Obituaries – May 30, 2013

Chad Caffey Griffin

PARIS—Chad Caffey Griffin, age 32, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at his home in Paris.
  Born October 20, 1979, in Grenada, he was a son of Ronald Eugene, Sr. and Barbara “Bobbie” Poe Griffin of Oakland. Chad was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and was employed as mechanic for Caterpillar in Greenwood until he became disabled. He was an avid Ole Miss and Giants Football fan and he enjoyed NASCAR racing. He liked flowers, was an excellent cook, and loved Paula Deen. Chad loved his babies and his family meant everything to him.
    Visitation will be Thursday, May 30, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks at two o’clock in the afternoon  Friday, May 31, with Bro. Wayne Thorn and Bro. James Caruthers officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with Jeremy McClusky, Robert Griffin, Tyler Callahan, Justin Griffin, Nate Griffin, Tim Hughes, Christopher Bauer and Matthew Moorman as pallbearers. Henry Jackson and Robbie Ashford will be honorary pallbearers.
     In addition to his parents, Chad is survived by his finance’, Amy Harmon of Paris; his sister, Shana Griffin Bauer (Christopher) of Memphis; his brothers, Ronald Eugene Griffin, Jr. and Robert B. Griffin (Melinda), all of Water Valley; daughters, AftonLynn Griffin of Dixon, Tenn., Gracie Callahan and Amilyn Callahan, both of Paris; sons, Joseph Griffin of Dixon, Tenn. and Tyler Callahan (Alex) of Paris; a grandson, Tristan Callahan of Paris; three nieces and five nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary Poe and Robert Elton and Louanice Griffin; and an unknown heart donor.

George Washington Lambert, Jr.

PARIS—George Washington Lambert, Jr., 70, went to be with the Lord Monday, May 20, 2013, in Darlington Oaks Hospice, Verona. At his side were his daughter, Tammy Lambert Tidwell, his cherished sister, Inez Tutor, and two special caregivers, Melissa and Carolyn.
    Born in Bruce, Mr. Lambert had lived in the Paris and Water Valley areas most of his life. Known as a hard worker, Mr. Lambert had been self-employed as a carpenter and logger. He enjoyed working with his hands and fixing things that were broken. A veteran of the U. S. Army, he had served during the Korean War and received the National Defense Service Medal, Marksman Badge, and Korean Defense Service Medal. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family and grandchildren. Morning coffee with his daughter, Tammy, was something he enjoyed. He was a member of First Christian Church of Water Valley.
    The funeral service was held Wednesday, May 22, in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Interment was in Turkey Creek Cemetery, located on Highway 32, Water Valley.
    Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Lambert Tidwell of Water Valley; his future son-in-law and friend, Jim Tierney; three sisters, Inez Tutor of Water Valley, Shirley (Derwin) Smith of Madison, Ala., and Mary Cother of Hopkinsville, Ky.; one brother, Lee Lambert of Water Valley; and four grandchildren, Gary and Chelsey Bratton, Taylor Deal, and Katelyn Tidwell.
    His parents, George W. and Annie Mae Lambert; one brother, Jerry Lambert; and two sisters, Dorothy Lambert and Evelyn Hancock, all preceded him in death.
    Memorials may be made to the George W. Lambert, Jr. Funeral Fund, P. O. Box 160, Oxford, MS 38655.

Cynthia Martin Taylor

DUCK HILL—Cynthia Martin Taylor, 54, of Duck Hill, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
  Born January 10, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of the Samuel Fred Martin and Juanita Ray Martin.
  The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 28, at three o’clock in the afternoon in Garner Harper Funeral Home at Grenada. Interment was held in Providence Cemetery in Gore Springs.
  Survivors include her husband, Robert “Bob” Taylor of Duck Hill; four daughters, Kelly Yopp of Grenada, Kerrie Myers and Kellie Rogers, both of Brandon, and Kaddie King of Niceville, Fla.; three sisters, Jeani Black of Water Valley, Judy Martin of Lexington, Ky., and Sandy Hessler of Roswell, Georgia; and three grandchildren, Lexie Myers, Lana Jolie Yopp, and Cade Myers.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Chip Sutton.
  Memorials may be made to The Mayo Clinic Transplant House, 200 First St. S.W., Rochester, MN 55905.


Andrew Conner Turner

WATER VALLEY—Andrew Conner Turner, infant son of Jeremy and Tara Turner of Water Valley died Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Visitation was Tuesday, May 28, from 1-2 p.m. in First Christian Church at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
    In addition to his parents, Andrew Conner is survived by his brother, Austin Jeremy Turner of Water Valley; his sister, Abigail Grace Turner of Navarre, Fla.; his grandparents, Cuvis Cooner of Bruce, Cathy Britt Stevens of Philadelphia, Kenny and Karen Keel of Water Valley, Rick Thoms of Owensville, Missouri, Jerry and Tina Turner of Water Valley, and Gordon and Audrey Cook of Bruce.
  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Edward Cooner.


Alma Koonce Wright

COFFEEVILLE—Alma Koonce Wright, 85, of Coffeeville passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Hillcrest Hospital at Calhoun City.
    Born August 16, 1927, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Hallie Hendrix Koonce. Mrs. Wright was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Big Creek.
     Visitation will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church from 12-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with Bro. John Hearn officiating. Interment will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Big Creek. Garner Harper Funeral Home of Grenada will be in charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include a sister, Drucille Harrison of Coffeeville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, T. J. Wright; a daughter, Delores Wright Anderson; and three sisters, Edna Ryder, Mildred Harrison, and Ruth Koonce.

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