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Obituaries 03/30/17

Aaron Earl Burney

COFFEEVILLE—Aaron Earl Burney, age 89, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at his home in Coffeeville.

Born January 17, 1928, in Yalobusha County, Mr. Burney was a son of the late Earl Monroe and Frances Holloway Burney. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Gatewood Church of God of Coffeeville. He served 34 years in public education, with 26 of those years in the Coffeeville School System. In 1965, he was promoted to the position of principal of the Coffeeville Elementary School. Four years later he was promoted to the position of assistant superintendent. In 1980, Mr. Burney assumed the leadership of the local district as superintendent, where he served the remaining five years of his career. 

During his tenure in the school system, he served as a basketball and baseball coach, leading the 1965 Coffeeville baseball team to a State Championship title. After his retirement, Mr. Burney served on the Board of Trustees at Northwest Community College from 1991 until 2005. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Seven Oaks Venue at Coffeeville, with Bro. Freddie Moorman, Bro. Charles Runnels, and Bro. Farrell Wilson officiating. Visitation was from noon until time of the service. Burial was in the Coffeeville City Cemetery, with Daryl Burney, Jeff Burney, Jerry Burney, Keith Burney, Paul Burney, and Ross Burney as pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Floyd Burney of Coffeeville; two sons, Glenn Burney (Judy) of Coffeeville and Barry Burney (Michelle) of Grenada; one sister, Marie Burney of Tulsa, Oka.; and three grandchildren, Demi Burney, Jeremy Ballard, and Jayla Anthony.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Elizabeth Dixon, Ruth Carroll, and Grace Stanley; and two brothers, Ray Burney and Bobby Burney.


Jimmy Joe Hampton

WATER VALLEY: Jimmy Joe Hampton, age 73, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at his home in Water Valley.

  Born February 6, 1944, in Memphis, Joe was a son of the late Kenneth C. and Shirley Faye Davis Hampton. Joe served in the United States Army and was very involved in supporting veterans in any way that he could. He loved serving his community and helping anyone in need. Joe currently worked as a tool maker for Parker Hannifin in Batesville. From the age of 15 years, Joe had a passion for riding motorcycles and he especially enjoyed riding with the Patriot Guard for various events. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Elvia Hampton of Water Valley; a daughter, Ashley Dikes (Brian) of Quitman; one brother, Wes Hampton (SumLim) of Virginia; a brother-in-law, James Bergeron (Sandra) of Gulfport; and his grandson, Jacob.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675-8517; phone 855-448-3997.

  A memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral  Home is in charge of arrangements.


Harold Wayne King

OXFORD—Harold Wayne King passed away March 24, 2017, in the State Veterans Home at Oxford, at the age of 91.

   Born February 20, 1926, in Paris, he was a son of the late Effie Mae Williams King and Abb King. He served during World War II in the U.S. Marines. After serving his country he came home to be a husband, parent, farmer, cattle rancher, and a worker at Big Yank garment factory in Water Valley. He was an active member of Yalobusha Primitive Baptist Church, the American Legion, and VFW. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his his wife, Erma Jean Lindsey King; four brothers, John, Gaylon, William, and Joe Abb King; and a sister, Montine Sitzler.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Wilbourn (Paul) of Grenada; two sons, Stephen King (Wilma) of Water Valley and Gary King (Wini) of Oxford;  Seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 26, from 4-6 p.m. in Parker Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral services was held Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home, with Elder Ed Easley and Elder James Hall officiating. Pallbearers were Brett King, Craig King, Justin King, Matthew King, David Moulder, and Stoney Wilbourn. 

Honorary pallbearers were Stanford Gandy, Charlie Huckaby, William Huckaby, and Riley Melton.


Vera Mae Pullen

WATER VALLEY—Vera Mae Pullen, age 93, passed away March 23, 2017, in her home in the Sylva Rena Community with her children by her side.

Born in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Pullen was a daughter of the late Vard Wilbourn and Collie Cuebelle Wells Wilbourn. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting and needlepointing and tending to her cats and dogs. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren. Vera was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.

The funeral service was held Monday, March 27, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Shane Crawford and Bro. James West officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with Luke Houston, Tom Byars, Bobby Chandler, Chris Pullen, Sammy Edwards, Tommy McCain, Andy Pullen, and Jerry Vaughn as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Eubanks, Larry Sprouse and Buddy Edwards.

Mrs. Pullen is survived by two daughters, Linda Byars and Mary Cubell Chandler, both of Water Valley; two sons, Paul Pullen (Sarah) and Raymond “Tinker” Pullen of Walls; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. “Doc” Pullen; two brothers, Billy Wilbourn and Edwin Wilbourn; two sons-in-law, William Paul Byars and Robert “Bob” Chandler; and two grandchildren, Caitlin Spencer and Pennie Pullen McKinney.

Memorials may be made to the Pennie Pullen McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund at Northwest Community College, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668, or to the charity of your choice.


Jodie Mae Owens Tutor

ENID –  Jodie Mae Owens Tutor, age 68, passed away in the early morning hours of March 27, 2017, at her home in Enid.

  She is the wife of James R. Tutor. Jodie was born June 27, 1948, to the late William Curtis Owens and Dorothea Green Owens in Mt. Bayou. She was a homemaker during her lifetime and a faithful member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Jodie enjoyed nature. She found joy in feeding the birds and watching the deer and squirrels play. She liked to read and play scrabble with her husband, James.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at Enid. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow the service in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Wells Funeral  Hone of Batesville has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include  her husband, James R. Tutor of Enid; one son, James Reid Tutor, Jr. of Oakland; one sister, Thelma Faye Owens Turner of Toccopola; and grandchildren, Alex and Armando Tutor.

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