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Obituaries – June 10, 2010

Ada Celeste Colley

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Ada Celeste Colley, age 89, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at the Retirement Nursing Center in Austin, Texas.

  Born in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Warren and Mattie E. Simpson Colley. She was employed by Big Yank Corporation for 22 years and retired in 1969. Ms. Colley had previously resided in Water Valley since 1947. She was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church in Water Valley.

  A graveside service was held Saturday, June 5, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Oak Hill Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include one sister, Marie Webb of Austin, Texas; three nephews, John Webb of San Antonio, Texas, Edward Webb of Port Orange, Fla., and Mark Webb of Bastrop, Texas; and two nieces, Kay Mayfield of Fairfax, Va. and Elise Webb of Dallas, Texas.

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J.C. Dickey

BATESVILLE – J. C. Dickey, age 86, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Golden Living Nursing Home at Batesville.

  The funeral service was held at ten o’clock in the morning Friday, June 4, in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville, with Mr. Justin McCreary officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery at Batesville.

  Mr. Dickey was born January 30, 1924, in Water Valley to Joseph Melton and Myrtis Castleberry Dickey. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. Mr. Dickey served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

  Survivors include  three daughters, Diane Dickey Coleman of Batesville, Pam Dickey Griffis of Davie, Fla., and Angie Dickey Mills of Naples, Fla.; a son, John Vernon Almon of Little Rock, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Thomas Allen Mills

WATER VALLEY – Thomas Allen Mills, age 65, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at his home in Water Valley.

  Born in Lafayette County, he was a son of the late Marion Doyle and Esther Myrtle Tatum Mills. He was an active member and former Sunday School teacher at O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church. Tommy was a retired owner of Mills Body Shop. He was a Mason and a little league baseball coach. He was affectionately known as “Popa” to his grandchildren.

  The funeral service was held in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Tuesday, June 8, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Rev. Daniel Dickerson officiating. Committal was in Clear Creek Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Jim Varner, Daniel Thompson, Paul Baham, Jim Burress, Ralph Norwood, Marty Harmon, and Eddie Harmon serving as pallbearers.

  He is survived by his spouse, Ginger Thompson Mills; a daughter, Nikkie Mills Griffin (Ron) of Water Valley; two sons, Jeff Mills (Christy) of Water Valley, and David Mills (Jileene) of Bruce; one sister, Sue Ross of Batesville; one brother, Melvin Mills (Flora Mae) of Water Valley; and eight grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Esther Varner, Edna Luther, Emily Varner, and Lavern Knight; and three brothers, James Arthur Mills, Buddy Mills, and Elton Mills.

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Bobbie Blackburn Rudd

MEMPHIS – Mrs. Bobbie Blackburn Rudd, 51, died in Baptist Memorial Hospital—East, Memphis, Friday, May 28, 2010.

  The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Friday, June 4, in Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church at Enid, with Rev. William Johnson, Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. had charge of arrangements.

  Born November 2, 1958, in Enid, Mrs. Rudd was a daughter of the late Sam “Big Boy” Blackburn and Daratha Wren Blackburn of Enid. She was team leader for Jabil Circuit, Memphis. Mrs. Rudd was a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church, Enid.

  Survivors include her husband, Sammie Rudd of Memphis; her mother, Daratha Blackburn of Enid; three daughters, Stephanie Brown of Batesville, Annette Rudd of Memphis, and Carolyn Murdock of Baton Rouge, La.; six sons, Martel Shegog of Hinesville, Ga., Jermaine Rudd, Jimmy Rudd, John Rudd, and Sammie Rudd, Jr, all of Memphis, and Calvin Rudd of Alaska; five sisters, Betty Blackburn, Gloria Webster, Odester Tellis, and Phylisten Leonard, all of Enid, and Minnie Ray of Water Valley; five brothers, Joel Blackburn and Micheal Blackburn, both of Enid, Sam Blackburn and Ben Blackburn, both of Chicago, and Edward Blackburn of Minnesota; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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