July 25, 2014

Carol Pittman Bell
   Funeral services for Carol Pittman Bell, 76, of Coffeeville, were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in Coffeeville City Cemetery.
   Mrs. Bell died July 21, 2014, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.  
   She was born on Dec. 28, 1937, in Yalobusha County, to the late Oscar and Leola Schmitz Pittman.
   Mrs. Bell worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the East End Water Association in Coffeeville and as a receptionist for the Hilltop Motel in Grenada. She was a member of Coffeeville Church of Christ and a former member of both the Water Valley Garden Club and the Water Valley Ladies Rook Club. Mrs. Bell enjoyed reading, cooking and working in her flower garden.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gene Bell and two brothers, Barry Pittman and Paul Pittman.
   Mrs. Bell is survived by a daughter, Monica LeBlanc of Chesterfield, Va.; a son, Keith Bell of Coffeeville; a brother, Ralph Wayne Pittman of Williamsburg, Va.; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Mary Whitmire Bramlett

   Funeral services for Mary Whitmire Bramlett, 80, of Winona, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.  
   Mrs. Bramlett died July 20, 2014, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson of cancer.  
   She was born on Feb. 26, 1934, to the late Jim Tom and Annie Mae Sykes Shaw.  
   Mrs. Bramlett was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winona.
   She enjoyed crossword puzzles, her dog, J.R., and spending time with her family and friends.  
   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bramlett was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Truman Whitmire and William Nathan Bramlett; her sons, Joseph Terry Whitmire and James Robert Whitmire; and a brother, Robert Earl Shaw.
   Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Whitmire and Belinda Hamilton, both of Winona; a brother, Charlie Eugene Shaw; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Online condolences may be made at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.

David Talbert Dotson

   Memorial services for David Talbert Dotson, 93, of Winona, are at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at First Presbyterian Church in Winona. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors.
   Visitation is Monday from 9 a.m. to service time at the church.
   Mr. Dotson died July 21, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Jackson following a brief illness.
   He was a prominent businessman who retired when he sold his GMC dealership in 1993. He had owned the business since 1946. He played football and ran track at Mississippi College and was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an avid horseman who trained some of the best cutting horses in the country, and at one time, was ranked among the top trainers in the world.
   Mr. Dotson was a United States Marine Corps Captain who served as a rifle company commander in some of the most difficult island assaults and beach landings in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including the first wave in the assault on the beaches at Okinawa. He was proud of his service to his country and was able to visit the WWII Memorial several years ago with the help of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eileen Crocker Dotson and his second wife, Betty Jo Dotson.
   Mr. Dotson is survived by four children, David T. Dotson Jr. of Memphis; Diane Mims, Kathy Dotson and Debbie Swindoll, all of Oxford; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans Home, 310 Autumn Ridge Road, Kosciusko, MS 39090; or First Presbyterian Church, 302 Summit Street, Winona, MS 38967.
   Online condolences may be made at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Oliver Funeral Home is in charge.

William Luther Harris Jr.
   Visitation for William Luther Harris Jr. is Friday, July 25, 2014, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Oxberry.  Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with interment in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. Kevin Tribble will officiate the services.
   Mr. Harris died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
   He was born on April 21, 1923, to William Luther Harris Sr. and Robbie Payne Harris.
   Mr. Harris was a member and deacon of Bethel Baptist Church. His unwavering faith in God, love for his country, and his genuine kindness to everyone were integral parts of his daily life. So many have spoken of the kindness shown to them by him over the span of his lifetime.
   Mr. Harris served in combat during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
   He drove a school bus for Holcomb School at the age of 14.  He opened Harris Tractor Company in 1960, and planted his last farm crop this year at the age of 91.
   Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie Organ Harris; a brother, Robert Lee Harris; and a sister, Bernice Harris Little.
   He is survived by his son, Bob (Toni) Harris of Holcomb; his daughter, Jeanette (Jerry) Selby of Holcomb; sister-in-law, Grace Harris; four grandchildren, Bryan (Cricket) Harris of Grenada; Brad  (Brooke) Harris of Daphne, Ala.; Ron Selby of Leland; and Renee DeWeese of Madison; and six great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Bryan Harris, Brad Harris, Ron Selby, Dillon DeWeese, Gerry Speir, Donald Wayne Staten, Billy Bailey and Keith Smith.
   Memorial donation may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, c/o Susan Mansfield, 1069 Highway 35 North, Holcomb, MS  38940.
   Online condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Sam Isenberg
   Graveside services for Sam Isenberg, 90, of Charleston, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Charleston City Cemetery.
   Mr. Isenberg died July 20, 2014, in Southaven.
   He was a retail sales clerk for Isenberg Clothing Store of Charleston and a member of the Jewish faith.
   Mr. Isenberg is survived by six cousins, June Kantor Weitz of Cordova, Tenn., Joan Shankerman of Charleston, Annelle Kantor of Jackson, Kenny Pritchard and Susan Bronsky, both of Fort Worth, Texas, Bonnie Tedford, of Pell, Ala.; and his friend, Sandy Sturdivant of Tillatoba.
   Newsom Funeral Home was in charge.

Ray Elisha Slaughter Jr.
   Funeral services for Ray Elisha Slaughter Jr., 67, of Batesville, native of Charleston, were at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial followed in Forrest   Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.
   Mr. Slaughter died July 22, 2014, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.
   He was born on Nov. 22, 1946, to the late Irene Dees and Ray E. Slaughter Sr. in Charleston.
   Mr. Slaughter was a disabled American veteran, having served during the Vietnam Era, as a marine. His accommodations include: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Combat Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. He was a member of Pope Baptist Church. Mr. Slaughter retired after 25 years of production work for Instituform Technologies in Batesville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an extreme Elvis Presley fan.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Ann Slaughter.
   Mr. Slaughter is survived by his wife, Linda Cook Slaughter of Batesville; one daughter, Joy Slaughter of Baton Rouge; two sons, Andy Ray Slaughter of Cordova, Tenn., and Jerry Slaughter of Batesville; one step-daughter, Christy Goodwin Hudson of Batesville; two step-sons, Ronnie Goodwin of Batesville and Kevin Goodwin of Senatobia; two sisters, Donna Walls of Batesville and Gail Weeks of Courtland; one brother, Mike Slaughter of Oxford; and 10 grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign, P.O. Box 303 – Prince Station, New York, NY 10012-0006.
   Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

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