Obituaries – Sep 25, 2008

Mary Jo Birdsong

OAKLAND – Mary Jo Birdsong of Oakland, age 83, died at her son’s home in Bull Shoals, Arkansas on September 16, 2008.

  Born June 16, 1925, in Hopeville, Alabama, Mrs. Birdsong was a homemaker and an accounts payable clerk. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

  Following visitation from 9 until 10 a.m., on Friday, September 19, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, a graveside service was held in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Rev. Clay Baker officiated.

  Survivors include her son, Marvin Birdsong of Bull Shoals, Ark.; two daughters-in-law, Marsha and Vickie Birdsong; four grandchildren, Richard, Jason, Jennifer, and Stacie; and seven great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by: her husband of 42 years, George Birdsong, in 1985, and two sons, Johnny Ray Birdsong, who died at 41 years of age from Leukemia in 1988, and George Claude “Rick” Birdsong, who died at age 60 years, from a heart attack in 2005.

Joe Willie Carr

WATER VALLEY – Joe Willie Carr departed this life on September 16, 2008, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home Facility at Water Valley.

   He was born in Water Valley on Oct. 26, 1920, to the late Will and Georgia Shaw Martin Carr.

    He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined Sanders Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Carr served his country in the United States Army during World War II and has worked as a carpenter.

  Visitation was held Saturday, September 20, 2008, in Sanders Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at Water Valley, from 10 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. The funeral service was held in the church. The committal followed the service in Sanders Chapel Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include a brother-in-law, William Helm, Jr. of Bruce; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, many relatives and friends; and a special caregiver, Alfear Jenkins.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 16 brothers and sisters.

Celeste Faulkner

WATER VALLEY– Celeste Faulkner died Saturday, September 13, 2008, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley at the age of 82.

  A graveside service was held Thursday, September 18, at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Sylva Rena Cemetery, near Water Valley, with Bro. James West presiding. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  She is survived by her son, Keith Faulkner, and daughter-in-law, Mary Jane, of Greenwood; a grandson, Rob Faulkner, and his wife, Allison, and their two sons, of Greenwood; her grandson, John Faulkner, his wife, Holly, and their two daughters of Senatobia; and a sister, Annell Robertson Weed of Ruleville.

  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Mel Faulkner of Water Valley; her father, Marshall Robertson, and her mother, Alyne Robertson, of Ruleville; and a brother, James (Skeeter) Robertson of Ruleville.

  She was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.

Racel “R. L.” Kelly

WATER VALLEY: Racel “R. L.” Kelly, age 77, passed away September 19, 2008, in the VA Hospital at Memphis.

  Born May 7, 1931, in Elbridge, Tennessee, he was a son of the late Ernest and Ardell McKinney Kelly. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a disabled veteran. He was a Methodist and was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Disabled Veterans of America.

  The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, September 23, with Bro. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

  Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Joanne Kelly of Water Valley; a daughter, Lee Ann Boluda (Jose’) of Bowie, MD; one son, Steven Kelly (Sue) of Virginia; and three grandchildren.

Patricia Ann Camp Turner

BATESVILLE – Patricia Ann Camp Turner, 61, died Saturday evening, September 20, 2008, at her home in Batesville.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, September 23, in the Sardis Lake Baptist Church, with Reverend Kevin Crofford and Reverend Jerry Smith officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

    Born October 28, 1946 in Bruce, Mrs. Turner was a daughter of Lucious H. and Martha Bess Shields Camp. She was a restaurant owner/manager. Mrs. Turner was a member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church, the Pilot Club of Grenada, and the Batesville Homemakers Club.

    Survivors include her husband of 37 years, J. T. Turner, Jr. of Batesville; three daughters, Deanna Michelle Turner Pittman (Kerry), and Carrie Gwen Turner McCain (Scotty), all of Batesville, and Katherine Nicole Turner Hickson (Nathan) of Senatobia; her mother, Martha Bess Shields Camp of Bruce; two sisters, Spin Camp Smith (Jerry), and Hilda Camp Gregory (Daniel), all of Bruce; and three grandchildren.

Winna Clair Chambers

WATER VALLEY – Winna Clair Chambers, age 77, of Water Valley passed away Monday, September 22, 2008 at Yalobusha County Nursing Home. She was born on August 10, 1931 in Senatobia to Hampton and Emma (Kopf) Rich. She retired from Big Yank in Water Valley and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Water Valley.

The family will receive friends at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 24, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 24,  at Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Rev. Barry Dickerson officiating. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lance Humphreys, David Shaw, Kenan Stewart, Bryan Chambers, Jay Carmen, Randy McGee, and Kyle Chambers serving as pallbearers and A. B. Nolan, Joe Newman, Roy Bennett Stevens, and Eddie McGee serving as honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Chambers is survived by two daughters, Verna Clair Stevens and husband, Butch of Water Valley, and Patsy Humphreys and husband, Billy, of Water Valley; a son, Larry Chambers and wife, Jenny, of Iuka; two brothers, Wade Rich of Senatobia, and Bobby Rich of Independence; eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Chambers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Water Valley and Harmony United Methodist Church in Iuka.

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