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Obituaries – March 19, 2015

Ernest Bethea Kirkpatrick

WATER VALLEY—Ernest Bethea Kirkpatrick was born August 19, 1932, to Henry Drayton Kirkpatrick and Maud Elizabeth Dewitt Kirkpatrick in Hattiesburg. He passed away, Sunday, January 4.

            After graduating from Hattiesburg High School, Ernest attended Mississippi Southern and the University of Mississippi, while also fulfilling Army duty during this time. Ernest loved music of all kinds. He was a talented musician and bandmaster.  He could play many instruments, the trumpet being his favorite.

            “We will always remember him playing his trumpet passionately, along with the music of his favorite record albums and football half-time shows,” stated his daughter. “After many years of traveling across the country, our family finds comfort in knowing Dad found a place to settle down,” she continued.

            Mr. Kirkpatrick was band director for the Water Valley School District Bands in the late fifties and early sixties, was director of the Coffeeville Bands in the eighties, and then retired as band director of the Charleston School System Bands. He spent his retirement days, living  in the Water Valley Boat Landing Area, where he did some private teaching.

            He was preceded in death by his second wife, Frances Trotter Kirkpatrick, and by a son, Colin Thomas Kirkpatrick.

            Survivors include a sister, Betty Loper; and children, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Megan Kirkpatrick Fuller (Steven), Heather Kirkpatrick Davis (Dave), Kelly Kirkpatrick, Alan Kirkpatrick, and Paige Kirkpatrick Peters (Rick); eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Jaxon Clay Hutchens

CHARLESTON—Jaxon Clay Hutchens, infant son of James and Alessandra Denise Carter Hutchens of Charleston, was born and died March 10, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

            A graveside service was held Monday, March 16, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Bethel Cemetery in the Teasdale Community of Tallahatchie County with Bro. Ben Kennedy officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

            Jaxon is survived by his parents, Sandy and James Hutchens of Charleston; his twin sister, Ava Hutchens; his grandmother, Carolyn Hutchens; and his great grandparents, Toby and Iva Waldo.

            He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Debra Carter, and his grandfather, Robert Hutchens.


Kenneth E. Johnsey

JACKSON—Kenneth E. Johnsey of Jackson, age 75, passed away March 9, 2015, surrounded by family members at Baptist Medical Center.

            Born November 12, 1939, in Coffeeville, Mr. Johnsey was a son of the late Van Buren Johnsey and the late Alice Elizabeth Boydston Johnsey. He was an electrician and was employed by G&C Electric. He was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Betty Johnsey of Jackson; daughters, Amber Mize, Regina Thompson, Elaine Garth, Alice Thomas, Karen McGowan, Barbara Olsem and Dorothy Winter; a son, Kenneth Johnsey, Jr.; one brother, Van T. Johnsey, Sr.; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

            The funeral service was held Thursday, March 12, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison. Interment followed in the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.


William P. (Bill) Lee

PLEASANTON, CALIF.—William P. (Bill) Lee, 84, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2015, in Windsor Manor Rehab Center of Concord, Calif.

            Born September 19, 1931, in the house where he lived for 21 years at Water Valley, Bill was the son of the late Mildred and Ben Lee. He attended Water Valley public schools, and worked his way through four years at the University of Mississippi, where he graduated second in his class with a BSCE in 1953. That year he married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Lee Edwards, and went to work at the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, Tenn.

            Having served in the Air Force R.O.T.C. at Ole Miss, his number was selected for him to join the Korean Conflict  nine months later. 2nd Lt. Lee was assigned to the 366th Engineer Aviation Battalion, supervising the re-construction of schools, churches, roads, and airfields throughout South Korea. Bill was honorably discharged from the Reserves as Captain in 1966. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1955, Bill joined Raymond Concrete Pile Co. and began his travels. He moved his family 27 times in 12 years in the U.S. and Wales, before settling his family in Pleasanton in 1968.

            Bill was a proud Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a life member of Chi Epsilon honorary scholastic fraternity, a member of Military Engineers, a Mason and a Shriner, and was of the Methodist faith.

            Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary, his son,Travis, daughter, Rebecca, and loving grandsons, Jason and Brian Lee. At Bill’s request, no service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or the local MS society.


Thomas Anthony McVeigh

OLIVE BRANCH—Thomas Anthony McVeigh, 47, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at his home in Olive Branch.

            The funeral service was held Saturday, March 13, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Beavers officiating. Burial followed in Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc County.

            Born in Ticonderoga, New York, Mr. McVeigh was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he worked in Aviation Electronics and served during the Gulf War. He was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed hunting and fishing prior to becoming disabled. His dog, Cotton Candy, was a constant companion. He loved visiting the Smokey Mountains and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

            Survivors are his wife, Nita Jones McVeigh of Olive Branch; daughters, Anna E. and Alesha R. McVeigh of Olive Branch; a son, Jordan C. McVeigh of Olive Branch; his father, Patrick G. McVeigh of Melbourne, Fla; his mother, Dawn S. Deyo of Paris; a sister, Elizabeth Hamel of Ticonderoga, New York and several nieces and nephews.

            Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675.In honor of Thomas’ service to his country, the flag of the United States Marine Corps will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.


Bluford Lee Norwood

VARDAMAN—Graveside services for Bluford Lee Norwood, 80, of Vardaman, were held Monday, March 16, 2015, in Jumpers Chapel Cemetery, near Water Valley. Visitation was held at the cemetery Monday, just prior to the service. National Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

            Mr. Norwood died Saturday, March 14, in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.

            Born December 13, 1934, Mr. Norwood was a son of the late Willie Foster Norwood and Ema Mae White Norwood of Coffeeville. He was a retired truck driver, and had worked for Chris Tedders Farms, Binswanger, and MS Carriers. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church. Mr. Norwood was a veteran of the Army National Guard.

            He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Norwood Emrick of Grenada; three sons, Terry Tillman of Middleburg, Fla., Robert Norwood of Columbia, and James Thomas Norwood of Charleston; two brothers, Lester S. Norwood of Grenada and Ralph Norwood of Water Valley; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Shirley Corine Rogers

WATER VALLEY—Shirley Corine Rogers, age 69, died Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Methodist University Hospital at Memphis.

            Born April 17, 1945, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Rogers was a daughter of the late Emmitt Gaston and Margarette Rogers. Shirley worked most of her life as a housekeeper and enjoyed fishing, working with her flowers, gardening, canning, cooking, trying out new recipes and taking care of her puppy, Peanut.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 18, from five until seven p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, March 19, in Spring Hill North Church at Water Valley, with Pastor Sammy Townes, Pastor Amos Sims, and Pastor Mitchell Steen officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Tanner (Revell) and Pamela Rogers, all of Water Valley; sisters, Virgie Suggs, Brenda Campbell, Linda Campbell, Ruby Campbell, Patricia Campbell, Janeth Neely, Ann Matthews (Curtis), Linda Gale White, and Edith Hervey, all of Water Valley, and Mattie Moore (Eli) of Lena, Ark.; brothers, Harry Campbell (Margaret) of Tallahassee, Fla., Johnny Campbell (Ruby) of Little Rock, Ark., James Campbell (Lottie) and George Gaston, all of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Kayla White, Jazmine Rogers, Jeremy Rogers, and Leaudra White, all of Water Valley; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Juanita Campbell; her brother, Bobby Campbell; and a great-grandchild, Zaya White.


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