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Obituaries 6/28/18

William Glenn Bixler, Jr.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—William “Billy” Glenn Bixler, Jr., husband of Water Valley native Sara Johnson, died June 17, 2018. 

  Born in southeast Missouri April 15, 1942, Billy was a son of the late Marie McCrady and William Bixler, Sr. He grew up in the farming area of Missouri and was a graduate of Lilbourn High School, where he was an outstanding band member and a strong academic student. After graduation, and prior to joining his father in the farming business, he worked in St. Louis in the automobile industry and then joined the Army where he had training in South Carolina and New Jersey. The Bixler family moved to Louisiana for a larger farming operation. Billy was in the process of learning to fly when Hurricane Betsy destroyed the plane.

Billy and Sara married and were the parents of three children, Maria, Glen, and Leah. He had always wanted to go to Australia and had been a ham radio operator, where he developed several friendships with Australians. Several months after Leah was born, Sara and Billy took a two-week trip to Australia, where he investigated farming and while looking for property to purchase, he developed an interest in the real estate business. The family then moved to Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia where they lived for seven years.

Back in the U.S., the family settled in Uvalde, Texas, where his parents had property, and they lived there for over 30 years, prior to moving to San Antonio five years ago. 

Billy is survived by his beloved wife, Sara, and children, Maria Honaski (Lyle), Lakehills, Texas, Glen Bixler (Lisa), Houston, Texas, and Leah Williams (Dwayne), San Antonio; grandchildren, Luke and Kate Williams; a sister, Joyce Brower (Wayne) of Baton Rouge. La.; a brother, Ronnie Bixler, of Wisner, La.; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The memorial service will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel, San Antonio June 30 at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, 220 N. High St., Uvalde, TX; El Progreso Library, 301 W. Main S., Uvalde, TX; or Fellowship of San Antonio, 23755 Canyon Golf Road, San Antonio, TX.

Brenda Dee Winters Henderson

WATER VALLEY—Brenda Dee Winters Henderson, 71, of Water Valley, died Friday June 22, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born June 30, 1946, in Imlay City, Mich., Brenda was a daughter of the late Ray Winters and Dorothy Day Lowry. She worked as a thread clerk at Big Yank  in Water Valley for many years. She was happily married to Donald Henderson for 54 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Brenda taught children in Sunday School and also worked in the nursery. She was an avid Water Valley band and Blue Devil fan, and she coached softball every summer in her younger days, where she taught most of the girls in Water Valley how to play ball. She loved flowers, her grandchildren, and her very faithful dog named Cooper. She also loved sitting on her porch, visiting with her family and friends.

Visitation was held Monday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery with Bro. Hal Clark officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Henderson of Water Valley; two daughters, Glenda Henderson Gordon and Melinda Henderson Grimmett (James), both of Water Valley; a sister, Linda Winters Wright (Perch) of Southaven; and three grandchildren, John Michael Grimmett, Mack Gordon, and Edee Grace Henderson.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Henderson Lewis, and a brother, Raymond Winters.

Vera Jean McGregor Sartin

OXFORD—Vera Jean McGregor Sartin, age 88, died Friday, June 22, 2018, at her home in Oxford.

  Born in Tunica County, she was a daughter of the late Cliff and Eula Campbell McGregor. Jean was a long-time faithful and active member of Anchor Baptist Church, where she served many years teaching children of all ages. Homebound visiting was an enjoyable mission and she was always concerned about the needs of others.

The funeral service was held Monday, June 25, at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Shook officiating. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until service time. A private burial was held in Longtown Cemetery at Crenshaw.

Mrs. Sartin is survived by a son, Clifford Andrew “Andy” Sartin (Jennifer) of Natchez; her granddaughter, Kaitlyn Mayfield; a son-in-law, Chuck Mayfield; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Sartin; her daughter, Sylvia Sartin Mayfield; a sister, Edna Jenkins; and two brothers, John McGregor and Mike McGregor.

Memorials may be made to the Anchor Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 1009 Hwy. 7, Water Valley, MS 38965.

Jennifer Johnette Suratt Wild

ABBEVILLE, LA—Jennifer Johnette Suratt Wild passed away Monday morning, June 25, 2018, at her home in Abbeville, Louisiana. Johnette was born in Jackson, Tenn. on April 28, 1972. She was the loving daughter of Patsy Bell Suratt and John Moreland Suratt, Jr.

Johnette attended school in Water Valley until the family moved to Louisiana in 1975. She was a member of First Christian Church in Water Valley. In Louisiana, she was the manager of the Abbeville Country Club for many years. For the last fews years, she worked in the laboratory at Coastal Chemical Co.

Johnette loved animals and she acquired six cats and three dogs that were devoted to her. One of the dogs is a black Scottie named “Sadie.” They all were right by her side to the very end.

Survivors include her husband, Jamie Wild of Abbeville, LA; a son, Anthony Chance White (Kelly), a granddaughter, Abigail White, one grandson, Anthony White, II  of Maurice, LA;  her mother, Patsy Bell Suratt of Water Valley; a sister, Cindi Pittman Moreland of New York, NY; five brothers, Arthur Paul Pittman (Robin) of Summerville, SC, John P. Surratt (Joyce) of Jacksonville, NC, Gary M. Suratt of MN, Rickey E. Suratt (Leslie) of Moss Bluff, LA, and Larry L. Suratt of LA;  a dear friend, Glen Goodwin; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Moreland Suratt, Jr. and her brother, James Edward Pittman.

There will be a memorial service in First Christian Church here in Water Valley to be announced at a later date.

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