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Catherine Irene Alexander


WATER VALLEY—Catherine Irene Alexander, 90, of  Water Valley died peacefully Thursday, November 1, 2018, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.

Born March 27, 1928, in Natchez, Irene was a daughter  of the late Albert and Annie Raper Oakes. She worked as an office clerk for Yalobusha General Hospital, as well as for many of the doctors at the time.

 Afterwards she worked many years as the Yalobusha County W.I.C. manager. Irene was a member of the Pink Ladies, The Garden Club of Water Valley, Pine Valley Homemakers Club and, at one time, had been a 4-H Mom. She enjoyed sewing and working in her flower garden. Irene was a member of Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, were she served as  a Sunday School teacher for a number of years.

Visitation was held Sunday night in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral was held in the funeral home Monday, November 5, beginning at one o’clock, with Dr. Shane Crawford and Bro. Harold Spraberry officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, south of Water Valley, with Willie Pullen, Bert Oaks, Chris Pullen, Skip Brasell, Ron Hart and Mike Dale as pallbearers.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Abernathy of Charlotte, North Carolina and Kathy Pullen (Willie) of Water Valley; one brother, Bob Oakes of Johnson City, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Chris Pullen, Kelley Hart, Jennifer Howard, Melanie Galloway, and Suzanne Monteith; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Alexander; four sisters, Mae Brasell, Frances Downer, Grace Dale, and Dorothy Oakes;  eight brothers, Jack Oakes, Jr., James Oakes, Bub Oakes, Bill Oakes, Lewis Oakes, J. D. Oakes, Enlow Oakes, and Alvin Oakes.


Joyce Ann Bryant


WATER VALLEY Joyce Ann Bryant, age 76, of Water Valley died Monday, November 5, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. 

She was born January 13, 1942 to the late William and Opal Arbuckle. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. But nothing compared to her family. She was a member of O’Tuckalofa Baptist Church where she was a part of the WMU and choir. 

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, November 6, 2018 at O’Tuckalofa Baptist Church from 1 until 3 p.m. Services will begin at 3 p.m. with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial will be in Pine Flat Cemetery. 


Lee Arden Goar


HALEYVILLE, ALA.—Lee Arden Goar, age 84, of Haleyville, Alabama died Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Born March 27, 1934, in Water Valley, Lee was the son of Arden and Allie (Martin) Goar of Water Valley.

 Along with his grocery business, Lee immensely enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports, especially softball. Nothing, however, exceeded his love for his family.

The funeral service and visitation were held at Pinkard Funeral Home, October 20, with burial in Winston Memorial Cemetery.

  Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Edna Lee (Gordon) and their three children, Sherry McCoy, Jerri Pierson, and Timothy (Tenna) Goar, all of Haleyville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren of Alabama; and his sister Joan (Theron) Bratton of Oxford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 2207 9th Avenue, Haleyville, AL 35565.


Charlie Brittan Gant 


TILLATOBA—Two month old Charlie Brittan Gant passed away Thursday, November 1, 2018.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 7, from 10 a.m. until service time, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Kimbro Funeral  Home at Marks. Interment will follow in the Lambert Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Charlie and Brittany Gant of Tillatoba; four sisters, Rhyne Self of Tillatoba, Loriann Self of Tillatoba, A Jayla Gant of Enid, and Sammie Faye Gant of Enid; one brother, Thomas Landon Gant of Enid; maternal grandfather, Malcom Self (Dian) of Courtland; and paternal grandmother, Tammy Renea Gant of Sledge.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lori Self, and paternal grandfather, Charlie Gant, Jr.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Crowder Assembly of God Church.


Christine Bowles Stewart


COURTLAND—Christine Bowles Stewart, age 81, passed away November 1, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Brandon.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.  Interment followed in Forrest Memorial Park. Rev. Raymond Aven officiated.

Christine was born February 8, 1937, one of eight children of the late Alvis Bowles and Mattie West Bowles. She married Homer Newel Stewart the day before Christmas in 1959. Together they had eight children. Christine retired from the South Panola School District, where she worked as a librarian for the middle school. She went back to college during her career and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi when she was 54 years young. She was a quilt maker and bird watcher, with hummingbirds being her favorite. She loved the outdoors. She has many Golden Retrievers that she adored. Being a librarian, of course, she was an avid reader. Christine was a member of New Hope Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Homer Stewart of Courtland;  children, Vivian McKlemurry (Rick) of Brandon, Tammy Roberts (Mike), also of Brandon, Rhonda Clark of Batesville, Victor Stewart (Cindy) of Natchez, Tim Stewart (Dawn) of Jasper, Ark., and Chris Stewart of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Ann McGregory of Batesville, and Ruby Turner of Water Valley; 11 grandchildren; and one great grandson.

In addition to her parents, Christine is preceded in death by five brothers, Doug Bowles, Larry Bowles, Charlie Bowles, Edgar Bowles, and James Bowles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Hope Church of God’s Building Program, 209 West St., Batesville, MS 38606.


Earl Dewell Stewart


WATER VALLEY—Earl Dewell Stewart, age 83, of Water Valley died in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo on October 31, 2018.

  Born February 14, 1935, Earl was a son of the late Albert and Alice Newman Stewart. He worked 35 years as a mechanic at Big Yank Manufacturing. His joys were many, and  included coon hunting, putting out boll weevil traps, cutting grass, but most of all was his family. Earl was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church.

Visitation was held Friday, November 2, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Services began at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Dean Tilley and Bro. Charles Fitts officiating. Burial was in Turkey Creek Cemetery. 

Survivors include two daughters, Janeen Henry (Bill) and Peggy Baggett (Roger), both of Water Valley; two sisters, Ina Mae French of Water Valley and Willie Raye Faulk (Clyde) of Anchorage, Alaska; one brother, Homer Stewart of Tocowa; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six  great-great grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by the mother of his children,Virginia Stewart, and one infant son, Robert Earl Stewart, as well as nine brothers and sisters.


Melvin Toole


ENID—Melvin Toole, age 77, passed away November 2, 2018, at his home in Enid.

Visitation was held Monday, November 2, from noon until service time at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Newsom Funeral Home. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Enid.

Mr. Toole was an ASCS board member, President Emeritus of Strider Academy Touchdown Club, TVEPA Board member, a member of Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Tallahatchie Rifles member, secretary and treasurer of Oak Hill Cemetery, member of Oakland Methodist Church, and served in the Air National Guard. He loved traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and cooking for family and friends at his beloved Teasdale Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lottie Blakley Toole of Enid; a daughter, Melanie Toole Ridgway (Jamie) of Brandenburg, Ky.; one son, Blake Toole (Vicki) of Senatobia; four grandchildren, Tyler Toole of Batesville, Sarah Toole of Batesville, Joseph Ridgway of Brandenburg, Ky., and Eli Ridgway of Brandenburg, Ky.; two sisters, Betty Jane Mathews of Batesville and Carolyn Via of Enid; one brother, Terry Toole (Lou) of Grenada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Janie McCullar Toole; one son, Joey Toole; and two brothers, James Irwin and Robert Lee Toole.

Memorials may be made to Oak Hill Cemetery, 92 Enid-Teasdale Rd., Enid, MS 38927.


Billy Ray Woods


LOCKE STATION—Billy Ray Woods, age 69, passed away Wednesday evening, October 31, 2018, at his residence in Locke Station.

Visitation was held Friday, November 2, from 5-8 p.m. in the Chapel of Kimbro Funeral Home at Marks, with a second visitation Saturday, November 3, from 1 p.m. until service time, beginning at 2 p.m., in Goodwill Worship Center, located in the Locke Station Community. Interment followed in Forrest Memorial Park, east of Batesville.

Mr. Woods was an electrician by trade.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Woods of Marks; a daughter, Kim Woods Young of Marks; a god son, Amarre’s Simmons; extended son/nephew and great nephews, Jason Richardson (Debra), and Matthew and Hunter Richardson of Marks; three sisters, Frances Carroll of Pontotoc, Alice Sossaman (John) of Coffeeville,and Dorothy Rayburn (Larry) of Sardis; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a great-great niece.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Dorothy Woods, two brothers, Tommy Lee Woods and Albert Lee Woods; and a son-in-law, Michael Young.




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