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Obituaries – March 20, 2014

Edna Harrison Chapman

COFFEEVILLE—Edna Harrison Chapman, age 87, of Coffeeville died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
  Born December 16, 1926, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Chapman was a daughter of the late Lee and Susie McCammon Harrison. Edna worked as a seamstress for Pennaco in Grenada, where she retired after 27 years of service, and then worked another 17 years for Kellwood in Coffeeville. She was a member of Coffeeville Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, gardening, going to yard sales, spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, “Puppy.”
  Visitation was held from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Pine Grove Baptist Church in Yalobusha County. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock, with Bro. Truman Scarborough, Bro. Larry Kilgore, and Bro. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial was in the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
  Mrs. Chapman is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Chapman; a sister, Bessie Kilgore; a brother, Marvie Lee Harrison (Drucilla); two grandsons, Rodney Harrison and Derek Harrison, both of Coffeeville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline Byford and Beth Ann Dillard; four brothers, Jackson Harrison, Everette Harrison, Charles Harrison and Durwood Harrison.

Amy Dawn Hodge Wilbourn

WATER VALLEY—Amy Dawn Hodge Wilbourn, 36, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at her daughter’s home near Fayetteville, Ark.
  The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 20, in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home, with Rev. Freddie Moorman officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery at Oxford. The visitation will be Wednesday, March 19, fom 4-7 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home at Oxford.  
  Born April 10, 1977, in Oxford, Mrs. Wilbourn is a daughter of Debbie King and the late Ronnie Hodge. Amy was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, “MeMe” (grandmother), shopping with her daughters and mother, and spending time with her family.
    She was a disabled-retiree from the University of Mississippi, where she loved working as the assistant ticket manager in the athletic ticket office for eight years. Along with her father, she was preceded in death by grandparents, Glin and Geneva J. Phillips; four great-grandparents, Lois and Sleet Harwell and Tom and Bessie Phillips, and an uncle, Bill Hodge.
  She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Kevin Wilbourn of Water Valley; three daughters, Melissa Leigh Ann Ledford (James) of Fayetteville, Ark., Amber Wilbourn Arbuckle (Jonathan) of  Oxford, and Allyson J. Wilbourn of Water Valley; one son, Scott Wilbourn of Water Valley; her mother, Deborah Phillips King (Ron) of Water Valley; four brothers, Tim Hodge (Angie), Mike Hodge (Denise), Jeff Hodge (Wendy), and Blake Hodge, all of Water Valley; a sister, Emily Hodge of Water Valley; her grandparents, William and Mirl Hodge of Water Valley; and four grandchildren, Jaxon and Jacob Ledford and Landon and Hunter Arbuckle.
  Memorials in Amy’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Lester Miller ‘Jack’ Green, Jr.

COFFEEVILLE—Lester Miller “Jack” Green, Jr., age 84, died Saturday, March 15, 2014,  in the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
  Born February 19, 1930, in Moorehead, Mr. Green was a son of the late Lester Miller, Sr. and Nina Horton Green. He was a member of Coffeeville United Methodist Church, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Mississippi, and a 32nd degree A&A Scottish Rite Freemason. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, and woodworking.
  Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until noon on Monday, March 17, in the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. The funeral service followed visitation at the church with Rev. Stacey Douglas officiating. Burial was in the Lambert City Cemetery, with William Green, Lauren Green, Charlie Taylor, Cheryl Long, Aubrey Falls, and Garner Falls as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
  Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bettye Long Green of Coffeeville; three sons, L. M. “Tripp” Green, III (Judy) of Lambert, David Wiley Green (Cheryl) of Lambert, and Bryan Green (Patricia) of Warner Robins, Georgia; four grandchildren, Leslie Green, Lauren Green, William Green, and Emily Green; and two great-grandchildren.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Grace Green and Clair Green.

Barbara Jean Joseph

CHICAGO—Barbara Jean Joseph died March 5, 2014, in Chicago. Visitation only was held in Chicago Wednesday, March 12. Visitation was also held from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 15, in the Civic Center at Water Valley. The funeral service was held immediately following visitation with Bro. Wesley Parham officiating.
  Born January 10, 1940, Mrs. Joseph was a daughter of the late Clinton and Louisnia Moore. She had three brothers, Joe Willie, Albert, and Leo, and two older sisters, Bertha and Ida, all of whom preceded her in death.
  Barbara attended Water Valley High School. She married Willie Lee Joseph (Bilbo) on November 22, 1958, and they both graduated high school in May of 1959. She had one child, Pete, who attended the graduation ceremony. After graduation they continued with the family and she started working at the chicken plant, where she was employed for three years. In July 1966 the family moved to Chicago, where she lived until her death. She was a member of Jehovah for 40 years, until she became ill and was not able to attend regular meetings.
  She worked in different retail stores for years and later graduated from beauty school and worked as a beautician for many years. Then she became self-employed in a cleaning service and worked at this until she retired. She loved to travel and took many trips. She also loved the outdoors and gardening. She loved Mississippi and made two to three trips back here each  year and she also had a love for family and friends, and a bigger one for her grandchildren.
  She leaves her husband of 55 years, Bilbo; five children, Pete (Pauline), Frances, Carl (Tahnikah), Al and Nita (Buster), all of Chicago; grandchildren, Margius, Tremayne, Allen, Antione, Tasha, Nay-Nay, Mookie, Dominque, Lisa, Tyeita, and Binky; 17 great-grandchildren; four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Robert James Reid

WATER VALLEY—Robert James Reid, age 87, formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
  Born November 4, 1926, in Harmontown (Lafayette County), he was a son of the late Julius Linson and Lucy Cook Reid. Robert was a graduate of Mississippi State University and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retired Labor Market Analyst for the State of Louisiana. Robert was a Methodist and attended First United Methodist Church of Water Valley. He was a member of the Water Valley Ambassadors. He enjoyed gardening, music, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
  Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service began immediately following visitation at eleven o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Rev. Allen McGraw officiating. Burial was in the Harmontown Cemetery in Lafayette County.
  Survivors include two nieces Becky Reid Jones (Andy) of Water Valley and Jackie Reid Hawkins of Calhoun City; one nephew, Mike Reid (Cindy) of West Point; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

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