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Obituaries 10/27/2022

John Winford Abernathy

OAKLAND – John “Big John” Winford Abernathy died at his home in Oakland on October 20, 2022. He was 76.

Funeral Services will be held at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 24 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interment will follow the funeral service.

John was born in Memphis on September 17, 1946, and grew up in Millington, Tenn. He was a graduate of Millington Central High School and played football during that time. He also played touch football at the Memphis Park Commission “A” league for several years. He attended the University of Tennessee and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Tennessee Volunteer fan.

John enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life. He also loved spending time with family, cooking out and reading. During his working career he was employed at the Navy Exchange food service and a family-owned meat market. He was the owner of a restaurant and was an industrial supply salesman for Pigeon Thomas Iron Company and Reichman Crosby Hays Company. His last employment was with TG Baker Trucking, Inc.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Winford Abernathy and Margaret Tanner Abernathy Ingram. He is survived by three brothers, Mark, George and Danny; a daughter, Jill; a son, Jeff; four granddaughters; and three great-great grandchildren.

Percy Haywood, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – Percy Haywood, Jr. passed away at the Yalobusha Nursing Home on October 11, 2022 after a brief illness. The third of seven sons, he was born in Water Valley on July 10, 1941

Services were held Wednesday, October 19, at Pleasant Green M.B. Church with Dr. Preston Gleeton officiating. Walker Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Freddie Haywood, Charles Henderson, Ken Mix, Davis Haywood, Robert Walker and Sherman Gooch. Honorary pallbearers were James Haywood, Russell Haywood, Verdia Haywood, Hurbert House, Arthur D. Hawkins and Rufus Morgan.

Percy professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with Pleasant Green M.B. Church. He attended Oak Grove community schools for one year and completed his elementary and secondary education at Davidson School in 1960. He attended Mississippi Valley State University and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. degree in Social Studies. He received his master’s degree in 1974 from the University of Mississippi. Percy taught history, economics and government at Davidson High School and Water Valley High School for 32 years, and his students included three of his brothers – James, Verdia and Russell. He was a mentor and motivator for his brothers, family and many of his students. He was an outstanding teacher as many noted teaching was his God-given gift. He retired in 1997.
Percy was ordained as a deacon at Pleasant Green M.B. Church in 1972 and started teaching Sunday school in 1975. He was involved in the Water Valley community in many ways including working as a tax preparer for 35 years.

He served on the E.C. Davidson Scholarship Organization that awarded scholarships to deserving students in the community. He also served 25 years on the Yalobusha County Hospital and Nursing Home Board of Directors. He was highly respected throughout the community and would kindly remark, “This community has given so much to me. It is an honor to give something back. I thank the Water Valley community for its trust in me.”

He leaves to mourn his passing three brothers, James (Dorothy) Haywood of Omaha, Neb.; Verdia (Billie) Haywood of Oakton, Va. and Russell (Patrice) Haywood of New Orleans, La.; a very special aunt, Mildred Arnold of Paducah, Ky.; nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Lonnie Carlton Hughes

SARDIS – Lonnie Carlton Hughes, age 73, of Sardis passed from this life Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at his home in Sardis. He was born August 26, 1949, in Poplar Grove, Ark. to Olan and Mary (Jenkins) Hughes.

Lonnie was an honest and hard-working man. He is described by his family as very giving and kind. After graduating from school, Lonnie was drafted into the United States Army where he bravely served his country in Vietnam as a medic. After returning home, he went to trade school where he learned and became a master electrician – knowledge that would benefit him his entire carrier in the maintenance field. He started at Gingrey in Memphis, Tenn. and ultimately retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital in August of 2022 after 19 years of faithful service. As Lonnie loved working with his hands, he had many hobbies and talents including wood-working and building things from scratch. He also enjoyed building models, putting together jigsaw puzzles and working in his yard.

Visitation was held Thursday, October 20, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m. The funeral service was Friday, October 21, at 10 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Raymond Aven officiating. Burial was in Drivers Flat Cemetery.

Lonnie is survived by one son, David (Rhonda) Hughes of Water Valley; two daughters, Patty (Richard) Lott of Grenada and Sheila Guzman (Isaias) of Michigan City; eight grandchildren, Mikey, Ashley, William, Mercy, Alyssa, Austin, Destiny and Chase; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Diane (Freeman) McLemore.

Along with his parents, Lonnie was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Hughes; and one grandson, Justin Chambers.

Jonathan Eugene McCammon

WATER VALLEY – Jonathan Eugene McCammon, age 41, of Water Valley, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at his home. He was born October 18, 1981, in Winona to Mike and Glenda McCammon.
Jonathan was an easy-going, care-free and loving man who lived life by his own terms. He worked as a House Man at The Inn on the Ole Miss Campus in Oxford. When not working, Jonathan was a home body who liked Monday night wrestling, drawing, and being around family. But nothing meant any more to him than spending time with his boys, taking them shopping and going to Chuck E Cheese.

Visitation was held Sunday, October 23, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 3:30 p.m. with Bro. Wade Myles officiating. Burial was in Turkey Creek Cemetery.

Jonathan is survived by his parents, Mike and Glenda McCammon; two sons, Jonathan Carter McCammon and Cameron Michael McCammon; one brother, Christopher McCammon; one sister, Sabrina McCammon; one niece, Alana McCammon; and a special friend, Angie Gentry.


Regina Melinda Redwine

WATER VALLEY – Regina Melinda Redwine, age 41, of Water Valley went to her forever home Thursday, October 20, 2022 at her home in Water Valley, MS. She was born May 19, 1981, in Oxford to the late James and Ruby (Cortesi) Redwine.

After finishing school, Regina attended Northwest Mississippi Community College where she received a degree in 2001 as a Certified Nursing Assistant – a job she would perform until the birth of her daughter, who was her world. Regina is described by family as a character, very loving, and a great mother to Kennedy.

Visitation was Monday, October 24, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11 until noon. The service followed immediately at noon with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Regina is survived by one daughter, Kennedy DeHetre; one sister, Hayley Redwine; and numerous aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Redwine and Ruby Redwine.


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