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Obituaries – April 9, 2015

Noel Lee “Pug” Bell

COFFEEVILLE—Noel Lee “Pug” Bell, 83, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

            He was born March 30, 1932, in Water Valley . After high school, he joined the Air Force and was medically discharged. In 1952, he married Hollie F. Boyle and they moved to Chicago. During his years in Chicago, Ford Motor Company and Fisher Body Company employed him. In 1963, he decided to move to his future hometown, Coffeeville. Upon return to Yalobusha County he started a business, Bell’s Service Station and Auto Parts. During the years he also owned Bell’s Wrecker Service and Bell’s Used Cars. He loved gardening and sharing his crop with family and friends. He also enjoyed restoring antique cars and trucks and playing with his dog, Dude.

            Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Hollie Field Bell; his son-in-law, Buddy Adams of Coffeeville; one sister, Louise Zackery of Southaven; six grandchildren, Jennifer Waldo (Cliff) of Coffeeville, Christy Waldo (Scottie) of Grenada, Tony Bell (Hollie) of Coffeeville, Terri Gillespie (Whitt) of Pontotoc, Bud Adams of Coffeeville, and Bobby Bell of Billings, Montana; and five great-grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Goforth Crews; his two children, Billy Bell and Pam Adams; two brothers, Charles Bell and Jewel “Boots” Bell.

            Visitation was held from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday,April 6, in Coffeeville First Baptist Church. The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, April 7, in Coffeeville First Baptist Church, with Bro. Truman Scarbrough officiating. Burial followed in the Coffeeville Cemetery, with Edward “Crete” Jennings, Milton Hervey, Luke Purdy, Mike Coleman, Bud Adams, and Bobby Bell as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Harrison, Henry Dean Gray, Mike Stephens, Frances Williams, Dr. B. L. Hammack, Daryl Burney, Bobby L. Adams, Smiley Arrington, Jr., Tyler Wortham, Jr. and Wesley Ross. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Coffeeville First Baptist Church in memory of Noel L. Bell.


James “Jim” Dennis Dickey

WATER VALLEY—James “Jim” Dennis Dickey, age 65, died Monday, April 6, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born July 21, 1949, in Water Valley, Jim was a son of Marjorie McMinn Dickey and the late Roy Mack Dickey. He graduated from Clairmont High School in San Diego, Calif., in 1967. He was drafted into the United States Army, where he served in the 1st Infantry in the Vietnam War. After leaving the  leaving the Army,  Jim went to work for Batesville Casket Company as a knife specialist and worked there until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.

            Visitation will be held Thursday, April 9, from one until two o’clock, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Stoney  Moorhead officiating. Burial will be in the Jumper’s Chapel Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

            Survivors include his mother, Marjorie McMinn Dickey of Water Valley; two brothers, Jerry Dickey (Nancy) of Water Valley, and Charles Barry Dickey (Linda) of Los Vegas, Nev.; three nieces; and one nephew.

            In addition to his father, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Sallye Spearman Dickey.


Mary Lena Robinson Morgan Johnson

BRUCE—Mary Lena Robinson Morgan Johnson, 90, passed away at her home on March 27, 2015.

            Mary was born August 19, 1924, in Yalobusha County. She graduated from Water Valley High School. After moving to Memphis she worked as a cosmetologist until retirement. Her favorite pastimes were genealogy research, knitting, church activities, and spending time with her family and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Betty Lou Robinson; brothers, James and Wayne Robinson; sister and husbands, Dorothy Johnson Morgan, A.J Morgan. and Verlin Johnson.

            Survivors include three children, Betty Costello (Chuck), Don Morgan (Constant), and Frank Morgan; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Maynard (Sam); four grandsons, Charles Costello, Jr., Gary, Tyler and Christian Morgan; and five great-grandchildren She will be truly missed by all.

            The funeral service and burial were held Monday, March 30, in Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, South.

Bennie Watts

WATER VALLEY—Bennie Watts, age 72, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at his home in Water Valley.

            Born May 9, 1942, in Wynne, Ark. he was a son of the late Benjamin and Edna Watts Thurman. Bennie served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War; attended Bethel Baptist Church, near Water Valley; and worked as a Master Mechanic  for Georgia-Pacific, where he retired after 25 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, cooking, and spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 8, from one until two o’clock in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will follow visitation at two o’clock  in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. E. J. Bratcher officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

            Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Harper (Stephen) of Brandon; two sons, Carl Wayne Mathes (Rhonda) of Hattiesburg and Randy Neal Johnson (Lynda) of Water Valley; two sisters, Linda Thurman Wilcox of Bryant, Ark. and Sharon Templeman (Gene) of Newport, Ark.; and four grandchildren, Morgan Mathes, Dalton Mathes, Kelsey Mathes, and Lexi Johnson.


Korah Grace White

WATER VALLEY—Korah Grace White, 26, passed away at 8:15 Monday night, April 6,  2015, in Water Valley.

            Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley has charge of arrangements.

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