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Obituaries 05/09/19

Annie Margaret Burgess Campbell

WATER VALLEY—A memorial service for Sis. Annie Margaret Burgess Campbell will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., in Everdale Baptist Church.

Mrs. Campbell, a native of Water Valley and daughter of Sis. Mary Ealy, was born December 29, 1939. She was a school teacher and librarian at Davidson High School for many years. She continued her career in Tallahassee, Fla, and retiring in Florida. God called her to her eternal rest December 3, 2018. 

Her memorial service will be a testament to her life here at home, states her family, Bro. Harry Campbell, and children.

Roy Lee “R. L.” Dixon

GRENADA—Roy Lee “R. L.” Dixon of Grenada went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, while surround by his loving family.

Born April 15, 1934, R. L. was a son of the late  William Arthur and Zettie Hubbard Dixon. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church. R. L. was owner of Shaw’s Meat Company in Grenada for many years and had worked in the meat business for over 60 years. He really enjoyed seeing all of his customers through the years, up until his retirement at age 83. He dearly loved his family, loved his Lord and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Rev. James McElroy and Rev. Howard Beam officiating. Interment followed in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Grenada. The family received friends from one o’clock until service time. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Mabry Dixon; his daughter, Mitzi Rowland (Kenneth) of Oakland; a son, Steve Dixon (Launa) of Grenada; one sister, Frances Austin of Grenada; two brothers, James Dixon of Clinton and Marvin Dixon of Senatobia; six grandchildren, B. J. Dixon, Josh Coaten (Tanya), Mallory Tillghman (John), Lindsey Byford (Robbie Pruitt), and Trey Walters; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 52 years, Rebecca Dixon; and a daughter, Lisa Dixon Hood.

Memorials may be made to Hebron Baptist Church in Grenada.

Edward Doyle Jones

GRENADA—Edward Doyle Jones, 64, of Grenada passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his son’s residence in Southaven.

Born August 14, 1954, he was a son of John D. and Bertha Louise Mathis Jones. Doyle spent most of his working life as an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Grenada Lake, and he could always be found trying to help others when a need arose.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30,  in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Rev. James Thompson officiating. Interment followed in Moore’s Memorial Cemetery in Carroll County. Family and friends gathered from noon until service time.

Survivors include two sons, William Jones of Southaven and Jason Jones of Hernando; three sisters, Ann Earwood of Brandon, Irene Carpenter of Grenada, and Eva Nell Covington of Oakland; and two brothers, Johnny Jones of California and Charlie Jones of Kosciusko.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Canoy and two bothers, Chester Jones and Ricky Jones.

Faye Moorman

WATER VALLEY—Faye Moorman, 89, passed away Sunday, May 6, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 8, at 11:15 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery on Blackmur Dr., Water Valley with Interment following. Bro. Keith Williams will  officiate and Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Born in Memphis, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Hamilton, father, and Wesley Hamilton, mother. She was a member of Gatewood Church of God in Coffeeville. Mrs. Moorman always enjoyed working in her flower gardens in her free time. She was also known to be an amazing cook who made the most wonderful chocolate pies and apple pies. 

Mrs. Moorman was an avid football and baseball fan and she loved her Mississippi State Bulldogs and St. Louis Cardinals. However, Mrs. Moorman  loved nothing more than her family and grandchildren. Her son, Freddie, was her pride and joy.

Survivors include her son, Freddie Moorman (Carole) of Water Valley;  two granddaughters, Heather Bynum (Jeff) and Hope Ruiz, both of Water Valley;  five great-grandsons;and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moorman was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Earl Moorman, Sr.; and her second husband, John Black. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society ( 

 Clyde Lesley Wood

WATER VALLEY—Clyde Lesley Wood of Water Valley passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, while in the hospital at Tupelo. He was 66.

Mr. Wood was born October 31, 1951, in Ruleville, and was the son of Clyde E. “Pete” Wood and Mildred Partridge Wood of Moorhead. He was a graduate of Indianola Academy and Mississippi Delta Junior College at Moorhead, and attended Mississippi State. Prior to his early retirement for health reasons, he was employed as a new project supervisor for O’Reilly Auto Parts in Springfield, Mo., and traveled to almost every state.

He received many letters of commendation from the district and regional managers whose stores received his special touch. Clyde was later invited to attend the national convention at Springfield, where he was recognized as a “legend,” not only for his work ethic, but because of his jovial attitude and infectious laugh that made work fun. Many of the hundreds of work friends  he made have continued to stay in touch, particularly Richard Furr and Joe Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Wood of Water Valley; two sons, Wes Wood (Selena) of Vicksburg and Will Wood (Stephanie) of Brandon; a stepson,  Jeff Gooch (Jennifer) of Colllierville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Jill Matkins Gooch of New Albany; and eight beloved grandchildren, Breland and Luke Wood of Brandon, Carrie Lynn and Cristan Wood of Vicksburg, Morgan and Jordan Gooch of New Albany, and Ian and Noah Mercer of Collierville.

In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by  a stepson, Michael Gooch of New Albany, with whom he shared many of his hobbies and tall tales.

He was a very warm and caring person and particularly loved his wife’s four sisters, Katherine Ingram, Doris Reedy, Willie Ruth Savell, and Joyce Anthony, and his Aunt Linda and her daughter, Patricia Farrish, of Batesville.

Always a prankster and a big talker with a contagious laugh, Clyde easily made friends after their move to Water Valley, “Watermelon Carnival Weekend” ten years ago. He was a  member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley and loved the years he was able to attend Sunday School classes “with the old men” in Dr. Odom’s class.

Mr. Wood truly loved working in the yard; he had a green thumb and loved collecting unique plants, many of which he would carefully pack into his suitcase when returning from a trip—and they would flourish among the hundreds of flowers, shrubs and trees planted in the yard. An avid collector of native American artifacts and World War II memorabilia, he loved sharing stories of his father’s legacy of serving during World War II with all the boys and a favorite nephew, Everette Wilkerson of Macon, Georgia. He will be truly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at  his home on Saturday, May 18, 11:30 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend the scattering of the ashes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Baptist Children’s Village, 805 Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39205, or an animal shelter of your choice.

Bettie Pearl Woodard

WATER VALLEY—Bettie Pearl Woodard, 82, of Water Valley died peacefully Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

Born June 16, 1936, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Clinton and Rachel (Vann) Woodard. Mrs. Woodard worked a number of years in the poultry industry. She enjoyed cooking, serving as an usher at her church, but nothing meant more to her than her family. She was a member of Rocky Mountain Baptist Church, as well as a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, May 8, from 5-7 p.m., in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., May 9, in the Water Valley Civic Auditorium with Rev. George Forrest officiating. Burial will be in the Rocky Mountain M. B. Church Cemetery, with Dale Woodard, Edward Sims, Melvin Woodard, Rodney Woodard, Tadryll Woodard and Stacy Woodard as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Wade Woodard, Johnny Woodard, Steve Woodard, Keith Woodard, and Frank Belcher.

Bettie is survived by four sons, Wade Woodard (Sandra) of Water Valley, Johnny Woodard (Shelia) of Batesville, Steven Woodard and Keith Woodard, both of Water Valley; four daughters, Barbara Person, Hazel Alexander (Cleveland), Joyce Harris (Stacy), and Missy Alford (Aundre), all of Water Valley; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Bettie was preceded in death by eight brothers, James Woodard, Luther Woodard, Dave Woodard, Clinton Woodard, L.V. Woodard, Bill Woodard, L. D. Woodard, and Alvin Woodard; and three sisters, Ivory Belcher, Mary Tedford, and Edith Woodard.

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