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Obituaries – July 21, 2011

Charles Brown

WATER VALLEY—Charles Leslie Brown departed this life May 27, 2011 in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born September 27, 1946, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Handy and Veola Hervey Brown. He was the fifth of seven children. Mr. Brown was united in holy matrimony to Martha American Barron on May 30, 1970 and to this union one child was born. He accepted Christ during the 1950s at Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Church in Water Valley, where he remained a faithful member for over 50 years. He served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and in other capacities.

    He was a 1965 graduate of Coffeeville Central High School. He attended Alcorn State University at Lorman, where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education. During college he was very active with Future Farmers of America, played tenor saxophone in the Alcorn State University Marching Band, better know as the “The Sounds of Dyn-o-mite” and played in and managed a jazz/swing band known as the “Tornados”.

    He taught agriculture at Holly Bluff High School in the 1969-70 school year and then returned to Water Valley to help his ailing father with his hog farm. He also owned and operated Brown’s Enterprises, which included Brown’s Laundromat, Brown’s Teen and Rec Center,  and later had Brown’s Pulpwood. After the railroad left it was no longer profitable to operate the pulpwood business, so then his main business was Brown’s Heating and Air. While running this business he was granted the opportunity to re-enter the field of education, becoming an agriculture and horticulture teacher for Tunica County School District at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica where he was employed until 2008, when he retired because of health reasons.

    Charles spent his final days of retirement doing what he loved to do, working in the garden, attending his fruit trees, canning, doing photography work, and spending time with his family and friends.

    He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 40 years, Martha American Barron Brown; one daughter, Hope Brown Worrell (Frederick) of Jonesboro, Georgia; two step-grandchildren, Tiana Worrell and Frederick Worrell II of Jonesboro, Ga.; one sister, Martha Brown (James) Thomas of Bartlett, Tenn.; one brother, Leonard Brown of Water Valley; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Susie Brown and Dorothy Brown Williamson; and two brothers, Hardy E. Brown and James E. Brown.

Bacil Edwin Hartsfield

WATER VALLEY—Bacil Edwin Hartsfield, age 85, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

  Born September 30, 1925, Mr. Hartsfield was a son of the late Elton Lee and Janie Thweatt Hartsfield. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a retired cattle farmer and had lived in the Water Valley area all of his life. He was a member of the VFW and Camp Ground Baptist Church.

    Visitation was held Thursday, July 14, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Friday, July 15, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with his nephews serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include his sister, Ila Jewell Johnson, his nephew, Lee Edwin Hartsfield, and his niece and caretaker, Shelby Furr (Hillman), all of Water Valley.

    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Burlin Hartsfield.

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Karrie Martin Hernandez

BATESVILLE—Karrie Martin Hernandez, age 40, died Friday, July 15, 2011, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born February 7, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, she was a daughter of Quellard and Elisa Solis Martin. Kerrie worked as a housekeeper and attended Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Oxford. She enjoyed music, gardening, cooking and making candy rings. Karrie loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

    The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley Tuesday, July 19, beginning at 11 o’clock. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

    Karrie is survived by her spouse, Jerry Hernandez of Batesville; four daughters, Jessica Loer (Jose) of Princeton, Texas, Lisa Martin, Monica Hernandez, and Veronica Hernandez, all of Batesville; one son, Nick Netio of San Bernito, Texas; two sisters, Maria Hernandez (Jose) and Jackie Hernandez (Jose), both of Oxford; one brother, Romulo Leal (Jenna) of McKinney, Texas; her parents, Quellard and Elisa Solis Martin; and three grandchildren, Adam, Joshua, and Moriah.

    She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Hernandez, Jr.

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Gloria Vaughn

COFFEEVILLE—Mrs. Gloria Jean McCracken Vaughn, 65, of Coffeeville passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at her residence.

    Born September 27, 1945 in Coffeeville, Mrs. Vaughn was a daughter of the late Gene and Ouida Hamlett McCracken. She was a long-time employee of Merchants and Farmers Bank in Durant, where she and her husband, Hal, made their home for 30 years. They were active members of First Baptist Church in Durant while living there. Following Hal’s retirement in 2002, they moved back home to Coffeeville. Gloria worked for several years at Mechanics Bank prior to her retirement. Upon their return to Coffeeville, Gloria became very active in church activities at the First Baptist Church, including the Baptist Career Women and the Social Committee. She was also a member of the Board of the Friends of the Coffeeville Public Library. Above all, Gloria had a heart for others, especially the elderly. She will be missed by all who knew her.

    Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, at two o’clock in the afternoon in First Baptist Church at Coffeeville with Rev. Jerry Bishop and Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Garden near Water Valley, with James Potts, Clyde Holyfield, Steve Bailey, Breck Brown, Tommy Chisolm, and Allen McBride as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Bennett Stevens, Larry Holloway, Daryl Burney, Scotty Gordon, Mike Stephens, and Kirby Elliott.

    Survivors include her husband, R. C. “Hal” Vaughn; a son, Clay Vaughn, and his wife, Cathy, of Flowood; and a brother, Samy McCracken, and his wife, Billie, of Grenada.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Vescovo.

    Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Coffeeville was entrusted with the arrangements.

Mary Clyde Potts

PARIS—Mary Clyde Potts, age 89, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi at Oxford.

    Born July 15, 1921, in Calhoun County, Mrs. Potts was a daughter of the late Fredrick and Pearl Reasenover Joblin. She was a member of Driver’s Flat Baptist Church. Mrs. Potts loved her home, flowers, knitting and crocheting, and cooking big Sunday dinners for her family. “She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother,” stated her family.

    Visitation was held Friday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Saturday, July 16, at ten o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Sockwell and Bro. Steve Quarrels officiating. Interment was in Driver’s Flat Baptist Church’s Cemetery, with her great-grandsons serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include: her daughter, Anne Sharp (Barney) of Lafayette County; two sons, Alvie Potts (Lucille) of Paris and James Potts (Lottie) of Driver’s Flat; two sisters, Louise Garner of Philadelphia and Jennie Lou Sparks (Tommy) of Winston-Salem, NC; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Potts was preceded in death by her husband, Arvy Newell Potts; a daughter, Mary Lou Potts; three sons, Alvin Newell Potts, Charles William Potts, and Howard Clinton Potts; two sisters, Margie Reynolds and Ruby Patton; and six brothers, Edison Joblin, Walter Joblin, Charlie Joblin, Gene Joblin, Roy William Joblin, and Leonard Joblin.

Patricia Ann Hartsfield

WATER VALLEY—Patricia Ann Hartsfield, age 60, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

    She was a daughter of the late Dulan Webb and Evelyn Webb Dickey.

    A memorial service for Mrs. Hartsfield was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, June 25, in Woodland Hills Baptist Church, with Rev. Ken Izzard officiating.

    Survivors include her children, Belinda Warren of Como, Cynthia Ann Adams of La Vergne, Tenn., Evelyn LaSha Hollowell of Water Valley, and George Anthony Hollowell of Ashland City, Tenn.; siblings, Becky Jean Keel of Foley, Ala., Linda Kay Underwood of Batesville, Richard Webb of Batesville; her step-father, Billy Mac Dickey of Water Valley; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Carl Allen Few

WATER VALLEY—Carl Allen Few, 38, of Water Valley passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in Yalobusa County.

  Born December 4, 1972, in Memphis, he was a son of Thomas and Becky Jones Few. He worked in maintenance at Windsor Foods in Oakland.

  Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday in Garner-Harper Funeral Home at Coffeeville. A graveside service will follow in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with Bro. David Freeman officiating.

  He is survived by his son, Josh Few, his father, Thomas Few, and companion, Jewel Melton, all of Water Valley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Becky Few.

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