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Obituaries 06/15/2023

Charlene Boxx

COFFEEVILLE – Charlene Chapman Boxx, age 96, of Coffeeville passed away peacefully Thursday, June 8, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 13, 1926, in Cascilla to the late Christopher Corace and Hattie Rae (Shackelford) Chapman.

After finishing high school at Jeff Davis in Water Valley where she was valedictorian, Charlene moved to Memphis and worked at Memphis Municipal Airport during World War II. She would marry Rayford Boxx, the love of her life, after he returned from overseas service.

Later they moved to Coffeeville where they would start the family she adored with all of her heart. Charlene was primarily a homemaker. She served her family well and she is described by her children and grandchildren as very caring, selfless and loving. These characteristics were very evident in her life as she had a heart for helping others. She did so in the community and First Baptist Church in Coffeeville, where she taught Sunday School in the children’s department for many years. She loved cooking, gardening, canning, sewing and collecting many different things, including old bottles and artifacts. She loved and cared for many dogs and cats throughout her life. Charlene will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Visitation was held Saturday, June 10, at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. The funeral service followed with Brother Craig Baker and Brother Truman Scarborough officiating. Burial was in Coffeeville City Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charlene is survived by two sons, Ray (Karen) Boxx of Water Valley and Charles (Denise) Boxx of Coffeeville; one daughter, Mary Dawn Peeples of Coffeeville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Charlene was preceded in death by her husband Rayford Boxx and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Middleton.

Arcola Hughes, Jr.

COFFEEVILLE – Arcola Hughes, Jr., 84, of Coffeeville passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.

Born October 3, 1938 in Louisville, he was the son of Arcola, Sr. and Allen Christopher McCool Hughes. Arcola was a man of strong conviction and always put his all into everything he did having earned the rank of Eagle Scout, 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner. He honorably served our country in the US Navy and was a member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

An avid outdoorsman, Arcola enjoyed hunting and fishing among other pastimes. A gifted conversationalist, Arcola possessed a remarkable talent of putting those in his presence at ease and could find something to talk about with anyone he encountered. While his absence leaves a void for those who love him, his family finds comfort in knowing he has entered paradise and eternal rest.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment followed in Elam Cemetery. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his daughter, Nikki (Todd) Shields of Houlka; two sons, Todd (Lisa) Hughes of Coffeeville and Rusty (Terri) Hughes of Tupelo; two brothers, John (Peggy) Hughes and Bill (Barbara) Hughes; three grandchildren, Jessica (Brandon) Richardson, Matthew (Blair) Hughes and Cooper Hughes; and three great-grandchildren, Anna Richardson, Eli Hughes and Ella Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Hooper Hughes, and a brother, Kerry Van Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church – Coffeeville, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

William “Tommy” Schmitz

WATER VALLEY – William “Tommy” Schmitz, 60, passed away at his home in Water Valley on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at Woodland Hills Baptist Church (1710 North Main St) Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Tommy was born on October 2, 1962, in Water Valley. He was known as a jack-of-all-trades, working multiple jobs ranging from maintenance to painting. He could truly do it all. Tommy had a way of bringing joy to everyone he came in contact with. He was funny and personable, and he always made sure that his family was taken care of. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Tommy was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. However, he loved nothing more than a good cup of coffee and spending time with his family. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Tommy is survived by his two daughters, Wendy Schmitz of Water Valley and Tory Schmitz of Pope; one granddaughter, Jasmyn Hollinger of Water Valley; four grandsons, Austin Yeager and Drew Hollinger, both of Water Valley, and Bradyn Justice and Evyn Justice, both of Hernando; three brothers, James (Mollie) Schmitz, Terry Schmitz, and Randy (Debbie) Schmitz, all of Water Valley; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Johnny Chris Schmitz and Mary Alice Schmitz; and his sister, Mary Joyce.

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