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Obituaries 12/09/2021

Charlsa Erin (Carr) McCachren

RAYMOND – Charlsa Erin (Carr) McCachren, 35, of Raymond, MS went to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Merit Central Hospital in Jackson. Born on October 4th, 1986 she was the daughter of Joe and Jean Pullen and Charles Carr.

Funeral services for Charlsa were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 4, 2021 at Sylva Rena Baptist Church in Water Valley. Bro. Will Turner and Bro. Shane Crawford officiated. She was laid to rest at Bethel Cemetery at Enid in Tallahatchie County. Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Billy Trimble, Bill Pullen, T. J. Morgan, Turner Moore, Will Turner, Less Land, Dalton Turner, Trey Wright and Bubba Eubanks. Honorary pallbearers were John Michael Rollins, Tiner Moore, Reed Trimble, Trent Long, Beau Pullen, Caden Link, Randy Turner and Scott Turner.

Charlsa loved her family and enjoyed being with them in her free time. She especially loved spending time with Cooper – her loving husband of 11 years and her eight year-old son Christopher.  She enjoyed traveling, watching her son play baseball, watching a good movie, reading a good book and loved her Mississippi State Bulldogs. She also loved her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins and enjoyed spending time with them whenever she could.

Charlsa had such a kind spirit and always loved being able to help anyone. She had a servant’s heart and dedicated herself to helping and serving others. She worked in the medical field as a Radiology Technologist and always put the well-being of her patients and coworkers above herself. She made sure they were taken care of and received the care they needed.

At a young age, she made the selfless decision to help those that were in need. It was through her childhood best friend that she decided to become an organ donor. This was her way of saving more lives, even after her heavenly body went home. Her decision gave many families a special Christmas miracle this year. Although Charlsa has departed from our lives, her treasured memory will hold a special place in the hearts of her loved ones.  

Those left to continue walking down the path of life in Charlsa’s absence include her husband, Bryan Cooper McCachren, and son Christopher Cole McCachren of Raymond; her grandmother Betty Pullen of Water Valley; sisters Kim (Bill) Trimble of Brandon and Lauren (Bubba) Eubanks Water Valley; one brother William (Bill) Pullen Water Valley; her in-laws, James Bobby McCachren and Ellen (Hill) McCachren  of Enid; one niece Madeline Trimble of Brandon; and nephews Reed Trimble of Brandon, Caden Link and Joseph Eubanks of Water Valley, and William (Beau) Pullen, Seth Pullen and Tate Pullen, all of Gloster.

Charlsa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Billy and Wilma (Clark) Turner; Barney Pullen and Ovie (Brown) Carr; along with her beloved Aunt Sandra (Turner) Morgan and Uncle Marty Turner.

Donations can be made in her honor in lieu of flowers to the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus in support of her advocation for adoption and foster care.

David Leslie Cooper

CALHOUN CITY – David Leslie Cooper, age 54, of Calhoun City died unexpectedly Monday, December 6, 2021, in Yalobusha County.

David was born October 29, 1967, in Arkansas to the late Preston and Barbara (Thomas) Cooper. After graduating from high school, David joined the United States Army and honorably served our country during the “Desert Storm” conflict.

Upon completion of his service, David attended Itawamba Community College and studied computer science. After a few smaller jobs, David went to work for Passload in Pontotoc, which would later become Alpine, where he worked until his passing. David had a tremendous sense of humor and always looked at things from a positive standpoint. He was also very generous and willing to help someone in need. He loved tracking down antiques and finding things to add to his collection of cast iron and oil lamps. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

David is survived by his fiancé of six years, Mercy Turner; one brother, Billy Michael Cooper (Rhonda) of Tupelo; a step-daughter, Lisa Anglin of Calhoun City; and numerous friends.

David was preceded in death by both of his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Virginia Lucas

JOLIET, Ill. – Alice Virginia Gooch Lucas, age 74 transitioned from this life peacefully in her home on Monday, November 22, in Joliet, Ill.

Alice was born June 12, 1947 in Water Valley to Fred Thomas Moore and Dorothy Lee Gooch. She confessed her love for Christ at an early age. She graduated from Davidson High School in 1965. She was a loving wife, mother and friend to everyone she came in contact with. Alice loved dancing, cooking, playing bingo and spending time with her family. She had a warm and inviting demeanor that made everyone happy to be in her presence.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lucas, Jr.; her father, Fred Thomas Moore; her step-father Robert Horton, Sr.; a daughter, Beverly Caldwell; an infant son, Ricky Gooch; an infant granddaughter, Diamonique Duncan; a grandson, Reginald Johnson; brothers, Robert (Essie) Horton Jr. and Andrew Horton; and an aunt who raised her, Alice G. Steen.

She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Dorothy Lee Horton; two sons James (Pamela) Gooch of Water Valley and Tyrone (Valisa) Caldwell of Coffeeville; one daughter, Lisa Caldwell of Dallas, Texas; two step-sons, Edward Lucas, Jr. of Missouri and Jermaine (Sandra) Lucas of Lockport, Ill.; three step-daughters, Lisa Lucas and Carolyn Lucas both of Joliet, Ill. and Brenda Lindsey-Sherman of Kankakee, Ill.; her siblings, Clarence Coleman of Shelby, Lames (Ollie) Johnson and Ellis (Brenda) Coleman both of Clarksdale, Joe (Edie) Coleman, Gloria Moore, Dorothy Moore and Victoria Moore all of Indianapolis, Ind., J.D. Moore of Richmond, Ind., Fred Moore of Mound Bayou and Ruby Nell Horton and Dorothy Ann Horton, both of Water Valley; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren and a host of loving family members and friends.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 4, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Joliet, Ill. with Pastor Herbert Brooks officiating.

Katrina Barr Morgan

OXFORD – Katrina Barr Morgan departed this earth on December 3, 2021, at her home in Oxford, surrounded by family and friends. She was 41.

A wake is planned for Friday, December 10, in the Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until noon. Services will immediately follow at noon with Rev. Cleveland Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Taylor. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Katrina was born September 18, 1980 to Ruby Jean (Hervey) Barr and the late Willie Lee Barr,  the youngest of three girls. Katrina accepted Christ into her life at the age of 12, but at the time of her death did not have a church home.

She married Marcus Morgan in June of 2012 and, even though they had no children of their own, they raised Katrina’s together. Katrina was known to be the family jokester, always pulling something silly to keep everyone on their toes. She had worked at South Panola schools in the cafeteria and was well liked by the students. Her last job before her illness was at Castle Hill east of Oxford. She had a tender and loving heart and was friendly towards people. But nothing meant more to her than her family, especially family gatherings where she could love on the children.

Katrina is survived by her husband of nine years, Marcus Morgan; two daughters, Kendranna Barr and LaKendra Bishop, both of Oxford; her mother, Ruby Barr of Water Valley; two sisters, Latesie Hudson and Latina (John) Jones, all of Water Valley; her mother-in-law, Deloris Morgan; four nieces; two nephews; three aunts; five uncles; and a host of cousins, family, friends and her a god-daughter, Bri Asia Booker.

Katrina was preceded in death by her father, Willie Lee Barr; grandmothers, Ruby L. Hervey and Julie M. Barr; two aunts; and two uncles. She was also preceded in death by beloved dogs, Roc and Kay-Kay.

Evelyn Wheeler Thomas

WATER VALLEY – Evelyn Wheeler Thomas, age 90, of Water Valley passed from this life Sunday, December 5, at Yalobusha County Nursing Home. Evelyn was born January 23, 1931, in Houston, to the late Boyd and Gertrude (Hill) Wheeler.

Evelyn’s career spanned more than 30 years, most of those at Leggett and Platt working in human resources, payroll and personnel supervision capacities. She loved the Lord and was an active member of Parkway Baptist Church until moving to Water Valley where she moved her membership and became an integral part of Woodland Hill Baptist Church. She loved cooking, canning and was a seamstress for her family, making them clothes. But with her genuine love and hunger for Jesus, she studied the Bible on a daily basis.

Visitation was held Tuesday, December 7, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 10 until 11 a.m. The family then traveled to Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston where a graveside service was held at 1 p.m.

Evelyn is survived by one son, Jamie Thomas (Barbara) of Water Valley; one sister, Kaye Scott (Vick) of Roxie; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as two nieces, all whom she loved greatly.

As well as her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Robert Thomas.

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