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Obituaries – June 9, 2011

Steven Drayton Coward

SCOBEY—Steven Drayton Co-ward, age 32, of Scobey died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Yalobusha County.

    Born July 25, 1978, he was a graduate of Water Valley High School and began working for Wal-Mart at age 16, where he recently held the position of Manager of the Produce Department at the Grenada store. He enjoyed computers and anything related to electronics, but by far his greatest passion was spending time with his two sons.

    The family received friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A memorial service began at eleven o’clock where family and friends celebrated his life and share fond memories.

    Survivors include two sons, Daniel Coward and Conner Zess, both of Scobey; his mother, Shirley Kehoe Watts of Water Valley; his father, Johnny Drayton Howard of Archbald, Penn.; two brothers, Phillip Watts of Calhoun City and Scott Howard of Archbald, Penn.; his grandparents, Earl   and Ruby Kehoe of Water Valley and John Coward of Ridgeville, South Carolina; and a cousin, who was like his brother, Jason Ward.

Dorothy Louise McCullar

Mt. Vernon, IL – Dorothy Louise “Dottie” McCullar Clements, 69, formerly of Water Valley, MS passed away at 9:48 AM on Monday, June 6, 2011 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born August 13, 1941 in Water Valley, MS. She was the daughter of Jewell Riggs McCullar Brusch and Arthur Gaines McCullar. She married Jeffrey Lynn Clements on December 27, 1961.

Dottie is survived by her husband, Jeff of Mt. Vernon, IL; daughter Melissa Lynn Downey of Oxford, MS; son Thomas Michael and wife Michelle of Norfolk, VA; and son Mark Clifton and wife Tessia Clements of Byram, MS. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Her brother James “Jimmy” and wife Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, WA also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Courtney Elizabeth Clements.

Service arrangements are incomplete at this time at the request of the deceased. She will be cremated and interment will be scheduled with a memorial service at a later date.

The family requests memorials are made in her memory to the American Cancer Society or the First Christian Church in Water Valley, MS.

Peggy Jean Cummings

WATER VALLEY—Peggy Jean Cummings, age 69, of Water Valley died May 30, 2011 at her home with her family at her side. Born November 18, 1941, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Richard Simpson and Christine Boydston Green. She worked as a nurse at NMRC in Oxford and was a talented quilter. She enjoyed cooking and creating delicious meals for her family and friends. She cherished her church families, Woodland Hills Baptist Church and Camp Ground Baptist Church.

    Services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, June 2, in Camp Ground Baptist Church, with Bro. David Ross and Bro. Ken Izzard officiating. Visitation was from nine o’clock until service time. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery with Andy Paul, Kyle Cummings, Cameron Cummings, Cade Cummings, Beau Cummings, Kever Lewis, Tyler Green, Chris Harmon, Joey Paul, and Ryan Paul serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks

Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Hassel Dee Cummings.

    She is survived by two daughters, Marva Paul Harmon (Kenny) of Water Valley and Susan Lewis (Joe) of Olive Branch; two sons, Dean Cummings (Penny) of New Albany and Henry “Hank” Cummings (Susan) of Water Valley; two sisters, Mary Pearl McCullough (Wilford) of Paris and Hazel Johnson of Water Valley; two brothers, Lewis Green (Louise) of Water Valley and Jimmy Green (Charlene) of Cookville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Carol Gill Denham

OAKLAND—Carol Gill Denham, 73, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2011. She was at home with her husband, Richard; and daughters, Dianna and Dawn, at her side at the time of her death.

    Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up in a Northwest neighborhood not far from her future husband of 53 years. Richard escorted Carol to her high school senior prom. One year from their first date, they were married, and over the next ten years became parents to three lovely daughters.

    As soon as the girls were old enough, Carol began studies in geology and later, anthropology, and graduated from the University of Maryland. She completed her Master’s Degree at Catholic University and continued work toward her doctorate at The New School in New York. She traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, teaching and furthering her academic career. She was a writer, scholar, storyteller, artist, a community volunteer, and participated in myriad faith-based activities.

    She is survived by her husband, Richard Denham; daughters, Deborah Stone, Dawn Haines, and Dianna Drane; grandchildren, Katie Blunt, Gena Drane, Jacob Drane, and Sam Haines; and a great-grandson.

    There will be a memorial service Thursday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m. in the Pine Hill Presbyterian Church. In lieu of Flowers, please inquire of the family about making a donation to one of Carol’s beloved causes.

William George Knight

TAYLOR—William George Knight, Jr., 76, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in his home in the Taylor Community.

    Born in Lafayette County, Mr. Knight lived in the area his entire life. He was a retired rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed yard work, collecting arrowheads, and helping others. Mr. Knight was a Baptist.

    The funeral service was held Saturday, June 4, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Coleman Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Ross Robertson officiating. Interment was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford.

    Survivors include a daughter, Regina Stone of Taylor; two sons, William G. “Bill” Knight, III of Water Valley and Kevin Knight of Taylor; one brother, James Thomas “Jimmy” Knight of Madison. His wife, Sarah M. Knight, preceded him in death, as well as his parents, William and Mirian Knight, Sr.

    Memorials may be made to Clear Core Scholarship, P. O. Box 130, Taylor, MS 38673, or Taylor 9 Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 115, Taylor, MS 38673. Online condolences may be left at

Ethel Mae Turner

WATER VALLEY—Ethel Mae Turner, 75, died May 28, 2011 in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

     A native of Yalobusha County, Mrs. Turner was a member of Sanders Chapel M.B. Church.

    Visitation was June 2 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Water Valley Civic auditorium with services following. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include her husband, Stacy Turner of Water Valley; one daughter, Nicole Oliver of Batesville; nine sons, Bobby Turner of Oxford, Craig Crawford, Roy White, Johnny Turner, Michael Turner, Keenan Turner and Reginald Turner, all of Water Valley, Troy White of Toledo, Ohio and Christopher Turner of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Ethel Simmons of Oxford and Dale Allen of Water Valley; two brothers, Charles White and Darnell White, both of Water Valley; 22 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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