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Obituaries – Jan. 29, 2015

Jamie L. Jacobs

FITCHBURG, MASS—Jamie L. Jacobs, 28, of Fitchburg, Mass. passed away January 13, 2015, in Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston.

            She was born in Staten Island, New York June 11, 1986. Jacobs graduated from Fitchburg High School and later received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. She worked as a paralegal before being diagnosed with cancer, and had aspirations to  one day be a lawyer and help people in need.

             Jamie was a loving, outgoing young lady with a playful personality. She enjoyed fashion, children, sports, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

            She is survived by her mother, Brenda (Gooch) Jacobs of Fitchburg, Mass.; grandmother, Lucille Gooch of Water Valley;  one brother, Jermaine Jacobs of Fitchburg; a nephew, Jemaryius Jacobs;  her best friend, James Cole of Fitchburg; uncles, James, Mark, Marco, and Kenneth of Water Valley; aunts, Ella, Charlene, and Ora, all of Cleveland, Ohio, Annie, Faye, Edna, and Vanessa, all of Water Valley; and several cousins.

Thomas Dudley Kelley

WATER VALLEY—Thomas Dudley Kelley, age 98, died Monday, January 12, 2015, at his home in Water Valley.

  Born March 11, 1916, in Lafayette Springs, Mr. Kelley was a son of the late Tom and Elizabeth King Kelley. Dudley served in the United States Navy from September 1, 1938, until August 1, 1967, during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired at the rank of Lt. Commander. He held both a military and a private pilot license. For a time he served as the officer in charge of maintenance for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and on occasion Dudley would fly with them.

            In addition to his parents, Dudley was preceded in death by his sister, Carrie Mae Kelley Aune.

            Mr. Kelley requested a United States Naval Military Burial of Cremains at Sea, with Seven Oaks Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Fred M. “Steve” Stephens

COPIAH COUNTY—Fred M. “Steve” Stephens, 83, a resident of Copiah County, passed away January 15, 2015, in Covington County Hospital in Collins.

   Born May 22, 1931, in Arcola, Mr. Stephens was a son of the late Luther Wilson Stephens and Jane McDunnough Stephens. Mr. Stephens was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; a retired boat captain and diesel mechanic for Penrod Drilling Co. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Les Stephens; two brothers, Jimpy Stephens and Robert Stephens; and a sister, Betty Rose.        Mr. and Mrs. Stephens were former residents of Water Valley.

            Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife, Helen Mozelle Stephens of Wesson; two daughters, Laura Carr (Ralph) of Wesson and Monique Wagner (John) of Woodville; two sons, Joe Joseph (Candie) of Thibodeaux, La. and Danny Joseph of  Covington, La.; three sisters, Sue Kohanski, Sissy Rozier, and Nancy Gordon; two brothers, Eugene Stephens and Bill Stephens; eight grandchildren, Devin, Courtney, Brandy, Candice, Michael, Niki, Joe Joe, and Jessie; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

            The funeral service will be held in Pearl Valley Baptist Church Saturday, January 31, at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Lowe Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will begin at the church Saturday at 1 p.m. and continue until funeral time at 3 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brookhaven Funeral Home, 894 Natchez Drive, .


Dorothy Jane Stokes

WATER VALLEY—Dorothy Jane Stokes, age 72, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

            Born in Yalobusha County on July 13, 1942, Mrs. Stokes was a daughter of the late Earl and Willie Ethel Caldwell. Dorothy was a member of Everdale M.B. Church of Water Valley. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, fishing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

            A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A repast followed at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley.

            Survivors include five daughters, Wanda Jean Stokes, Sandra King, Ethel Olivia Phillips, all of Water Valley, Stephanie Renee Stokes of Horn Lakes, and Penelope Latrice Stokes of Franklin, Tenn.; three sons, Larry Oneil (Melba) Stokes and Travis Lamont Stokes, both of Water Valley, and Bobby Stokes of Holly Springs; 16 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.


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