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Obituaries – Sept. 27, 2012

James “Jim” Bowie

WATER VALLEY—James “Jim” Bowie, age 70, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at his home in Water Valley.
  Born July 7, 1942, in Bruce, Mr. Bowie was a son of the late James M. Bowie and Ada Jewel (Smith) Frost. Jim was a property owner and property manager. He retired from the logging industry and also from Emerson Electric, where he was employed as plant supervisor. He was a member of the Shriners, served as Grand Master of Masonic Lodge #34 of Water Valley, and served as Grand Master in the Odd Fellows. Jim was a Baptist and loved Jesus Christ. He enjoyed helping his neighbors and the community and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
  The funeral service was held Friday, September 21, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with Bro. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.
  Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jenkins Bowie of Water Valley; one daughter, Kas-Sondra Bowie Massey (Steve) of Water Valley; a step-daughter, Melissa Whitehead (Steve) of Independence; one son, Randy Michael Bowie (Susan) of Houston, Texas; three step-sons, Mike Tatum (Cindy) of Taylor, John Tatum (Julia) of Ft. Smith, Ark., and Tim Tatum of Oxford; three sisters, Clara Pearl Cobb ( Bill) of Texarkana, Ark., Sonya Bowie of Ackerman, and Cheryl Dykes (Larry Joe) of Ocean Springs; two brothers, Sam Bowie (Barbara) of Ackerman and Paul Frost of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Amber Mooney, Autumn Mooney, Presley Defer, Sam Bowie, and Amelia Bowie; five step-grandchildren, Gracie Tatum, Garrett Tatum, Amanda Whitehead, Jennifer Whitehead, and Amy Whitehead.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nicole Gaye Bowie, a sister, Yvonne Frost, and two brothers, David Bowie and Terry Bowie.
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Beverly Jean Brown

THE VILLAGES, FLA.—Beverly Jean Brown, 66, went to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, September 23, 2012.
  She is survived by her loving husband, Chesterfield Brown, Jr., of the Villages, Fla.; their children,  Chad Brown (Yvonne) of Gulfport, and Renee Horvath (Bobby) of Millington, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dorothy Irvin of Kennett, Missouri.
  Beverly was a member of the Village of Faith Baptist Church of the Villages, Fla.
  Visitation will be held beginning at 2:30 p.m. September 29, in the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs, with the memorial service following at three o’clock in the church.

Richard Sisler Eubanks

COFFEEVILLE—Richard Sisler Eubanks, age 63, died Friday, September 21, 2012.
  Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Lee Sisler and Shelly Jessie Mae Craven Eubanks.He became a longtime resident of Yalobusha County and worked at BorgWarner, before retiring from Winchester Corporation. He served in the Army National Guard of MS where he earned honors for marksmanship and was a senior carpenter.
    Mr. Eubanks enjoyed working with his hands and was a mechanic with a passion for old cars. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, trail riding, hunting, and fixing things. He was a member of First Christian Church in Water Valley.
  Graveside services were held at one o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, September 25, at Pisgah Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with Bro. David Roberson officiating. His brothers and nephews were pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
  Survivors include one daughter, Linda Michelle (Caleb) Horton of Coffeeville; two sons, Edward S. (Diana) Eubanks and William Chad Eubanks, both of Coffeeville; two sisters, Julie Horn and Linda Nunnally, both of El Dorado, Ark.; five brothers, Lee Eubanks, Ronald Eubanks, Neal Eubanks, David “Pete” Eubanks, and Jimmy Eubanks, all of Water Valley; and two grandchildren, Katelyn and Madison Eubanks of Coffeeville.

Zula Elgenora Horton Hardin

MOSS POINT—Zula Elgenora Horton Hardin, age 99, died September 12, 2012.
    She leaves a son, W. V. “Billy:” Hardin, and his wife, Sara, of Moss Point; daughters-in-law, Susan Hardin of Moss Point, Jean Hardin of Leaksaville; a sister, Sue Lawrence of Lucedale; grandchildren, Holly and Philip Hulbert of Lucedale, Wendy and Bob Copeland, and Josh and Megan Hardin of Clinton, Van and Emily Hardin of Jackson, Cliff and Diana Hardin of Madison, Elgen and Heath Hillman of Ocean Springs, and Jason Hardin of Moss Point; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Janelle Horton, of Oakland and Jane Hardin of Tupelo; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
    Preceding Mrs. Hardin in death were her husband, Dr. Van Henry Hardin; sons, Edwin Chester and Don Joel Hardin; parents, Edwin and Mary Horton of Oakland; brother, Jim Horton of Oakland; sister, Edna Horton of Lucedale.
  Zula graduated from Oakland High School in 1930 as class valedictorian.
    She was a member of First Baptist Church at Moss Point and led the choir for a number of years. She was also a member of the Tuesday morning prayer group. She was a homemaker and a devoted mother.
    The funeral service was held in Moss Point First Baptist Church Saturday, September 15, at 11 a.m. Burial was in the Lucedale Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., with her grandsons as pallbearers.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Van H. Hardin Ministerial Scholarship at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Betty Dee Kehoe Melton

WATER VALLEY—Betty Dee Kehoe Melton, age 85, died Saturday, September 22, 2012, at her home in Water Valley.
  Born November 11, 1926, in Panola County, she was a daughter of the late Curtis David and Clyde Hollinger Kehoe. Prior to moving to Water Valley, Betty lived in Red Oak, Texas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved her family and friends.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 26, from ten to eleven o’clock in the morning in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral will follow visitation at eleven o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bo. Fletcher Mooreman and Bro. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Delay Baptist Church Cemetery in Water Valley, with Steve Shuffield, Henry Dale Fly, Floyd Naramore, Richard Miles, James Hollinger, Jr., Jerry Melton, Michael Fonte, and Mike Craven as pallbearers.
  Survivors include her son, Ricky Melton (Helen) of Gatesville, Texas; one sister, Hattie Mae Mathis of Water Valley; three brothers, Ben Horan (Lou), Earl Kehoe (Ruby), and Dewitt Kehoe (Louise), all of Water Valley; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Melton; five children, Steve Melton, JoAnn Jordon, Betty Frances Taylor, Jerry Melton, and Louise Franks.

Hope Constance Stroud

WATER VALLEY—Hope Constance Stroud, age 90, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
  The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, September 23, in Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial followed in St. Peters Cemetery at Oxford. National Funeral Home, Grenada, had charge of arrangements.
  Born June 21, 1922, Hope was a daughter of the late Doyle Luther and Connie Mansel Luther. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt Stroud and two daughters, Sylvia Bailey and Sarah Coleman. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. Mrs. Stroud was employed as an assembler with the Wurlitzer Piano Company.
  Survivors include her son, David Tidwell of Oxford; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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