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Obituaries – May 15, 2014

Travis Otis Clement

WATER VALLEY—Travis Otis Clement, age 74, died Monday, May 12, 2014, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
   Born September 7, 1939 in Opelousas, La., Travis was a son of the late Travis Wilbur and Lydia Andrus Clement. He served in the United States Air Force; was a member of the Board of Compassion Ministry; a former Cub Scout leader; former Alderman-at-large; former president of Magnolia Youth League, where he was instrumental in establishing girl’s softball; former president of the Booster Club; former member and past president of Yalobusha Gideons; and former member of the Jaycees and Lion’s Club. He was employed as Plant Manager of Holley/BorgWarner in Water Valley, where he retired after 29 years of service. Travis was a dedicated and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley, where he formerly served as Sunday school teacher, deacon and choir member. He enjoyed golf, camping, fishing, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, May 15, in First Baptist Church of Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.
    Travis is survived by his wife, Jeannie Moxley Clement of Water Valley; daughters, Charlotte Gray (Steven) of Horn Lake, and Denise Tate of Memphis; a son, Lance Clement (Andrea) of Water Valley; nine grandchildren, Drew Gray (Amber), Courtney Gray, Caitlin Magnuson (Joseph), Camron Gray, Roman Tate, Brooke Tate, Cooper Clement, Coulter Clement, and Chloe Clement.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett Clement and Sherman Ray Clement.

Johnny F. Moore

SOUTHAVEN—Johnny F. Moore, 72, died May 3, 2014, at his home.
   He was retired from the Illinois Central Railroad and was a member of the Volunteers in Policing of Southaven.
    He is survived by his sisters, Betty Bynum and Gladys Whitten (Willie L.), both of Southaven; nieces, Sharon Blackwell (Jim) of Houston, Texas, Linda Williams (Matt) of Southaven, Kathy Bailey of Olive Branch; nephews, Ken Whitten of Pearl, and Kevin Bynum (Jamie) of Southaven; nine great-nieces and nephews; and three great-great-nephews.
    Visitation was held 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Southaven. The funeral  service was held at ten o’clock Monday, May 12, in the church, with interment following in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteers In Policing, 8691 Northwest Dr., Southaven, MS 38671.

Nell B. Smith

SOUTHAVEN—Nell B. Smith, age 93, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Southaven.
    Born April 7, 1921, in Tate County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Edward Lois and Mary Agnes Brewer Brown. Nell worked as a shipping clerk for Pennaco in Grenada, where she retired after 30-plus years of service. Until her health declined she was an active and faithful member of Oakland Baptist Church, where she formerly served as a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, and was a past member of the WMU. Nell was dedicated to her family.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, May 16, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro.Jimmy Hood officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland City Cemetery.
    Survivors include her two daughters, Linda Bailey of Cleveland, and Sandra Wadsworth (Carl) of Ft. Worth, Texas; a son, Ron Smith (Marie) of Southaven; a sister, Juanita Boggan (Brooks) of Vicksburg; two bothers, James Brown of Lucedale, and Howard Brown (Sally) of Hernando; three grandchildren, Jeff VanCleve (Debbie), Denise Green (Todd) and David Bailey (Colleen); and eight great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Smith; her brother, Eugene Brown; a granddaughter, Amanda Abel; and a son-in-law, David M. Bailey, Sr.
    The family has requested that memorials be made to the Oakland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 120, Oakland, MS 38948, or the charity of your choice.


Tommie ‘Tony’ Tedford

WATER VALLEY—Tommie “Tony” Tedford, age 44, died May 6, 2014, in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, May 11, at two o’clock in the afternoon, in Everdale M.B. Church, Water Valley, with Pastor Phillip Brackett officiating. Visitation was one hour before the service. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
    Born February 13, 1970, in Water Valley, Mr. Tedford was a son of the late Margaret “Nancy” Tedford. Tony attended Water Valley High School, Class of 1990, where he played football for six years. He was also a softball player for the “Atomic Dogs” for many years. In his spare time he was an avid hunter. Tony was a member of Everdale M.B. Church. On August 31, 1996, he was united in holy matrimony to the late Cassandra Horton Tedford and to this union one child was born, Jasmine Santoria Tedford.
    He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter, Jasmine S. Tedford of Water Valley; three brothers, Steve Tedford (Lillie) of Indianapolis, Ind., Darvis Carson Tedford and Rickey Tedford (Faye), both of Water Valley; one sister, Patricia (Pat) Tedford of Water Valley; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

John Tindell Thomas

OXFORD—John Tindell Thomas, age 51, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. as result of a motor vehicle accident.
    Born January 17, 1963, Mr. Thomas was a son of the late John Roy and Peggy McCord Thomas. He was a great truck driver and an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles. He was a great cook and loved to barbeque. John was a loving husband, father, and papaw and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
    Visitation was held Monday, May 12, from 9-11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at eleven o‘clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Burial was in the Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Sam Phillips, Larry Bing, Thomas Hendricks, Ricky “R.V.” Vanlandingham, Davin Ward, Josh Bing, Johnny Britt and Cody Appleton as pallbearers. Wesley Thomas was an honorary pallbearer.
    John is survived by his wife, Sherry Thomas of Oxford; a son, John Wesley Thomas (Samantha) of Water Valley; his daughter, Brittney Thomas Bing (Josh) of Oxford; step-daughter, Sissy Potts, and step-son, Christopher Potts, Jr. (Candice), all of Oxford; his brother, Kenny Thomas of Grenada; two sisters, Terry Thomas Johnson of Water Valley and Loritta Hawkins of Oxford; five grandchildren, Hunter Bing, Landon Bing, Madyson Thomas, Alyssa Potts, and Olivia Coleman; seven nephews; and four nieces.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Chelsey and Q’Bell Thomas; and maternal grandparents, Audley and Lucille McCord.

Marcus Romaine ‘Speedy’ White

WATER VALLEY—Marcus Romaine “Speedy” White, 25, died May 6, 2014.
 The funeral service was Saturday, May 10, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Bayson Chapel M.B. Church, with Pastor Amos Sims officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley. Visitation was one hour before the service. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
    Born December 8, 1988 in Maywood, Ill., Marcus was a son of Lottie and Ralph Morgan. He loved playing all sports and video games. He was affectionately known as “Speedy” by his loved ones. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and he was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend throughout the community.
    Marcus departed his precious life Tuesday, May 6, in the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada. He confessed hope and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age at Bayson Chapel M.B. Church.
    “Speedy” graduated from Water Valley High School in 2008 and he later attended truck driving school. He will be truly missed by his classmates.
    Survivors include his mother, Lottie White Morgan, and father, Ralph Morgan of Water Valley; a brother, Christopher Yancy of Sardis; two sisters, Tyra Morgan and Deneka Morgan, both of Chicago; two nieces, Armani Gant and Kylah Cunningham, both of Chicago; one nephew, Aaron Morgan of Chicago; a grandmother, Roberta Morgan of Water Valley; a host of special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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