Obituaries – Sept. 20, 2012

Jonathan Alexander Mills

WATER VALLEY—Jonathan Alexander “John” Mills, 18, a student at Lafayette High School, died Saturday, September 15, 2012, in Oxford.
    The funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 19, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Anchor Baptist Church, with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow on the Mills Family Farm in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, has charge of arrangements.
    Born in Kungur, Russia, John was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cattle farming, and power lifting.
    Survivors include his mother, Lynn Mills of Oxford; his father, Scott Mills of Oxford; one brother, Zack Mills, and his wife, Meghan, of Oxford; grandparents, Regina Dedeaux of Brandon, Pam Dedeaux of Canton, Georgia, Wayne and Keron Mills of Oxford, and Nancy Vaughn of Oxford; and his great-grandparents, Wilbur and Fran Myrick of Forrest.

Virginia Dale Sartain

WATER VALLEY—Virginia Dale Sartain, age 84, of Water Valley died Sunday, September 16, 2012, in the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
    Born April 4, 1928, in Lafayette County, Mrs. Sartain was a daughter of the late James Joseph and Mary Hodge Hollowell. During her high school years, Dale was an excellent basketball player and played in Lafayette County for her Taylor Community High School. She enjoyed baking her signature sour cream pound cakes and fruit cakes for her family and friends. She also enjoyed picnics and cooking out.         Dale was a retired CNA from Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley and loved taking care of her family and others. She loved the Lord and was a faithful and devoted charter member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the choir, the Lord’s Supper Commit-tee, and various other committees throughout the years.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, September 19, from five until seven o’clock in the evening at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at ten o’clock in the morning Thursday, September 20, in Woodland Hills Baptist Church, with Bro. Ken Izzard and Bro. Charles Keel officiating.
    Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery with Carey Sartain, Tommy Sartain, James C. Sartain, Jeremy Sartain, Charles Terry, Chris Sartain, and James J. Sartain as pallbearers. Steven Sartain, Johnny Dunn, Jimmy Pratt, Mike Pratt, William Elvis “Cooter” Harmon, Kim Hollowell, and Travis York will be honorary pallbearers.
    Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Claudene Sartain Lenti of Water Valley; three sons, Carey Sartain (Cathy) of Water Valley, James C. Sartain (Kimberly) of Memphis, and Tommy Sartain (Ann) of Cordova, Tenn.; one brother, Calvin Hollowell (Donna) of West Point; five grandchildren, Steven Sartain, Jeremy Sartain, Erin Sartain Terry, Chris Sartain and James J. Sartain; one step-grandson, Austin Terry; and one great-grandchild.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Rainey and Ruth Cain.

C.W. Willingham

OXFORD—C. W. Willingham, age 87, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in Sanctuary Hospice House at Tupelo.
  Born May 25, 1925, in Lafayette County, Mr. Willingham was a son of the late Robert Wesley and Maggie Cox Willingham. At the age of seven,, his mother died and he was raised by his late step-mother, Corine Carter Willingham.
    C. W. accepted Christ at an early age and united with Pleasant Green M.B.Church, where he was a member until his death. On July 25, 1949, he married Cenie Chatman and this union had no children. She preceded him in death in 1998. He loved singing, cooking and farming. During his earlier years he sang with a gospel quartet. He enjoyed baking cakes, cookies and pies, which became his career, and after 42 years he retired as a baker from the University of Mississippi. Many could find him bragging about the large gardens, vegetables, and animals that he raised. He and his late wife enjoyed attending and supporting his family reunions for many years.
    Visitation was held Saturday, September 15, from ten until eleven o’clock, in Pleasant Green M.B. Church, Highway 315, Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at eleven o’clock in the church with Dr. Preston Gleeton officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Yalobusha County, with his nephews and great-nephews as pallbearers.
    Survivors include: two brothers, Edward Willingham (Georgia) of Memphis, and Roland Willingham (Fannie) of Oxford; two sisters, Minnie Shack of Memphis, and Shirley Booker of Millington, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law, Reba Willingham and Maudine Willingham, both of Oxford, and Alice Carter of Memphis; one brother-in-law, Murray Dixon of Oxford; many dear and close nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Cenie Chatman Willingham, one sister, Emma Dixon; and three brothers, Robert Willingham, Jr., Eugene Carter, and James Willingham.

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