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Obituaries – July 14, 2011

Lenora Ford

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Lenora C. Ford, 94, died July 1, 2011, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

    She was born September 17, 1916 in Coffeeville. She was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church at Coffeeville.

    The funeral service was held Friday, July 8, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Hopewell M.B. Church, Coffeeville with Rev Lawrence Matthews officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include sons, Johnnie B. Ford and Jessie J. Cooperwood, both of West Point, Alfonzo Ford of Coffeeville, and Henry C. Ford of North Carolina; and one daughter, Elnora Farr of Pontotoc.

Doug Gurner

DECATUR, ALA. – Marvin Douglas “Doug” Gurner, 56, died at his home July 4, 2011 after a two-and-a-half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Doug was born Dec. 31, 1954 in Water Valley to John K. Gurner and the late Mary Nell Groves Gurner.

He graduated from Water Valley High School and the University of Mississippi.

Doug was a professional engineer. He began his career with Northeast Electric Power Association in 1981 and was a consultant with SAIC Energy, Environment and Infrastructure, LLC at the time of his death. He was also an avid musician.

He is survived by his wife, Monna Cotton Gurner of Decatur, Ala.; one son, John Jason Gurner of Madison, Ala.; his father, John K. “Jack” Gurner; and a brother, John K. “Jack” Gurner, Jr. and his wife Jessie all of Water Valley.

In addition to his mother, Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. B. G. Gurner and Mr. And Mrs. Marvin B. Groves, all of Water Valley.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Water Valley with Bro. Phillip Dearman officiating. The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to a hospice of the donor’s choice.

Sylvester House

HORN LAKE—Sylvester Dickey House, age 92, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, in the Landmark of Desoto Nursing Home.

   Born in Water Valley January 31, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Ada Tacker Dickey. Mrs. House was a member of Mt. Liberty Baptist Church near Water Valley. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and gardening. She dearly loved her family and grandchildren.

    Visitation was held Tuesday, July 12, from two until three o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at three o’clock, immediately following visitation, with Bro. Payton Meeks officiating. Interment was in Mt. Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, with Joey House, Jeff House, Russell House, Elton House, Clarence House, and Frank Webb serving as pallbearers.

    Mrs. House is survived by two daughters, Anne Cowans (Jerry) and Mary Jean House, both of Southaven; sons, Cecil House (Betty) of Lake Cormorant, Elton House (Nina) and Jerry House (Gwen), both of Hernando; and she was blessed with three generations of grandchildren.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jake Austin House, and a daughter, Betty Langston.

Jo Lewis

WATER VALLEY—Jo Lewis, age 37, died at her home in Water Valley Friday, July 8, 2011.

    Born in Water Valley October 17, 1973, Jo was a daughter of Donald Joe and Brenda Winters Henderson. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in the Lafayette County School System. Jo loved sports, especially softball, and enjoyed playing in the Water Valley High School Band. She loved to fish. Jo was a member of the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary and was an active member of the American Cancer Society. She was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church. She loved spending time with the elderly and working with children. Jo loved her family, especially her young daughter, Edee.

    Visitation was held Monday, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 12, at ten o’clock in the morning in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating.

    Survivors include her daughter, Eden Grace “Edee” Henderson of Water Valley; her parents, Donald Joe and Brenda Winters Henderson of Water Valley; two sisters, Glenda Gordon and Melinda Grimmett (Michael) both of Water Valley; her grandmother, Dorothy Lowry of Water Valley; two nephews, John Michael Grimmett and Mackenzie Gordon, both of Water Valley; and her boyfriend, Brandon Wilburn of Water Valley.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Henderson and Ray Winters.

Samuel McCain

POPE—Samuel Edward McCain of Pope passed away July 9, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

  Born December 13, 1942, in Taylor, Mr. McCain was a son of the late William Elton and Ivy Mae Murchison McCain. He was retired from Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. Sam was a Mason and Past Master  of Valley City Lodge #402 and Banner Lodge #329. He was past presiding officer of all York Rite bodies (Water Valley), 32 degree K.C.C.H. Scottish Rite Mason (Clarksdale), Past Sovereign Red Cross of Constantine, Allied Masonic degrees, Hamasa Shrine, Past Excellent Chief, Knights Templar, Resicruciana, York Rite College. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Water Valley Lodge #82, and a member of Taylor Baptist Church. Sam was a collector of watches, railroad and Masonic memorabilia. He loved bluegrass and old style country music. He was a history buff, and he enjoyed studying the Bible. Sam loved animals, was an animal rights activist, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday, July 13, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Roger Webb officiating. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery in Lafayette County with Allen Hunter, Josh Parish, Sidney Shoffner, Patrick Peacock, Steve Shuffield, Joel Person, and Bubba Person serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include one daughter, Cynthia Marie McCain of Memphis; and two brothers, James Elton “Butch” McCain (Sharon) of Granby, Missouri, and Charles Arthur McCain (Lynda) of Taylor.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth McCain; one son, Clyde Lee McCain; one daughter, Cecelia Morgan McCain; and two sisters, Mary Kathryn Hudson and Janet Marie Person.

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Nancy Shaw

WATER VALLEY—Nancy Winders Shaw, age 74, died at her home in Yalobusha County Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

  Born August 30, 1936, Nancy was a daughter of the late George Thomas and Catherine Dyer Winders. She was retired from the Mississippi Employ-ment Service after 25 years of service. She raised her children in Hopewell Baptist Church in Water Valley, where she served as the only pianist and organist. Nancy was an active member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church, where she served for many years as a Sunday School teacher. She was very involved in the Sylva Rena community. Nancy was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She always had a smile and a positive outlook on life. Her life was a picture of grace and her love for Christ was evident in her home and her daily walk.

    The funeral service was held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home Saturday, July 9, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Bro. Hal Clark officiating. Burial was in the Harbour Cemetery in Coffeeville, with Michael Winders, James Strickland, Rob Torbert, Mark Torbert, Lloyd Thompson, Don Larson, Steve Edwards, and Barrett Larson serving as pallbearers. Eugene Shaw, Billy Dean Fielder, Roy Bennett Stevens, and Bob Torbert were honorary pallbearers.

     Survivors include one daughter, Martha “Marty” Shaw of Pensacola, Fla., a daughter-in-law, Susan Misita Shaw of Oxford, one sister, Martha Winders Strickland of Water Valley; and one granddaughter, Austin Marie Shaw of Oxford.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Adele Shaw, her son, Andy Shaw, her brother, George Thomas Winders, Jr., and her grandparents, Bertie and Henry Dyer and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Winders.

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Lena Whitten

WATER VALLEY—Lena Finch Whitten, 92, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

    Mrs. Whitten, formerly a salesperson for Ben Franklin Stores, was a member of the Church of Christ in Water Valley. She enjoyed gardening, cooking , quilting, and cross stitching. Mrs. Whitten was the wife of the late William L. Whitten, Sr.

    She is survived by her son, Willie L Whitten (Gladys) of Southaven; three grandchildren, Sharon Blackwell (Jim) of Danville, Calif., Ken Whitten of Pearl, and Linda Williams (Matthew) of Southaven; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

    A graveside service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Monday, July 11, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Dickins Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of arrangements.

Janice Winters

JARREAU, LA—Janice Jeanette Farmer Winters, 47, formerly of Water Valley, died at her home in Jarreau, Louisiana Saturday, June 25, 2011.

    She was born September 6, 1963, and was a daughter of the late Christene and Reed Farmer, Jr. of Water Valley. Jan attended Water Valley schools. She was a skilled cake decorator and she also enjoyed landscaping and cooking for fellowships at her church, Apostolic Tabernacle in Jackson, Louisiana.

    Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 29, in Cathings Funeral Home in McComb, with burial in Summit at Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Survivors include her husband, Roland Thomas Winters of Jarreau, La.; three sons, Larry Winters, Matthew Winters, and Thomas Reed (T.R.) Winters, all of Burnsville; three daughters, Hope Winters of Jarreau, Jessica Tidwell of Oxford, and Judy Sanson of Joplin Missouri; six step-children, Stachia Bowman of Jarreau, Andrea Salers of Jackson, Miss., Timmy Winters of Alabama, Lee Winters of Tupleo, Eric Winters of Jackson, Miss. and Joseph Winters of Arkansas; six grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Franklin Lee Brown of Coffeeville, Billy Joe Farmer of Bruce, Reeda Farmer Cofer of Water Valley, Sandra Farmer of Paris, and Cathy Farmer Sartain of Water Valley; twelve nieces and nephews; and two uncles, Joe Farmer of Coffeeville and Flake Farmer of Ashland.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Dale Farmer, and a sister.

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