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ObitUARies 12/29/16

Marvin Dickey

WATER VALLEY—Marvin Dickey, 90, died Friday, December 23, 20106, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

Mr. Dickey was a member of the VFW and Camp Ground Baptist Church. He had a great love for traveling the countryside and playing bingo. Above all else, he loved his family more than anything.

The family would like to express that there will be no services due to Mr. Dickey’s final wishes. Therefore, they would like to thank all of their friends and family for the love and support they have shown during this time.

Survivors include two brothers, Robert Dickey of Water Valley and Richard D. Dickey of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Mary Alice Hayles of Water Valley and Hilda McCord of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin W. Dickey, Sr. and Leither Rampy Dickey; and three brothers, James Dickey, Donald Dickey, and Billy Mack Dickey.

Memorials contributions may be  made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.


Bobby Joe Hopper

OXFORD—Bobby Joe Hopper, age 70, died Monday, December 19, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born October 3, 1946, in Cleveland, Mr. Hopper is a son of the late George W. and Margaret Mullins Hopper. Bobby was retired from the United States Marines, serving in Vietnam from 1966 until 1968. He was also self-employed, owning and operating a small engine repair shop until his retirement. Bobby was a member of New Life Fellowship Church in Oakland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and aggravating his daughters.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, in Camp Ground Baptist Church. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 22, in the church with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial was held in Camp Ground Cemetery in Lafayette County with Jonathan King, Terry King, Michael Price, Danny Patton, Glen Callahan, Hayden Carpenter, Jr., Greg Fillyaw, John Burnett and Chris Baldwin as pallbearers. Dewey Price, Jerry Ferrish and Calvin King were honorary pallbearers.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie Sue Hall Hopper of Oakland; two daughters, Connie Price (Michael) and Bobbie Jo King (Jerry) all of Oakland; three sisters, Ann Weaver Griffis of Olive Branch, Teresa Woljevach (Bob) of Georgia, and Rhonda Price (Glen) of Georgia; six brothers, Roy Hopper (Lou) of Water Valley, Buddy Hopper (Linda) of Southaven, Gary Hopper (Donna) of Georgia, Chad Hopper of Georgia, Charlie Hopper (Linda) of Oakland, and Robert Hopper of Laurel; and four grandchildren, Kristine Price, Dewey Price, Kaylie King, and Bethany King.


Joyce Jones 

WATER VALLEY—Joyce Jones of Water Valley died December 25, 2016, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Oxford.

Born February 7, 1956,  in Clarksdale, Joyce was a daughter of Jessie Rogers Poynor and David Carlyle Poynor. She became a homemaker after her marriage to Roy Jones in 1973. She enjoyed cooking for  her family, playing with her grandchildren, shopping and playing bingo.

Visitation was held Tuesday, December 27, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Jay Derry Berry officiating. Burial will be in Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County with Josh Smith, Danny Crocket, John Watts, David Potts, Chance Brewer, and Timmy Jones as pallbearers. Dustin Watts will be an honorary pallbearer.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Jones of Water Valley; one daughter, Linda Royer of Water Valley; three sisters, Patsy Obermarker of Licking,  Mo., Frances McGonagill of Coffeeville and Shirley Johnson of Houston; four brothers, Jimmy Poyner of Houston, Raymond Poynor of Coffeeville, Lee Crockett of Houston, and Danny Crockett of Houston; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Lee Jones and David Major Jones; four brothers, David Poyner, William “Check” Poyner, Charles Lee Poyner and Williams Poyner; and one grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund.


Jerry Wayne Joseph

WATER VALLEY—Jerry Wayne Joseph of Water Valley died in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford Friday, December 23, 2016, with his wife, Carla, by his side.

Born April 14, 1953, in Rome, Miss. he was a son of the late Ed and Maybell Powell Joseph. He joined the U.S. Army and served for 22 years, receiving numerous medals, including the Bronze Star. After retirement from military service, Jerry worked at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford until his health failed. He enjoyed hunting, boating, fishing, motorcycling, and he loved  his family and his faithful dog, Chester. Jerry was an active Catholic and attended Jumpers Chapel Methodist Church with his family.

Visitation is planned for Thursday, December 29, from 2-3 p.m., with services immediately following in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at 3 p.m. with Bro. Joel Jones and Bro. Bobby Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpers Chapel Cemetery with military honors at the graveside.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carla Joseph of Water Valley; two daughters, Paula Greco (John) and Lorena Board, both of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Doris Joseph and Delia Ann Joseph, both of Greenwood; three brothers, Charles Joseph of Carrollton, Freddie Joseph of Cleveland, and Ed Joseph of Newport, Ark.; and seven grandchildren.


William Robert “Buddy” Kelso

LAKELAND, TENN.—William Robert “Buddy” Kelso, 83 passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Born September 2, 1933, in Webb, and raised as a boy in Water Valley,  Buddy moved to Memphis December 26, 1946, and attended Treadwell High School. He graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1951. He worked in sales throughout his life; first as a salesman, then as manager for Western Auto; as a Manufacturer’s Representative and finally owning his own business, the Lighthouse Gallery for 25 years. Buddy was married to Ann Kelso for 65 years, meeting her at the age of 14 at Highland Heights Baptist Church. Buddy was a member of this church since 1947.

He was preceded in death by his older brothers, James Arthur and John Clay, and his sister, Ethel Irene Loflin.

Survivors include his son, William Robert “Buster” Kelso, Jr. (Kathy); and daughters, Dena Kay Williams (Tom) and Anita Jo Langton (Keith); grandchildren, Kacie Jay Mellen (Peter), Ethan Martin Langston (Anna), and Scottie Kelso Sheets (Jonathan); and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Monday, December 19, in Highland Heights Baptist church,  with visitation from 11 to 12:30, and the service at 12:30.

The family request donations to Highland Heights Baptist Church in lieu  of flowers or to the charity of your choice


Teruko Smith

WATER VALLEY—Teruko Smith of Water Valley died at  her home in Yalobusha County on  December 25, 2015.

She was born in Japan on February 21, 1932. She married Delmer Smith and moved to Water Valley where she lived most of her adult life. She was a homemaker.

Visitation will be held in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 2 until 2:45 on Wednesday, December 28. Graveside services will follow in Oakland City Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Teruko was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer Smith. She is survived by four sisters-in-law, Ilene Dees of Enid, Christine Brown of Wallbridge, Ohio, Pearl Boyles of Water Valley and Mary Bunch of Oakland; two brothers-in-law, Lester “Red” Smith and James “Bud” Smith, both of Water Valley; and a host of nieces and nephews.


Kimberly Brown Williams

POPE—Kimberly Brown Williams, age 51, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016, at her home in Pope.

A memorial service honoring Kim’s life will be held at 11 a.m. in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville on Saturday, January 7, 2017, with friends gathering for visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Born In Batesville, May 4, 1965, Kim was a daughter of the late James W. (Brownie) Brown and Florence Brown Whitlock. She was one of six children and grew up under the watchful eye of her grandparents, the late Fay and Wilma Brown. As a young child and teen, Kim was an accomplished gymnast and enjoyed playing church league softball. Kim attended Chapel Hill Methodist Church and became a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley as an adult. She started her career as a florist at Williams Flowers and Gifts in Water Valley. Kim was a gifted florist who excelled in unique and beautiful arrangements. Kim had the God given talent of listening to her customers and she was a true salesperson.

Kim was kind hearted and never met a stranger. She could light up a room with her smile and quick sense of humor. She was always the champion for the underdog. Kim had a great compassion for children and animals. She enjoyed cooking, working with flowers, and fishing with friends, but Kim would away say that her greatest accomplishment was her daughter, Jessica.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Williams Pickens (Christopher) of Greenwood; four sisters, Teresa Brown Livingston (Rob) of Peth, Australia, Natalie Brown Ivy (Charles) of Oakland, Machelle Brown Pitcock (Robert) of Belden, and Amber Leigh Willis of Memphis; one brother, James A. (Sonny) Brown of Pope; five nieces, one nephew, and two great nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fay and Wilma Brown, Aubrey H. Grace and Elnora Grace Simmons; and Jessica’s father, Harold Grey Williams, Jr.

In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to: Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Attn: Donor Relations, P. O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174; or Chapel Hill Cemetery Fund, 8344 Pope-Crowder Rd., Pope, MS 38658.

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