Obituaries 03/07/19

Alton “Bub” Blaker


GRENADA—Alton “Bub” Blaker, age 84, of Grenada died Saturday, March 2, 2019, in University of Mississippi Medical Center at Grenada. 

Born April 24, 1934, Alton was a son of the late Alton and Laverene Blount Blaker. After receiving a bachelors and later a masters from Mississippi State College, Alton worked as a school teacher in the vocational field. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, restoring old cars and visiting friends and neighbors. Alton was a member of Jumpers Chapel Methodist Church at Water Valley.

Visitation was held Monday, March 4, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. An additional visitation was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, with a brief service at noon in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Drivers Flat Cemetery with Michael Potts, J. J. Potts, Ken French, James Potts, Pete Potts, and David Simmonds as pallbearers. 

Bub is survived by his wife, Gladys Blaker of Grenada; a daughter, Margie Potts French (Ken) of Water Valley; three sons, Roger Potts (Betty) of Water Valley, James Potts (Robin) and Jimmy Potts (Patty), all of Grenada; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Bub was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Blaker Griggs; and one grandson, Bryan Potts.


Erma Dennis Hollowell


WATER VALLEY—Erma Dennis Hollowell, age 79, of Water Valley died peacefully Sunday, March 3, 2019, in her home with family near by.

Born April 21, 1939, Erma was a daughter of the late Dudley and Annie Patton Dennis. She worked in many different fields, most recently as a sales clerk for the University of Mississippi. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and making cookies for her nieces and nephews, but she always had a special place in her heart for her entire family. She was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church.

Visitation is planned for Thursday, March 7, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial will be in Anchor Cemetery.

Erma is survived by one sister, Joyce Bishop (Robert) of Water Valley, three brothers, Charles Dennis (Paulette) of Water Valley, Roger Dennis (Lynn) of Oxford, and Bill Dennis of Paris; and one sister-in-law, Dot Dennis of Water Valley. In addition to her parents, Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel “Sam” Price Hollowell one brother, Curtis Dennis.


Mary Janelle Doolittle Horton


OAKLAND—Mary Janelle Doolittle Horton, age 92, of Oakland passed away Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019, in Water Valley.


She was the widow of James Pritchard Horton. Born April 27, 1926, in Gore Springs, Mrs. Horton was a daughter of the late Annie Maxine Fowler and Claude A. Doolittle. She was a member of the Oakland Methodist Church and a homemaker during her lifetime. In the fall, Janelle would spend  her Friday nights listening to the South Panola football team’s games on the radio. On Saturdays, she enjoyed watching Ole Miss and Mississippi State’s football and basketball teams play. During her spare time you could fine Janelle stitching, sewing or talking on the phone.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include her children, Mary Ann Odom of Pope and James Horton of Oakland; four grandchildren, Christy Hanes, David Odom (Logan), Heather Horton, and Anna Horton; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the South Panola School District, 209 Boothe St., Batesville,MS 38606.


Deolar Woodard Johnson


WATER VALLEY—Deolar Woodard Johnson, 94, died February 25, 2019, at her residence in Water Valley.


The viewing was held Friday, March 1, in Spring Hill North M.B. Church from 9 to 11 a.m. The funeral service was held immediately following visitation, beginning at 11 a.m in the church. Burial was in Union Hill C.M.E. Church Cemetery. L. Hodges Funeral Services of Oxford had charge of arrangements.


John Medina


ASHLAND—John Medina passed away in his home at Ashland February 15, 2019.

He was born in Memphis. Mr. Medina was a truck driver for most of his adult life and he enjoyed baseball and fishing.

A memorial service will be held March 9 in Jumpers Chapel Congressional Methodist Church on County Road 224, Water Valley. The service will be officiated by Rev. Stoney Moorhead.

Survivors include his six-year-old daughter, Lilly Medina of Memphis; his parents, Cheryl and Roger Holderfield; a sister, Toni Marie Medina of Byhalia; his maternal grandfather, Jerry McCain (Linda) of Ackerman; three aunts, Beth McCain May (Ron) of Lakeland,Tenn., Kim McCain Guthrie of Olive Branch, and Lori McCain Young of Overland, Mo.; one uncle, Darrell Minor McCain of Sullivan,Mo.; a niece and a nephew; numerous cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Judith McCain, Paternal great-grand parents, Peerlie and Leula (Lumpy) McCain of Water Valley.


Sally Pate 


PLEASANT GROVE, ALA.—Sally Pate, age 85, of Pleasant Grove, Ala., died Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Princeton Baptist Medical Center at Birmingham, Ala.

She was born December 25, 1933, in Oakland, the daughter of the late Chester Collins Pate and Ethel Denley Pate. When Sally was very young the family moved to Coffeeville where she grew up and finished high school. She attended Mississippi University for Women (formerly MSCW), then moved to Nashville to work for a short period. 

Subsequently, she moved to Birmingham and Pleasant Grove, Ala., were she worked as an accountant for Strickland Paper Company for over 40 years. She loved Pekingese dogs and had a  passion for Alabama football, never missing one of their games on TV. She had accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, March 6, from 1-2 p.m. in Coffeeville First Baptist Church with services beginning immediately afterwards at 2 p.m., with Bro. Craig Baker officiation.

Sally is survived by one brother, George “Buddy” Pate of Madison and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Along with her parents, Sally was preceded in death by two sisters, Chetty Ayers, and Sue Ellen Arrington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coffeeville First Baptist Church, 14749 Depot St., Coffeeville, MS 38922.

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