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Obituaries – Oct. 11, 2012

Betty Jean Anthony Bright

WATER VALLEY—Betty Jean Anthony Bright, age 80, died October 5, 2012, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
Born October 14, 1931, in Carroll County, Mrs. Bright was a daughter of the late Alvin Stewart and Willie Andrews Anthony. She was a Baptist and worked as a jailer for the Marshall County Jail in Holly Springs. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed cooking, working in her garden and canning vegetables.
    Visitation will be Thursday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Jim Phillips, Bill Phillips, Michael Phillips, R. J. Potts, Devin Bright, Matt Bright, Harold Potts, and Don Dickerson, will serve as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Anthony Phillips Delong of Water Valley; her grandchildren, Lisa Phillips Potts (Harold), Teresa Phillips Gaines (Lee), Bill Phillips (Marly), Jim Phillips, Devin Bright and Matt Bright; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Louin Ray Bright; her son, Michael Ray Bright; two sisters, Kathleen Anthony Ponder, and Doris Anthony Lee; and six brothers, Alvin Stewart Anthony Jr., B.F. Anthony, Cecil Anthony, Bobby Anthony, John Anthony, and Wayne Anthony.
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Billy Gerald Fly

COFFEEVILLE—Billy Gerald Fly, age 77, of Coffeeville died Sunday, October 7, 2012, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.
  Born November 6, 1934, in Yalobusha County, Mr. Fly was a son of the late Bilbo and Earlene Helm Fly. He served in the Army National Guard during the Panama Crisis. Gerald was a farmer and owner of Yalobusha Farm Supply in Coffeeville. He enjoyed membership in the Coffeeville Chamber of Commerce and was a member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon, Tuesday, October 9, in First Baptist Church of Coffeeville, with Dr. Thad Moore and Bro. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Interment followed in the Coffeeville City Cemetery.
    Survivors include his wife, Jean Breedlove Fly of Coffeeville; two daughters, Renee Meyer (Russ) of Palm City, Fla. and Rachel Mixon (Heath) of Coffeeville; two sons, Jerry Fly and Jeff Fly (Lisa), both of Grenada; one sister, Eleanor Boyle (E.O.) of Coffeeville; three brothers, Harold Fly (Pearl) of Grenada, Lynn Allen Fly (Lylia) of Horn Lake, and Johnny Fly (Lalie) of Cascilla; and seven grandchildren, Kayleen Fly, Mary Mixon, Katie Fly, Katelyn Fly, Anna Grace Fly, Molly Fly, and Gage Mixon.
    In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Fly and Bob Fly.    
    The family requests that memorials be made to Coffeeville First Baptist Church.
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Roxie Jones

KODAK, TENN.—Roxie Elizabeth Barton Jones, age 94, formerly of Columbus, Miss., passed away October 6, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Kodak, Tenn.
    The funeral service will be held Thursday, October 11, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Coffeeville First Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday in the church. Interment will immediately follow the service in Goshen Cemetery near Coffeeville with William Jones, Wesley Smith, Dillon Credeur, Garrett Jones, Charles Barton, and Rolphe Wolfe as pallbearers. Gunter and Peel Funeral Home of Columbus will be in charge of arrangements.
    Mrs. Jones was born June 2, 1918, in Water Valley, to the late James Wesley “Bid” and Sallie Martin Barton. A published poet, Mrs. Jones enjoyed writing of family, friends and the encounters of everyday life. She wrote of prayer and the Lord, leaving behind a legacy of her deepest thoughts. Most were written while working full time in retail and taking care of her ailing husband, Earl Ivey Jones, by whom she was preceded in death. Mrs. Jones was a supporter of Palmer Home for children and attended Mountain View Church of Dandridge, Tenn.
    Survivors include her son, George Jones of Covington, Louisiana; daughters, Ada Wilbur and her husband, Wayne, of Kodak, Tenn., Ann Whitehead and her husband, John, of Morro Bay, Calif., Sally Smith and her husband, Eddie, of Kodak, Tenn., and Gwen Credeur and her husband, Kevin, of Lafayette, Louisiana; a sister, Margie Wolfe of Cascilla; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  Palmer Home for Children, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.

Charles Tolbert, Jr.

OAKLAND—Charles Tolbert, Jr., age 58, of Oakland died Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Grace Health and Rehab at Grenada.
    The funeral was held Saturday, October 6, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Massey Grove M.B. Church, Oakland, with Pastor Sammy Townes officiating. Interment was in Carr’s Chapel Cemetery, Oakland. Cooley’s Mortuary, Inc. of Batesville had charge of arrangements.
    Born September 22, 1954, in Oakland, he was a son of the late Charles P. Tolbert and Velma Williams. He was a retired factory worker for HeatCraft. Mr. Tolbert was a member of Massey Grove M.B. Church, Oakland.
    Survivors include two daughters, Velma Dogan of Charleston and Tamar Tolbert of New York; a son, Jamaal Dogan of Memphis; two sisters, Margaret Tolbert of Oakland and Lucy Pittman of Grenada; six brothers, Albert Tolbert, Douglas Williams, and Jessie Williams, all of Oakland, Carl Tolbert of Starkville, Clifton Tolbert of Anniston, Ala., and George E. Bradford of Bowling Green, Ky. and three grandchildren.

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