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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Seven Oaks Funeral Home

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)

Tuesday’s obituaries

  • JOAN “MUV” MILLER BOWEN – 85, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at her home in Oxford. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. Eric Hankins and the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held the day of service from noon to 2 p.m.
  • JONATHAN ROVES “JON JON” MALONE – 24, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Oxford. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
  • BILLIE LOYD MITCHELL – 74, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Visitation is set for this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services are planned for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Fred Eakes and Bro R.W. Moffett officiating. Burial will be in Elam Cemetery near Coffeeville.

 (July 9, 2013, Page 2)

Tuesday’s obituaries

  • Jeffery “Neal” Bennett Jr. — 22, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home in Coffeeville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Elam Church in Coffeeville. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.
  • Janice Faye Wardlaw Dulany — 68, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Batesville. Private burial will follow. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and for an hour and a half prior to the service, all inside the Activities Center of the church. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of arrangements.
  • Keith Lipsey — 35, died Monday at Dove Health and Rehabilitation in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
  • Charles David Reed — 53, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at his home. Services were held this morning in the Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville.
  • Billy Conn Rotenberry — 70, died Friday, April 12, 2013, in Water Valley. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 this evening at the funeral home.

 (April 16, 2013, Page 2)

Tuesday’s obituaries

LELONZO QUENDRA ANDREWS – 33, died Monday in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

RICHARD SISLER EUBANKS – 63, of Water Valley, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Graveside services were held at 1 this afternoon at Pisgah Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with Bro. David Roberson officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FRANCIS GARY FOURNET JR. – 89, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Mississippi Veterans’ Home in Oxford. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at McKneely and Sons Funeral Home in Hammond, La. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and for two hours prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

PATRICIA M. GIBBS – 70, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Oxford. Her arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.

BETTY DEE KEHOE MELTON – 85, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at her home in Water Valley. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Henry Chapel of the Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. Fletcher Mooreman and Bro. Phillip Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Delay Baptist Church Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

JULIUS MINOR – 52, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

CHARLES ANTHONY PANETTA – 80, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Allen Morgan Health Center in Memphis. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oxford, with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a Rosary service at 6. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.

ARVILLA MILLINER RILEY – 77, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Alton Nursing Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Springfield Baptist Church in Memphis. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at N.J. Ford Funeral Home in Memphis. (September 25, 2012, Page 2)

Thursday’s obituaries

  • ANN HANKS DETTOR – 77, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Joshua Heath Warren, the Rev. Craig Warren and the Rev. Tim McMillen officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held tonight from 5 to 8 at Wells Funeral Home.
  • TAMASANA JAYSLIN GAITHER – 3, died Sunday, July 8, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial will be in the Goshen Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
  • ARTHUR D. IVY – 70, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at his home in Abbeville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford with the Rev. Eddie Goliday Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 Friday afternoon at Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home in Pontotoc and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

 (July 12, 2012, Page 2)

Monday’s obituaries

J. H. “HAM” BAKER –  76, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at his home in Water Valley. Services were held Saturday at in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

NELL BRISCOE –  86, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at her home in Oxford. The funeral service will be Tuesday at Clear Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating and Eric Payne assisting. Burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home and from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clear Creek Baptist Church.

A.C. COATEN – 83, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

MELISSA ANN RUSSELL – 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery in Sarepta. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 this evening at the funeral home. (September 26, 2011, Page 2A)

Wednesday’s Obituaries

WILLIAM EUGENE “BILL” DAVIS – 78, died at his home in Water Valley on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Visitation will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Services will be held Thursday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Water Valley with Bro. Rick Glidewell and Bro. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery.

ANN HELMS HILLHOUSE – 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at her home in Oxford. The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eric Payne and the Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating. Burial will follow in New El Bethel Cemetery. The visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home.

LOTTYE C. MCCOY – 53, died today at her home near Oxford. Funeral arrangements with Coleman Funeral Home are incomplete at this time.

ANNA M. METZGER – 89, of Dover, Del., died on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, with family and hospice chaplain Raymond Taylor by her side. There will be a private viewing for her immediate family. A graveside service will be held on Friday at noon at Erb’s Mennonite Church Cemetery, 567 West Lexington Road, Lititz, Pa. (August 24, 2011, Page 4)

Thursday’s Obituaries

STEVEN DRAYTON COWARD – 32, of Scobey, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Yalobusha County. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Friday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks.

THOMAS GERALD “JERRY” FOOSHEE – 67, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Services will be held at noon Saturday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken White officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home.

BETTY MAE JOHNSON – 44, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Water Valley. The funeral was held at Springhill North Church in Water Valley and burial at Persimmon Hill Cemetery in Enid.

BONNIE LOU MCBRIDE – 87, died May 31, 2011, at her home in Courtland. Funeral services were held this morning at Wells Funeral Home Chapel, Batesville. Burial followed at Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Batesville. (June 2, 2011, Page 2A)

Wednesday’s Obituaries

PEGGY JEAN CUMMINGS – 69, of Water Valley, died May 30, 2011, at her home with her family at her side. Visitation is planned for 9 a.m. Thursday with services at 11 a.m. at Camp Ground Baptist Church with Bro. David Ross and Bro. Ken Izzard officiating. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT EDWARD JONES – 91, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. A private family graveside service will be held at Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home.

DEMETURIS ANTUAN OWENS – 19, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building with Rev. Jamuel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Yocona Cemetery in Taylor. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BERNICE PATEN – 71, died June 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. She was a resident of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

GERALD MURRAY STAGE JR. – 67, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Baptist-Memphis Hospital in Memphis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cordova. Coleman Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

DAVEY LEE TIDWELL – 78, died Monday, May 30, 2011, in Clarksdale. Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Bishop officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Flat Cemetery in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DARLENE TOWNSEND-CAROTHERS – 58, died May 31, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi. She was a native of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

ETHEL MAE TURNER – 75, died May 28, 2011, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Water Valley Civic Auditorium. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Water Valley Civic Auditorium with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (June 1, 2011, Page 2)

Friday’s obituaries

MARY ANN FOLSON EALY – 99, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Graceland Nursing Care in Oxford. Funeral serviceS will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Everdale Baptist Church in Water Valley with the Rev. Larry Hervey, the Rev. Phillip Brackett and the Rev. Timothy Frieson officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

ROBERT WHITTEN GRAVES JR. – 52, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in his Batesville home. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Batesville Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held before the service. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JENNIFER RENE HAMM SMITH – 26, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford, with the Rev. Tom Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 this evening at the funeral home. (January 14, 2011, Page 2A)

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