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Obituaries 03/01/18

Janet Lee Ford Brewer Pipkin
COFFEEVILLE—Janet Lee Ford Brewer Pipkin, age 65, passed away February 21, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.

Born January 23, 1953, in Stillwater, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Leo Wesley Ford and Irene Elizabeth Vanoy Ford. Janet was an enthusiastic school teacher for many years. In addition to inspiring her students to continue their education, she was also an avid student acquiring her Master’s Degree in Education. Upon retirement, many hours were spent making baby blankets and ”playing in the dirt with her flowers.” Friends and family also benefited from her homemade soap business which she began many years ago. Her family was the joy of her life, especially her children and grandchildren. Her friends were many and Janet will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation was held Friday, February 23, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service was held in Coffeeville United Methodist Church Saturday, February 24, at 1 p.m. Burial was in the Dividing Ridge Cemetery in Yalobusha County with “The Boys” serving as pallbearers.

Janet is survived by her husband, Edward Pipkin of Coffeeville; a daughter, Kellie Burns Rogers of Matthews, Mo.; nine sons, Jason Wesley Wells of Memphis, Erik Benson Brewer of California, Maryland, Justin Ford Brewer and Evan Bradlee Brewer, both of Mobile, Ala., William Jarrod Corlew of Senatobia, Jacob Lloyd Pryor of Water Valley, Jeremy Shawn Burney of Shreveport, La., Eddie Pipkin of Winona and Thomas Joshua Pipkin of Batesville;  one brother, Kenny Ford of Memphis; two sisters, Carolyn Gallagher of Versailles, Ky. and Brenda Hayden of Franklin, Tenn.; and 14 grandchildren, Abigail, Elizabeth, Emmanuel, Clara, Kayla, Bo, Nick, Jackson, Brittany, Zoey, Isaac, Jordan, Eden, and Jacob.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by  her first husband of 33 years, Melvin “Bubba” Brewer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Janet’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Stephen Shane Prestage
SOUTHAVEN – Stephen Shane Prestage, age 45, of Southaven, died February 22, 2018 at his home. He was born June 4, 1972 to Larry and Marcia Carol Prestage in Water Valley. He was a manager with ITS Technology and Logistics in Memphis, TN and was a member of Turkey Creek Church in Calhoun County.  He enjoyed watching old Westerns and spent time reading. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of Pisgah Hunting Club. He loved his family and treasured the time he spent with them.  

A visitation was held Tuesday, February 27, from noon until 1 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Funeral services followed visitation at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Jim Wilson officiating. Burial was in Turkey Creek Cemetery with Gene Smith, Wayne Phillips, Terry Rotenberry, Jeff Welch, Tom Carpenter, David Glenn Johnson, Drew Gentry, and Lance Newman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Wiggins and Timothy Slayton.  

Shane is survived by his wife, Kim Prestage of Southaven; two sons, Jordan Blake Prestage of Denver, Colo., and Justin Cole Prestage of Cleveland; two brothers, Larry Keith Prestage (Debbie) and Michael Todd Prestage, both of Water Valley; his parents, Larry and Marcia Campbell Prestage of Water Valley; and his grand dog, Drake.

Bill Monroe Ragon
POPE—Bill Monroe Ragon, age 65, died Thursday, February 22, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born July 12, 1952, in Panola County, Bill was a son of the late Frankie Lynn Ragon and Lula Elizabeth White Ragon. For many years Bill was a fateful employee at Crown, Cork & Seal of Batesville. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with cars. Bill was a long time member of North Batesville Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Ragon of Pope; one daughter, Rebecca Renfroe of Courtland; two sons, Ronald Ragon and Shawn Ragon, both of Pope; two sisters, Peggy Tutor and Lula Elliott; four brothers, Darrell Ragon, Kenny Wayne Ragon, Mike Wade Ragon, and Terry Eugene Ragon; and 11 grandchildren.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Franklin Ragon. A memorial service  will be  held at a later date.

Shirley Turner Rotenberry
BATESVILLE—Shirley Turner Rotenberry, age 78, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at her home near Batesville. She was the widow of the Mac Rotenberry, who was a native of Water Valley. Born February 26, 1939, Shirley was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clint Turner of Crowder. She was a graduate of Crowder High School,

Funeral services were incomplete when this obituary was sent to the Herald.

Robert Gerald Smith
BRANDON—Robert Gerald Smith, who was employed with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department, died Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Robert was born June 15, 1940, to Huie and Lola Smith of Laurel. He was married to Martha Perkins Smith, formally of Water Valley, and was a member of Brandon Baptist Church. (Mrs. Perkins is a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ray Perkins, and sister of Johnny, Van and Betty Perkins Davis).

Survivors include  his wife; two daughters, Donna S. Broyles (Scott) of Little Rock, Ark., Tanya S. Thompson (Allyn) of Brandon; brothers, Rayvon Smith of Jackson, Ronnie Smith (Jane) of Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, O’Nell Richards of Ponchatoula, La.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, H.L. Smith, Wilson Smith, and Wilmon Smith.

Pallbearers were Wesley Thompson, Ryan Thompson, William Thompson, Scott Broyles, Randy Boe, and Tan Truong. Honorary pallbearers were members of Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and Robert’s Sunday School class.

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