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Obituaries 12/15/16

Russell Dale Ashmore

SOUTHAVEN—Russell Dale Ashmore, Sr., age 78, died Thursday, December 8, 2016, in Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven.

Born December 7, 1938, in Water Valley, Dale was the son of Estle Russell and Margaret Dunn Ashmore. He was a member of Water Valley First Baptist Church. Dale owned and operated R&D Services, an air conditioning and  heating repair business, founded in 1994, and located in Southaven. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Dale loved spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends. He enjoyed drag racing and was an avid Ole Miss fan.

  Visitation was held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, December 11, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Binnie Turnage officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley with Daniel Ashmore, Raymond Ashmore, Jr., Rusty Ashmore, Zach Bice, Garrieth Calcote, Austin-Hunter Duykers, Jim Hutchison, Mike Moore and Layton Turpin as pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Adelaide “Lee” Stovall Ashmore; a daughter, Mary Alice Turpin (Layton); two sons, Russell Dale Ashmore, Jr. (Susie) and Raymond Ashmore, Sr. (Janet), all  of Southaven; his sister, Lura Dell Moore of Bartlett, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Roger Seward Fitzgibbons

WATER VALLEY – Roger Seward Fitzgibbons died on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.  

   Visitation is scheduled Wednesday, December 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford. A service will directly follow at 5 p.m., also at Coleman Funeral Home, with Bro. Randy Bain officiating. 

Mr. Roger was retired from Motorola in Schaumburg, Ill., after 24 years. He was a former pass officer in the Jaycees in Lake Worth, FL; a University of Mississippi alumnus; and an SPE pledge trainer at Ole Miss. He was happily married to his wife, Joyce Fitzgibbons, for 55 years. Among his achievements, Mr. Roger was also in the U.S. Navy, where one of his assignments was aboard the USS Randolph in the Mediterranean Sea.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Fitzgibbons of Water Valley; one son, Sean (Lisa) Fitzgibbons of Bentonville, Ark.; one daughter, Stacey Sexton of Clemmons, N.C.; one sister, Marci (Larry) Skates of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Dianne Barlow of Oxford; four nieces, Lynn (Paul) Webb of Oxford, Linda Lee (Randy) Wait of Oxford, Jackie (Chad) Conrad of Oxford, and  Kathleen Skates of Orlando, Fla.; two nephews, Scott Skates of Orlando, and Jeffery (Terry) Skates of Lady Lake, Fla.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Fitzgibbons of Lake Worth, Fla.

Donations and memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174-2048, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


James Adren Taylor

TUPELO—James Adren Taylor, age 84, of Water Valley, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016, in Sanctuary Hospice House at Tupelo.

   Born August 1, 1932, in Water Valley, Mr. Taylor was a son of the late Ed and Alyean Black Taylor. James served in the United States Army during the Korean War from September 1949 to October, 1952. He worked at Freeman Truck Lines, then later owned and operated Taylor’s Grocery for many years on Martin Street in Water Valley. James was a deacon and an active member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, Water Valley. He enjoyed fishing and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 8, from 1 until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., following visitation, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial was in the Pine Crest Cemetery, south of Water Valley, with Christopher Taylor, Eddie Bailey, Ethan Taylor, Greg Taylor, James Taylor, and Michael Taylor as pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife, Roma Dell Trusty Taylor, Bruce Living Center, Bruce; three daughters, Rebecca Wall of Maynardville, Tenn., Lisa Jo Bailey (Eddie)  of Maynardville, Tenn, and Trena Williams of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; one son, Michael Taylor (Cheryl)  of Duck Hill; his step-son, Glen Tate of Southaven; a sister, Ruby Nell Cardin of Duck Hill; seven grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one step great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Taylor; a step-son, Mike Tate; and a brother, Bill Taylor.

Memorials may be made to O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, 3190 Hwy. 315, Water Valley, MS 38965.

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