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Obituaries – Feb. 14, 2008

Richard E. Dibble, Sr.

  ZEPHYRHILLS, FL: Richard E. Dibble, Sr. passed away Monday, January 21, 2008, at his home in Zephyrhills, Florida.

  Born June 19, 1921, in Niles, Michigan, he was a son of the late Pearl Gaul and Jake Dibble, Sr. He married Dorothy Tutor of Water Valley on January 19, 1944. They moved to Zephyrhills in 1954, where they owned a title insurance company for many years. Richard was a businessman and a leader in the community. They attended First Christian Church, where he was an elder, and was in the work of the church. Mr. Dibble was a member of the Shriners and a 32nd degree Mason.

  Survivors included: his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Dibble of Zephyrhills, FL; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kent (Nancy) Dibble of Niles, Michigan and Jim Dibble pf Dade City. Florida.

  He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Dibble II (Dicky).

  Funeral services were held at First Christian Church in Zephyrhills on Thursday, January 24. Interment was in Oakside Cemetery. Whitfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James Elbert Fly

  PRENTISS: James Elbert “Jimmy” Fly, 69, of Prentiss, formerly of Coffeeville, died Thursday, February 7, 2008, at his residence.

  Born July 1, 1938, in Coffeeville, Mr. Fly was a son of the late Bilbo and Earlene Helm Fly. He was a member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church.

  Funeral services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Saturday, February 9, in Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dan Minnix officiating. Interment followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery.

  Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Virginia Fly of Prentiss; one son, Tim Fly of Water Valley; one daughter, Debbie Hayward of Grenada; two step-sons, Kerry Fredrick of Brandon and Lee Biglan of Prentiss; four brothers, Harold Fly and Gerald Fly, both of Coffeeville, Lynn Allen Fly of Hernando, and Johnny Fly of Charleston; one sister, Eleanor Boyle of Coffeeville; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by: his parents, Bilbo and Earlene Helm Fly; his wife, Sara Porter Fly; a son, Faron Fly; and a brother, Bob Fly.


Dewitt Henry French

CINCINNATI, OHIO: DeWitt Henry French was born in Water Valley MS Feb. 11, 1930 died Feb. 4, 2008 at the Mercy Franciscan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DeWitt loved his Water Valley hometown and regularly visited friends and family as often as he could until his health failed him and he was no longer able.

He was the beloved husband of Jane M. Clines French, devoted father of Doug (Paula) French and Peggy (Tim) Barber, dear grandfather of Shannah, Jocelyn, Lauren, Rachel, Michael, Matthew and seven great grandchildren.  Surviving siblings are Gwen French (Avant) Kennedy, Sharon French Applegate, Robbie French, Dennis French , Robert French, and Sandra French Troutman (all but Robert and Sandra were born in or around Water Valley and were delivered by the late Dr. Clint French.) DeWitt’s parents were DeWitt Calton French and Aliene Upchurch French, grandparents John and Amber French and Lewis Henry and Birdie Upchurch.  DeWitt served in the Army during the early 50’s and retired from The Ohio Knife Co. after 35-plus years. He was a faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene.

Services were held at the Paul R. Young Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 am. The family requests donations can be sent Alzheimer’s Assoc. Greater Cin Chapter 644 Linn St. Suite # 1026 in lieu of flowers and plants.     

Condolences may be sent to .  Other fond memories from friends and family can be sent to: Mrs. Jane French, c/o Doug French, 13517 Weston Park Dr., St. Louis, Mo 63131


Joseph Howard Meredith

  LAREDO, TX – Joseph Howard Meredith, 39, son of James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, lost his battle with lupus Friday (Feb. 8). He died at the Laredo Medical Center in Laredo, Texas.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Farish Street Baptist Church, 619 North Farish St., in Jackson. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Meredith was an assistant professor of finance in the College of  Business Administration, Division of International Banking and Finance Studies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

He received a doctorate from the University of Mississippi in business administration in 2002, earning the Outstanding Doctoral Student Achievement Award. His doctoral dissertation, “Corporate Use of Derivatives to Hedge Energy Price Risk” was the basis of original research that he presented to the Eastern Finance Association.

Meredith earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Harvard  University and an MBA at Millsaps College, then worked in portfolio  management for Deposit Guaranty National Bank and as an oil and gas  industry analyst for Morgan Keegan & Co. before earning his doctorate  at Ole Miss.

He is survived by his father, his stepmother Judy Alsobrook Meredith,  his daughter Jasmine Victoria, brothers James and John Meredith,  sister Jessica Meredith Knight and stepbrother Kip Naylor. He was  preceded in death by his mother Mary June Wiggins Meredith.


William Paul Roberson

  WATER VALLEY: William Paul Roberson, 87, of Water Valley died Tuesday, February 5, 2008, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

  Born May 26, 1920, he was a son of the late Thomas Guy and Clara Lingle Roberson of Cairo, Illinois. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Holt Roberson, on April 12, 2005. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he worked at BorgWarner and later served as city manager for Water Valley. Mr. Roberson was a Rotarian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Water Valley, where he was also a Sunday School teacher.

  The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning, Friday, February 8, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial was in  Oak Hill Cemetery.

  Mr. Roberson is survived by: a daughter, Paula R. Hall of Water Valley; a sister, Olive Parker; a brother, Guy Roberson; one grandson; and three great-grandsons.

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