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Obituaries – Sep 10, 2009

Mattie Clyde Carothers-Campbell

  WATER VALLEY– Mattie Clyde Carothers-Campbell, 61, a retired line inspector for Big Yank in Water Valley, died Sunday, August 30, 2009, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  She is a native of Lafayette County and graduated from Oxford Training School, Class of 1967.

  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, in Spring Hill M.B. Church, Water Valley, with Rev. Sammie Townes officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Green Cemetery, Water Valley. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include her husband, Bennie L. Campbell of Water Valley; one daughter, Nycole Campbell-Lewis of Florence; one step-son, Michael Shaw of North Carolina; five sisters, Lorine Campbell and Shirley Judson, both of Water Valley, Annie Gray and Arlene Carothers, both of Oxford, and Mae Isom of Abbeville; eight brothers, James Hoskins of Davenport, Iowa, Larry Hoskins and Bobby Hoskins, both of Water Valley, Charles Carothers and Willie Carothers, both of Oxford, Kenny Carothers of Atlanta, Ga., Lee Russell Sisk of Waterloo, Iowa, and Shirley Hanes of Pennsylvania.


Dalasia Lee Grandberry

WATER VALLEY – Dalasia Lee Grandberry was born into and passed from this life September 2, 2009. Burial was held Tuesday, September 8, in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  “We love and miss you. You will always be in our hearts, baby girl—Gone but never forgotten,” stated her parents.

  She is survived by her father, David Lee Grandberry, her mother, Sacha Ragland, and brother, Kamarious Lyntrels Ragland, all of Water Valley.


Zara Mae Roberts Pipkin

WATER VALLEY– Zara Mae Roberts Pipkin, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at her home in Water Valley.

  Born in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Weston and Jessie Hendrix Roberts. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coffeeville. Mrs. Pipkin devoted her life to her family and friends. She was a skilled seamstress and an avid gardener. In her late years she spent her time quilting and painting pictures of nostalgic country scenes, birds and flowers.

  The funeral service was held Friday, September 4, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley, with Bro. Billy McCord officiating. The committal was in Goshen Cemetery in Coffeeville, with Greg Adams, Joseph Adams, Troy LaCook, Dustin LaCook, Alex Pipkin, and Frank Pipkin serving as pallbearers.

  Mrs. Pipkin is survived by two daughters, Marie Pipkin Adams (Bobby) of Water Valley and Dorothy Pipkin LaCook of Water Valley; a son, Donnie Gayle Pipkin (Amanda) of Coffeeville; a sister, Ruth Roberts Barton of Indianola; a brother, Herbert Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husbands, Alexander Pipkin and Littleton Pipkin; a son Weston Pipkin; and a grandson, Kemp Pipkin.


Kenneth Scott Slate

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – A memorial service will be held for Kenneth Scott “Ken” Slate, 61, of San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 11 a.m., in First Baptist Church, Water Valley, with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Memorialized by cremation was provided by Neptune Society of Northern California. Visitation will be held immediately before the service. Mr. Slate died August 13 in San Francisco after a brief battle with cancer.

  Born August 25, 1947, in Edinburg, Texas, he was a son of the late Don and Clefta Scott Slate of Pharr, Texas. For the past 17 years he was employed as a consultant for the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, and Division of Apprenticeship Standards. Prior employment includes records clerk at San Quentin State Prison, reservations clerk at the York Hotel in San Francisco, and retired music education specialist from the Lewisville Independent School District at Lewisville, Texas.

  Ken graduated from Tivey High School of Kerrville, Texas in 1965. He completed his Masters in Music Education at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas in 1973. He also attended the College of Holy Names in Oakland, California, specializing in Kodaly choral methods.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, and loving grandparents, Clyde and Gladys Slate of Texas. Survivors include: his sisters, Dona Slate Lovelace, and her husband, Bob, of Harvest, Ala., and Marty Slate Gurner, and her husband, Hugh, of Water Valley; three nieces and four nephews; seven great-nephews and three great-nieces; two aunts; one uncle; and eleven cousins. He will also be greatly missed by many friends in San Francisco that he called, “family”.

  “Words do not express the terrible hole he has left in the lives of family and friends. He had the gift of encouragement and always tried to make you feel better about your circumstances. he was known for his positive thoughts and words and would often break out into a song to encourage you. He was known at his office as a true southern gentleman and ‘Mr. Sunshine’. He made a positive difference in the lives that he touched throughout his life. We are better people for having known him,” stated his sister, Dona.

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