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Obituaries – Jan. 14, 2010

Dorothy Faye Brown

WATER VALLEY – Born March 15, 1945, Dorothy Faye Brown was a daughter of the late Alvin and Jessie (Person) Woodard. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined Pine Grove East M.B. Church, but later came to fellowship with her daughters at Everdale M.B. Church.

    She graduated from Davidson High School in Water Valley in 1965. Then she moved to Chicago where she met her husband, Norah Brown. They were united in Holy matrimony in 1970. Later, after relocating back to Water Valley, she became a childcare giver. Mrs. Brown was employed at Faith Learning Center until her health failed. She died at her home January 4, 2010.

    She leaves to cherish her loving memory: her husband, Norah Brown; one son, Timothy (Kathy) Brown, and two daughters, Katina (Stacy) and Kesha Brown, all of Water Valley; one brother, Alvin Woodard, Jr. of Maywood, Ill. and one sister, Ernestine Woodard of Water Valley; 11 grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

    The funeral service was held January 9 in Everdale M.B. Church, where Rev. Kevin Lee, Sr. did the eulogy. The committal service was in Pine Grove Cemetery.


Lydia Daigle

GRAY, LA. – Lydia Ruth “Toot” Blanchard Daigle, 91, died Friday, January 8, 2010 at nine o’clock in the morning.

    The funeral service was held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 11, in Chauvin Funeral Home, Inc., Houma, LA. Burial was in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

    She is survived by: children, Pearlye Daigle Warner and her husband, Don, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Henry Evans Daigle and his wife, Frances, of San Antonio, Texas; John Nelson Daigle and his wife, Katherine, of Taylor; Maxine Daigle France and her husband, Doug, of Manning, S.C., Gladne Daigle Harris and her husband, David, of Water Valley; and Opal Jane Daigle of McKinney, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and one sister, Daisy Blanchard Glass of Westwego, LA.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John Calvin Daigle; her parents, Evans J. Blanchard and Theresa Theriot Blanchard; a daughter, Rochelle Daigle Melancon; a grandchild; one great-grandchild; and several brothers and sisters.

    She was a member of the Bayou Blue Mother’s Club and Terrebonne Homemakers Association for over 30 years. She was an avid gardner and a member of the Bayou Blue Garden Club. Mrs. Daigle started the Clean the Bayou Campaign and started beautification projects in the Bayou Blue area. She taught the 4-year-old Sunday School Class at Calvary Christian Fellowship Church, where she was a member. She taught piano lessons in excess of 30 years and was a student of piano with Michelle Lane. She taught an adult reading class and attended an Adult Spanish Class. Mrs. Daigle worked during elections at the polls until she was 90. She sang and played the piano at Calvary and enjoyed singing with the SLECA group.


Pat Gilbert (Gil) McMahen, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – Pat Gilbert (Gil) McMahen, Jr., age 45, of Water Valley, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2010.

    Visitation will be held from noon until 2:00  p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, in First United Methodist Church at Water Valley. Memorial services are at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, in the First United Methodist Church.

    Gil was born November 30, 1964, in Indianola, to Pat Gilbert McMahen, Sr. and Becky Murphy McMahen. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Water Valley, the church choir, and the North Mississippi Emmaus Community. Gil was self-employed as a windshield doctor. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and a certified scuba diver. He had earned a B.A. in Business from Delta State University in Cleveland.

    Gill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oion McMahan of Belzoni and Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan Murphy of Indianola.

    Survivors include his wife, Lee Smith McMahen; three children, Caleb Gilbert McMahen, Nelly Lee McMahen, and Ian Zebulun McMahen; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Gilbert McMahen, Sr., all of Water Valley; one sister, Patricia McMahen Lott of Grenada; and one brother, Laird Murphy McMahen of Jackson.

    Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 603 North Main Street, Water Valley, MS 38965, or to the First United Methodist Church Nicaraguran Mission Trip Fund.

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