Obituaries 06/27/19

Vera Mae Coker Ard

COURTLAND—Vera Mae Coker Ard, age 81, of Courtland, died peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family.

Born July 21, 1937, in Quitman County, she was a daughter of the late Odell and Vernie Bonner Coker. Spending time in her flower garden was a tremendous passion, but  nothing compared to the love she had for her family.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, June 26, from 9-11 a.m., in Hosanna Family Worship Center at Pope. Her celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m., with Bro. Damon Plummer and Bro. John Howell, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery at Batesville, with Ruben Pauley, Michael Palmer, Benjamin Ard, Chance Livingston, Paul Keel, Daniel Palmer, and Adam Ard as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley was entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, John Ard (Jane) and James Ard, both of Courtland; two daughters, Linda McMinn (Mark) of Pope, and Nancy Keel (Paul) of Courtland; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Cecil Coker of Batesville; four sisters, Cathryn Ward of Batesville, Janie Williams of Spokane, Wash., Joann Godsey of Brandon, and Peggy Johnson of Clinton; and her care givers, which she considered family, Rita Bailey and Judith Smith.

In addition to her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her husband, J. W. Ard; one brother, Thomas (Son) Coker; and two sisters, Mary Moore and Frances Coker.

Martha Todd Smith Rowsey

WATER VALLEY—Martha Todd Smith Rowsey, age 101, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rowsey were held Sunday, June 23, at 3 p.m. in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home at Batesville. Interment was in Pisgah Cemetery.

Born January 21, 1918, Martha Todd was a daughter of the late Dave H. Smith and Christine Fisher Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Panola County. She graduated from Courtland High School and during her life, she worked as a seamstress at Big Yank Corporation, Sterling 5 and 10, was a Panola County School bus driver, worked at Drake and Mangrum Supermarket, and was a self-employed farmer. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee Rowsey, Sr.; a son, Edward Lee Rowsey, Jr.; sisters ,Helen Smith Bevell,  Fisher Smith Hubbard, Mary Louise Drake, and Frances E. Stanley.

Survivors include sons, Dale Smith Rowsey (Joan) of Batesville, Dan Todd Rowsey (Cindy) of Oxford; one daughter, Kay Rowsey Cook (Charlie) of Courtland; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Upchurch Rowsey of Batesville; twelve grandchildren, Becky Lemke (Lee) of Ohio, Edward Keith Rowsey (April)  of Texas, Edward Lee Rowsey, III (Natalie)  of Pope, Amy Cook Hays (Carlton) of Sardis, Melissa Rowsey Browning (Chuck) of New Albany, Shelley Cook Hudson (Chris) of Courtland, Evelyn Rowsey Worrell (Deke) of Pontotoc, and Eric Todd Rowsey (Joy) of Abbeville; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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