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Obituaries – Jan. 8, 2015

Charles Harold “Chuck” Aron

TUPELO—Charles Harold “Chuck” Aron died Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at his residence in Tupelo.
    Born in Pontotoc, April 10, 1950, he was a son of the late John Harold Aron and Helen Nichols Aron Smith. He lived most of his life in Lee County. Chuck graduated from Chamberlin-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson and received his associate degree from Itawamba Community College.
    He served many years as a Tupelo policeman, worked ten years for Orkin Pest Control and at his death was employed by Cedars Health Center. He enjoyed life and living, working in his yard, and watching football on TV, especially Ole Miss, his cars, and his dogs. Chuck was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Tupelo.
    A service celebrating his life was held at 3 p.m. January 2, 2015, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, with Dr. George Rogers officiating. A private burial was held in the family plot of White Zion Cemetery.
    Survivors include one son, Shaun Aron of Fulton; his mother Helen Aron Smith of Tupelo; two sisters, Pat Ray (Eddie) of Water Valley and Nancy Fulton of Saltillo; a special friend, Mary Gaines of New Albany; other relatives and many friends.
    Pallbearers were Jimmy Ivy, Johnny Dye, James Riley Hunter, David Anthony, and Mickey Akers. Honorary pallbearers were Chief Ed Crider, Larry Hancock, Jerry Coleman, Bill Dacus, George Francis, and Riley Hunter.

Charles Michael Bryant

BANNER—Charles Michael Bryant was welcomed into heaven with a great family reunion on December 31, 2014.
    Born September 4, 1964, in Calhoun City, Mr. Bryant was a son of Joyce Arbuckle Bryant and the late Charles Russell Bryant. He was a graduate of Bruce High School. Michael had been a volunteer fireman with the Lafayette County Fire Department, Company 3, for 31 years, serving as Captain for over 20 of those years. Helping people was very important to Michael. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling, and spending time with his family and friends. Michael was Vice President of K&D Cultured Marble, Inc. and a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.
    Visitation was held Monday, January 5, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service was held Tuesday, January 6, at 2 p.m. in the Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Tony Arbuckle, Dwight Arbuckle, Kenny Tidwell, Jerry Johnson, Bobby McCain, Kim Hollowell, Hal Anderson and Otis Anderson were pallbearers. Billy Melton, Horace Hardy, Billy Stark and Charles Heath were honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include his loving wife of 24 years, Lisa Kay Ashmore Bryant of Banner; a daughter who adored her daddy, Lisa Cheyenne Bryant of Banner; his mother, Joyce Arbuckle Bryant of Water Valley; a sister, Jeanine (Kenny) Tallent of Vardaman; nephews, Adam (Rachel) Spradling, Blake Tallent, and Austin Tallent; his mother-in-law, Patsy Boxx Miller; and dear friends, Billy and Kathy Melton, and Kim Hollowell.

Charles Arnold Folson

MEMPHIS—Charles Arnold Folson died at 4 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2015, at  his home in Memphis.
    Born in 1949, Mr. Folson was a son of the late Ilene Mitchelle Folson and the late George W. Folson. He was a graduate of Davidson High School in Water Valley. He was preceded in death by sisters, Everlene Hawkins and Ella Gua Hall; and brothers, George W. Folson, Jr., and Rufus R. Folson.
    Survivors include his wife and four children; brothers, Luther Folson and Freddie Folson, both of Water Valley; and a host of nephews and cousins.
    The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on  Saturday, January 10, at  Koionia M.B. Church in Memphis, 4340, off Millbranch.

Patsy Cofer Pendergrass

WATER VALLEY—Patsy Cofer Pendergrass, age 71, went to her heavenly home Friday, January 2, 2015 at University Medical Center of Grenada.
    Born September 12, 1943 in Calhoun County, Mrs. Pendergrass was a daughter of the late James “Jimmy” Hornsby and Gatha Potts Cofer. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville, a former member of the Water Valley CB Club, and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4488 in Grenada. She enjoyed playing bingo and card games, crocheting, cooking, and working crossword puzzles. Patsy was a devoted mother and loved spending time with her family and friends.
    Visitation was held Tuesday, January 6, from 6-8 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 7, at 10 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Ken Sally, Bro. Truman Scarborough and Bro. Tracy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Elam Cemetery in Yalobusha County with James Aston, Steven Aston, James Pendergrass, Brett Pendergrass, Nathan Nill and Anthony Cox as pallbearers. Will Aston, James Potts, Ron Cox, Gabe Crumley and Garrett Crumley will be honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include three daughters, Deborah (Robert) Aston of Calhoun City, Donna (David) Hill of Bruce, and Dianne (Eddie) Brewer of Coffeeville; two sons, David (Neysa) Pendergrass of Forrest City, Ark. and John Pendergrass of Memphis; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; her sister, Lois (Marshall) Gilmer; brothers, Bill (Ann) Cofer and Bobby (Judy) Cofer; and host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W. D. Pendergrass; a son, James Aubrey Pendergrass; two sisters, Vergie Campbell and Betty Cox; and a brother, Jim Cofer.

Tyna Mae Spears

COFFEEVILLE—Tyna Mae Spears, age 84, died January 5, 2015, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
     Born in Coffeeville on November 30, 1930, Miss Spears was a daughter of the late Jesse James and Annie Broadstreet Spears. She  worked in the shipping department at Kellwood until she retired and then spent many years as a caregiver for family members. She was an avid reader. Tyna was a member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 7, from 1-2 p.m. in Coffeeville First Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock in the church, with Bro. Truman Scarborough officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Hunter Jones, Matt Hale, Brian Hale, Steve Day, Tim Mask, Danny Hale, and Woody Jones as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of  Water Valley has charge of arrangements.
    Tyna is survived by one brother, Robert Spears of Hernando; a sister, Martha Parker of Coffeeville; five nieces, Vicki Hale of Senatobia, Pam Tatum of Cordova, Tenn., Fran Jones of Calhoun City, Lynn Day  of Cordova, Tenn., and Carla Mask of Southaven; five great nieces; and five great nephews.

Beulah Elizabeth

Bagguley “Liz” Ward
GABLES OF OJAI, CALIF.—Beulah Elizabeth Bagguley “Liz” Ward of the Gables of Ojai, Calif. passed away Thursday, December 25, 2015, at the age of 90.
    Born September 1, 1924 in Water Valley, Mrs. Ward was a daughter of the late Felix and Ova Bagguley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Joseph Ward “Phil” and their son, James “Jim.”
    She leaves two sons, Tom Ward (Mary) of Austin, Texas and Bob Ward (Laura) of Ojai, Calif.; her sister, Teresia Edgar (Rayford) of Water Valley; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her niece, Jane (Edgar) River.
    Liz was a loving wife and mother, who took great pride in her family. The family home was always sparkling and Liz’s talent in the kitchen was exhibited frequently. She was a gifted baker and delighted her boys with a wide variety of breads, pies and other baked goods. The family home migrated several times over the years as Phil was transferred between cities while working for General Electric for 45 years. The stops included Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and Simi Valley, Calif. In each location Liz enjoyed being involved with the local Baptist church and her sons’ athletic activities.Through raising three very active boys, Liz became a huge sports enthusiast over the years spending countless hours around gyms, fields, tracks, and swimming pools. She was an avid Los Angeles Laker basketball fan.
    Liz will be greatly missed and always remembered. Christmas has forever been such a wonderful and special time for her family.

Dorris Lynn Ward

HATTIESBURG—Dorris Lynn Ward passed away peacefully January 1, 2015, after an extended illness.
    Visitation was from 4-6 p.m.Sunday in Hulett Winstead Funeral Home and 1 p.m. Monday at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday. Burial followed in Highland Cemetery at Hattiesburg.
    Born in Water Valley June 11, 1926, Mr. Ward was a son of the late Robert Lee Ward and Ella Frances Sharpe Ward. He, along with his twin brother, Horace, were the youngest of 11 brothers and sisters. After graduating from Water Valley High School, Mr. Ward enlisted in the Navy during World War II in June, 1944, and achieved the rank of Yeoman, Second Class, prior to his honorable discharge in May, 1946. Mr. Ward attended Holmes Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University. He financed his education on the G.I. Bill and with odd jobs including officiating high school football and basketball games. He married Glenda Frank “Peggy” Peeler in 1950.
    Mr. Ward worked as a teacher and high school basketball coach before taking a position with the U.S. Farmers Home Administration in 1956. Mr. Ward served the Farmers Home Administration in various capacities for 34 years in the Mississippi communities of Cleveland, Vicksburg, Pontotoc, Tunica, Cleveland again and Hattiesburg.
    The Farmers Home Administration provided direct and guaranteed credit to individual farmers, low-income families and seniors in rural areas. While working for the Farmers Home Administration, Mr. Ward authorized and managed loans for housing, farm improvement, water systems and emergency relief. Mr. Ward played an instrumental role in bringing clean water to the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s and 1960s and received numerous awards for his service. After retirement, Mr. Ward spend his time gardening his farm, hunting, fishing, and following Mississippi State Athletics. Mr. Ward was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a deacon and active member of Main Street  Baptist Church and will be missed by friends in the Hut Sunday School Class. Mr. Ward had a kind and gentle soul and a compassionate spirit and loved time spent with family and friends.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Peggy; brothers and sisters, Fern Ward, Faye McMinn, Fairy Mae Waldrup, Fannie Lou Larson, Ralph Ward, Wasson Ward, Marge Lee Holt, Hazel Barnes, and Horace Ward.
    Survivors include a sister, Marianne Kinsey of Nashville; a son, Jimmy Ward (Janet) of Brandon; daughters, Noni Montague (Richard) of Jackson and Glenda Idom (Ricky) of Hattiesburg;  five grandchildren, Alicia Ward Germany (Jon) of Brandon, Rachel Ward Williamson (Lon) of Brandon, Katherine Montague of Water Valley, Lois Montague (Shea Pribyl) of Chicago, and Jeremy Idom of Hattiesburg; and six great-grandchildren.

Jeanette Ann Holloway Wright

COFFEEVILLE—Jeanette Ann Holloway Wright, born February 2, 1951, passed away December 26, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. She was 63.
    Mrs. Wright lived in Coffeeville for about 30 years, where she was a member of Elam Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, sewing, and scrapbooking.
    A memorial service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, December 31, in Elam Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Martin officiating. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include her mother, Ruby Holloway of Water Valley; a son, James T. Jones, Jr.; daughter, Teresa Wright; and a sister, Beverly Farmer, all of Coffeeville.
    She was preceded in death by her father, Vernie Holloway; and brother, Raymond Holloway.

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