Carl Bedford Finch II
WATER VALLEY – Carl Bedford Finch II, age 59, of Water Valley died unexpectedly Sunday, August 22, 2021, at his home. He was born January 8, 1962 in Batesville to the late Carl Finch, I, and Hattie (Kehoe) Finch.
At an early age Carl followed a large portion of his family to Holland, Mich. Here he started his family and, as cooking was his passion, worked as a chef in a number of different establishments. Later Carl’s health precluded him from cooking as a career, and he moved back to Mississippi where he began an eight-year career driving a truck for T.G. Baker.
Carl is described as a down-to-earth man who had a quick wit and always had a funny story or joke to tell. He also had a tremendous talent for writing poetry and doing wood work. Carl enjoyed many of the simple things in life such as watching old movies and westerns, or riding his motorcycle. But absolutely nothing meant more to him than his family, which he adored.
Carl is survived by one son, Carl Finch III (Shelby) of Water Valley; one daughter, Melissa Finch (Colin) of Battle Creek, Mich.; three brothers, William Dickey of Finland, Mich., Charles Mathis of Jackson and Chet Mathis of Water Valley; six sisters, Joann Cade (Ron), Barbara Gray (Larry) and Mary Reed (Chuck), all of Water Valley, Carol Palmer (Bill), Sissy Finch and Dede Bartels, all of Zeeland Mich.; and one grandchild, Collin Babcock, Jr.
Carl was preceded in death by both of his parents and one brother, Bud Potts.
Brandi Kay File McCullough
COFFEEVILLE – Mrs. Brandi Kay File McCullough, 46, of Coffeeville, passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford. Brandi was a devoted homemaker and a faithful member of the Coffeeville Church of Christ.
While Brandi was a wonderful mother to her three children, she was also “Aunt B” to many other young people who adored her. Brandi truly was a person who lit up every room she entered, and her presence will be missed for many years to come.
A graveside service was held at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 29, at Elam Cemetery near Coffeeville with Bro. Alan Drewrey officiating and Bro. Carey File delivering the eulogy. Pallbearers were Aaron Burns, Cory Burns, Robert Burns, Jason Purdy, Bryant Sullivan and John Turner. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Burns, Kelly Burns, Walt Shaw, Scott Tribble and Tyler Turner. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.
Survivors include her husband, Jason McCullough; sons, Ben McCullough and Ab McCullough, both of the home; a daughter, Lucy Bea McCullough, also of the home; a brother, Carey File (Melissa) of Batesville; step-father, Chip Hatfield of Coffeeville; father-in-law, Sonny McCullough of Coffeeville; brother-in-law, Bryan McCullough (Amanda) of Coffeeville; and nieces, Maeci, Kamryn and Eleana. She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Burns Hatfield, and father, Robert Dasey File.
Daliah Zenobia McLeod
WATER VALLEY – On July 6, 1937, Amos and Louella (Brown) Hervey were blessed with their second daughter – Daliah Zenobia – born in Coffeeville (Yalobusha County) Mississippi. She peacefully departed this life on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at her home located in Water Valley.
Mrs. McLeod made a commitment to Christ at an early age and joined Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. She was a dedicated and faithful member until Wednesday, October 22, 2008, when she was seriously injured in a car accident on Highway 7 South enroute to her Bible Study class. After a lengthy recovery, Mrs. McLeod returned to her church and worshiped faithfully. As circumstances would have it and with other underlying medical conditions, she became homebound until her death.
At the age of six, Daliah was enrolled in the Rocky Mountain Church School where she completed first and second grades. Schools were consolidated and the remainder of her education was completed at Coffeeville Colored High School where she graduated in 1957. In the fall of 1957 she entered Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. She received a BS Degree in Elementary Education in 1961.
Immediately after graduation, she was employed by the Water Valley School System and worked at Davidson Elementary School. She worked for the Water Valley School System for 38 years. During that time, she held several positions and retired in 1997 as the Assistant Principal at Water Valley Elementary School, which is now Davidson Elementary School. Even after her retirement she served as a long-term substitute for a teacher on maternity leave.
On August 3, 1961, she became the bride of her soulmate and love of her life, Butler McLeod. They met during their college years and that love lasted for 60 years. They were blessed with one son and two daughters.
At her church, Rocky Mountain, Mrs. McLeod served as Sunday School teacher and the church treasurer in addition to any other position where she was needed. She also participated in activities held by the Mt. Moriah District Association. She was active in her community and served on the Water Valley Housing Authority Board; was a member of the Water Valley Library Board; was a member of the Davidson School Reunion Committee of 1988; served as grand marshal for the Water Valley Christmas Parade in 2019, along with her husband; and was honored with a Northwest Mississippi Community College Scholarship endowed in the name of Butler and Daliah McLeod on July 18, 2019 to commemorate their many faithful years in education.
Mrs. McLeod was very creative and helped decorate for school events, proms and school functions, church events and other get-togethers. She could create unimaginable drawings for any scene that was suggested. She was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho.
Precious memories are left with her loving husband, Butler McLeod of Water Valley; one son, Rodrick (Patsy) McLeod of Water Valley; two daughters, Detra (Barron) Matthews of Water Valley and Vietta (Richard) Booker of Oxford; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Edward Hervey of Michigan City, Ind.; one sister, Grace (Willie) Hardy of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Rodrick McLeod, Jr. (July 29, 2012); two sisters, Rachel Duke (May 16, 1982) and Edith McNeal (March 5, 2006); and two brothers, Prentiss Hervey (February 19, 1994) and Elbert Hervey (June 6, 2017).
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” – Romans 14:8 (NIV)