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Obituaries – Oct. 25, 2012

Marie Trusty Axelrod

WATER VALLEY—Marie Trusty Axelrod, age 97, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 21, 2012.
  She was born June 7, 1915, in the Pine Valley community of Yalobusha County. Her parents were the late Jesse Buren and Lu Ella Trusty. Marie was a secretary at Camp McCain in Grenada during World War II. After the war she married and moved to Long Island, New York, where she had a family, and then moved back to Water Valley. She was a secretary for Yalobusha County Health Department, where she retired with over 25 years of service. She then moved to Oxford. Marie was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley. “She was a true ‘Steel Magnolia’. She will always walk with us, she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory, ‘she is a living presence’,” stated her daughters.
    The funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 24, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
    She is survived by two daughters, Patti Triplett (Ted) of Riverside, Calif. and Pam Mills (Sam) of Oxford; five grandchildren, Chad Mills of Oxford, Montana Triplett of New York City, Matt Mills of Lusby, Maryland, Robyn Triplett of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Mimi Mills of Franklin, Tenn.; and six great grandchildren.
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Otis “Big O” Austin

OAKLAND—Otis “Big O” Austin, age 43, of Oakland died Thursday, October 11, 2012.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, October 20, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Philadelphia M.B. Church at Oakland, with Pastor Grady McKinney, Jr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. of Batesville had charge of arrangements.
    Born October 10, 1969, Mr. Austin was a son of Floyd and the late Bertha Lee Clark Austin. He was disabled. Mr. Austin was a member of Parrish Grove M.B. Church in Oakland.
    Survivors include his father, Floyd Austin of Oakland; six sisters, Michelle House, Ora Curtis, Debra Neal, Libby Swearengen, and Cantrece Swearengen, all of Oakland, and Carolyn Swearengen Powell of Batesville; and two brothers, Billy Clark and Jimmy Clark, both of Oakland.

Berkeley Benson Brewer

COFFEEVILLE—Berkeley Benson Brewer passed away October 16, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
  Mr. Brewer was a retired mechanic, farmer, and member of Disabled Veterans of America. He was a member of the “Greatest Generation,”  having served during World War II in the 131st Infantry 31st Dixie Division. He was a wonderful father and loved all his children and grandchildren.
   Survivors include his second wife, Greta Brewer; children, Eddie (Dianne) Brewer and Allison Brewer (Reggie) Tribble, daughter-in-law, Janet Brewer, and son-in-law, John Stark; grandchildren, Erik, Justin, Evan, Marley, and Madison Brewer, Brewer Stark, Kimberly Howell, and Breeona Archambault; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Avis Jean Dean; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Brewer was preceded in death by his first wife of 61 years, Geraldine Atkins Brewer (it was to this union that his children were born); a daughter, Beverly Benson Brewer Stark; and a son, Melvin Atkins “Bubba” Brewer.
    Visitation was held Monday, October 22, at 10 a.m. in First Baptist Church of Coffeeville, where Mr. Brewer was a member. The funeral service followed at 11 a.m. in the church, with Dr. Thad Moore and Bro. Erik Brewer officiating. Burial was in Dividing Ridge Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution or donation to the Beverly Brewer Stark Endowed Scholarship Fund at Northwest Community College or the American Cancer Society.

Clarice Murihead Campbell

OXFORD—Clarice Murihead Campbell, age 85, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
  She was born July 14, 1927, in Vaiden to the late Robert and Clara Murihead. Clarice was a homemaker, a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville. She loved doing volunteer work and helping her friends and others. Clarice was an amazing mother and loved all her children and grandchildren dearly.
    Visitation was held Friday, October 19, from one until two p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held immediately following visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Dr. Thad Moore and Bro. Truman Scarbrough officiating. Josh Campbell, John Grady Kyle, Michael Gatlin, Rob Forrest, Jonathan Harris, David James, Mac Burns, and Scott Campbell were pallbearers. Michael Campbell and Peyton Kyle served as honorary pallbearers.
    She is survived by three daughters, Annice Kyle of Southaven, Sheila Pinnix (David James, fiancée) of Olive Branch, and Harriett Cox of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Ronney Campbell and Troy Campbell (Kristy), both of Coffeeville; a sister, Elsie Murihead of Arkansas; a brother, R. C. Murihead of Sidon; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Eugene Campbell, a daughter, Lisa Ann Campbell, and a son, Gary Campbell.
    Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Coffeeville, the American Cancer Society, or Coffeeville Women’s League.
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