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Obituaries – April 16, 2015

James Edward Spence

WATER VALLEY—James Edward Spence, 74, died Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Mississippi State Veterans Home at Oxford.

            The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 14, at  ten o’clock in the morning, in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home, with Rev. Roger Howell officiating. Burial followed in Tishomingo Cemetery in Tishomingo County at 1 p.m. Visitation was held Monday, April 13, from 4-7 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home.

            Born in Oxford, James was a son  of the late A. Grover and Emma Hardy Spence. He was a retired engineer from the Mississippi State Highway Department, where he worked for 38 years. He was a member of Adonai Church and participated in numerous mission trips to Nicaragua. He served in the Army reserves for six years and was a volunteer fireman with the Velma Fire Department. Mr. Spence was an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts, serving as Cub Master, Webelos Leader, and Scoutmaster. In scouting, he earned the CSL Wood Badge, the BSL Wood Badge, and Order of the Arrow.

            Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Clara R. Spence of Water Valley; one daughter, Shelia Spence Hadley (Gordon) of Senatobia; three sons, John Scott Spence of Water Valley, James Stephen Spence  (Loretta) of Water Valley, and Joseph Stewart Spence (Lisa) of Water Valley; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

            Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Tupelo Council, 505 Air Park Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.


Kimberly Marie Washetas 

OXFORD – Kimberly Marie Washetas, 57, a native of Illinois and resident of Oxford, died suddenly on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at her home. A private memorial service is being planned, and details will be provided by her immediate family. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

            A native of Chicago, Washetas was an inspiration to so many, a “walking encyclopedia” of knowledge and insight. She was an artist, a writer, a technology guru and a researcher of people, places and things around the world which fueled her work as a columnist and active member of the new community she lived in and the home she had made. Washetas was altruistic and kind, contributing her skills and participation in multiple organizations including, but not limited to, United Way of Lafayette County and Oxford: Friends of the Library, The Literary Club and The Mad Hatters Club, all located in Water Valley; a contributing writer to The Oxford EAGLE; and a volunteer at The Blue Lotus Temple in Wauconda, Ill. Since moving to Oxford, she felt this was her true home and the friends and relationships she nurtured proved that. She loved the beauty, the culture and the mystique of living in an area that nurtured her creativity and enthusiasm for living in the moment.

            Survivors include her siblings, William Washetas, Lorianne Cardoni-Dattilo and Thomas Washetas; five nephews and nieces, James Cardoni and Brendan, Jenna, Abbey and Evan Washetas; and numerous extended family members and so many friends that she considered family.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Washetas’ name to the Blackmur Library in Water Valley.


Korah Grace White

WATER VALLEY—Korah Grace White, age 26, went to be with the Lord on April 6, 2015.

            Born February 14, 1989, in Oxford, Korah Grace was the daughter of “Bodie” and Gloria White. She was presently enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Oxford, studying elementary education. She loved Jesus, her Sylva Rena Church family, and doing mission work. Korah Grace also loved helping others, and spent time volunteering at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She enjoyed traveling, bowling, being around children, playing computer games, and spending time with her family and friends.

            Visitation was held Friday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, in Sylva Rena Baptist Church, with Bro. Shane Crawford and Bro. Lance Blackwell officiating. Burial was in the Sylva Rena Cemetery in  Yalobusha County.

            Survivors include her parents, “Bodie” and Gloria White of Water Valley; her grandparents, Bo and Grace White of Water Valley; four aunts, Deborah Blackwell (Lance) of Shepherd, Texas, Cheryl Mims (Mark) of Fayetteville, N.C., Robin  Martignoni  (Adrian) of Baytown, Texas, and Lisa King of Water Valley; her uncle,William Cook (Melanie) of Chicago, Ill.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Richard and Ruth Cook; and three uncles, Robert Cook, Richard King, and Joel King.

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