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Obituaries 11/21/19

TaNisha Crawford

GALLATIN, TENN.—TaNisha Crawford, age 27, of Gallatin, Tenn. died Thursday, November 13, 2019, in her home.

She was born July 29, 1992, in Oxford to the late Jesse and Teresa Crawford. Upon graduation from high school TaNisha entered college and received an associate degree in social work. She later moved to Gallatin to be close to her sisters, and there began her career as a case manager for the juvenile justice system.

A wake was held Sunday, November 17, from 3 until 7 p.m., in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A celebration of life was held in the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ at Water Valley. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Jeremiah Jenkins, J. C. Rowsey, Kendall Johnson, Albert Horan, Derion Reed, and Deshan Kurtz as pallbearers.

TaNisha is survived by two sisters, Yashunda Rowsey and Cortney Crawford, both Gallatin; and one brother, Justin Lattimore of Atlanta, Ga.


Louise Matthew Davis

COFFEEVILLE—Louis Matthew Davis of Coffeeville died Saturday, November 9, 2019, in his home. He was 48.

Born April 21, 1971, Mr. Davis was a son of the late David and Mattie Davis. He worked as a small engine mechanic and he enjoyed drawing, painting, and woodworking.

He is survived by  his wife of 10 years, Ashley Davis; one brother, James Davis; and a sister, Patricia Jones, both of Batesville.

Along with his parents, Louis was preceded in death by one sister.


Sidney Alan Saunders

WATER VALLEY – Sidney Alan Saunders died peacefully at the Regional One hospital in Memphis on Sunday evening, September 15, 2019.

He was born in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa on September 10, 1941, the oldest of the five children of George Alan Saunders and Anna Alice (Goertz) Saunders. He attended public elementary schools in Sloan, Luton, and Kingsley, Iowa and in Dakota County, Nebraska. He attended Jackson Public High School in Jackson, Neb. and St. Paul’s College High School, Concordia, Mo., graduating from St. Paul’s in 1959. After a year at St. Paul’s College in Concordia, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he majored in Greek and minored in Latin and history, receiving an A.B. with distinction in 1963. From 1963 to 1968 he was a graduate student in the cooperative doctoral program in classics offered by the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. He received a PH. D. in Classics from the University of Iowa in 1974.

He joined the faculty of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1968, teaching Latin, and humanities there for six years. He married Vivian Monies Smith in Baton Rouge on March 2, 1972. They had no children.

He and his wife moved to the Hubbard, Nebraska area in 1975, and he worked in the Dakota County Highway Superintendents office from 1976 to 1980. They then moved to Norfolk, Nebraska where he worked for Consolidated Engineers-Architects until 1983. In that year he and his wife went into business for themselves in Norfolk, providing highway and street superintendent services to counties and towns in the area.

In 1987, after three and a half years of part time study in computer programming, he received an A.A.S. with honors from NTCC in Norfolk. In December, 1987, he was appointed county high superintendent for Wayne County, Nebraska. He and his wife moved to Wayne.

He held temporary part-time teaching posts at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion (1976), the College of Saint Mary in Omaha (1988,1989), and Wayne State College (1989-98). He was a licensed county highway and city street superintendent and a member of the National Association of County Engineers, the Nebraska Association of County Engineers, Highway Superintendents, and Surveyors, the American Classical League, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Sid and Vivian retired to Water Valley, Mississippi in 2003. He worked part-time for the University of Mississippi for several years. He and Vivian entered the Yalobusha County Nursing Home in Water Valley in 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna Saunders. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, of Water Valley; sisters Dee (Roy) Pedersen of Payson, Az. and Jen (Rory) Worthington of Pleasantville, Iowa; brothers Fred (Suna) Saunders of Denison, Iowa and Bill (Patty) Saunders of Darwin, Mn.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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