Obituaries 02/14/19

Danny Ray Austin

TILLATOBA—Danny Ray Austin, age 69, of Tillatoba passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019, in his residence surrounded by his family.

Born December 9,1949, in Calhoun County, Mr. Austin is a son of  the late Edward and Christine Welker Austin. Danny was a retired shop foreman with Lehman Roberts and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
 He loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 11, in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service at Grenada with Rev. Rickey Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Austin Family Cemetery near Tillatoba with Haygen Austin, David Henson, Logan Henson, Michael Hipp, Jamie Pruett, Justin Rowland, and Hunter Rutland as pallbearers. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening and one hour prior to the service time Monday, all at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Libby Doles Austin; one daughter Cricket Henson (David) of Grenada; four grandchildren, Hunter Rutland (Gina), Jordan Rutland, Logan Henson, and Haygen Austin;  two great-grandchildren; one sister, Jewel Robinson of New Albany; a brother, Jackie Austin (Joyce)  of Artesia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Wayne Austin, a sister, Eloise Morgan, and a brother, Joe Ed Austin.

Dennis Wayne Austin

CROWDER—Dennis Wayne Austin, age 50, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital —North Mississippi at Oxford.

The family received friends on Thursday, February 7, from 11 a.m. until the service began at 1 p.m. in the chapel of  Kimbro Funeral  Home in Marks. Interment followed in the Crowder Cemetery.

One of Dennis’ greatest enjoyments in life was making jewelry. He was also an avid hunter and just had a big lovable heart.

Survivors include his father, Dennis Austin (Cindy) of Crowder; two sisters, Carolyn Austin (Charlie) of Calhoun City and Janice Stacy (Larry) of Water Valley; two brothers, Bryan Austin of Crowder and Cris Austin (Cassie) of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda B. Austin. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 535 Alabama Ave., Memphis, TN 38105.

Bonnie Wiggs Buford Bice

MARKS—Bonnie Wiggs Buford Bice, age 69, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

A memorial service for  Bonnie was held Sunday, February 10, in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville with Rev. Derrick Simmons officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Born January 16, 1950, in Marks, Bonnie was a daughter the late Edith Bernard and Preston Wiggs . She worked as an LPN in the Clarksdale Family Medical Center during her lifetime. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved her fury companion, Mollie.

Survivors include her children, Tina Allen (David) of Pope, Robert Buford (Meloney) of Batesville, and Jonathan Buford (Maranda) of Coffeeville; two sisters, Peggy Warrington of Batesville and Patsy Maxcey of Charleston; grandchildren, Haley Beth Pegueros (Humberto), Tyler Allen, Taylor Buford, Dustin Buford, Nathan Buford, Colby Buford, Jade Muzzi (Seth) and Jordan Roberson; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Bonnie is preceded in death by five siblings,  Gladys Warrington, Marvin Wiggs, Johnny Wiggs, Lloyd Turner, and Bobbie Jean Bridges.

Willis Aaron Holder

WATER VALLEY—Willis Aaron Holder, age 93, of Water Valley died peacefully Wednesday, February 6, 2018.

Born January 16, 1926, in Finger, Tenn., Mr Holder was a son of the late Jessie Earl and Laura Beene Holder. He attended Sylva Rena Baptist Church. Willis obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 17 and enjoyed the sport for several years. During his early years, he supported his family as a meat cutter for various companies, including Kroger Grocery Co., while living in Memphis. 

In 1963, Aaron, his wife and son moved to Water Valley. He became a barber upon completion of Barber College in Memphis. He was a practicing barber until his first retirement in 1991 at the age of 65. At that time, he and Bernice, his wife of almost 59 years, began traveling, camping, and visiting their family out west. Following several years of retirement, he returned to the barber shop and the customers he loved so dearly. Eventually, due to the failing health of his wife, Bernice, he chose to set up a small shop attached to their home south of Water Valley. 

Even after her death in 2014, he continued to cut hair for anyone who stopped by until the age of 90. Due to failing health, he moved to Olive Branch to be closer to family members who continued to care for him until  his death. His simple life, and the integrity which was instilled upon him during his early years, followed him through his entire life. He never met a stranger and when compelled, was eager to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Well known, and loved by many in his community, he will be greatly missed.

Visitation was held Saturday, February 9, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until noon. The funeral service followed at noon in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Brad Burnett officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Andrew Holder, Lee Hutcherson, Sam Westcot,  Ray Dill, Roy Bennett Stevens, and Frank Brooks as pallbearers.

Survivors include his son, Charles Allen Holder of Olive Branch; a step-daughter, Barbara Joy Scott of Olive Branch; three grandsons, Donnie Holder of Yakama, Wash., Lee Hutcherson (Stephanie) of Olive Branch, and Andrew Holder of Memphis; two granddaughters, Fauna Gutierrez (Richard) of Yakama, Wash., and Candice Westcot (Sam) of Southaven; and six great-grandchildren. 

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Holder; two sons, William Aaron Holder, and Donald Wayne Holder; and four sisters, Marie Holder, Mary Lee Holder, Mildred Stella, and May Dell Morris.

Ralph Craig Mahan 

WATER VALLEY—Ralph Craig Mahan, age 80, of Water Valley died Sunday, February 10, 2019, in his home.

Born March 20, 1938 in Lafayette County, Ralph was a son of the late Jessie and Leliah Cook Mahan. He served our country in the Marine Corps and after an honorable discharge went to work for the railroad.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, February 13, from noon until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral  Home. The service will begin at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Bill Forsyth officiating. Burial will be in Drivers Flat Cemetery with Wayne Burrowes, Josh Burrowes, Matt Burrowes, Scott Story, Michael Stevens,and Hunter Ashford as pallbearers. An honorary pallbearer will be John Stevens.

Survivors  include his wife, Billie Mahan of Water Valley; two sons, David Burrowes (Rhonda) and Kenny Burrowes (Doris), all of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Roland Mahan; a daughter-in-law, Martha Burrowes; and one sister-in-law, Betty Mahan.

Along with his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Dennis Burrowes, and two brothers, Steve and Virgil Mahan.

Norma McCullough

COFFEEVILLE—Norma Evelyn Bond Vinson McCullough, 80, of Coffeeville  passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born November 8, 1938, in Liberty, Mrs. McCullough was a daughter of the late Harry Milton and Mary Evelyn Reeves Bond. She had worked for many years as a receptionist in a doctor’s office and was a Baptist. 

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10, in Tangipahoa Baptist Church in Summit with Rev. Craig Baker officiating. Interment followed in the Butler Pray Cemetery in Amite County with Chance Causey, Mason Conerly, Ricky Conerly, Ab McCullough, Ben McCullough, Jason McCullough and Bryan McCullough as pallbearers. James B. Dees and Rob Robinett were honorary pallbearers. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m Saturday in First Baptist Church at Coffeeville, and one hour prior to the service Sunday in Tangipahoa Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Sonny Glynn McCullough of Coffeeville; two sons, Bryan Keith McCullough (Amanda) and Jason Kevin McCullough (Brandi), both of Coffeeville; six grandchildren, Maeci McCullough, Benjamin McCullough, Kamryn McCullough, Wilson “Ab” McCullough, Elena McCullough, and Lucy Bea McCullough;  and several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and a great-great- niece and nephew.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in  death by her first husband, Fred Vinson; a sister, Barbara Ruth Causey; a brother, Carroll Bond; and a nephew.

Martha Mullins Oates

GRENADA—Martha Mullins Oates, 77, of Grenada passed away Friday, February 8, 2019, at her residence.

Born February 17, 1941, in Carrollton, Mrs. Oates was a daughter of the late J. D. and Annie Norris Mullins. She worked for many years as a CNA and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday February 10, in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Rev. John Goldwater and Rev. Milton Whatley officiating. Interment followed in the Elliott Cemetery with Donavon Blaylock, Michael Johnson, Timothy Pearson, Cory Perkins, Charles Storey and Andy Walters as pallbearers. Family and friends gathered one hour prior to the service in the funeral home at Grenada.

Survivors include four daughters, Phoebe Green of Grenada, Tammy Perkins of Water Valley, Diane Hodges of Southaven and Darla Trusty of Grenada; two sons, James Winters and Earl Winters, both of Grenada; three sisters, Alice Farrell, Lucille Stallings, and Darlene Winter; four brothers, Donnie Bell, Eddie Bell, Milton Whatley, and Wayne Bell; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion “Bubba” Oates; two sisters, Clara Allen and Frances Gillory; and a brother, James Mullins.

Ruby Lee Turner

WATER VALLEY—Ruby Lee Turner, 84, died Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

The funeral will be held Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford  with Rev. Jeff Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Peach Creek Cemetery outside of Sardis. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at noon, in the funeral home.

Born in Quitman County, Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late Mattie Sue West Bowles and Alvis Lee Bowles. Mrs. Turner was the widow of Floyd Lewis Turner. She was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, shopping and spending time outdoors. Her family will feel her loss profoundly as Mrs. Turner instilled that family was everything. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Janie Sue Smith and Pamela Faye McCuan; two sons, Jonathan Lee Turner and Peter Anthony Turner; one sister, Christine Stewart; and five brothers, Carl Douglass Bowles, Larry Bowles, Charlie Bowles, James Bowles, and Dick Bowles.

Survivors include: four sons, Floyd Lewis Turner, Jr. of Water Valley, Steven Daniel Turner of Tupelo, Joseph Farrell Turner of Water Valley, and John Roger Dale Turner (Mary Jane)of Oxford; a son-in-law, Ricky McCuan (Tammy) of Water Valley; a sister, Mattie Ann McGregory of Batesville; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

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