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Obituaries 01/05/17

Jesse L. Anderson

WATER VALLEY— Jesse L. Anderson, age 86, died Monday, December 19, 2016, in Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Were Valley.

Born December 5, 1930, Mr. Anderson was a son of the late Samuel Leo Anderson and Margaret Craven Anderson. Jesse was a farmer and attended Jones Chapel Church of  God. He loved living life, growing watermelons, basketball and German Shepherd dogs.

  Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Carolyn Hunt Anderson of Batesville;  two daughters, Linda Anderson Reece of Batesville and Laurie Anderson Robinson of Enterprise;  one son, Douglas Anderson of Water Valley; a brother, Thomas Ray Anderson of Meridian; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

  In addition to his parents, ,he was preceded in death by two brother, Billy Anderson and Bobby Anderson.

  A memorial service is planned for a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Tina Renee Carpenter

GRENADA—Tina Renee Carpenter, 29, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at her home in Grenada.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 30, in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Visitation was held prior to the service from 1-3 p.m.

Born in Oxford, she was a daughter of Anna Michelle Cheney and the late Dennis C. Carpenter. Tina was a homemaker who found great joy in being a mother and doing arts and crafts with her children. She also liked to cook. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Taylor; and a son, Tobias Dixon; and her father.

Survivors include her mother, Anna Cheney Taylor of Water Valley; her step-mother, Lilly Carpenter of Arkabutla; daughter, Mikayla Denise Taylor of Grenada; two sons, Tristan Andrew Dixon of Senatobia, and Aiden Ryan Taylor of Grenada; a sister, Lilly Carpenter of Arkabutla; brothers, James Michael Phillips of Water Valley and Logan Carpenter; grandparents, Janice Sellers of Water Valley, Bobby Cheney of Oxford and Bobbie Bowie of Water Valley; and a great-grandmother, Dorothy Gardner of Oxford.

  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905; or the Autism Society of Mississippi, The Arc of Northeast Mississippi, P. O. Box 3764, Tupelo, MS 38803.


Jefferson Ivey

WATER VALLEY—Jefferson Ivey, age 77, died Friday, December 23, 2016, in his home at Water Valley.

Born June 19, 1939, in Baldwin, he was a son of the late William Wesley and Sigal Carroll Ivey. Jefferson served in the United States Army and was a retired farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Bowers Ivey of Water Valley; three daughters, Tonya Douglas of Bradley, Ill., Sherry Ivey of Lincoln, Ill., and Elaina White of Savannah Tenn.;  five sons, William Ivey of McKinney, Texas, Jeff Ivey, Charles Ivey, John Douglas Ivey, and Jason Ivey, all of Water Valley; his sister, Linda Lowrey of Magee; a brother, George Ivey of Stover, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded death by a sister, Ruby Fazio.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangement.


Corrie Pauline Gardiner Jones

WATER VALLEY—Corrie Pauline Gardiner Jones, age 78, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at her home in Water Valley.

Born March 2, 1938, in Yalobusha County, she was a daughter of the late Willie Clinton and Zelma Arlene Wolfe Gardiner. After 20 year of service, Corrie retired as a line worker with BorgWarner in Water Valley. She was a member of Ford’s Well Church of Christ and enjoyed sewing, gardening, watching the bird and deer in her yard and taking care of her horse.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 29, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held Friday, December 30, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. James Edwards officiating. Burial was in Fords Well Cemetery in Yalobusha County.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Jones Claus of Fairfield, Calif.; her son, William “Bill” Clinton Jones of Water Valley; a sister, Modena Rounsaville (Carl) of Southaven; and a grandson, Andrew Duchnowski, and his fiancé, Miri, of Kittery, Maine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Monroe Gardiner.

The family requests that memorial be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 480, Columbia, MD 21044.


Dewitt C. “D.C.” Morgan

SCHERTZ, Texas – Dewitt C. “D.C.” Morgan passed away surrounded by his family on January 1, 2017.

   Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 3, at First Baptist Church of Schertz. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4,  at First Baptist Church of Schertz. In lieu of flowers.

D.C. was born May 19, 1930, to Clinton and Christine Morgan. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ada Morgan; children: David Morgan and wife, Cindy; Bruce Lee Morgan and wife, Nancy; Teri Smith and husband, John; grandchildren Mary Morgan, Ricky Smith, Alyssa Riggan and husband, Ben, and Samuel Morgan; a great-granddaughter, Caroline Riggan; a brother-in-law, Richard Baird of Water Valley; as well as numerous other family members and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his two sons, Ricky and Jamie Morgan; parents, Clinton and Christine Morgan; two brothers; and two sisters. Memorial Donations may be made to Lasara Mission Fund c/o Trinity Baptist Church, PO Box 2408, Harker Heights, Texas, 76548, or to a charity of your choice .


Ruth Crowley Upchurch

COFFEEVILLE—Ruth Crowley Upchurch, age 97, died Thursday, December 29, 2016, in her home at Coffeeville.

Born January 14, 1919 in Cookeville, Tenn., Mrs. Upchurch was a daughter of the late A. C. and Mabel Peek Crowley. Ruth earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics from Tennessee Technology University and taught Home Economics for a number of years. She worked for the University of Missouri Extension Service as a State Home Economist Agent. She was a member of Coffeeville Friends of the Library and was very active in promoting literacy. She also worked as a volunteer with the Adult Literacy Programs. Ruth was an active member of the Coffeeville Untied Methodist Church.

Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, December 31, in the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. The funeral service followed visitation at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stacy Douglas officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Primitive Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Jean Abernathy (Steve) of Ballwin, Mo.; her son, Robert Burton Upchurch of Falls Church, Va.; two grandsons, Jeff Abernathy (Deidre) and Will Abernathy; and two special caregivers, Mary Robinson and Rhonda Neal Spearman. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Joseph Upchurch; her twin sister; and three brothers.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Coffeeville United Methodist Church, 14500 Main St., Coffeeville, MS 38922.

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