Luther Redwine

Luther Manuel Redwine 90, of Bruce,  died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Bruce Community Living Center. He was born  October, 24, 1923 to Louis Redwine and Vesta Melton Redwine. He was a Baptist and a mechanic.  [Read more...]

Colleen Holt

Colleen Briley Holt, beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt, passed away peacefully in her Huntsville home on July 1 at the age of 63. A private family memorial will be held to celebrate her life.  [Read more...]

Margaret Callahan

Margaret Pauline Callahan, 98, of Bruce, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at her daughter’s residence. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was born May 9, 1916 in Purcell, Ok., the daughter of the late Andrew Cox and the late Jettie Willis Cox. She was the wife of the late Delbert Callahan. Surviving are daughters, Pansy Acker, Rochester, Mi., and Donna (George) Liles, Bruce;

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Rena Patterson

Rena Mae Spratlin Hood Patterson went home to the Lord Monday, July 7, 2014. At the time of her death, she was at home in Old Town community, Calhoun County, where she lived with her daughter, Linda White. The daughter of William Joseph ‘Joe’ and Sarah Ella (Bailey) Spratlin, Rena was raised in a Southern Baptist Christian home. She was a member of Old Town Baptist Church, Pittsboro.

At an early age, she accepted Christ as her Saviour. Her life reflected God’s presence and guidance. Traveling by wagon, she helped raise money for the construction of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Calhoun County. A devoted Christian woman, she has served as  Sunday School teacher, Children’s Discipleship leader, Bible School teacher, church secretary, church hostess, and church clerk. Her faith was practiced in all of her life.

She was married at 16 to Junior Hood, gave birth to their son at 18, and was widowed by WWII at 19. Years later, she married William Claxton ‘Clax’ Patterson. The marriage was blessed with two daughters. They made their home and raised their three children in Calhoun County. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, excellent homemaker, accomplished seamstress, and skilled cook. With advancing years and failing health, she made her home with daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Don White. [Read more...]

R.A. Byars

Funeral services for R.A. Byars, 91, were  Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Arcadia with Bro. Jeff Hoffman officiating. Interment will be held today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. in Pinecrest Memorial Garden in Bruce, with full military honors. Parker Memorial of Bruce is in charge of burial.

He was born October 5, 1922, in Pittsboro, to Cecil and Veleria Stewart Byars. He entered into rest July 3, 2014, in Ruston, LA. He graduated high school in Marks,  and went on to Delta State College to receive his BA degree in Business Education, and Masters degree in school administration and Physical Education from the University of Mississippi. He served three years in the U.S. Navy in WWII in the European Theater. He began teaching in 1949 in Mississippi. In 1955, he moved to Arcadia and began teaching business courses and coached basketball for 13 years. In his last few years of teaching, he served as assistant principal. He retired in 1978. Upon retirement, he enjoyed fishing and gardening. One of his greatest joys was his daily visits with each resident of Leslie Lakes Retirement Center and his 2-3 times a week visits with the residents of Willow Ridge Nursing Home. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Arcadia, serving as a teacher of men’s bible study, usher and member of the Joy Club. In 2009, R.A. received the Heritage Award from the Bienville Chamber of Commerce. [Read more...]

Debra Norwood

Debra Norwood, 56, of Water Valley, died  Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born July 9, 1957 in Texarkana, Tx., the daughter of Buford Hallum and Faye Melton Hallum of Texarkana. She was the wife of Steve Norwood of Banner. She was a graduate of Texarkana College and a public school teacher for 30 years as a dyslexia counselor. She received the teacher of the year award in her school district in 1998 Liberty-Eylu High School. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church Texarkana, where she was pianist, also attending Drivers Flat Baptist Church Banner. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Border Chapter 211, Texarkana, and Chapter 5, Water Valley. [Read more...]

Allis Hodge

Allis Marie Hodge, 66, of Vardaman, died  Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her residence. She was born January 23, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nv.,  the daughter of the late Woodrow Lantry and the late Charlotte Bartlett  Lantry. She was the wife of the late Ray Hodge. [Read more...]

Sara Brown

Sara N. Brown, 86, of Bruce, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born June 27, 1928, the daughter of the late Ellis Ivy and the late Lura Crocker  Ivy. She was the wife of the late R.B. Brown. She was a member of Church of God and she was a homemaker. [Read more...]

James Ferguson

James E. Ferguson, 85, Bruce, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born June 19, 1929 in Bruce,  he was the son of the late Velton Ferguson and the late Ida McCormick Ferguson. He was the husband of Jimmie Countiss Ferguson. He served in the Navy, and was a retired sawmill owner and logger. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church, lifetime Mason, former member of the Lions Club, former V.F.W member, former community bank board member for Bancorp South, and former School Board member. [Read more...]

Kay Bardo

Charlene “Kay” Trombley Bardo, age 69, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her home in Coffeeville.  She was born March 19, 1945 in Munising, MI to the late Charles Edgar and Greta Masters Trombley.  Kay graduated from Grenada School of Cosmetology and worked for many years as a hairdresser. She later enrolled in the nursing program at Holmes Community College where she earned a degree as an LPN and then worked at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.  Kay enjoyed fishing, writing poetry, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Hill officiating.  Burial will be in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery with Mason Hardenburgh, Shannon Clements, Eric Allbritton, Andy Bardo, Michael Hill and Marty Bardo serving as pallbearers.  Roger Jenkins, Gaylan Bardo and Garrett Bardo will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kay is survived by her husband, Jimmy James Bardo of Coffeeville; her daughters, Threasa Davis of Henderson, KY, Kimberly Anderson and Angela Jenkins (Roger) all of Olive Branch, and Teresa Whitten of Grenada; her sons, Christopher Hardenburgh (Becky) of Water Valley, Scott Hardenburgh (Melinda) of Grenada, Wheeler Lishman III of Coffeeville, Charles Lishman (Holly) of Hickory Flat, Scotty Bardo (Stephanie) of Bruce, Jimmy Dewayne Bardo (Nathan) of Coffeeville,  and Michael Bardo (Mandy) of Coffeeville; her sisters, Millie Dunn and Carol Dominguez both of Munising, MI and Cora Kerrick of Williamsfield, IL; her brothers, Jerry Trombley of Water Valley, and Lloyst Trombley of Wetmore, MI; twenty-seven grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Braatz and Muriel Binns.