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Obituaries 02/16/17

Ronney Dale Campbell

COFFEEVILLE—Ronney Dale Campbell, age 65, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

   He was born to the late Richard Eugene Campbell and Clarice Murihead Campbell and lived in Coffeeville most of his life. Ronney served in the National Guard and was retired from the City of Coffeeville Water Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reaping the benefits of his garden. Ronney was a member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 9, at 11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A noon service followed visitation with Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville City Cemetery with Chappel Waldo, Mack Burns, Edd Stevens, Sam Stokes, Leon Spearman, Josh Campbell, John Reed and John Eddie Robinson as pallbearers.

Survivors include: his daughter, Rebecca Campbell of Booneville; one brother, Troy Campbell of Coffeeville; and three sisters, Annice Kyle of Southaven, Shelia Pinnix of Olive Branch, and Harriett Campbell of Arlington, Texas.

In addition  to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Campbell, and one sister, Lisa Campbell.


Opal Ada Goodwin

WATER VALLEY—Opal Ada Goodwin, 95, of Water Valley, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

Born Sunday, October 23, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Walter Blansett and the late Niecie Hollis Blansett. She was the wife of the late Homer Goodwin. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Stella Stewart and Brenda Kay Goodwin, both of Water Valley; her brother, Walter T. Blansett, Jr. of Murfreesboro, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her sons, Doyle Goodwin and Tom Goodwin; daughters, Betty Ruth Sigler and Jewel Burk; brothers, Earnest Blansett, John Blansett, and Evans Blansett; a sister, Clara Dendy; and one grandchild, Mike Sprayberry.

Opal was a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church. She was a devoted homemaker and a loving mother. She enjoyed working in the garden, canning vegetables, and quilting.

The family received family and friends Sunday, February 12, in Parker Memorial Funeral Home.The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the funeral  home chapel with Dr. J. R. Eaton officiating. Interment was in the Bruce Cemetery with Brandon Eubanks, Edwin Goodwin, Jeff Goodwin, Big Christopher Norwood, Christopher Norwood, Jacob Norwood, Josh Norwood, Matthew Newman, Mason Newman and Walter Stewart as pallbearers.


Rosa Ward Heatherly

MYRTLE – Rosa Ward Heatherly, 91, died Friday, February 10, 2017, in Myrtle.

The funeral service was held Monday, February 13, at 11 a.m. in Philadelphia Baptist Church in Etta with Rev. Bobby Irvin, Rev. Vaughn Grisham, and Edwin Burchfield officiating. Burial was in Philadelphia Cemetery  with Mikey Burks, C. J. Burks, Austin Whiteside, Mack Burchfield, Brannon Rice and Nic Demoran as pallbearers. Jason Ivy, Paul Press, Mitchell  Whiteside, Phil Rice, Robert Rice, Shane Whiteside, Michael Heatherly, Steven Heatherly, Jr., Hunter Rice, Dylan Rice, Jake Rice, Henson Whittington, Elijah Price and Jayme Heatherly were honorary pallbearers.

Visitation was held Sunday evening, February 12, from 4-6 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home, and also Monday prior to the service, beginning at 10 am. at the church.

Born in the Rocky Ford Community, Rosa was a daughter of the late Nesbit Lindsey and  Ella Waters Ward. Mrs. Heatherly was retired from the United States Post Office, where she worked as a postal clerk for many years. Also in her lifetime, she worked at Kellwood, was a restaurant manager, and caregiver to many. She was the longest standing member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. 

Her great-grandfather was an original settler in Lafayette County in the Rocky Ford Community, which is now known as Etta. Mrs. Heatherly was a member of Philadelphia Homemakers’ Club, she was a Master Gardener, found great pleasure in quilting and loved to make jams and jellies. She was a devoted wife and avid storyteller. She also had a great love for her family and was a selfless woman.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Clyde Lee Heatherly; a daughter, Susan Henson; a son, Clyde Ward Heatherly; sister, Mary Ann  Horton; half-sister, Lenora; brother, Lynn Ward; daughter-in-law, Mary Ruth Rice; son-in-law, Paul Press; and grandchildren, Elijah Price and Jayme Heatherly.

Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Jean Whiteside (Larry) of Water Valley, Rosa Lee Price (John) of Etta, Pamela Ivy (James) of Oxford, Deborah Gail Heatherly Press of Memphis; sons, Bobby Rice  of Byhalia and Steven Heatherly of Pine Flat; son-in-law, James Henson of Etta; sister, Marie Brown of St. Charles, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Philadelphia Baptist Church, 456 CR 255, Etta, MS 38627, or to Gideons International, P. O. Box 142, Oxford, MS 38655.


James Andrews Paris 

OAKLAND—James Andrew Paris, 100, of Oakland, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Merit Health at Batesville.

Born August 28, 1916, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, he was a son of the late Aubrey Wright Paris and Roy Paris. He proudly served his country and is a veteran of both the United States Army and United States Air Force. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was owner and operator of Paris Auto Parts in Oakland for many years before his retirement.

He leaves behind his loving family which includes, a son, James “Ping Pong” Paris (Kelly) of Oakland; four grandchildren, James Patton Paris (Kristen), Jessica Paris Taylor, Crystal Paris Clark (Jeffrey), and Sara Grace Paris; and three great-grandchildren, Peyton Clark, Madisyn Taylor and Charles Andrew Paris.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Thelma Paris, as well as his parents.

The funeral service was held Saturday, February 11, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home with Rev. James Edwards officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, February 10, from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.


Janet Katharine “JK” Ward 

WATER VALLEY—Janet Katharine “JK” Ward passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Water Valley.

JK was born in Union City, Tenn. to James Morris and Bernice Janet “Jan” Dublin Ward. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. JK was a city judge in the town of Tutwiler early in her career, and later was elected as Prosecuting Attorney for Yalobusha County. She was a lively community icon who enjoyed reading, fishing, and traveling. She visited Israel twice among her many travels. JK was a sports fan, especially of football. She was an active and devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Visitation was held Saturday, February 11, from noon  until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with services following at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery, near Water Valley.

JK is survived by her parents, Jim and Jan Ward of Water Valley;  her uncle, Jere Don Ward (Martha) of Irving, Texas; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one aunt and two uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Mission Fund, 1938 County Road 220, Water Valley, MS 38965.


Johnnie Wrenn

CHARLESTON—Mrs. Johnnie Wrenn, age 95, passed away February 2, 2017, in Tillatoba.

The family received friends Sunday, February 5, from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. in Corinth Baptist Church, Tillatoba. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery in Scobey. Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wrenn was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and was retired from Grenada Hospital.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Winter of Tillatoba and Jean Hughes (James) of Tchula; her son, Michael Wrenn (Annette) of Tillatoba; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Wrenn was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Wrenn; her parents, Robert Jutson and Daisy Ellett; four sisters; and two brothers. 

The family requests that you consider memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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