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Obituaries 06/08/17

Thomas (Tom) P. Davis

BARTLETT, TENN.—Thomas (Tom) P. Davis of Bartlett, Tenn., age 67, passed peacefully at Methodist Hospice Resident Home in Memphis May 23, 2017.

Tom was born April 22, 1950, to Martha J. and Willie M. Davis, MSGT, U.S.Army, deceased. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Water Valley. He retired from the retail business after 45 years. The greatest joys of his life was time spent with family and friends, and camping and traveling.

A memorial service date will be announced at a future date.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Davis of Bartlett, Tenn.; his mother, Martha  Davis of  Water Valley; a sister, Elsie Massey (Creed) of West Point; brother, Bob Davis (Kathy) of Kempner, Texas;  a son, Mike Felts (Courtney) of Germantown, Tenn.; a daughter,  Sonya Campbell (William) of Atoka, Tenn.; granddaughter, Hannah Davis; grandsons, Taylor Campbell, Blake  Campbell, Trevor Harvey, Zachary Felts, and Cameron Felts.

In lieu of cards and flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Mike Gerald Harmon

TUPELO – Mike Gerald Harmon, age 85, passed away in Tupelo on Sunday, June 4, 2017. 

 He was born to the late Kelly and Ollie Thweatt Harmon on November 10, 1931 in Lafayette County and served over 30 years as a game warden with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was also a farmer. Mike was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley.   Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Rev. John Lancaster officiating. Burial was held with flag honors at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens in Yalobusha County with Jerry Wilbourn, Kenny Harmon, Gary Jackson, Michael Harmon, Chris Harmon, and Noah Harmon serving as pallbearers.  

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Mae Allen Harmon.  He is survived by two sons, Kevin Harmon (Jackie) of Water Valley and Stacy Harmon (Jerri) of Oxford; two sisters, Patsy Wilbourn (Rayford) and Sue Jackson (Buster), both of Water Valley; one brother, Howard Harmon of Water Valley; and three grandchildren, Noah Luke Harmon, Sarah Lindsey Harmon, and Emma Kate Harmon.  

Lance Jason Wilder

ATHENS, GA.—Lance Jason, Wilder, 47, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Born in Memphis, Tenn. and raised in Marietta, Ga, Lance was the youngest son of Donald E. Wilder and Shirley Hardy Wilder, and the grandson of the late Grade and Ruby Hardy. He was an avid baseball fan who was devoted to his Atlanta Braves, and a self described “music junky” and supporter of the arts. 

Lance received  his doctorate from the University of Georgia, where he was also a senior lecturer in the English Department. He was a highly regarded teacher who was a caring mentor to his students, always dedicated to their development as scholars and individuals. He also taught in the UGA at Oxford program and served as the associate director in the British and  Irish Studies Program.

Prior to receiving his PhD, he completed undergrad at Furman University and received his  Master’s Degree from Baylor University.

Having lived in Athens for the past 22 years, Lance was very active in the community and served on several boards, including the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and the Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center. Most importantly, he was a loving father to his son, Declan O’Brien Wilder, whom he cherished and celebrated.

Survivors, in addition to his parents and son, include his wife, Shannon O’Brien Wilder; one sister, Lisa Allred (Andy); one brother, Scott Wilder (Donna); two nieces, one nephew ;and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, 2017, in the First Presbyterian Church of Athens. Interment followed in Athens Memory Gardens 

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