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Obituaries – May 21, 2015

Ralph Elmer Bernard

WATER VALLEY—Ralph Elmer Bernard passed away quietly at his home in Water Valley, May 6, 2015, at the age of 82, with two of his children by his side.

            Ralph was born October 22, 1932, one of nine children of Joel and Edwarda Bernard. He met and married Barbara Jacobson while attending Fresno State University in 1955; he graduated the next year with a degree in mechanical engineering. After several years working for Aerojet General in Sacramento, the Bernard family moved to the Mojave Desert in 1974, were Ralph spent 20 years as a program manager in weapons development for the U.S. Navy before retiring. He and Barbara moved to Water Valley in 2011.

            Ralph was a man of extraordinary strength and integrity, as those who knew him during his career will remember. In Mississippi, he will be remembered as the wryly funny, observant, kind gentleman who marveled at the beauty of Mississippi and reveled in the kind attentions of his new townsfolk.

            Ralph was predeceased by Barbara in 2012, and by a son, David, in 1977.

            He is survived by his sons, Randy and John; daughter, Ramona; grandsons, David and Joey; brothers, Charles, Joel, and Lucius; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Meredith “Hope” Mize Dennis

PARIS—Meredith “Hope” Mize Dennis, 59, of Paris passed away May 16, 2015, at her home in Paris.

            She was born July 31, 1955 in Lafayette County. She loved Jesus, family and friends with all her heart and they loved her. She loved church work, flowers, gardening, crafting, and taking care of her family. She was a graduate of College Hill Academy and of Ole Miss. She will be terribly missed.

            Visitation was held Tuesday,  May 19, and again from 9-11 Wednesday, May 20. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Paris Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Wicker and Rev. Rick Glidewell officiating. Burial will follow in the Paris Cemetery with Kenny Harmon, Joe McBride, Keith Inman, Austin Scott, Reggie Mize, and John Swartzendruber as pallbearers. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include her husband, Bill Dennis; daughter, Viann Dennis; son, Wayne Dennis; sister, Grace Mize, all of Paris; and a  brother, Calvin Mize of Water Valley.

            She was preceded in death by her mother, Envie Elvie Mize, and her father, Wayne Hoyt Mize.


Junior Charles “Buzz” Dunn

WATER VALLEY—Junior Charles “Buzz” Dunn, age 70, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home in Water Valley.

  Born September 21, 1944, in Albany Calif., Mr. Dunn was a son of the late Junior Winston and Virginia Glass Dunn. Buzz served in the United States Army and was a former member of Modesto Ambassadors Club and Clampers Charity Organization for children and indigents. He retired from Heiz/Con-Aga after 25 years of service as a boiler operator then went to work at Caterpillar where he retired as a machinist. Buzz was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed taking his wife, Norma dancing and fishing, and he liked tinkering with engines.

            Visitation was held Saturday, May 16, from 3-5 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A memorial service followed visitation in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. David Freeman officiating.

            Survivors include his wife, Norma Harris Dunn of Water Valley; daughters, Cathy Dunn Rose (Tim) of Swansea, S.C., Debbie Dunn of Modesto, Calif. and Charlotte Dunn Abby of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son-in-law, Steve Abby of Mt. View, Ark.; his son, Christopher Dunn (Donna) of Lexington, S.C.; sisters, Marie Day (David) and Dorothy Gonzales (Richard), all of Modesto, Calif; a brother, Jimmie Dunn (Kathy) of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frieda Ortiz.


Barbara Fowler

KOSCIUSKO—Barbara Fowler, 65, of Kosciusko, passed away May 15, 2015, in Jackson.

            The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, in Culpepper Funeral Home Chapel in Kosciusko, with Rev. Barry Corbett officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with Stuart Mackenzie, Merrell Pennington, Jimmy Mullen, Mike Roberts, Clay Kisner, and Toby Turner as pallbearers. Visitation began at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

            The daughter of the late Hervis and Evelyn Black Hamblett, Barbara was born and reared in Water Valley and graduated from Water Valley High School in 1967. She attended Northwest Community College at Senatobia, earning her degree in secretarial science. She worked at Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind in Oxford for 13 years. She was employed by her husband, Daniel, as a physical therapy secretary and technician at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko for 14 years.

            Barbara met the love of her life, Daniel Fowler, and married him in 1983. They loved each other very much and had 32 wonderful years together. Barbara and Daniel enjoyed life together, whether working together or playing—attending Mississippi State’s sporting events, hunting, gardening, decorating their home, entertaining friends, or playing with the grandchildren. For the past 10 years, Barbara has been a homemaker at two different homes and primary caregiver for her mother, who had suffered a stroke. and her brother, who also has chronic health issues.

            Barbara was known for her unselfish nature, kindness and love for others. She took great pride and joy in her blended family, initially, Brad, Jacob, Jessica and John Samuel. Then things became really exciting with the addition of Avery (9), Owen (8), and Ellie (7), her grandchildren.

            Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kosciusko, Television Broadcast Ministry or the Baptist Children’s Village.


Todd Shelton Maclin

WATER VALLEY—Todd Shelton Maclin, 58, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at his home near Water Valley.

  Born in Memphis, Mr. Maclin lived in the Water Valley area for over 30 years. He had worked as a glazer for several years. Wood carving, particularly wooden canes, was something he enjoyed. Playing the guitar and singing, songwriting, watching westerns and wrestling were also things he liked to do. Also, a loyal Mississippi State Bulldog fan, he received the most pleasure from being “Poppie” to his grandchildren.

            Visitation was held Thursday, May 14, from 1-3 p.m. in the Tabernacle Church, Highway 32 East, Water Valley, with the funeral service following at three o’clock in the church. Interment was in Tabernacle Cemetery, adjacent to the church. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include his wife, Tammy Maclin of Water Valley; a daughter, Lindsay Gloria Johnson (Chris) of Southaven; four sons, Todd Shelton Maclin II (Danielle) of Water Valley, Dallas LeVon Maclin of Oxford, Jason Jenkins of Oxford, and Michael Camallo of Texas; one brother, David Bell of Batesville; a sister, Lisa Wiggs of Dorsey; and five grandchildren.

            His parents, Leotis and Roxie Maclin; a daughter, Morgan Taylor Maclin; four sisters, Shirley Roberts, Sandra Ray, Frances Dickey, and Diane Woods; three brothers, Gene Tutor, Danny Maclin, and Jimmy Bell, all preceded Mr. Maclin in death.

            Donations may be made to the Todd Maclin Funeral fund, c/o Coleman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 160, Oxford, MS 38655.


Edwin Shaw

COFFEEVILLE—Edwin Shaw, 88, of Coffeeville, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, at his daughter’s residence in Jackson.

            Born September 30, 1926, in Lambert, he was a son of the late Clyde Edwin and Estelle Walton Shaw. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Coffeeville Church of Christ. He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.

            The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the Coffeeville Church of Christ, with Bro. Don Roberson and Rev. James Edwards officiating. Interment followed in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Yalobusha County. The family received friends from one o’clock Wednesday until service time at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service  in Grenada

            Survivors include two daughters, Letitia Shaw Thompson (Craig) and Leslie  Henry Martin, both of Jackson;  two sons, Steven Edwin Shaw of Coffeeville and Wayne Stark of Grenada; two brothers, Eugene Shaw and Malcolm Shaw, both of Coffeeville; one sister, Mildred Respess of Lambert; seven grandchildren, Meg Martin, Angel Thompson, Jonathan Stark, Brittany Stark, Austin Simpson, Cameron Simpson, and Jordan Simpson; one great-grandchild; two step children, Patrick Simpson of Ashland and Joan Kuykendall of Thaxton.

            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Armstrong Shaw and Gloria Diane Shaw; a son, Anthony Armstrong Shaw; granddaughter, Mary Pauline Shaw; three brothers, Jerry, Gillespie, and Wesley Shaw; and one sister, Judy Shaw Green.

            Memorials may be directed to the Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 457, Bruce, MS 38915.

Mae Hester Williams

COFFEEVILLE—The funeral service for Mae Hester Williams will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church at Coffeeville. Visitation will be held Friday, May 22, at Townes Funeral Home in Grenada, from 5-7 p.m. and at Bethlehem Church on Saturday, May 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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