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Obituaries – Oct. 24, 2014

Peggy Joy Tutor Hogan

WATER VALLEY—Peggy Joy Tutor Hogan, age 73, died Saturday, October 25, 2014, at her home in Water Valley.
    Born November 2, 1940, in Memphis, she is a daughter of the late Frank Arnous Tutor and Johnnie Lee Martin Tutor. Peggy graduated from Southside High School in Memphis and was known for her outstanding skill as a baton twirler in the marching band. She worked as the Social Activities Director for Yalobusha Nursing Home until her retirement. Peggy was a fun-loving, happy person who loved traveling, being around people and enjoying life to the fullest. She was a faithful member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church, where she served in the Senior Ladies Outreach Ministry, and dearly loved her church family. Peggy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 29, from one until two o’clock in the afternoon in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. David Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley with David Wallis, Larry Sprouse, Billy Melton, Chris Wall, Frank Dunn, Mike Dunn, Sam Dunn, and Greg Terrell as pallbearers.
    Survivors include her daughter, Dana (Mike) Irwin of Water Valley; a son, Marty Baldridge of Jackson; her brother, Terry Tutor of Olive Branch; three grandchildren, Amanda Martin, Shannon Ivy, and Kendall Irwin; six great-grandchildren; one niece; two nephews; a host of friends and neighbors.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Michael Hogan.

Ray B. McKenzie, Sr.

QUITMAN—The quote “Once a marine, always a marine” is so appropriate when remembering the life of 1st Sgt. Ray B. McKenzie, Sr. He was “always faithful” (Semper Fi) during the 30 years of service to his country and in the lifelong relationships with his family, friends and church.
    In the early hours of October 27, 2014, a the age of 90, he went to be with the Lord at the MS State Veterans Home in Oxford.
    Born April 26, 1924, Ray was a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Evie Ivey McKenzie in the Crandall community of Clarke County. Ray joined the United States Marine Corps and served as the captain’s bodyguard aboard the USS Pittsburg at Iwa Jima during World War II. During the next three decades, his service spanned the Korean Conflict and the Viet Nam War. After military retirement in 1971, Ray worked as a ranchhand while tending his own cattle and vegetable farm. He then settled into a second career with Wright Funeral Home in Quitman.
    Ray was a devoted, understanding, soft-spoken, and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-granddad, and uncle. He served as treasurer and deacon of Hebron Ridge Baptist Church for many years. He served as quarter-master of VFW Post 4982 in Quitman, secretary of the Clarke County Brotherhood, organizer and president of the East Quitman Volunteer Fire Department and as a board member and president of Quitman School District.
    He leaves a son, Ray B.McKenzie, Jr. (Kathy) of Quitman; a daughter, Phyllis McKenzie Goodwin (Sam) and grandson, Scoott McKenzie of Water Valley; a granddaughter, Rachel McKenzie Cassagne (Craig) of Meridian;  two very special great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Jones of San Antonio, Tex.; one brother, Ben McKenzie, Jr. of Theodore, Ala; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Barbara McKenney of Desert Pines, Calif.; many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Ann McKenney McKenzie, and a daughter-in-law, Dixie Diann  McKenzie.
    Full military honors for 1st Sgt. Ray B. McKenzie,  Sr. will be held Wednesday, October 29, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Wright’s Funeral Home, with interment in the Hebron Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Keith Floyd Murray, Jr.

WATER VALLEY—Keith Floyd Murray, Jr., age 26, died October 19, 2014, in Water Valley.
    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon, Saturday, October 25, in the Potts Camp Gymnasium. with Rev. Michael Richomond, Jr., pastor of World Over Comers  Church in Holly Springs. Visitation was held Friday, October 24, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. in Serenity-Autry Funeral Home, Holly Springs, and one hour before the service in the gym. Burial was in Mt. Olive M.B. Church Cemetery in Potts Camp.
    Born May 18, 1988, in Champaign, Ill., Mr. Murray was a son of Linda Driver and the late Roy Lester.
    Survivors include his mother, Linda Driver of Holly Springs; one daughter of Holly Springs; four brothers, Marcus Lester of Tupelo, Farris Lewis of Denver, Colo., Richard McNeal, Jr. of Holly Springs, and Romale McNeal, Sr. of Potts Camp; three sisters, Traci Bowens, Laura Knox, and Johnisha Scott, all of Holly Springs; his finance, Cornelia White, and her sons, Zy and T. J. White of Water Valley; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.

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