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Obituaries 07/13/17

Michael Clyde Amburn

OXFORD—Michael Clyde Amburn 72, died Friday, June 30, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.  The funeral service was held Monday, July 3, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial followed in Anchor Cemetery and visitation was held prior to the service from 9 a.m. until service time.

Born in Wellington, Texas, Mr. Amburn was a son of the late Albert Jesse Boyd and Tommy Jo Cook Amburn. He was a a mason and a retired truck driver. He loved animals, especially horses. He enjoyed farming, coon hunting, fishing and rabbit hunting. Michael was preceded in death by his fathers, Albert Jesse Boyd and Ted Amburn.

Survivors include his mother, Tommy Jo Amburn of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Sheila Amburn Mays (Steve) of Frankston, Texas and Holly Renee Beasley of Paris; a son, Michael Shane Amburn of Water Valley; a special friend, Susan Zumwalt of Water Valley; a step-son, Kirk Zumwalt of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Michael Charles Taylor of Frankston, Texas, Chad Jeffery Taylor of New Albany, Ind., Erica Renee Potts of Paris, Christopher Thomas Gage Beasley of Grenada and Christa Renee Beasley of Grenada; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134.

Walter Jimmy Cook

Walter Jimmie Cook, age 82, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, July 10, 2017, at his home in Pope. Mr. Cook is the widower of the late Delores O. Cook.

Funeral services for Mr. Cook will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville with visitation beginning at noon prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Kevin Crofford will officiate.Pallbearers will be Robert Smith, Jeremy Smith, Andrew Tutor, Sammy White, Donald Todd and Caleb White.

Walter Jimmie Cook was born October 2, 1934, to the late Walter D. Cook and Elizabeth Renenman Cook in in Steele,  Ala. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a former ordained deacon of Tillatoba Baptist Church. Walter worked in construction during his lifetime and was a member of Courtland Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved the Lord and enjoyed teaching and discussing the Bible. 

Mr. Cook is survived by his daughter, Melody Ann Cook Smith (Delmar) of Pope; his son, Ricky E. Cook (Kaye) of Courtland; brothers, Ronnie Cook of Arkabutla, and Robert Cook of Como; six grandchildren, Cassie Nicole Cook White (Sammy), Alisha Renee Todd (Donald), Robert Westley Smith (Brittany), Jeremy Scott Smith (Natalie), Andrew Paul Tutor (Elizabeth), Alisha Nicole Hardenburgh (Mason) and 18 great grandchildren.

Josephine “Jo” J. Hardy

WATER VALLEY Josephine “Jo” J. Hardy, age 86, died July 9, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. 

Jo was born December 7, 1930 in Crenshaw to the late Charles and Lucy Jones, and worked many years for Carothers Construction Company in Yalobusha County.  She loved her work and her work family, and never met a stranger anywhere.  Jo loved to dance and sing, and her children and grandchildren were always the center of her life. She was the family’s problem solver for every situation and she had a heart of giving to everyone. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley.

Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Bain officiating.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery with Landon Moore, Devin Moore, Joshua Harris, Chris Terry, Mike Hardy, and Bryce Terry serving as pallbearers.  

Jo is survived by two daughters, Lori Thomas, and Libby Harris and her husband, Bill, all of Water Valley; one son, Walter Hardy, III and his wife, Debra, of Tula; two sisters, Shirley “Margaret” Green of Cordova, Tenn. and Barbara York and her husband, Sam, of Somerville, Tenn.; one brother, Charles Jones and his wife, Ryce, of Lufkin, Texas; five grandchildren, Candi Terry, Josh Harris, Landon Moore, Devin Moore, and Mike Hardy; and eight great grandchildren, Bryce Terry, Baylie Terry, Laken Hardy, Avery Jo Hardy, Olivia Elizabeth Moore, Blair Harris, Leo Roane Harris, and Lyle Harris.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Walt” Hardy, one sister, Genese Kirk and one brother, Gerald Jones.  

Carolyn Williams Russell

OAKLAND—Carolyn Williams Russell, age 63, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at her home in Oakland.

She was born in Quitman County on May 10, 1954, and was a daughter of the late John Sharp Williams and Vera Mae Vick Williams. She was married to Marlin Russell. Carolyn enjoyed making quilts and working in her flower beds. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 8, from 5 until 7 p.m. in Oakland Baptist Church. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday,  July 9, in the church with Bro. Jimmy Hood officiating. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery with William Russell, James Williams, Brandon McClenic, Steven McClenic, Tim Williams, Burt  Morris, David Lyons and Dickey McLeod as pallbearer. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Marlin Russell of Oakland;  two daughters, Lisa Russell of Oakland and Debbie Chambers (Ben) of Courtland; two sons, William Russell of Canton and Tommy  Russell (Tonya) of Louisiana; one brother, James Williams (Patricia) of Crowder; 12 grandchildren, Shyann, Britney, Tori, T. J., Kyia, Shelby, Victoria, Olivia, Ashley, Brandon, Anabelle, and Steven; four great-grandchildren; and two very special friends, Dianne Lyons and Debbie McLeod.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Marlin Lee “ML” Russell; four sisters, Ann Pearson, Janet Carpenter,  Ruby Kennedy and Shirley Turner; and four brothers, James “Pug”Williams, Marvin Williams, David Williams and John Edwards Williams.

Tommy Marshall Williams

BATESVILLE—Tommy Marshall Williams, age 71, passed away July 9, 2017, at  his home in Batesville with his family by his side. 

Born May 11, 1946, Mr. Williams was a son of the late Marshall Shelton Williams and Lillian Darby Williams of Batesville. He started  his own business, Tommy Williams Radiator Service, which he had for over 40 years. He was known locally as “The Radiator Man.” Tommy enjoyed riding motorcycles with his wife, Linda, and going to Mountain View, Ark., where he loved trout fishing and listening to country music.  He enjoyed fishing most anywhere he could find a spot, but his greatest love of all was his grandson, Shelton. Tommy was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church, near Batesville.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, July 11, in Shiloh United Methodist Church with Rev. Rex Wilbourn and Rev. Morgan Spencer officiating. Visitation began at noon in the church and continued until service time. Burial was in the church cemetery with Gary Martin, Clinton Rotenberry, Allen Austin, Billy Wayne Shankle, Johnny Avery and Scootie Murphree as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral  Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda Kay Hartzell Williams of Batesville; one son, Clifford Marshall  Williams (Tesa) of Batesville; a grandson, Shelton Lee Williams of Batesville; and a granddaughter, Destiny Rhea Moses, of Forest.

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