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Obituaries – Mar. 30, 2011

Dessie Caulfield

WATER VALLEY—Caroline DeSaussure “Dessie” Anderson Caulfield, 94, of Water Valley, died at her home Monday, March 28, 2011.

  Born in Coffeeville in 1916, Mrs. Caulfield was a daughter of the late Oliver May and Caroline DeSaussure Haman Anderson. A graduate of  Water Valley High School and Belhaven College, she worked at the Field-Cooperative Association in Jackson, and worked for the Treasury Department and the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C.

    She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Caulfield worked as clerk of the Selective Service System for many years, taught school for two years, and was librarian for the Water Valley Public Library and Blackmur Library for several years. An active member of First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley, she played the piano, taught Sunday School, directed the choir, and was a former president of the Women in the Church. She was honored in 2000 with the Church Service Award from Belhaven College.

    A member of the Red Hat Ladies and the Literary Club, she enjoyed singing, playing the piano, reading, working in her flowers, exercising, playing bridge, and visiting with friends. Her favorite activity was writing poetry. She was a charter member of the Mississippi Poetry Society and served as president in 1988-89. She received honors for her poetry on the local, state, and national levels, having recently received the Edward B. Shearer, III Award for Artistic Achievement from the Water Valley Arts Council.

    She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Poetry Society in 2005. She published a book of poetry, “Goblet of Dreams,” in 1998, co-edited the 75th anniversary anthology of the Mississippi Poetry Society, “Magnolia Heart Strings” in 2002, and a second book will be published in the summer, “Mother of My Love.”

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 30, from six until eight o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, March 31, in First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley with Rev. Harold Spraberry, Rev. William L. Mosal, and Rev Richard Wiman officiating.

    Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Clay Ashford, Barry Caulfield, Lloyd Caulfield, Rob Hembree, Jeff Hughes, Jeff Sheets, and Anthony Wade serving as pallbearers. Elders of First Presbyterian Church, John Ashford, Aaron Baddley, J. K. Baddley, Jim Bowles, Clyde Herron, and Ersel King, will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Mrs. Caulfield is survived by: a son, James Barron (Elizabeth) Caulfield, Jr. of Water Valley; two daughters, Mary Alice (Jim) Patterson of Waxhaw, N.C. and Dorothy Helen (Richard) Wiman of Belzoni; eight grandchildren whom she adored, James Barron “Barry” Caulfield, III and Lloyd Leland Caulfield of Water Valley, Bethany Summers (Rob) Hembree of Madison, Elizabeth Grace (Jeff) Sheets of Indian Trail, N.C., Margaret Jeannie Patterson of Charlotte, N.C., Ruth Wiman (Jeff) Hughes of Belzoni, Joy Elizabeth (Louis) Steenkamp of Pretoria, South Africa, and Lindsay Caroline (Anthony) Wade of Long Beach;  two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter on the way; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Helen  Simpson of Memphis and Mrs. Lela Anderson of Clinton; a host of nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Caulfield was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 52 years, James Barron Caulfield, Sr., a brother, Oliver May Anderson, Jr., and a sister, Mary Adelaide Anderson Steele.

    Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian  Church, P. O. Box 590, Water Valley, MS 38965, or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9700.

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Mary Walton

HORN LAKE—Mary Nina Walton, age 77, died Friday, March 25, 2011, in Landmark of Desoto Care Center at Horn Lake.

    Born June 6, 1933, Mrs. Walton was a daughter of the late Charley Lee and Donna Ann Dickey Edwards. She was a nurses aide and sat with the elderly. Mrs. Walton was a homemaker who loved to cook, can and bake cakes. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, watching the birds and wild geese at her pond and she enjoyed fishing.

    The funeral was held at 3p.m Sunday, March 27, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley, with Bro. James Leroy Edwards officiating. Interment was in Broadstreet Cedar Grove Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

    Survivors include her son, Dexter Jones of Coldwater; a sister, Janie Ruth Helton of Southaven; and a brother, Charley Lee Edwards, Jr. of Olive Branch.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Walton, two sisters, Jewel Murphree and Beth Brown, and a brother, Howard Edwards.

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Misty Weaver

POPE—Misty LaTanya Weaver, age 38, died Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011, in The Med at Memphis.

   A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Wells Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Larry Kilgore officiating.

   Born August 12, 1972, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mrs. Weaver was a daughter of Earl and Janie Haley Anderson. She was a homemaker and attended the Hosanna Family Worship Center of Pope.

    Survivors include her husband, Scotty Weaver of Pope; a daughter, Anna Weaver of Pope; a son, Eric Weaver of Pope; her mother, Janie Haley Taylor of Clarksdale; her father, Earl Anderson of Water Valley; her step-father, Earl Taylor of Clarksdale; grandparents, Kathleen Ray of Water Valley and Imogene Taylor of Clarksdale.

    Memorials can be made to the Misty Weaver Memorial Fund, Citizens Bank, 239 East Main Street, Marks, MS 38646.

Frank Wooten

COFFEEVILLE—Edward  Franklin “Frank” Wooten, age 75, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at his residence in Coffeeville.

    Born March 11, 1936, in Big Creek, Mr. Wooten was a son of the late Jim Grey and Euva Mae Carter Wooten. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Chrestman Wooten, a brother, James Wooten, and two sisters, Christine Willis and Cathleen Blount. He was a farmer, trucker, and cotton ginner. Mr. Wooten was a member of the Yalobusha Cooperative Gin Co. at Coffeeville, and was named 2005 Yalobusha Cotton Farmer of the Year.

    A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 28, in Bruce Cemetery, with Rev. Rex Wilburn officiating. Pallbearers were Frank Brooks, Bobby Gordon Brown, Wayne Coleman, Seth Davis, Paul Gahagan,  David Hood, Glenn Parker and John Willis. Honorary pallbearers were John Nelson Covington, Randy Evans, James Harris, Bill Jones, John T. Marion, Tom Moorman, Bobby McCrary, William Poindexter, Cleven Steen, Jr., Leahman Spearman, Allen Wade Terry, Randle Willis, Jack Woodson, Tracy Wooten, and George Brower. Parker Memorial Funeral of Bruce had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Jeraldine Gahagan Wooten of  Coffeeville; a daughter, Teresa Phillips, and her husband, Bobby, of Jackson, Tenn.; a son, Mike Wooten, and his wife, Debi, of Coffeeville; and a grandson, Trey Hawkins of Orachard Grove, Okla. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

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