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Obituaries 12/21/2023

Lisa Whiteside Burchfield

SENATOBIA – Lisa Whiteside Burchfield, 55, of Senatobia, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2023 at her residence. Lisa was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and a faithful servant of Jesus as a member of Lifepoint Church. The funeral service was held Sunday, December 17, at Lifepoint Church in Senatobia. Interment followed at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Edwin Burchfield of Senatobia; a daughter, Chelsy Burchfield of Oxford; her parents, Larry and Peggy Whiteside of Water Valley; and a brother, Mitchell Whiteside of Water Valley. She was preceded in death by her son, Mack Burchfield.

Max Ray Smith

OXFORD – Max Ray Smith, a devoted husband, and loving father, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2023, at The Magnolia in Oxford. He was 90. Born on April 30, 1933, in Enville, Tenn., Max lived a life filled with purpose, kindness, and dedication.

Max’s journey began in Enville where he developed a strong sense of family values and a diligent work ethic. As a young man, he pursued his education and proudly earned his high school diploma. Following his education, Max answered the call of duty and served his country as a member of the Army National Guard, faithfully dedicating eight years of service.

After his time in the National Guard, Max embarked on a successful career in the manufacturing and sales industry, specializing in building materials. For many years he demonstrated unwavering commitment to his work, contributing his knowledge and expertise to his employer, Sequoia.

Outside of his career, Max cherished the time spent with his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Margie Smith, and together they created a home filled with love and laughter. Max will be remembered for his warm smile, his gentle nature, and his ability to find joy in the simple pleasures of life.
Max is survived by his wife of 51 years Margie Smith; children Marsha Moore, Valerie Smith and Steve Smith; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Smith and Annie (Rickman) Smith; one sister, Glenda Robinson; three brothers, Ortol Smith, Bill Smith and R.D. Smith; and one daughter, Sandy Miller.

Max’s life was celebrated and honored in a visitation in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on December 19. The funeral service followed at the same location.

James Elmore Warren

COFFEEVILLE – James Elmore “Jim” Warren, 80, of Coffeeville, passed away Monday, December 18, 2023 at his residence. He was born October 12, 1943 in Memphis to James Remus and Mildred Edwin Davis Warren.

Jim loved the Lord and was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church where he served in numerous capacities through the years including Men’s Sunday school teacher. He spent most of his working life as a Civil Engineer Technician with the United States Department of Agriculture. Jim enjoyed working Sudoku number puzzles, watching SyFy and Westerns and was also a very knowledgeable history buff. He will long be remembered as a devoted family man who instilled in all of his children the importance of hard work.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 20 at New Hope Baptist Church near Coffeeville. Rev. Billy Hill will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Matthew Bardo, Bobby Bell, Daniel Bell, Keith Bell, David Brown, Justin Brown, Andrew Johnsey and Eddie Strauser will serve as pallbearers. Jim Bennett, Bobby Martin, Homer Melton and Francis Williams will serve as honorary pallbearers. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Juanita Martin Warren; three daughters, Debra R. Warren, Kim (Keith) Warren Bell and Joyce L. Warren, all of Coffeeville; one son, James Elmore “Jay” Warren, Jr. of Grenada; eight grandchildren, Justin Brown, David Brown, Daniel Bell, Amy Schroeder, Bobby Bell, Brandie Johnsey, Deadra Wilburn and Mia Claire Warren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Miranda Jamil Warren and a grandson, Owen Dean Brown.

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