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Obituaries 06/29/17

Roger Dale Greer


WATER VALLEY—Roger Dale Greer, age 62, died Monday,  June 19, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.


Born in Memphis, he was a son of the late Sherman and Lottie Mildred Anderson Greer. He had worked in the automobile industry as a sales representative for many years. He had a tremendous passion for fishing and also enjoyed hunting and baseball. His children and grandchildren were the loves of his life.


Visitation was held Thursday, June 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service began at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Cody Schmitz, Devin Green, Ben Kidd, Taylor Smith, Kenny Goolsby, Sr., and Kenny Goolsby, Jr. as pallbearers. Mark Anthony was an honorary pallbearer.


Survivors include his wife, Raelene Greer of Water Valley; one daughter, Ashley Singleton (Rodney) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three sons, Dustin Greer (Ashley) of Olive Branch, Wes Greer and Cody Greer, both of Water Valley; two sisters, Brenda Fellinger (Bob) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Polly Hoskins of Hickory Flat; three brothers, Albert Greer of Water Valley, Harold Greer (Donna) of Hernando, and Sherman Greer, Jr. (Linda) of Senatobia; and five grandchildren, Carson Singleton, Lucas Singleton, Aden Greer, Maguire Greer, and Hudson Greer.


Charles Tolbert Hill


TILLATOBA—Charles “Chuck” Tolbert Hill, age 83, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his home in Tillatoba.


The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 26, in Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Wayside Cemetery at Scobey. Bro. Ricky Harris and Bro. Danny Aldridge officiated. Visitation was held from noon until 2 p.m. in the funeral home.


Charles was the 11th person hired at McQuay in 1954. After serving the company for 45 years in various capacities, with the last being in sales for Heathcraft, he retired in 1999. His career included serving the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy for eight years. He attended Wayside Baptist Church in Scobey, where he was a faithful member.


He leaves his wife of 64 years, Pearl Hubbard Hill; and one son,Tommy Hill (Kitty) of Tillatoba. Other survivors are five grandchildren, Kim Gatlin (Stephen) of Coffeeville, Leigh Norris (Daniel) of Abbeville, Marc Hill (Brittany) of Ashdown, Ark., Emy Hill (Will) of Oakland, and Heather Rozier (Matthew) of Greenwood; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Tribble and Janelle Giger, both of Grenada, and a host of nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be made to Wayside Baptist Church.


Lona Mirl Harwell Hodge


WATER VALLEY—Lona Mirl Harwell Hodge, age 91, died June 24, 2017, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.


Born September 1, 1925, in Oxford, Mrs. Hodge was a daughter of the late Louis and Sleet Kitchens Harwell. She worked for many years at Big Yank and was a wonderful seamstress. She loved cooking for her family, and kept her favorite recipes in an old tin coffee can. She was quite a social butterfly and enjoyed working in ministry as a pastor’s wife. She was devoted to her family, and was a member of Old Union Baptist Church.


The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Binnie Turnage and Rev. Freddie Moorman officiating. Visitation was held from noon until service time. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery in Lafayette County with Blake Hodge, Scott Hodge, Jeff Hodge, Tim Hodge and Matt Wilburn as pallbearers.


She was preceded in death by  her husband of 71 years, William L. Hodge; three sons, William Eddie Hodge, Bill Hodge and Ronnie Hodge; and a granddaughter, Amy Hodge Wilburn.


She is survived by nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.


J.B. Jenkins


WATER VALLEY – J. B. Jenkins, age 55, passed away Sunday, June 25, at his residence in Water Valley.


The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 1, at 11 a.m. in Spring Hill North M.B. Church, 600 Railroad Street, Water Valley.  Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time in the church. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Water Valley. Serenity Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Bertha Clinton Smith


WATER VALLEY—Bertha Clinton Smith, age 63, died June 19, 2017, in Baptist Memorial East Hospital at Memphis, surrounded by her family.


Born in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Bessie Caldwell Clinton. She was married to the late Lawrence Smith and their only daughter, Na’Kisha Smith, preceded them in death. Bertha raised her two grandsons as her own children. She worked in the home health industry, and enjoyed caring for people, cooking, and being a homemaker. She was an active and devoted member of Bayson Chapel Church.


Visitation was held Saturday, June 24, beginning at 11 a.m. in Bayson Chapel, with services beginning at noon. Rev. Amos Sims officiated. Burial followed in the Coffeeville City Cemetery.


She is survived by two grandsons, Ranaldo Smith and De’Anthony Smith, both of Water Valley; three sisters, Annie Clinton, Mary Clinton, and Dorothy Burgess, all of Chicago; six brothers, Larry Clinton of Scobey, Lloyd Clinton, Robert Clinton, Dewitt Clinton, J. C. Clinton, and Lewis Clinton, all  of Chicago; and five great-grandchildren.


Ruthie Levora White Wright


WATER VALLEY—Ruthie Levora White Wright, also known as Granny, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at her home in Water Valley.


Born September 20, 1929, Ruthie was a daughter of the late Alford and Sally Hervey White.  She confessed the Lord at an early age and joined Bayson Chapel Baptist Church. She adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild. She retired from the dry cleaners after 40-plus years of work. Ruthie loved family, baseball, and listening to gospel music.


Funeral services were held at  noon Monday, June 26, in Bayson Chapel Church with Rev. Amos Sims officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to service time. Burial was in Bayson Chapel Cemetery with Tommie Turner, Shalamar McJunkins, Kenny White, Travis White, Mirocus Phillips, and Shun Willingham as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Fred White, S. T. White, Charles White, Shelby White, Wesley White, Carl Polk, and Leon White.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Major White; three sisters, Rose Austin, Mattie Finch and Annie Mae Woodard; and three brothers, Charlie White, Winston White, and Leslie White.


She is survived by a daughter, Ruthia Wright of Memphis; a son, Charles Wright (Shirley) of Water Valley; six grandchildren, Carla Turner (Tommie), Fernicia Wright, Ternicia McJunkins (Shalamar), Tracy Townsend (Linda), Charles Wright (Nycoma), Charico Wright; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister-in-law, Georgia Ann White; and a host of nephews, cousins; and friends.

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