Mary Louise Graham
WATER VALLEY—Mary Louise Graham, age 85, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
Born August 5, 1927, in Coffeeville, Mrs. Graham was a daughter of the late John Edward and Myrtle Jones Byford. Louise worked for many years in the cafeteria of Coffeeville Schools. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a former member of Clear Springs Baptist Church and later attended Calvary Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
Visitation was held March 22 from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, March 23, in the funeral home with Bro. James West officiating. Burial was in the Clear Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Sims of Water Valley; a sister, Nancy Fly of Cascilla; three brothers, James Byford (Mary), Edward Byford (Jo Anne), and John C. Byford (Louise), all of Coffeeville; three grandchildren, Jay Sims (Laura) of Jackson, Shena Lovon (Ron) of Jackson, and Tammy Glazier (Rob) of Greenwood; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Spurgeon; her son, Thomas Lynn Spurgeon; and a brother, Charles Ray Byford.
Charles Lynn Harris, Sr.
WATER VALLEY—Charles “Charlie” Lynn Harris, Sr., age 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his home in Water Valley.
Born March 10, 1937, he was a son of the late Charles Gerald and Janie Ford Harris. After serving in the United States Navy, he returned to Water Valley and married the love of his life, Betty Pass Harris. One weekend, Betty came home to visit her mother and family. During her visit, she struck eyes with Charles Lynn Harris in the local grocery store. He asked her on their first date to go to the Oxford Drive-in, where it was love at first sight. They knew they were meant for each other and six months later were married.
After marriage, Charlie attended the Dallas Institute, College of Mortuary Science of Gupton-Jones, where he received his degree in mortuary science. He began his career in the funeral industry with Water Valley Funeral Home, which later became Henry Funeral Home. For a short period of time Charlie left Henry Funeral Home to serve as a Mississippi Highway Patrolman in Tchula, but was soon persuaded by his mentor, Hamric Henry, to return to the funeral business.
Later Charlie purchased Blu-Buck Furniture and after numerous floods, relocated to the old Chittom Building in Water Valley and changed the name to Harris Furniture and Appliance. In 1977 Charlie went back to work in the funeral business at Browning Funeral Home in Water Valley and remained there until it burned in 2001. In 2002, Browning was purchased by Seven Oaks Funeral Home where Charlie was manager and part-owner until his retirement in 2008.
He was a former alderman for the City of Water Valley, serving with the police department and the department of parks and recreation; and he was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, traveling, watching westerns and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Charlie was a member of Ford’s Well Church of Christ.
Visitation was held from 8-10 a.m. Friday, March 22, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at ten o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Bob Brewer officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Charles Lynn Harris, Jr., Ashley Page, Jamie Davis, Eddie Magee, Billy Freed, Rickey Noland, Corey Voyles, and John Pass as pallbearers..
He is survived by his daughter, Candice Harris Kidder (Glenn) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a son, Charles Lynn Harris, Jr. of Hernando; his brother, William ”Bill” Harris (Betty) of Kendall Park, N.J.; six grandchildren, Lacey Harris Noland (Rickey) of Ocean Springs, Brittany Harris of Jackson, Terrie Lynn Harris of Starkville, Harrison Kidder, Benjamin Glenn Kidder, III, and Charlotte Betty Kidder, all of Baton Rouge.
In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Betty Pass Harris; and a daughter, Martha Beth Harris.
Patty Mae Hood
ECRU—Mrs. Patty Mae Hood, age 51, of Ecru, died March 22, 2013, in Leflore County.
Born March 5, 1962, in West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late James Davis and Rosella Davis. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Kay, Mary, and Terrie, and one brother, Otis Andrews. She was a Baptist.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Hood of Ackerman; two sons, Devin Dickey (Heather) of Senatobia, and Jason Womble of Water Valley; a grandchild, Juiliana Dickey of Senatobia; and a sister, Gay Davis of Lorane, Ohio.
Visitation was held from one until two o’clock Monday, March 25, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home at Bruce. The funeral was held immediately following visitation in the funeral home, with Bro. Hal Clark officiating. Interment was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.
Sarah Elizabeth Skelton
CARROLLTON—Sarah Elizabeth Skelton, age 75, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, in St. Dominic Hospital at Jackson.
Born June 20, 1937, in Sunflower County, she was a daughter of the late Edward Dickerson and Arbria Dill Dickerson Campbell. She resided most of her life in Leland, before moving to Carroll County in 1997. She was a 1955 graduate of Valley High School, where she was valedictorian of her class.
Mrs. Skelton worked at Leland Tire Service for a number of years and retired from the Mississippi State Department of Human Services in 2002. She was an active member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Sunshine Circle. She was also involved with the Red Hats Society. Her hobbies were sewing, quilting, gardening and fishing. She and her husband loved to play dominos and card games with a special group of friends, and enjoyed activities and time spent with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by a son, Roger Skelton; her step father, Henry Campbell; and two brothers, Robert Dickerson, and Edward Dickerson.
Visitation was held Monday, March 25, from 5-8 p.m. in Williams & Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. The funeral service was held following visitation at eleven o’clock in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Teoc with Rev. Lanny Haley and Rev. Jon Doler officiating. Burial was in Moores Memorial Cemetery, with Vernon Skelton, Donnie Daves, Ronnie Skelton, Glen Campbell, Gregg Spencer, Terry Brown, and Charles Petty as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Brown, Charles Johnston, Bill Brunson, and Hub Jackson.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, J. W. “Buster” Skelton of Carrollton; a son, Mike Skelton (Karen) of Greenville; two daughters, Sissy Skelton of Tupelo and Andi Epes (Pierce) of Water Valley; one daughter-in-law, Sonya Skelton of Brandon; two brothers, Larry Campbell of Carrollton and Frank Campbell of Nettleton; a sister, Minnie Spencer of Bartlett, Tenn; and seven grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Brett Skelton, Shade Epes,Tyler Epes, Sydney Epes, Nicole Skelton, and Jacob Skelton; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund, 286 County Road 41, Carrollton, MS 38917. Williams & Lord Funeral Home was in charge.