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Obituaries – Apr 7, 2011

Bernice Easley Embry

CALHOUN CITY–Bernice Easley Embry, 96, grandmother of Water Valley High School Head Football Coach Brad Embry, died March 30, 2011 in Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home, at Calhoun City.

    She was born September 25, 1914, in Vardaman. Mrs. Embry was the widow of Floyd Embry, who died December 11, 1974. She was head librarian at Bruce Public Library for 25-plus years, a member of the MS Homemaker Club, State Parliamentarian for MEHS, secretary for the Sacred Harp Singing Association, taught sacred harp singing, and was a member of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper Neal Easley and Alice Viola Ward Easley and two sons, Gerald Neal Embry and Charles Wiley Embry, a daughter, Rita Embry, two grandsons, Dana Lee Embry and Joseph Scott Embry, and one son-in-law, Donald D. Bryant.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon April 1, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Herman Clark and son, Robert Embry, officiating. Burial was in Bruce Cemetery, with grandsons, Roy Embry, Anthony Embry, Brad Embry, John Embry, Brian Patton, Micah Embry, Richard Bryant, Leslie Bryant, and Benny Bryant as pallbearers.

    Survivors include: two daughters, Scottie Sue Bryant of Pittsboro, and Carol Patton (George) of Kosciusko; four sons, Robert Embry (Geneva) of Oxford, David Embry (Debbie) of Pittsboro, Larry Embry of Grenada, and Billy Embry (Gwen) of Coffeeville; 16 grandchildren, Jena Schottmueller, Micah Embry, Richard Bryant, Marcia Daniel, Leslie Bryant, Donna Clark, Benny Bryant, Teresa Willoughby, Roy Embry, Anthony Embry, Lori Fox, John David Embry, Brian Patton, Barry Patton, LaDonna Lee, and Brad Embry; 29 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth W. Smith

ENID—Mrs. Elizabeth W. Smith, 78, of Enid died Saturday, April 26, 2011, at her home.

    The funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church at Enid, with Pastor William Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

    Born October 9, 1932, in Scobey, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Zannie Willie and Rose N. Harper. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church at Enid.

    Survivors include her husband, Dewitt Smith of Enid; a daughter, Margie Anderson of McDonough, Georgia; two sons, James Smith of Carrollton, Georgia, and D. W. Smith of  Flint, Michigan; one sister, Odessa Willie of Benton Harbor, Michigan; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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