Woodrow Clifton, Jr.
OAKLAND – Woodrow W. “Woody” Clifton, Jr., passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at his home in Oakland. He was 76.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, March 6, at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Pope. The family received friends prior to the service at the cemetery.
Woody was born May 6, 1944 in Pontotoc to the late Woodrow Wallace and Ruby Wilma Cummings Clifton. Woody and Sue were members of Nye Community Church in Nye, Montana.
Woody retired six years ago from a lifetime as an award-winning construction manager, working with international companies such as Bechtel, Rust, and Washington Group/URS. In his personal life, he enjoyed fly fishing and Western horsemanship. In the late 1980s, Woody taught Sue to fly fish. Together they fished the major fly fishing streams in Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas, Southeast Alaska, and New Zealand, using their river boat and drift boat when they could no longer wade streams. Woody’s love of horses and all things Western was obvious by his cowboy boots and hats. Woody worked with their children Tracy, Jeff, and Niki in showing quarter horses when they were pre-teens and teens. Woody and Jeff trained quarter horses in Mississippi and New Zealand for personal recreation.
Woody is survived by his wife, Sue Nelson Clifton, of 49 years; children, Jeff Gentry of Pope and Niki Clifton Burchfield (Kevin) of Batesville; his grandchildren, Meredith Gentry, Mary Clay Gentry, Maggie Gentry, Katelyn Meek Dillard (Pate), Denver Brown, McCarlie Burchfield, and Gracie Burchfield; and his sister Susie Clifton Mitchel of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Along with his parents, Woodrow and Wilma Clifton, Woody was preceded in death by his son, Tracy Clifton, and his brother, Bill.
John Henry Hawkins
WATER VALLEY – John Henry Hawkins, age 85, of Water Valley departed this life Friday, February 26, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born May 22, 1935, John was one of four children and the only son born to John Henry Sr. and Dena (Morgan) Hawkins. John confessed a hope in Christ at the early age of nine by the Rev. E. C. Davidson at Kind Providence. He was placed in a man’s shoes at the early age of 15 to help provide for the family due to the untimely death of his father. He was drafted into the United States Army but was later discharged early due to being his parents’ only son.
John loved and was a faithful member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Water Valley, where he served the Lord as a deacon and church clerk. He also served as a board member of the Mt. Moriah District Association, as well as being a member of the Masonic Lodge. John retired at the age of 70 as a scheduler after a 42-year career at Borg Warner. His hard work did not go unrecognized, as he was the first African American man to be moved to a salary position at Holley Carburetor. No matter where you went, you would find John with a cigar in his hand, which was one of his pleasures in life. He also enjoyed gardening and working with his flowers. But absolutely nothing was more important to him than his family, which he loved dearly.
A wake was held in John’s memory Friday, March 5, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A private graveside service was conducted at New Providence M.B. Church on Saturday, March 6.
On May 19, 1958, John was united in holy matrimony to Earline Wright and to this union nine children were born, thus leaving behind to honor his memory six sons: Larry Hawkins (Ingrid) of Deining, Germany, John H. Hawkins, III, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Levert Hawkins (Patricia), Ray Hawkins (Kathleen) and Rev. Calvin Hawkins (Mary), all of Water Valley, and Perry Hawkins (Mike) of Columbus, Ga.; three daughters, Patricia Reed (John) and Mona Hervey (James), all of Water Valley, and Virginia Lewis (Stan) of Alabaster, Ala.; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one special grand-daughter, Delita White; one special nephew, Arthur Smith, whom he was the caregiver and was raised like brothers; and a host of nieces and nephews and special friends.
As well as his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Earline Hawkins; and three sisters, Zola Price, Dollie Henderson, and Delia Jenkins.
Mary Ellen Lovelady
WATER VALLEY – Mary Ellen Lovelady, age 88, of Water Valley died Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Born June 22, 1932, in Tarrytown, N.Y. to the late Pasquale and Eleanor (Ostrander) Miscioscia, Mary Ellen spent her life in the service of her family as a homemaker. She was also a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and served with the women of the church until her health precluded her from attending. As one of her ways to connect with the ones she loved, Mary Ellen liked keeping up with and remembering their birthdays. She loved to cook, work with her flowers, and spend quality time with her dog, “Freckles.”
A small gathering of friends and church members attended an intimate graveside in Oakhill Cemetery Wednesday, February 24. She is survived by one niece, Anna Lapetoda of Leesburg, Va.
Along with her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Cyrus Lovelady; one son, Thomas Lovelady; two brothers, Richard Miscioscia and John Miscioscia; and one sister, Lousie Miscioscia.
Rosie Williams McClain
COLUMBUS – Rosie Williams McClain of Columbus began her heavenly journey Saturday, March 6, 2021. She passed away at Dugan Memorial Nursing home in West Point at the age of 81.
While Carl and Rosie lived in Water Valley, she served alongside Carl as he pastored and grew the First Assembly of God Church. Rosie also managed the deli at Larson’s Big Star. She also served others by sitting with the elderly, but what she relished most in life was being a pastor’s wife. Rosie had many joys in her life such as Wendy’s hamburgers, strawberry milkshakes, and eating pancakes at Cracker Barrel, as well as her love for cooking. She had become well known for her chicken and dressing, and red velvet cake, two of her family’s favorites.
Visitation was held Tuesday, March 9, at the First Assembly of God Church in Water Valley. Services followed immediately at 2 p.m. with Rev. Milford McClain officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Evan McClain, Zach McClain, Brian Ellington, Bobby Sayre, Devin Bartley, and Alex Bartley serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Will Collins and Jacob Webb.
Left behind to honor Rosie’s memory are one son, Carl McClain Jr. (Amy) of Water Valley; two daughters, Bonnie Waller (Waymon) of Columbus and Rhonda Ellington (Glenn) of Vaiden; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Betty Jean Lewis, and Nell Arnette, both of Lanett, Ala.
Rosie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Rev. Carl McClain; one sister, Mary Hill; and her parents, Hugh and Daisy Williams.
Paul Henry McCullar
SENATOBIA – Paul Henry McCullar passed away March 1, 2021 at Baptist Desoto Memorial Hospital in Southaven. He was 81.
Paul Henry was born July 29, 1939, in Water Valley. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1958 and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College for two years before going to work at the railroad (ICC). He worked for the railroad for 42 years before retiring and continued to work another decade for right-of-way consulting. Paul Henry was a veteran of the National Guard, where he served 10 years. He enjoyed driving a charter bus for his church, Ole Miss and Northwest.
Paul Henry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He went above and beyond for all of his family and was always there when they needed him. He enjoyed having family cookouts and coming to his cabin in Water Valley with his wife and their dog, Vega. He also enjoyed taking his great-grandson to as many Northwest football, baseball and basketball games as they could. Watching his great-grandson play baseball was one of his favorite things in the world, and he never missed a game.
Paul Henry enjoyed talking to anyone who would listen to him and always had something to talk about. He was the most concerned and thoughtful person any of his family has known. He loved his church family and attending church events. He was devoted to his family and couldn’t have been a better husband, father, grandfather or great-grandfather. He was the greatest Gran in the whole world, and no one will ever be able to replace him. He will truly and deeply be missed by all that knew him.
Visitation was held Friday morning, March 5, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oakland Funeral Home. Services followed at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Grant Azbell officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Paul Henry is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Marvelene McCullar; daughter, Amy Wilbourn, and her husband Alan; two granddaughters, Alana (James) Leist and Amanda Wilbourn, and one great-grandson, Braxton Daniel. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Sue McCormack Mayfield.