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Obituaries – Oct. 18, 2012

Sondra Beaver

COFFEEVILLE—Sondra Beaver, age 45, passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 10, 2012, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.
    The funeral service, conducted by Rev. Dale Beaver and Rev. Eugene Howell, was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, October 13, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel at Batesville, Interment followed in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
    Born June 6, 1967, in Memphis, Mrs. Beaver was a daughter of Travis Eugene and Deloris Ditto Briley. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Memphis.
    She leaves her husband, Tony Beaver, of Coffeeville; one daughter, Christian Dean of Memphis; a son, James Fletcher of Byhalia; her mother, Deloris Ditto Hendrix of Coffeeville; and three grandchildren.
    Her father, Travis Eugene Briley, and a sister, Tracy Lynn Hatchel, preceded her in death.

Dollie Lee Suggs Edwards

OAKLAND—Mrs. Dollie Lee Suggs Edwards, 69, of Oakland died Thursday, October 4, 2012, in Greenwood Leflore Hospital at Greenwood.
    The funeral was held Saturday, October 13, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in Persimmon Hill M.B. Church at Enid, with Pastor Allen Johnson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.  Cooley’s Mortuary of Batesville had charge of arrangements.
    Born February 8, 1943 in Enid, Mrs. Edwards was a daughter of the late Jimmy Suggs and Fannie Lou Avance Suggs. She was a homemaker and a member of Parrish Grove M.B. Church in Oakland.
    Survivors include three daughters, Janie Mae Edwards of Coffeeville, Vickie Edwards of Grenada, and Betty Turner Nwigwe of Gatesville, Texas; three sons, Robert Suggs of Crowder, Dennis Edwards of Oakland, and Frank Edwards of Flint, Michigan; two sisters, Annie Martin of Oakland and Mary Tellis of Enid; four brothers, Charlie Suggs, John Henry Suggs, L. C. Suggs, and Jimmy Suggs, all of Enid; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

John Leonard Tolbert

OXFORD—Dr. John Leonard Tolbert, age 55, died Friday, October 12, 2012, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
  Born June 7, 1957, in Ripley, Dr. Tolbert was a son of the late James Lewis and Virginia Irene Estelle Moore Tolbert. Dr. Tolbert was pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Yalobusha County. He loved his church family and serving the Lord. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, working with computers, watching sports, reading, and he was a Civil War history buff.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, October 17, from five until seven o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 18, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks, with Rev. Steve Edmonds and Bro. Truman Scarbrough officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Rogers, Austin Groner, Robert Mays, Mac Williams, Jonathan Kent, Will Eubanks, Thomas Johnson and Hunter Stanford. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Derrick Gooch, Johnathan Tolbert and Jared Tolbert. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
    Survivors include his wife, Betty Sharpe Tolbert; one daughter, Lauren Tolbert, and two sons, Johnathan Tolbert and Jared Tolbert, all of Water Valley; one sister, Barbara Hamsley (Larry) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Glenda Tolbert of Covington, Tenn.; a nephew, J. R. Tolbert (Phyllis) of Covington, Tenn.; and his step-mother, Novella Tolbert of Ripley, Tenn.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Tolbert.

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