Obituaries 03/21/19

Garrett Allen

COFFEEVILLE—Garrett Allen, age 20, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, near Durant.

Garrett was born March 28, 1998, in Memphis and was a son of Marlisa Kaye Oliver Allen and Jeffrey Lee Allen. He was a member of First Faith Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, painting and building things. He also loved camping and being outdoors. Most of all, Garrett loved going to church and spending time with his family.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral  Home at Batesville. The family received friends Monday evening, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment was in Vicksburg City Cemetery.

Garrett leaves his parents, Kaye Oliver Allen of Coffeeville and Jeffrey Lee Allen of Batesville; his grandmother, Lela Ann Oliver of Yazoo City; his “bonus” mother, Jennifer Martin of Batesville; his honorary grandparents, Tony and Virginia Martin; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who were more like siblings.

Mason Logan Allen

COFFEEVILLE—Mason Logan Allen, age 12, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019, near Durant.

Mason was born July 31, 2006, in Oxford and was a son of Marlisa Kaye Oliver Allen and Jeffrey Lee Allen. He was a member of First Faith Baptist Church. Mason enjoyed doing anything outside, particularly fishing and camping.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral  Home at Batesville. The family received friends Monday evening, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment was in Vicksburg City Cemetery.

Mason leaves his parents, Kaye Oliver Allen of Coffeeville and Jeffrey Lee Allen of Batesville; his grandmother, Lela Ann Oliver of Yazoo City; his “bonus” mother, Jennifer Martin of Batesville; his honorary grandparents, Tony and Virginia Martin; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who were more like siblings.

Terri Chandler

BATESVILLE—Terri Chandler, age 57,  of Batesville died peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family.

Born March 2, 1962, in Ludington, Mich., Terri is a daughter of Dale and Ruth Mafmon King. Before becoming a  full-time homemaker, she worked as an office manager for Crawford Business Supply. Terri found joy in many things which included photography, making crafts, writing poetry and her cats. She held a special place in her heart for her granddaughter, Calleigh Mae. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville.

The family held a private visitation and burial on Thursday, March 14. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley has charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Billy W. Chandler; one son, Daniel Chandler; her mother, Ruth King; a sister, Cindy Jones (Tony); and one granddaughter, Calleigh Mae Chandler, all of Batesville.

Terri was preceded in death by her father, Dale King.

Lloyd Defer 

WATER VALLEY—Lloyd Edward Defer, age 81, of Water Valley died peacefully Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.

Born January 23, 1938, in Middleton, Tenn., Lloyd was a son of the late Troy and Lou (Hisaw) Defer. He had worked his entire career in the law enforcement field, spending six and a half years with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and 20 years as sheriff of Yalobusha County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren, who were very special to him.

Lloyd was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church, where he served on the deacon board and was Sunday School Director, both for 37 years. He has also achieved some other important accomplishments which included receiving the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow that is awarded to Rotarians who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, as well as being a 32nd degree Mason.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 16, in Camp Ground Baptist Church at Water Valley from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral service followed at 1 p.m. with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial was in Pine Crest Cemetery, with Skyler Defer, Randy Simmons, Joe Black, Billy Jones, Chuck Schwinn and Michael Callahand as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Homer Melton, Gerald Bailey, and all the deacons of Camp Ground Baptist Church.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Defer; three sons, “Bubba” Defer (Stephanie), Michael Defer (Gina) and Tommy Defer (Stacie), all of Water Valley; and two grandchildren, Skyler and Presley Defer.

Sybil Warren King

OXFORD—Sybil Warren King, 84, passed from this earthly life at her residence in Oxford on March 8, 2019.

Born in Tula, Sybil was a daughter of the late Henry and Nona Huckaby Warren. She was an accountant and worked at Rice Stix (later Big Yank) in Water Valley. She worked as a Child Enforcement Officer for the Department of Human Services in Lafayette County and retired in 1997 after many years of service. She was a faithful member of her church, Paris Baptist Church, where see served as church treasurer for a number of years. She and Joe loved their garden and always had an abundance to share with family and friends. She had a beautiful alto voice and loved to sing and loved music. Sybil also loved her family and showed it in her own special way.

Visitation was held Sunday, March 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Parker Memorial Funeral Home at Bruce. A funeral service celebrating her life was held in the chapel of the funeral home at 3 p.m. with Bro Derek Starnes officiating. Burial was in Memory Memorial Garden with Andrew Bridgman, Greg Davis, Jamie Foshee, Marty Harmon, Brett King and Richard Peeples as pallbearers.

She leaves two daughters, Judy Martin (Freddie) of Banner and Debbie Bishop of Oxford; grandchildren, Jamie  Foshee (Jennifer) of Paris, Heather Chinault Young (Chris) of Paragould, Ark., Kristie Chinault McCammon (Chris) of Water Valley and Morgan Bishop of Oxford;  five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Wayne Warren (Glenda) of Tula, Billy Warren (Barbara) of Water Valley, James (J. B.) Warren of Sardis and Kenny Warren (Betty) of Oxford; a sister-in-law, Sara Newman King of Paris; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.

In addition to her  parents, Sybil was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joe Abb King, and siblings, Opal Gandy, Juanice Anthony, and Gene Warren.

Mary Victoria McCullar

WINCHESTER, TENN.—In the early hours of March 8, 2019, Mary Victoria McCullar departed this life for her final reward. She passed away in The Waters of Winchester Health Facility in Winchester, Tenn.

Born September 25, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Howard Cooper. She was the wife of the late Edward Clyne McCullar. A lifelong homemaker, she worked for many years at the Batesville Hosiery Mill and at Fred’s Dollar Store. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville. During the last 20 year she lived in Texas, Virginia and Tennessee to be  near family.

She is survived by two children, Edward Terry McCullar (Annie B.) of Oxford and Karen McCullar Palmertree (Billy C.) of Decherd, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Zupo of Seguin, Texas, Mike McCullar (Brittany) of New Braunfels, Texas, Barry Palmertree (Petra) of Poquoson, Va. and Brian Palmertree (April) of Waconia, Minn.; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held in Orwood Cemetery in Lafayette County on Tuesday, March 12, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Reed McCaleb officiating. Dickins Funeral Home of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Smoke Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, First United Methodist Church of Batesville, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Patti McMinn

WATER VALLEY—Patti McMinn, age 57, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in the Methodist Hospital at Germantown.

Born April 4, 1961, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen Knight Anthony. She had worked 36 years as a registered nurse, most recently at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. She enjoyed spending her time off with her grandchildren, whom she adored. She was a member of  Water Valley First Christian Church.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 16, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. The service followed at 4 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of he funeral home with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

Survivors include her two daughters, Chastity Simmons (John) and Kirstyn McMinn; one son, Zane McMinn; two sisters, Donna Womble and Paula Potter; two brothers, Wes Anthony and Richard “Dickie” Anthony; and three grandchildren.

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