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Obituaries – June 23, 2011

Charles Monroe Bardo

COFFEEVILLE—Charles Monroe Bardo, 60, of Coffeeville died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence.

    Born July 6, 1950, in Yalobusha County, he was a son of the late Fred and Annie Gertrude Reeves Bardo. Mr. Bardo worked in construction most of his life. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting, as well as trapping.

     A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 21, in New Hope Cemetery at Coffeeville, with Rev. Dennis Landrum officiating.

    Survivors include his daughter, Cindy Williams of Water Valley; a son, John Michael Bardo of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Alexander Williams, Eric Williams, Nickolas Williams, and Courtney Bardo; one sister, Shirley Austin of Coffeeville; and four brothers, Fred Louis Bardo, Jimmy Bardo, and George Bardo, all of Coffeeville, and Calvin Bardo of Senatobia.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Landreth, and one brother, Elvis Bardo.

    Garner-Harper Funeral Home was entrusted with professional services and arrangements.

Melvin Jackson Chandler, Sr.

WATER VALLEY—Melvin Jackson Chandler, Sr., 79, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

  Born in the Pine Valley Community March 3, 1932, Mr. Chandler was a son of the late Melvin F. and Jeannie Shephard Chandler. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Northwest Community College, the University of Mississippi, and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Mr. Chandler was a Mason and a retired Baptist minister. He loved eating out and socializing with his family and friends, and playing with his 16 month-old grandchild.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Mr. Chandler is survived by two daughters, Martha (Bruce) Allen of Oxford, and Linda (Robert) McCullough of Paris; two sons, David (Jennifer) Chandler of Water Valley, and Jacky (Pam) Chandler of Batesville; two brothers, Clifton (Sue) Chandler of Sumner and Clyde Herman (Barbara) Chandler of Longview, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Kate Williford, Blanche Johnson, and Jenny Mae Chandler, and two brothers, Johnny Chandler and Francis Chandler.

    Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Dorothy Early Edwards

WATER VALLEY—Dorothy Early Edwards, age 84, died June 18, 2011, in Water Valley.

    Born May 25, 1927, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late James Ozzie and Helen Blackmur Ford Early. Mrs. Edwards was a retired inspector at Big Yank Corporation and a faithful member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. Her family remembers her fondly as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

    Visitation was held Monday, June 20, from five until seven in the evening at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service was held at two o’clock June 21, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks, with Bro. James West and Bro. David Robertson officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Pete Vaughn, W. C. Vaughn, Mike Beagle, Jacob Edwards, Daniel Edwards, and John McKay serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Holder, Milton Hix, Bob Moore, and Pete Samples.

    Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne S. Edwards.

    Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Terry) Champion of The Villages, Florida, and Lisa Holder of Oliver Branch; one son, Danny Wayne (Lisa) Edwards of Water Valley; two sisters, Alice (Ray) Eubanks and Margaret Lantrip, both of Water Valley; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Earl Raymond Nelson, III

COFFEEVILLE—Earl Raymond Nelson, III, 32, of Coffeeville, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Rosedale. Born September 12, 1978 in Charleston, he was a son of the late Earl Raymond and Susan Busby Nelson. Mr. Nelson was a mechanic and a member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.

    Visitation was Thursday, June 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Garner Harper Funeral Home at Coffeeville. The funeral service was held Friday, June 17, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Elam Baptist Church, with Rev. Bernette Fielder and Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment followed in Elam Cemetery.

    Survivors include a daughter, Taylor Hope Nelson of Jackson; a son Tyler Fisher Nelson of Jackson; mama, Bonnie Gray Nelson of Coffeeville; two sisters, Jennifer Nelson Laster of Water Valley and Rhonda Lee Livingston; two brothers, Michael Paul Gray and Jason S. Nelson, Sr., both of Grenada; and grandparents, David Gray of Coffeeville, Mavis Patterson of Water Valley, and Lucy Busy of Brazil.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl R. and Susan Busby Nelson.

Wayne Hardy Wolfe

OXFORD–Wayne Hardy Wolfe, 50,  died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in his home near Oxford.

    Born in Water Valley, he was a graduate of Minor High School in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Wolfe had lived in the Oxford area for more than 19 years. He had been employed at the University of Mississippi as an electrician before becoming a full time student there. He enjoyed reading, sketching, cooking, NASCAR, and football. Most of all, he took satisfaction in caring for other people. Mr. Wolfe was a member of Oxford First Baptist Church.

    Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 22, from four until seven o’clock in Coleman Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 23, beginning at eleven o’clock in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Allen officiating. Interment will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

    Survivors include his wife, Lisa Lynch Wolfe of Oxford;  son, Daniel Griffin Wolfe of Oxford; his father and stepmother, Bobby and Ellen Wolfe, of Birmingham; his mother, Nancy Hardy Wolfe of Water Valley; a sister, Theiry Payne of Birmingham; a step-sister, Donna McGukin of Birmingham; and a step-brother, Richard Bradford of Cullman, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

    Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655. Online condolences may be left at

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