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Obituaries – Aug. 6, 2009

Rebecca Ann Few

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Rebecca Ann Few, 64, of Water Valley died Friday, July 31, 2009, in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.

  Born January 8, 1945, in Tillatoba, Mrs. Few was a daughter of the late Edward Norfleet and Thelma G. Collins Jones. Mrs. Few was a long-time office manager at Avery Outdoors and a member of Sylva Rena Baptist church.

  She is survived by her husband, Thomas Few of Water Valley; one son, Carl Allan Few of Water Valley; a grandson, Josh Few; a sister, Mattie Pearl Sykes of Duck Hill; and two brothers, Charles Jones of Scobey and Edward N. Jones of Hilster, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Evelyn G. Darby and Jimmie M. Rotenberry, and one brother, Thomas C. Jones.

  Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 3, in Mt. Giliad Baptist Church Cemetery, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Pallbearers were Brooks Brown, Ted Darby, Lee Eubanks, David Floyd, Paul Jolly, and John Sykes. Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Evelyn Black Hamblett

WATER VALLEY – Evelyn Black Hamblett, age 79, of Water Valley died at her residence on July 29, 2009, with her family by her side.

  Born August 29, 1929, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Edgar Clifton and Lela Mae Walters Black. She worked many years for Dr. McMillian and at Yalobusha General Hospital. She enjoyed flowers and kept her patio and yard filled with seasonal blooms.

  Services were held at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, August 2, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, with Mike Redwine, Ethan Turner, Eddie Magee, Tobby Turner, Ronnie Hill, and Jerry Hill as pallbearers.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Hervis Hubert Hamblett.

  Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Camp Fowler, and her husband, Daniel Fowler, Jr., of Kosciusko; a son, James Leon Hamblett of Water Valley; a sister, Betty Jean Hill, and her husband, Edwin Earl Hill, of Water Valley; one grandson, Bradley Hamblett Camp, and his wife, Audrey, of Oxford; and one great-granddaughter.

Clayton Laverne McNeil

WATER VALLEY – Clayton Laverne McNeil, 80, a native of Water Valley, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Oxford in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi.

  Mr. McNeil was a mechanic for the City of West Memphis. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy.

  A graveside service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, Arkansas, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Arkansas in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne Emerson, of West Memphis; a sister, June Deloris Argo of Big Sandy, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  His wife, Ella May MeNeil, preceded him in death.


James Marion McCay, Sr.

MERIDIAN – Services for James Marion “Jimmy” McCay, Sr. were held Friday, July 31, 2009, at two o’clock in the afternoon at Highland Baptist Church, with the Revs. Dr. Carl White, Jon Martin, Michael Jones, and Congressman Gregg Harper officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Robert Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Randy Calvert, David Greer, David Ingram, Charlie Lott, Jerry Ricks, Ron Scarbrough, Tommy Stovall, and Tommy White. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Highland Baptist Church, and Doug Neal’s Sunday School class.

  Mr. McCay, 62, died Sunday, July 26, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was a member, Sunday School teacher, deacon, and broadcasting crew member of Highland Baptist Church.

  Professionally, Mr. McCay enjoyed a long and very successful sales career with IBM, which began in the 70s and ended with his retirement in 2001 as an IBM Senior Client Executive. His role was to develop relationships with the top executives in his accounts and direct IBM resources to assist them in meeting their goals. This was natural for him; his ability to develop long term relationships was his strongest business trait and his Christian witness through his “walk rather than his talk” was part of that success.

  IBM management recognized his ability to define and solve client problems with IBM solutions. As a result he and his wife, Carolyn, often enjoyed many recognition events together in Hawaii, Bermuda and many other wonderful places.

  During his career at IBM, one of his clients’s Citizens National Bank of Meridian respected him so much that they considered him to be an extension of their Bank Family. After early retirement from IBM, CNB hired him on January 2, 2001, which led to his second career as the Bank’s Corporate Sales Executive.

  Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Thornton McCay of Meridian; two sons, Jim McCay, Jr. and his wife, Heather, of Oxford, and Benjie McCay and his wife, Misty, of Meridian; two daughters, Michelle Autry, and her husband, Paul, of Hattiesburg, and Rebekah Wade, and her husband, Steven, of Meridian; five brothers and their wives, Dorsey and Fran McCay of Germantown, Tenn., Larry and Midge McCay of Oxford, Jerry and Margaret McCay of Meridian, Richard and Renee McCay of New Albany, and Stan and Michele McCay of Oxford; eight grandchildren, Dustin, Seth and Sally Ann Autry, Scarlett, Peyton, and Hartley McCay, Grace Wade, and Mary Kathryn McCay; a host of other relatives, friends, and many special nephews and nieces.

  The family requests that memorials be made to the Highland Baptist Church Renovation fund or the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

Audrey Faye Pilch

MILLINGTON, TN – Audrey Faye Pilch, 75, of Millington, Tennessee, passed from this life, peacefully, on July 31, 2009.

  She was born in Water Valley to Eva and Wesley Thompson, and attended Jeff Davis High School, where she helped lead the women’s basketball team to many victories. She met and married Franklin Dale Pilch, Sr., of the U.S. Navy, in 1955, and became a devoted mother of two shortly after, and mother of three at age 45. During the early years of family life, the Pilchs lived in the San Diego area and Okinawa, Japan, and moved back to Water Valley in the 1970s. The family relocated to Lake Havasu, Arizona, in the 1980s, where Faye cared for an ailing family member, and the couple settled in Millington in 2000. Faye developed lasting friendships in every city in which they lived. She was gifted with a loving soul, a charitable heart and a contagious smile.

  Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Frank Pilch; her son, F. Dale Pilch, and daughter-in-law, Gail Pilch, of Oxford; two daughters, Pamela Mitchell of Millington and Jennifer Hoeprich, and son-in-law, Paul Hoeprich, of Chandler, Arizona; grandsons, Joshua Mitchell of Texas and Vaughn Hoeprich of Arizona; sisters, Peggy Metcalf of Bartlett, Tenn. and Inez Roten of Selmer, Tenn.; a brother, Richard Thompson of Louisville, Ky.; and many close friends.

  A private service will be held in her honor.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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