August 16, 2007

Dorothy Ann O’Neill Blakely

    MEMPHIS: Dorothy Ann O’Neill (Dot) Blakely, age 71, died Sunday evening, August 5, 2007, in the Hospice Unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital East, Memphis of cancer.
    Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, August 10, in First United Methodist Church, Batesville. Officiating were Rev. Ed Woodall, Rev. John L. Bowie and Rev. Jimmy Dale Sartain. Interment was in Magnolia Cemetery, Batesville. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of arrangements.
    Born January 23, 1936, in Jackson,, Mrs. Blakely was a daughter of the late Benton O’Neill and Dorothy Parenton O’Neill. Mrs. Blakely and her husband, Jimmy, were founders, owners and managers of Blakely Electric Company in Batesville, until Mr. Blakely passed away in 1976. In 1986 Mrs. Blakely moved to Rock Hill, S.C. and became the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Education at Winthrop University, where she remained until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville.
    Survivors include: a daughter, Leigh Ann Blakely, and her husband, Dennis Elrod, of Memphis; four sisters, Sara Trotter of Batesville, Rosemaire (Rosie) Ellis of Rock City, South Carolina, Betty Sartain of Nashville, Tennessee, and Judy Sartain of Water Valley.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, earmarked for either Hospice or Camp Good Grief Funds. Donations to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, earmarked for their General Education Fund may also be made.

Shirley Jean Davis

    WATER VALLEY: Shirley Jean Davis, 50, died Friday, August 10, 2007, at her residence in Water Valley.
    Mrs. Davis had lived in this area her entire lifetime. She was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church.
    Funeral services were held at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, August 12, in the chapel of Coleman Funeral Home at Oxford, with Bro. David Ross officiating. Interment was in the Camp Ground Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
    Survivors included: her husband, William E. Davis of Water Valley; two daughters, April Hawkins of Pope and Silera Carlisle of Senatobia; six sisters, Mary Hancock, Ann Jenkins, and Brenda McCain, all of Batesville, Kathy Schmitz and Bernice Rotenberry, both of Water Valley, and Judy Gant of Lambert; five brothers, John Hollingsworth of Batesville, Jimmy Hollingsworth of Senatobia, James Hollingsworth of Sardis, Ricky Hollingsworth of West Memphis, Ark., and Henry Hollingsworth of Tupelo; and five grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Evelyn Hollingsworth, and a brother, Billy Hollingsworth.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

James M. “Jim” Kinkennon

   WATER VALLEY: James M. “Jim” KinKennon, age 83, of Water Valley passed away Monday, August 6, 2007, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.
    Mr. KinKennon was a son of the late Perry and Vina Leona Smith KinKennon. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, killed in World War II, John and Amos KinKennon. He was a retired mechanic for Big Yank Corporation in Water Valley. Mr. KinKennon served his country in World War II with the United States Army in the South Pacific and Asian Theater. He was a former Alderman for the City of Water Valley, a member of VFW, and a member of Mt. Liberty Church.
    Funeral services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, August 8, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. R. W. Moffett and Rev. Dan Dickerson officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Artie Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Kenan Stewart, Odie Shuffield, Clinton Mooney, and Bill Stark as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Wade Doolin, Larry Hart, Butch Surrette, Barney Pullen, Wallace Forsyth, Jr., and Dr. Joe Walker.
    He is survived by: his loving wife of 59 years, Hazel KinKennon of Water Valley; one daughter, Linda K. Jenkins, and her husband, Mickey, of Tupelo; a brother, Clifford KinKennon of Tupelo; two half-brothers, Jimmy KinKennon of Pearl and Johnny KinKennon of Brandon; one half-sister, Ruthie Mae Bell of Brandon; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Landon Andrew VanWinkle

    WATER VALLEY: Landon Andrew VanWinkle, infant son of Molly Van Winkle and Cody Scheafer, of Water Valley passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at LeBonheur Childrens Hospital in Memphis.
    Graveside services were held at two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, August 11, in Long Branch Cemetery, with Bro. Larry Kilgore officiating.
    In addition to his parents, Landon is survived by: maternal grandparents, Brad and Karen Van Winkle of Water Valley; great-grandparents, Rose Van Winkle of Water Valley and Donald and Margie Douglas of Toccopola; paternal grandparents, Wayne Scheafer and Augustina Lopez of Tenn.

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