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Obituaries – Nov. 14, 2013

Justin Wayne Burney

COFFEEVILLE—Justin Wayne Burney, age 26, died Sunday, November 10, 2013, in Grenada Medical Center at Grenada.
  Born January 13, 1987, in Hattiesburg, Justin was a son of Keith Aaron and Darlene Hardy Burney. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church, loved music and playing his guitar. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf and video games, and woodworking. Justin loved spending time with family and friends, especially his beloved dog, Boston.
  Visitation is planned for Wednesday, November 13, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon, November 14, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Charley Farmer officiating. Burial will be in the Jumper’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery at Water Valley.
  Survivors include his parents, Keith and Darlene Burney of Coffeeville; a brother, Jeremy Burney (Amanda) of Benton, La; his grandmother, Joyce Burney of Coffeeville; a niece, Reese Burney and a nephew, Layn Burney of Benton, Louisiana; a host of very close aunts, uncles and cousins.
  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bobby Gene Burney; and grandparents, Billy Jack and Ann Hardy.

Charles David Chandler

COFFEEVILLE—Charles David Chandler, 56, of Coffeeville, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He died in University of Mississippi Medical Center—Grenada.
  Born June 4, 1957, in Yalobusha County, Mr. Chandler was a son of Oscar and Faye Jackson Chandler. He was a former employee of Kellwood. He loved his family and friends, and was always willing to help others, expecting nothing in return. He loved animals of all kinds, especially his chickens and his cat.
  Vistation was held Thrusday, November 7, from 5-7 p.m. in Elam Baptist Church, Coffeeville. The funeral service was held Friday, November 8, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Elam Baptist Church. Interment was in the Elam Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Keith Burney officiating. Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
  Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Diane Crocker Chandler; three children, Gordon Lewis Chandler and David Alexander “Bub” Chandler, both of Coffeeville, and Mollie Faye “Sissy” Chandler Schmitz of Water Valley; a sister, Barbara Chandler Ferguson Caulder of Coffeeville; a sister-in-law, Mary Pullen Chandler of Water Valley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Michael Lynn Chandler and Robert L. “Bob” Chandler; and a sister, Donna Chandler Preston.

William T. Evans

COMO—William Thomas “Bully” Evans, age 79, passed away early Friday morning, November 8, 2013, at North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.
  A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10, in Rosehill Cemetery at Sardis, with Mr. Hal Johnson officiating. The family received friends beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday in Wells Funeral Home, Batesville.
  Born October 6, 1934, in Water Valley, Mr. Evans was a son of the late Willie Ray Evand, Sr. and Lela Massey Evans. He was a member of Como Baptist Church. For over 40 years he was owner of Evans Sand and Gravel Company at Sardis. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard. Mr. Evans’ hobbies included hunting quail and playing golf.
  He is survived by his wife, Georgia Fennell Evans of Como; three daughters, Lynn Evans Rice (Joel), of Batesville, Pam Evans West (Noland) of Sardis, and Carol Evans Short (Rob) of Wichita, Kan.; one son, Mike Evans (Natalie) of Batesville; his sister, Betty Jo Gurner of Water Valley; one brother, James Henry “Jim” Evans, also of Water Valley; eight grandchildren, Jason and Will Evans, Hunter and Evan West, William Forrest Short and Lindsey Rice Petit andAlex Rice Hallmark; and two great-grandchildren.
  Memorials may be sent to North Delta Schools, 330 Greenwave lane, Batesville, MS 38606, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

William T. Green

RALEIGH, N.C.—Ernest T. (Ted) Green died Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  Born in Water Valley, September 16, 1928, he was a son of the late E. T. “Pete” Green and Mrs. Lois Green.
  Ted attended school in Water Valley, graduating in 1946. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He received a degree from Mississippi State University in Electrical Engineering.
  Survivors include two brothers, Tom Green (Lou) of Denham Springs, La., and David Green (Betty) of Southaven; a sister, Mrs. Katherine Taylor of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry J. Johnson

WATER VALLEY—Larry J. Johnson, age 55, of Water Valley died Sunday, November 3, 2013, in Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He is formerly of Waterloo, Iowa.
  The funeral service was held Saturday, November 9, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the Water Valley City Auditorium, with Rev. Gregory Wilson officiating. Visitation was one hour before the service. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.  
  Mr. Johnson was born March 27, 1958, in Water Valley to James L. Johnson and Ivy Gene Brown. He attended Water Valley High School. He later moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where he resided for 18 years. He was employed by Tyson Food Services until his health failed. He accepted Christ early in life and was a member of Harris Chapel A.M.E. Church.
  Survivors include his mother, Ivy Gene Johnson of Water Valley; four children, Crystal Singleton (Adrian) of Houston, Texas, Lanina Phillips (Courtney) of Memphis, Vannica Harper (Demetrius) of Horn Lake, and Alando Phillips (Sakeena) of Memphis; five sisters, Tommie D. Johnson, Dorothy Mae Johnson, Linda Faye Tedford (Rickey), Shelia Turner (Joe), Sandra Jones (Richard), all of Water Valley; one brother, Willie Steve Hervey of Water Valley; seven grandchildren; two uncles; four aunts; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends; and two very special friends and caregivers, Dorothy and Bessie.
  He was preceded in death by his father.

Clara M. Smith

  Funeral services for Clara M. Smith will be held Friday, November 15, 2013, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Mt. Moriah District Association Building, located at 3657 County Road 211, Coffeeville.

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