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Obituaries 01/07/21

Quinton Thomas Edwards
TILLATOBA – Quinton Thomas Edwards, 82, of Tillatoba, passed away Monday, December 28, 2020 in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He was born December 6, 1938, to Q.T. and Ruby Ard Edwards.  Quinton had worked for many years as an electrician.  A respected champion fox hunter, Quinton was best known among his friends as “Boll Weevil.”
A graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Union Cemetery at Tillatoba.
Survivors include two daughters, Tamitha Jackson and Talitha Edwards; three sons, Wade Edwards, Benford Gaither Edwards and Quinton Thomas Edwards, Jr.; two sisters, Kay Hamby and Betty Edwards; one brother, Charles Gary Edwards; and two grandchildren, Caitlin Siklas and Morgan Edwards.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Natasha Edwards and a son, Tommy Edwards.
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Alma Gooch
WATER VALLEY – Alma Gooch, age 87, died December 31, 2020.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021. Complete arrangements are incomplete at press time. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home has charge arrangements. Call for time and place of services. A full obituary will be in next week’s paper.

Charles Hervey
WATER VALLEY – Charles Hervey, age 69, transitioned on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born September 17, 1951, he was the son of the late Bernice Hervey and L.C. Gooch of  Water Valley. He departed his earthly life at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 27.
Charles was preceded in death by two children of Joliet, Illinois. He leaves to cherish his memories, Vera May Harris of Water Valley;  two  grandchildren  of  Michigan;  two sisters, eight  brothers, two aunts, one uncle, four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation was held Friday, January 1.  A graveside service followed at noon at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley was in charge of the arrangements.

James Willie Toliver
CLEVELAND, Ohio – James Willie Toliver, age 90, passed away peacefully in his home at Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
Born in Water Valley on August 9, 1930, he is a son of the late John Wesley Toliver and Clister Morgan Toliver. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17, where he served in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the military, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for many years in manufacturing and security roles before retiring.
James was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed cheering on his Cleveland Indians. He loved cooking Sunday meals and sharing them with family. He especially loved sweets. James also enjoyed watching westerns. He was known for his kind and generous spirit and his love for his family.
He leaves two daughters, Lottie Phillips of Water Valley, and Gwendolyn Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Bobby Phillips (Jaqueline), Paul Phillips, Rodney Phillips (Darlene), Sophia Phillips Hattaway, Tanisha Briley (Vincent), Tiesha Johnson, Tiashay Johnson, and Tyshawn Johnson ; 16 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Person of Water Valley, Bernice Evans of Cleveland, Ohio, Anne Johnson of Alton,  Ill., and Bettye Nelson of Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, R. V. Toliver of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by brothers, Willie James (twin), Harry, William, and Charles; and sisters, Ora and Lena Mae.

Jimmie Lee Tutor
GULF COAST—Jimmie Lee Tutor, age 72, passed from this life into his Savior’s arms on December 2, 2020.
Born in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Hollis Lee and Lucille Summers Tutor. He was a 1966 graduate of Water Valley High school and attended Northwest Junior College at Senatobia. Jimmie served in the Mississippi National Guard for 12 years and had a 33-year career with UPS.
After his retirement from UPS, he and his wife enjoyed living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where they enjoyed participating in classic car activities and all things the coast had to  offer. Jimmy was a kind and compassionate man, who was dearly loved by  his family, friends and all animals.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny Tutor; a daughter, Rhonda Thompson; a son, Mark Tutor (Mary); a stepson, David Bates (Christina); three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a sister, Venea Stark (Billy) of Water Valley. In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Patsy Ann Tutor.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors of Mississippi, 1357 Wade Patrick Road, Brandon, MS 39642, or a charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held in Water Valley at a later date.

Willie Leslie Whitten, Jr.
SOUTHAVEN—Willie Leslie Whitten, Jr., age 85, of Southaven, died Saturday, January 2, 2021, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Southaven.
Born July 31,1935, he was a son of the late Willie and Lena Finch Whitten. WJ, as he was known by his friends, was a man who dedicated himself to everything he set his mind to do. Being stationed in England, he served his country in the Air Force. After returning home, he continued to serve in the Tennessee Air National Guard. As a civilian contractor, he was the owner and operator of Fix Base Operations in Hattiesburg and Grenada until he retired. His joys were that of a simple fellow, as he loved to fish and hunt, but nothing was closer to his heart than his family.
Due to the current situation affecting our country, the family has chosen to hold a memorial service at a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral  Home of Water Valley was in charge of arrangements.
WJ leaves  his wife of 67 years, Gladys Whitten; one son, Ken Whitten of Pearl; two daughters, Sharon  Blackwell (Jim) of Richmond, Texas and Linda Williams (Matt) of Southaven; three grandchildren, Ryan Blackwell, Erin Lam and Whitney Blackwell; and five great-grandchildren.

James Sidney “Jimmy” Wilson
HENDERSON, TENN. – James Sidney “Jimmy”  Wilson, Jr., age 80, passed away December 31, 2020, at Brookdale Jackson Oaks in Jackson, Tenn.
Born January 1, 1940, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late James Sidney Wilson and Rachel Miller Wilson. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Water Valley in 1957. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force and spent four years stationed in Japan. After serving his country, he attended the University of Mississippi, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1965. He married Sandra Mathis in 1964, and they resided along the Gulf Coast and in Ohio before settling in Batesville.
He taught Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry and Physics at South Panola High School in Batesville for much of  his career. He was a challenging and caring educator who was well respected by  his students. He enjoyed animals, gardening, and model ship building. He returned briefly to Water Valley in 2009 before moving to West Tennessee in 2015 to be near his daughter.
Mr. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Wilson Scott (Trent) of Henderson, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Callaway Scott and Tucker Scott; and a brother, David Wilson (Connie) of Water Valley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Kroll.
Mr. Wilson was an avid sailor during his time in Ohio, and he loved Lake Erie. The family will hold a private lake-side memorial at a later date. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Henderson. Tenn. was in charge of arrangements.

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