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Obituaries – Feb. 12, 2015

Claud S. Beeler

WATER VALLEY—Claud S. Beeler, Jr., 76, died at his home January 31, 2015.

            Born in Elkmont, Limestone County, Ala., Mr. Beeler and his family moved to Lafayette County when he was four or five years old. He attended school at Philadelphia, Miss. and graduated from University High School in 1957. Mr. Beeler married Annie Rose Pryor on November 25, 1960, and worked in Lafayette and surrounding counties. Being mechanically-inclined and enjoying the outdoors, he loved fixing things, working on engines, tractors and collecting them. One thing he collected was “hit and miss” motors.

            A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Yalobusha Primitive Baptist Church, Water Valley. The celebration will be extremely informal. Coleman Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include  his wife, Rose P. Beeler; a son, John (Dan) Beeler, III; three grandchildren, Ryan Beeler, Jonlyn Beeler, and Frank Beeler; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma G. Neilson; two brothers, John C. Beeler and James B. Beeler.

            His parents, Claud S. and Sue Ellen Beeler, and a daughter, Julanne Beeler, preceded Mr.Beeler in death.

            Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.


Tommy L. Edwards

WATER VALLEY—Tommy L. Edwards, 74, died Friday, January 30, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

            Born February 14, 1940, in Hickory Flat, he was the son of  the late Lehmann and Loreath Edwards. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. After his service, he returned to Memphis, where he worked for Kellogg’s for 32 years. After retiring, he  moved back to his hometown of Hickory Flat.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Edwards was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Hickory Flat.

            The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Monday, February 2, in Pine Grove Baptist Church, with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Shane Crawford  officiating. Pallbearers were Nick Thompson, Steve Nutt, Brian Courson, Randy Chunn, James Elton Wilson and Kenny Wilson. Holly Springs Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include his loving wife of 19 years, Adelina Edwards of Water Valley; one son, Ricky Edwards (Dana) of Demopolis, Ala.; three daughters, Kathi Watson (Scott) of Ripley, Melisa Dozier (Donnie) of Navasota, Texas, and Kim Kerby (Chris) of Edmond, Okla.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Brewer of Gerald, Mo. and Deborah Thompson (David) of Hickory Flat.

Roberta McFarland Morgan

WATER VALLEY—Roberta McFarland Morgan, age 97, died Sunday, February 8, 2015, in Yalobusha General Nursing Home at Water Valley.

            Born December 3, 1917, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Morgan was a daughter of the late Nathan and Ivory McFarland. Until her health failed, Roberta was an active member of Martin Street Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing, gardening and fishing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with family and friends.

            Visitation will be held Friday, February 13, from 1-6 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 14, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Minister Dexter Ross officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Ann Neal of Water Valley and Frances McCullough (Ocis) of Bellwood, Ill.; sons, Clarence Morgan, Vernon Morgan (Vanessa) and Ralph Morgan (Lottie), all of Water Valley; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Morgan, Sr.; a daughter, Mildred Thomas; two sons, Charles Morgan and Roy Morgan; two sisters, Mattie Wright and Katherine Steen; three brothers, Abner McFarland, Namon McFarland, and Ezekiel McFarland; one granddaughter, Vicki Morgan; a great-granddaughter, Camilla Morgan; and a great-grandson, Anthony Levert.


James Clifford Smith

WATER VALLEY—James Clifford Smith, 73, died Monday, February 2, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

            Born in Moulton, Ala., Mr. Smith had moved to the Water Valley area in 1994 from Chicago. After a career as a pipefitter for over 30  years, he retired from General Motors. Being mechanically inclined, he enjoyed tinkering on machines and being outdoors. Watching western movies and reading cowboy books were also things he enjoyed. Mr. Smith was a member of Paris Baptist Church.

            There are no plans for a memorial service at this time. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include his wife, Carol Smith of Water Valley; two sons, James Smith, Jr. of Evansville, Ind. and Chad (Tammy Shoote, girlfriend) Smith of Batesville; three daughters, Brenda (Cliff) Pratt of Chatsworth, Ill., Dawn (Tom) Scianna of Brookfield, Ill., and Misty (Joel) Stark of Manteno, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Brian) Donbroski, Thomas Scianna, Anthony Scianna, Nicholas Scianna, Ericka Smith, Austin  Smith, and Joshus Stark; and four great-grandchildren.

            His parents, William and Ethel Smith, preceded him in death.


Sammy Leon Tidwell

COFFEEVILLE—Sammy Leon Tidwell, 70, of Coffeeville passed away January 27, 2015, in the Bolivar Medical Center.

            A graveside service was held Wednesday, January 28, in the Pine Flat Cemetery.Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include sisters, Betty Respess and Marie Dulin; a brother, Walter Ray Tidwell; four special nieces and nephews, Robert Hardin, Shirley Riley, Anthony Tramel, and Maryann Tramel Linley; and 35 other nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammy Joe Cyrus and Ida Lillian Tidwell; brothers, Homer and Russell Tidwell; sisters, Rosie Tidwell Maples, Pearl  Tidwell Rackley, Elsie Tidwell Rackley, Mildred Tidwell Collinger, Billie Lou Tidwell Starks, and Della Estell Tidwell Turner.


Michael Wayne Wilkins

 OXFORD—Michael Wayne Wilkins, 50, of Oxford died January 30, 2015, in Oktibbeha County Hospital at Starkville.

            The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, February 7, in Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. Chapel at Batesville. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Born February 14, 1964, in Lafayette County, Mr. Wilkins was a son of the late Jeremiah Wilkins and Lula Turner. He was a self-employed concrete finisher. Mr. Wilkins was a member of Martin Street Church of Christ in Water Valley.

            Survivors include his mother, Lula Turner of Oxford;  three daughters, Jessica Vaughn of Batesville, Porshia Vaughn and Mikyla Rockett, both of Oxford; four  brothers, Kalvin Wilkins of Tampa, Fla., Anthony Wilkins of Orlando, Fla,, Robert Tatum of Madison, and Shawn Wilkins of Lebanon, Penn.; and two grandchildren.

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