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Friday, March 6, 2015

Jon Scott

Friday’s obituaries

  • George Washington “June” Bell — 69, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Due to this week’s inclement weather, the services have been rescheduled. Services will now be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Marvin Quarles officiating. Burial will follow in Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. There will be no visitation.
  • Hattie Ann Isom — 72, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in oxford
  • Sheila Gregory Nelson — 51, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Services were originally scheduled to be held on Thursday morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Chaplain Wayne Harlow and Pastor Bill Rutledge officiating. Burial was to follow in the Walker Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Due to Thursday’s inclement weather, the services have been rescheduled. Services will not be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.

 (March 6, 2015, Page 3)

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    Thursday’s obituaries

    • George Washington “June” Bell — 69, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Marvin Quarles officiating. Burial will follow in Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

    Born in Abbeville, he professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Pilgrims Rest Church in Lafayette County. He attended Gordon School in Abbeville, and he worked at Ray Farms in Abbeville. He loved to help anyone in need, and being around family and people.

    Survivors include three nieces, Loretta Morris, Linda Quarles and Barbara Marion, all of Abbeville; two nephews, Freddie Marion and Tommy Marion, both of Abbeville; and two special cousins, Ora Redmon and Tina Sisk, both of Oxford.

    •  WATER VALLEY — Sheila Gregory Nelson, 51, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Services were originally scheduled to be held at 11 this morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Chaplain Wayne Harlow and Pastor Bill Rutledge officiating. Burial was to follow in the Walker Cemetery in Yalobusha County. However, due to today’s inclement weather, today’s services were postponed.
    •  Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Chrestman Murphree — 59, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at her home in Lafayette County. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with the Rev. Gerald Shook and the Rev. Ken Hanks officiating. Burial will follow with a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

    Born in Calhoun County, she was a legal assistant at Tannehill, Carmean and McKenzie PLLC in Oxford. She was a member of Anchor Baptist Church where she attended the Grace Sunday school class, and formerly taught a Bible study class and assisted with children’s church. She loved her scrapbooking club, reading and cross stitch. She enjoyed playing and spending time with her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her daughter, Lindsay Murphree Hastings of Bruce; a son, Jason Lee Murphree of Oxford; two brothers, Mike Alford of Tupelo and Bobby Chrestman of Pontiac, Ill.; four sisters, Mary Bowker of Anchorage, Alaska, Terry West of Washington State, Reba Ward of Big Creek and Noelle Chrestman of Hawaii; and two grandchildren.

    Memorials may be made to: Anchor Baptist Church, in honor of Sue Cook, teacher of the Grace Sunday School Class, 1009 Highway 7 South, Water Valley, MS 38965; or Holding Hands Resale Shop, 2618 West Oxford Loop, Oxford, MS 38655. For online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

    • SOUTHAVEN — Betty Ann McCoy Sullivan, 72, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Southaven Community Church in Southaven. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Hernando Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Originally from Yocona, she lived in Southaven. She was a retired nurse.

    Survivors include her husband, Stanley Sullivan of Southaven; two daughters, Sherry Cupp and Belinda Higgins, both of Southaven; a son, Charles A. Clark of Southaven; a brother, Tim McCoy of Potlockney; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

    • Glynn Jenkins Hobby Tatum, 83, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at her home in Oxford. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford, with the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery. Visitation will be held for two prior to the service at the funeral home.

    Born in Sledge, she was a retired hair dresser at Glynn’s Beauty Shop. She was a member of Yellowleaf Baptist Church and loved reading her Bible. She enjoyed gardening and arranging the flowers that she grew. She was a quick-witted lady who loved to laugh. Her home was the gathering place where she found pleasure in cooking for her family. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Aubrey Lee Hobby and James Leon Tatum; a daughter, Robin Gail Hobby; and a son, Randy Hobby.

    Survivors include her daughters, Kem Hobby Gossett and Connie Hobby, both of Oxford, and Dana Tatum Harwell of Abbeville; her sons, Marty Hobby of Sardis and Kelly Hobby of Holly Springs; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Memorials may be made to Yellowleaf Baptist Church, 50 Cr 435, Oxford, MS 38655; or the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134. For more information, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

    • Dorman Yancy, 89, died this morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford.

      (March 5, 2015, Page 3A)

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      This week in Oxford history – Yesterday’s Papers

      Twenty years ago this week, city leaders were making plans to widen West Jackson Avenue due to the rapid development taking place along the street. Sixty-four years ago, an initiative was launched to build a major new high school in the Abbeville area to serve several communities in the northern part of Lafayette County. (March 4, 2015, Page 1A)

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        Wednesday’s obituaries

        • William Pluett Denley— died Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City, with Brother Wayne Gullett officiating. Burial will follow in Pittsboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
        • Eloise McDaniel — 81, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services were held Monday in the Henry Chapel of the Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. David Floyd officiating.  Burial followed in the Browning Cemetery in Lafayette County.
        • Glynn Tatum — died Tuesday at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford.

         (March 4, 2015, Page 3A)

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          Tuesday’s obituaries

          • Malik J. Dye — the infant son of Micrishia Vaughn and Martavious Dye, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hodges Funeral Homes Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Philadelphia M.B. Church Cemetery in Oxford.
          • Tim Ford — 63, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home in Oxford. Services will be held at 3 this afternoon at Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
          • Sheila Gregory Nelson — 51, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in the Walker Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

           (March 3, 2015, Page 3)

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            Monday’s obituaries

            • Larry Kelly — 58, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carter Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.

             (March 2, 2015, Page 3)

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              Sunday Focus – Bridge replaced

              The 1950s-era, steel-truss bridge over the Tallahatchie River on the northern border of Lafayette County on Highway 7 is being taken down. Traffic has been successfully switched over to a new, more spacious and modern bridge. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)

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                Election update

                Eight people waited until the last day to qualify for local elections in Lafayette County. As the clock ticked down to 5 p.m. Friday, several candidates waited at the Lafayette County Courthouse to see if anyone would come to qualify at the last minute. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)

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                  Only in Oxford – Website being developed by local historians

                  Oxford attorney Richie Burnette and members of the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation plan to embark on a historical project that they will never finish. History never ends, and this group of Oxford history buffs plans to create a website dedicated to the history of Oxford and Lafayette County. (March 1, 2015, Page 1A)

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                    Sunday’s obituaries

                    • Evelyn Epps — 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Sardis Nursing Home in Sardis. Services were held Saturday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with Dr. Tommy Snyder and the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville.
                    • James “Jim” Martin Smith — 55, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home in Thaxton. Services were held Saturday at Philadelphia Baptist Church cemetery with Rick Mize officiating. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
                    • Robert Charles “Bob” Thierry — 94, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Oxford. Visitation will be held Monday from 3 until 5 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Suisun Fairfield Rockville Cemetery in Fairfield, California.

                     (March 1, 2015, Page 3A)

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