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Obituaries – Dec. 6, 2012

Ella Sue Armstrong

WATER VALLEY—Ella Sue (Suey Mae) Armstrong died November 22, 2012.
  Born July 29, 1952, Mrs. Armstrong was a daughter of the late Eddie Lee and Lucille Gray. She became a member of the Martin Street Church of Christ in 1977, and remained a faithful member until her death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee Edward Armstrong, one son, Tyrone Armstrong, and a sister, Sarah Hall. She was employed at Big Yank for 18 years.
    Survivors include a daughter, Lee Edna (Willie) Ezell; one son, Terry Leon (Kathryn) Armstrong, and five grandchildren, all of Bruce; two brothers, Johnny (Ruthie) Gray and Eddie (Tina) Gray, both of Calhoun City; two sisters, Mary Nell Gray, and Mittie Gee, both of Water Valley, three special friends, a host of friends, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, December 1, at noon in the Martin Street Church of Christ with Bro. Dexter Ross and Bro. Hubert Goodman officiating. Interment was in the Church of Christ Cemetery at Water Valley with Adolph Davidson, Alffred Gray, Antonio Brooks, Demario Gray, Jeffery Gray, and Roger Gee as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were friends and family.


Nancy Miller Graham

SOUTHAVEN—Nancy Miller Graham, 49, a homemaker, passed away December 3, 2012.
    Born December 14, 1962, in Jonesboro, Ark, she was a daughter of the late Jimmie Lee and Brooxie Nell Miller. Mrs. Graham was a graduate of Arkansas State University and a member of Getwell Road United Methodist Church, where she faithfully attended the Tuesday morning lady’s Bible Study classes.
    She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Doug Graham of Southaven; one son, Spencer Matthew Graham; a daughter, Erin Elizabeth Graham, both of the home; one brother, David Miller (Joy) of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Rosanne Miller of Jonesboro, and Becky Miller Crow (Stanley) of Water Valley; her mother-in-law, Dora Graham of Pocahontas, Ark.; a brother-in-law, Greg Graham (Michele) of Paragould, Ark.; two nieces; four nephews (which includes Michael Crow of Water Valley), a host of friends and relatives.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, R. H. Graham.
    Visitation was held Tuesday, December 4 from 6-8 p.m. in Twin Oaks Funeral Home at Southaven. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 5, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Getwell Road United Methodist Church at Southaven. Burial will follow in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven.

Mildred True Gore

COFFEEVILLE—Mildred True Gore, 72, of Coffeeville died Thursday, November 29, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford after a brief illness.
    Born August 3, 1940, Mrs. Gore was a daughter of the late Howard Shirley and Lucy Turner True. Her husband, Robert Gore, preceded her in death. She worked many years for the Mississippi Forestry Commission until her retirement. Mrs. Gore was a faithful member of Elam Baptist Church and loved working in the church and spending time with her grandchildren.
    A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, December 1, in the sanctuary of Elam Baptist Church in Coffeeville, with Bro. Fielder presiding. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in the church cemetery with Jim Edwards, Jamison Perkins, Kristen Arbuckle, Cecil Harrison, Charles Bennett, and Doug Shields as pallbearers.
    Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Gore Arbuckle of Grenada and Connie Gore Perkins of Brooklyn; one brother, Howard True of Water Valley; and two grandchildren, Kristen Arbuckle and Robert Jamison Perkins.
    In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda True Dixon; four brothers, Harold True, Robert True, Stanley True, and Joe True; and a son-in-law, Bo Arbuckle.
    Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Fite Ingram

WATER VALLEY—Linda Fite Ingram, age 71, of Water Valley died Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Gilmore Regional Medical Center at Amory.
    Born June 22, 1941, in Oxford, Mrs. Ingram was a daughter of the late Cloud C. and Beatrice Smith Fite. Linda owned and operated B&I Gin Company, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Yalobusha General Hospital, served on the Board of Directors for Tallahatchie Valley EPA, was a member of the DAR and a lifetime member of Junior Auxiliary. Linda held on to her childhood membership at First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley, but faithfully attended First Baptist Church of Water Valley with her husband and family, where she served for many years as a Sunday School teacher. Linda was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and loved spending time with her family and friends.
     Visitation was held Tuesday, December 4, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 5, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Water Valley First Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Bain, Bro. Hal Clark, and Rev. Harold Spraberry officiating. Terry Varner, Kevin Kimzey, Jarvene Shackleford, Lance Newman, Mike Wood, and Bill Taylor will serve as pallbearers. Gene Standridge, James Leslie Oliphant, Melvin Ford, Dr. Paul Odom, W. G. Griffin, and Larry Kimzey will be honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include her husband, D. R. Ingram, a daughter, Julie Cloud Ingram Tyler (Cam); her son, John Ross Ingram (Julie); a sister, Julia Fite Taylor (Benny Cole); and six grandchildren, Lauren Cloud Tyler, John Christopher Tyler, Caroline White Tyler, Dean Ross Ingram, Julianna Marie Ingram, and John Reese Ingram, all of Water Valley.
    Memorials may be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 425 N. Main St., Water Valley, MS 38965; Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan, Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633; or American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Lela Mae Henderson McMinn

WATER VALLEY—Lela Mae Henderson McMinn, age 81, of Water Valley went to her heavenly home on November 30, 2012. She died at home, surrounding by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer.
   Born April 8, 1931, Mrs. McMinn was a daughter of the late Henry and Lora McCain Henderson. Lela Mae was the eldest of their children and started her pattern of “mothering” when her brother Henry “Buddy” and sister Frances were born, even though she was only a few years older than both of them.         When she was 16, her family’s finances forced her to get a job. She went to work at Rice-Stix, which later became Big Yank Corporation, where she worked until her retirement in 1993. During her many years there she forged relationships that have endured over time. During this time she started baking cakes.
    This was a pastime started in her childhood, when instead of making mud pies, she made mud cakes. Then, she took the extra step to make mud icing, which she said took her a while, since she had to make it just the right consistency. Lela Mae loved everyone and was in her element when she thought she could do something to help. When something happened within her church or community and she knew of the need, she would always say, “What do you need me to do.” She loved to work in the yard and would gladly share her flowers with anyone who came to visit.
    She and her “bestest” friend, Mary Alice Hayles, tried to solve every problem in the world with their daily telephone conversations. She was a devoted fan of the Water Valley Blue Devils football team. Several times before the end of the season, she and her daughter made cupcakes for the entire team. She was very proud of each of the young men and wanted them to know they were loved and respected for working so hard to make Water Valley proud.
    Lela Mae was known to her children as “Mama,” her grandchildren as “Granny,” her church family as Miss Lela Mae, to her customers, and all the above as well, as the “Cake Lady.” She was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church for many years and became a charter member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, which was organized in “Miss Lela Mae’s Bakery”. She loved being  part of her church right up to the end of her life.
    Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, December 3, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, December 4, in Woodland Hills Baptist Church. Burial was in the Camp Ground Cemetery with Sonny Meek, Trey Meek, Webb Cox, Les Gilley, Chris Folgman, and John Waldrop as pallbearers. Kye Gilley, Cody Gilley, Jay Folgman, Joseph Cox, and Latham Folgman were honorary pallbearers.  
    She is survived by her daughters, Pam Meek (James Tribble) and Judy Whitten, both of Water Valley; two sons, Ray McMinn (Joy) of Sturgis, and Clay McMinn of Water Valley; five grandchildren, Trina Meek Cox of Charleston, Misty Rogers Gilley of Water Valley, Trey Meek of Southaven, Kristy McMinn Folgman of Monroe, Ga. and Amber McMinn King of Starkville; six great-grandsons; one great granddaughter; and one great-great-grandson; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    In addition to her parents, Lela Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Martin McMinn.
    Memorials may be made to Woodland Hills Baptist Church, P. O. Box 801, Water Valley, MS 38965.


Lois Voyles McCluskey

HORN LAKE—Lois Voyles McCluskey, age 91, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, in Landmark of Desoto Nursing Home at Horn Lake.
  Born February 9, 1921, in Burnsville, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Newton and Ethel Morgan Voyles. Mrs. McCluskey was a faithful member of New Life Assembly of God, where she was actively involved in church work and considered herself a missionary. She retired from Westinghouse after many years of service and maintained a close relationship with many of her co-workers, with whom she traveled and spent time at get-togethers. While in the nursing home she enjoyed spending time quilting and playing bingo.
    Visitation was from one until two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, December 4, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the afternoon in Henry Chapel, with Bro. Carl McClain officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with Herschel McCluskey, Billy McCluskey, Jerry McCluskey, D. L. Gray, Bobby Voyles, and Ronnie Oliver as pallbearers. Sonny McCluskey, Danny McCluskey, Bud McCluskey, Kevin Avant, Randy McCluskey, Scotty McCluskey, Steve McCluskey, and Ronald McCluskey served as honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include her son, James McCluskey (Molly) of Senatobia; one brother, Olin Voyles (Bernice) of Booneville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. McCluskey was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyit T. McCluskey; two sons, Ernest L. McCluskey and Jimmy H. McCluskey; three sisters, Zelma McCluskey, Lorene Voyles, and Christine Voyles; and four brothers, G. B. Voyles, Gobern Voyles, Alfred Voyles, and Ezra Voyles.

Michael Allen Prestage

WATER VALLEY—Michael Allen Prestage, 22, of Water Valley died Thursday, November 29, 2012, at his home.
    Born May 8, 1990, in Grenada, Mr. Prestage was a son of Michael Todd and Shelley Harris Prestage. He was a 2009 graduate of Clovis High School in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a car detailer. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Earl D. Myers.
    A graveside service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, December 2, in the Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Garland Hughes officiating. Pallbearers were Marcelino Barrios, Keith Prestage, Shane Prestage, Brian Tidwell, Robert Earl Upchurch, and Mark Wiggins. Honorary pallbearers were the 2009 Clovis High School football team. Parker Funeral Home of Bruce had charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include his parents, Michael Todd Prestage and Shelley Harris Prestage of Water Valley; two sisters, Laura Hernandez and Rachael Prestage, both of Clovis, New Mexico; grandparents, Larry and Marcia Prestage of Water Valley and Patricia Myers of Clovis, New Mexico.

Doris Spencer Reedy

WATER VALLEY—Doris Spencer Reedy, age 88, died Thursday, November 29, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. Her family was at her side.
    Born December 9, 1923, in Delta City, Mrs. Reedy was a daughter of the late Willie James and Dean Cooper Spencer. She was raised in the Mississippi Delta with her four sisters. She attended Hilman College in Clinton, and shortly thereafter, her college consolidated with Mississippi College, which allowed her to meet the love of her life, Rev. Guy Reedy, Jr. of Aberdeen.
    She became a beloved minister’s wife as he pastored many churches throughout Mississippi. They were married for over 64 years, and were deeply devoted to one another until his death in 2008. Their last pastorate was First Baptist Church in Water Valley, where they remained faithful members after his retirement.
    The funeral service was held in Water Valley First Baptist Church Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 3 p.m. with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Visitation was from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Lt. Col. Guy Reedy, IV, Mark Reedy, Spencer Reedy, Scott Reedy, Benjamin Prowell, and Sam Prowell as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
    “Mama Doris,” as she was affectionately known to her family, is survived by one daughter, Gloria R. Lamb (Alan) of Oxford; two sons, Millard Guy Reedy, III of Brandon and Stephen S. Reedy (Margaret) of Vancleave; three sisters, Willie Ruth (Harold) Savell of Ashville, N.C., Joyce S. Anthony, and Mary Ann (Clyde) Wood, both of Water Valley; 11 grandchildren, Benjamin Prowell, Hope Kesley, Sam Prowell, Lt. Col. M. Guy Reedy, IV, Mark Reedy, Mary Alice Orgeron, Stephanie R. Teel, Spencer Reedy, Scott Reedy, Courtney Whitworth, and Meghan Gesswein; and 24 great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Katherine S. Ingram.

Shirley F. Shepherd

McKINNEY, TEXAS—Shirley F. “Shep” Shepherd passed away November 12, 2012, in McKinney, Texas, while on his morning walk.
  Born December 1, 1934, in Lafayette County, he was a son of the late Bert Clay and Emma Lee Shepherd. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Verla Shepherd, Dorothy Milam, Mable McCullar, and his wife, Ellen Shepherd.
  Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Frances Shepherd; daughters, Drenda Holland, Rhonda Mays (Rodney), and Suzanne Knecht (Scott); step-children, Gaylynne Going (Larry), Dr. Whitney Stevens (Beth), and Michelle Greenwood (Ken); grandchildren, Tausha and Jessica Holland, Renee Baldassari (Tony), Steven Mays, and Casey Jo Knecht; step-grandchildren, Lauren Patterson, Bailey Going, Ryan and Kaitlyn Stevens, Christopher Richardson, Caden and Bauer Greenwood; four grandchildren; siblings, Billy Shepherd (Stella), Mavis Wallace (Leon), and Carolyn Rowsey (Kenneth).
  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He enjoyed telling stories about growing up in north Mississippi with his family. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and picking the guitar. He took pride in caring for his yard and tending his garden. He took up walking several years ago and really enjoyed it.
  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951. During his 24 years of dedicated military service he served in Korea and the Vietnam War. During this time he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the United Nations Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal Clasp, (Silver, 2 Loops), and the Korean Service Medal.
  After retiring from the U.S. Army, he gave 20 years to Civil Service, which took him to Desert Storm supporting the U.S. Troops during the Gulf War.
  The funeral service was held November 15 at two o’clock in the afternoon with full military honors.
  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Collen White

BRENHAM, TEXAS—Colleen White, 66, of Brenham, Texas passed away suddenly Friday, November 16, 2012.
    She was born July 22, 1946. Mrs. White was an active volunteer with the Forever Young Resale Shop in Brenham and enjoyed shopping. She had a  zest for life and never met a stranger. She cared for her family deeply, always making sure their needs were met. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family.
  Survivors include her husband, John W. White of Brenham; a daughter, Gale Decuir (Mike) of Brenham; two grandchildren, John Michael Decuir and Matthew Collin Decuir; as well as half-brother, Clarence Curtis Langford, Jr. of Magnolia, Ark.
  She was preceded in death by her mother, Colleen Langford in 2001. The funeral service, held Wednesday, November 21, at 10 a.m. in the Brenham Memorial Chapel, was officiated by Lance Blackwell. Burial followed in Friedens United Church of Christ Cemetery in Gay Hill.
  A member of the Water Valley Class of 1962, her husband, J. W. White, expressed thanks for the prayers and support of this class.

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