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Obituaries 4/14/2022

Sue Larson Elcan

PEARL – Sue Larson Elcan of Pearl, passed away April 2, 2022, at the age of 78. Born in Water Valley on August 4, 1943, she was a daughter  of the late Roy Lee Larson and Fannie Lou (Ward) Larson.

Sue graduated from University of Mississippi and Memphis State University, finishing with a Masters degree in Education. Sue raised her children in Greenwood with her late husband, Bill (William Sr.) Elcan.

After her years of teaching, she served the people of the State of Mississippi as a Bureau Director for the Division of Medicaid. Sue was always selflessly caring for others, including many neighbors and family members outside her career of service and even more so during retirement. Most of all, she adored her grandchildren and was happiest watching them grow. She was an active member of McLaurin United Methodist Church.

Sue was preceded in death by siblings Shirley Waller, Jim Larson and twin sister Lou O’Neal.

Sue is survived by her loving children, William Elcan, Jr., Philip Elcan, and Katie Elcan; her daughter-in-law, Colleen Prince-Elcan (Philip); and as well as her grandchildren, Adam Elcan, Hannah Elcan, Lucerro Chase-Wallace (William), and Holden Elcan. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Larson.

Visitation was held Friday, April 8 at Baldwin Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. Burial was a small graveside service on Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood, where her final resting place will be beside her husband Bill.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to McLaurin Heights Children’s Homes of Mississippi.

Hazel Green Johnson

WATER VALLEY – Hazel Green Johnson  of Water Valley  went to her eternal home Sunday, April 10, 2022 at her home with family by her side. She was 82.

One of five children, Hazel was born May 28, 1939, in Water Valley to the late Richard “Simp” and Christine (Boydston) Green. She was a very gentle and kind woman who had a servant’s heart. She served her country for a short time in the United States Air Force before launching her civilian career serving as the Secretary of Foster Grand Parents Program at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford, a job from which she would retire. Hazel was also a charter member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Water Valley where she served in many capacities including church secretary for over 15 years, singing in the choir, helping organize vacation Bible school and serving on the outreach committee. When she wasn’t working or serving the church, she loved sewing and, above all else, spending time with her dearly loved grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 12 in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services immediately followed at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery.

Hazel is survived by one daughter, Rhonda Burrowes (David); one brother, Lewis Green; one son-in-law, Joshua Johnson; all of Water Valley; a sister-in-law, Charlene Green of Cookville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Tami Reeves (Bubba), Scott Story (Tammy), Wayne Burrowes (April) and Kelsey Martin (Alex); 13 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Laurie Collier of San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by one son, Donald Johnson; one brother, James Green; and two sisters, Mary McCullough, and Peggy Cummings.

Wendell McCaleb

GREENWOOD – Wendell Eugene McCaleb, of Greenwood died on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. He was 86.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Greenwood on Saturday, March 26 with Rev. Reed McCaleb officiating, assisted by Rev. Collin Montgomery.  Burial was in Odd Fellows East Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Neel White III, Neel White, Pittman Edwards, Mike McCaleb, Bobby McCaleb, and John McCaleb.

One of seven children, Wendell was born April 18, 1936 in Indianola to Addie and David McCaleb. He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Wynne McCaleb.

Wendell was a career businessman in Greenwood, owning and managing McCaleb Furniture for over 40 years. He loved traveling, his faithful dogs, supporting local businesses, and most especially eating at the many wonderful restaurants in Greenwood. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

One thing that could be said about Wendell is that he loved life. He soaked up every aspect of life with his usual gusto. He also loved the Lord, which gives his family great peace.

He is survived by his children, Pam McCaleb White (Neel White) of Austin, Texas and Roy McCaleb (Janice McCaleb) of Greenwood; a brother, Jimmy McCaleb of Itta Bena; three grandchildren including Reed McCaleb of Water Valley; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Susan Hamilton Smith

OXFORD – Mary Susan (Sue) Hamilton Smith,  of Oxford, MS, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. She was 91.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 12 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Reverend Duncan Gray III officiating.

Sue was born in Slate Springs, Miss. on July 17, 1930, the eldest child of Lyttleton and Edrie Hamilton. She graduated from high school in Slate Springs and received her undergraduate degree from MSCW. She moved to Oxford in 1963 with her three children and received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Mississippi. She worked as the head of the Catalog Department at Ole Miss for 30-plus years and as Interim Director of Libraries until she retired in the early 1990s.

Sue loved playing bridge, traveling, entertaining, and reading. She was devoted to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and spent many years serving her Church on the Altar Guild, the Vestry, pastoral care teams, and in many other capacities. She was very generous with her time and with her gifts to so many different charities. She rarely spent money on herself, and always made sure that other’s needs were met before hers. Sue was a strong woman and a devoted friend and mother. She had an infectious laugh. She began each day with a cup of coffee in one hand and her Bible in the other until she was no longer able.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Thomas Anderson Hamilton.

She is survived by her children, Alan Smith of Oxford, Elizabeth Smith of Water Valley and Catherine Smith of Oxford; her sister, Mossy Hamilton Minner of Austin, Texas; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Elison of Oxford for their excellent care as well as her devoted caregivers from Safe and Sound Senior Home Care and Kindred Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial designations may be made in her memory to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Friends of the Library at the University of Mississippi or to a charity of their choice.

Adam Toner

POPE – Aden Toner, age 29, passed away Wednesday morning, April 6, 2022, at his home in Pope. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the interment following at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Aden was born May 24, 1992 in Memphis, to James Timothy “Tim” Scruggs and Kristeen Nicole Toner Rush. He attended Water Valley High School. Aden loved his job driving a truck for Dunlap & Kyle in Batesville. He also loved the outdoors, enjoyed working on trucks and riding four-wheelers.  Aden was a “Big Teddy Bear” with a tender heart and would give you the shirt off his back. He loved his family and friends and spending time with them. Aden was a loving son, husband, and father to his children who were his whole world.

Aden’s loving memory will be cherished by his wife, Kirstie ReNae Toner of Pope; daughter, Annaleigh Grace Toner of Pope; son, Gabriel Sebastian (Roberts) Toner of Tupelo; mother, Kristeen Toner Rush (Jason) of Tupelo (formerly of Water Valley); father, James Timothy “Tim” Scruggs (Monica) of Sardis; maternal grandmother, Jamie Cole (Terry) of Charleston; three brothers, Elijah Scruggs of Sardis, Mason Rush of Belden and Dakota Pierce of Sardis; sister, Nevada Kay Rasnick of Sardis; aunts, Kelle Hester, Kim Cook, Bekah Luebcke; and cousins, Amber Towles, Heather Meyers, Devin Cook and Adam Cook.

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