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Obituaries 01/25/2018

Diane Bryant

BATESVILLE—Diane Bryant, age 72, passed away Thursday evening, January 18, 2018, in Baptist Memorial  Hospital of North Mississippi at Oxford.


Funeral services for Diane were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 21, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home at Batesville.The family received friends beginning at 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Kevin Crofford and Mr. Michael Bates officiated the service.

Born October 24, 1945, in Hillfarrance, England, Diane was a daughter of the late J. B. Bryant and Kathleen Lovell Bryant. During her lifetime Dine worked for Mize Hardware in Batesville for 25 years. She went on to become a caretaker for the MS Dept. of Mental Health. She was a member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church.


Survivors include her loving companion of 28 years, Jim Bowen of Batesville; her sister, Sherry Bryant Burns of Batesville; her brothers, Jerry M. Bryant of Sardis, Perry J. Bryant and Terry Lee Bryant, both of Batesville; and a niece, Angelina Humphreys of Water Valley, several nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


In addition to her parents, Diane was preceded in death by two children, Dana Marie Hogg and Walter Hogg, Jr.; and one brother, Wayne Bryant.

Douglas Lee Carter

WATER VALLEY—Douglas Lee Carter, 52, passed away at his home in Water Valley on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.


Born in Oxford June 28, 1965, Doug was a son of the late Betty Redwine and Fred Lee Carter. A manager in the retail business, he also served as a reserve deputy sheriff of the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department. He was a very likable person who never met a stranger and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. An avid football fan of the Water Valley Blue Devils and the MSU Bulldogs, he especially enjoyed serving as a broadcaster for Water Valley football on TV and radio.


Doug leaves his sister, Christy Carter of Water Valley; his extended family, whom he loved dearly, and a multitude of friends. 


He was preceded in death by his parents.


The funeral service was held on Monday, January 22, at one o’clock in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville. Visitation was held in the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., preceding the service. Interment followed in Sylva Rena Cemetery, near Water Valley.

Billy Davis “Bill” Riley

WATER VALLEY—Billy Davis “Bill” Riley, age 82, died January 18, 2018, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.


Born February 1, 1935 in Itawamba County, Bill was a son of the late Noonan Dallas and Eva Davis Riley. Early in his life, he proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Bill had a servant’s heart and for many years continued to serve his fellow man as a funeral director, first for Browning Funeral Home and, most recently, for Seven Oaks Funeral Home. He also served as a deacon of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. His hobby for many years was woodworking and frame making and he sold  his creations under the name of “Handy Gandy Frames.” However, he often said his greatest accomplishment was his children.


Visitation was held Saturday, January 20, beginning at 10 a.m. with services following at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. Dr. Randy Bain officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Lowell Edwards, Charlie Edwards, Craig Hart, Lane Hart, Cole Camp and Ron Hart as pallbearers.


Survivors include two daughters and one son, Trina Finley (Jamey) of Saltillo, Denise Boxx (Charles) of Coffeeville, and Scott Riley of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Hanna Hammond (Ian), Dallas Finley (Emily), Beth Haggerty (Sean), Leah Boxx, Sarah Boxx, and Cullen Claybo.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Riley, and his loving wife of 58 years, Patricia “Pat Pat” Hart Riley.


Memorial contributions may be made to Reformed University Fellowship, P. O. Box 890004, Charlotte, NC 28289-0004 with the memo line “Hanna Hammond (4023) or contributions may be made online at

Veronica Denise Wood

HOLCOMB—Veronica Denise Wood, age 47, of Holcomb died January 15, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.


Born August 29, 1970, Vernoica was a daughter of Brenda Welch and Henry Barlow. She was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church of Oxford. Veronica enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, as well as sewing and doing needlepoint.


The funeral service was held Thursday, January 18, at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley with Rev. Jerry McNeer as the minister. Visitation was from 11:30 a.m. until service time. Burial was in Sparta Cemetery at Holcomb.


Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Sheppard of Holcomb and Brittany Sheppard and her finance’, Casey Vance, of Holcomb; one son, Casey Dillion Wood of Oxford; her mother, Brenda Welch of Oxford; her father, Henry Barlow of Tunica; three sisters, Felicia Gillespie (Marty), Donna Orsburn (Chuck), and Stacy Helton, all of Oxford; one brother, Henry Barlow, Jr. (Dana) of Marion, Ark.; and three grandchildren, Shaun Adam Sheppard, Zoie Paige Sheppard and Aiden Vance.

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