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Obituaries – July 7, 2011

Stuart Allen Briscoe, Jr.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Stuart Allen Briscoe, Jr. of The Woodlands, Texas died June 28, 2011.

   Born August 2, 1926 in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Stuart Allen Briscoe, Sr. and M. Evelyn Briscoe. He was raised in Brookhaven, before serving in the United States Navy during World War II.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Georgeanna Briscoe; daughters, Susan (Jim) Schaeffer and Barbara Ann (James) Kohnert; a son, Stuart Allen (Jan) Briscoe, III; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews, and other family members and dear friends.

    Stuart and Georgeanna were longtime residents of South St. Louis County, Missouri, and former parishioners of St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Church. Mr. Briscoe retired in 1988 as a quality control manager at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in St. Louis, where he was a lifetime member and former president of the St. Louis Beer, Bottle and Beverage Association.     He was also a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands, Texas, and Senior Pals at the church. He was a sports enthusiasts and an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

    A graveside service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Thursday, June 30, at Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held Wednesday, July 6, at eleven o’clock in the morning in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 7801 Bay Branch Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77382. For those desiring, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice. To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Stuart to the family, please visit

William Eugene Davis Jr.

WATER VALLEY—William Eugene Davis, Jr., 49, died Friday, June 24, 1911, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

   Born in Clarksdale, Mr. Davis lived in Florida for several years. He recently returned to Water Valley from Korea, where he had been employed as a construction inspector/consultant for the military. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed motorcycles, NASCAR and football.

    A graveside service was held Saturday, July 2, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Water Valley. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his father and stepmother, William Eugene and Josephine Davis of Water Valley; two sisters, Debra Davis of Virginia and Janice D. McGraw of Anchorage, Alaska; his grandmother, Dorothy True of Water Valley; and his uncle and caregiver, Jim True of Water Valley.

    His mother, Frances True Davis, preceded him in death.

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Paul Stephenson Frady

COFFEEVILLE—Paul Stephenson Frady, age 80, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his home in Coffeeville.

   Born August 7, 1931, in North Carolina, he was a son of the late Charlie and Ruth Snider Frady. Mr. Frady served during World War II as a sergeant in the United States Army. He retired as an insurance agent for the American Funeral Insurance Company. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Coffeeville.

    Visitation was held Thursday, June 30, from five until seven o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Friday, July 1, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Calvary Baptist Church, with Bro. Don Thornburg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

    Survivors include: two daughters, Kim Frady of Kosciusko and Tammy Payne (Bobby) of McAdams; one son, Paul Eric Frady (Brandy) of Montgomery, Ala.; three sisters, Frances Friday and Ruby McDaniel (Lamar), both of Rock Hill, North Carolina, and Carol Babb of Highpoint, North Carolina; one brother, Bobby Frady (Susan) of Rock Hill, North Carolina; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  In addition to his parents, Mr. Frady was preceded in death by his spouse, Barbara Newton Frady, and one brother, J. C. Frady.

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Helen Hairston

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Helen Hairston, age 92, of Water Valley transitioned into the loving hands of her Lord and Savior in the early hours of Monday, June 27, 2011.

   She will be best remembered for her love and faith in God, determination, wit, sense of humor, and Sunday dinners. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. C. Hairston. Mrs. Hairston will always be cherished by her daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, several brothers and sister’s-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

    Visitation was held Friday, July 1, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Saturday, July 2, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Springhill North M.B. Church, Water Valley, with Rev. Sammy Townes officiating. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley.

Sherman Lee Greer

WATER VALLEY—Sherman Lee Greer, age 90, died June 29, 2011, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

   Born September 8, 1920, Mr. Greer was a son of the late Ezra L. and Annie Ray Greer of Tallahatchie County. He as a Sergeant in the United States Army, where he served in the 2nd Battalion, 155th Infantry in New Guinea, located in the southern Philippines. He received the American Defense Service Medal, the APTO Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star.

    Mr. Greer was one of the boys in the CC camps and worked in the building industry as a contractor. He also owned and operated a gas station in Water Valley for 20 years. He was a Mason and a member of the VFW. Mr. Greer was a true outdoorsman. He loved to fish and knew every fishing hole in Yalobusha County, Tennessee, and Arkansas. He also enjoyed deer hunting. He loved his children and grandchildren. His favorite holiday was the Fourth of July and he would always make sure there were plenty of fireworks for him and his grandchildren to enjoy.

    Visitation for Mr. Greer was held Saturday, July 2, from 3 until 4 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley. The funeral service followed the visitation at 4 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

    He is survived by two daughters, Polly A. Hoskin of Hickory Flat and Brenda Fellinger (Bob) of Park City, Utah; five sons, Harold L. Greer (Donna) of Hernando, Billy W. Greer (Donna) of Memphis; William Albert Greer of Water Valley, Sherman L. Greer, Jr. (Linda) of Como, and Roger D. Greer (Raelene) of Water Valley; 29 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

    Mr. Greer was also preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Anderson Greer; a son, James Robert Greer; four sisters, Mae Brooks, Ella Baker, Julia Greer, and Thelma Greer; and four brothers, Clifton Greer, Carlton Greer, Tommy Greer, and Sheldon Greer.

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