WATER VALLEY: Naomi Alexander, 81, died Monday, April 15, 2007, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, April 17, 2007, in the Chapel of Latham Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley.
Survivors include: three sisters, Martha A. Davis of Water Valley, Wilma Edith Warren of Huntsville, Alabama, and Mozella Perkins of Water Valley.
Mary Elizabeth Brown Carothers
WATER VALLEY: Mary Elizabeth Brown Carothers, age 73, of Water Valley died April 14, 2007, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford, following a lengthly illness.
Mary Lib was a retired secretary in the family owned business, Carothers Construction, and a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a very kind and gracious lady. The daughter of the late Lloyd Brown and Gladys Shaw Brown, she was born in Water Valley. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and received a major in English and a minor in French. Mary Lib served on the Water Valley Library Board for ten years. She was a member of the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary, The Garden Club of Water Valley, and a member of the Bridge Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 16, 2007, at four o’clock in the afternoon in the First Baptist Church of Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain and Bro. Hal Clark officiating. Interment followed in Browning Cemetery in Lafayette County. Serving as pallbearers were Lee McMinn, Wayne Harris, M. B. “Snooky” Williams, Charles Rogers, Jerry Veaszey, and Harry Amos. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Joe Walker, Brownie Crawford, and Dr. Paul Odom.
Survivors are: her husband, Arnold Wayne Carothers of Water Valley; a daughter, Ginny LaCoco, and her husband, Joe, of D’Iberville; a son, Sean B. Carothers, and his wife, Christy, of Taylor; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Multi-Sclerosis Foundation.
Rose Mays Pepper
MEMPHIS, TN: Rose Mays Pepper, 73, of Memphis died Thursday, April 12, 2007, in Baptist Memphis Hospital after a courageous battle with diabetes.
Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, April 16, 2007, at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment was in Memorial Park South Woods Cemetery, located on Hacks Cross Road.
Rose was born September 20, 1933, and was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Johnson and Daisy Lee Mays; sisters, Ruby Lee Small and Mary Ruth Petty. She is survived by: her husband, Walter M. Pepper, Jr.; three children, Lilia Ann Nolan, Heather Claire Pepper, and Walter “Trey” M. Pepper, III; one sister, Carolyn Hawkins; brothers, Edward Mays, Jr. and Reverend Charles Mays; and six grandchildren.
Rose grew up in Water Valley and was a graduate of Water Valley High School. She was an outstanding student, cheerleader, homecoming queen, competitive tennis player and enjoyed summers at Sardis Lake. She attended the University of Mississippi on a scholarship. Following college, Rose moved to Memphis and worked as office manager for Bluff City Buick, where she met and married Mack Pepper in 964. Rose became a realtor in 1966 and a few years later she founded her own company, Rose Pepper Realty. She had many successes; Awards and Recognition of Memphis Area Association of Realtors, 1968-1969 Realtor-Associate of the Year, Charter Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club, 2-year Director of the Board of Directors, 1975-1976 President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and a 2006 Recipient of the Realtor-Emeritus designation. In her later years she received yet another title, Meeme, as she was called by her grandchildren whom she loved dearly
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.
Archie John Thompson, Jr.
WATER VALLEY: Archie John Thompson, Jr., age 82, was born in Blytheville, Arkansas and died at his home in Water Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2007. “Hank”, as he was known by all, was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for 30 years. He retired from Big Yank Corporation in 1987, after working there for 35 years.
Survivors inlcude: his wife of sixty-three years, Laverne Harmon Thompson; two daughters, Ginger Mills and Sandra Crews, both of Water Valley; ten grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Thompson in death were: his parents, Archie John Thompson, Sr. and Nona Huckaby Thompson; a son, Larry Dean Thompson; a sister, Gladys Musick; and a brother, Dean Thompson.
Funeral services were held at two o’clock Sunday Aftenroon, April 15, 2007, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. Jimmy Sockwell and Rev. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial was in New Elbethel Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Billy Childs officiating at the graveside. Serving as pallbearers were grandsons, Jeff Mills, David Mills, Chris Crews, Rob Crews, Eric Thompson, Brent Thompson, Daniel Thompson, and great-grandson, Adam Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were John Michael Crews, Nate Griffin, Shane Arbuckle, Alex Thompson, Caleb Thompson, and Matthew Crews, all great-grandsons.