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Obituaries 01/26/2023

Harry Wilson Neal

WINONA – Harry Wilson Neal, age 77, of Winona went to his forever home Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at his home with his family by his side.

Harry was born August 8, 1945, in Calhoun County to the late Wilson and Lillian (Inman) Neal. While attending Water Valley High School, Harry enjoyed playing sports and was an integral part of the basketball and football teams. Upon graduation, Harry attended college for a short while and in 1965 married the love of his life, Donna Rider. With his tremendous work ethic, Harry began working while in school at The Peoples Wholesale store in Water Valley. After college, Harry started working at the Bank of Water Valley branch in Coffeeville and later moved to Winona where he was the vice president of the bank. In 2008, Harry and Donna stepped out in faith and bought Winona Elevator and ran the business until he retired in 2018. When not working, Harry loved spending time outside hunting deer and birds, gardening and yard work.

Visitation was held Friday, January 20, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m. A memorial service immediately followed in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Truman Scarborough officiating.

Harry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna Rider Neal; one son, Scott Neal of Winona; two grandchildren, Darby (Luke) Garner and Haley Neal; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette Dickey and Judy (Herbie) Rogers; and one brother, Labourn (Debra) Neal.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by one brother, Benny Neal.

Imogene Underwood

WATER VALLEY – Imogene Underwood, age 91, of Water Valley went to her forever home Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Bruce Community Living Center in Bruce. She was born March 3, 1931 to Jessie and Emma (Lemons) Harden.

Visitation is scheduled Wednesday, January 25, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Billy Childs officiating.

Imogene was born during the depression and learned what it meant to come up in difficult times. She understood the importance of family and hard work. As a homemaker, she applied both of those attributes to both her life and her families’ lives. She is described by her family as hard-working and loving. Imogene was the epitome of a down-home grandmother who loved cooking and baking for her family right up until the time she became sick. It wasn’t unusual to find enough food to feed the entire community. When she wasn’t cooking and helping with her grandchildren, she loved taking in all of the beauty of nature spending her time outside working with her flowers and painting scenes of wildlife. Imogene also loved being around animals even to the point of raising an orphaned baby deer, and treating her dog “Prissy” as one of the family. But nothing meant more to her than her family who will miss her dearly.

Imogene is survived by one son, Larry Harden; five grandchildren, Larry Harden Jr,, Jenny West, J.D. Harden, Michael (Tresah) Harden and Crystal (Christopher) Barlow; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Imogene was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Harden.


Gertrude Williamson Vincent

CLARKSDALE – Gertrude Elizabeth Williamson Vincent, 81, a devout Catholic, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away January 17, 2023.
Gertrude was born February 24, 1941, to Gertrude Wagner Williamson and Henry Ellis Williamson. She married Leonard F Vincent on October 24, 1964, and together they raised four children in Clarksdale.

Gertrude dedicated her life to serving the elderly in the community as director of SLA Jones Center for many years. She was an active parishioner of St Elizabeth Catholic Church for more than 50 years where she attended weekly prayer group and was involved with RCIA. She was a person of incredible faith who lived that out each and every day Those closest to her would say that she was the one to call with any and all prayer requests.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Dr Henry Ellis Williamson, Jr.; and her husband, Leonard F Vincent.

Left to carry her legacy and cherish her memory are her children, Scotti (Tammy Kimbrough) Vincent, Kalista Vincent, Stephanie (Casey) Whitworth and Tony (Johnna) Vincent; grandchildren, Holly (Dusty) Ward, Erin (Mike) Alderson, Anne Rivers (Chad) Foster, Hannah (Matt) Thornton, Hayley (Jake) Hood, Andrew (Ashley) Vincent, Claudia Vincent, Blake Vincent, Luke Vickers, Amelia Vincent and Caleb Whitworth; great-grandchildren, Ella Grace Ward, Reese Ward, Graysen Harlow, Yates Ward, Bowen Alderson, Tyler Vincent, Justin Bo Vincent, Emery Ellis Alderson, Grahm Hood, Presley Newsome, Paisley Newsome, Vera Foster, Thomas Thornton, Ann Ivy Thornton, Ryder Gonzales, Waylon Vincent and two new blessings on the way.

Visitation was held Friday, January 20, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to St Elizabeth Catholic School and SLA Jones Center in honor of Gertrude. The family wishes to thank St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Flowers Retirement Community, NorthWest Regional Medical Center, Sunflower Home Health, all of her treating physicians and nurses, Meredith Nowell Funeral Home and all those that loved and prayed for her during this time of loss.

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