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Obituaries 9/21/2017

Peggy Ann Frost


TILLATOBA—Peggy Ann Frost, 40, of Tillatoba died September 11, 2017, in Tallahatchie General Hospital at Charleston.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 16, at Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church at Charleston. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Frost  is survived by two daughters, Quanisha Frost and Shemeka Frost, both of Tillatoba; her mother, Bessie Frost of Tillatoba; her father, James Poole of Tillatoba; seven sisters, Vickie Wrenn, Annie Golliday, Pearlie Frost and Julia Ray, all of Tillatoba, Cathy Frost of Oakland, Lillie Bledsoe of Grenada, and Cynthia Fondren of Water Valley; and seven brothers, Pastor Carl Ray and Dexter Ray, both of Tillatoba, Jessie Richardson of Chicago, Essie Frost of Grenada, Darrell Ray of Enid, Oatis Ray of Fayetteville,  North Carolina, and David Ray of North Hollywood, Calif.


Jon Michael Gooch


NEW ALBANY—Jon Michael Gooch, age 45, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. 

Born April 21, 1972, in Cleveland, he was a son of Jerry Gooch and Mary Ann Spencer Gooch. He grew up in Greenville, moving to Union County in 1989. Mr. Gooch was a 1991 graduate of Ingomar High School. He served in the National Guard and completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. On December 16, 1995, he married his high school sweetheart, Jill Matkins. He was owner of Oxford Sports Cards and Memorabilia and was an avid Ole Miss fan. He was passionate about collecting Indian artifacts and had a vast collection of arrowheads. He was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church and a Mason.

The funeral service was held Sunday, September 17, in Ingomar Baptist Church with Dr. Terry Cutrer and Bro. Perry Reed officiating. Visitation was held Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Burial was in Vista Memorial Park in New Albany with Jeff Gooch, Matthew Gooch, Luke Gooch, Brian Jones, Bert Bryant, and Jason McMillen as pallbearers. United Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Jill Matkins Gooch of Ingomar; two teenage daughters, Morgan Gooch and Jordan Gooch; his mother and step-father, Mary Ann and Clyde Wood of Water Valley; his step-mother, Wanda Gooch of Ingomar; three brothers, Jeff Gooch (Jennifer) of Collierville, Tenn., Matthew Gooch (Ashley) of Myrtle, and Luke Gooch (Nicole) of Myrtle; father and mother-in-law, Billy and Kay Matkins of Ingomar; brother-in-law, Chris Matkins (Melanie) of Myrtle; grandmother-in-law, Geraldine Christy of Ingomar; three nieces; and nine nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Gooch; a brother, Mark Gooch; and grandparents, Cecil and Hattie Lou Gooch, W. J. and Ulner Dean Spencer.

Memorials may be made to Ingomar Baptist Church Building Fund, 1112 County Road 90, New Albany, MS 38652.

In honor of Mr. Gooch’s service to his country, United Funeral Service flew the U.S. Army flag during the visitation and service.


Wilma Howard Varner


WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Wilma Howard Varner, 82, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 20, from 11 a.m. until noon in Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford. The funeral service will follow immediately after visitation, also in the funeral home, with Bro. Jake Julian officiating. Interment will be at Church Grove Cemetery in Oxford.

Mrs. Varner lived most of her life in the Lafayette County area and was employed with Varner Auto Repair as a secretary/bookkeeper for about 25 years. She also worked as a nurse’s aide for Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. She practiced archery at a younger age and was the Mississippi State Champion three years in a row. Mrs. Varner also enjoyed fishing, quilting, gardening, and raising her children.

Mrs. Varner is survived by four daughters, Amy Lou Wells (Billy) of Water Valley, Debbie Kaye Standard (Steve) of Water Valley, Martha Jean Phillips of Batesville, and Elizabeth Estelle Blue of Oxford; two sons, Earl Eugene “Gene” Varner (Annetta) of Bremerton, Wash., and Lynn Varner (Tina)  of Water Valley; one brother, Bob Howard of Lake Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Annie Lois “Johnnie” Provence  of Marks, and Ruby Hall of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Varner is preceded in death by her  husband, Earl H. Varner; two daughters, Wilma Faye Varner and Mamie Sue Varner, and seven siblings.

Donations may be made to the Church Grove Cemetery Fund, 324 CR 321, Oxford, MS 38655.

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