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Obituaries 02/15/18

Marie Hight Brooks 

COFFEEVILLE—Marie Hight Brooks, age 79, passed away in St. Francis Hospital at Memphis on February 11, 2018.


Born August 18, 1938 in Coffeeville, Marie was a daughter of the late Henry Grady Hight and Lula Mai Baker Hight. She was married to the late Mitchell Brooks and was a homemaker. She enjoyed embroidering, reading, and working in the nursery at First Baptist Church at Coffeeville, where she was a member. She had a faithful dog named Katie, whom she loved dearly.


Visitation is planned for Wednesday, February 14, from  noon until 1:30 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. Family and friends will proceed to Goshen Cemetery in Coffeeville for a 2 p.m. graveside service with Rev. Steve Albonetti officiating.


Survivors include a daughter, Donna Mooney (Bob) of Batesville; two sons, Don Brooks (Katie) of Oxford and Daniel Brooks (Jennifer) of Grenada; one sister, Mildred Goudy of Byhalia; and four grandchildren, Ashlyn, Preston, Jackson, and Cara. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Brooks; three sisters, Margaret Walker, Dorothy Riles, and Catherine Jackson; and one brother, Elmer Hight.

Jerry Caulder

GRENADA—Graveside services for Jerry Caulder, age 68, of Grenada were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Dividing Ridge Cemetery near Coffeeville. Visitation was held Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in Mortimer National Funeral Home.


Mr. Caulder died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his  home. Born October 4, 1949, in Coffeeville, he was a son of the late Edgar Clayton Caulder and Edna Mae Gilbert Caulder. Jerry was employed by Heatcraft as a group leader until his retirement. He was a Baptist.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Pennington Caulder and a brother, William Larry Caulder.


He is survived by two daughters, Lynn Taylor and Tammy Norris, both of Grenada; two sisters, Judy Caulder of Coffeeville and Patricia McElhaney of Big Creek; three brothers, James L. Caulder of Coffeeville, Charles E. Caulder of Pontotoc, and Stanley Caulder of Coffeeville; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude.

Gary R. Ratliff

WATER VALLEY—Gary R. Ratliff, age 65, died Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.


Born April 19, 1952, in Burdine, Kentucky, Mr. Ratliff was a son of the late Ervin Ratliff and Wilma Marcella Lane. He was a coal miner by trade. After moving to Water Valley, he worked at Yalobusha General Hospital. Gary was a cattleman and farmer at heart. He loved his cattle and enjoyed riding motorcycles.


A memorial service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home Tuesday, February 13, with visitation at noon with the service following at 1 p.m. Dr. Randy Bain officiated the service.


Survivors include his daughter, Jodie Ann Ratliff of Hammond, Ind.; three sisters, Evalene Odom (Paul) of Water Valley, Patty Lynn Mullins and Elizabeth Ann Kiser (Reno), both of McRoberts, Ky.; two brothers, Gregory Lane Raliff of McRoberts, Ky., and James Bradley Ratliff (Sarah) of London, Ky.;  eight grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He is also survived by a special companion, Heather Muirhead, and her son, Grafton.


In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Gary A. Ratliff.

David Lee Woody

OXFORD—David Lee Woody, 88, died Sunday, February 4, 2018, in Brookdale Assisted Living Center at Oxford.


The funeral service was held Wednesday, February 7, at 11 a.m. in Shiloh Baptist Church, with Rev. Derek Starnes, Rev. Steve Quarles, and Phil Newberry officiating. Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday evening, February 6, from 5-7 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home, and beginning at 10 a.m. at the  church on Wednesday.


Born in Columbia, Tenn., Mr. Woody was a son of the late John Whithorn and Mary Elizabeth Nicklelson Woody. A retired truck driver, he had worked for Mason and Dixon Truck Line and also Transcon Truck Lines.  He was a very active church member and a lifelong Baptist. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist, where he served as a deacon and a Youth Sunday School teacher and was a former member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, where he also served as a deacon and Youth Sunday School teacher. He had a great love of music and enjoyed playing the guitar. Mr. Woody was a veteran of the United States Army, achieving the rank of Corporal while serving during the Korea Conflict.


Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Woody of Oxford; a daughter, Vicki Woody Lanier (Sammy) of Water Valley; son, Timothy Lee Woody (Tricia) of Pontotoc; half-sister, Nancy Woody West of Nashville, Tenn.; half-brother, Howard Woody of Nashville; grandchildren, Amanda Lee Heavner (Jason), Rachel Leigh Woody, and David Zachery Woody; step—grandson, Ricky Lee Staggs (Megan); and great grandchildren, Lyric Jean Heavner, Parker James Seale, and Jade Analise Staggs.


Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, The Pregnancy Test Center, P. O. Box 1193, Oxford, MS 38655, or Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Fund, 31 CR 429, Oxford, MS 38655.


In honor of Mr. Woody’s service to our country, the flag of the United States Army was flown at Waller Funeral Home.

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