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Chester Ann Pate Ayers

HERNANDO—Chester Ann “Chetty” Pate Ayers, age 82, passed away at  her home in Hernando on October 2, 2018.

  Born September 4, 1936, in Oakland, Mrs. Ayers was a daughter of the late Chester Collins and Ethel Denley Pate. She worked at Holley Carburetor in Water Valley for 28 years. Chetty enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working in her flower garden, but nothing compared to the love she had for her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

Visitation was held in First Baptist Church of Coffeeville on Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m., with a memorial service following at 3 p.m. Interment was in the Coffeeville City Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Susanne Bennett of Hernando, Sally Ayers of French Settlement, La., Stacy Reeves of Bruce, Samantha Smithson and Sandy Story, both of Water Valley, and Julia Ayers of Coffeeville; three sons, Chester Ayers (Carol) of Batesville, Jason Ayers of Water Valley, and John Ayers (Mandy) of Grenada; one sister, Sally Pate of Pleasant Grove, Ala.; a brother, George Pate of Madison; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Chetty was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Ellen Arington.

Memorials may be made to Coffeeville First Baptist Church, 14749 Depot St., Coffeeville, MS 38922.

Charles William Martin

OAKLAND—Charles William Martin passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born January 16, 1942, in Crystal Springs, Charles was a son of the late Oliver and Rhonda Martin. He graduated from Crystal Springs High School in 1961 and worked with Bell South in Jackson for many years. He later transferred to AT&T in Nashville, where he retired and shortly after relocated to Oakland.

He was a kind and loving husband and father. Charles was an avid gardener and spent countless hours tending his many fruit trees and vegetable garden. Always thinking of others before himself, he was charitable to the end and he donated his body to medical science to aid in the discovery of a cure for pulmonary fibrosis.

  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Faye Smith Martin, whom he married on April 6, 1962; two sons, Andy Martin (Tanya) of Crystal Springs and  Timothy Martin (Carla Enis) of Baldwyn; a grandson, Ashton Martin of Baldwyn; and a brother, Gary Martin of LaPorte, Texas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Pete Martin.

A celebration of life was held at the Stringer Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal Springs on Saturday, October 6, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016, or St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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