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Obituaries 03/16/17

Gerald Leverne Belvin

OXFORD—Gerald Leverne Belvin, 75, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, in North Mississippi Medical Center at Tupelo.

  Services were held Saturday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Wes Sherman officiating. Burial followed in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

Born in Sumter, South Carolina, Gerald was a son of the late Duncan Lewis and Gertrude Cotton Belvin. He was retired from the United States Marine Corps, where he served two tours in Vietnam and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans and volunteered his time at he Mississippi State Veteran’s Home doing karaoke. Gerald enjoyed doing karaoke on Friday nights at VFW Post 3978 for the past 12 years. He also enjoyed old cars and going to car shows. He owned a 2003 50th anniversary edition Corvette and a 1987 El Camino. He loved spending time with his friends and family.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracie Catharine Belvin; a son, Kenneth Lewis Belvin; and a grandson, Kenneth Tyler Alexander.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Wanda Sue Cook Belvin of Oxford. who worked at the Water Valley Post Office for many years; daughters, Lori Vaughn (Tracy) of Oxford, and Stacie Luker (Chad)of Saltillo; sons, Jerry Jay Belvin of Coldwater and Jeffrey David Miller (Paula) of Oxford; sisters, Joy Belvin Hoffman (Herman) of Waterboro, South Carolina, Wilma Young and and Francine Clayton, both of Sumter, South Carolina; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the VFW National Children’s Home, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

In honor of Mr. Belvin’s service to our country the flag of the United States Marine Corps will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

Dollie Ree ‘Doll’ Fant

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Dollie Ree “Doll” Fant, age 76, died March 5, 2017, in Oxford Health and Rehab.

Mrs. Fant was born July 12,1940, the daughter of the late Jessie and Lottie Fox. She was educated in Bruce High School and was retired from Water Valley Poultry, formerly Mott’s. 

Visitation was held from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in Everdale M.B. Church at Water Valley and the funeral service followed, beginning at one o’clock, with Dr. Robert Morgan officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. at Water Valley. Eddie Robison Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfoso Fant, eight sisters, and four brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Grigsby of Water Valley; three brothers, Willie Fox of Water Valley, Charles Bailey (Vara), and Chuck Bailey, both of Bruce; four sisters, Ella V. Harris of Shannon, Mollie Simmons of Long Beach, Calif., Catherine Brown of Water Valley, and Ruby Swift (Roy) of Alamo, Tenn.

Herman Glenn Jones

WATER VALLEY—Herman Glenn Jones, age 75, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at his home in Water Valley.

Born November 7, 1941, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late William “Herman” Jones and Estelle Bankston Jones. Glenn worked for the Department of Corrections and was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church. He loved his family, friends, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with horses.

Visitation was held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Shane Crawford and Donald Hubbard officiating. Burial followed in Walker Cemetery, with Fred Childs, Terry Winters, Barry Vaughn, Charlie Cole, Kim Showers, and Randy Walker as pallbearers. Honorary  pallbearers were Joe Stribling, Frank B. Brooks, John Whitsett, Tom Baker, Billy Wilder and Travis Brooks.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 35 years, Betty Hubbard Jones of Water Valley; one daughter, Linda Jones Claus of Fairfield, Calif.; a son, William “Bill” Jones of Water Valley; two sisters, Nancy Smith (Glenn) of Oxford and Abbie Coffman (Walter) of Nashville, Tenn.; one grandson, Andrew Duchnowski, and his finance, Mari Starkey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Gladys Murphy, and one brother, Steve Jones.

Phil Mayo, II

HOOVER, ALA.—Phil Edwin Mayo, II, age 43, of Hoover, Ala., formerly of Water Valley, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham.

  Born August 24, 1973, he was a son of the late Phil Mayo of Water Valley and Sue Lee (Webb) and Harry Lee of Hoover, Ala. Phil was a devout Christian, who loved the Lord and took great pride in his faith. Before the illness took over his body he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also loved his family and made sure he told them daily how much he cared for them.

The memorial service will be scheduled at a later time, please contact the family for information. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to The American Diabetes Association in his name.

Phil is survived by two daughters, Marissa Mayo of Hoover, Ala. and Emily Mayo of Lapanta, Ark.; one grandson, Emmett Tucker of Lapanta; two sisters, Georgia (G.G.) Massey (John) of Hernando, and Molly Coley (Trey) of Hoover, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

Vina Mae Williams Sanders

CHARLESTON – Vina Mae Williams Sanders, 88, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. A graveside service was held Friday, March 10,  at 4 p.m. at Charleston Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Annette Ford officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service at Waller Funeral Home.

Born in Tallahatchie County to the late Thomas Marion and Willie Mae Rose Williams, Mrs. Sanders spent her career working as a nursing assistant. She was Baptist and was active in the WMU. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack B. Sanders and her son, William Allen Sanders.

Mrs. Sanders is survived by her daughter, Annette Ford of Water Valley, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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