Skip to content

Obituaries 12/08/16

Joan Porter McMinn

TUPELO –  Joan Porter McMinn, age 77, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Born March 9, 1939, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late James Roy and Annie Denton Porter. Joan lived most of her life in Water Valley, with the exception of a couple of years in Marianna, Ark., while she was in high school. She most recently resided in Saltillo with her son. Joan held a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and was an educator for the Water Valley School System for nearly 30 years. She taught English literature, and the high school gifted program. While teaching she was named Star Teacher twice, and coached wining Problem Solving Teams at the state and national levels. She served the school district as the guidance counselor and curriculum coordinator until her retirement in 2005.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 3 in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A private service will be held at a later time.

Survivors include her son, Kevin McMinn of Saltillo; three sisters, Doris Massie of Water Valley, Jan Mize of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rosalind Prestage (Roy) of Madison, Wis.; one niece; four nephews; and a special great-nephew. 

The family request that memorials be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, P. O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.


Helen Elizabeth Caulfield Carter Simpson

MILLINGTON, TENN.—Helen Elizabeth “Sister” Caulfield Carter Simpson, 96, passed away November 29, 2016, in Millington, Tenn.

Originally from Water Valley, she was preceded in death by husbands, Ira Scott Carter and Eugene Simpson, Sr., a daughter, Helen Carter Melton, and one brother, Barron Caulfield, Sr.

She is survived by her son, Doug Carter (Susan), stepsons, Eugene Simpson, Jr. (Kathy) and David Simpson; grandchildren, Lydia Melton, Ryan Carter (Kelly), Alicia Reed (Shannon); four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the 1938 Watermelon Carnival Queen. Mrs. Simpson attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Memphis.

There will be a graveside service at noon Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Rev. Richard Wiman of Belzoni officiating.


Margaret Lynn Clements White 

SOUTHAVEN—Margaret Lynn Clements White, age 74, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at her home in Southaven.

Born December 15, 1941, in Shelby, Mrs. White was a daughter of the late Ullman Moore and Sara Jane McNamee Wilson. Margaret worked as a bank teller and was a member of the Volunteers in Police in Southaven. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Southaven, where she served in the Blanket Ministry. Margaret was a loving mother and grandmother.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 7, from 12 until 2  p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., following visitation, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Chris Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Michael House, Lee Sowell, Jesse Hunt, Brandon Blanton, Jake Faust, Harley Clements, Hayden Clements, and Nick Parks as pallbearers. Rick Clements, Al Walker, Scooter House and Bart Vinson will be honorary pallbearers.

Survivors include her daughters,  Pam Walker (Al) of Slayden, Ruthie House (Scooter) of Nesbit, and Cissy Vinson (Bart)  of Nesbit; one son, Rick Clements (Tammy) of Nesbit; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Annie Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Volunteers in Police at any Bank Plus in Desoto County.

Leave a Comment