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Obituaries 07/25/19

Bobbie Jean Carter Avant

OLIVE BRANCH—Bobbie Jean Carter Avant was born January 9, 1934, to the late Daniel Carter and Mary Dean Miller Carter Taylor. She entered into rest July 16, 2019, in Olive Branch.

A native of Water Valley, she was a Methodist and former member of Miles C.M.E. Church. She was employed by Big Yank and later, Holley Carburetor.

Bobbie was united in holy matrimony to Dudley Avant in 1954. She moved to Toone, Tenn. in 1982 and later to Bolivar, Tenn. where she remained until her health failed and she then relocated to Olive Branch with her daughter, Patricia. She enjoyed fishing, working crossword puzzles, and growing flowers.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Pate (Ronald) of Olive Branch; two sons, Danny Avant (Eva) of Sierra Visa, Ariz. and Ray Avant (Shirley) of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Damien Avant (Melissa) of Sierra Visa, Ariz., Shalanda Evans (Cornell) of El Paso, Texas and Whitney and Shelby Pate of Stockton, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren; three step-sisters, Carrie Taylor and Sadie Donnell of Jackson, Tenn. and Mary Zeigler of Warren, Ohio; and two step-brothers, Joe Taylor of Adairville, Ky. and Dean Taylor of Jackson, Tenn.

In addition to her parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley; and her sister, Delois Carter Turner.

The funeral service was held Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with the family receiving guest one hour prior to the service. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.


Elton Leroy Hall

ENID—Elton Leroy “Lee” Hall, age 74, died peacefully Monday, July 15, 2019, in Delta Hospice at Southaven.

Born February 10, 1945, in Tallahatchie County, he was a son of the late Leroy and Mae Bell Miles Hall. After high school, Elton worked at and eventually became manager over several cotton gins during the 1960s.  Desiring to be his own boss, Elton started and operated his own trucking company until his retirement. His joys were many, which included playing guitar, singing, and tinkering around with old cars and motorcycles.

Visitation was held Wednesday, July 17, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley from 1-3  p.m. Services followed at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial was in Jumpers Chapel Cemetery with Jamie Stewart, Hayden Carpenter, Jr., Danny Patton, Michael Price, Jonathan Stewart, and Oly Ritchie as pallbearers. Dewey Price  was a honorary pallbearer.

Survivors include one daughter, Angie Stewart (Richard); five grandchildren, Jennifer Stewart, Jamie Stewart, Robi Anderson, Becki Anderson, and Kayla Anderson; two sisters, Sylvia Hall Burton-McKnight (Jerry), and Rachel Hall Carpenter (Hayden); one aunt, Ruby Miles Kehoe; numerous nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Billy and Wanda Smallwood and Billy Dees.

Along with his parents, Elton was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Hall; one son, Tommy Anderson; one brother, Charles L. Hall; and a sister, Mattie Sue Hall Hopper.


Charles “Chuck” Langston

PEARL—Chuck Langston, a loving, kind, devoted husband, father, and grandfather from Pearl passed away July 12, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born October 21, 1930, to George D. Langston and Jewel Guest Langston in Oakland.   

Chuck graduated from Oakland High School and attended Harding College in Searcy, Ark.  After serving four years in the US Navy, he was self-employed and owned Custom Carpet Service for 35 years.  After his first retirement, he worked for Bailey Interiors for 14 years and retired again at the age of 83.  He was an avid bowler having bowled a perfect game, an avid golfer with a (special groups of friends) that made his life very happy, and also was always ready to wet his hook in any pond, lake, or sea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George Langston, Jr., and Martin Guest “MG” Langston, and nephews George Langston III, and William Langston.

He is survived by his wife Audrey Thrasher Langston, sister Elizabeth Rashad of Memphis, Tn, and children Charles Langston Jr., Shane Foster (Vickie), Charla Wilcher (Chad) and Stacy Windham (Tony).  Grandchildren are Shad Herron (Mel), Blake Blalock, Lauren Shoemaker (Dustin), J.T. Windham (Katie), Andrea Ezell, Zack Windham, and Brady Windham. He is also survived by five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Several years ago, Chuck decided to donate his body to UMMC to further the study of medical related sciences.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 27, at First Baptist Church Richland, 1102 Hwy 49S Richland, Mississippi 39218.  Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and the starts service at 2.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the church marked for Christmas Shoebox, Missions, or your favorite charity.


Nanette Hardy Morrisett

DAWSONVILLE, GA.—Nanette Hardy Morrisett, age 64, of Dawsonville, Georgia died June 28, 2019, following a long bout with cancer.

Born December 18, 1954, in Water Valley, Nannette was a daughter of the late Billy Jack and Ann Hardy. She was a graduate of Water Valley High School.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. in War Hill Church, Dawsonville, Ga. Officiating the service was Rev. Keith Burney, assisted by Darlene Burney and Tim Kerns.

She is survived by her son, William Morrisett (Ingrid); daughter, Nyssa Tilley (Chris); brothers, Larry Lambert (Linda) and Alec Quiett (Suze); sisters, Jane Bear (Ronald), Darlene Burney (Keith); sister-in-law, Rolleen Quiett; and grandchildren, Tegan Tilley and Walker Tilley. She will be remembered for her love of the Lord, her family, birthday calls and Hallmark movies.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Nyssa Tilley in memory of Nannette.  


Richard Herman “Rick” Wright

KATY, TEXAS—Richard Herman “Rick” Wright went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Born January 16, 1947, in Water Valley Rick was a son of the late Frances Lenore Ross and Herman Wright. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1965 and attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) but just couldn’t decide what to study. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1967-1971, on aircraft carriers off the coast of Vietnam. On May 24, 1969, he married Susan Beattie Cockrell in Macon, after having met  her on a blind date at Ole Miss.

After being discharged from the Navy he attended Mississippi State University and studied ornamental horticulture where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975. He spent his career working at wholesale nurseries and owning a nursery and landscape business. He was last employed as the Campus Landscape Manager for Mississippi University for Women in Columbus (the first public university for women in the United States). He retired in 2010.

Rick enjoyed fishing and prior to retirement returned to his hobby of woodturning and woodcarving. In 2015 Rick and Susan moved to Katy, Texas, to be near their daughter and her family. He was a long time member of Main Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus and most recently was a member of Christ Church in Katy, Texas. His first love was for his Savior, and he would want you to know that is the most important relationship for anyone to have. He loved his family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

His parents preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Susan; a daughter, Elizabeth Wright Darby (Tommy); a son, James Richard Wright (Sheri), all of Katy, Texas; a brother, Joe Ross Wright (Patsy), of Water Valley; five grandchildren, Duncan, Emma, Carter, Jack, and Alex; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27, in Christ Church,  10818 Gaston Road, Katy, Texas. A second service was held for  his Mississippi friends at 11 a.m., Monday, July 29, in Main Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus.

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