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Obituaries – June 18, 2009

Samuel Allen Allred

WATER VALLEY– Samuel Allen Allred, age 65, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at his home in Batesville.

  Born March 18, 1944, in Memphis, he was a son of Clyde Avery and Mary Evelyn Peeples Allred. Mr. Allred served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was retired and had previously been a self-employed contractor and a merchant. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held Wednesday, June 10, at ten o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Derrick Simmons and Pastor Bob Hill officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley with Steve Shuffield, Codie Shuffield, Tanner Shuffield, Bobby Allred, Jr., Barry Allred, Chad Fischer, Tony Wiley, Patrick Peacock, and Kenneth Mooney serving as pallbearers.

  Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Smith Allred of Batesville; two daughters, Michelle Lea (George) Reyes of Whittier, Calif. and Samantha Lee Allred of Batesville; one son, Benjamin Allred of Memphis; one sister, Janice (Odie) Shuffield of Water Valley; one brother, Bobby Clyde (Pinky) Allred of Nesbit; and three grandchildren, George Reyes, Natalie Reyes, and Jake Reyes.

  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth McCain and Dorothy Peacock; and three brothers, Tommy Allred, Billy Allred, and Tony Allred.


Mary Melko Dickey

WATER VALLEY –  Mary Melko Dickey was born August 26, 1917 in Chicago. She was the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Harry Melko and Catherine Melko. She was a member of Mt. Liberty Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for elementary school children until her illness prevented her attendance.

  Mrs. Dickey was employed in her early years at R.L. Donnelly in Chicago and then at Ben Franklin and TWL stores in Water Valley until she was 77 years of age. She leaves behind a host of friends and family who will miss her purity and shining example of Christian faith.

  The funeral service was held in Mt. Liberty Church in Calhoun County on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Bro. Charles Keel Presiding. The committal was held in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include her children, Karen Conwill (Jim) of Tupelo, Allen Dickey, Phillip Dickey (Kathy) and Janet Dickey, all of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Melissa Conwill, Amy South (Jeremy), Jeffrey Dickey, and Jarrod Dickey; one great-grandson; and her only sister, Helen Lackhouse of Chicago.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vista Lee Dickey, and her two brothers, John Melko, her twin, and Russell Melko.


Clarence Hervey

WATER VALLEY – Clarence Hervey, 76, died June 10, 2009 in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Mr. Hervey was born July 9, 1932.

  The funeral service was held Monday, June 15, at one o’clock in the afternoon in Mt. Grove M.B. Church, Coffeeville. Burial was in the Union Hill Cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home, Inc. of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include sons, Clarence Hervey Jr. of Sardis, Walter Conard, Enos Conard, and Simpson Conard, all of Water Valley, Percy Phillips of Waterloo, Iowa, Joe Conard of Abbeville, George Wilson of Grenada, Clarence Loston of Grenada, and Henry Jenkins of Water Valley; daughters, Brenada Conard, Carol Conard, Annie Conard, and Mae Nell Conard, all of Water Valley, and Gracie Mae Hervey of Oxford; a brother, Charles Earl Hervey of Louisiana; sisters, Gracie Mae Hervey and Clista Mae Caldwell, both of Water Valley, and Hazel Hervey of Louisiana.


Ellon Tate Scarbrough

WATER VALLEY – Ellon Tate Scarbrough, 89, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Harbor House Hospice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  Graveside services were held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, June11, in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Rev. Ken Izzard officiating. Gunter & Peel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Formerly of Oxford and a graduate of Oxford High School, she had lived in Columbus since 1940 before she moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to live with her son. She and her husband operated Tate’s Tavern during the 1940s and ‘50s, and then owned and operated Aubrey’s and Ellon’s at the same location on Highway 82 East in the early 1970s. She then began a new career at the Golden Triangle Medical Center as a dietary manager, retiring after 25 years of service. She was a 64-year member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus and was a member of the ladies Sunday School Class.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Scarbrough.

  Survivors include: her two children, Jo Scarbrough Padgett of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Walt Scarbrough of Las Vegas; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  Memorials may be made to the Odyssey Vistacare Hospice, 4011-A McLeod Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121.


Charles Roger Thomas

PONTOTOC –  Charles Roger “Cowboy” Thomas, Jr., age 36, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his home in Pontotoc.

  He was born October 14, 1972, to Charles Roger Thomas, Sr. and Martha Pauline Huckabay Thomas in Pontotoc.

  Services were held Wednesday, June 10, at ten o’clock in the morning in Houston Funeral Home, with Rev. Gregg Herndon officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery at Houlka, with his nephews serving as pallbearers.

  Survivors include a daughter, Katlyn Rose Thomas; a son, Charles Roger “Charlie” Thomas, III, both of Pontotoc; his mother, Martha Pauline Huckabay Thomas of Pontotoc; his father, Charles Roger Thomas, Sr. (Betty) of Water Valley; three sisters, Deborah Huffman of Houlka, Melissa White (Scott) of Pontotoc, Carla Nell Thomas of Thaxton; his paternal grandmother, Annette Flemings Thomas of Houlka; two step-sisters, Stephanie Stewart and Wendy Hodge of Water Valley; a step-brother, Stephen L. Baker of Bozeman, Mont.; and the mother of his children, Renee Weeks of Pontotoc.

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