Obituaries – March 13, 2014

Mary Lee Flowers

PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN—Mary Lee Flowers, age 95, of Plymouth, Mich., formerly of Monroe, Mich., passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, in the Brighton Gardens of Northville Assisted Living Facility.
    Born January 30, 1919 in Water Valley, Mrs. Flowers was a daughter of the late Robert and Rebecca Lane Beaman. She married the love of her life, Sun Flowers, on May 10, 1948. A dedicated homemaker, Mrs. Flowers was a member of the Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church.
     Survivors include, Sun Flowers, her husband for the past 65 years; two nephews, Robert (Allison) Smith, Jr. of Maryland, and Kahn (Latasha) Davison of Westland. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Beamon; and three sisters, Jeanette Jasper, Sadie Beamon and Coteal Smith.
    A celebration of her life was held at the Allore Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes. Elder James Hamstra of Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated. Burial followed in Metropolitan Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Belleville, Mich.

Barbara Joseph

CHICAGO, ILL.—Barbara Joseph, 74, died in Chicago.
    She was formerly of Water Valley.
    The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at noon in the Water Valley city auditorium. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Burial will be in Sanders Chapel Church Cemetery, Water Valley.
    Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Winfred E. “Mac” McCain

SHORELINE, WASHINGTON—Winfred E. “Mac” McCain, age 82, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home in Shoreline, Washington.
  He was born March 13, 1931, in Water Valley, a son of the late Shirley W. and Margaret Littleton McCain. A proud Korean War Navy veteran, “Mac” loved his family, friends and golf.
  A celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 23, at one o’clock in the afternoon at the home of Sandie and Rick Orvella in Washington. In his memory golf attire is encouraged.
  He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Evelyn McCain, of Shoreline; his children, Sandra Orvella (Richard) and Laurel Hennessey; grandchildren, Brandon Hennessey (Caitlin) and Chad Orvella (Kristine); a brother, James Robert McCain (Lucretia) of San Diego, Calif.; and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Arnold McCain.

Lela Mae McCarly

WATER VALLEY—Lela Mae McCarley, 93, died peacefully Monday, March 3, 2014, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.
    The funeral service was held Thursday, March 6, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Waller Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Ray Jones and Rev. Joel Jones officiating. Burial followed in Hartwell-Tutor Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
    Born in Marietta, Mrs. McCarley was the last daughter of the late Isaac Newton and Alice Maybelle Wilson Sumners. Mrs. McCarley was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. She was a retired school teacher, who taught first in Jonestown, before moving to Water Valley. She taught third grade for many years and was an inspiration to her beloved students, some of whom took care of her in the nursing home. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell McCarley.
    Mrs. McCarley is survived by her daughter, Forest Gail McCarley Jones, and her husband, Bobby Ray Jones, of Water Valley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Memorials in Mrs. McCarley’s memory may be made to the Hartwell-Tutor Cemetery Fund, c/o First National Bank, P. O. Box 29, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Lucille Ransom McCord

WATER VALLEY—An angel received her halo on February 28, 2014, when Lucille Ransom McCord, “Mamma Cille,”went home to be with the Lord. She had reached the age of 101 years, six months, and three days.
    Retired from Big Yank in Water Valley, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Water Valley. Mrs. McCord was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Audley McCord, a daughter, Peggy McCord Thomas, and a son, Freddie “Jiggs” McCord.
    Visitation was held Sunday, March 2, from 1-3 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home at Oxford. Services followed at three o’clock in the funeral home with Rev. Kenny Thomas officiating. Interment was in Springdale Cemetery, Oxford.
    Survivors include three grandchildren, Terrie Thomas Johnson of Water Valley, Kenny Thomas of Grenada, and John Thomas of Oxford, and two other grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be made to Reedy Acres Children’s Home in Water Valley, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Eddy Dwayne Pittman

MILLINGTON, TENN.—Eddy Dwayne Pittman died March 3, 2014, in his home at Millington, Tenn., after helping several motorists remove their cars from being stuck in the ice and snow.
    Born in Memphis August 4, 1959, Mr. Pittman was a son of the late Dorothea M. Pittman Laughlin and Edwin C. Pittman. It was Eddy’s nature to help all animals and people in any way he could. He graduated from Trezevant High School in 1977, where he was a member of ROTC.
    He leaves his two best friends, Caffi Kirk (his sister) and Charles J. Keller; two nieces, Jennifer Gammon (Russell) and Joanne Weatherall (Leon); a nephew, Jason Kirk; two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eddy’s memory to the Cat Atrium, which is an animal rescue non-profit organization. He was an amazing animal lover, a huge part of this organization, and a loyal volunteer. He will also be remembered for his ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face with his sense of humor.
    The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in Family Funeral Care on Summer Ave. at Memphis. Interment was at one o’clock in the afternoon in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

Bobby Lee Woodruff

WATER VALLEY—Bobby Lee Woodruff, age 81, widower of Dorothy Jean Woodruff, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.
  The funeral was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Friday, March 7, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel, Batesville. Interment followed  in New Cleveland Cemetery at Cleveland, Mississippi.
  Born December 11, 1932, in Bolivar County, Mr. Woodruff was a son of the late Charles B. Woodruff and Eva Mae Shelton. He was retired from the Mississippi Department of Health, Sanitation Division. He was an avid outdoorsman and the former president of the Benoit Hunting Club, as well as being active in the Ozark Hunting Club. Mr. Woodruff was a  member and deacon at Skene Baptist Church, Skene, Mississippi.
    Many people in the Bolivar County area will remember Mr. Woodruff for his passion for building and working on Jeeps.
  He leaves two sons, Joseph Woodruff of Water Valley and James Woodruff of Roanoke, Va.; two brothers C. S. Woodruff of Skene and Walter R. Woodruff of New Orleans; three granddaughters, Brittney Woodruff, Amanda Woodruff, and Samantha Burnside; one grandson, Tyler Woodruff; and two great-grandchildren.

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