Obituaries 04/04/19

Edna Langston “Judy” Ford

WATER VALLEY—Edna Langston “Judy” Ford, 65, of Water Valley, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Ray Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will follow, beginning at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Bro. Clarence Edwards officiating. Interment will be in North Cleveland Cemetery.

Born February 7, 1954, in Cleveland, Miss., Judy was a daughter of the late Alton and  Lucie Langston. She spent her time caring for her beloved sons and then grandchildren. Judy had a heart of gold, she loved helping others and feeding her friends and family. She was the “never let anyone leave hungry” type of woman. Judy cared for anyone and everyone who needed help. She also enjoyed sewing and playing puzzles on the computer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Joanne McDaniel and Bonnie Thompson; and brothers, Bill Langston and Randy Henderson.

Survivors  include her sons,  Kenny Britt and John Ford (Katrina), both of Tishomingo; grandsons, Hunter Britt, Blake Britt, Clayton Ford, Eli Edwards, and Luke Edwards; siblings, Kay Pyron of Cleveland and Brenda Hoop (Jerry) of Taylor; niece, Patricia Lane (Kenny)  of Water Valley; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Rhonda Schwinn Hammons

HERNANDO—Mrs. Rhonda Michelle Schwinn Hammons, 48, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—Desoto.

Visitation was held Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford. The funeral service  immediately followed visitation at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment was in Ole Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Rhonda was born in Pontotoc. She always had such a bright and pleasant personality and was extremely strong and never afraid to express her opinions. Her pride and joy were her two sons. She would express how proud she was of them every chance she had. She has a way of touching the  life of everyone she came in contact with. Ms. Rhonda was an amazing mother, daughter, aunt, and sister and she will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her two sons, Justin Hammons and Joshua Hammons, both of Hernando; her mother, Mae Darby of Water Valley; her father, Joseph Schwinn, Sr. of Horn Lake; her step-father, James E. Darby, Jr. of Water Valley; three bothers, Anthony Jenkins and William Jenkins, both of Water Valley, and Joseph Schwinn, Jr. of Hernando; one aunt, Ann Savage of Water Valley; two nieces, one nephew; a great-nephew, a great niece; and a host of cousins.

She was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Culley Sledge and Amos Schwinn; two grandmothers, Annie Grace Britt and Mary Schwinn; and one cousin, Tina Savage.

Memorials may be made to Coleman Funeral Home, 601 Commerce Pkwy., Oxford, MS 38655.

Ben Horan

WATER VALLEY—Ben F. Horan, 90, of Water Valley died Saturday, March 30, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family.

Ben was the son of the late John P. and Lela Horan of Water Valley, and was married to Lilly Loyce Horan. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. Ben was an attorney in private practice in Water Valley from 1959 until 2012. He was also a former County Prosecutor for Yalobusha County, a former Attorney for the City of Coffeeville, and former Youth Court Master for Yalobusha County.

Visitation was held Monday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Stoney Moorehead officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Hayden Horan, Payne Horan, Heath Horan, Garrett Miller, Nathan Bruner, and Bill Bruner as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Curtis Berry, Breck Brown, Larry Bell, David Lowe, Ricky Lowe, Tuffy Williamson, Trent Howell, Rex Howell, John Crow, David Kehoe, Larry Davis and Tim Bell. A private mass was also held with Father Joe Tonos from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Oxford, presiding.

Survivors include his wife, Lilly Loyce Horan of Water Valley;  five sons, Michael Horan (Patsy) of Hattiesburg; Brennan Horan (Leslie) of Southaven, Clay Horan (Debbie) of Senatobia, Kevin Horan (Clarissa) of Grenada, and Sean Horan (Melissa) of Denver, Colorado; and one brother, Dewitt Kehoe of Water Valley.

In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Horan Bruner; six sisters, Pat Horan Grant, Wilma Sartain, Hattie Mathis, Francis Vaughn, Betty Melton, and Elizabeth Dunn; and four brothers, George Kehoe, Earl  Kehoe, Jack Kehoe and James Kehoe.

Lottie Tidwell Knighton

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Lottie Tidwell Knighton, 86, died Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

The funeral service was held Monday, April 1, at 11 a..m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Virgil Nelson officiating. Burial followed in Pine Flat Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday, March 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home.

Born in Taylor, Mrs. Knighton was a daughter of the late Carl and Myrtle Bishop Tidwell. She worked as a nurse’s aid at Yalobusha County Nursing home and was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church. Her  nurturing spirit continued outside of work and into the lives of her family and those in her community. Remembered for her heart of gold, Mrs. Knighton served as a foster grandparent at North Mississippi Regional Center, was a constant volunteer wherever she was needed, and truly enjoyed giving to others. She enjoyed playing games like dominoes, bingo, and rummy and, keeping her hobbies well rounded, she also enjoyed worshiping in church and keeping up with her soap operas, especially Days of Our Lives. Above all, her love for her Lord sustained her and she relished time spent with family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester Knighton; a daughter, Robbie Knighton; a grandson, Chris Knighton; a great-granddaughter, Caitlin Williams; five sisters and five brothers.

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence Knighton (Lawanda) of Oxford, Rodney Knighton (Dell) of Water Valley, Johnny Knighton (Denise) of Oxford and Carl Knighton of Water Valley; a sister, Joanie Rodgers of New Albany; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

 Amy Lou Varner Wells

LAFAYETTE COUNTY—Mrs. Amy Lou Varner Wells, 65, died Sunday, March 31, 2019, at her home in Lafayette County.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Elder James Hall officiating. Burial was in Church Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m.

Born in Clarksdale, Mrs. Wells was a daughter of the late Earl and Wilma Howard Varner. She was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church. She had worked as a machinist at Kellwood in Oxford and Big Yank in Water Valley. Amy enjoyed going to yard sales, playing bingo and getting together with her friends. She was a loving aunt and had a close relationship with her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Varner, and her twin sister, Mamie Sue Varner.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Billy Wayne Wells of Oxford; three sisters, Debbie Varner Standard (Steve) of Oxford, Martha Varner Philips of Philadelphia, and Beth Varner Blue of Waterford; two brothers, Lynn Varner (Tina) of Oxford and Gene Varner (Annetta) of Bremerton, Wash.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

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