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Obituaries – Aug. 26, 2010

Willliam “Billy” Keen, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – William “Billy” Keen, Jr., age 49, died Friday, August 20, 2010 in Water Valley.

    Born in Oxford, Mr. Keen was a son of the late William Kenneth Keen, Sr. and Mary Margaret Crow Keen. He attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in drafting. He worked as a draftsman and also delivered newspapers locally for many years until he became disabled. Billy was a strong advocate of the Bill of Rights and was an avid reader. He enjoyed music, sketching and drawing, and was a faithful Ole Miss fan. He was an amateur photographer, and his witty personality will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Billy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley.

    A visitation was held Monday, August 23, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A memorial service followed the visitation at 7 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Dr. Randy Bain officiating.

    Survivors include: his wife, Brenda Stanford Keen of Water Valley; a son, Brad (Andi) Terry of the Anchor Community in Lafayette County; three sisters, Ginny Keen of Faison, NC, Kathy (Phillip) Dickey of Water Valley, and Linda (Dan) Lundahl of Oxford;  and his special nieces and nephews, Annamary Mejia, Elaine Mejia, Jeff Dickey, Jarrod Dickey, Jonathan Lundahl, and Eddie Stanford.

    Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1492, Water Valley.  Online condolences may be made at sevenoaks@

Cecil C. “Nick” Nichols

WATER VALLEY – Cecil C. “Nick” Nichols, age 89, died Wednesday, August 18, 2010, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

   Mr. Nichols was born in Memphis on July 28, 1921 to Cecil E. and Nora Devitt Nichols. He served four years in the U.S. Naval Air Force as a mechanic on a PBY during World War II. Mr. Nichols was retired from Rockwell Standard in Memphis, where he worked as a tool and die maker. He enjoyed fishing and boating and he attended Ford’s Well Church of Christ.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Friday, August 20 in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley, with Bro. Billy Sassar officiating. Interment was in Ford’s Well Cemetery, with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

    Survivors include: his wife of 67 years, Edith Burgess Nichols of Oakland; two sons, Gary Nichols of Houston, Texas and Ronnie Nichols of Red Banks; six grandchildren, Ronnie (Anita) Nichols, Jr., Jenny Rose (Tim) Pitts, Jonie Rose (Chris) Thomas, Amie Nichols (Steve) Kohr, Ashlee Rose (James) Stewart, and Jon (Ashley) Rose, II; and eleven great-grandchildren.

    Online condolences may be made at

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