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Obituaries – Feb.19, 2015

Ernestine Holt Aune

WATER VALLEY—Ernestine Holt Aune, age 83, died Friday, February 13, 2015, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

            Born October 19, 1931, in Bossier Parish, La.,  Mrs. Aune was a daughter of the late Sanford and Millie Thornton Holt.  Ernestine grew up and attended public elementary and high schools in Shreveport, La. In 1952 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas She met and married Ernest P. Aune in 1954 while he was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base outside Bossier City. They made their home in Water Valley, after spending 18 months at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Their oldest son was born in Alaska and the couple was blessed with three more sons over the next nine years.

            As a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley, Ernestine was always active in youth activities, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. She was director of the church library for 21 years. She later taught the Esther Sunday School class for many years. When Ernestine was offered a fellowship for graduate work by the University of Mississippi, she jumped at the opportunity. She earned the master of Library Science degree in 1968. Water Valley High School hired her as librarian and she worked there for many years. After taking early retirement, she served for 10 years as a trustee for the Blackmur Memorial Library.

            Mrs. Aune was a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club, organized in 1958, with its primary goal being civic improvement and beautification of Water Valley. She served in many capacities, including president from 1960-1962. In 2014 she was presented the  Ladies in the Garden Award by the club, commending her for her many years of outstanding service to the club. Ernestine was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 18, from  noon until 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock in the afternoon in the church, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Bob Aune, Kyle Aune , Patrick Giadrosich, Cameron Tyler, John Ingram, and Curtis Berry as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include  her loving husband of 61 years, Ernest P. Aune of Water Valley; four sons, David P. Aune (Glenda)  of Saratoga, Calif., E. Edwin Aune (Cindy) of Oxford, Kelly T. Aune (Jacquie) of Huntsville, Ala., and Kris Aune of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren, Bob Aune, Jessica Giadrosich, Kyle Aune, Laura Lee Aune, and Juliann Aune; and one great-granddaughter.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Mike Aune; three sisters; and three brothers.

Frances Corinne Coleman

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Frances Corinne Coleman, age 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 4, 2015, at Windsor Gardens Convalescent  Center of Los Angeles,Calif., where she had been a patient for some time.

            Born February 7, 1922, in Yalobusha County, Corinne was the 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 10 a.m. Friday, January 9, in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Survivors include her sisters, Lucille and Helen Coleman, both of Los Angeles; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Anice and Fern Lee Coleman; six brothers, Edward Coleman, Wilson Coleman, Leslie Coleman,  Jack Coleman, Sam Coleman and Howard Coleman.


James Ottis Ray

OXFORD—James Ottis Ray, 80, died Monday,February 9, 2015, in the Mississippi State Veterans Home at Oxford.

   The funeral service was held Thursday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Crenshaw officiating. Burial followed in Pine Flat Cemetery.

            Born in Lafayette County, Mr. Ray was a son of the late Ottis W. and Gertha Mae Overstreet Ray. He was retired from Ram Tool, where he worked as a foreman, and he was also co-owner of Myrtis Ray Produce. Mr. Ray served in the United States Army and the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He attended Anchor Baptist Church and had a great love of hunting and fishing. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtis Gatlin Ray, and three children, Phillip Ray, Tina Marie Ray, and Tonya Ray.

            Survivors include a daughter Stephanie, and her husband, Barry, of Tupelo; two sons, James Trent Ray of Oxford and Ronnie Glen Ray and his wife, Patricia of Oxford; one sister, Annie Miller of Oxford; a brother, Johnnie Ray of Madison; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis, Mississippi Chapter, 1907 Dunbarton Dr., Suite C, Jackson, MS 39216.

Lucille Robinson

WATER VALLEY— Mrs. Lucille Robinson, 95, of Water Valley died February 8 in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford of natural causes.

            Funeral Services were held Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Bayson Chapel  M.B. Church at Water Valley. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was held from 1 p.m. until service time in the church on Saturday. Services of comfort were trusted to the professionals of Townes Funeral Home in Grenada.

Sammy Lee Wilbourn

DIAMONDHEAD—Sammy Lee Wilbourn, 73, of Diamondhead, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Diamondhead.

            Born in Water Valley October 23, 1941, Mr. Wilbourn was a son of the late Samuel Otis and Faye Jones Wilbourn. He retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after nearly 35 years of service. He was a member of Lakeshore Baptist Church and Gideon’s International.

            In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilbourn was preceded in death by his wife, Linda K. Wilbourn.

            He is survived by three daughters, Lisa Wilbourn (Laurie) of Bay St. Louis, Teresa Everett (Joey) of Lakeshore, and Stacey Madere (Eric) of Kiln; two brothers, Albert Wilbourn (Janie) of Perkinston and Billy Wilbourn (Ruth) of Water Valley; one sister, Lynn Bonner (Preston) of Oakland; grandchildren, Joseph Everett (Ashley), Eric Madere, Jr. (Shelby), Jozie Everett, Jodi Everett, Emmi Madere, Donald Reyer, Sarah Johnson, Matt Johnson (Mary), Megan Johnson, and Kandyce Johnson; one great-grandchild; a dear friend, Mary Ellen Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

            A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 19, at 5 p.m. in Lakeshore Baptist church at Lakeshore, Miss. The family will receive guests from 3:30 until 5 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6028 Lakeshore Road, Lakeshore, MS 39558.

            Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis is in charge of arrangements.

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