Obituaries 09/03/20

Alton Burgess
WATER VALLEY—Alton Burgess departed this life Wednesday, August 26, 2020, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home.
Born August 29, 1946, Alton was a son of the late Carnis Charles Burgess and Leona Daniels Burgess. He was a member of Pleasant Green M.B. Church.
He is survived by two brothers, Norwood Burgess and Lamar Burgess; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Alton was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Hubbard Burgess; and a sister, Coleen Burgess.
A celebration of life and graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 30, in Pleasant Green M. B. Church Cemetery with Dr. Preston Gleeton, Sr., his pastor, officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Skeeter Robinson Funeral Home, Grenada.

Melissa Gaye Griffith
OXFORD – Melissa Gaye Griffith, age 53, of Oxford, died Sunday, August 23, 2020, in her home.
She was born December 2, 1966, in Water Valley, to Mike and Linda Davis Shaw. After graduating high school, Missy attended Holmes Community College where she received an Associate degree in Nursing. She then moved to California where she practiced her trade for over 30 years. After retiring, Missy moved back to Mississippi in 2018 to be closer to her family. Her joys were crafting, restoring old furniture, painting, and shopping. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
The family has chosen to hold a memorial service at a later date.
Missy is survived by both of her parents, Mike and Linda Shaw; two daughters, Alaina Cardenas (William) and Ashlynn Stark (Josh Gregory); six grandchildren, Gracie, Mason, Zackary, Electra, Nathen, and Kristina; and one sister, Susan Shaw.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Michael Shaw, Jr.
George Eugene Michaels
OXFORD—George Eugene Michaels, age 84, passed away Saturday, August 15, in Oxford.
There will be a private service announced at a later time. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
George was born to the late Charles and Hilda Michaels in 1935.  He served in the U.S. Army in the 10th Mountain Division. After the military, he went on to receive his associate degree. He was a career man who worked at BorgWarner, Reliance, Alto, Lanham Machinery, and Gemini Equipment Company, before opening his own company, Eastern Bakery Equipment Company.
George was a character, feisty, dedicated, funny, and independent. If you walked away from him not laughing you didn’t meet George. He had a great sense of humor, which lives on in his family today. He taught his family about hard wok and dedication. If you needed a friend George was your guy.
He loved scuba diving, going to the Caribbean and work. Younger George actually was a competitive roller-skater.
Survivors  include two daughters, Dana A. Poe (Jay) of Nevada, and Diane A.  Smith (Ronald) of Mississippi; four grandchildren, Rachel Okerman of Calif., Jonny Poe of Calif., Ryan Smith of Texas and Samantha Smith of Oxford; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sally A. Tedesco, and one brother, Charles J. Michaels, Jr.
Loretta Lee Waller
COFFEEVILLE—Loretta Lee Waller, age 60, of Coffeeville, died Monday, August 24, 2020, in Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Born January 27, 1960, in Jackson, Tenn., Loretta was a daughter of Freda Robbins and the late Ellison Thompson. She held positions in many different places during her working career, which included Holley Carburetor, Kellwood Manufacturing, Kathy’s Jewelry Box, and even did photography on her own. She loved traveling, especially out west, canning vegetables, but that which held the greatest place in her heart was family. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, August 27, in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A service celebrating Loretta’s life was held Friday, August 28, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Shane Crawford and Bro. Truman Scarborough, officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Gary Waller, one son, Eric Waller, and her mother, Freda Robbins, all of Coffeeville; and one brother, Aaron Thompson (Sherry) of Hernando.

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