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Obituaries – April 10, 2014

Hazzle Naramore Harwell

WATER VALLEY—Hazzle Naramore Harwell, age 73, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home in Water Valley.
    Born June 3, 1940, in Birmingham, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Minnie Farley Naramore. Hazzle was a self-employed carpenter, working alongside her husband, Van Harwell. She was a member of Old Union Baptist Church in Lafayette County. She enjoyed camping, fishing, being outdoors, cooking and quilting. Hazzle enjoyed life to the fullest and treasured the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
    Visitation was held Tuesday, April 8, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral was held immediately following visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Joseph Byrd, Jeremy Harwell, Ben Cook, Mike Burrows, Josh Dryer, Billy Naramore, and Tim Osman as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her daughter, Ronda Byrd, and her son, Randy Harwell, both of Water Valley; two brothers, Buck Naramore (Mary) of Grenada, Floyd Naramore (Nana), and Wallace Naramore, both of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Jeremy Harwell, Avonlea Hope Harwell, Joseph Byrd, and Lindsey Winchell; and five great-grandchildren.
  In addition to her parents, Hazzle was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Van Derlin Harwell, and her daughter, Lisa Harwell.

Hershel Bryon Howell

WATER VALLEY—Hershel Byron Howell, age 87, died Monday, April 7, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Oxford.
  Born October 4, 1926, in Skuna Valley, he was a son of the late James Braxton and Hilma Hunter Burt Howell. Most of his early years were spent in Yalobusha County. Hershel graduated from University High School in Oxford and went on to serve in the United States Army during World War II, after which he attended the Atlanta School of Art and the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a 50-year Mason and a member of First United Methodist Church of Water Valley. He was a retired Gulf Oil Distributor; and founder, realtor and appraiser for Howell Realty Company in Water Valley. He was also an author of three published books. Hershel was a founder and charter member of Yalobusha Country Club; a Colonel on Governor John Bell William’s staff; a Commissioner for the State of Mississippi Game and Fish Commission and served on the Board of Trustees for Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. He was passionate about the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing and loved spending time with his family and friends.
    Visitation will be  held Thursday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Friday, April 11, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Rev. Allen McGraw officiating. Burial will be in the St. Andrews Cemetery in Oxford.
    Survivors include his daughter, Holly Howell Turner (Tim) of Water Valley; four sons, Trent Howell (Shelley) of Water Valley, Paul  Howell (Wanda) of Gulfport, Rex Howell (Denise) of Water Valley, and James Howell (Kecia) of Greenway, Ark.; a sister, Maralyn Bullion of Oxford; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Jean McCall Howell, and his brother, James B. Howell, Jr.

Mildred Louise Van Winkle Moore

COFFEEVILLE—Mildred Louise Van Winkle Moore, age 95, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Water Valley.
  Born April 1, 1919, she was a homemaker and a wonderful cook. Mildred was a dedicated Christian and enjoyed reading her Bible. While living in Memphis, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She also enjoyed the fellowship and friends of Christian Missionary Alliance.
  Graveside services are planned for three o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, April 9, in Goshen Cemetery near Coffeeville, with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating.
  Mrs. Moore is survived by one son, Wilson S. Jeter of Madison; three grandsons, Danny (Deanna) Jeter, Mark (Lissi) Jeter, and Doug Jeter, all of Madison; and two great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by one son, William Ronald Jeter.

Frankie Lynn Ragon, Jr.

WATER VALLEY—Frankie Lynn Ragon, Jr., age 71, died Tuesday, April 2, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born August 25, 1942, in Panola County, Mr. Ragon was a son of the late Frankie Lynn, Sr. and Lula Elizabeth Davis Ragon, Frankie retired after 30 years of service with the Mississippi Highway Department as Superintendent of Maintenance for Yalobusha County. He enjoyed drag racing, collecting and restoring antique cars, and spending time with family and friends. He was a faithful member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.
    Visitation was held Friday, April 4, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Sylva Rena Baptist Church. The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, also in the church, with Bro. David Roberson and Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Dustin “Duck” Ragon, Jeff White, Kyle Ragon, Ronald Ragon, Tony “T.J.”  Cecerre, Steven White, Barry Wayne Griffin, and Steve Shuffield as pallbearers. Larry Wilder, Dexter Brown, Butch Hayles, James Gordon, Odie Shuffield, and Tracy Carlisle were honorary pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
  Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Clemmie “Sue” Kelley Ragon of Water Valley; his sons, Ricky Ragon (Donna) and Terry Keith Cobern (Linda), all of Water Valley; two sisters, Lula Elliott and Peggy Tutor, both of the Eureka community in Pope; five brothers, Darrel Ragon (Ann), Bill Ragon (Karen), Kenny Ragon (Brenda), Mike Ragon (Sherry), and Gene Ragon (Carol), all of the Eureka community in Pope; four grandchildren, Josh Ragon, Jonathan Ragon, Chris Cobern, and Mary Lee Simmons; and one great-grandson.


Alesia “A.J.” Lou Jones Smith

ECRU—Alesia “A.J.” Lou Jones Smith, 60, of Ecru, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
  Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Smith had lived most of her adult life in this area and was employed as a cook for many years She also enjoyed reading, networking and talking with friends. Mrs. Smith was a Baptist.
  A scattering of ashes will be held Saturday, April 12, at 12 p.m. off Bell River Road at 36 CR 494, Oxford. Casual dress is requested. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford will be in charge of local arrangements.
  Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Williams and Ruth Welshans, both of Oxford, and Barbara Hawkins of Water Valley; one sister, Patsy Burton of Greenville, Mich.; and Mrs. Smith’s twin brother, Gary Jones of Grand Rapids, Mich.; caregivers, Al and Steven Hopper of Ecru; and eight grandchildren.
  Her parents, Charles Henry and Margie VanOmmen Jones, preceded Mrs. Smith in death.
  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217.


Taylor Gilbert “T.G.” Williamson

WATER VALLEY—Taylor Gilbert “T.G.” Williamson, age 87, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home in Water Valley.
  Born August 4, 1926, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Gilbert and Jessie Tracer Williamson. T.G. served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Sea Bee and was actively involved in many See Bee events and reunions throughout the years. He retired after 40 years of service as a Switching Equipment Technician for Bell South Telephone Company. He enjoyed traveling, drinking coffee with his friends at Turnage Drug Store, and spending time with his family. T.G. was an active and faithful member of Ford’s Well Church of Christ, where he served as treasurer.
    Visitation was held from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Burial was in the Ford’s Well Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
  Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Margie Claire Wallace Williamson of Water Valley; one daughter, Kristi (Nick) Wagner of Florissant, Colo.; three sons, Wallace (Lura) Williamson of Slidell, La., David Williamson of Water Valley, and Bill (Tracey) Williamson of Olive Branch; one sister, Geanie Tyler of Water Valley; a brother, Tuffy Williamson of Water Valley; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.


Frances Virginia Wilson Wright

COFFEEVILLE—Frances Virginia Wilson Wright, age 75, died Friday, April 4, 2014, in the University of Mississippi Trauma Center at Jackson.
  Born March 30, 1939, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Vester and Cora Rogers Wilson. Frances was an active and faithful member of Elam Baptist Church in Coffeeville. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, knitting, quilting, working in her flower gardens, taking care of her yard, and keeping in touch with her Facebook friends. Frances loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
  Visitation was held Tuesday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Wednesday, April 9, in Elam Baptist Church at Coffeeville, with Bro. Burnette Fielder officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Eric Summers, Nathan Summers, Ryan Summers, Chris Wilson, Bill Wilson, Allen Wilson, Marvin Frith, and Lynn Burns as pallbearers. Clay Davis, David Jones, Bobby Jones, and Bill Jones will be honorary pallbearers.
  Survivors include her daughters, Robin Wright of Oxford and Heidi Simmers (Donny) of Missoula, Mont.; five grandchildren, Eric Summers (Tracy), Heather Taylor, Nathan Summers, Jamie Taylor, and Ryan Summers; and one great-grandchild.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Wright; three sisters, Ruby Burns, Aline Jones, and Jane Carpenter; and three bothers, Milford Wilson, William Wilson and Robert E. Wilson

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