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Obituaries 01/11/2024

Curtis Lee Berry

OXFORD – Curtis Lee Berry, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died on January 4, 2024, at 92. He was born August 5, 1931, in Water Valley to the late Andrew and Katie Berry.
Curtis grew up as a strong member of the community, living in Water Valley with his wife, Janice, until he moved to Oxford at the age of 85. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1950 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. As a radio mechanic, he served on island radar sites in the Japan Sea and the Korean Straight for 15 months during the Korean War.

Curtis was a postal employee for 32 years in Water Valley and an electrician by trade all his life. After retiring from the postal service, he served eight years as an electrician at The University of Mississippi. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Water Valley, where he served on several committees and as a deacon. He was very involved in the music ministry, serving as interim music director when needed.

Because of his love of music, he was involved in revivals, weddings, funerals, and wherever his God-given talent was needed. He was a Mason, a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, and a Shriner. He was a member of the Water Valley Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Leadership Award and the Edwin Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award. He was very involved in the Casey Jones Museum, and loved working and volunteering at the museum.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Katie Berry; an infant brother, Andrew Jackson Berry, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Janice Taylor Berry; three children, Lee Ann Berry of Water Valley, Alan (Deana) Berry of White Hall, Ark. and Andrea (Bradley) Harmon of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Michael Green, Jacob Redding, Zachary Redding; Kristen (Chaz) Nichols, Taylor Berry, Jackson Ryan and Anna Kate Ryan and their father, Jerry Ryan; and four great-grandchildren, Ryder Green, Colleen Nichols, Sagan Berry and Noah Berry.

Visitation was held Monday, January 8 at Water Valley First Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Services followed immediately at 1:00 PM with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Jeffery “Jeff” Alan Edwards

COFFEEVILLE – Jeffery “Jeff” Alan Edwards, 54, died Saturday, December 30, 2023, at his home. Jeff worked in the automotive industry at Solero Technologies. Jeff was an avid hunter and crappie fisherman and was an Ole Miss fan. Jeff was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and later attended Sumner Baptist Church.

Visitation was held Tuesday January 2, 2024, at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale. The service followed at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial in the Shelby Cemetery. Meredith Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale had charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father Terry (Kim) Edwards of Duncan; a daughter, Anna Carson Edwards of Clarksdale; a brother, Mark Edwards of Seaside, N.J.; a sister, Michelle (John) Mullins of Lyles, Tenn.; a niece, Amanda (Zac) Cockrell; nephews Blake (Ashton) Edwards, Jack Mullins and Mark Edwards, Jr; great nieces Colette Cockrell and Layla Edwards; and a great nephew, Sonny Cockrell.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Pongetti Edwards. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the donor’s choice.

Larry Eugene Lambert

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Larry Eugene Lambert passed away on November 16, 2023, in Montgomery, Ala. He was born July 1, 1943, in Enid, Okla. to Ellis and Ann Lambert.

Larry’s loves, in addition to his wife, Linda, were his family, Waffle House, playing dominoes and any new-fangled gadgets for the house. He was known as Mr. Gadget and for his bulk buying. There were many things his family can share about Larry, but the one thing you would here from people who knew him is “He was the kindest man we’ve ever known.”

Larry served three tours in Vietnam. He was a Green Beret, Special Forces, Army M.P. and a Jumping Mustang. He received many, many awards for his accomplishments.

The funeral service was held at Frazer Free Methodist Church on Nov. 22, 2023.

Larry leaves his wife of 40 years, Linda; three daughters, Billie (Jeff) Lanette Davis of Winfield, Ala., Christina Mae Hester, also of Winfield, Ala., Vicky (Chris) Clark of Pike Road, Ala.; two sons, Jackie Lee Lambert and Anthony Ray (Myra) Hallmark, both of Winfield, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Darlene Hardy Burney of Water Valley and Jane Lambert Bear of Columbia, Miss.; and one brother, Alec Quiett of Alpine, Texas.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Annette Sue (Jack) Brewster Hardy and Ellis Lambert; a sister, Nannette (William) Faye Hardy Morrisett; a brother, Roy (Rolleen) Quiett; and a great-grandson, Atticus Lambert.

Sue Walls

WATER VALLEY – Sue Walls went to be with the Lord on December 31, 2023. She was born in Oxford on March 11, 1952 to the late Mr. Tommy Worsham and Opal Hollowell.

Sue was a faithful and dedicated employee for several factories including Holley Carburetor in Water Valley and Kellwood in Coffeeville. She loved going to work at Taylor Inn in Taylor, where she faithfully served until she was too sick to work. She gave her life to Christ and confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a child and again when she was older with her daughter.

Sue was united in holy matrimony to Melvin E. Walls in 1990 for 33 years.

A graveside service was held Thursday, January 4, at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Water Valley. Walker Funeral Services had charge of arrangements.

She leaves to cherish her memories Melvin E. Walls, her husband; a daughter, Lisa (Maurice) Buford; bonus children, Melvin (Rhonda) Walls II, Kim Walls, Kathy Brown, and Jack (Jamica) Pritchard; 20 grandchildren; and a best friend, Paige Evans.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Wanda Worsham; her son, Gary Scott Schmitz; and her bonus sons, George E Walls and Brian Walls.

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