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Obituaries 12/30/2021

Benjamin Harold Baggett

WATER VALLEY – Benjamin Harold Baggett of Water Valley left this earthly life Sunday, December 26, 2021, at his home with family by his side. He was 84.

Harold was born October 9, 1937, in Oxford to the late Benjamin Buford and Irene (Lovelady) Baggett. After leaving school, he went directly into the Army National Guard and then joined the United States Air Force, where he honorably served his country for six years. He is described by those who knew him best as quiet, kind, unselfish and loving.

Harold was the kind of man who didn’t allow things to weigh him down. He loved his family and was proud to work hard to provide and take care of them. After his discharge from the service, Harold came home and went to work for Big Yank where he held many positions. His last role was stitching room supervisor, where many of the employees mentioned how he was fair and honest.

After his wife, Barbara, started Lollypop Daycare, Harold would help by doing whatever needed to be done. He was affectionately called “Heygang” by the children. When he wasn‘t working Harold loved to cut grass, do all sorts of home improvement projects and tinker with things. He will be missed by many who knew and worked with him.

Visitation is scheduled Friday, December 31, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 6 until 9 p.m.  The funeral serving honoring his life will follow Saturday, January 1, at 10 a.m. at First Christian Church with Bro. Jerry Holt officiating. Burial will be in Anchor Cemetery.

Harold is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years, Barbara Baggett; two sons, Bruce Baggett (Beth) of Monroe, Ga. and Brian Baggett (Wendy) of Duluth, Ga.; one brother, Webster Baggett of Byhalia; one sister, Mary Lou Forsyth (Bill) of Water Valley; two grandchildren, Joshua Baggett (Erica) and Valerie Capstick (Clayton); three great- grandchildren, Hall Baggett, Turner Capstick and Harper Capstick; and one son-in-law, Andy Kane.

Along with his parents, Harold was preceded in death by one daughter, Tracy Baggett Kane; one brother, Edward Earl Baggett; and three sisters, Lucille Pannel, Evelyn Dickey and Myrtle Kitchens.

James Curtis Cox

WATER VALLEY – James Curtis (J.C.) Cox of Water Valley passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the age of 74. Born September 21, 1947, he was one of five children born to the late Ray and Sue (Martin) Cox in Water Valley. He was married 45 years to the love of his life, Stephany (Gray) Cox, who preceded him in death.

J.C. loved life and had many friends. He had a big heart and was very giving of time and sharing his vast automotive knowledge, especially automotive antiques. Of his many passions and hobbies, restoring antique cars was probably his favorite. He also loved traveling and attending car shows throughout the south and collecting hard-to-find parts for antique cars. For many years he was co-owner of C&H Car Sales with his long-time friend, Jack Hughes. Whatever J.C. did, he approached the task meticulously and with great organizational skills.

J.C. attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College after graduating from high school. Most of his working career was spent at Binswanger Mirror Products ,where he served as dispatcher and retired after 40 years. He retired from the Army National Guard as a sergeant after 22 years of service.

J.C. is survived by his three sisters, Mary (Wayne) Jackson of Oakland, Sarah (Paul) Pullen of Coffeeville and Linda (Ken) Smith of Athens, Ala. He leaves one nephew, Barry Jackson; and six nieces, Marilyn (Reed) Smith, Tammy (Terry) Allen, Kathy (David) Smith, Sheri (Chris) Spencer, Sandy (Mark) Beason, Tracie (Johannes) Larsen, and Terri Smith; plus a host of great nieces, nephews and friends.

Along with his parents and wife, J.C. was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Cox; one niece, Pennie Pullen McKinney; and two great-nieces, Kaitlyn Spencer and Bailey Smith.

The service were held on Tuesday, December 28, at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial followed in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Bro. Craig Baker conducted the service, and Linda Smith and Jerry Holt shared fond memories as they celebrated J.C.’s life. Keith and Darlene Burney provided the music.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Jody Burk, Kim Crestman, Lannon Franklin, Johnny Gullett, Butch Hales, Jessie Higden, Jack Hughes, Eric Johnson, Eddie Magee, James Melton, Robert Walker  and Dale Wilbourn.

Lastly, we rejoice for we know this is not the end. We will see our brother again!

Mary Helen Chandler

WATER VALLEY – Mary Helen Chandler of Water Valley went to her eternal home December 27, 2021 at her home surrounded by those she loved. She was 89.

Helen was born October 3, 1932 to Allie Alvin and Velvia Leona (Houpt) Quarles. She married Clarence Criss Chandler on November 11, 1950. Helen worked as a nurse’s assistant in Oxford for years before going to Yalobusha General Hospital where she worked for more than 30 years before retiring. Helen was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Helen is survived by her children, Kathy Melton of Oxford, Gary (Vicky) Chandler of Oxford, Judy (Joe) Potts of Water Valley, Randy (Martha) Chandler of Water Valley, Amy (Billy) Myles of Pearl and Chris Chandler of Water Valley; a brother-in-law, John Tomaras of Illinois; a sister, Faye Tidwell of Oxford; her best friend, Peggy Miles of Pearl; seven grandchildren, Travis Inmon, Shawn Chandler, Joshua Chandler, Kevin Chandler, Jasimine Chandler, Michelle Dees and Tina Chandler; and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Chandler; son-in-law William C. (Billy) Melton; two brothers, James and Gene Quarles; and three sisters, Anita McGregor, Paulette Serra, Virginia McCord.

Claude Allen Hughes

COFFEEVILLE – In the early morning hours of Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, Mr. Claude Allen Hughes, 77, of Coffeeville, joined the heavenly choir that he had longed to harmonize with all of his life.

Claude Allen was born September 10, 1944 in Coffeeville to Claude Garnet and Katie Shaw Hughes.  He was a master electrician and plumber and had worked as a self-employed contractor most of his working life.  He was a member of Elam Baptist Church, where he had faithfully served as music director. He had also previously served as a deacon at First Baptist Church – Coffeeville.  An accomplished musician, Claude Allen spent many hours writing and producing music at the Hardy Station studio.  His love of music and love of the Lord poured out from him, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.  While our hearts are hurting, we find comfort in knowing he has met his Savior face-to-face.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Elam Baptist Church near Coffeeville with Rev. David Poynor officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Family and friends will gather from 12:30 until service time Saturday at the church.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy H. Hughes of Coffeeville; seven sons, Noel A. Hughes (Kelly) of Coffeeville, G. Shawn Hughes (Gwen) of Coffeeville, Geoffrey S. Hughes (Nadia) of Horn Lake; Roman J. Cohea of Saudi Arabia, Joshua H. Cohea of Africa, Zachary A. Cohea of Coffeeville and Taylor C. Cohea of Los Angeles, Cal.; three sisters, Jane Clayton of Texas, Amanda Sue Humphreys of Ridgeland and Ann Fife of Utah; one brother, Ralph Hughes of Coffeeville; nine grandchildren, Brianna, Candace, Taylor, Sydney, Blake, Kacie, Piper, Pilot and Hunter; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elsie Brower and Elizabeth Bagguley; and two brothers, Boyd and Loyd Hughes.

Jimmie Steven Jones

OXFORD – Jimmie Steven “Steve” Jones of Oxford passed away Sunday, December 26, 2021, at his home in Oxford with family by his side. He was 63.

Steve was born September 4, 1958 in Water Valley to Shirley (Mathis) Jones and the late Jimmie R. Jones. On August 16, 1981 he married Mary Elizabeth Knight Jones and they had two daughters, whom which he adored.

Steve worked in many capacities in the family business at Jones Supermarket in Water Valley until it sold in 1985. Afterwards he worked many years in different banks until he found his true calling, teaching history at Hinds Community College. Steve’s passion for baseball led him to coach and umpire boys and girls little league in Water Valley for more than ten years. Steve had a passion for learning history, which lead him to read constantly. When he wasn’t working or reading, he loved to watch sports.

Steve is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Beth Jones of Oxford; two daughters, Megan Jones of Madison and Morgan Jones of New Orleans, La.; his mother, Shirley Mathis Jones; one brother, Gregory Mathis Jones,  of Water Valley; one niece; four nephews; and one grandson, Knight Jones Bennett, which was his pride and joy.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 29, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m.

Penny Hyland Kinard

HOUSTON – Penny Hyland Kinard, 56, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born June 27, 1965 in Yalobusha County to the late Hulon Ray Hyland and Edna Smith Hyland.

Services were held Monday, December 27, 2021 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Dr. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Mike Whitten officiating. Burial followed at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Dustin Belk, Andy Kinard, Scott Kinard, Kyle Griffin, Scott Golden and Garry Kinard. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Tutor and Mathew Chandler.

Penny is survived by her husband, Ronny Kinard of Houston; three daughters, Nikki Golden (Scott) of Houlka, Lizzie Kinard of Houston and Wendy Kinard of Nettleton; two sons, Andy Kinard of Columbus and Landon Kinard of Houston; six grandchildren, Riley Golden, Jonathan Rogers, Landon Kinard, Ronny Kinard, Colt Kinard and Harley Kinard; and three sisters, Debbie Taylor (Gary) of Robinsonville, Cathy Coleman (Jerry) of Vardaman and Darla Whitten (Michael) of Vardaman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patricia Myrick and Cindy Tutor.

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