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Obituaries – Jan. 30, 2014

Grady Ray Bell, Jr.

GOODWINE, ILL.—Grady Ray Bell, Jr., 62, of Goodwine, Ill. passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at his sister’s residence in Goodwine.
  Born August 1, 1951, in Chicago, Mr. Bell was a son of the late Grady R. and Marian Best Bell, Sr. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Terry L. Bell.
  He is survived by his wife, Angela Bell of Mississippi; three sisters, Pamela C. Bell of Watseka, Ill., April Frye (Scott) of Goodwine, and Marie Bell of Joliet, Ill.; two brothers, Danny Archer of Watseka, Ill., and James Bell of Plainfield, Ill.; two sons, Grady Ray Bell, III. (April), of Woodworth, Ill. and Donald Bell (Valerie) of West Frankfort, Ill.; two daughters, Shauntel Bell of Watseka, Ill. and Dina Bell of Tinley Park, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
  The funeral service was held Monday, January 27, in Knapp Funeral Home at Watseka, Ill., with Pastor Ronald Childress officiating. Burial was in Amity Cemetery in Goodwine.
  Memorials may be made for the family’s wishes.

Alonzo Crocker

COFFEEVILLE—Alonzo Crocker, age 75, passed from this life Saturday, January 25, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at his home in Coffeeville.
  Born November 23, 1938, in Yalobusha County, he was a son of the late Dewitt and Mollie Gilmore Crocker. Alonzo loved spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Gatewood Church of God.
  Visitation was held Tuesday, January 28, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Goshen Church in Yalobusha County, with Bro. Keith Burney and Michael Haas officiating. (Processional to Goshen Church will leave Seven Oaks Funeral Home at noon Wednesday, January 29.) Burial will be in the Goshen Church Cemetery.
  Survivors include MaryAnn Crocker; three daughters, Patricia Crocker Farrar of Oxford, Amanda Crocker Haas (Michael) of Water Valley, and Hope A. Crocker Martin (Mike)  of Coffeeville; his son, Timothy Alonzo Crocker of Coffeeville; two sisters, Lynda Crocker Farmer and Dianne Crocker Chandler, both of Coffeeville; one brother, Robert Crocker of Coffeeville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jamie Crocker, Mary Lee Crocker Melton, and Peggy Crocker Brown.

Ralph Benjamin Gay

OXFORD—Ralph Benjamin Gay, Sr., 79, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Sylva Rena Baptist Church, with Bro. Roger Perkins and Bro. Rusty Roberson officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 p.m. until service time in the church. Waller Funeral  Home is in charge of arrangements.
  Born in Brighton, Tenn., Mr. Gay was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Benjamin Gay, Jr.
  Survivors include his wife, Patricia Waggoner Gay of Oxford; three daughters, Pam Gay Perkins (Roger) of Mt. Vernon, Ala., Lynn Conlee of Memphis, and Cheryl Conlee of  Oxford; two sisters, Louise Woods of Covington, Tenn. and Edith Heald of Rosemark, Tenn.; two brothers, Marvin Gay of Drummond, Tenn. and Stanley Gay of Covington, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
  In honor of Mr. Gay’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis,  TN 38134.

Joan Bolen Prestage

WATER VALLEY—Joan Bolen Prestage, age 80, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
  Born January 13, 1934, in Paris, Mrs. Prestage was a daughter of the late Jim and Floyd Ragland Bolen. She was employed for years as a seamstress for Rice Stix, then later worked as a sales clerk at Fred’s in Water Valley. She enjoyed working in her yard and flower garden and was a lively, humorous lady. She also loved traveling and adored her children. Joan was a member of Paris Baptist Church.
  Visitation was held Monday, January 27, from five until seven p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, January 28, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery.
  Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Rounsaville (James) of Water Valley; a son, Barry Prestage (Shirley) of Munford, Tenn.; a sister, Sarah Norris of Coldwater; and her brother, Charles Bolen (B.C.) of Niceville, Fla.; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Prestage.

John Eugene Pruett

WATER VALLEY—John Eugene Pruett, age 57, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Oxford  in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
  Born August 17, 1958, in Oxford, he was a son of the late Winfred and Edna Irene Woods Pruett. Since 1998, John had resided at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford where he enjoyed eating at Wendy’s, watching movies and Wheel of Fortune, bowling, playing card games, spending time with family and friends, and working at the Regional center breaking down boxes. John was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.
  Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday, January 30, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sand Hill Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
  John is survived by four sisters, Margie Calvi (Frank) of Horn Lake, Melanie Pruett of Abbeville, Patricia Wilson (James) of Banner, and Mary Frances Russell (Glenn) of Water Valley; his extended family at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford; nieces and nephews, Angie and Bobbie Huckabee, Linda and Jimmy Russell, Jamie and Robbie Wilson, and Benny Neal, Jr.

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