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Obituaries – Feb. 25, 2010

Martha Mae Antal

AUSTINTOWN, OH – Funeral services were held Monday, February 15, 2010, at 1 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Austintown, for Martha Mae Antal.

  Mrs. Antal, age 79, died Wednesday morning, February 10, in Hospice House after being ill since November.

  Born January 6, 1931, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Jesse A. and Myrtle Anthony White.  She moved to Youngstown, Ohio, in 1951. She was employed in the past as the office manager for General Fire Proofing, at Remington Rand, and as the church office secretary at St. John Lutheran Church. She shared her love of God, bringing many youth to Christ by being very active in the church all of her life, teaching and being Superintendent of Sunday School and Bible School, singing in the choir, serving on the church council, leading the Healing Hearts Group, and teaching Bible studies.

  Survivors include her loving husband of 54 years, Andrew Antal, Sr., whom she married November 19, 1955; a daughter, Martha A. (Michael) Campbell of Youngstown; two sons, Andrew (Debra) Antal, Jr. of Ithaca, NY; and Thomas J. (Dineen) of Akron, OH; five grandchildren, Brent, Jonathan (Natalie), Christopher, Emma, and Joseph; four brothers, Tom (Jean) White of Water Valley, Jimmie (Faye) White of Greenwood, and Henry (Grace) White of Water Valley; and John (Colleen) of Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Shirey of Texas and Frances Haynes of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, John W. and Charles White.


Gary Dale Dickey

WATER VALLEY – Gary Dale Dickey, age 59, of Water Valley passed away in Yalobusha County on February 14, 2010.

  Born in Calhoun County, he was a son of Lennie Mae Howell Dickey and the late Talmadge Walter Dickey. Mr. Dickey worked for Rebel Air, Inc. as a sheet metal specialist and was a member of Bethel Church in Yocona. He was an avid deer hunter and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

  The funeral service was held Thursday, February 18, in Driver’s Flat Baptist Church in Calhoun County at one o’clock in the afternoon, with Bro. Raymond Aven presiding and Ralph Newman assisting. Interment followed in Driver’s Flat Cemetery, with Nathan Walker, Buck Fondren, James Keel, and John King serving as pallbearers.

  He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie McNeese, and her husband, Scott, of Olive Branch; a son, Gary Walter “G.W.” Dickey of Olive Branch; his mother, Lennie Mae Dickey of Sardis; three sisters, Charlene Jeans of Horn Lake, Patricia Dickey and Sharon Hughes, both of Sardis; and four grandchildren, Taylor Danielle Dickey, Julian Micheal Dickey, Sarah Nicole Foster, and Adrienne Michelle Dickey.

  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Talmadge Dickey.


William Harold Johnson

WATER VALLEY– William Harold Johnson, age 73, of Water Valley died Friday, February 19, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born November 19, 1936, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Arlie Robert and Minnie Marvelene Green Johnson. He served in the National Guard for several years. Mr. Johnson was the mechanical foreman for Big Yank, Inc. and was a Baptist. His family fondly remembers his love for working on cars and being their “fix-it” man.

  The funeral was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at two o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, February 21, with Bro. Freddie Moorman presiding. Burial was in Haven Hill Cemetery in Coffeeville, with Matthew Hendricks, Brandon Wilburn, Chase Stone, Jeffery Bounds, David Shaw, and Andrew Albee serving as pallbearers.

  He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Johnson of Water Valley; two daughters, Kim Wilburn and her husband, Billy, and Kay Stone and her husband Hoyt, all of Water Valley; one sister, Larie Wallace and her husband, Selvyn, of West Point; five grandchildren, Shea Johnson, Brandon Wilburn, Matthew Hendricks, Amber Wilburn, and Chase Stone; one great grandchild, Kaytlyn Johnson; three step grandchildren, Nathan Stone, Bruce and Lisa Stone; and two step great-grandchildren, Blake Wiggington and Micha Stone.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Johnson.


Everett Norman Taylor, Jr.

OXFORD: Everett Norman Taylor, Jr., 68, retired Human Resources Director, died Thursday, February 18, 2010, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 23, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Waller Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Fred Eakes officiating.

  Mr. Taylor enjoyed a career in Human Resources for 40 plus years. He was a member of the Lions Club, the Loyal Order of Odd Fellows, and RSVP. He was an Auxiliary Probation Officer, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling.

  Survivors include his wife, Lena Taylor of Oxford; two sons, Everett N. Taylor, III and his wife, Amy, of Fredricksburg, Va., and James R. “J.R.” Taylor, and his wife, Heather, of Richmond, Va.; one brother, James N. Taylor of Springhill. Fla.; and two grandchildren.

  The family request that expressions of sympathy in Mr. Taylor’s memory, be made to: The American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Dr., Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38314.

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