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Obituaries 12/12/19

Bennie Lee Campbell

WATER VALLEY – Sgt. Bennie Lee Campbell, 73, passed away December 14, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. 

He was born May 8, 1946, and was a son of the late Roy Lee and Zenobia Campbell. He attended and graduated from Davidson High School in Water Valley. Later he was employed by Holley Carburetor (later BorgWarner) for 21 years. He enjoyed his job and the people on the job. On August 24, 1974, he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard, where he served 21 years. He received many awards and recognitions during his tenure. He was united in matrimony to the late Edna Rockette, who preceded him in death. He was the owner of Campoo where he made sure the landscaping was kept beautiful in the City of Water Valley.

He leaves a daughter and son, Dr. Nycole Campbell Lewis and Michael Shaw; three brothers, Roy Lee Campbell, James Campbell, and Leslie Campbell; four sisters, Rebia Campbell, Billie Morgan, Bettye Morgan and Dorothy “Tootsie” Bass; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Spring Hill North M.B. Church, 600 Railroad Ave., Water Valley. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, in the church. Interment will be in the Martin Street Church of Christ Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Towns Funeral Home in Grenada and flowers may be sent to the funeral home in Grenada.


Rose Marie Mays

SHERWOOD, ARK. – Rose Marie Mays, 73, of Sherwood, passed away November 30, 2019.  She was born September 19, 1946 to Joseph and Martha Dooley.  She was a member of Sylvan Hills First Baptist where she taught children’s Sunday school and faithfully served in the nursery.

Visitation is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, December 13, with services following at 11 at Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.  

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bro. Charles L. Mays; two daughters, Tammy Mays Hernandez (George) and Kimberly Mays Hemund (Chris); grandchildren, Jacob Pate, Hannah Pate Bernstein (A.J.), Taylor Noles, Andrew Hemund, and Emily Hemund; siblings, Martha Ann King, Frances Nell Montgomery, and Linda Faye Messer; an aunt, Frances Ekes; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Robert Edward Dooley and Joseph Muriel Dooley.


Miller Robison McGehee

OXFORD—Miller Robison McGehee, infant son of Joanne Bagley McGhee and Drew McGehee, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus in December, 2019. From the precious moment his parents learned that their family was growing, Miller brought joy and excitement to his mom, dad, and big brother, Houston. Miller’s brief life was filled with constant and continuous love as his family awaited his birth.

In addition to his parents and brother, Miller is survived by his grandparents, Anita McGehee of Water Valley, Floyd McGehee of Batesville, and Evans Bagley of Oxford, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was welcomed into heaven by his grandfather, Peter Joseph Bagley.

A private graveside service will be held in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Lovepacks, P. O. Box 721, Oxford, MS 38655.


William Allen Tutor

BATESVILLE—William Allen Tutor, age 66, passed away December 2, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born March 14, 1953, in Batesville, Allen was a son of the late Wilma Wayne Tutor of Batesville and Mable Nadean Shepherd McCullar of Water Valley. He was retired from Crown Cork and Seal, with 25-plus years of employment. His hobbies included fishing and working on old cars.

In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in death by four siblings, James Dewitt Tutor, Phyllis Ann Tutor, Jerry Wayne Tutor, Rebecca Annette Tutor Self, and one great-grandchild, Briliegh Kate Joiner.

Survivors include one son, Allen Clay Tutor of Como; two daughters, Ashley Michelle Tutor of Batesville, and Gina Marie Tutor of Louisiana; two step-sons, Troy Smith and Jerry King, both of Courtland; three sisters, Teresa Sellers Tutor of Water Valley, Brenda Tutor, and Deborah Tutor Roberson, both of Batesville; three brothers, Thomas Wayne Tutor of Courtland, Richard Tutor and Kenneth Wayne Tutor, both of Florida; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

There will be no services held for Allen at this time. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of arrangements.


Odis Zenor

COMO—Odis Zenor, age 76, passed away at his home near Como on December 3, 2019.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. in  Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home in Batesville with Rev. Terrell McGregor officiating.. Interment followed the service in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, near Teasdale.

Born February 20, 1943, in Rena Lara,  Odis was a son of the late William Leroy Zenor and Ola Guthrie Zenor. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Tocowa Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors and was especially fond of hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed watching football and softball. Otis was quite the prankster, always telling stories and jokes. He had many skills that he taught and passed on to his family.

In addition to his parents, Otis was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Scanlan; and one brother, Charles Clark “Peck” Brown.

His surviving family includes his wife, Betty Rogers Zenor of Courtland; children, Janet McCullar and Jeannie Nichols, both of Courtland, Anita Camp of Pope, Becky Penton of Batesville, Norris Alexander of Batesville and Johnny Camp of Water Valley; a sister, Faye Stuart of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and one brother, Eddie Zenor of Como; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

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