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Obituaries 08/10/17

Audra Myrtle Few Hardaway

WATER VALLEY—Audra Myrle Few Hardaway was born on January 15, 1918, to John Henry Few and Mattie Ross in Water Valley. She graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1937, where she excelled as a basketball player. She moved to Memphis in her early twenties and lived there for many years. During the early years there she was saved and became an active member of Central Baptist Church.

When her husband retired, they moved to Mountain View, Arkansas and, according to  her, spent the best 14 years of her life. While there she was member of  Flatwoods Baptist Church.

She retuned to Water Valley in 1988 due to health concerns for her husband. He passed away in 2000 and she lived an active life alone until three years ago when her health needs made it necessary for her to be admitted to the nursing home. She loved to quilt and made many beautiful quilts for her daughters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Her mind remained sharp until her death. She was an avid student of the Bible and she loved to discuss prophecy. At the time of her home going, she was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Courtland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, and four sisters. 

She is survived by two sons, Gene of Water Valley and John of Houston, Texas, several nieces and nephews, and her special friends and care givers at Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Forest Hills Cemetery, Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tenn., conducted by Bro. Tim Ellis.

Elbert Russell Hervey 

MICHIGAN CITY, IND.—Born July 1, 1944, in Coffeeville, Elbert Russell Hervey was a son of the late Amos and Luella Brown Hervey. He was the seventh of eight children and was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Prentiss M. Hervey;  two sisters, Edith Hervey McNeal and Rachel Hervey Duke; and two step-children, Larry Daniel Burks and Barbara Jean Burks.

Elbert accepted Christ as his savior early in life at Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Church at Water Valley. He later moved to Michigan City,  Ind., where he became a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He faithfully served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and chairman of the deacon board.

He graduated from Central High School in Coffeeville in May, 1963, the salutatorian of his class. He was also an esteemed member of the basketball team and participated in several other clubs and school-based activities.

Elbert accepted a call to serve his country in the United States Army in 1965 and was stationed at Fort Polk, La. He became a Sergeant E5 and was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, located in Anchorage. After serving for three years in the Army, he received an honorable discharge in 1968. After moving to Michigan City in 1969, he recommitted to service and joined the Indiana National Reserve, where he served as a Staff Sergeant E6 for 11 years.

On June 30, 1979, Elbert and Mildred Smith were united in holy matrimony which endured for 38 years. Elbert became “Dad” to Mildred’s nine children upon matrimony. In 1967 Elbert was employed by the Weil-McClain Company in Michigan City, where he worked for four decades. He also served as a 40-year member of Lake Michigan Lodge #46, where he was a Past Master and also a Thirty-Second Degree Scottish Rite Mason from the Valley of South Bend.

He departed earth to join  his heavenly Father on June 6, 2017. Survivors include his devoted wife, Mildred Smith Hervey of Michigan City; four daughters, Loran Alford of Dayton, NJ, Donna G. Hervey of Tulsa, Okla., Renee Hervey Williams (Melvin) of Los Angeles, Calif., and Janee Hervey of Michigan City; seven children he gained upon marriage to Mildred, Ellis Burks, III (Diana) of Doraville,Ga., Lillian L. Mayfield of Chicago, Regina Burks Holloman of Indianapolis, Ind., Alisa Simmons (Anthony) of Michigan City, Keith Burks (Kandi) of Michigan City, Kevin Burks of South Bend, Ind., and Antwan Lapre Burks, Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Edward C. Hervey of Michigan City; two sisters, Daliah McLeod (Butler) of Water Valley and Grace Hardy (Willie) of Memphis; 29 grandchildren;  and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held June 7 at 11 a.m. in Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Michigan City, with Dr. Stanley Mason officiating.  Interment was in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Michigan City.

Fannie Mae Johnson

WATER VALLEY—Services for Mrs. Fannie Mae Johnson were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, in the Mount Moriah Association Building at Coffeeville. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Johnson, 82, died July 31, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. She was born January 13, 1935.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley F. Phillips of Water Valley and Maggie Johnson of Coffeeville; two sons, John Johnson and Sammie Johnson, both of Coffeeville; one sister, Agnes Mister of Coffeeville; and a brother, Robert Mister  of Coffeeville.

Lester King Michelletti

PARIS—Lester King Michelletti, 70, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

He was born in Waco, Texas and was a carpenter/general contractor his entire life. He was very successful and proficient in his work. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved gardening, fishing, duck hunting, and woodworking. However, he loved his family above all else.

Lester  is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane A. Michelletti of Paris; one daughter, Lynn Michelletti Ruben-stahl (Chris) of Leonardtown, Md.; a son, William “Billy” H. Michelletti of Paris; two brothers, John “Mike” Carl Michelletti, Jr. of Paris, and Virgil Dewey Michelletti (Lisa) of Philadelphia, Miss.; three sisters, Marcia M. Spouse (Larry) of Water Valley, Susan C. Murphy of Xenia, Ohio, and Carol C. Clark (Roy) of Indianola; and a  host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Lisa Gail Michelletti; his parents, L.C. and Marguerite K. Cook; and two brothers, Peter J. Michelletti and Jack H. Michelletti.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choose of the Paris Memorial Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Mize, 86  CR 479, Paris, MS 38949; The American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Albert Edward Still

WATER VALLEY – Albert Edward Still, Jr., age 73, died August 4, 2017, at his home in Water Valley with his wife, Ann, by his side. He was born March 21, 1944 to the late Dorothy Roberta French and Albert Edward Still, Sr. in Columbus, Ohio and joined the United States Navy, retiring after 20-plus years.  

Albert served on the USS Enterprise and several other ships during his tenure. He enjoyed fishing during his spare time and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yalobusha County. 

Services were held Tuesday, August 8, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Owen Riddick officiating. Buster Jackson offered the eulogy. Burial was in the Womble family plot in Bethel Cemetery. 

Albert is survived by his wife, Ann Womble Still of Water Valley; one daughter, Bonita Marie Still of Columbus, Ohio; and two cousins, Larry (Suzie) Snow, and Mary Louise Wright.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Butch Still.

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