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Obituaries 03/02/17

Sue Haney Chandler

SUMNER—Mrs. Sue Haney Chandler, 78, of Sumner, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, at Riverview Nursing  Home in Greenwood.

Born May 14, 1938, in Duck Hill, Mrs. Chandler was a daughter of the late Roy Arnold and Nora Elaine Burgess Haney. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sumner and a retired bookkeeper. She also enjoyed being a member of the Tallahatchie Homemakers Club.

The funeral service was held Thursday, February 23 at First Baptist – Sumner with Rev. Shane Hoes and Rev. Milton  Whatley officiating. Interment followed in the Sumner Cemetery. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Whatley (Milton) of Meadville; three sons, Tony Chandler (Lisa) of Water Valley, Michael Chandler (Cindy) of Ridgeland, and Mark Chandler of Meridian; two sisters, Dorothy Ann Walters of Sumner and Patricia Arnold Green of Clarksdale; six grandchildren, Aaron Chandler, Ryan Chandler, Hunter Elmore, C.A. Chandler, Mae McClish, and Lizzie Chandler; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her  parents, she was preceded in death by  her husband, Claudie Clifton Chandler, and a brother, J. W. Haney.

Ronald E. “Ronnie” Griffin

BATESVILLE—Ronald E. “Ronnie” Griffin, Sr., age 71, died Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Diversicare of Batesville.

Born April 21, 1945 in Marks, Ronnie, was a son of the late Robert Elton and Louanice Patterson Griffin. He worked for various construction companies, building bridges, roads, and highways and later owned his own construction company. He was also the owner and operator of B & R Trucking Company. Ronnie was an active and faithful member of Oakland Baptist Church, where he served as a choir member. He enjoyed fishing and working. Ronnie was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who cherished time spent with his family and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from  1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Jimmy Hood officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with Ken Ashmore, Buddy Holland, Ken Jackson, Dickey McLeod, Bill Price and Bill Wilder as pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Poe Griffin of Oakland; a daughter, Shana Griffin Bauer (Chris) of Memphis; two sons, Ron Griffin, Jr. (Destiny) of Banner and Robbie Griffin (Melinda) of Water Valley; a sister, Ann Vreeland (Roy) of Grenada; his brother, David Griffin of Grenada; 11 grandchildren, Justin Griffin, Robert Griffin, Nate Griffin, Joseph Griffin, Afton Lynn Griffin, Jake Griffin, Kaylee Bauer, Matthew Chad Griffin, Cody Haire, Krystin Johnson, Jayme Kazzee, Andrew Keen, and Matthew Moorman; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Chad Griffin, and his brother, Robert “Jude” Griffin, Jr.

Memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 120, Oakland,MS 38948.

Harvey Lynn Harris

WATER VALLEY—Harvey Lynn Harris, age 70, died on  February 22, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi in Oxford. Born January 22, 1947, he was  the son of the late Jo Nelson and Hattie Harris.


The funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 1, at noon in Pine  Grove M.B. East Church,  Water Valley. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include: four daughters, Lender Harris and Hattie Harris, both of Water Valley, Jennifer Harris of Oxford, and Hareshia Harris of Coffeeville; two sons, Harvey Harris, Jr. of Water Valley and Terry Tallie of Oxford;  four sisters, Brenda Harris of Tupelo, Susie Baine of St. Louis, Mo., Lillian Harris of Sardis, and Vera Mae Harris of Water Valley; six brothers, Levo Harris, Jimmy Harris, Sherman Harris, Ike Harris, all of Water Valley, Billy Harris of Coffeeville, and Joe Harris of Oakland. 

Larry Jones 

WATER VALLEY—Larry Jones, 61, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 4, at  2:30 p.m., in Everdale M.B. Church, 410 Calhoun Street, Water Valley. Visitation will be held Friday, March 3, from 1-7 p.m. in Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley. Burial will follow in Rocky Mountain Cemetery, 1339 CR 92, Water Valley.

Mozella Perkins

WATER VALLEY—Mozella Perkins, age 85, passed away at her home in Water Valley on Monday, February 21, 2017.

Born in Water Valley, Mrs. Perkins was a daughter of the late Robert Patton Alexander and Edith Suzanne Smith Alexander. She spent most of her life in the Yalobusha County area. She had been a cafeteria worker at BorgWarner and enjoyed spending time taking care of her beautiful flowers in her yard. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 23, at 2 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley, with Rev. Harold Spraberry officiating. Visitation began at noon until service time. Burial was in Pine Crest Memorial Gardens with Willie Pullen, Jerry Perkins, Mike Williamson, Pat Williamson, and Clay Ashford as pallbearers. Perry Myrick and Creed Massey were honorary pallbearers, along with the elders and deacons of First Presbyterian Church. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Perkins of Water Valley; and two sisters, Martha J. Davis of Water Valley and Wilma Warren of Huntsville, Ala.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Perkins; a son, Robert “Robin” Perkins; a sister, Naomi Alexander; and two brothers, John Alexander and William “Bud” Alexander.

Margaret Roberts

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Margaret Roberts, age 67, died February 24, 2017, at  her home in Water Valley.

Born September 21, 1949, in Water Valley, she was a member of Everdale M.B.Church and was retired. The funeral service will be held March 4, at 11 a.m. in Everdale M.B.Church, with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Clark-Williams Funeral  Home has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Tracy Turner of Water Valley; a son, Eric  Judson of Water Valley; six sisters, Mary Judson, Sandra Jones, Shelia Turner, all of Water Valley, Felicia Woolridge Cawthon of Omaha, Neb., and Betty Jackson of Florida; and five brothers, Willie Judson, James Judson, and Courtney Judson, all of Water Valley, Johnny Judson of Columbus, and Donerell Judson of Norkesville, Va.

Janice Elizabeth Vaughn

WATER VALLEY—Janice Elizabeth Vaughn, age 83, died Thursday, February 23, 2017,  in her home at Water Valley.

Born October 15, 1933, in Abbeville, she was a daughter of  the late Calvin Jackson and Anna Lee Dart Watson. Janice retired from Holley Carburetor, where she worked in the test stand department. She was an active and faithful member of Anchor Baptist Church and received her spiritual birth in November, 1965. Janice served as a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed ladies visitation. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed gospel music. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service followed visitation in Oak Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m., with Bro. Don Dewberry and Bro. Bud McCluskey officiating. Jeremy McCluskey, Aaron Dewberry, Chris McCluskey, Copeland Vaughn, Austin McCluskey, and Will McCluskey served as pallbearers. Tyler Myers, Chancellor Dewberry and Nate Edwards were honorary pallbearers.

Survivors include her daughters, Vicky Dewberry (Don) and Wanda McCluskey (Bud), all of Water Valley; her son, Kenny Vaughn of Water Valley; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George “Pie” Vaughn; sisters, Beulah Bowles and Dorothy Russell;  and six brothers, Thomas Watson, Melvin Watson, J. D. Watson, Earl Watson, Calvin Watson, and Rubert Watson. 

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