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Obituaries 07/06/2022

James Denman Bennett

WATER VALLEY – Mr. James Denman Bennett, 87, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. He was born in Winona to Frank Leslie and Mary Costilow Bennett on April 10, 1935.

James was a retired carpenter and cabinet maker. He was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Water Valley.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 5 from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Water Valley. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Terry Champion will officiated. Pallbearers were James Griffin, Hunter Bennett, John Bennett, Robert Patton, Terry Allen, Jr. and Willie McCachren. Anthony Bennett will serve as honorary pallbearer. Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Ruby Westmoreland Bennett of Water Valley; daughter, Barbara Kay Griffin of Water Valley; two sons, Frankie Bennett of Water Valley and Wayne Bennett of Horn Lake; stepdaughter, Karen McCrite of Batesville; stepson, Ken Ambrose of Byhalia; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by great-grandson, Peyton Griffin; and stepson, Keith Ambrose.

Billie Gail Collins

WATER VALLEY – Billie Gail Collins, age 67, passed away on July 1, 2022, at her home in Water Valley. She was born on November 9, 1954 in Memphis to Earl Robbins and Martha (Cresswell) Robbins.

Billie graduated from Coffeeville High School and had retired from the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks after working at George P. Cossar State Park for 27 years. Billie was outgoing, and as such never met a stranger. She had a kind heart and tender spirit, and it is said she had the gift of conversation. In her free time, Billie loved cross-stitching and puzzles, especially playing Sudoku.

A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at Sylva Rena Cemetery in Water Valley. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billie is survived by her husband of 37 years Mike Collins of Water Valley; one son, Michael Robbins (Nicole); two brothers, Bill Robbins of Collierville, Tenn. and Howard Robbins of Coffeeville; and one grandson, Gavin Robbins.

Along with her parents, Billie was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Robbins.

Becki Sue Griffin

WATER VALLEY – Becki Sue Griffin, age 48, of Water Valley died peacefully Thursday, June 30, 2022. She was born December 22, 1973 in Marks to the late Wilma Sue Tubbs and William Henry Sr.

Becki enjoyed many things in her life – making crafts, painting, woodwork, gardening, photography, shopping, journaling, and reading, but it was her family and friends that brought her the most joy. She cherished and would do anything for those she loved, especially her kids and grandkids.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 3, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 1 until 3 p.m. Services followed in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Rick Glidewell officiating. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.

Becki is survived by her son, Neil Taylor (Christina) of Nesbit; her daughter, Cami Taylor (Matt) of Lakeland, Tenn.; two sisters, Callie Odom (Homer) and Kathy Newberry, both of Water Valley; a brother, William Henry Jr. (Kala) of Batesville; three nieces, Halla Odom of Water Valley, Trinity Henry and Willow Henry, both of Batesville; a nephew, Warren Henry of Batesville; and two grandsons, Raiden Taylor and Joseph Taylor, both of Water Valley.

Becki is preceded in death by her mother, Wilma Sue Tubbs; her father, William Henry Sr, and her best friend, Dewayne Potts.

Faye Nolen

WATER VALLEY – Faye Nolen, age 86, of Water Valley passed away on July 4, 2022, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford with her adoring family by her side.

Faye was born on January 27, 1936 in Water Valley to Doyle Rotenberry and Marquerite (McCullar) Rotenberry. Known as “Meme” to all who knew and love her, she built her life around the family that she was devoted to. Her devotion never wavered as she took care of her husband during the last days of his life. Faye never met a stranger and welcomed anyone into her home with a promise to feed them. She was born and raised in a generation that knew hard work, as was her husband, Arthur, whom she married July 23, 1954. That work ethic translated over to her secular work at Big Yank, a job she had for over 40 years. Faye loved cooking, a passion she regularly undertook at family dinners, and working in her yard, which she was so well known for.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from noon until 2 p.m. Services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Faye is survived by one daughter, Kay Richardson (Walter); two grand sons, Michael Richardson (Leighann) and Brandon Richardson (Jessica); and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Richardson and Anna Kate Richardson; all of Water Valley; and two sisters, Jo Durham, and Diane Bailey both of Batesville.

Along with her parents, Faye is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Arthur Nolen; two brothers, Charlie Rotenberry, Mack Rotenberry; and three sisters, Peggy Turner, Kay Mulberry, and Elaine Mixon.

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