Obituaries – Feb. 14, 2013

Jasmine Alford

WATER VALLEY—Jasmine Alford, 19, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
  Born May 5, 1993, in St. Louis, Mo., she was a daughter of Calvin Alford, Jr. and Missy Alford of Water Valley. Jasmine was a member of Rocky Mt. M.B. Church of Water Valley. She was a graduate of Water Valley High School where she played basketball, was a cheerleader and a member of the Beta Club Honor Society. Jasmine was an accounting major, currently attending Northwest Community College at Senatobia, where she was a member of the Northwest Rangerettes and the Honor Society.
    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, February 16, in the Water Valley City Auditorium, with Rev. Cleveland Alexander officiating. Burial was in the Rocky Mt. M.B. Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
    Jasmine is survived by her parents, Calvin Alford, Jr. and Missy Alford of Water Valley; two sisters, Ca’Najah D’Nay Alford and Niketa Wilson, both of Water Valley; one brother, Calvin Alford, III, of Water Valley; her grandparents, Calvin Alford Sr. (Rochelle) of St. Louis, Mo., Calvin Young of Oxford, and Betty Woodard of Water Valley; and her special friend, Jordan “J.D.” Fondon.
    She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Linda Young.

William S. “Boob” Groner

OXFORD—William S. “Boob” Groner, 89, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2013, at the MS State Veterans Home in Oxford.
  The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 14, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel at Oxford, with Rev. David Taylor and Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery at Batesville. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 13, in Waller Funeral Home from 4 until 7 p.m.
    Born in Taylor, Mr. Groner served in the Navy as a Signalman 3rd Class during World War II. He was employed for the Chambers Corporation as foreman of the service department for 33 year. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Batesville. He enjoyed working on his farm with the cattle that he loved. He also loved teaching his grandchildren the value of farming. He was a member of the North Mississippi Cattleman’s Association. William was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Ruth Ray Groner; granddaughter, Justin Groner; four sisters, Jewel Delisio, Lillie Trump, Lucille Goodwin and Ruth Still; and brother, L. P. Groner.
    Survivors include four daughters, Vickie Hester (Bobby) of Forest, Sherry Hallmark (Mike) of New Bern, N.C., Judy McCormick (Tony) of Oxford, and Susan Killen of Oxford; a son, Randy Groner (Donna) of Oxford; a sister, Mildred McKinney of Tupelo; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
    Memorials may be made to the A. P. Fatherlee Scholarship Fund, MS State, P. O. Box 6149, Starkville, MS 39762; North MS Regional Center Memorial Fund, 967 Regional Center Dr., Oxford, MS 38655; or the MS State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Dr., Oxford, MS 38655.
    In honor of Mr. Groner’s service to his country, the flag of the United Sates Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.


Loie Inez Newman Sandefer

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Loie Inez Newman Sandefer, 79 years old, died January 28, 2013, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
  Born June 18, 1933, Mrs. Sandefer was a daughter of the late Wesley Durane Newman and Evans Mable Potts Newman of Yalobusha County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Taylor Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with all her family.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three husbands, James Fred Cotten, Sr., Clayton Edward Latham, and Edgar Sandefer; one son, James Fred Cotten, Jr., one grandchild, Timothy Latham, and two brothers, Ralph Newman and J. W. Newman.
    Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Long and Cathy S. Patton (Robert), both of Water Valley; five sons, Harold Cotten (Cheri), of Winona, Don Lathan of Memphis, Tommy Latham (Connie) of Water Valley, and Carl Latham (Kathy) of Grenada; two sisters, Peggy Goode of Germantown, Tenn. and Virginia Simmons of Cordova, Tenn; 17 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, January 31, in Taylor Baptist Church, with Bro. Kirby Ladner officiating. Burial followed in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, south of Water Valley. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Leigh Lathan, Clay Ferguson, Jay Cotten, Chris Patton, Brian Patton and Jason Sandefer. Special music was provided by Leigh Lathan (Beulah Land) and Jacob King (When I Get Where I’m Going)
    National Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

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