PEORIA, ILL. – Mr. Bobby Baker, 58, departed this life on February 13, 2021, at his residence in Peoria, Ill. A former resident of Water Valley, he was a fearless man and he loved his family.
Graveside services were held Monday, February 22, at Union Hill C.M.E. Church Cemetery in Water Valley. Serenity Daniels Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bobby was born to Florine Baker Holmes and the late William Albert Holmes on January 31, 1963. He is survived by two children, Bobby Demond Baker of Milwaukee, Wis. and Yadonice McDonald of Peoria, Ill.; four grandchildren, Robert Nathan, Jr., McKensey Nathan, Kenyale McDonald and Brandon Bovan, whom he raised, all of Peoria, Ill.; his mother, Florine Baker Holmes of Water Valley; five brothers, James “Jimmy Baker of Kenner, La., William Larry Baker and Craig Baker, both of Tupelo, Andrew Lee “Teat” Holmes of Water Valley and Marvin Earl “Dink” Holmes; two sisters, Doris Denise “Pizza” Holmes and Yolanda “Kita” Holmes, both of Water Valley; his grandmother, Georgiann Hervey of Water Valley; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
WATER VALLEY – Mildred “Louise” Green, age 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday morning, February 27, 2021. After a strong battle from injuries, she succumbed while a patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon with a service to follow at Coleman Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford. Bro. David Ross will officiate. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Louise was born to Adam B. Lesley and Era Louise Treadaway Medlin on January 6, 1944. After meeting Lewis Frank Green in Memphis, Tenn., they married on August 28, 1969. She continued her life starting her career in cosmetology when she began her family.
Being faithful and dedicated to the Lord, Louise was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Water Valley. She devoted her life to walk with the Lord. As evidenced by her garden and lawn, she enjoyed planting every Spring and nurturing throughout the year. With many of her handmade quilts remaining with family and friends, she was very talented. Quilting was only a small demonstration of her many talents. She crocheted multiple blankets for her loved ones and neighbors as well. As much time as she enjoyed with her family, she was overjoyed when they could all be together. Having this large heart, she was an avid believer in helping others including Help Heal Veterans, Paws of Honor, National Police Association and St. Joseph’s Indian School.
Mrs. Green will be lovingly forever remembered and missed by her husband of 52 years, Lewis Green of Water Valley; children, David (Linda) Harris of Water Valley, Chris Jenkins of Selmer, Tenn., Staci (Mark) Pezzullo Cooper of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Leah (Greg Newman) Harris of Enid, Billy (Wendy) Green of Water Valley; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Adam and Era Louise Treadaway Medlin and a son-in-law, Oneal Jenkins.
Nolan Wray Martin
COFFEEVILLE – Nolan Wray Martin of Coffeeville passed away at home with his family by his side on February 24, 2021.
Nolan was a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and a retired game warden for the Department of Wildlife.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Simmons Martin of Coffeeville; a son, Jerry Martin (Kelli) of Grenada; a daughter, Barbara Harell (Eddie) of Houston; grandchildren Alex Martin, Chad Sims, Abby Martin, Randy Calder, Harlie Calder, Lauren Morris, Megan Harell, Grimes Harell and Landry Harell; and great grandchildren Layla Morris, Madelyn Morris, Olivia Morris, Tripp Grimes and Eli Grimes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Myrtle Martin, and sister, Joann Martin.
Services were held Sunday, February 28, at Newsom Funeral Home with visitation starting at noon. Interment followed at Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville.
Betty Tidwell Respess
WATER VALLEY – Betty Tidwell Respess died Friday, February 26, 2021, at Yalobusha County Nursing Home in Water Valley. She was 84.
A private family visitation was held at Waller Funeral Home with a private family graveside service following at Pine Flat Cemetery.
Betty was born on June 23, 1936 in Lafayette County. She was a former resident of Oakland and a longtime resident of Oxford. Betty was the widow of Mr. Robert F. Tramel and Mr. James R. Respess. Her life was lived in service to others as she worked as a caregiver Graceland Nursing Home before working privately as a caregiver in people’s homes. Betty was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and she enjoyed spending time working in her garden tending to her flowers and vegetables.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Riley and her husband, Steve, of Water Valley, and Mary Lindley of Batesville; sons, Robert Hardin and his wife, Lisa, and Anthony Tramel and his wife, Jan, all of Oakland; six grandchildren, Chris Riley, Cody Hardin, Colby Hardin, Stephen Lindley, Alisa Carvan and Chris Lindley; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Billie Lou Stark, Estelle Turner and Marie Dulin; and three brothers, Homer Joe Tidwell, Sammie Tidwell and Walter Ray Tidwell.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Respess’ memory may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, c/o Bill McGregor, 658 Hwy 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
WATER VALLEY – Dorothy Marie Savage, known to many as “Grandma Dot,”of Water Valley passed from this life Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 80.
Born August 2, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Walter and Mary (McGrath) Wisniewski. After finishing school, Dot worked many different jobs, including at the cafeteria at the hospital, the deli at Larson‘s and as a telephone operator. But nothing meant any more to her than owning and operating “Dot’s” daycare, where she had a huge impact on the later generations of Water Valley’s children. In her spare time she loved to read, cook using her own recipes as well as those from the closet full of cookbooks she had. She will be deeply missed.
Visitation was held Monday, March 1, in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services were Tuesday, March 2, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery with Mack Savage, Jacob Welch, Jagger Stovall, Justin Morris, Devante Alexander, Brady Dickey and Austin Savage serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were, Bo Simpson, Matt Craven, Michael Savage, Kyle Rogers, and Randy Smith.
Dot is survived by two sons, Kurt Savage (Leronda) of Water Valley and Keith Savage (Maria) of Paris; four daughters, Colleen Craven, Suzette Dufrene and Denise Welch (Jeff), all of Water Valley and Linda Savage (Bill) of Cedar Lake, Ind.; two sisters, Rita Preston of Chicago, Ill. and Carol Barnett of Wisconsin; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a “special family member,” Randy Smith, as well as many others that she raised and loved as her own.
Along with her parents, Dot was preceded in death by one son, Kenny Savage; one grandson, Jimmy Yodual; and one brother, Johnny Wisniewski.
Ruth Ann Smith
BRANDON – Ruth Ann Smith of Brandon died Monday, February 22, 2021, at Brandon Courts Care Facility in Brandon. She was 79.
Born Nov. 14., 1941, in Arkansas to the late Tim Smith and Bertha Mae Griffin, Ruth Ann had a loving heart and spent her time in life working with others in the Pearl day care facility. She also enjoyed trips to her local community center doing crafts, and sewing.
Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Gardiner Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services followed at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Childs officiating. The family chose a private interment.
Ruth Ann is survived by three sons, Milton Wallis (Naomi) and Tim Wallis, both of Corinth and David Wallis of Coffeeville; two brothers, Mike Smith of Water Valley and James Griffin of Batesville; as well as one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
Along with her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by one brother, Dino Smith; and one sister, Donna Tarver.