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Obituaries – Sep 17, 2009

Arthur Stanley Biggers

BATESVILLE –  Arthur Stanley Biggers, 47, mechanic and volunteer firefighter chief, passed away Friday, September 11, 2009, at his residence in Batesville.

  The funeral service was held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, in First Baptist Church of Batesville, Dickins Funeral Home of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

  Born October 18, 1961, Mr. Biggers was a son of Mrs. Dorothy Lefanowicz Grant Jones of Harmontown, and the late J. D. Grant. His wife is Deborah Biggers.

  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Deborah Biggers of Batesville; his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Jones of Harmontown; one daughter, Ashley Nicole Biggers of Batesville; one son, Brandon Andrew Powell of Glen; two sisters, Patricia Grant Thomson of Germany and Victoria Grant Hart of Harmontown; five brothers, Robby John Grant of Laws Hill, David Grant of Harmontown, Dennis Grant of Batesville, Wayne Grant of Charleston, and Dennis Jones of Harmontown; one grandchild, Andy Powell of Glen. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Thomas Grant.


Estelle Beatrice Box

WATER VALLEY – Estelle Beatrice Box, age 88, died Friday, September 11, 2009, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

  Born May 22, 1921 in Calhoun County, Mrs. Box was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Holt and Ollie Harriet Hollinger Holt. She was a retired manager of Manor Apartments in Water Valley, and is remembered as having a true servant’s heart. She especially enjoyed nature, and beautiful flowers and birds were her favorites. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, September 15, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial followed in Turkey Creek Cemetery with Charles Heath, Billy Stark, Larry Gray, Dale Jennings, Curtis Dennis, and Drew Kirk serving as pallbearers.

  Survivors include four daughters, Patsy Miller of Banner, Alice Faye Decker of Oxford, Wanda Sue Hughes and Trudy Kaye Story, both of Water Valley; one son, Anthony Box of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Barley Box, a son, Hubert Box, a sister, Irene House, and a brother, T. J. Holt.


Roy Lee Raley, Sr.

EUSTIS, FLA – Roy Lee Raley, Sr., 71, of Eustis, Fla. passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

  He was born in Water Valley and moved to Eustis from Altamonte Springs in 1992. Mr. Raley retired as a District Manager for Publix Supermarkets after thirty-seven and a half years of service. He was a Baptist.

  Survivors include his wife, Sheila; children, Roy Lee Raley, Jr. (Christine) of Oviedo, Fla, Sheryl Raley DeTellis (Timothy) of Altamonte Springs, Fla, and Jack Raley (Kelly) of Eustis; grandchildren, Vicnent Raley, Richelle Raley, Colby Raley, Morgan Raley, Luc DeTellis, and Kate DeTellis; his brother, James Raley of Byhalia; and a sister, Flora Mae Mills of Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held in First Baptist Church of Eustis at three o’clock in the afternoon Sunday, September 13, with Pastor Tim Grossbans officiating. His final resting place will be Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis. The family requests those desiring direct memorials to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778.


Zara Mai Roberts Pipkin

WATER VALLEY – Zara Mai 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.


Ouida Ware Pullen

WATER VALLEY – Ouida Ware Pullen, age 85, died Wednesday, September 9, 2009, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

  Born January 29, 1924 in Panola County, Mrs. Pullen was a daughter of the late Roy and Menla Coreen Willingham Ware. She was a member of Love Joy Methodist Church, Pope. She worked in Water Valley at Big Yank and was a nurses aide at Yalobusha County Nursing Home, but is fondly remembered by her children for being an excellent seamstress and cook, and for being a talented cattlewoman.

  Bro. James West conducted the funeral at eleven o’clock in the morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley on Saturday, September 12. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Kenneth Few, Clark Pullen, Chris Moonen, Sam Hobson, John Baddley, and David Few as pallbearers. Dr. Joe Walker, Ray Schmitz, Jr. and Travis Brooks served as honorary pallbearers.

  Survivors include three daughters, Ouida Few of Water Valley, Maxine Baddley of Southaven, and Becky Haley of Water Valley; one son, John R. Pullen of Water Valley; a sister, Betty Pullen of Water Valley; two half-sisters, Patricia Hubert of Houston, Texas and Clara Murphree of Bartlett, Tenn.; two half-brothers, Roy “Bub” Ware of Germantown, Tenn. and Larry Ware of Pope; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Chapman Pullen, in 1984; a sister, Norma Jean Ware; a brother, William Thomas Ware; and a half-brother, Johnny Ware.

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