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Obituaries – Sept. 18, 2014

William Alan Pilcher

WATER VALLEY—William Alan Pilcher, age 44, died Monday, September 15, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born February 12, 1970, in Panola County, William was a son of Billy Dwight and Margie Ramsey Pilcher. He was an automotive technician for Heafner Motors and a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church of Water Valley. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and NASCAR, was devoted to his family and dearly loved his wife, children, and grandchildren.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 17, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 18, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of the funeral  home, with Rev. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Ground Cemetery at Water Valley, with Jeff Hodge, Caleb Beard, Rodney Eubanks, Jimmy Roberson, Chad Newman, and Larry Martin as pallbearers. Members of the Perry Creek Deer Club and the Fly and Cox Hunting Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include his wife, Angela Schmitz Pilcher of Water Valley; two daughters, Kayla Pilcher of Batesville and Whitney Massey (B.J.) of Pontotoc; his son, William Alan Pilcher, Jr. of Water Valley; his parents, Billy and Margie Pilcher of Water Valley; a sister, Robin Bowen of Gresham, Oregon; three grandchildren, Kallie Grace Stevens, Ryder Layne Stevens, and Brianna Jo Massey.
    He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Jaudon, Jr.

Vera Marie Ramsey

OXFORD—Vera Marie Ramsey, 94, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her residence in the Pine Flat Community.
    The funeral service was held Friday, September 12, 2014, at eleven o’clock in the morning  in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, with Rev. Gene and Kirk Bramlett officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Flat Cemetery.
    Born in Memphis, Mrs. Ramsey was a daughter of the late William Donald and Pardine Chrestman Ramsey. Mrs. Ramsey was a bookkeeper in Memphis in her early career, where she found great pleasure in working with numbers and balancing books. She was a member of Pine Flat United Methodist Church. Mrs. Ramsey was whole heartedly devoted to her family, an avid reader, and a devoted Christian, spending much time reading her Bible.
     She also enjoyed gardening until she was no longer able to continue. Along with her parents, Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Elvis Ramsey, her sister, Dollie Ziegler, and two brothers, Sam Ramsey and Archie Ramsey.
    Survivors include her daughter, LaRhonda Ramsey Kelly of Oxford; a son, Dennis Eugene Ramsey of Bessemer, Ala.; one grandchild, Michelle Dennis McCrary; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Ramsey’s memory may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, 40 CR 422, Water Valley, MS 38965.

James Earl “Bo” Woodard

CHICAGO—James Earl “Bo” Woodard was born August 3, 1942, in Water Valley. He was the second of 13 children born to the late James and Vergia Woodard.
    “Bo”confessed Christ and was baptized early in life under the pastorship of Rev. Mead of Pine Grove M.B. Church. He attended Davidson High School. He moved to Chicago in 1965 and married the love of his heart, Dorothy Jean Willingham. Two children, Terry and Tessie, were born to this couple. He was employed at Zenith Corp in Melrose Park, Ill. as a Pace bus driver until his health failed him.
    “Bo”stepped into eternity on August 31, 2014, at 8:40 p.m. in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Odessa Lust and Georgia Mae Woodard, and a brother, Cleotis Woodard.
    Survivors include his devoted wife, of 48 years, Dorothy; two children, son, Terry, and daughter, Tessie; grandson, Leland Lennon; granddaughter, Tyler Addison; two brothers, L. C. (LaNetta) Woodard, and Ricky Woodard; seven sisters, Maggie (Talmage) Grays, Linda Robinson, Lottie Daniels, Christine Woodard, Ida Chapman, Claire Gooch, and Catherine Harris; three uncles, Leonard Belcher, Clarence Belcher, and Clinton Woodard; three aunts, Amanda Barnes, Maggie McNair, and Betty Woodard; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

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