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Obituaries 8/3/2017

Ernest Payton “Ernie” Aune

OXFORD—Ernest Payton “Ernie” Aune died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Oxford at the age of 89. 

Visitation was held Saturday, July 29, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 30, in First Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Bob Aune, Kyle Aune, Curtis Berry, Cam Tyler, John Ingram, and Lee Lott as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Water Valley Lions Club, Bob Brooks’ First Baptist Church Sunday School Class and Odie Shuffield.

Born to the late Ole and Carrie Mae Kelley Aune, Mr. Aune was raised in Water Valley, where he attended the public schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 1951 and enlisted in the United States Air Force soon thereafter. While stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La. during the Korean War, he met and married Ernestine Holt. Before long the newly weds were rotated to Elmendorf Air Force Base outside Anchorage, Alaska. The couple lived in Anchorage for 18 months and their oldest son was born there in the military hospital. In 1955 after an honorable discharge from service, Ernie brought his young family home to Water Valley. During the next nine years, the family was blessed with three more sons.

Ernie and his family were faithful members of First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, Sunday School and Training Union teachers and as a leader for the Royal Ambassadors Organization for young boys. He served on two search committees when the church was without a pastor. These services were some of the most heartfelt blessings in his church life for his Lord.

Ernie worked for Mechanics Bank for 35 years and attended LSU School of Banking of the South, graduating in 1968. When he retired in 1992, he was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He was a charter member of the Water Valley Lions Club and served in every office from president to chief pancake chef. He helped negotiate a lease on the depot building with the city.  His interest in the railroad led him to get involved in starting the Casey Jones Railroad Museum in the depot building. He was personally instrumental in having the caboose brought down from Memphis and placed in its current location. Lions Clubs International presented him with the Melvin Jones Leadership Award in 2002.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ernestine Holt Aune; his grandson, Mike Aune; and two brothers, Ole E.. Aune and James B. Aune.

Survivors include four sons, David P. Aune of Saratoga, Calif., Eddie Aune of Oxford, Kelly Aune of Huntsville, Ala., and Kris Aune of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren, Bob Aune, Kyle Aune, Jessica Aune Gladrosich, Laura Lee Aune Holman, and Juliann Aune Choe; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Water Valley, MS, P. O. Box 1472, Water Valley, MS 38965.

James Henry Brummett

TAYLOR—James Henry Brummett died July 23, 2017, in the Mississippi State Veterans Home at Oxford. 


Visitation was held Monday, July 24, at 3 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home. The funeral service was held in the chapel of the funeral home immediately following visitation at 4 p.m., with Thomas Chandler and Robert Hogue officiating. Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery.

Born in  Lafayette County, Mr. Brummett served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Biloxi. He was a part of every major military operation in the Pacific during the war. He was honorably discharged after earning nine battle stars. After retiring from Northeast Mississippi Electric Power with 39 years of service, Mr. Brummett enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He was a member of Taylor Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Jimmie Sue Mask Brummett of  Taylor; four daughters, Barbara Brummett Warren (Billy) of Water Valley, Elaine Brummett Mitchell (Dr. John) of Pontotoc, Marilyn Brummett Stuckey of Tupelo, and Tina Brummett Biffle (Carter) of Thaxton; a son, James C. (Pete) Brummett (Kathy) of Taylor; one sister, Dorothy Brummett Gardner of Oxford; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curt and Mae Brummett; a grandson, Jamie Mitchell; two sisters; and three brothers.


Memorials may be made to Taylor Baptist Church, 732 CR 303, Taylor, MS 38673, or Shiloh Cemetery Fund, 31 CR 429, Oxford, MS 38655.

In honor of Mr. Brummett’s service to our country, the flag of the United States Navy was flown at Coleman Funeral Home.

Fannie Mae Johnson

WATER VALLEY—It is with our most profound condolences that the Clark-Williams Funeral Home family announces the passing of Mrs. Fannie Mae Johnson of Water Valley. Mrs. Johnson passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of arrangement.

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