Elzie Dee Cox
NEW ALBANY – Elzie Dee (Martin) Cox, age 82, of New Albany, died Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany, MS. She was born February 23, 1939 in Water Valley to the late Mrs. Kate Mitchell Martin.
Dee graduated from Water Valley High School in 1957. She received a BS in Business Education & BA in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was a member of Phi Gamma Nu & Phi Beta Lambda Honorary Business fraternities. She was also a graduate of Patricia Stevens School of Modeling in Memphis.
After finishing her education, she embarked on her teaching career at West Memphis High School; Oakland, High School; Sledge Elementary School, Smithville Elementary School and Water Valley Elementary School.
Dee was a lifelong member of First Christian Church and a ladies Bible class teacher. She was a member and officer of the Water Valley Pilot Club and sponsor of Girl’s Anchor Club. She was as a member and officer of Town and Country Garden Club and Rook Club, a member of Ladies Red Hat Club and a Water Valley Ambassador.
She dearly loved God, her husband Bobby, her children, grandchildren and her church family. She liked the Ole Miss Rebels and reading the Bible, Max Lucado, David Jeremiah, and John Grisham in that order. She lived a full life as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and was a living example of the verse in Proverbs 31:30, Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth The Lord, she shall be praised.”
Visitation was held Monday, August 9 in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 1 until 3 p.m. Services followed at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Brandon Winters officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
She leaves her loving husband of 58 years, Bobby Joe Cox, Sr; one son, Joe Cox (Sherri); two daughters, Dee Ann Doom (Colt) and Callie Smithey (Chris), all of New Albany; four grandsons, Kagan Doom (Alyssa)and Mitch Doom (Johanna), all of Jackson, and Tyler Cox, and Cooper Cox of Ripley; two granddaughters, Carlisle and Catelyn Smithey, both of New Albany; one sister, Polly Reed, of Water Valley; nieces; Lou Ann Holt (Jerry) of Water Valley, Carrie Creedon (Jerry) of Hampton, Va., and Terry Martin, Naples, Fla.; and one nephew, Al Reed (Suzanne) of Water Valley.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Kate Mitchell Martin; three sisters, Edith Lou Tutor, Flora M. Cole and Margaret Orf; one brother, Harry Franklin Martin; two nieces, Connie Katherine Walker and Amy Martin; and one nephew, George Mitchell Martin.
Memorial donations can be made to First Christian Church, 1020 N Main St., Water Valley, MS 38965.
“She was more precious than Rubies: And all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.”
Jimmie Lee Goodwin
WATER VALLEY – Jimmie Lee Goodwin, age 74, of Water Valley died Friday August 6, 2021, at the Veterans Home. He was born March 16, 1947, in Water Valley to the late James B. and Annette (Rushing) Goodwin.
After finishing school, Jimmie proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam war in a position at the Pentagon. After returning home, Jimmie went to work for Universal Steel for over 30 years. Afterwards he worked in construction until he launched Goodwin Construction, where he eventually retired after 15 years.
He loved his church family at Anchor Baptist where he served by singing a tenor position in the choir. Outside of the church, Jimmie sang in the gospel quartet known as the “Kings Four.” When he wasn’t busy with other endeavors, Jimmie loved to listen to gospel music, create beautiful landscaping, and hunt and fish.
Visitation was held Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Services followed immediately at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial was in Anchor Baptist Church Cemetery.
Jimmie is survived by one daughter, Melanie White (Michael) of Senatobia; one step-son, Darrell Daniels (Phyllis) of Oxford; one step-daughter, Kimberly Winters of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Micah Faith White, Mitchell White and Michael Lane White; four step-grandchildren, Grant Daniels, Clayton Daniels, John Swayze Daniels and Brandy Traylor; and two nephews, Randy Goodwin and Jason Goodwin (Ashley).
Along with his parents, Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Kay Goodwin; and one brother, Ricky Goodwin.
Patricia Gayle Jenkins
OLIVE BRANCH – Patricia Gayle Jenkins, age 69, of Olive Branch passed from this life Friday, August 6, 2021 with her family by her side. She was born July 20, 1952 in Water Valley to the Late Leonard and Georgia (Davis) Jenkins. She worked and later retired from Georgia Pacific after serving as machine operator for over 20 years.
Pat was a free spirit and loved life like no one else. She is described as a “feisty” woman, but even more so was that she was tremendously compassionate. Even though she was never blessed with her own children, she loved and helped raise many, including family, who were in need of a loving atmosphere. She and two of her sisters, Brenda and Bobbie, were very close and were know to be a little on the rambunctious side when together. She not only loved loving on people, but also loved her dog “Shaggy”, and later “Baby.” Her passions also included music.
Visitation is planned Wednesday, August 11, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 2 until 3 p.m. Services will immediately follow at 3 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Eddie Randolph officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Pat is survived by four brothers, James Jenkins (Laura), Jerry Jenkins (Alice) all from Batesville, Larry Jenkins (Ann) of Sardis and Jeff Jenkins (Candy) of Oxford; three sisters, Shirley Varner (Gilbert), Peggy Shepherd, all of Oxford and Bobbie Bowie of Coldwater; and a multitude of nieces and nephews including Stephanie Douglas, Sarah Foster, Zoee Sheffield, Julian Dickey, who took care of her until her passing, and Dillion, who was very special to her.
Along with her parents, Pat was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Smith.
Ruby Moorehead Mikich
OXFORD – Ruby Moorehead Mikich, 96, passed away from natural causes on August 8, 2021, at The Blake in Oxford. The funeral service will be held at the Memorial Park Funeral Home on Friday, August 13, at 2 p.m. Randy Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.
She was born to the late Fannie Lou Hayles and Grover Moorehead in Bessemer, Ala. on February 18, 1925. She was raised in Water Valley and graduated from Water Valley High School in 1944. Following her educational training at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, she served as a Second Lieutenant at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida before being pinned First lieutenant at Craig Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. After two years in the Air Force Nursing Corp, she served an additional 23 years with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
During her tenure as an Air Force Nurse, she met her late husband, Petty Officer First Class Edward John Mikich. The couple married on December 4, 1954.
She was a member of the Colonial Baptist Church, Women in Military Service for America, and an alumna of Veterans Administration Nurses.
She is survived by daughter, Deborah Toole and her husband of Oxford; a daughter, Carolyn Wellford and her husband of Charlottesville, Va.; a granddaughter, Margaret Toole of Starkville; a grandson, Talbert Toole of Oxford; a granddaughter, Diana Turner and her husband of Virginia; a granddaughter, Nicole Wellford of Memphis; and great-grandson, Brisbane Turner of Virginia.
Memorial contributions in Mikich’s memory may be made to Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, 935 Farm Rd. Memphis, TN, 38134.
Obituary written by grandson Talbert Toole.