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Obituaries – Jan. 15, 2015

Ollie Mae Patton Arnold

GRENADA—Ollie Mae Patton Arnold died January 10, 2015.
    Born September 28, 1918, she was fourth from the youngest of 10 children born to Frances Wiesel Patton and George Esklus Patton. Ollie was born and raised in the Sylva Rena Community, lived and worked in her adult life in Memphis, and was a resident of Grenada Living Center for the last four years. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, first in Water Valley and later in Memphis.         
    Ollie had no children of her own, but loved each of her nieces and nephews as if they were hers. She was the first to cook a meal or lend a helping hand in any family time of need or gathering. She was not only loving, but was fun-loving and a great joy to her entire family. She will be greatly missed, but remembered  in each heart with a personal story.
    The funeral service was held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley on Tuesday, January 13, at 3 p.m., with visitation at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Sylva Rena Cemetery, alongside her parents, and many other family members. Pallbearers were Robert Earl Patton, George Michael Patton, John Howard Patton, James Carson Patton, Jr., Travis Brooks, and Bruce MacMorran.
    Mrs. Arnold is survived by one sibling, her brother, James Carson Patton of Starkville, and nine nieces and nephews.

Tony M. Beaver

COFFEEVILLE—Tony M. Beaver, age 67, passed away Monday morning, December 29, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
   The funeral service was held at two o’clock  in the afternoon Wednesday, December 31, in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville. Interment followed in Forrest Memorial Park.
   Born September 21, 1947, in Truman, Ark., Mr. Beaver was a son of the late Creed Beaver and Mabel Erikson Beaver. Tony was a truck driver and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Curtis.
    Survivors include his wife, Ashley Fullerton of Coffeeville; three daughters, Rhonda Lawson of Batesville, Stephanie Beaver Lawson of Batesville, and Christina Poole of Memphis; five sons, Tony Beaver of Coffeeville, David Bridges of Batesville, Ronald Eugene Bridges of Missouri, James Fletcher of Coffeeville, and Anthony Lamar Beaver of Coffeeville; one sister, Robbie Beaver of Batesville;  14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifford Beaver, Jim Beaver, Wayne Beaver, and Jerry Beaver; a sister, Jo Beaver; and one grandson, Larry Wayne Elliott, Jr.

Francis Corinne Coleman

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Francis Corinne Coleman, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 4, 2015, in Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Los Angeles, Calif., where she had been a patient for some time.
    Born February 7, 1922, in Yalobusha County, Coleman was a daughter of the late Vollie P. and Mary Udera Coleman. A retired legal secretary, she was a devoted member of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, Calif.
    Graveside services were held at ten o’clock in the morning on Friday, January 9, in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery at Water Valley.
    Survivors include sisters, Lucille and Helen Coleman, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Alice and Fern Lee Coleman; six brothers, Edward Coleman, Wilson Coleman, Leslie Coleman, Jack Coleman, Sam Coleman, and Howard Coleman.

Bennie Tramel Gossett

OXFORD—Bennie Tramel Gossett, age 67, died Friday, January 9, 2015, at his home in Oxford.
  Born March 28, 1947, in Lafayette County, he was a son of the late Bennie Nolan and Wynona Tramel Gossett. Bennie served in Vietnam while in the United States Army. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and retired from AT&T, where he worked as a construction manager for over 40 years. He enjoyed reading and writing short stories. He was a talented musician and could play most any instrument and he enjoyed singing. Bennie dearly loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
    Visitation was held Monday, January 12, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, January 13, in Delay Baptist Church, with Bro. Sammy Gossett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery in Lafayette County.
    He is survived by his wife, Gara Lynette Hatcher Gossett of Oxford; a daughter, Kerri Gossett Cobb of Oxford; sons, Chris (Jennifer) Gossett and Andy (Brandye) Gossett, all of Oxford; bothers, Barry (Donna) Gossett of Oxford and Eddie Gossett of Texas; and six grandchildren, Harley Anne Gossett, Macie Gossett, Lindley Gossett, Holdan Cobb, A. J. Gossett, and Jaxson Cobb.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Kornegay.

Krystal Eve Hodges

ENID—Krystal Eve Hodges, age 23, passed away Saturday morning, January 3, 2015, in Northwest Regional Medical Center at Clarksdale.
    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, January 8, in Friendship East Baptist Church, located at 550 Friendship E. Road, near Charleston, with interment in Bethel Cemetery at Enid. The family of Krystal received friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville, and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. The Rev. Ben Kennedy officiated the service.
    Born September 9, 1991, in Batesville, she is the daughter of Pamela Hodges Dennis and Clayton Dennis of Enid. She was baptized into the Baptist faith at an early age. Krystal was known for her vivacious personality and beautiful smile. In her pastime, she enjoyed painting, drawing, and her music. She also loved taking care of and fixing her hair.
    She is survived by her parents, Pamela Hodges Dennis and Clayton Dennis of Enid; grandmother, Jerline Hodges of Enid; a brother, George Dennis of Enid; aunt and uncle, Amos and Jean “Punkin” Davis of Batesville; and two cousins, Nick and Brittney Warren, both  of Batesville.
    Krystal was preceded in death by her uncle, Mike Kilgore.

Lorene Morris

BRUCE—Lorene Morris, 89, of Bruce died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in Calhoun Health Services at Calhoun City.
    Born Thursday, August 6, 1925, in Calhoun County, she was the a daughter of the late E.A. and Annie Neal Newsom.  She was also preceded in death by her husband,  Ellis Morris; a son, Jimmy W. Morris; a daughter, Brenda Person; a sister, Grace Dickey, and her granddaughter, Vikki Person. Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and former employee of Freds. She was a member of Sherman Baptist Church.
    Survivors include grandchildren, Melinda Turner of Bruce, Ann Dye of Pittsboro, Phil Person of Algoma, Scott Person of Water Valley; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10, in Sherman Baptist Church, with Bro. James Taylor officiating. Interment was in Rapers Chapel Cemetery at Bruce, with Kane Dye, Kyle Dye, Brandon Golden, Michael Howell, Hulet Moore, Toy Neal, Tony Person, and J. R. Turner as pallbearers. Parker Memorial Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Lola Mae Moore McDonald

WATER VALLEY—Lola Mae Moore McDonald, age 91, died Friday, January 9, 2015, in Yalobusha General Nursing Home at Water Valley.
    Born May 27, 1923, in Iuka, Mrs. McDonald was a daughter of the late Richard and Lilly Prewitt  Moore. She was a former member of Rebekah Lodge #38 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She worked as an assistant floor lady for the Hershey Chocolate Company in Memphis, where she retired after more than 25 years of service. Lola was a member of Wells Station Baptist Church in Memphis, but after moving to Water Valley she attended First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, working puzzles, cooking, and tending her flowers. Lola was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and treasured time spent with her family and friends.
    Visitation was held Monday, January 12, from 12-2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Rev. Alan McGraw officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Jake McDonald, Jeff McDonald, Terry Lawson, Forrest  McDonald, Corey Burns and Brandon Burns as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her husband, Daniel A. McDonald of Water Valley; four sons, Michael (Elaine) McDonald of Memphis, Rick (Karen) McDonald of Olive Branch, Gary (Kathy) McDonald of Bartlett, Tenn., and Rodney (Bonnye) McDonald of Hernando; three sisters, Marie Wells of Somerville, Tenn., Thelma Hankins of Collierville, Tenn., and Martha Nicodemus of Golden, Colo.; a brother, Billy (Rose) Moore of Memphis; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Moore; and two sisters, Georgie Greene and Elizabeth Moore.

Forrest E. Poindexter

BRUCE—Forrest E. Poindexter, 78, of Bruce died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in The Med at Memphis.
    Born Saturday, February 1, 1936, in Pine Valley, he was a son of the late Milford F. and Nettie Mae Vanlandingham Poindexter. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patsy C. Thomas Poindexter. He was a member of Parker Baptist Church. Mr. Poindexter was a Baptist minister and was retired from Kellwood Co., where he was a maintenance supervisor in Coffeeville.
    Survivors include a son, Steve (Cathy) Poindexter of Bruce;  daughter, Jan (Charlie) Spradling of Bruce; grandchildren, Charlie Ann Spradling of Bruce, Shadda (Jeremiah) Dunn of Bruce, Amanda (Josh) Bennett, Sara Beth Dunn, Riley Joe Bennett, Jake G. Dunn;  brothers, Charles E. (Faye) Poindexter of Kosciusko and Johnny Van (Linda) Poindexter of Olive Branch.
    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, January 11, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Paul Morris and Bro. Joe Owens officiating. Interment was in Parker Cemetery at Bruce.

George Allen Williams

GRENADA—George Allen Williams, 78, passed away January 9, 2015, in Grenada.
    Born June 17, 1936, in White Lake,  he was a son of the late Thomas and Willie Mae Williams.
    The funeral service was at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, January 11, in Tillatoba Baptist Church, with a visitation at 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment was in Wayside Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Ramage leading.  Pallbearers were Justin Carl Brassell, James Anthony Kerr, George William McCaulla, Thomas McCaulla, Thomas Allen Williams, Thomas Phillip Williams, and John Matthew Upchurch. Garner Harper Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
    He is survived by his wife, Jessie Tarango Williams; sons, George “Bubba” Williams (Sheila) of Scobey, Phillip Thomas Williams (Sherry) of Shelby, Ala., and Victor Augustine Williams (Christina) of Pennsylvania;  daughters, Julia Kerr of Grenada, Sandra McCaulla of Grenada, and Connie Brassel (Billy) of Senatobia; a brother, Joseph “Joker” Williams (Gail) of Gore Springs; sisters, Vina “Bonnie” Sanders of Water Valley and Helen Ruth Melton (Homer) of Tillatoba; and close friends, Paul and Teresa Ross and sons.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert and Marion Williams; and a sister, Rebecca James.
    The family request that memorials be sent to The American Heart Association.

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