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Obituaries 01/12/17

Margaret Burns

MEMPHIS—Margaret Burns, 79, of Memphis, formerly of Coffeeville, passed away December 27, 2016, at her residence.

Born October 4, 1937, in Coffeeville, she was a daughter of the late Wilson and Katie Dorris Burns. She was a retired accountant, having worked at the U. S. Naval Station in Millington, Tenn. for over 30 years. She was a loving, kind person and will be missed by all who knew her.

A service to celebrate her life was held in the Shiloh Church west of Coffeeville at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Easton (Ron) of Grenada and Grace B. Duffield (Gary) of Tulsa, Oka.; three brothers, Ralph Burns of Jackson, Danny Burns of Antlers, Oka., and Richard Burns of Oxford; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Burns of Grenada.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Burns.

Memorials may be directed to the Shiloh Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

John L. Bynum

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

A graveside service was held on December 21 in the Walnut Hill Cemetery at Bradley, Ark. A memorial service is scheduled on Sunday, January 15, at First United Methodist Church in Water Valley at 12:30 p.m.

Tina Renee Carpenter

GRENADA—Tina Renee Carpenter, 29, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at her home in Grenada.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 30, in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Visitation was held prior to the service from 1-3 p.m.

Born in Oxford, she was a daughter of Anna Michelle Cheney and the late Dennis C. Carpenter. Tina was a homemaker who found great joy in being a mother and doing arts and crafts with her children. She also liked to cook. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Taylor; and a son, Tobias Dixon; and her father.

Survivors include her mother, Anna Cheney Taylor of Water Valley; her step-mother, Floy Carpenter of Arkabutla; daughter, Mikayla Denise Taylor of Grenada; two sons, Tristan Andrew Dixon of Senatobia, and Aiden Ryan Taylor of Grenada; a sister, Lilly Carpenter of Arkabutla; brothers, James Michael Phillips of Water Valley and Logan Carpenter; grandparents, Janice Sellers of Water Valley, Bobby Cheney of Oxford and Bobbie Bowie of Water Valley; and a great-grandmother, Dorothy Gardner of Oxford.

David Carroll Crenshaw

PETAL—David Carroll Crenshaw II of Petal died January 1, 2017, in Forrest General Hospital at Hattiesburg.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 4, in Moore Funeral Home at Hattiesburg.

David is survived by  his wife, Beth Crenshaw of Petal; one daughter, Bella Walker of Petal; his father David Carroll Crenshaw of Petal; his mother, Kimberly Cole Orr of Moselle; a sister, Sara Patterson of Ocean Springs; and his grandparents, Carroll and Ann Melton Crenshaw of Water Valley, and Bob and Sue Cole of Oak Grove.

James Mardie Davis 

OAKLAND—James Mardie Davis, 87, of Oakland went to his heavenly home Friday, January 6, 2017, at Maplewood Rehabilitation in Jackson, Tenn.

Born Tuesday, April 20, 1929, in Bruce, he was the son of the late Mardie Davis and the late Joyce Gordon. He was the husband of Thelma York Davis. He was retired from Memphis Transit Authority and was a member of Oakland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Nylene Riley (Bob) of  Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Robbie Mullins of Bruce; grandchildren, Audra Hines, April Riley, Stacy Ferris, Jamie Simper and Will Riley.

He was predeceased by a son, Randy Davis, a daughter, Judy VanCanneyt, and a sister, Frances Miller.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday, January 9, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. The funeral was held immediately following visitation at 2 p.m in the chapel of the funeral  home, with Bro. Jimmy Hood officiating. Interment was in Bruce Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Barrett, Dwayne Dean, Walter Fuquay, Al Mullins, Sam Mullins, Lee Moore, Bob Riley and Richard Ross.


Donald A. L. Leatherwood, Jr.

TILLATOBA—Donald A. L. Leatherwood, Jr., age 52, of Tillatoba died December 20, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Cremation was at Affordable Cremation Society and Mortuary Service, Memphis, with ashes to be spread at a date to be detrained. There will be no visitation.

He graduated from Virginia Beach High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Marie A. Leatherwood; children, Donald Leatherwood, III, Michelle Wood, Stephen Leatherwood, and Ashley Grant; a brother, David A. L. Leatherwood of Virginia Beach; one sister, Tracey A. Gosnell of Tillatoba; and three grandchildren. 

Larry Wayne Malone

COLDWATER—Larry Wayne Malone, age 72, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017, at his home in Coldwater.

Born July 29, 1944, in Houlka, Mr. Malone was a son of the late Renzie Poyner and Sarah “S.T.” Crocker Malone. Larry was a member of First Baptist Church of Coldwater and a veteran of the Mississippi National Guard.  He was an agriculture teacher in the Tate County School System, where he retired after 38 years of service. Larry received “Teacher of the Year” and devoted countless hours to his students., helping them develop leadership skills and proudly watching several of the FFA youth go on to become state officers in FFA. He was an active member of the Mississippi Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Mississippi FFA Alumni, Independence FFA Alumni, Mississippi State University Alumni, State of Mississippi Horse Show Association, and Tri-Lakes Western Horse Show Association. Larry enjoyed cooking on the grill and feeding his family and friends, watching football and riding hoses. Some of his greatest achievement were watching his children and grandchildren ride and show horses.

Visitation was held Sunday, January 8, 2017, in Coldwater First Baptist Church. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 9, also in the church, with Bro. Robert Maddux and Bro. Tim Smith officiating. Burial followed the funeral service at 3 p.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery at Bruce in Calhoun County. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Linda Dee Edwards Malone of Coldwater; two daughters, Lorrie Lofton (Chad) of Brookhaven and Lisa Malone of Coldwater; six grandchildren, Shelby Nabors, Ashley Nabors Roberts (Mark), Brittany Wade, Jacob Lofton, Deanna Lofton, and Maggie Lofton; two sisters-in-law, Ann Malone of Bruce and Donna Crump (Jeff) of Tupelo; and a  host of nieces and nephews; a great niece; and one great-great nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Travis Malone.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

Frances Terrell Stewart

WATER VALLEY—Frances Terrell Stewart, age 93, passed away January 6, 2017, in Water Valley.

Born January 23, 1923, in Yalobusha County,  Mrs. Stewart was a daughter of the late Clifton Earl and Annie Vick Terrell. She was married to L. C. Stewart and they made their home in Water Valley, where she worked in her husband’s insurance business. She served as president of the PTA, and president of the Home Demonstration Club. Frances wrote and published poetry and enjoyed being active in the Yalobusha Historical Society. She and her husband were very  involved in youth and comity organizations, and faithful members of the Water Valley Church of Christ. Frances was a very gifted lady, but she was most proud of her husband’s and son’s many distinguished accomplishments.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, January 10, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral  Home with Bro. David Floyd and Bro. Al Price officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to service time. Interment was in Hopewell Cemetery in Yalobusha County with Gary Stewart, Steven Stewart, Joe Fonte, Keith Marchbanks, Bobby Schmitz, and Larry Schmitz as pallbearers. Rayford Wilbourn was an honorary pallbearer.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Dale Stewart (Mary) of Oxford; three sisters, Ann Terrell Marchbanks and Dot Terrell Benson, both of Olive Branch, and Jeanette Terrell Marchbanks of Water Valley; a sister-in-law, Catherine Terrell of Water Valley; a granddaughter, Anna Minniece; two grandsons, Gary Stewart and Steven Stewart (Casey); a great-granddaughter, Kaylee Smith; and two great-grandsons, Caden Stewart and Camden Stewart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. C. Stewart; a sister, Mary Terrell Goodwin; and three bothers, Nathan Earl Terrell, Charles H. Terrell, and Bobby D. Terrell.

Virgia Mae Campbell Suggs

WATER VALLEY—Virgia Mae Campbell Suggs, age 68, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

Born December 21, 1948, she was a daughter of the late George Watson Campbell and Margarette Rogers. Virgia worked at Big Yank of Water Valley and later was a direct care provider at the North MS Regional Center in Oxford. She was a member of Everdale Baptist Church of Water Valley and a devoted mother and grandmother, who enjoyed taking care of her family, cooking, fishing, and shopping.

Visitation was held Friday, January 6, from 4-6 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at noon Saturday, January 7, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral  home with Rev. Sammy Townes, Rev. Mitchell Steen, and Pastor Deona Benson officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.

Virgia is survived by her daughter, Cautina Campbell of Water Valley; a son, Fitzgerald Campbell of Water Valley; six sisters, Mattie Moore (Eli) of Lexa, Ark., Brenda Tellis (Rudy), Linda Campbell, Ruby Campbell, Patricia Campbell, and Janeth Neely, all of Water Valley; three brothers, Harry Campbell (Margaret) of Tallahassee, Fla., Johnny Campbell (Ruby) of Little Rock, Ark., and James Campbell (Pearl) of Water Valley; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Annie Pearl Joiner of Water Valley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny C. Suggs; two sisters, Shirley Rogers and Juanita Fondon; and one brother, Bobby Campbell.

Bess Wheeler Summers White

WATER VALLEY—Bess Wheeler Summers White, age 96, died January 6, 2017, at her home in Water Valley.

Born March 21, 1920 in Charleston, Mrs. White was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram A. Summers, Sr. A graduate of Charleston High School and Northwest Community College in Senatobia, she worked in Memphis at the Commercial and Industrial Bank. She was married to Colonel Lloyd F. White until his death in 1994 and they had been married for 49 years. Living in several different places when he was in the Air Force, they retired to Water Valley in 1965. 

A devoted homemaker and an active member of First Presbyterian Church for many years, she was a member of the Women in the Church and enjoyed working with the youth fellowship and teaching Bible School. She enjoyed working in her yard and was a member of The Garden Club. of Water Valley.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Caulfield (Barron) of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Barry Caulfield, Lloyd Caulfield, and Bethany Caulfield Hembree (Rob); and three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Parker, and Emma Hembree.

The funeral service was held in Water Valley First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Tuesday,  January 10, with Rev. Harold Spraberry and Rev. Richard Wiman officiating. Visitation was  held one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, with Barry Caulfield, Lloyd Caulfield, Rob Hembree, Len Lawhon, John David Lawhon and Randy Walker as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were elders and deacons of First Presbyterian Church and Joe Spence and James White.

The family requests that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 590, Water Valley, MS 38965.

Frances Faye “Frannie” Womble

WATER VALLEY—Frances Faye “Frannie” Womble, age 63, died Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born August 3, 1953 in Water Valley, Frannie was a daughter of Elnor Johnson Womble and the late Oscar Henry Womble. She loved basketball and played while attending Water Valley High School. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi and taught English and literature at Water Valley High School until her retirement. Frannie also taught night classes for Northwest Mississippi Community College. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church of Water Valley and a devoted daughter, sister and friend. She was a loving aunt to her niece, two nephews, and two great-nephews.

Survivors include her mother, Elnor Johnson Womble of Water Valley; three sisters, Jan Womble of Water Valley, Patricia Womble Oliphant (Jim) of Mandeville, La. and Ann Womble Still (Bud) of Water Valley; two nephews, Dr. Scott Oliphant (Alexis) of Mandeville, La. and James ”Jay” Oliphant (Carrie) of Lakeland, Tenn.; a great niece; and two great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that memorials be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1938 CR 220, Water Valley, MS 38965.

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