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Obituaries – Jan. 3, 2013

William “Bill” Merrion Beene

WATER VALLEY—William “Bill” Merrion Beene, age 81, died Sunday, December 23, 2012.
   Born December 18, 1931, in Calhoun County, Mr. Beene was a son of the late Robert F. and Lula Potts Beene. Bill served four years in the United States Navy and retired after 16 years of service in the Active Air Force Reserve, and he served as commander of the American Legion. He was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, the Byhalia Masonic Lodge and the Ozark Shooters Sports Complex. Bill was an avid sporting clays marksman and won numerous awards and trophies.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Monday, December 31, in Woodland Hills Baptist Church at Water Valley, with Dr. James Pinkerton officiating. Visitation was held for two hours prior to the service. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Larry McCluskey, Gary Pinkerton, Kevin Jones, Richard Whiteside, Kevin Whiteside and Danny Lloyd as pallbearers. Bruce McCog, Aubrey Davis, Sonny Boggs and Charles “Woody” Woodliff were honorary pallbearers.
     Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Crews Beene of Water Valley; a son, Marion T. Beene (Tammy) of Southaven a step-daughter, Cinthia Hailey (Curtis) of Water Valley; a step-son, T. C. Cornelison (Paula) of Brandon; two grandsons, Alex and Justin, eight step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles L. “Buster” Beene; and four sisters, Katherine Wheeler, Dorothy Morris, Lola Pinkerton, and Eula F. McCluskey.

Donald Raymond Bynum, Sr.

WATER VALLEY—Donald Raymond Bynum, Sr., age 68, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012.
    Born in Yalobusha County, he was a son of the late George Raymond and Martha Virginia Roberts Bynum. Don loved driving a truck and was employed as a truck driver for MS Carriers until his retirement. He enjoyed life and his passions were cooking, fishing, spending time with his family and grandchildren and helping others whenever he could. Don was a member of Jumper’s Chapel Church,
    The funeral service was held Sunday, December 30, at three o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Freddie Mooreman officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service. Burial was in Jumper’s Chapel Church Cemetery, with Cameron LaCook, Dillon LaCook, Shelby Ladner, Greg Calfee, Dan Bynum, Ben Vanlandingham, James Griffin, and Dustin Baldwin as pallbearers. Dustin LaCook was an honorary pallbearer.
    Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bynum of Water Valley; three daughters, Rena Calfee of Pontotoc, Rita Ladner of New Albany, and Amy Vanlandingham (Wesley) of Water Valley; one son, Donald Bynum, Jr. of Water Valley; two brothers, Ronald Terry Bynum of Senatobia and Larry Bynum of Chicago; 15 grandchildren, Samantha Baldwin, Dan Bynum, Dustin LaCook, Cameron LaCook, Dillion LaCook, Spencer Ladner, Ansley Ladner, Shelby Hernandez, Kelsey Hernandez, Makayla Harvey, Kylie-Grace Bynum, Hayden Bynum, Shelly Vanlandingham, Ben Vanlandingham, and Cory Vanlandingham; and six great-grandchildren.
    In addition to his parent,s he was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Anthony, and a brother, Danny Bynum.


Jimmy “Ray” Dickey

WATER VALLEY—Jimmy “Ray” Dickey, age 76, died Thursday December 20, 2012, at his home in Water Valley.
  Born October 7, 1936, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Rex and Maggie Dickey. Ray served two tours during the Korean War as  a member of the United States Air Force. He was a self-employed welder until his retirement. He was a member of Mt. Liberty Baptist Church. He had a great sense of humor and loved people. He enjoyed kidding around with them. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and feeding his deer and other critters, and he loved spending time with his family.
    Visitation was held December 26, from noon until one o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Wall officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery with Kenan Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Randy Simmons, Rocky Wilder, Artie Stewart, Justin Smith, Rex Smith, and Bubba Simmons as pallbearers. James Smith and Dencil House were honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include his wife, Deborah Dickey of Water Valley; three daughters, Kimberly Anne Dickey and Tina Marie Archer, both of Water Valley, and Pamela Patterson of Pontotoc; two sons, Steven Jeffery Archer and James Edward Archer, both of Memphis; three sisters, Jo Anne Stewart (Artie) and Marjorie Smith (James), both of Water Valley, and Sue Massey of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Zachary Snider, Jaida Dickey, Meaghen Owens, and Daniel Patterson; and one great-grandchild.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Simmons.

Alan Webster Eatmon

OXFORD—Alan Webster Eatmon, 67, of Oxford died at his home December 23, 2012.
   Born in Perry County, he was a son of the late Wallace and Essie Foreman Eatmon, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  After his service during the war, he became a member of the National Guard. He worked for many years for McQuay, Inc. in Grenada and later was an insurance representative for Woodmen of the World.
    Mr. Eatmon was a member of NRA, and volunteered as a little league baseball coach for several years. He served as sound technician for Friendship Baptist Church, and was well known for helping others. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all of his family.
     Services were held Friday, December 28 in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. Larry Kilgore officiating. Burial followed in the Broad Street Cemetery in Coffeeville, with David Kilgore, Brad Kilgore, Jake Beckett, Robert Duke, Randy Denny and Roger Waters as pallbearers.
    Survivors include his wife, Brenda Wood Eatmon of Oxford; a daughter, Alana Eatmon of Taylor, and two step-daughters, Amy Harmon and Kim Harmon, both of Paris; two sons, Chad Alan Eatmon of Grenada and Wallace Ian Eatmon of Taylor; nine grandchildren, Garrison Eatmon, Cassie Eatmon, Devin Eatmon, Madison Eatmon, Ashton Eatmon, Tyler Callahand, Amilyn Callahand, Gracey Callahand, and Geno Moody; and two great-grandchildren.

Joe Lee Harris

WATER VALLEY—Joe Lee Harris, 42, of Water Valley died Saturday, December 22, 2012, in North MS Medical Center of Tupelo.
    Born January 10, 1970, he was a son of Harvey Lynwood Harris and Bennie Madlock Woodard. Mr. Harris worked many years as a maintenance supervisor for the Water Valley Housing Authority before his health failed. He was a member of Pine Grove East Missionary Baptist Church, and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
    Visitation was held Saturday, December 29, from ten until eleven o’clock in the City Auditorium at Water Valley. The service followed with Rev. Ervin Phillips officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove East MB Church Cemetery, with Chris Pascul, Willie Caldwell, Corey Booker, Terry Hoskins, Goldie Hervey, and Greg Spearman as pallbearers. Tracy Townsend, Danny Townsend, Hugh Caldwell, Gregory Buck, Wayne Spearman, and Fred Campbell served as honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include three sons, Delain Harris, JoDarion Harris, and Shanquayle Jenkins, all of Water Valley; his mother, Bennie Woodard of Water Valley; his father, Harvey Lynwood Harris of Water Valley; four sisters, Lendar Harris, Hattie (Eric) Harris, both of Water Valley, Jennifer Harris of Oxford, and Harisha Harris of Coffeeville; three brothers, Harvey N. Harris, Jerome (Tasha) Harris, both of Water Valley, and Terry Tallie of Tupelo; and his grandmother, Clister Hervey of Water Valley.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nelson and Hattie Harris.
    Seven Oak Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Willie Sayles

WATER VALLEY—Willie Sayles, age 55, died Saturday, December 22, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born May 18, 1957, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley, he was a son of the late Bennie Sayles and Allie B. Syles. Willie was employed by Motts Industries and for the City of Water Valley, at the courthouse and jail. He was a member of Martin Street Church of Christ in Water Valley and loved helping others. He enjoyed cooking barbeque, dancing, music, and spending time with family and friends.
     Visitation was held Saturday, December 29, from noon until two o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation in the Henry Chapel with Rev. Brian Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Church of Christ Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with Jeffrey Jones, Tommy Bailey, B.J. White, Jermaine Gooch, Sherman Gooch and Larry Holland as pallbearers.
    Mr. Sayles is survived by  his daughter, Jasmine Sayles of Water Valley; a son, Willie O’Neal Sayles of Water Valley; three sisters, Bertha Joy and Mary Phillips, both of Water Valley, and Sherri Sayles of Davenport, Iowa; two brothers, Benny Joe Sayles (Linda) of Water Valley, and Terry Sayles (Tawanda) of Bruce; his mother, Allie B. Sayles of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Jaliyah Sayles, Tyderious Sayles, and Bryan Kincaide; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
    In addition to his father, Willie was preceded in death by his daughter, Monica Sayles, and  sister, Annie Faye Phillips.

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