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Obituaries – Feb. 21, 2013

Danny Ross Ingram

WATER VALLEY—Danny Ross “D.R.” Ingram, age 70, died Saturday, February 16, 2013, in the MS State Veterans Home at Oxford.
   Born in Oxford, he was a son of the late Albert Ross and Birdie Smith Ingram. He was a cattleman and farmer and served as a 1st Lieutenant MP in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He graduated from Mississippi State University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was Director Emeritus of Mechanics Bank and a past Director of Tallahatchie Valley Electric Association. He served as Chairman of the Board of the American Polled Hereford Association and was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
    The funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 20, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in First Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Bain and Rev. Rosa Lee Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with James Leslie Oliphant, Jarvene Shackleford, Mike Wood, Lance Newman,  Kevin Kimzey, and Gene Standridge as pallbearers. Fred Eakes, Joe Larson, Bill Larson, Eddie Ray, Bob Rosson, Lorri Williamson, Eddie Aune, Snooky Williams, Ernie Aune, Charles Sharp, Larry Kimzey, Dr. Paul  Odom, W. G. Griffin, and Tommy Hill will serve as honorary pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    D. R. is survived by his daughter, Julie Cloud Ingram Tyler (Cam) of Water Valley; a son, John Ross Ingram (Julie) of Water Valley; and six grandchildren, Lauren Cloud Tyler, John Christopher Tyler, Caroline White Tyler, Dean Ross Ingram, Julianna Marie Ingram, and John Reese Ingram.
    In addition to his parents, his wife, Linda Fite Ingram, preceded him in death.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633; American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or
State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Elvin Eldwin Hensley

OXFORD—Elvin Eldwin Hensley, 96, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in Water Valley.
   The funeral service was held Friday, February 15, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial followed in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.
    Born in Lafayette County, Mr. Hensley was a son of the late Dolley and Thomas Hensley. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Joyful Generations group. Mr. Hensley was a World War II veteran, where he served as Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He was also a bulldozer operator, carpenter, and farmer by trade. After retirement he worked for Anchor Water Association.
    Mr. Hensley is survived by his wife, Clara T. Hensley of Oxford; one brother, Ruel R. Hensley of Water Valley; and  host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Hensley.
    Memorials in Mr. Hensley’s memory may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy. 7 South, Water Valley, MS 38965. In honor of Mr. Hensley’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

Charles “Buddy” Simmons

WATER VALLEY—Charles “Buddy” Simmons, 64, died Saturday, February 16, 2013, at his home in Water Valley.
  Mr. Simmons had lived in the Water Valley area the majority of his lifetime. He was self-employed as a diesel mechanic at his business, Buddy’s Truck Salvage, in Batesville. This was the type work he enjoyed most. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church in Lafayette County.
    The funeral service was held Monday, February 18, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel, Oxford, with Bro. Fred Eakes officiating. Interment was  in Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun County.
    Survivors include his wife, Bess Simmons of Water Valley; his mother, Nat Dempsey of Oxford; three sons, Barry Simmons and Blake Simmons, both of Water Valley, and Brandon Simmons of Tupelo; one sister, Sandy Bishop of Oxford; a brother, Lloyd Eugene Simmons, Jr. of Cabot, Ark.; three grandchildren, Brantley Simmons, Keely Simmons, and Briella Simmons.
    His father, Lloyd Eugene Simmons; a brother, Ray Simmons; and a granddaughter, Brittany Simmons, all preceded Mr. Simmons in death.
    Memorials may be made to the Turkey Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 80 CR 289, Water Valley, MS 38965, or the Buddy Simmons Funeral Fund, P. O. Box 160, Oxford, MS 38655.

Thomas Daniel Wright

PADUCAH, KY—Thomas Daniel Wright, 74, of Paducah, Kentucky died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at his home.
A native of Water Valley, Mr. Wright was born August 8, 1938, to the late Weston and Irene Stewart Wright. He retired from Illinois Central Railroad as a General Foreman, but had held many jobs within the organization, including Round House Foreman and teaching student engineers. He volunteered at local schools, especially when his children were school age, educating children about the importance of the railroad system.
    Mr. Wright was awarded Parent-Teacher Association Life Membership, the highest award given by the Tennessee PTA. He was a longtime member of Church of Nazarene where he loved teaching Adult and Young Married Sunday School classes. He also served in the U.S. Army and National Guard, was a former Boy Scout leader, and a Kentucky Colonel.
    Dan is survived by his wife, Brenda Rankin Wright; five children, Krystal Lepeard Stevens (Jeremy), Kari Wright and finance, Ben Hughes, all of Paducah, Ky., Jeff Dees (Rene) of Metropolis, Ill., Lorri Phillips (David) of Water Valley, and Randy Wright (Cindy) of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Brandon Wright, Wes and Mary Wright, Matthew Phillips, Taylor and McKenzie Lepeard, and Ashley Dees; two brothers, John Wright (Margaret) of Southaven, and Dean Wright  (Barbara) of Hernando; and several nieces and nephews.
    Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Gearrell Wright.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, February 16, in  Milner & Orr Funeral Home, Paducah, with Revs. Russ Frazier, Dean Wright, and Dave Woosley officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Kenton Cemetery.

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