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Obituaries 12/01/16

Richard Tyler Ayers

GORE SPRINGS—Richard Tyler Ayers, 78, of Gore Springs, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016.

Born October 12, 1938, in Coffeeville, he was a son of the late James Oscar and Robbie Dees Ayers. He was a retired salesman for Kirk Ford and enjoyed being a camp host at Hugh White State Park after his retirement. He was a Baptist, a National Guard veteran, and an avid hunter and fisherman.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Rev. Bernette Fielder and Rev. Bennie Vance officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday evening and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Scarbrough Ayers; one son, Greg Ayers (Jennifer) of Milam, Tenn.; two grandchildren; Nicole and Tyler Ayers, both of Milam,Tenn.; one sister, Mary Kimzey (Larry) of Water Valley; two brothers, Mike Ayers and Dwight Ayers (Deboarah Jo), all of Coffeeville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Byars; and five brothers, James Oscar Ayers, Jr., John Robert Ayers, George Ayers, Gary Ayers, and Ralph Ayers.

Pallbearers were Chester Ayers, John Ayers, Justin Ayers, Steven Ayers, George Collins, and Eric Hanks.


Jack Cook

DAVENPORT, IOWA.—Jack Cook, 70, died November 14, 2016, in ManorCare Davenport surrounded by his loving family.

Born October 9, 1946 in Water Valley, Jack was a son of the late Locy and Annie (Nicholson) Cook, He confessed hope in Christ at an early age and united with Everdale Missionary Baptist Church in Water Valley. He graduated from Davidson High School in 1966, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He served in the United States Army from 1967-1969, stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and completed a tour of duty in Germany.

Jack retired from Caterpillar in 1999 after 30 years of service as a machine operator. He was a long-standing member of the Knight of Pythias, most recently serving as the Grand Master at Ams of the Grand Lodge, bar manager and Chancellor Commander of the G.G. Stokes Lodge #8 in Davenport. Jack was an avid Oakland Raiders, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Dodgers fan and enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include one son, Anthony J. Cook of Rochester, Minn.; two daughters, LaDeirta L Higgins (Christopher) of Memphis and Jacqueline E. Williams of Inver Grove Heights Minn; four grandchildren, Christalyn, Cemiya, Giovanni, and Royal; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins , and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by one sister, Ella Mae Adams; a brother, Sylvester Cook; and longtime companion, Tonnette Harris.

The funeral service was held Monday, November 21, at 11 a.m. in Gaines Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in East Moline, Ill., with Rev. Cyrus J. Burns officiating. Interment was in Rock Island National Cemetery with George Adams, Sr., James Nunn, Melvin Woods, Willie Brown, James Stokes, and Tyrone Orr as pallbearers. Sullivan, Ellis Mortuary,  Ltd., East Moline, Ill. had charge  of arrangements.


James Timothy Fly

WATER VALLEY—James Timothy “Tim” Fly, age 57, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Born in Water Valley on March 28, 1959, Tim was a son of the late James Elbert and Sarah Porter Fly. He enjoyed his work as a building contractor and was often found working in his shop on a variety of projects. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time with his friends. Tim was a member of North Main Methodist Church.

The funeral service was held Sunday, November 27, at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Binnie Turnage officiating. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial was in Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County with Randall Naramore, David Wydale, Chuck Mayer, Larry Mayer, Lynn Havens, and Cliff Gardiner as pallbearers. Claude Hughes was an honorary  pallbearer.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cheryl Jaudon Fly of Water Valley; one sister, Debbie Fly Hayward (David) of Grenada; three nieces and three nephews; and a host of relatives and friends,

In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by  his brother, Faron Fly.


Jay Lewis Griffin

WATER VALLEY—Jay Lewis Griffin, age 74, of Water Valley, died Monday, November 21, 2016, in The Med at Memphis, from injuries sustained in a fall.

He  is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Sanders Griffin of Water Valley; two sons, Mike Griffin (Angel) and Jeff Griffin (Jessi) of Pontotoc; a daughter Christy Gentry (Eddie) of Pontotoc; five grandsons, Jordan and Bailey Allred of Bogue Chitto, Tanner, Pierce and Cole Griffin, all of Pontotoc; five step-grandsons, Erik, Austin and Alek Gentry, and Jack and Jake Hall; two step granddaughters, Tristen and Riley; and one step-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. T. and Marie Cook Griffin; and a brother, Jimmy Griffin.

A memorial service was held from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, in his home, at 75 County Road 99, Water Valley. Seven Oaks Funeral  Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

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