Obituaries 03/05/20

Willie Baker, Jr. 

WATER VALLEY—Willie Baker, Jr. was born April 23, 1932, to Willie Baker, Sr. and Betty Jackson, in the Torrance Community of Yalobusha County. He was also nurtured and reared by the family of Ed and Lena Matthews.

He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Mount Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Willie was an ordained deacon and served as an usher, Sunday School Teacher, church treasurer, chairman of the deacon board, and president of the Mount Moriah District Usher Federation of which he was a faithful and dedicated member until his health failed.

Willie worked as a farmer for many years and for the maintenance departments of Yalobusha County and the City of Water Valley. He retired from the City of Water Valley in 1995. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need. Family and friends were very important to him. He  was united in holy matrimony to Alma Lena Johnson on June 23, 1951, and this union was blessed with eight children.

Willie made his transition from this earthly life to his heavenly home Sunday, February 9, 2020, in Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi at Oxford. He will be dearly missed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Lena Baker; one son, Willie L. Baker; a daughter-in-law, Essie D. Baker; sisters, Everline Sykes, Betty Jean Ivory, Bertha Mae Ford, and Betty Harris Ford; and brothers, Robert Lee Jackson, John W. Horton, and Thomas Ford. 

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Paul Baker (Mary) of Olive Branch, Pastor Bobby Baker (Vivian) of Olive Branch, and Patrick Baker of Waldorf, Md.; five daughters, Ruby J. Baker McCoy of Water Valley, Annie Johnson (Charles) of Itta Bena, Marilyn Sims (Pastor Amos) of Oxford, Darlene Mitchell (Lawrence) of Coldwater, and Dorothy Britton (Dario) of Stone Mountain, Ga.; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a beloved friend, Willie Mae Turner; four sisters-in-law, Opal Taylor, Lovie Brown, Odelia Harris (Pastor John) and Johnnie Ruth Ruffin, all of Memphis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Michael Thomas Fischbach

WATER VALLEY—Michael Thomas Fischbach, born May 24, 1957, in Delphos, Ohio, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020, peacefully at his home in Water Valley. He was a charter member of the Joe Willie Adams, Jr., VFW Post 4100 Auxiliary of Water Valley. He was honorably discharged from the Marines.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents,Thomas Fischbach and Patricia Carer Schimke, and his infant brother, Richard, all from Delphos, Ohio. 

He is survived by three sons, Richard, Sr., Bryan, and Christopher, along with two grandchildren, Richard, Jr., and Austin Reese, all from Texas; two sisters, Wanda Cook of Water Valley, and Donna Baker of Georgia; and a host of  nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Joe Willie Adams, Jr. VFW Post 4100 in Water Valley on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 2 p.m.


Franklin Stricklin

OXFORD—Franklin “Cotton” Stricklin, age 78, of Oxford, died peacefully Monday, February 24, 2020, at his home  with his family by his side.

Born June 8, 1941, in Grenada, he was a son of the late Franklin and Clara Goodwin Stricklin. Cotton worked in factories most of his life, ending his career at Oxford Wire and Cable. He also served our country for 27 years in the Army National Guard, retiring in 1992. Cotton had many joys in his life which included fishing, working on cars and carpentry work. Wood working was a particular passion, especially making matchstick, and popsicle stick houses. He also loved animals including his dog, Peanut. Cotton was a founding member of his church, Eveningtime Lighthouse, where he helped build the church and served the Lord by singing in the choir.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service followed at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Michael Regan officiating. Burial was in the Eveningtime Lighthouse Church Cemetery.

Cotton is survived by his wife of 34 years, Annie Stricklin of Oxford; four sons, Larry Stricklin, Shelby Stricklin, both of Water Valley, Jimmy Briscoe (Ann) of Grenada, and Barry Briscoe (Wendy) of Southaven; six daughters, Teresa Files of Crenshaw, Melissa Sartin (Charles)  of Water Valley, Carol Harris (Preston) of Winona, Jeannie Goodeaux (Steve) of Deridder, La., Jessica Michael (David)  of Hattiesburg, and Loria Hollis (Joe) of Winona; three brothers, David Stricklin (Karen) and James Stricklin (Ruth), all of Water Valley, and Charles Stricklin of Tucson, Ariz.; five sisters, Shirley Baker, Gladys Mitchell, Maxine Rose, Dorothy Schwinn (Chuck), and Sandra Melton, all of Water Valley; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.


William Ernest Wilson

WATER VALLEY—William Ernest Wilson, age 72, of Water Valley died peacefully Monday, February 24, 2020, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

He was born July 2, 1948, in Charleston and was a son of the late Ernest and Eura Mae Hardy Wilson. At one time William had worked as an under-water welder in the shipping industry and later retired as a diesel mechanic. He was a down-to-earth man who enjoyed fishing and hunting. It is said that the only thing William loved more than a good prank was telling stories.

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 27, in the Gardiner Room of Henry Funeral Home. The funeral service began at 11 a.m. Friday, February 28, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Freddy Moorman officiating. Burial was in the Elam Cemetery at Coffeeville.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Wilson (Kimberly) of Eureka, Calif, and Robert Wilson of Oakland; one daughter, Deborah Haton of Henderson,  NY.; two sisters, Jimmy Mae Sholly of Memphis and Martha Sue Hill of Water Valley; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces including Amanda Byars, who was his care giver.

Along with his parents, William was preceded in death by one brother Johnny Wilson, and four sisters, Barbara Organ, Dorothy Emerick, Joan Downs, and Brenda Henderson.

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