lott,  Tyler Lott, Adam Major and Ty Campbell serving as pallbearers.

    Mrs. Campbell was born April 18, 1930, to Andrew Oliver and Addie Pearl Selby Wray. Her family established Wray’s Chapel Church of God in Pope where she was a member. Mrs. Campbell enjoyed gardening, reading, and playing Scrabble. She was a homemaker.

    Survivors include her husband, Robert F. Campbell of Pope; four daughters, Sherry Campbell Martin (Darrel) of Water Valley; Nancy Campbell Major (the late Alvie) of Batesville; Jill Campbell Addington (Mike) of Courtland; Peggy Campbell Lott (Dennis) of Batesville; three sons, Mike Campbell (Brenda), Steve Campbell, and Tim “Sparky” Campbell (Courtney), all of Pope; a sister, Imogene Wray Williford of Pope; two brothers, Norris Wray of Batesville, and Reed Wray of Little Rock, Ark.; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Nellie Gardiner

WATER VALLEY—Nellie Belle Lancaster Gardiner “Miss Nellie”, age 72, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital.

   Born in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late John Herman and Bithia Eleanor Graydon Lancaster. For almost 30 years Nellie was employed as secretary and telephone operator for Motts, Inc. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley, where she taught Sunday school, and was a member of Grow Outreach and the Young at Heart.

    She enjoyed visiting shut-ins and was active in the benevolence ministry. Nellie formerly played softball for FBC and was fondly called their “Homerun Queen”. She was a volunteer at “Save-A-Life,” an Ambassador for the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Pine Valley Homemakers. She farmed, was a woodchopper, and enjoyed planting flowers. Nellie loved her family and was a devoted mom and grandma.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, March 5, in First Baptist Church of Water Valley with Dr. Randy Bain and Bro. Hal Clark presiding. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery with her grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

    She is survived by: two sons, Clayton Edward Gardiner (Kathy) of Lignum, Virginia, and Clifton “Cliff” Gardiner (Tamara) of Water Valley; two sisters, Lois E. Barbrey of Hartselle, Ala., and Brenda Owens of Fountain Inn. S.C.; six brothers, Angus Lancaster of Simpsonville, S.C.,  Charles Lancaster and Roosevelt Lancaster, both of Fountain Inn, H. T. Lancaster of Greenville, S.C., Cothran Lancaster of Lauren, S.C. and Billy Lancaster of Lexington, N.C.; two grandsons, Joshua and Justin Gardiner; and one granddaughter, Larkin Gardiner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Charles Edward “Bub” Gardiner; one sister, Sarah Ensley; and three brothers, Walter, Wilton, and Leon Lancaster.

    Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, P. O. Box 1193, Oxford, MS 38655, or to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1472.

Harold “Dean” Goodwin

BALCH SPRINGS, TEXAS—Harold “Dean” Goodwin, formerly of Water Valley, went to be with the Lord March 1, 2011.

    He was born January 22, 1957 to Mary N. Lee and the late “Jackie” Goodwin.

    He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Scarlet, and a son, Tim Goodwin, both of Texas, his mother, Mary Lee, and a brother, Timothy  Goodwin, both of Water Valley, one sister, Becky Barnett of Oxford, and a host of relatives and friends.

    Services were held Saturday, March 5, at ten o’clock in the morning in the Chapel of Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite, Texas, with Bro. Billy Pierce officiating.

    Dean attended Jeff Davis and Water Valley High Schools in the 1960s.

Opal Martindale

POPE – Mrs. Opal Thompson Martindale, age 95, widow of Howard Ralph Martindale, died Friday, March 4, 2011, in Baptist Memorial Hospital–North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, March 7, in Wells Funeral Home, Batesville, with Dr. Gary Berry officiating. Interment followed in Forrest Memorial Park, near Batesville.

    Born October 19, 1915, in Calhoun County, Mrs. Martindale was a daughter of the late Luther and Mattie Bruner Thompson. She was a 1934 graduate of Water Valley High School. In 1937 she married Howard Martindale of Pope and they were married for 52 years before his death in 1989.

    Mrs. Martindale was an active member of Pope Baptist Church, serving as church treasurer from 1960 to 1989. She was a charter member of the South Panola Community Hospital Auxiliary. She worked as an assistant postal clerk for 18 years at the Pope Post Office. She also enjoyed being a part of several bridge clubs and was a founding member of the Pope Bridge Club.

    Survivors include: two daughters, Janet Martindale Taylor and her husband, Ralph, of Clinton, and Karen Martindale Lewis and her husband, Ken, of Pope; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, Katrina Taylor Pace and husband, Chris, with children, Rachael, Katie, and Natalie, of Clinton, Kennon Slade Lewis and wife, Amy, with children, Sam and Julia, of Oxford, Brandon Martindale Lewis and wife, Tracey, of Baltimore, Maryland and Ashley Lewis Drumheller and husband, David, with children, Trey and Carter, of Batesville.

    In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Thompson Worsham, and two brothers, Albert and Wesley Thompson.

    Memorials may be made to the Pope Baptist Church, 224 Front Street, Pope, MS 38658.

Edward Mays Jr.

HOUSTON – Edward Johnson Mays, Jr. died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

  The funeral was held Saturday, March 5, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Southern Funeral Chapel, Houston, with his brother, Rev. Charles Mays, officiating. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

    Born October 2, 1939, in Water, Mr. Mays was a son of the late Edward Johnson Mays, Sr. and Daisy Lee Walker Mays. He was a construction worker and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Houston.

    Survivors include the mother of his children and his caregiver, Gail Mays Barfield, of Houston; one son, Dr. Edward Mays, III, of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Sabrina Mays of Houston; a brother, Charles (Rose) Mays of Little Rock, Ark.; a sister, Carolyn (Gerald) Hawkins of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two brothers-in-law, Ricky (Sindy) Vance of Houston and Mackey Pepper of Tennessee; and a host of nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three sisters.

Eddie Nelson Jr.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—Ervin Edward Nelson, Jr. age 95, died February 12, 2011. Mr. Nelson died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in his daughter’s home at Sottsdale, Arizona, where he had lived for the past eight month.

    Mr. Nelson was an aircraft mechanic in World War II, and worked for the Corps of Army Engineers. He met, and married, the love of his life for 59 years, Elizabeth Turnage, in Water Valley. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss, he and Elizabeth moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1950. There he worked for the City of Phoenix and the Bureau of Indian  Affairs in Sacaton, Arizona. From 1991-2000, he and Elizabeth divided their time between Phoenix and Water Valley. In 2001 they decided to make Water Valley their one home.

    Always involved in civic and philanthropic organizations, he felt it was important to help others and give back to his community. In Phoenix he belonged to the Civitan Club, the Don’s Club, the Nomads, El Zaibath Shriners Greeter Unit, AARP, NARFE, and was very proud to be a charter member of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. He belonged to the NARFE in Oxford, the Masonic Lodge and First United Methodist Church in Water Valley. Eddie was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth.

    He is survived by: his daughter, Frances Lax-Carry (Mike), granddaughter, Erin Lax-Robinson, grandson, Michael Lax (fiancee’ Camber Johnson). He was also blessed with many wonderful friends and we all will miss this warm, caring, humorous, fun father, grandfather and friend.

    A memorial service will be held March 16, at 11:30 a.m. in First United Methodist Church, 603 N. Main St., Water Valley. The family suggest contributions to First United Methodist Church or the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. (

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Bonnie Pirtle

OLIVE BRANCH—Bonnie Marie Perdue Pirtle, 67, went to heaven on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

    The funeral service was held Tuesday March 8, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Forest Hill South. Burial will be in the Forest Hill South Cemetery.

    Mrs. Pirtle leaves her husband of 47 years, Bobby R. Pirtle; one son, Kirby Pirtle (Wendy) of Olive Branch; one daughter, Marcia Potts (Luke) of Water Valley; and one brother, Harvey Perdue, Jr. (Delores) of Pearcy, Ark.

     She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mary Rogers

HORN LAKE—Mary Jane Howell Rogers, age 84, wife of Russell Rogers, died Monday evening, February 28, 2011, in Saint Francis Hospital at Memphis.

     The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Wells Funeral Home, Batesville, with Bro. Calvin Miller officiating. Interment was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Enid, with Charles  Rogers, Joel Rogers, Frank Hall, Jimmy Fox, David Lippord, and Jimmy Lippord as pallbearers.

    Mrs. Rogers was born May 27, 1926 in Gary, Indiana, to the late Roy Benton Howell and Kay Flack Howell Hines. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Horn Lake and also a member of Southaven Senior Citizens Club. Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Harry Hines, and grandson, Russell Wayne Rogers.

    Survivors include her husband, Russell “Billy” Rogers of Horn Lake; a daughter, Terry Leslie (Ray) of Enid; sons, Richard Earl Rogers (Janna) of Olive Branch and Russell Edward Rogers of Memphis; a sister, Kathleen Lippord (Todd) of Brownsburg, Ind.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Betty Stark

WATER VALLEY—Betty Ree Sharp Stark, 71, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Batesville.

   Born in Lafayette County, she was a daughter of the late Charles Wayne and Lillie Belle Suell Sharp. Mrs. Stark worked for 33 years as a seamstress at Big Yank Corp. in Water Valley. Betty was a member of First Christian Church, a member of the Ladies’ Circle, and a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She loved cooking, feeding, and serving others. She played cards each week with a close group of friends, and enjoyed working in her flower garden.

    Funeral services were held Sunday, March 6, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. David Freeman serving as minister. Burial followed in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with Jonathan Stark, Joshua Stark,  Zack Melton, Jackie Beene, Scott Beene, Barry Sharp, Scott Sharp, and Michael Sharp serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were George Lambert, Travis Sharp, Gary Bratton, Barney Sharp, and Billy Stark.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Stark, Sr.

    Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Melton (James) of Batesville; two sons, Troy Stark, Jr. (Jo) of Tula, and Ronnie Stark (Lorraine) of Water Valley; four sisters, Patsy Sharp, Jackie Sharp, and Martha Crocker, all of Tula, and Wanda Lambert of Water Valley; two brothers, Barney Sharp of Tula, and Travis Sharp of Water Valley; five grandchildren, Jonathan Stark,  Joshua Stark, Zack Melton, Danielle Berry, and Genna Berry; and one great-grandchild, Brian Stark.

  Condolences may be offered at www.sevenoaksfuneral

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