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Obituaries – Aug. 11, 2011

Eva Louise Learned

MEMPHIS—Eva Louise Learned, age 47, died August 6, 2011, at the Med in Memphis.

    Born July 7, 1964, in Grenada, Miss Learned was a daughter of the late Robert D. Learned and Thelma Few Learned of Oakland.

  Visitation was held from 4 until 5 p.m. Sunday, August 7, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley. The funeral services followed at five o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

  Survivors include: her mother, Thelma Few Learned of Oakland; three brothers, Robert D. Learned, Jr. (Sandra) of Southaven, Dan L. Learned (Susan) of Germantown, TN, and William C. McDonald (Beth) of Madison, Ala.

Clifton Turner, Sr.

WATER VALLEY—Clifton Turner, Sr. died Thursday, July 28, 2011.

    Born March 16, 1918, Mr. Turner was a son of the late Gollie and Sylvia Woodall Turner. He was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters, Earl Turner, Wilson Turner, Clayton Turner, Clinton Turner, Stanford Turner, Ervin Turner, Climmie Kerr, Clister Johnson, Myrtle Turner, and Dorothy Turner.

    October 28, 1940, he was united in holy matrimony to Luella Daniels and to this union eight children were born. One daughter, Patricia, preceded him in death.

     Mr. Turner accepted Christ in his latter years and joined the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ, where he served faithfully the rest of his life.

    The funeral service was held Tuesday, August 2, in the House of Prayer Church of God In Christ, Water Valley, with Superintendent Moses Wright, Sr. officiating. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley, with James Andre’ Hart, Marcus Hart, Jerry Turner, Jr., Boris Turner, Shedlia Freeman, and Gregory Turner as pallbearers.

    Honorary pallbearers were Clifton Turner, Jr., Jerry Turner, James Hart, Leroy Turner, William D. Turner, and  Clay V. Freeman. Robinson and Son Funeral Home, Grenada, had charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Luella Daniels Turner; four sons, Clifton Turner, Jr. (Barbara), and Leroy Turner (Vivian) of Flint, Michigan, Jerry Turner, Sr. (Dorothy) and William D. Turner of Water Valley; three daughters, Martha Lue Hart (James) of Belzoni, Diane Freeman (Clay) and Debra Armstrong  of Water Valley; one sister, Annie Ruth Washington of Chicago; four sisters-in-law, Bertha Judson of Water Valley, Lula Mae Turner of Oxford, Hattie Pearl Daniels and Ethel Mae Daniels of Chicago; 26 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Chris Turner; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

John Claude Willis

COFFEEVILLE—John Claude Willis, 67, of Coffeeville died August 8, 2011, at his residence.

    Born March 29, 1944, he was a son of the late Eone and Flora Mae Potts Willis. Mr. Willis served eight years in the Mississippi National Guard. He was a retired roofer and a member of Community Full Gospel Assembly in Charleston.

    Visitation will be Wednesday, August 10, at 12 p.m. in Garner-Harper Funeral Home with funeral services following at 12:30 p.m. in the Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Mt. Comfort Cemetery at Bruce.

    Survivors include his wife, Shelby Jean Cunningham Willis; two daughters, Sabrina McCoy of Grenada and Becky Melton of Paris; a son, Chris Willis of Coffeeville; five grandchildren, Renee Lea, Timmy McCoy, Jr., Kayla Melton, Sarah Melton, Lonnie Melton; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Lorene Redwine of Clarksdale and Louise Griffin of Pine Bluff, Ark.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Fayrine Willis; and three brothers, Jack Willis, Harry Ray Willis, and Rickey Willis.

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

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