Obituaries 10-17-19

Rev. Frank Hamilton

ANDREWS, N.C.—Rev. Frank Hamilton, 86, former pastor of Water Valley’s First Presbyterian Church, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019, at his home in Andrews, N.C.

A native of Kearny, N.J., he was an Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. Frank had worked as a long haul truck driver until the Lord called him into the ministry. After graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, he pastored churches in Mississippi, Indiana, Scotland, and North Carolina. He retired twice from the church in Andrews. In addition to pastoring churches he also worked in rehabilitation ministries with Hebron Colony and Good Samaritan Programs.

Frank was a  member of the Lions Clubs in Water Valley, Andrews, and in Scotland. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail.

While in Water Valley, Frank served as a disaster relief coordinator after the 1984 tornado.

He was  preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Szalkowki and a son-in-law, Alford Kimble. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Sawyer Hamilton; two daughters, Nancy Kimble of Peachtree, N.C., and Elizabeth Derreberry (Douglas) of Andrews; three sons, Richard Hamilton (Teresa) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Russell Hamilton (Cynthia) of Elijah, Ga., and Robert Hamilton (Allison) of Andrews; a brother, David Hamilton of Georgetown, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, October 12, in Andrews Presbyterian Church. Ivie Funeral Home of Andrews was in charge of arrangements. 

In lieu flowers, the family request memorials be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 164, Murphy, NC 28906.

Mable Alexander Hervey

WICHITA, KANSAS—Mrs. Mable Alexander Hervey died October, 8, 2019, in Wichita, Kansas.

Born April 27, 1926, Mrs. Hervey was a daughter of the late Cleveland Alexander, Sr. and Hattie Person Alexander, the fifth of eight children. She confessed hope in Christ at an early age in Pine Grove M.B. Church at Water Valley. Mrs. Hervey met the love of her life, Ned Lee Hervey, and they were married November 7, 1943, in Water Valley, and to this union eight children were born.

Mrs. Hervey was an extremely hard working woman, wife and mother. She loved ministering to others with her kindness. She worked on her father-in-law’s farm until they stopped faming, then at Mott’s, Inc., and retired at Harley’s Plant. Her gifting was hospitality and she loved sharing her meals with the sick and shut-ins and visiting those in the nursing home. She would always call early in the morning to check on relatives and friends and the family would tell her, “You call too early!” Her reply was, “I always like to check on the sick and shut-ins and no one should be found dead in their home two or three days or more, if someone is checking on them.”

She loved her Pine Grove Church family and could always be found standing at the door greeting members and guests as they arrived. She was always trying to recruit new members for the Usher Board Ministry and served the Usher Board faithfully until her health failed. Before her passing, she was told that Deacon Herman was now standing at the door ushering and she would be so proud of him. She was also a faithful usher at the Mt. Moriah District Association and a member of the Eastern Star. She loved attending Sunday School and always made sure everything was in order before service. Her Sunday meal was always cooked before she left for church and her sister, Dora, and neighbor, Onia, were her loyal Sunday visitors. She had a passion for gardening, fishing, quilting, canning and freezing food. She got great pleasure from giving a jar of her jelly to others, and everyone  loved her famous Chow Chow.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hervey was preceded in death by her husband, Ned; daughter, Flora; grandson, Amos, Jr.; sisters, Louise Telford, Pearl Lewis, Myrtle Lawrence, and Helen Mott; and brothers, James and Cleveland Alexander. 

Survivors include: seven children, Mable Lynn Johnson (Jerry) of Odenton, M.D., Amos E. Hervey (Kathy) of Wichita, Kan, Annette Westmoreland (Lee) of Buckeye, Ariz.; Jesse Hervey (Grace) of Newark, DE, George Hervey (Virginia) of Wichita, KS, Elgenia McClish of Wichita, KS, and DeRoy Hervey (Julianna) of Glen Burnie, M.D.; one sister, Hattie Dora Alexander Walls of Water Valley; two sisters-in-law, Ridgie L. Hervey Fondon of Water Valley, and Jeannette Crawford Hervey of Detroit, Mich.; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends including longtime friend, Annis Gholson.

Visitation will be Friday, October 18, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with family hour at 5-7 p.m. The service will be Saturday, October 19, beginning at 11 a.m. in Pine Grove East Church, 113, CR 94, Water Valley. Pastor Robert Reed will officiate. The funeral home is located at 12760 Hwy. 32, Water Valley; phone (662) 473-2363.

Robert Lavert Hill

OXFORD—Robert Lavert Hill, age 61, of Oxford, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi, at Oxford. 

Born January 12, 1958, in Oxford, Robert was a son of the late Lavert and Dorothy Durham Hill. He dedicated his life to others as a nursing assistant. Back in the day, he was a member of the 18th Street Boys in Oxford. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, Ole Miss football, and telling stories, especially those that focused on family.

The family received friends in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home Friday, October 5, from noon to 2 p.m. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

Robert is survived by two sisters, Diana Hinton and Beverly Hill, both of Water Valley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by one brother, Jerald Hill, and his parents.

Charlotte Holder

WATER VALLEY—Charlotte Holder, age 71, died October 10, 2019, in Yalobusha General Hospital at Water Valley.

The funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m. in Serenity Daniels Funeral Home at 206 Martin St., Water Valley. Visitation will be from10 a.m. until service time. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley.

Born August 20, 1948, Mrs. Holder was a daughter of the late Henry Morgan and Mrs. Francis Tedford, both of Water Valley. She was married to the late Frank Crawford for many years. Mrs. Holder was a faithful member of Kingdom Hall in Oxford. She worked many years as a nurses aid and for many years for Nicholson Funeral Home in Batesville. Mrs. Holder will always be remembered for her kind and sweet spirit.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Morgan and Spencer Morgan, both of Water Valley; three brothers, Henry Lee Morgan, Jr, Frank Earl Morgan, and Sires Morgan, all of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Calvin Miles Hollowell

WEST POINT—Calvin Miles Hollowell, age 87, died peacefully Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Yalobusha County Nursing  Home at Water Valley.

Calvin was born April 25, 1932, in the London Hill Community of Lafayette County. He worked his entire career as a shipping clerk for Big Yank Corp., starting in Water Valley and then later moving to West Point. He enjoyed all kinds of hunting and fishing.

A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday,  October 16, in Pinecrest Cemetery, with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 70 years, Donna Deckard of West Point; one son,  Kim Hollowell (Diane) of Water Valley; a son-in-law, Jim Gandy of Potts Camp; four grandchildren, Leafy Studard (Michael) of Potts Camp, Savannah Acuff (Chad) of New Albany, Jesse Gandy  of Potts Camp, and Stacey Hollowell of Water Valley; and four great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by one daughter, Renee Hollowell Gandy, and three sisters, Juanita Rainey, Dale Sartain, and Ruth Cain.

Mable L. Scott Kee

WATER VALLEY—The funeral service for Mable L. Scott Kee (Sister Girl) was held Friday, October 11, 2019, in Spring Hill North M.B. Church at Water Valley Friday, October 1, 2019. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. until noon. The funeral service will begin at noon.

Mable was the daughter of Louise Williams and Linwood Neal. Her adopted parents were Henry and Joewillie Scott. Mable was married to Ulysses Kee, Jr. for 45 years.

She is survived by four sons Bruce Scott, Jermaine Kee, and Dedrick Kee, all of Water Valley, and Calvin Kee (Greta) of Grenada; one step-daughter, Vera Daniels of Chicago, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grand; three brothers, Melvin Scott (Ella Mae) of Atlanta, Ga., Marvin Neal (Emma), and Dwayne Neal, both of Water Valley.

Her sister, Ruth Turner Nicholson, preceded her in death. 

Justin Martin Woodard

WATER VALLEY—Justin Martin Woodard, age 39, of Water Valley died October 5, 2019.

Mr. Woodard was Director of Maintenance at The Blake in Oxford. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 11 in the New Providence M.B. Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Elijah Young Woodard of Oxford, and one sister, Elizabeth Monique Woodard of Jackson.

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