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Obituaries 06/23/2022

Loyd David Green

SOUTHAVEN – Loyd David Green, age 82, of Southaven went to his eternal home Saturday, June 18, 2022, at his home with his family by his side. He was born November 30, 1939, in Love, Miss. to the late Ernest and Lois (Landreth) Green.

In school, Loyd was well known and respected, obtaining many recognitions including most handsome. During his high school years Loyd excelled in his studies, and was very gifted in math. He also played football for Coach Bob Tyler, and he was team captain and held many performance records. After graduating as his class salutatorian in 1958, Loyd attended Ole Miss for a short while before heading to Arkansas to work on the construction of Greers Ferry Dam.

After returning home, he began his life long career with the Illinois Central Railroad, starting at the bottom and working his way up the ladder to become an engineer. He worked for the railroad for 40 years before retiring. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and enjoyed talking shop with his buddies. As a Manning fan, when he was not riding the rails he enjoyed football watching Ole Miss and the Colts. Loyd also loved performance automobiles, cooking, eating and growing a garden.

Visitation is planned for Thursday, June 23 in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until noon. Services will immediately follow at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Loyd is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Green; two sons, Thomas David Green of Indianapolis, Ind. and Michael Kennon Green; one daughter, Christy Renee Renfro of Southaven; three grandchildren, Owen Thomas Green, Evelyn Alexis Renfro and Christopher Dakota Green; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Catherine Taylor of San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to his parents, Loyd was preceded in death by two brothers, E.T. “Ted” Green, and Thomas Green; and mother of his children, Gwendolyn Ann Green.

Horace Glen Melton

COFFEEVILLE – Mr. Horace Glen “Sidewinder” Melton, 60, of Coffeeville, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at his residence.  He was born June 22, 1961 in Memphis to Freddie and Mary Lee Crocker Melton.

Glen was a truck driver for Fly Timber for many years traveling many miles hauling logs and developing friendships with many people where his travels took him.  An avid outdoorsman, if Glen wasn’t working, he loved to spend time hunting, fishing or working on his truck.  He attended Gatewood Church of God.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 18, 2022 at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with Rev. Michael Haas and Rev. Johnny Halderman officiating.  Interment followed in the Goshen Cemetery near Coffeeville.  Pallbearers were Tommy Aldridge, Glenn Burney, David Camp, Donnie Haney, Drew Kirk, Paxton Mullen, Patrick Parker, Terry Parker and Quay Peacock.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert “Boss” Crocker and Steve Kastner.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Ferguson Melton; one daughter, Alainia Nicole Melton of Coffeeville; son, Sam Melton and his wife, Shelby of Grenada; two sisters, Mary Parker and Betty Kirk of Water Valley; one brother, James Melton of Florida and a granddaughter, Charli Grace Melton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Cobern.

Tillie Shelly Taylor

COFFEEVILLE – Tillie Shelly Taylor, age 90, of Coffeeville, began her eternal journey Thursday, June 16, at her home surrounded by those she loved. She was born February 10, 1932, in Attala County to the late Gus and Annie Bell (Jenkins) Shelly.

Tillie was a tender and loving spirit who impacted those around her. She was very involved while in school and lettered in basketball playing forward. She graduated as salutatorian of her class. After school she attended business school in Memphis to learn the many aspects of clerical work, talents she would use to keep the books for her husband Donald’s business. Tillie was also a homemaker, instilling traditional values to her children. Not only was she a wonderful mother, but also a care giver for her grandchildren as they were growing up. Tillie loved the Lord and was a avid member of First Baptist Coffeeville, where she attended until her health began to fail. As a talented seamstress, Tillie loved spending time quilting, as well as making clothes for herself and family members. She also enjoyed spending time tending to her vegetable and flower gardens.

Visitation was held Monday, June 20, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services followed at  Tuesday, June 21, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Brothers James Young and Ken Salley officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens in Memphis.

Tillie is survived by one son, Donald E. Taylor, Jr. (Jean Nichols) of Coffeeville; one daughter, Roxie Presgrove, of Coffeeville; one sister, Johnnie Miller (Jim) of Madison; four grandchildren, Erin Fowler (James), Kaylen Taylor, Kelsey Whitford and Joseph Taylor (Haley Turner); 10  great-grands with two on the way; and a sister-in-law, Norma Shelly.

As well as her parents, Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Taylor Sr; one son, Shelly Taylor; two brothers, Edwin Shelly, Rev. Gus Shelly; one sister, Martha McCrory; and one grand-daughter, Leslie Masters.

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