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Obituaries – Nov. 1, 2012

William “Bill” Bray

COFFEEVILLE—William “Bill” Bray, age 68, of Coffeeville died Thursday, October 25, 2012, in Methodist Hospital at Memphis.
  Born October 17, 1944, in Memphis, he was a son of the late Wade and Beulah Koonce Bray. Bill was an avid Ole Miss fan and enjoyed all sports. He spent many years coaching the Lady Cruisers Softball Team, leading them to win the 1997 National Championship, and was highlighted in MS Sports Magazine. Bill loved driving his truck. He retired as a driver for Sysco Foods, then went back to work driving for FedEx, where he was employed at the time of his death. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.
    A graveside service was held at three o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, October 30, in Cambridge Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Bro. James West officiating. Lary Langkawel, Donnie Bray, Jeff Bray, and Ronnie Bray served as pallbearers. Justin Bray, Walker Baker, John Gillon and Adam Slaughter were honorary pallbearers.
    A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church, Coffeeville, with Bro. James West officiating.
    Mr. Bray is survived by his best friend and wife of 40 years, Willene Black Bray of Coffeeville; two daughters, Shay Bray (John) Gillon, of Grenada, and Jamie Bray (Timmy) Baker of Glenwood, Ark.; three sons, Jack (Fonda) Bray and Jonathan Bray, both of Green Briar, Ark., and Jason Bray of Coffeeville; two sisters, Sara (Ben) Liles of Coffeeville, and Vera Ennis of Byhalia; six grandchildren, Justin Bray, Morgan Bray, Walker Baker, Chelsea Allen, John C. Gillon, and Adam Slaughter.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Brigance, and two brothers, Glenn Bray and Joseph McDonald Bray.
    Online condolences may be made at

James D. Mitchell

KNOXVILLE – Tenn. – James D. Mitchell, age 64, passed away October 22, 2012 at his home.
 A memorial service will be held on November 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. His body will be cremated at his request. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
He was a member of the Water Valley High School Class of 1965.
Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by parents, Moses and Minnie Mitchell and an infant brother, Joseph.     
Survivors include his wife Linda Belt Mitchell; sisters, Eva (Dick) Dillard, Kathryn (Mike) Clark, Martha Mitchell, Deborah (Eddie) Bratton, Karen Morris; a brother in-law and sister in-law, Bill and Dawn Belt; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Online condolences may be made at gentrygriffey. com

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