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Obituaries – May 2, 2013

Edwin Tharp Cofer

GRENADA—Edwin Tharp (Eddie) Cofer, 66, of Grenada, died at home on April 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
  Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada on Thursday, April 25. Funeral services were held in First United Methodist Church at Grenada at one o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, April 26, with Rev. Jack Smith and Rev. Tom Potter officiating. Interment followed in Woodland Cemetery at Grenada. Pallbearers for the service were Phil Embry, Buddy Pender, Ed Noble, Jerry Dantone, Thomas Allen Tharp and Trent Little. Honorary pallbearers were George Biddie, Tommy White, Ron Scarbrough, Mike Tubbs, Troye Mims, Ray Sellers, and George Hightower. Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
  Born October 11, 1946, Eddie was the son of the late Judge Kermit and Inez Cofer. He grew up in Water Valley, was active in scouting and the band, and left high school a year early to start his law studies at Ole Miss. The class of 1964 claims him as one of theirs, and he enjoyed reunions with them every summer. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1969 and practiced law in Grenada with Keeton, Cofer, and Embry, and later was General Counsel with Sunburst Bank. Most recently, he worked for the office of the Attorney General of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center until his retirement in 2006.
  Eddie was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Grenada for several decades and enjoyed ushering each Sunday.  Eddie’s family and friends celebrate having known this brilliant and lovable man. He was devoted to his family and friends, maintained a keen intellect for many and varied subjects, and was intensely loyal to Ole Miss, especially Rebel football.
  Eddie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Martha Martin Cofer; his son, John Martin Cofer of Oxford; his daughter, Anne Jennings Cofer of Oxford; his sister, Jennifer Cofer Flanagan; and brother-in-law, Jim Flanagan of Marblehead, Mass.
  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to one of two organizations that were important parts of his life. The family has created The Edwin T. (Eddie) Cofer Memorial Scholarship Endowment through the University of Mississippi Foundation (P. O. Box 249, University, MS 38677) to honor his passion for learning and Ole Miss; or donations may be made to his church, First United Methodist Church (161 South Line Street, Grenada, MS 38901).

Forest Robin Peacock

WATER VALLEY—Forest Robin Peacock, 50, of Water Valley died Thursday, April 25, 2013, near his home.
  Born in 1962, Mr. Peacock was a son of the late F. H. “Buddy” Peacock and Mary Ester Peacock. He became a painter and cabinet maker, using his creativity to refinish furniture and build small projects. He had a big heart and enjoyed fishing and his friends and brothers.
  He is survived by a son, Benjamin Peacock of Walls; a sister, Sherry Peacock (Alex McCoy) of Water Valley; and three brothers, Ricky Peacock of Coffeeville, Randy Peacock (Linda) of Coffeeville and Eddie Peacock of Water Valley.
  The family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date.

Lynda Bagguley Pipkin

COFFEEVILLE—Lynda Bagguley Pipkin, age 61, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her home in Coffeeville, surrounded by her family.
  She was born October 1, 1951 in Memphis to the late Thomas Elmo and Mary Elizabeth Hughes Bagguley. Lynda was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she received both the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master’s degrees. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Educational Honors Society, past president and member of the South Yalobusha County Association of Educators, and a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators. Lynda was an active and faithful member of Coffeeville United Methodist Church, where she served as a choir member. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, Bible study, and she dearly loved her family and friends.
  Visitation was held Sunday, April 28, from 6-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, April 29, in Coffeeville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Hal Hall, Jr. and Bro. Truman Scarborough officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville City Cemetery with Alex Pipkin, Jason Melton, Kyley Holloway, Evan Brewer, Justin Brewer, Erik Brewer, Slade Redwine, and Carter Brandon as pallbearers. William Jeffreys, Joe Farmer, Homer Melton, Billy Dean FIelder, Robert Vescovo, Kevin Harbin, Donnie Jackson and Greg Belford were honorary pallbearers.
  Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Edward C. Pipkin of Coffeeville; two sons, Edward Littleton Pipkin and Thomas Joshua Pipkin, both of Coffeeville; two nieces and one nephew.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jacqueline Suzanne Smith, and her brother, Timothy Elmo Bagguley.

Clarence Edward Rowsey

WATER VALLEY—Clarence Edward Rowsey died Friday, April 26, 2013 at his residence. He was 60.
    A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday, May 8, at noon at Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home in Water Valley.

Ernestine Kisner Simon

CHICAGO—Ernestine Kisner Simon, age 93, died February 3, 2013, at her home in Chicago.
  Born October 24, 1919, in Paris, she was a daughter of the late Ernest David and Mary Catherine Babb Kisner. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Greenwood Lutheran Church in Chicago.
    Mrs. Simon enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and spending time with family and friends.
  A graveside memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, May 4, in the Paris Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Eakes officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley has charge of arrangements.
  Survivors include her three sons, John I. Simon (June) of Tinley Park, Ill., Thomas J. Simon of Braceville, Ill., and Peter A. Simon of Chicago; eight grandchildren, Karen, Carolyn, Cathryn, Rebecca, Melissa, Melanie, Emily, and Mary Elizabeth; and six great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Simon, Jr.; a sister, Christine Marie Maynor; three brothers, James Russell Kisner, John Clifton Kisner, and Ernest David Kisner, Jr.; her grandparents, Nannie Vinson Dixon and Walter Henry Babb.

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