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Obituaries 09/15/2022

Ronnie Lynn Brewer

OXFORD – Ronnie Lynn Brewer, age 69, of Oxford went to his forever home Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Oxford in Oxford.

He was born June 2, 1953, in Oxford to Woodrow and Lorraine (Gauss) Brewer. Ronnie was a man who loved working with his hands and didn’t shy away from hard work. He spent his entire career as a painting contractor, and retired from

McCarty Architects in Tupelo after 27 years. Ronnie was also very passionate about his relationship with the Lord and serving Him at Calvary Hill Church of Christ in Oxford. But above all else, he loved his wife and children and spent as much time with them as he could. When he had time, Ronnie enjoyed fishing, wood working, gardening and watching westerns, especially Gunsmoke.

The funeral service was held Thursday, September 8, at Church Grove Cemetery with Bro. Davy Russell officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Ales, Tatum Ales, Justin Gulliam, Joe Lewis, Bart Robinson and Wade Bishop. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Kathy Brewer of Oxford; three sons, Jamie (Mandy) Brewer, Michael (Tasha) Brewer and Bentley Bolen; three daughters, Samantha Ales, Josie Hanks and Hannah Ales; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Kevin Paul Hatfield

WATER VALLEY –Kevin Paul Hatfield, 40, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, near his home in Water Valley. Kevin was born on February 02, 1982, in Oxford, the son of Wayne Richard Hatfield and Norma Langham Blanton. He was best described as a good man who found joy in the presence of his family and friends.

During his younger years, he loved traveling and checking out new places. When he found leisure time and the weather was right, he would take the occasional trip down to the nearest fishing hole to bait a hook and cast a line. Aside from his love for family fishing, and travel, Kevin had a passion for technology, especially for computers and writing programs. In fact, he was skilled enough to own and operate a successful information technology business. However, the value of the company he built was soon recognized and he ultimately decided to sell out his stake and take home a substantial profit. Not only was he a successful businessman, but he was also a licensed pilot that had a passion for flying. He was afforded the opportunity to sight see from a birds eye view.

While computers and planes might have been life to Kevin, he could not have gone through the mountain tops and valleys of experience without knowing his faithful dog and companion Champ. Although Kevin has departed from our lives, his memory will continue to live on in the hearts of his family and friends.

The loved ones he leaves behind to continue walking down the path life include his son, Gavin Hatfield of Oxford; a daughter, Carly Hatfield of Oxford; father, Wayne Richard Hatfield of Water Valley; mother, Norma Blanton of Oxford; paternal grandmother, Eleanor Hodges of Water Valley; and host of extended cousins. Kevin was preceded in death by his brother, Todd Hatfield. The staff at Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is honored to serve the Hatfield family as they walk through this season of life. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Houston-Early Dwight Rhyne

HOUSTON – Houston-Earley Dwight Rhyne, 70, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2022 at his home in Houston. He was born April 7, 1952 in Lafayette County to the late Eligy Rayburn Rhyne and Myrtle Ruth Taylor Rhyne. He was a Mason and an Elder at Macedonia Church. Dwight always enjoyed the outdoors and his Ole Miss Rebels. He loved fiercely, and his greatest joy in life was his family.

Services were held Saturday, September 10, at Macedonia Church with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Larry Gray, Peyton Rhyne, Ray Mottz, Dr. Andy Jones, Chris Smith and Michael Richardson.

Mr. Rhyne is survived by his wife, Donna Miller Rhyne of Houston; a son, Dr. Michael Rhyne (Andi) of Houston; two grandchildren, John Peyton Rhyne and Sawyer Grace Rhyne; one sister, Rita Mottz (Ray) of Paris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eligy Rayburn Rhyne and Myrtle Ruth Taylor Rhyne; two sisters, Ann White and Joy Rhyne; and three brothers, Albert Lee “Bubba” Gray, Wayne Gray and Ray Rhyne.

Hazel Louisa Kinkennon

PONTOTOC – Hazel Louisa Kinkennon, age 92, passed away September 11, 2022 at Pontotoc Nursing Home. Born April 3, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Callie and Dora Smith.

Hazel married the love of her life Jim Kinkennon December 6, 1947 and had one daughter Linda Gail Jenkins (Mickey) of Pontotoc. She spent the majority of her life in Water Valley as a homemaker and found great joy cooking and hosting holidays in her home, sometimes sending Jim to the grocery store multiple times to ensure that everyone had their favorite dish. He always obliged, because if you knew Jim, you knew he minded Hazel all the days of their 61 year marriage. She loved a practical joke and was known to play them frequently. Hazel loved her family fiercely and spoke her mind freely. Until her health begin to fail, Hazel was a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church. She lived a wonderful life and will be missed by all.

Visitation was held Tuesday, September 13, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home with services following in Henry Chapel. Brothers R. W. Moffet and Bro. Dan Dickerson officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery with Rex Smith, Larry Smith, Justin Smith, Chris Lewis, Jason Rushing, Randy Simmons serving as pallbearers.

Hazel is survived by one daughter, Linda (Mickey) Jenkins of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim) Tabb, Trey (Allison) Huey, Joseph (Jessica) Roberson, Brandy Jenkins, Rebecca (Jason) Rushing and Adam (Nikki) Jenkins; and 12 great grandchildren Max, Ella, Sailor, Mia James, Webb, Bailey, Katelyn, Cameron, Laken, Dixie, Reed, & Ivy Claire.

In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jim Kinkennon; and five siblings Allene, Clarence, Cliff, Clint, and Callie James “Rab” Hazel and Rab were less than two years apart in age and remained best friends until Rab passed away in 2016.

Joyce Marie Judson

WATER VALLEY – Joyce Marie Hall was born on September 8, 1947 to Clara Chapman Hall and Johnny Madison Hall. She was born 15 minutes after her twin brother, Johnny C Hall.

She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 16 and united with Pine Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Johnny Roland. She united in marriage to Norwood Burgess on September 2, 1967, and to this union three children were born. In 2000 she united with her high school sweetheart, Willie Earl Judson. Willie and Joyce were married January 10, 2004. She and her new husband lived life to the fullest until his homegoing on May 26, 2017.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son Melvin (Brianna) Burgess, San Antonio, Texas; two daughters Greta Burgess of Canton and Tamara (Jerry) Turner; one stepdaughter Tiara Judson of Rockford, Ill.; one goddaughter, Malinda (Terry) Phillips; three granddaughters, Tierra Turner of Water Valley, and Morgan and Maya Burgess, both of San Antonio, Texas; four step granddaughters ,Alexazandrea Turner of Southaven, Shanti Judson and Diamond Fricks, both of Rockford, Ill. and Nyah Hall of San Antonio, Texas; two grandsons Jeffrey Burgess, Atlanta, Ga. and Rotez Rockett, Water Valley; a step grandson, Peyton Hall of San Antonio, Texas; a great granddaughter, Rhylee Jonesone; a great grandson, Princeston Rockett; three brothers, Johnny C. (Judy) Hall of Chicago, Ill., George (Queenie) Benson of Covington, Ga. and Ezra Hall of Water Valley; a sister, Mary Ann (Freddie) Folson of Water Valley; a brother, Willie (Glenda) Hall, Jr. of Memphis; three sisters, Ruby Mae Benson of Portland, Org., Maggie Caldwell of Water Valley and Hazel (Curtis) Charley of Chicago, Ill. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jervont’a Turner.

A host of relatives and friends are left to celebrate her life. Joyce loved people and helping others. She always said if she couldn’t help you, she certainly wouldn’t hurt you.

A wake is planned Wednesday, September 14, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5 until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. in the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford with Rev. Amos Sims officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery following the service.

James Edison Terry

WATER VALLEY – Baby James Edison Terry gained his angel wings on Friday, September 9, 2022. Baby Terry was born to Destiny Schmitz and Richard Terry on August 25, 2022. Although he lived a short life on earth, he was unconditionally loved by all and will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service will follow in the Henry Chapel at 2 p.m. Internment will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc. Bro. Thomas Neal will officiate. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Baby Terry is survived by his parents, Destiny Schmitz and Richard Terry; his grandparents, Jamie Osman, Trace Schmitz and Richard (Connie) Terry; his great-grandparents, James and Sissy Schmitz; his great-great-grandmother, Charlene Dunn; his great-uncle, Cody (Tristian) Schmitz; his great-aunt, Brandy Schmitz; his aunts, Megan McCoy, Breanna Nicole, and Lacey Schmitz; and a host of other cousins and family members.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Gordon and Dorothy Story; his great-aunt, Angela Graham; and a cousin, Jared Sullivan.

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