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Obituaries 05/16/19

Benjamin Franklin Ard 

SARDIS—Benjamin Franklin Ard, age 71, of Sardis died Sunday, May 13, 2019, at his home with family at his side.

Born May 15, 1947, in Marks, he was a son of the late John and Ollie Cox Ard. He worked his entire career in the tool and die trade and after retirement he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Benny was an easy going kind of guy, with an infectious smile and wit.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 13, in Forrest Memorial Park near Batesville with Bro. Eddie Randolph officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Benny is survived by one son, Franklin Ard (Julie) of Batesville; three sisters, Brenda Coomer of Pontotoc, Linda Williams of Enid, and Ollie Garner of Florence;  one grandson, Kyle Ard; and three step-sons, Michael Howell, Marlend Howell and Mark Howell.

Along with his parents, Benny was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ard; five sisters, Shirley Brown, Shelby Pitcock, Virginia Ridgeway, Mary Crocker and Hazel Williams; and four brothers, Richard Ard, J. W. Ard, William Ard, and John Charles Ard.

Letricia Hughes Brewer

OXFORD—Letricia Hughes Brewer, age 66, of Oxford died Friday, May 10, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born May 7, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Elwood and Dolly Jordan Williams. She had worked with her husband on their farm and her joys were many, including her flowers, gardening, cooking, canning, fishing, and going to the mountains when time permitted. However her primary joy in life was her family, which she loved to spend time with.

The family held a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, in Church Grove Cemetery on CR 316 in Lafayette County, with Bro. Davy Russell officiating.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Benton Brewer of Oxford; one daughter, Cindy Mahan (Eddy) of Pine Flat; seven sisters, Martha Williams, Jackie Grose, Theresa McCord, Betty Graham, Hattie Drewery, Billie Wheat, and Gwen Williams; one nephew, whom she loved as a son, Chris Ales; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Jessie R. Fly

YALOBUSHA COUNTY—Jessie R. Fly, age 86, master glass cutter, passed away at his home Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Born in Yalobusha County on January 8, 1933, he was a son of the late Roy Fly and Agatha Pryor Fly.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Farris Fly; two daughters, Roberta Bankston of Charleston and Julia Ann Mei (Jimmy) of Cleveland; two sons, Roy Jess Fly of Charleston and Stan Frobue (Mandy) of Pope; and two grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Pryor.

Visitation was held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. in Charleston First Baptist Church. The funeral service followed with Rev. Donald Goodrum, Rev. Joseph Williams, and Rev. Joe May officiating. Interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery near Oakland. Womble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Everette Yarbrough

WATER VALLEY—Charles Everette Yarbrough, 78, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, in his home at Water Valley.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 12, from 1-3 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home. The funeral service followed at 3 p.m., with Bro. Derrek Stranes and Bro. Sammie Yarbrough officiating. Interment was in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, near Sardis.

Mr. Yarbrough was born in Tupelo. He retired from the Army National Guard after 23 years of service and spent the rest of his life working at Holley Carburetor before  also retiring from there. He was a  member of Paris Baptist Church. Charles was known to be an avid outdoorsman, who loved grabbling and gardening and he was also an avid Ole Miss football and basketball fan. He was a family man who always helped people in his community. To those close to him,  he was known as “Charlie B.” and to his grandsons, he was fondly known as “B”.

Survivors include his loving wife, Rubye Yarbrough, of Water Valley; two daughters, Jennifer Bass (James) and Susan Cummings (Henry), both of Water Valley; five grandsons, Kyle Cummings (Ashley), Cameron Cummings (Kelsey), Cade Cummings, Tyler Bass, and Tanner Bass, all of Water Valley; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mardria Jones of Paris and Ann Johnson (Doug) of Nesbit; two brothers, Quinton Yarbrough (Carolyn) and Sam Yarbrough, both of Paris; one brother-in-law, Billy Clark of Oxford; and a host of  nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll Yarbrough and Odena Yarbrough; a sister, Martha Clark; and one sister-in-law, Joyce Yarbrough.

Terry Lynn Yarbrough

PARIS—Mrs. Terry Lynn Yarbrough, 69, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Calhoun City.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home, with the funeral service immediately following visitation at 3 p.m. Bro. Bobby Snow officiated. Burial was in Yellow Leaf Baptist Church Cemetery on CR 435, Oxford, with Corey Davis, Brian Yarbrough, Barney Conner, Jake Yarbrough, Jason Sandefer and Ronnie Savage as pallbearers.

Mrs. Yarbrough was very creative. She loved working with arts and crafts of all kinds. She adored dancing and listening to music. Se worked as a cosmetologist for close to 35 years and enjoyed working with her clients and always loved her job. She was fascinated with traveling and loved antiquing. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Yarbrough of Banner; four daughters, Lisa Stark (Kevin)  of Ackerman, LaDonna Smith (Josh) of Banner, and Amanda Allen (Sean) and Cindy Potts (Ken), both of Paris; two sons, Peyton Savage of Water Valley and Brad Yarbrough of New Orleans; eight granddaughters, Hailey Lyles (Corey) of Abbeville, Jessica Daniels-Jones (Lee) of Oxford, Alexis Caudill of Starkville, Malori Smith of Banner, Hannah Allen and Avery Allen, both of Paris, and Brooke Savage of Water Valley; five grandsons, Dustin Potts (Allena), and Evan Allen, both of Paris, Jack Yarbrough of New Orleans, and Austin Savage (Elizabeth) and Conner Savage, both of Water Valley; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sheila Davis (Lynn) and Bonnie Raines, both of Oxford; a host of nieces and nephews; and a host of community children that also recognized her as Mammaw Terry.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peyton Conner and Hattie Lou Conner; six brothers, James Conner, Peyton Conner, Jr., Harold Conner, Doyle Conner, Kelly Price Conner, and Pat Conner; and four sisters, Loleita Bray, Bessie Webb, Juanita Petros, and Lottye McCoy. 

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