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Obituaries – May 16, 2013

Tyler Emerick

OXFORD—Tyler Emerick, age 19, died May 6, 2013, in Lafayette County.
  Born February 23, 1994, in Oxford, he was a son of Samantha Emerick Clark and Ralph Carr. Tyler was employed as an upholsterer for Ashley  Furniture Company in Pontotoc. He and his mother were baptized on the same day together at Union West Baptist Church in Lafayette County. He had a kind heart and enjoyed cooking and grilling, fishing, hunting, and working. He loved spending time with his sisters, and fishing and hunting with his brothers.
  Visitation was  held Friday, May 10, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley. A memorial service was held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 11, in the funeral home, with Rev. Billy Childs officiating.
  Survivors include his mother, Samantha E. Clark (Dawayne) of  Oxford; his father, Ralph Carr (Laura) of Wesson; his step-father, Timmy Jones of Oxford; two sisters Shelby Wiley of Oxford and Courtney Carr of Wesson; three step-sisters, Lexi, Chasity and Tristian Clark of Water Valley; three brothers, Andy Emerick of Oxford, Devin Carr of Wesson, and Brandon Green of Water Valley; his grandparents, Donna and Jimmy Chapman of Water Valley, Dorothy Emerick of Water Valley, and Timmy and Bennie Jones of Oxford.
  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gerald Emerick.

Robert “Bobby” Suratt

WATER VALLEY—Robert “Bobby” McCullar Suratt, 63, died Wednesday, May 8, 2012, at his home in Water Valley.
  Born in Water Valley, Mr. Suratt had moved back there from McComb, in 1990. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Masters degree in city planning and a member of the Beta fraternity. He was a retired paramedic/EMT with the Pike County Medical Center. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Suratt enjoyed hunting, fishing, and scuba diving, especially in the Caribbean. He was passionate for music. A a member of the “Uncle Sam Band”, he played bass guitar, saxophone, mandolin and acoustic guitar. Mr. Suratt loved his friends and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley.
  A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 18, at three o’clock in the afternoon, in First Presbyterian Church, Water Valley, with Rev. Harold Spraberry officiating. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
  Survivors include his daughter, Tempe Suratt of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a great-aunt, Lea Colson of Water Valley; two grandchildren, Taylor Wagner and Jake Wagner, both of Chattanooga; and other extended family.
  His parents, Bynum N. and Mary M. Suratt, both preceded Mr. Suratt in death.
  Memorials may be made to the United Way, 440 North Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
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Ethel Lea Webb Benson

WATER VALLEY—Ethel Lea Webb Benson “Brownie”, age 89, died May 8, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
  She was born October 25, 1923. Mrs. Benson attended Lafayette County Schools. She was a foster grandparent. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Bayson Chapel Church, where she was the secretary until she moved away and joined Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church. Her hobbies included fishing, and quilting.
  The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon on May 11, in Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church, with Rev. Robert Burress officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.
  Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Morgan of Water Valley and Juanita Powell of Chicago; a brother, Willie Certion of Oxford.
  She was preceded in death by her mother, Willie Bell Spencer, and her father, James Lee Webb.

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