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OBITUARies 12/22/16

J.W. Ard

OXFORD—J. W. Ard died Saturday, December 17, 2016, in the Mississippi Veterans Home at Oxford.

Born April 22, 1936, in Marks, he was a son of the late John William and Ollie Faye Cox Ard. 

J. W. retired from the United States Army and the Army National Guard after 32 years of service; and from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after 24 years of service. He was also a self-employed electrician. J. W. was a charter member of North Baptist Church, now known as Cornerstone Church of Batesville, the Lions Club, and the Disabled Veterans. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, in Cornerstone Baptist Church of Batesville. The funeral service will follow visitation in the church at 1 p.m. with Rev. Charles Keel officiating. Burial will be in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Vera Coker Ard of Courtland; two daughters, Linda Carol McMinn (Mark) of Pope, and Nancy Jean Keel (Paul) of Courtland; two sons, John Ervin (Janie) of Courtland and James William Ard of Pope; one brother, Benny Ard of Pontotoc; five sisters, Linda Williams of Enid, Ollie Garner of Jackson, Virginia Ridgeway of Batesville, and Brenda Coomer of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Charlie Ard; two brothers; and five sisters.


Robert Lee Barnes, Jr.

OXFORD—Robert Lee Barnes, Jr., age 57, died Monday, December 12, 2016, in Oxford.

He was born March 26, 1959, in Norfolk, Va., to Carolyn Lee Young Miles and the late Robert Lee Barnes, Sr. He was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church. He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed fishing and riding four-wheelers.

Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Young Miles of Water Valley; two daughters, Melissa Radcliff of Grenada and Rhonda Nunn of Shirley, Ark.; a son, Michael Moudy of Anniston, Ala.; two half-brothers, Jerry Lee Miles of Tiplersville and Perry Jo Miles of Southaven.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Hobby and Jane Elizabeth Miles.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 19, in Camp Ground Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry king officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangement.


Kimberly Brown Williams

POPE—Kimberly Brown Williams, age 51, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016, at  her home in Pope.

Funeral services are incomplete at presstime.


John L. Bynum

WATER VALLEY—John L. Bynum, age 84, died at his home in Water Valley, Monday, December 19, 2016.

  Born in Elkhart, Texas on June 23, 1932, he was a son of the late J. F. and Annie Hamilton Bynum. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force in Alaska. After retirement as owner of Arctic Insulation Co. in Dallas, Texas, he became a cattle rancher in Rattan, Okla. He and his wife relocated to Water Valley two years ago. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Water Valley. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Lions Club in Dallas. Mr. Bynum was also an avid golfer and sportsman. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Bradley, Ark. A memorial service will be held in Water Valley at a later date.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary “Jean” Stewart Bynum of Water Valley; two daughters, Kay Croom (Ed) of Oxford, and Jackie Bynum Daniels (Alan) of Tunnel Hill, Ga.;  one son, Bill Bynum (Dale) of Brevard, N.C.; three sisters, Faye Holting of Bentonville, Ark., Christine Counts of Gun Barrel City, Texas, and Geraldine Smith of Athens, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; and two sisters.


Lola Kathleen Hale

WATER VALLEY—Lola Kathleen “Kitty” Hale, age 85, passed away December 16, 2016, in Yalobusha Nursing Home at Water Valley.

Born January 15, 1931, in Ruleville, Kitty was a daughter of the late Benjamin Lonzo and Wilma Lee Green. She was married to Lawrence Hale and was a longtime member of Water Valley First Baptist Church. Kitty was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Easter Star, Chapter No. 5; was crowned Mrs. Water Valley in 1962; and was well known for her bridge playing skills and for baking cakes for family and friends. She worked s a clerk in the courthouse and was a deputy sheriff for the late L. A. Jones.

The family received friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with the service beginning at 2:30 in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Dr. Randy Bain and Bro.Keith Stevens conducted the service. Pallbearers were Hubert Colvin, Nathan Hale, Shane Hale, Joshua Hale, Aaron Hale, and Stephen Hale. Honorary pallbearers were Bro. Fred Eakes, Larry Hart, Cam Tyler, Jimmy Murphy, Binnie Turnage and Dr. Paul Odom. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.  Kitty  is survived by her daughter, Shelia Hale of Water Valley; three sons, Larry Hale (Mary) of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Mike Hale (Jeanne) of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Steve Hale of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one step granddaughter; and a dear friend, Dianne Hale.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Hale; two sisters, Geraldine Woodard and Frances Smiley; three brothers, Eugene Green, Bennie Green, and David Green; one grandson, Zachary Hale; and one step-granddaughter, Michelle Holt.

Memorials may be  made to First Baptist Church’s Youth Ministry, P. O. Box 1472, Water Valley, MS 38965.


Dewey Edward House, Jr.

MEMPHIS—Dewey Edward House, Jr., age 68, died Monday, December 12, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital East at Memphis.

Born November 9, 1948, in Memphis, he was a son of the late Dewey Edward, Sr. and Julia Wilson House. Dewey was self-employed as a diesel mechanic in Oakland and also worked as a volunteer camp ground host for the Corps of Engineers. He was of the Methodist faith and a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family and enjoyed telling stories, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Alabama football fan.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 15, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at one o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Burial was in Goshen Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

Survivors are his daughter, Audra McLearen (Micha) of Hernando; a son, Dewey E. House, III (Mallory) of Hernando; two sisters, Ruby Potts of Sardis and Judy Moss of Memphis; two brothers, Billy Mack Shots and Bobby Shots, both of McAllen, Texas; four grandchildren, Addisan, Peyton, Adam and Whitney.

The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


Larry Wayne Kimzey

WATER VALLEY—Larry Wayne Kimzey, Sr., age 71, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at his home in Water Valley.

Born May 15, 1945, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Carlton Brewer and Francis Mills Kimzey. Larry was an active member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church of Water Valley. He was a farmer and loved growing cotton. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family. Larry enjoyed hunting.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 15, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 16, in O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Dickerson and Bro. James Edwards officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with John Ingram, Harry Neal, Charles Heath, Tim Mills, Frank B. Brooks, Horace Hardy and Ricky Wood as pallbearers. 

Larry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ayers Kimzey of Water Valley; three sons, Larry Wayne Kimzey, Jr., Kevin Kimzey (Missy), and Chad Kimzey (Melissa), all of Water Valley; one sister, Eva Williams (Bobby) of Water Valley; six grandchildren, Lauren, Kane, Kelsey, Sidney, Tyler and Mary Claire.

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


Nils Lee Lundgren

SARDIS:—Nils Lee Lundgren, 69, passed away December 18, 2016, at his home in Sardis.

Born in Sardis December 17, 1947, he was a son of the late Jeanette Gurner Lundgren and the late Nils Agart Lundgren. Mr. Lundgren was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church. He attended North Panola High School, where he was select “Mr. North Panola” and “Most Athletic.” A graduate of Delta State University, he was an educator in Missouri for 18 years and later in Mississippi, where he served as school counselor for South Panola Junior High School until his retirement. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was devoted to his family and his church. He was a master woodworker and loved to antique and “find treasures,” but  his passion was camping in his RV and wintering in Florida. He enjoyed his coffee club and the yearly reunion with his high school friends.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Paula Dickson Lundrgren of Sardis; two sons, Ryan Wes Lundgren (Lauren) of Water Valley, and Brad Alan Lundgren (Barbara) of Weatherford, Texas; one sister, Betty Luther of Saltillo; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, in Sardis Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will receive family and friends from 1-2 p.m.  in the church.

  Memorials may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church, 237 South Main St., Sardis, MS 38666.

Sardis Chapel has charge of arrangements.


Betty Jane Tutor Moore

COLUMBUS—Betty Jane Tutor Moore began her life journey on November 8, 1936 in Water Valley. She ended her life journey in Columbus at Baptist Memorial  Hospital—GT. She was the ninth child born to Ira Marvin Tutor and Era Maude Tutor. Mrs. Moore grew up in and around Water Valley and she attended the Water Valley School.

Visitation will be December 23, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Moore married her high school sweetheart, Benny Ray Moore, September 1, 1952. They moved to Houston, Texas where she met President Eisenhower in the courthouse. They moved to Memphis, where she worked at Goldsmith’s Department store until 1954 when her husband entered the Air Force. For the next 20 years, she worked a number of jobs at each Air Force location that her husband was assigned. During this time she also was a housewife and a loving, caring mother to their two children.

Upon retirement from the Air Force and moving to Columbus, Mrs. Moore worked at Mitchell Engineering for two years. She then worked as a loan officer at the Columbus Air Force Base Federal Credit Union for 15 years, where she was recognized as an outstanding loan officer and was awarded several certificates of achievement. She and her husband enjoyed traveling after retirement and they also enjoyed spending time together working in their yard. She also enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren, who were the blessings of her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Tutor, Herman Tutor, and John Harvey Tutor; and two sisters, Dorothy Dibble and Hazel Taylor.

Survivors include her devoted  husband, Benny Ray Moore of Columbus; a daughter, Pamela Wickham (Walter) of Columbus;  a son, Kevin Moore (Lauri) of League City, Texas; grandchildren, Jeremy Wickham (Di), Benjamin Moore, and Adam Moore, all  of League City, Texas;  sisters, Margie Weaver of Livingston, Texas and Georgia Roberts of Searcy, Ark.; brothers, J. W. Tutor of Water Valley and Leslie Tutor of Southaven.

 Pallbearers will be Virgil Beaty, Jeremy Wickham, Benjamin Moore, Adam Moore, Dale Guadagno and Jim Napier.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236, or the American Lung Association, 353 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, MS 39206.


Frances Jo McCain Pearce

HERNANDO—Frances Jo McCain Pearce, age 69, died December 19, 2016, in Baptist East Hospital, Memphis.

She was a retired office manager for Dr. George May in Hernando. 

  A celebration of life memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 21, in DeSoto Hills Baptist Church, 4680 Getwell Rd., Southaven. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the service time 6 p.m.  

Survivors include her husband, William L. “Bill” Pearce of Hernando; her step-mother, Opal McCain of Water Valley; a daughter, Paige Price (Jimmy Don) of Hernando; a son, Billy L. Pearce (Cheryl) of Southaven; five grandchildren, Matt, Cody, Pearce, Jessica, and Megan; and thee great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flower memorial are requested for DeSoto Hills Beyond Measure Fund at DeSoto Hills Baptist Church, Southaven.

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