Obituaries 3/25/21

Dorothy Lynn Bounds
OMAHA, Neb. – Dorothy Lynn Bounds, loving mother, sister and grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2021. She was 79.
Dorothy was born on July 26, 1941 in Water Valley to Ike and Mattie (Sheffield) Pigue. She moved to Omaha, Neb. in 1971 with her four children, Marcha, Leeander, Jackie and Jeffery. She worked for Airlite Plastic Company for 32 years before retiring in 2001.
Dorothy’s passion was her family. Every action she took and decision she made was with them in mind. Spending time with family always involved laughing, reminiscing and having a good time. She worked hard in every aspect of her life, and instilled those lessons to her children. Dorothy was consistently open and honest. She would “tell you how it is,” and say she loved you in the same breath. She was known for her quick wit, strength and compassionate spirit.
Services were held Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Braman Mortuary. Interment followed by Evergreen Memorial Park Braman Mortuary.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Mattie; and her siblings, Ella Mae, Roy Austin, OJ and Mary O’Neal. She is survived by her children, Marcha Pigue, Leeander Burgess, Jackie (Darrick) Armstrong and Jeffery Bounds, all of Omaha, Neb.; her sisters, Kathleen and Katie; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Mary Jean House
SOUTHAVEN– Mary Jean House of Southaven died Sunday, March 14, 2021, with family by her side. She was 64.
Mary was born January 26, 1957, in Memphis to the late Jake and Celester (Dickey) House. Mary was born with Downs Syndrome and held a very special place in the hearts of her entire family. She never let her disability get in the way. Before her health got her down, Mary worked at the Desoto Industries where she made hand-made lamp shades. She was a very loving person, and always felt she had much to teach people about disabilities. She loved coloring and food, especially McDonalds’ hamburgers.
Visitation was held Thursday, March 18, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services followed at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.
Mary is survived by one sister, Anne Cowens (Jerry) of Southaven; two brothers, Cecil House (Betty) of Lake Cormorant and Jerry House (Gwen) of Hernando; and a special sister-in-law, Nina House.
Along with her parents, Mary was preceded in death by one brother, Elton House; and one sister, Betty Langston.

Gene Garland Simpson
WATER VALLEY – Gene Garland Simpson, age 92, of Water Valley died Saturday, March 20, 2021, at the Yalobusha County Nursing Home. He was born November 16, 1928, in Pine Valley to the late Lewis and Dena Simpson.
After graduating from school, Gene joined the United States Navy where he served our country for six years. After returning home Gene went to work for, and ultimately retired from, the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He loved playing golf, fishing, square dancing with his beloved wife, Jeanette, working in the yard, and traveling. He and Jeanette managed to travel to all 48 contiguous United States.
Visitation is planned for Wednesday, March 24, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 2 until 3 p.m. Services will follow at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Gene is survived by one son, Gordon Simpson (Pam) of Oxford; one daughter, Cindy Wright of Batesville; six grandchildren, Hope, Bo, Drew, Will, Eric and Michael; and six great-grandchildren, Jagger, Willow, Bode, Hunter, Colin, and Owen.
As well as his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Jeanette Simpson.

Jessie Woodard
BATESVILLE– Mr. Jessie Woodard of Batesville, age 110, died Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at his residence. He was a farmer.
A graveside service was held Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at New Providence M.B. Church Cemetery in Water Valley.
Mr. Woodard is survived by two daughters, Julia Martin of Batesville and Minnie Sanders of Memphis; three sons, Jessie Woodard, Jr. and Hubert Woodard, both of Memphis, and Leslie Woodard of Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

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