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Obituaries 08/30/18

James Elmer Calder

 COFFEEVILLE – Rev. James Elmer Calder, 79, of Coffeeville, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 at his residence with his family by his side.  He was born July 21, 1939 in Tallahatchie County to Alex and Hattie Mae Liles Calder.  James surrendered to the ministry in 1964 and had faithfully served as pastor of Sherman Baptist Church in Calhoun County for over 38 years.  He was also an avid gardener and a U.S. Army Veteran.  Rev. Calder will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and, most of all, a devoted man of God.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 28, at Calvary Baptist Church near Coffeeville with interment following in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Alex Bray, Kevin Bray, Ronnie Bray, Adam Brinson, Landon Brinson and Bobby Martin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Emmitt Brown, Richard Carpenter, Ben Liles and Toy Neal. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann Liles Calder; four daughters, Carol Halderman (Johnny), Linda Caldwell (Jerry) and Kaye Orton, all of Coffeeville and Connie Brinson (Greg) of Brookhaven; nine grandchildren, Bobby Martin (Brandi), Kevin Bray, Alex Bray (Jasmine), Ashley Castello (Walker), Kayti Caldwell, Adam Brinson (Misty), Landon Brinson, Olivia Barnes (Devin) and Maggie Orton; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charlie and Glen Calder.


Richard Taylor Campbell

 COFFEEVILLE –Richard Taylor Campbell, 9, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada.  He was born January 23, 2009 in Oxford to Troy Taylor Campbell and Kristy Melton Campbell.  Taylor was a 3rd grade student at Grenada Elementary School and attended First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.  An avid outdoorsman, Taylor loved to hunt and fish.  Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 30,  at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with Rev. Craig Baker and Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating.  Interment will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada and one hour prior to the service Thursday at First Baptist Church – Coffeeville.

Survivors include his parents, Troy and Kristy Campbell of Coffeeville; four brothers, Josh Campbell, Blayne Baker, Payton Campbell and Bryant Campbell, all of Coffeeville; one sister, Krystle Harris of Grenada; and his aunts, Annice Kyle, Sheila Pinnix and Kim Ayers.


Billy Raymond Harrison

 CORINTH—Billy Raymond Harrison, age 81, died peacefully Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in Iuka.

Born June 1, 1937, in Greenville, he was a son of the late John and Margaret Langford Harrison. Billy received an art degree from Mississippi College and spent his career as a graphic artist and art director. He was a member of the U.S. Chess Federation and enjoyed painting, fishing, sports, and woodworking. He was of the Presbyterian faith.

The family had a private visitation, prior to the service on Saturday, August 25, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A 2:30 p.m. graveside service followed in Oak Hill Cemetery, also in Water Valley.

Billy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma Bennett Harrison of Corinth (formerly of Water Valley); two sons, Bennett R. Harrison (Lita) of Newark, Calif. and Patrick T. Harrison (Debbie) of Batehaven, New South Wales, Australia; a sister, Betty Brown of  Houston; a brother, Don Harrison (Susan) of Memphis; one grandson, Gabriel Harrison of Newark, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Hart of Corinth.


Willie Lee Hervey

 CHICAGO, Ill.—Willie Lee Hervey died Friday, August 3, 2018. Born April 28, 1948, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Climmie Lee Hervey and Willie Velma Flowers. He attended Davidson Elementary and High Schools in Water Valley and after finishing school he relocated to Chicago. He married Darlene Pulliam in 1985. He worked as a drywall finishers for L. H. Woods Construction and M. Ecke Construction until he decided to go out on his own. He loved his family and was affectionately called “Dynamite.” He enjoyed music and sports and helping senior citizens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney and Anthony, his aunt and uncle who raised him, Hattie and Ceasar Phillips; eight Phillips brothers, Jimmie, Fred, Lloyd, Alfred, Deroy, Lenzy, Cecil, and Odell; and two Phillips sisters, Mary and Christine and their husbands, Jerome Johnson and Rochester Haywood; and grandparents, Bulah Moss, Evan and Zula Hervey.

Survivors include sons, Willie Darren (Sheryl) Dotson, Corey Hervey and Rev. Shannon S. Euring, Sr. (Monica Avalos); daughters, Litasha Banks and Lolita “Elena” Holiday; grandchildren, Darren Dotson, Delon Kirkman, and Porsche Hardy, Brittney Britton, X’xavier Miller, Sr., YaShica Blackman, and Shanice Dotson, Raquel Avalos Euring and Shannon S. Euring, Jr., Eshanti Deshanti and Emani Banks; and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Phillips (Ora Lee) and James Phillips (Mary); sisters, Rosie Nell Moore and Lillie Polk; step-brother, Earl Daniel (Dena); sisters-in-law, Luella Phillips, Hazel Philips, Christine Williams; and a great aunt, Georgia Ann White.  

The funeral service was held Saturday, August 18, in AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home, Chicago, with Pastor Todd Fletcher officiating.


William Cooper Lipscomb

WATER VALLEY—William Cooper Lipscomb of Water Valley age 85, died August 24, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Oxford. 

Born June 6, 1933, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Corrie Mae Pass and Clifton Lipscomb. Mr. Lipscomb served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and years later re-enlisted and served during the Vietnam War. He was employed for many years as an inspector with Coors Canning in Golden, Colorado. William enjoyed watching western movies and was a fan of the Denver Broncos. He especially enjoyed spending time with Tommy and with his grandchildren. William was a Mason and a member of First Baptist Church. The family will  hold a memorial service at a later time.

He is survived by four daughters, Barbara Durdin (Ron) of Water Valley, Donna Lund (Brian) of Denver Colorado, Zandra Goolsby of Byhalia, and Cynthia Lipscomb of Water Valley; two sons, James Lipscomb (Sue) of Orlando, Fla. and Thomas Lipscomb of Water Valley; two sisters, Nanette Ware and Ann Sitter; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Lipscomb; a son, Thomas Bueno; two brothers, James Lipscomb and Allen Lipscomb; and a grandson, John William Miles.


Willie Walker Owens

 WATER VALLEY—Willie Walker Owens, age 88, died Thursday, August 23, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford, with his family by his side. 

Born July 15, 1930, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Fred Owens and Annie Coward Owens. Willie worked for the Water Valley Coca-Cola Bottling Plant before its closure, and then continued his career at Blu Buck Mercantile, and in recent years at Sartain’s Home and Auto. Willie enjoyed watching his favorite comedies on television, and was a dedicated baseball fan. He was a member of the Martin Street Church of Christ in Water Valley.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, August 28, at noon in the Martin Street Church of Christ with Rev. Dexter Ross officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, James Owens of Water Valley and Bobby Owens of California; three sisters, Margaret Johnson, Annie Bell Owens, and Gertrude Owens, all of Water Valley; and one brother, Russell Owens of Chicago.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Claudie Mae Jones, Ethel Oliver, and Ella Mae Owens; and four brothers, Freddie Harris, George Owens, Robert Owens, and Leslie Owens.

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