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Obituaries 3/31/2022

Arnold Wayne Carothers

TAYLOR — Arnold Wayne Carothers, 91, died Thursday, March 24, 2022, in Biloxi with his family around him.

Visitation was held Monday, March 28 at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service followed on Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Water Valley. Burial was in Browning Cemetery in Union West community near Taylor.

Mr. Carothers was born September 14th, 1930, near Taylor to the late Earl and Mabel Carothers. Arnold Wayne (“A.W.”) and his father founded Carothers Construction Company in 1956, where Arnold’s lifetime work was devoted to building. A.W. loved his work. His company built many commercial buildings in the area and throughout the U.S., including the First Baptist Church of Water Valley where he was an active member  and where his funeral services will be held.  His son, Sean Carothers, later joined him at work and eventually took over the business.

A.W., as he was known to his friends, was blessed with an alert and active mind throughout his entire lifetime, and he enjoyed his involvement in many of the business aspects of the Water Valley/Oxford communities and beyond. He served in the U.S. Army, as a First Lt. in the Artillery Division, as well as the local reserves. He was a member and former President of Associated Builders and Contractors for many years. A.W.’s focus in life was to provide and care for his family and loved ones. His charitable contributions and activities were many, although he seldom sought recognition for his actions.

A.W. is survived by his son, Sean Carothers (Christy) of Taylor and their children, Zac and Kevyn Carothers; his daughter, Virginia “Ginny” (Joe) Carothers LoCoco, of Biloxi and their children and grandchildren including Nick LoCoco (Talia) and their sons, Drew and Luke; Elizabeth LoCoco (James) Wallace and their daughter, Gianna; and Joey LoCoco and Michael LoCoco.

Tommy Lee Kendall, Sr.

TILLATOBA — Tommy Lee Kendall, Sr., 75, of Tillatoba, passed away Tuesday, March 22, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 26, at Willow Springs Assembly of God near Enid with Rev. Tommy Darby officiating.  Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery at Teasdale.

Mr. Kendall was born in Bruce on March 1, 1947  to Robert Matthew and Martha Estelle Wortham Kendall. He enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years at Lehman-Roberts, where he retired as plant manager.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking advantage of any opportunity to go hunting or fishing.  He was also a race car enthusiast.

Survivors include his son, Tommy (Wendy) Kendall of Madison; two daughters, Tammie (Walter) Johnson and April (Michael) Fajen, all of Tillatoba; six grandchildren, Cameron Kendall, Matthew Johnson (Ashley), Kendall Fajen, Corri Kendall, Hunter Fajen and Fisher Johnson; and seven siblings, Hattie “Sissie” Anderson, Carl Kendall, Vickie Snyder, James “Stump” Nichols, Doug Nichols, Paula Fisk and Diane Stevens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Millie Catherine Kendall; and nine siblings, Louise McElhaney, Robert “Bud” Kendall, Gerald Dean Bolen, Shirlene “Susie” Box, Mickey Nichols, Joe Glen Nichols, Noel Nichols, Steve Nichols and Dean Nichols.

Ben S. Liles, Jr.

COFFEEVILLE – Mr. Ben S. Liles, Jr., 73, of Coffeeville, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022 after his second battle with cancer. He passed at his residence with his daughter and grandsons at his side.

Ben was born February 21, 1949, in Coffeeville to the late Ben S. Liles, Sr. and Mary Grace Gore Liles.  He was a devoted father and grandfather who took great pride in his daughter and grandsons.  Ben was a devoted deacon and member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.  He was always sharing his testimony and story with anyone he met from one end of the United States to the other.  Ben was also a devoted husband and caregiver to his late wife Sara Liles.  He took excellent care of her until her death.

Funeral services were held at Tuesday, March 29, at First Baptist Church – Coffeeville with Rev. Craig Baker officiating.  Interment followed in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church Coffeeville – Carey Bright, Jimmy Byford, David Hill, Alan McCullar, Douglas Shields and Carl Ray Upchurch. Honorary pallbearers were Dylan Reeves, Matthew Reeves, Mike Ayers, Richard Bennett, Robert Calder, Russell Calder, Daniel Dunn, Larry Dunn, Jr., Earl Gibson, Bryan McCullough and Tim Story.

Survivors include his only daughter, Linda Liles; two grandsons, Matthew Tyler Reeves and Dylan Austin Reeves; one sister, Bessie Calder, all of Coffeeville; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sara Liles; and a brother-in-law, Robert Glenn Calder, Sr.

Ivy Lynn Loftin

COFFEEVILE – Ivy Lynn Loftin left for her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. She was born March 26, 1966 to the late Robert and Billie Rotenberry.

Lynn is survived by one daughter, Keisha Campbell (Steven); two beautiful granddaughters, Isabelle and Kelly;  Uncle Dewitt Kehoe; two brothers, Bobby Hutchins and Bill Rotenberry (Shelly); five sisters, Sharon Harbin, Nancie Weems (Dennis), Karen Hancock (Allen), Robin Miller (Robert) and Candy Rotenberry; her best friend, Sue Bardo and family; and her special niece and constant caregiver, Kari Snyder.

Lynn was a beautiful soul and was an animal whisperer from childhood. She loved all animals, especially horses and dogs, and surrounded herself with them throughout her life. Her daughter and her grandchildren were the sparkle in her heart and she loved them selflessly.

Lynn will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

In lieu of flowers, Lynn requested donations be made to the Humane Society or an animal shelter of your choice.

Visitation was held Monday, March 28, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services immediately followed at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks.

Burial was in Coffeeville City Cemetery with Steven Campbell, Eddie Marlow, Noel Allen Hughes, Richard Bennett, Ron Snyder, Micky Hedgepeth, and Shawn Hughes serving as pallbearers.

Brenda Leigh Russell

WATER VALLEY — Brenda Leigh Russell, age 62, of Water Valley departed this life Friday, March 25, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after an extended illness.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, March 30, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from noon until 1 p.m. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Mike Stevens officiating.

Born in Memphis on January 2, 1960, Brenda was one of six children of the late Gayle and Celestine (Milstead) Johnson. She was a very unique individual who never met a stranger. It has been said, “If you ever met her, you’d never forget her”. She started her working career at Big Yank in the production dept making jeans. After Big Yank closed, she went to Whirlpool in Oxford. Her final job was at BorgWarner, where she worked for a decade before retiring. Brenda loved simple pleasures such as reading, especially mystery novels, cooking, baking cakes that were loved by everyone, and watching NASCAR. But nothing held a greater place in her heart than her three grandchildren.

Brenda is survived by two sons, Chris Russell of Oxford and Jason Russell (Amber) of Water Valley; one brother, James Johnson of Water Valley; two sisters, B.J. Duncan (J.C.) of Sardis and Barbara Stevens (Mike) of Charleston; and three wonderful grandchildren, Haley Catherine Russell, Carson Russell and Karter Russell.

In addition to her parents, Brenda was preceded in death by one brother, Gail Johnson, Jr.; and one sister, Margaret Johnson.

Lelia Martin Williams

COFFEEVILLE – Mrs. Lelia Martin Williams, 62, of Coffeeville, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at her residence.  She was born to the late Jay Martin and Nancy Delma Mabry Miller on December 12, 1959, in Money.  Lelia was a devoted homemaker and was a loving mother and grandmother. 

While her passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, we find comfort in knowing she is happy and healthy, at home in Heaven. Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

Memorial service plans are private.

Survivors include a daughter, Christian Williams of Water Valley; two brothers, Robert Cook of Yazoo City and Delmar Turney of Money; and three grandchildren, Remington Williams, Mason Williams and Georgia Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Williams and a son, Timothy Ashmore.

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