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Obituaries – June 6, 2013

Debra Carter

COFFEEVILLE—Debra “Debbie” Anne Waldo Carter, age 50, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at her home in Coffeeville.
  Born August 19, 1962, in Ruleville, she was a daughter of Toby Austin and Iva Lee Denney Waldo. Debbie was employed as a Pharmacy Technician at Medicap Pharmacy in Batesville. She enjoyed scrapbooking, family vacations and trying new recipes. She was a compassionate, giving person  who loved helping others. Debbie was a proud mother and a friend to all. She loved her church family and was an active and devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she served and coordinated many church activities. Debbie shared the love of Christ through her actions and example and was the number one reason that her children and family members came to know Christ.
    Visitation was Monday, June 3, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. in Calvary Baptist Church at Coffeeville, with Bro. James West officiating. Burial was in the Elam Cemetery at Coffeeville with Todd Johnson, Ryan Winters, Jason Adams, Arthur Thomas, Terry Denney, Daniel Sossaman, Jason Waldo, and T. J. Denley as pallbearers.
    Honorary pallbearers were Presley Adams, Grady Carter, Cliff Waldo, James Waldo, and Austin Waldo.
    Survivors include her daughter, Alessandra “Sandy” Carter Hutchens (James) of Tillatoba; a son, Grady Lee Carter (Kayla) of Coffeeville; her parents, Toby and Iva Lee Waldo of Coffeeville; a sister, Rhonda Waldo of Mercer, Tenn.; brothers, James Waldo (Vanessa) of Goosecreek, South Carolina, and Cliff Waldo (Jennifer) of Coffeeville; her granddaughter, Trista Alyse Martin; three nieces; and one nephew.

Mary Elizabeth Mallard

SAVANNAH, GA.—Mary Elizabeth Mallard died April 21, 2013, in St. Joseph Hospital at Savannah, Georgia.
     Born September 2, 1948, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Luke Earl Stark and Mary Bonner Stark. Mary Elizabeth was a member of the Fellowship Assembly of God Church in Savannah.
    After graduation from Armstrong State University of Savannah, she went to work for the Juvenile Court in Savannah as an officer of the court. Mary Elizabeth received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Two years later, she went to work for Union Camp Corporation and worked until she became ill with multiple sclerosis.
    She had a heart for the Lord Jesus Christ. She loved God, her family, and others. She enjoyed cooking and taking care of her husband who needed care.
    She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Ann Mallard Naughton and her Daddy.
     She leaves her husband of 44 years, Jack La Far Mallard of Savannah; a son, Rocky Lane Mallard (Bryan) of Richmond Hill, Georgia; two step-grandchildren, Khrisi and Marie; her mother, Mary Bonner Sark of Farmerville, Louisiana; brothers, Albert Earl Stark of Farmerville, John William Stark (Judy) of Guntown, Moses Ray Stark of Baldwyn, Elias Matthew Stark of Guntown; two half-brothers, Danny Stark (Connie) of Dalton, Georgia and Randy Stark (Lori) of Chatsworth, Georgia; and her sister, Ann Carr (Larry) of Water Valley.
    She was greatly loved by her family, as she was a kind and merciful person. A memorial service for Mary Elizabeth was held in Farmerville on Saturday, May 23, at 3 p.m.

Jimmy Lee Moore

WATER VALLEY—Jimmy Lee Moore of Water Valley died May 27, 2013, in Graceland Care Center at Oxford.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon, Thursday, May 30, in Serenity-Daniels Chapel, with Pastor Kevin Lee officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery, Oxford.
    Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.
    Born January 28, 1950, Mr. Moore was a native of Water Valley. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Mississippi. He was admired in his community by all he came in contact with.

Mary Dean Potts

WATER VALLEY—Mary Dean Smith Potts died May 23, 2013, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Visitation was Tuesday, May 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Faith Baptist Church, Water Valley. The funeral service immediately followed visitation with Bro. Lynn Potts and Bro. Steve Standard officiating. Interment was in Drivers Flat Cemetery in Calhoun County with B. J. Potts, R. J. Potts, Clinton Mooney, Rufus Ross, Joe Potts, Dewayne Potts, John Potts, Ron Hart, Jimmy Dale Potts, and Dale Potts as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Connor Potts and Chance Potts.
    Born July 26, 1938, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Potts was a daughter of the late Rufus Monroe and Annie V. Smith. Martha was a nurse for many years. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, crocheting and genealogy research. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles Lynn Potts, Sr. of Water Valley; four sons, Charles Lynn Potts, Jr. (Linda) of Paris, Billy Michael Potts, Sr. (Nellie), Kenneth Dean Potts, Rufus Harold Potts, Sr. (Lisa), all of Water Valley; two sisters, Gladys Phillips (Cliff) of Water Valley, and Linda White (Elbert) of Olive Branch; one granddaughter, Marlena; four grandsons, B. J., R J. (Lacey), Connor and Chance; and one great-granddaughter; and a special niece, Frances Ross (Rufus) and many other nieces and nephews whom she loved.
    Martha was preceded in death by two children, Donna and Eddy; her parents; and one sister, Peggy Smith Owens.

Brenda Jenkins Smith

OLIVE BRANCH—Brenda Jenkins Smith, age 56, died May 28, 2013, in Olive Branch.
    Born November 3, 1956, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Georgia  Faye Davis Jenkins. Mrs. Smith worked as a machine operator at BorgWarner in Water Valley until she became disabled. She was a member of Paris Baptist Church and loved the Lord and enjoyed reading the Bible. Mrs. Smith treasured her children, grandchildren, her family, and two puppies, Smokey and Precious.
    Visitation was held Saturday, June 1, from noon until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service followed visitation at two o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery in Calhoun County with Parker Carpenter, Billy Vanlandingham, Scott McNeese, Cliff Gardner, Scott Spence, and Terry Hughes as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her daughter, Stephanie McNeese (Scott) of Olive Branch; a son, Gary Walter “G.W.” Dickey of Olive Branch; four sisters, Shirley Varner (Gilbert) and  Peggy Shepherd (Van), both of Oxford, Bobbie Bowie and Pat Jenkins, both of Water Valley; four brothers, Jerry Jenkins (Alice), James Jenkins (Laura), Larry Jenkins (Ann), all of Batesville, and Jeff Jenkins (Candy) of Oxford; four grandchildren, Taylor Danielle Dickey, Sarah Nicole Foster, Julian Michael Dickey, and Adrienne Michelle Dickey.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Vaiden Smith.

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