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Obituaries 07/20/17

Robert Harold McLean Farmer

WATER VALLEY—Robert Harold McLean Farmer, age 77, passed away at his home in Wafer Valley on Saturday, July 17, 2017.


At this time no services are scheduled, as the family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Born October 10,1939, Robert is a son of the late Woodrow Wilson and Gracie Odell Avant Farmer. After 30-plus years of service, he retired from Chicago as a bus driver. During his tenure, Robert was one of just a few individuals who were honored to be enshrined into he Million Mile Club. This award is given to safe drivers who drive over a million miles without a single accident. Robert honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Anchor Baptist Church, near Water valley. He was an amateur radio operator who also enjoyed model airplanes, fishing, and all animals. Robert had a great respect for nature, but most of all, he had a gentle spirit and a giving heart. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dora Chance Farmer of Water Valley; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Van DeWeide of Cedar Lake, Ind.; a son, Robert Joseph Farmer (Marty) of Water Valley; a step-daughter, Tammy Denis Harvey of Scottsboro, Ala.; one sister, Verdie Ruth Schaefer of Harvey, Ill.; a brother, Alvie Odell Farmer of Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Deborah Jeanette Johnson, and a step-son, Ricky Wayne Dempsey.

Charles Monroe Keel

LAMBERT—Bro. Charles Monroe Keel, age 75, of Lambert, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Baptist Desoto Hospital at Southaven.

Born May 12, 1942 in Oxford, Bro. Keel was a son of the late Howard Monroe Keel and Carolyn Lois Neal Keel. Bro. Keel had served in ministry at Calvary Baptist Church at Marks and several other churches in the surrounding area for 44 years. He enjoyed buying and trading vehicles, watching wrestling, reading his Bible, and was also a retired farmer and truck driver.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 18, from 5-8 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, in Delay Baptist Church in Lafayette County, with Bro. Johnny Stewart officiating. Burial will be in New El Bethel Cemetery at Oxford with Johnny Clemons, Mark Keel, David Keel, Paul Keel, Leyton Mills, Tommy Mills, Keith McCullar and Jacob Keel as pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Williams Keel of Lambert; two daughters, Chrissi Jo Mills (Leyton) of Marks and Marsha McCullar of Atlanta, Ga.; four sons, Mark Keel of Batesville, Paul Keel (Nancy) of Courtland, David Keel (Cheryl) of Banner, and Keith McCullar (Sally) of Nashville; one sister, Betty Griffis of Southaven; two brothers, Bobby Claudene Keel of Clarksdale, and Harold Gene Keel of Oxford; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy Ruth Clemons and Georgia Keel; and two brothers, Duel Keel and Leon Keel.

Loomis L. Robertson

OXFORD—Loomis L. Robertson, 87, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Mr. Robertson was born in Ellard. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years. He was a member of Oxford Church of Christ. Mr. Robertson enjoyed outside activities, such as hunting, fishing, and golfing. However, his favorite activities were family gatherings, traveling and spoiling his wife.

Visitation was held Friday, July 14, from 5-7 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home. The funeral service was held Saturday, July15, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home with Bro. Lendy Barlett officiating. Interment was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Robertson of Oxford; two sons, Edward Robertson (Monika) of Webster, New York, and Ronald Robertson (Diane) of Oxford; a daughter, Rhonda Robertson Stewart of Oxford; three granddaughters, Christine Robertson of Webster and Sarah Stewart and Jessica Stewart, both of Boise, Idaho; and two grandsons, William Robertson of Webster and Gary Stone of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Collums Parker; his step-father, Berry Collums; and his cousin, Billy D. Walls.

In honor of Mr. Robertson’s service to our country, the flag of the United States Air Force was flown at the funeral home.

Memorials and donations may be made in his memory to Oxford Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1500, Oxford, MS 38655.

Paul Conrad Shaw

COFFEEVILLE—The funeral service for Paul Conrad Saw was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2017, in Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Rev. Marcus Dudley officiating. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangement.

Mr. Shaw, 55, of Coffeeville passed away Wednesday, July 5, in the North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.

Survivors include his three daughters, Justina Martin and Shapaja Martin, both of Coffeeville, and Latasha Hervey of Water Valley; one son, Randy Martin of Coffeeville; eight sisters, Sandra Lewis, Deborah Nicholson, Linda Clark, all of Water Valley, Diane Hervey of Grenada, Olivia Judson of Memphis, Lovella Judson of Chicago, Jeanette Judson of Little Rock, Ark., and Lucille Hall of Monroe, La.; three brothers, Ronald Shaw of Columbus, Ga., Robert Howard Shaw of Tucson, Ariz., and David Judson of Davenport, Iowa; and a special friend, Joyce Martin.

Martha McMillan

WATER VALLEY—Martha McMillan, age 91, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

Born September 6, 1925, Martha was a daughter of the late Leo S. and Vastie Jenkins McMillan. She was a teller in the banking industry and served in the Junior Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Bruce.

Visitation was held Friday, July 14, beginning at 9 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home and family and friends in procession went to Oak Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m. to begin a graveside service. Bro. Freddie Moorman officiating the service and Scotty Cotten, Chase Duke, Charles Duke, and Randy Cook were pallbearers.

Martha is survived by four nieces, Kathee Campbell of Salt Lake City, Utah, Beth Cook of Flowood, Karen Duke of Bruce, and Deanna Lenard of Houston, Texas; nine great nieces and nephews; and five great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dr. Mabry McMillan and Dr. Dean McMillan.

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