Carroll Leron ‘Ron’ Harding
GULFPORT—Carroll Leron “Ron” Harding, age 70, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Armed Forces Retirement Home at Gulfport.
Born September 25, 1943, in Water Valley, Mr. Harding was a son of the late David Alonzo, Sr. and Marjorie Hallmark Harding. Ron, a Master Sergeant, retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service, serving two terms in Vietnam. After a career in the military he also retired from Wright Technologies (formerly Dow Corning) in Collierville, Tenn. after 20 years of service.
Ron loved people and was passionate about his volunteer work. While in AFRH he was an active volunteer in the admissions office, where he helped new recruits. He served as president and was an active church leader in the AFRH Non-denominational Church.
Visitation was held Sunday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Monday, May 5, in Jumper’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with Rev. Don Harding officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha Catchings Harding of Oklahoma City, Ok.; one son, John Cadena of Dripping Springs, Texas; a daughter, Shannon Cadena of San Antonio, Texas; his sister, Phyllis Norwood (Bob) of Water Valley; his special niece, Natalie Norwood Bauer (Jason) of Spanish Ft., Ala.; and four grandsons.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jane Harding McFerron, and his brother, David A. Harding, Jr.
Katherine Campbell Hervey
OXFORD—Katherine Campbell Hervey, age 68, died Friday, April 25, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
She was born October 25, 1945 in Lafayette County to the late James Steen and Maggie Lee Campbell. Katherine was a member of Clear Creek Missionary Church and enjoyed fishing, reading, working in her flower gardens and visiting with family and friends.
Visitation was held from 12 until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the funeral home with Rev. Golladay officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley with her sons and sons-in-law as pallbearers.
Survivors include her daughters, Paulie Gillion (Bryan) of Oxford and Yolanda Cobbs (Cedric) of Tupelo; five sons, Anthony Hervey (Paula) of Oxford, Samuel Hervey (Terese) and Barry Hervey (Kim), all of Chicago, Jack Hervey and Harry Hervey, both of Monroe, La.; 38 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Linda Carol Campbell, Rebecca Hervey, and Queen Esther Hervey; and two sons, Tyrone Hervey and Theron Campbell.
Galon Winston King
BRUCE—Galon Winston King died peacefully early in the morning May 5, 2014, at his home.
Visitation with the family was held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. The service to celebrate his life will be held in the funeral home Wednesday, May 7, at eleven o’clock in the morning, with Rev. Bobby Caples and the Rev. Dr. A. Gene Cobb, Jr. presiding. Burial will be in Pine Flat Cemetery following the service.
Born November 3, 1927, in Lafayette County, he was a son of the late Abner and Effie Williams King. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny and William “Cool” King; and one step-grandchild.
He served his country in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant. Mr. King worked at Big Yank and Holly Carburetor in Water Valley, as well as raising cattle for many years. He was beloved by his family and friends and was well known for his kind and helpful response as a good samaritan to others. He was a Christian of Baptist belief.
Mr. King is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sarah Newman King; one son, Ronald King (Debbie) of Water Valley; one daughter, Brenda King Cobb (Gene) of Sanford, North Carolina; two brothers, Wayne and Joe King; one sister, Montene; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 11 step great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, 658 Highway 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
Betty Jean Nichols
COFFEEVILLE—Betty Jean Nichols, 51, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her residence in Coffeeville.
Born in Calhoun City, Mrs. Nichols had lived the majority of her life in the Coffeeville area. She loved spending time with her family and loved her grandchildren very much. Mrs. Nichols was a Christian. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Mickey G. Nichols, one son, Mickey G. Nichols, Jr., a daughter, Amy Nichols, all of Coffeeville; one brother, Wayne Roach of Derma; a sister, Ann Samples of Sardis; and seven grandchildren.
Her parents, Bill and Bert Roach, one brother, Billy Roach, two sisters, Alice Williams and Katherine Roach, and a nephew, Isaac Williams, all preceded Mrs. Nichols in death.
WATER VALLEY—Jon Patterson, age 55, of Water Valley, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his residence.
Born December 12, 1958, in Michigan, Mr. Patterson was a son of the late George and Glenna Cole Patterson. He was a carpenter.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his wife, Mavis Patterson of Water Valley; six daughters, Benita Carvan (Rickey) of Oakland, Beverly Gray, Brenda Ford, Betty Melton (John) and Bobby Gray, all of Coffeeville; and Bonnie Nelson of Scobey; two brothers, Ernie Patterson and Bob Patterson of Haynes City, Fla.; and one sister, Glenna Perset of Haynes City, Fla.; 18 step-grandchildren; and 44 step great grandchildren.
Dorothy Fay ‘Dot’ Simpson
Dorothy Fay “Dot” Simpson, a resident of Kirby Pines Retirement Community, went home to her Lord on May 2, 2014. Born on August 13, 1923, in Yalobusha County, she was the daughter of Minnie Eliza and James Wesley Hayles of Water Valley.
Visitation was held at Bellevue Baptist Church Chapel on Monday, May 5, 2014, from noon until 2 p.m. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m.
She leaves her husband of 69 years, Harry Watson Simpson; a son, Steve Simpson (Dianna) of Collierville, Tenn.; a daughter, Joanie Helms (Rusty) of Arab, Ala.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Simpson loved the Lord and her church families at Frayser Baptist and Bellevue Baptist Churches, always using her gift of encouragement. She retired from Pennaco and spent her retirement years traveling, in church service, and with family. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining and was most happy at a family gathering where she could be with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She exemplified the description of a virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bellevue Baptist Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Barbara Elaine Tidwell
WATER VALLEY—Barbara Elaine Tidwell, 61, died Friday, May 2, 2014 at her home in Water Valley.
The funeral service was held Monday, May 5, at three o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home at Oxford, with Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery in Tula
Born in Water Valley, Mrs. Tidwell was a daughter of the late John Lee and Dealie Mae Hawkins Berryhill. She was a housewife and mother who loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, family, friends, and her companion, Steve. Throughout her life she worked at Shoney’s and also as a custodian at Baptist Memorial Hospital and Graceland Care Center. Elaine loved her dogs and rescuing animals. She enjoyed sitting on the side of the river bank fishing.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Tidwell was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Tidwell, and brothers, J. W. Berryhill, Johnny Mack Berryhill, and Marvin Lee Berryhill.
Mrs. Tidwell is survived by a significant other, Steven P. Seiferth of Water Valley; three daughters, Tammie Tidwell Thompson, Tina Tidwell Chandler, and Melissa Tidwell Burns, all of Oxford; two sisters, Lee Ann Berryhill Hood of Water Valley, and Hazel Berryhill Potts of Brookhaven; two brothers, Timmy Berryhill of Water Valley and Mark Berryhill of Oxford; and six grandchildren, Justin Clayton, Ariel Thompson, Amber Chandler, Jonathon Chandler, Cheyenne Peters, and Robert Burns.
Memorials in Mrs. Tidwell’s memory may be made to Waller Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1200, Oxford, MS 38655.