Obituaries – July 4, 2013

Betty Sue Savage House

WATER VALLEY—Betty Sue Savage House, age 76, died Monday, June 24, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born June 16, 1937, in Lafayette County, Mrs. House was a daughter of the late Paul Eugene and Addie Irene Smith Savage. Betty worked for years on the assembly line at Holley Carburetor in Water Valley. She was a faithful member of Water Valley Church of Christ and was a former Sunday School teacher at Ford’s Well Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.
    Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, June 28, in the funeral home, with Bro. David Floyd officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Michael Richardson, Brandon Richardson, David Martin, Josh Burrows, Justin Mitchell, Matt Donaldson, and Caleb House as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her daughter, Melissa House Debo (Robert) of Senatobia; sons, Eddie House (Shirley) of Batesville and Walter Richardson (Kay) of Water Valley; two sisters, Lottie Horn (William) of Taylor and Jannie S. Miller of Bruce; three brothers, Jerry Savage (Sharon) of Lafayette County, Harold Savage (Linda) of Chicago, and Herbie Savage (Ruth) of Lafayette County; seven grandchildren, Michael Richardson (Leigh Ann), David Martin (Kayla), Jennifer Burrows (Josh), Brandon Richardson (Jessica), Justin Mitchell (Eden), Caleb House (Natalie), and Brittney Donaldson; and eight great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dewitt D. House, two sisters, Deborah Sue Savage and Ann Russell, and four brothers, Paul Savage, Jr., Buddy Savage, Wayne Savage, and Chester Savage.


Morris Rayburn Rhyne

WATER VALLEY—Morris Rayburn (Ray) Rhyne, 66, of Water Valley passed away Saturday morning, June 29, 2013, at his brother’s home in Batesville.
   The funeral service was held at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, June 30, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel, Batesville, with Rev. Al Mullan officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to the funeral. Interment followed in Cold Springs Cemetery near Sardis.
    Born July 30, 1946, in Batesville, Ray was a son of the late Eligy Rayburn and Myrtle Ruth Taylor Rhyne. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a machine operator for BorgWarner in Water Valley. Mr. Rhyne honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, having reached the rank of E-5. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Water Valley.
    Survivors include his sister, Rita Rhyne Mottz of Paris; two brothers, Albert (Bubba) Gray of Batesville and Dwight Rhyne of Houston.
    He was preceded in death by two sisters, Eva Joy Rhyne of Water Valley and Ann Gray White of Oxford; and a brother, Darrel Wayne Gray of Oxford.

Wilbur Lee Todd

TUPELO—Wilbur Lee Todd, 89, died June 25, 2013, at his home in Traceway Manor at Tupelo.
   Born in Lambert, Mr. Todd was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earnest Todd. He attended Oxford Elementary and University High School in Oxford, graduating in 1942. He served in World War II in the European Theatre of Operations. After serving in the military, he earned a BBA and a MBS in business at Ole Miss.
    Mr. Todd married the love of his life, Virginia McArthur, who preceded him in death. He retired in 1986 as a supervisor with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is an Elder Emeritus at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. A lifelong Ole Miss Rebel, he enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved writing and sharing his life stories. He will be remembered for his vibrant personality, his integrity, his love of family, and zest for life.
    In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Todd; and two sisters, Charlotte Parker and Sarah Johnson.
    He is survived by his daughter, Lee Ann Davidson (Lee) of Amory; a son, Robert Todd (Wren) of Asheville, North Carolina; a sister, Marinell Rector of Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, Paul Parker of Water Valley and Irvin McArthur (Margaret) of Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Maxie McArthur of Maryville, Tenn., and Margaret McArthur of Rock Hill, South Carolina; three grandchildren, Jessica Leigh and Bryce Todd Davidson and Dashiell McArthur Todd; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of Witness To The Resurrection was held in the First Presbyterian Church at Oxford on June 29 at two o’clock in the afternoon. The Reverends John Semmes, Ann Kelly, and Wil Howie officiated. Visitation was held prior to the service, beginning at 12.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Living Waters of the World, First Presbyterian Church, Oxford.

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