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Obituaries – March 12, 2015

Inez Summers Blaylock

COFFEEVILLE—Inez Summers Blaylock, 93, of Coffeeville passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Yalobusha General Nursing Home at Water Valley.

            Born October 19, 1921, in Coffeeville, Mrs.Blaylock was a daughter of the late Frank Dewey and Maifred Vickery Summers. She was a retired nurse’s aide after working at  Yalobusha General Hospital for many years. She was a member of Elam Baptist Church.

            The funeral service was held Saturday, March 7, in New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. James West officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Raymond Davis, Ben Harrison, Frank Harrison, Ray Schmitz, Jr., Jackson Smith, and Donney Summers, as pallbearers. Professional services and arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

            Survivors include a son, Jack McCormack (Carolyn Sue) of Coffeeville; two grandchildren, Phillip McCormack of Florida and Dawn Flanagan of Southaven; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don Summers of Batesville and Clyde Summers of Coffeeville.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Neil Wood McCormack, Jr.; one sister, Mable Wolfe; and two brothers, Selvin Summers and Frank Dewey Summers, Jr.


Eloise McDaniel

OXFORD—Eloise McDaniel, age 81, died Friday, February 27, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

            Born September 19, 1933, in Grenada, Mrs. McDaniel was a daughter of the late Ervin and Lily Mae Floyd Schmitz. She worked as a cashier for many years at Big Star in Oxford and was a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking and working in her flower gardens, but her passion was her dog, Sam, with whom she spent many evenings sitting on her porch watching birds. Eloise was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family and friends.

            Visitation was held Monday, March 2, from noon to 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with funeral services at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Bro. David Floyd officiated. Burial was in Browning Cemetery in Lafayette County.

            Survivors include her daughters, Rita Littlejohn (Larry) of Blue Springs, and Sandra Supple (John) of Oxford; her son Richard McDaniel (Vicki) of Batesville; a sister, Dot Craven of Grenada; three brothers, Bobby Schmitz (Lila), Paul Schmitz (Shirley), all of Water Valley, and Mike Schmitz (Bonnie) of Greenwood; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Ray McDaniel.


Curtis Wayne Dennis

WATER VALLEY—Curtis Wayne Dennis, age 71, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 9, 2015, at his home in Water Valley, after a long battle with cancer.

   Born August 6, 1943, in Yalobusha County, Curtis was a son of the late Henry Dudley and Annie Patton Dennis. He served in the United States Army and the Army National Guard. He was a self-employed contractor, a member of the Yalobusha Chain Saw Crew, and the Coffee Shop Club at Turnage Drugs. Curtis was an active and faithful member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, where he served as a choir member, the chief biscuit baker for Brotherhood and did any maintenance work at the church. He enjoyed working around his home, driving his tractor, and playing solitaire. Curtis was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

            Visitation will be Friday, March 13, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home at ten o’clock in the morning Saturday, March 14, with Bro. Dan Dickerson and Bro. Binnie Turnage officiating. Burial will be in the Anchor Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

            Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Dennis of Water Valley; a daughter, Melissa Ann Dennis Ball (Charles) of Quitman; his son, Paul Wayne Dennis (Sylvia) of Crystal Springs; two sisters, Erma Dennis Hollowell (Sam), and Joyce Ann Bishop (Robby), all of Water Valley; three brothers, Charles Dudley Dennis (Paulette) of Water Valley, Roger Lee Dennis (Lynn) of Oxford, and Bill Dennis (Hope) of Paris; and three grandchildren, James Robert Dennis, Christopher Wayne Ball and William Allen Ball.

Randy Eugene Sexton

WATER VALLEY—Memorial services for Randy Eugene Sexton, 54, of  Water Valley were held Saturday, March 7, 2015, in the National Funeral Home Chapel at Grenada.

            Randy died Wednesday, March 4, at his home.

            Born October 3, 1960, he was a son of Cassell C.T. Sexton and Greta Miller Sexton of Charleston. Randy was preceded ind death by his father. He was employed by Safe Security as a security guard.

            He is survived by his wife of seven years, Sheri Harris of Water Valley; two daughters, Allison McGee (Matt) of Alva, and Angela Cox (Caleb) of Madison; one step-daughter, Renee Stegall (Josh) of Bruce; a step-son Tony Martin of Bruce; his mother, Greta Sexton of Alva; one brother, Dewayne Sexton (Robin) of St. Cloud, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Beverly Ann Tatum-Walker

WATER VALLEY—Beverly Ann Tatum-Walker, 48, of Water Valley died March 5, 2015, in Ridgeland.

  Visitation will be held Friday, March 13, 4-7 p.m. in Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be Saturday, March 14, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Spring Hill North M.B. Church, with Pastor Kevin D. Lee presiding. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Sis. Beverly Ann Tatum-Walker, known as “Puddin” was born January 5, 1967, and is the daughter of Richard Tatum and Sadie White. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age. She later united with Hopewell M.B. Church under the leadership of Kevin D. Lee, Sr. Sis. Beverly was a member of the choir, a youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and worked with the decoration committee. She was a dedicated and faithful member until her passing. She will be missed by her children, church family and friends.

            She graduated from Water Valley High School and Northwest Community College. Sis Beverly worked at Whirlpool for 10 years and later worked at BorgWarner and Faith Learning Center. Throughout her life she was also a beautician, MaryKay representative, and a homemaker. She was also a member of the Water Valley Football Booster Club.

            Sis. Beverly married Lugene Walker on March 16, 2002. All her life she was dedicated to loving and caring for her family and others and he gave from the depths of her heart. She loved her children with fierce passion. God called and she answered on Thursday morning, March 5, 2015.

            She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memories, her loving and devoted husband, Minister Lugene Walker;  two sons, Reginald and Josiah Tenner; one step-son, Wesley Walker; two step-daughters, Patrice and Lakeisha Walker; two God daughters, Kierra Lee and Jamilya Bolden; two granddaughters, Lataysha Martin and Quatricia Franklin; one grandson, Kentrell Walker; one sister, Kim Caldwell; five brothers, Richard James Tatum, Jr., Dennis Earl Tatum, Jimmy Benard (Tiffany) Tatum, Ervin Tatum, and Perry Hervey; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.


Lowell H. Willingham

OXFORD—Lowell H. Willingham (Sonny) passed away March 3, 2015, in the VA Nursing Home at Oxford after a long illness.

               He served as a military policeman in the Army at the end of the Korean War, stationed in Tokyo, Japan.

            He was predeceased by his son, Larry Duke Willingham.

            He leave his three sons, Lowell H. Jr. (Buddy) Willingham and James Bradley (Brad) Willingham, both of Olive Branch, and Stefan Duncan of Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, John Keith Tubbs of The Lakes, Fla. and David Scott Tubbs of Olive Branch; a sister, Nancy C. Tubbs of Southaven; and grandchildren, Allison, Robin,  Dallas, Brandon, Jake, Jenna, and Alexia Willingham.

            An  informal memorial  has been arranged for one o’clock in the afternoon, March 14, in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at Water Valley.

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