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Obituaries 03/23/17

Perry Mae Camp

WATER VALLEY—Perry Mae Camp, age 93, died March 19, 2017, in  her home at Water Valley.

She was born to the late Mary Elisha Irby Carr and Perry Hawkins Carr, and was the last granddaughter of Emily Shannon Carr and William Perry “Turkey Bill” Carr, who was instrumental in establishing and naming the town of Water Valley. Perry Mae was known as Mom, Mother, Mama, Maw-maw, Aunt Camp and Granny. She was an amazing cook and her kitchen and front door were always open to any and all. She designed, created, hand-stitched and beautifully embroidered many quilts for family and close friends. She was a member of Water Valley Church of Christ, and enjoyed fishing and loved many friends who were like family to her.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Mach 21, from 9-11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with services beginning at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Bro. David Floyd officiated the service. Burial was in Tabernacle Cemetery with Harley Camp, Kevin Dorris, Daniel Dorris, Damon Dorris, Tommy Dorris, and Bobby Camp as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Schmitz, J. D. Clayton, II, Steve Thompson, Gage Dorris, John Forsyth, and Cliff Gardiner.

She is survived by two daughters, Darla Joni Camp-Clayton (J.D. “Rock”) of Water Valley, and Gay Camp Dorris (Billy) of Oxford; one son, Ted E. Camp (Phyllis) of Saltillo; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Wilson Camp; one son, Michael “Mike” Camp; one grandson, Craig Dorris; one granddaughter, Justin Marie Groner; and five sisters; and four brothers.

Memorials may be made to Pine Valley School House or Tabernacle Cemetery, both addresses at 940 CR 100, Water Valley, MS 38965.


Clyda Mae Haley 

WATER VALLEY—Clyda Mae Haley, age 94, died March 18, 2017.

Born December 2, 1922, in Memphis, Mrs. Haley was a daughter of the late Clyde and Meda Spurgeon Abernethy. She was a member of Water Valley  First Baptist Church for 63 years and a former children’s Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Haley worked in Memphis at Watkins Company after completing school, and later worked at Big Yank in Water Valley for 17 years. She was a skilled seamstress, making everything from doll clothes to beautiful wedding gowns. She will be remembered as a student of the Bible, having read it in its entirety over 30 times. 

She was also a wonderful cook, especially known for her delicious apple pies, biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, and cornbread. Mae was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Dorsey “Sam” Haley, Sr., and her brother, John Murray Abernethy.

She is survived by three children, Carol Gafford (Bill) of Cypress, Texas, Maybelle Rutherford (Earl), and Sammy Haley, Jr. (Becky), both of Water Valley; grandchildren, Tim Rutherford (Andrea) of Water Valley, Angela Gafford Asmus (Joel) of Fishers, Ind., Amy Barron-Gafford (Greg) of Tucson, Ariz., and Mandy Hobson (Sam) of Batesville and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Rev. Amy Barron-Gafford and Rev. Angela Gafford Asmus officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to service time. The graveside service and burial were in Oak Hill Cemetery  with Joel Asmus, Sam Hobson, Tim Mills, Sam Rutherford, Dylan King and Tim Rutherford as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be directed to the church of your choice, and organizations that support the care of children and animals.


Jennifer Sue Shuler Pate

MARRERO , La. – Jennifer Sue Shuler Pate, age 66, passed away on March 19, 2017 at her home in Marrero, La., with her husband by her side. Born in Bremerton, Washington, she was the daughter of Roy Lee Shuler and Betty Jane Shuler. She had family roots in Coffeeville and was able to move there years ago and work for a period of time. 

She and her husband later made their home in Marrero, LA and for many years she served as the manager of a department store. She became a happy homemaker, and enjoyed her dogs, going to the beach, and was an avid reader. She loved her family and was of the Methodist faith.

Services are planned for Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in the Broad Street Cemetery near Coffeeville.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, James Pate of Marrero, La.; a daughter, Amy Smith (Robbie) of Mesquite, Texas; a son, Nathan Pate (Teresa) of Kemp, Texas; a sister, Starrla Williams of Lake Havasu, Az.; and one brother, Robert Shuler of Columbia, Mo.


Lonnie “Rawhide” Pipkin

OXFORD—Lonnie “Rawhide” Pipkin, age 66, died Friday, March 17, 2017 in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Oxford.

  Born February 26, 1951, in Yalobusha County, he was the son of the late Robert Benjamin and Dollie Gilmore Pipkin. Rawhide worked many different jobs in his life, but more recently he lay sod until his health failed. He was a devoted father who enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and spending time with family and friends.

  Survivors are his two sons, James Pipkin of Memphis and Lon Michael Pipkin of Oakland; his brother, Dan Pipkin of Oakland; and his granddaughter, Haley Michelle Pipkin of Thaxton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bobbie Jean Dunn, and three brothers, Ben “Bull” Pipkin, Ralph Pipkin, and William “Bill” Dickey.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 25, in the Goshen Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.


Catherine Ann Surrette Warren

SENATOBIA—Catherine Ann Surrette Warren, 79, of Senatobia, passed away March 20, 2017, at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil G. Warren; daughter, Sharon Warren Roberts; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Surrette; sister, Mary Alice DeLong; and brothers, Jimmy and Jerry Surrette.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Warren Briscoe (Keith) of Como; sons, Ronnie Gene Warren (Judy) and Glenn Warren (Belinda S.), both of Senatobia; a sister, Rebecca York (Travis) of Water Valley; brothers, Joel Surrette of Pope, and David Scott Surrette of Flint, Michigan; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and caregiver and friend, Winnie Sanders.

Mrs. Warren was a member of First Baptist Church of Senatobia and the Auxiliary of Gideons International. She was a retired librarian and was very active in WMU, Gideons, Hope Ministries, and in home and foreign missions.

Memorials may be sent to the Gideons, Hope Ministries, Pure Water, Pure Love Program through WMU or First Baptist Church of Senatobia.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 22,  from 5-8 p.m. in Pate-Jones Funeral Home at Senatobia and also on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. in First Baptist Church at Senatobia. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church Senatobia, with burial following in Bethesda Cemetery.

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