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Obituaries – Apr 4, 2013

Virdean “Dena” Cox Barton

OAKLAND—Virdean “Dena” Cox Barton, age 83, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home in Oakland.
    Born June 13, 1929, in Caraway, Ark., she was a daughter of the late Ben Allen and Catherine Music Cox. Deana was a member of the Eastern Star. She was also an active member of Ford’s Well Church of Christ, where she served faithfully as church secretary. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, making crafts, and sewing.
    Visitation was held Saturday, March 30, from noon until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Billy Sasser officiating.
    Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Wagner (David) of Somerville, Tenn.; two sons, Ben Barton of Collierville, Tenn. and Eddie Barton (Pam) of Cape Giradeau, Mo.; two sisters, Sammie Malone of Mesa, Ariz. and Mary Jane Wiggs of Houston; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Roy” Barton, Jr. and a son, Lloyd Allen Chism.
    In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Fords Well Church of Christ, 1070 CR 41, Oakland, MS 38948-2846.

Walter F. Beck

MEMPHIS—Walter F. Beck, Jr., 87, died March 21, 2013.
  The funeral service was held March 25 in Memphis Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors, was in Memphis Memory Gardens.
    Mr. Beck was a veteran of the United States Navy.
    He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Georgia Sturkey Beck; sons, Don, Steve, and Phillip Beck; daughters, Linda Stewart and Janis Taylor; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob Beck and Bill Beck; and a sister, Ida Beck Browning.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae and Walter F. Beck, Sr., and a sister, Luella Beck Fair.

Robert Livingston

WATER VALLEY—Robert Livingston, 94, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
  Mr. Livingston was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He was a marksman and a gun enthusiast. Mr. Livingston was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his family.
    A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 2, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun County, with Bro. Charlie Fitts officiating. Coleman Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include his daughter, Bess Tubbs Simmons, of Water Valley; three sisters, Blanche Kilby of Indianola, Elizabeth Turbyfield of Fayetteville, Ga., and Louise Lick of Monroe, La.; three grandsons, Barry Simmons, Brandon Simmons, and Blake Simmons; and three great-grandchildren.
    His wife, Myrtle Tubbs Livingston, a son, Lester “Bubba” Tubbs, and a great-granddaughter, Brittany Simmons, all preceded him in death.
    Memorials may be made to the Turkey Creek Baptist Church Savings Account, 80 CR 289, Water Valley, MS 38965.
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