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Obituaries 04/05/18

Walter Dean Bowles

COURTLAND—Walter Dean Bowles, age 78, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Methodist University Hospital at Memphis.

  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Martin-Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery near Batesville. The family will receive friends Wednesday prior to the service beginning at noon. Rev. Derrick Simmons will officiate the service. Pallbearers include Benji Link, Rodney Eubanks, Seven (Ron) Eubanks, Don Phelps, Shane Phelps, Richard McMahan, Jack Wright, and Wesley Simmons.

  Born June 28, 1939, in Oxford, Dean was a son of the late Wiilie Frank and Beulah Watson Bowles. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, near Pope. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Dean was the retired superintendent of the City of Oxford Water Department and was a commercial and residential plumber. If he wasn’t working, one could find Dean enjoying the outdoors either hunting or fishing, as he was an avid outdoors man. Dean had a special gift of making people laugh.

  Survivors include his wife, Martha Lynn Phelps Bowles of Courtland; five daughters, Margaret “Peggy” Jaberg (Kurt) of Fargo, ND, Lisa Link (Fred) of Water Valley, Dena Olson of Calhoun City, Mona Bowles of Water Valley, and Lori Anderson of Grand Forks, ND; a son, Walter Dean “Bubba” Bowles, Jr. (Debbie Smith) of Courtland; a sister, Margaret Bowles Ratliff of Toccopola; one brother, James E. Bowles of Water Valley; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

  Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Durley Bowles.

  Anyone wishing to send a memorial may send it to: The Cross Ministry, 107 Quail Run Rd., Batesville, MS 38606; Gideons International, P.  O. Box 791, Batesville, MS 38606; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Baxter Jones

WATER VALLEY—On the evening of March 29, 2018, Baxter Jones died peacefully of natural causes in his home, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was 80 years old.

Baxter was born May 1, 1937, the youngest child of Lemuel and Exor Mae Carothers Jones. He grew up farming in the community of Camp Ground, where he helped his father and three elder siblings on their farm. When his father was hired by a railroad company, Baxter moved to Water Valley where he met his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou Mize.

  Baxter was an engineer with the Illinois Central Railroad for over 40 years, where he operated both cargo and passenger trains. An avid outdoorsman, Baxter spent his free time hunting and fishing. He is a talented writer, documenting his childhood during the Great Depression. The family wishes to offer special thanks to the North Mississippi Herald for publishing excerpts of his memoir.

  During his retirement years, he owned and operated Dallas Jones Crossing Farms near his childhood home in Camp Ground. Baxter supplied Water Valley with fresh produce from the farm for over a decade. He was also an active member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

  The funeral service was held Monday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church at Water Valley with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until service time. At 2 p.m. a graveside committal was held in Oak Hill Cemetery on Monday afternoon after the funeral.

  Baxter is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Jones of Water Valley; three children, Paige Evans (Glen) of Oxford, David Jones (Anne) of Memphis and Jennifer Levingston (Jon) of Clarksdale; seven grandchildren, Ben Evans, Elizabeth Evans, Addie Jones, Baxter Jones, Katherine Levingston, Madeleine Levingston, and Sarah  Levingston.

  In addition to his parents, Baxter was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy and Nolie, and one brother, David.

Christopher A. Malone

OXFORD—Christopher A. Malone, age 30, died March 25, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi in Oxford.

The funeral service was held Saturday, March 31, beginning at 11 a.m., in New Hope M.B. Church, Pea Ridge Road, Oxford. Visitation was held March 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Serenity-Martin Funeral Home, who had charge of arrangements. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Born August 23, Christopher was a son of Marshall Moody and Rachell Malone. He was a food service employee at Huddle House in Oxford.

He leaves his loving wife, Arica Rogers Malone, and three children, Chanijah Rogers, Chadaijah Rogers, and Kristen Malone, all of Oxford; his parents, Marshall Moody of Alabama, and Rachell Malone of Oklahoma; one brother, Steve Bogard of Oklahoma City, and one Sister, Olga Sardias  of Florida.

Fred A. Perriguey

WATER VALLEY—Fred A. Perriguey, Jr., age 87, passed away in his home in Water Valley.

  Born in Memphis February 17, 1931, Mr. Perriguey served in the U. S. Army. He later worked as a diesel mechanic for Rolling Truck Line. Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed traveling. His family and friends were his joy.

  A memorial service is planned for two o’clock Thursday afternoon, March 29, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time.

  Fred is survived by his wife, Dovye Perriguey of Water Valley; one daughter, Sherri Walker of Horn Lake; a son, Mark Perriguey (Mary Ann) of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Andrea Ready, Kyle Perriguey, Clint Carter, Curtis Carter, and Christopher Carter; and two great-grandchildren. 

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred A. Perriguey and Ollie Miller Perriguey, and two sisters, Doris Hogan and Frances Smith.

Charles Edward “Sonny” Smith

BATESVILLE—Charles Edward “Sonny” Smith, age 84, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018, in Jackson Madison General Hospital at Jackson, Tenn.

  The Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville, with the family receiving friends two hours prior to the service. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery, with military honors being presented by the U.S. Army.

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