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Obituaries 12/23/2021

Diane Duke

EDWARDS – Diane (Crawford) Duke of Edwards, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, December 5, at her home. She was 66.

Diane was born June 7, 1955, in McCaysville, Ga. to Loretta (Patterson) Crawford and the late Jack Crawford. She met the love of her life, George Duke, in 1971 and they were married in 1973.  From this union one child was born, Preston Duke.

She took great pride in finishing cosmetology school and enjoyed styling hair while she lived in Water Valley and Yuma, Ariz. After moving back to Mississippi, she began working for court services in the city of Clinton, where she would ultimately retire in 2017. After retirement, she lived a simple life relaxing with family and friends.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 11, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Diane is survived by her husband of 48 years, George Duke of Edwards; one son, Preston Duke of Williston, N.D.; her mother, Loretta Crawford of Water Valley; two brothers, Perry Crawford, Brett Crawford; and one sister, Pam Dixe. Diane was preceded in death by her father, Jack Crawford.

Dorothy Faye Jenkins

WATER VALLEY – Dorothy Walton Jenkins (Dot), beloved wife and mother suddenly transitioned to her heavenly home on December 17, 2021 at the age of 63. She was born in Water Valley to Cordie Mae Walton and the late Jack Walton on April 22, 1958.

Dot was united in holy matrimony to her dear husband, Henry George Jenkins, on April 8, 1984. She adored him with all of her heart and to this union two children were born. Settling her family in Water Valley, she began her employment at Big Yank, and later worked at Whirlpool and Parker. Her last job was  at the University of Mississippi where she enjoyed working and laughing with each and every one of her co-workers. She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was a faithful, longtime member of Chapel Hill M.B. Church. She served diligently in multiple roles at her church. Dot was well known for her gentle and loving spirit, her constant beautiful smile and her delightful sense of humor which will all be greatly missed.

Dot leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Henry Jenkins of Water Valley; a son, Jacova Jenkins of Oxford; a daughter, Dekesha Jenkins of Water Valley; her mother, Cordie Mae Walton of Water Valley; one sister, Martha Walton Water Valley; aunts Bertha Hampton and Jessie Mix, both of Memphis, Mattie Mix of Minnesota, and Earlene Gilliard of Oxford; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, in-laws, church family and friends. Even though she did not have any biological grandchildren she had special sons and daughters whom she was actively involved with in their lives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Walton;  one sister, Ruby Walton Armstrong; one brother, James Russell Walton;  grandparents Lillian and Jerry Mix and Katherine Walton Stein; and her nieces, Heather Walton and Whitney Turner.

Patsy Ellen Mayo

WATER VALLEY – Patsy Ellen Mayo of Water Valley departed from this life December. 15th, 2021 to claim her treasures that have been stored in heaven. She was 70.

Pat graced this world on February 18, 1951, as one of two children born to the late Talmadge Curtis Pollan and Mary Bell (Pollan) Potts. Although she has departed from our presence, she has gone to rest in a sacred place free from sickness and the pains of age.

Pat loved the simple things in life. Family and friends and her pets were very important to her. She leaves behind a loving family to continue the walk down the path of her life in her absence including one brother, Ricky (Deliah) Pollan; one sister, Barbara (Mike) Blount of Bruce; one adopted daughter, Tonya Thomas of Water Valley; two nephews Nick (Ashley) Pollan and Kurt (Leslie) Pollan; two great-nieces, Scout and Ella; two great nephews Will and Steven; and a host of lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Talmadge Curtis Pollan and Mary Bell (Pollan) Potts.

A memorial service will be held in February for all family and friends to celebrate the life of Patsy Mayo. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Louise White

WATER VALLEY – Martha Louise Tyler White – also known as Squeaky, Mart Nell, Momma, Auntie Martha, or Grandma – was born to the late Benjamin Matthew and Ruby Lee Buck Tyler on November 30, 1938. She was the oldest of five children and is preceded in death by her sister, Levy Nell Sheffield; and two brothers, Obia (Butch) and Thomas Lee Tyler.

Martha left a special mark on all those who met her. She graduated with honors from Davidson High School. She loved sewing and was best known for making decorative quilts for family and friends in the Water Valley community. She joined Bayson Chapel Church in the 1960s and she faithfully attended Sunday school and worship services. She was always ready with peppermint for the children.

In her senior years, Martha served on the Mother Board of the church and enjoyed hosting family gatherings, cooking the fresh vegetables and greens from her garden. She also enjoyed canning pears.

Martha was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. On August 21, 1961, she was united in holy matrimony to George L. White. To this union of 10 beautiful children were born. Martha and George celebrated 50 years of marriage before his death on May 23, 2011. She was also proceeded in death by their sons, Leon and Gerald Lynn White; her parents-in-law, Leslie and Georgia Ann White; her sister-in-law, Melzania Franklin; and her brother-in- law, John Wesley White.

Martha peacefully transitioned to eternal life on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She leaves to cherish her memories, her children Rozella Tyler, Morris (Katherine Walker) White, Rosie (Bernard) Minor, Tommy (Stephanie Worth) White, Jackie (Todd) Dixson, Marlene (Lynn) Ragland, Faye (Clarence) Sims, Bernard White; and George’s children, whom she loved as well, Harry Phillips, Horace Jones, and George L. Woodard.

She also leaves her sister, Janie Ree Tyler; her brother Jimmy Dale; her brother-in law Shelby (Margaret) White; two sisters-in-law, Katherine Harvard and Annie Clyde Miles; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

William Thomas White

WATER VALLEY – William Thomas (Tom) White, age 96, of Water Valley passed from this life Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Oxford V.A. care facility. He was born in Water Valley on July 25, 1925 to the late Jesse and Myrtle (Anthony) White.

In August, 1942, Tom left school early to join the United States Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II on board the USS Cambria as a Gunners Mate. After the war, he served in Washington D.C. where he would meet his future bride, Mabel Robertson.

He would end up re-enlisting two times and faithfully served his country nearly 15 years. Afterwards, He went to work for Remington Rand and learned the craft of working on office equipment, a trade that would follow him most of his working career. William would go on to work at the Pentagon. In 1969 he moved back to Mississippi and continued his work at Rebel Press in Oxford. He would eventually retire from the City of Water Valley Water Department. He loved working with his hands, and when he found time away from work, he found joy tinkering with tractors, gardening, playing bingo and dominoes. But family was his greatest joy – from his brothers and sisters to his own children. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation is planned Wednesday, December 22, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks. Burial will be in Sylva Rena Cemetery.

William is survived by three sons, William White and Walter Foster of Maryland and Roy Foster of North Carolina; five daughters, Pam Samuels (Bilbo) and Shirley House (Eddie) all of Water Valley, Anita Tessier of North Carolina, Elizabeth Foster of Florida and Lucille Prince, of Maryland; three brothers, Jimmy White (Margie) of Grenada, Henry (Bo) White of Water Valley and J.W. White of Texas; one sister, Frances Haynes of Tennessee; 22 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by one brother, Charles White; and two sisters, Dorothy Shirley and Matha Antal.

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