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Obituaries 11/17/16

Debra Hoskins Bounds

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Debra Hoskins Bounds, 60, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Visitation was held Saturday, Nvoember 12, from 5-7 pm. in Serenity Daniels Funeral Home, Water Valley. The funeral service was held Sunday, November 13, at  2 p.m. in Springhill North M.B. Church, 600 Railroad St., Water Valley. Burial followed in Yocona Cemetery.

O.J. Buford

CENTRALIA, ILL.—O. J. Buford of Centralia passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016, at SSM Health, St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Born February 18, 1928, in Water Valley, he was the son of Tommie Buford and Mattie (Sheffield) Buford. He married Christine White on June 20, 1946, in Water Valley, and she survives him in Centralia.

In addition to his wife of 70 years, he is also survived by a son, Christopher Buford of Lawrenceville, Ga.; four granddaughters, Ceterra, Chrisha, Christina, and Taliyah Buford; one great-grandchild; four sisters, O’Neal Steen (L.Z.), Kathleen Pigue, Dorothy Bounds, and Katie M. Buford, all of Omaha, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, “Bobby” Pigue, a sister, Ella Mae Brinkley, and a stepfather, Ike Pigue.

  O. J. worked for 48 years in the same location, serving many area family’s vehicles with pride for Jim Rap Buick, Sphere Buick Pontiac GMC, and Dobbs Mahan Buick Pontiac GMC. He enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his granddaughters, family and friend.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, November 12, a 1 p.m. in Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Isaac Parker and Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Hllcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.

J.C. Cooper

WATER VALLEY—J. C. Cooper, 61, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Visitation was held Saturday, November 12, from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Water Valley Civic Center. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. following visitation. Burial followed in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Water Valley. Serenity Daniels Funeral  Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Rubin Johnson

MEMPHIS—Rubin Johnson, age 87, of Water Valley died Monday, November 14, 2016, in Baptist Memorial  Hospital East at Memphis.

Born August 28, 1929, in Hermitage, Ark., Mr. Johnson was a son of the late Robert Sisro and Edrie Catherine Smith Johnson. Rubin served in the United Sates Navy during the Korean War. He was a Mason and was a member of First  Baptist Church of  Water Valley. He also served as a Baptist minister in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 16, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Randy Bain officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Blackton Cemetery in Blackton, Ark.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Franklin Johnson of Oakland; two step-daughters, Rosaland Cooper (Terry) of McKinney, Texas and Vi Greene (Jack) of Ham Lake, Minn.; one step-son, Gene Novak of Flora City, Fla.; a sister, Docie Johnson of Jonesboro, Ark.; two brothers, William “Bill” Johnson (Rita) and Byron Johnson (Frances), all of Texarkana, Ark.; 12 step grandchildren; 27 step great-grandchildren; and six  step great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents,  he was preceded in death by his daughter, Bobby Shoemaker; one step—son, Larry Novak; five sisters, Mary Jane Johnson, Ima Imhoff, Margie Hobbs, Martha Dawson, and Savannah Allen; five brothers, Bernice Johnson, Norman Johnson, Homer Johnson, Billy Johnson, and Robert S. Johnson, Jr.

The family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Water Valley, P. O. Box 1472, Water Valley, MS 38965.

Lynette Rosenauer Person

WATER VALLEY—Lynette Rosenauer Person, beloved wife, mother, and sister passed away peacefully on November 9, 2016, surrounded by her family.

Born in Houston, Texas, October 2, 1946, Lynette was the daughter of Voncille and Parker Paul Rosenauer. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in Psychology. She met George (Doug) Person and became engaged while they were both living in Washington. She and Doug were married  in 1977 in Water Valley First United Methodist Church, and they lived the rest of their lives in Water Valley.

Lynette was a kind, gentle and selfless woman, focused on the upbringing and education of her daughter, as well as the rescue and care of an implausible number of stray animals. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Lynette was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Person; a sister, Terri Russell; and Girl Person, the terrier schnauzer she found on Panola Street in 1999.

A graveside memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 11, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Rev. Alan McGraw officiating.

Annie W. “Geanie” Tyler

WATER VALLEY—Annie W. “Geanie” Tyler, age 88, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, November 8.

She was born September 15, 1928, in the little white house south of the ball park, known later as the Miss Dixie Hendirx house.

Geanie was a member of First United Methodist Church of Water Valley and the Rook Club. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who always wanted her family around her at home or on trips. Geanie worked as a telephone switchboard operator for South Central Bell and tinted sepia tone portraits for Thompson’s Studio, Olan Mills and Lowe’s Studios. She managed the elementary school cafeteria; and she managed the concession stand at the little league ballpark, where she was “Mamaw” to all the kids, and where you could get the best hamburger in the world.

A memorial service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, November 12, in First United Methodist Church with Rev. Alan McGraw officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Brooks Tyler and Mary Brooks Tyler; her son, John Caldwell; grandchildren, Twinkle Van Winkle, Braden Van Winkle Sheldon and John Michael Caldwell; sons-in-law, Brett Bonner, George Sheldon, and Tyler Koontz; daughter-in-law, Pam Caldwell; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James Brooks “Crip” Tyler.

The family request that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 288, Water Valley, MS 38965-0288.

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