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Obituaries 02/16/2023

Patsy M. Cosby

WATER VALLEY – Patsy (Pat) M. Cosby, age 61, of Water Valley passed from this life Monday, February 6, 2023, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after an extended illness. The daughter of J.D. and Ruth Lewis, she was born June 11, 1961, in Savannah, Tenn.

Pat was a fun-loving person who possessed a kind and gentle spirit and was always willing to do anything she could to help others. On June 11, 1981, Pat united in marriage to the love of her life, Larry (Crazy) Cosby, and started a journey that was as much a friendship as a marriage. Pat’s working career varied through the years, but she was best known for working at Howard’s grocery on Highway 315. Afterwards she worked for Donna and Rickey Ragon, Valley Tool, ENT office in Oxford and Sayle Oil Company.

Until she became ill, Pat was also a caretaker for her mother, Ruth. She loved animals , especially her dog Rom, and, even though she never had any of her own, all the “kiddos” (as she called them) in the family and those that she came to know. They always knew they could come to her just to hang out or talk with her, as she was just a phone call away. Pat was a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 9, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A service honoring her life followed at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Friday, February 10, with Bro. David Floyd officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pat is survived by her husband of 41 years, Larry Cosby; her mother, Ruth Lewis; and one sister, Deb Peacock, all of Water Valley; two brothers, William (Carlene) Lewis of Pensacola, Fla. and Robert Lewis of Crump, Tenn.; nieces and nephews Chris (Donna) Lewis, Adam Peacock, Carla Lewis, Phillip Lewis, Steven (Stacy) Lewis, April (Brian) Stricklin and Carl (Duck) Lewis; great nieces and nephews Brantley (Lauren) Simmons, Logan McAlester, Analeese Peacock, Brody Peacock, Ben Cote, Paris Harrell, Caroline Lewis, Houston Lewis, Hayden Stricklin, Nathan Lewis, Callie Lewis and Lynnden Stricklin; a great-great-nephew, Boddie Simmons; her best friend, Tessa Clement; and a host of other relatives.

Pat was preceded in death by her father, J.D. Lewis; one brother, Nicky Lewis; and one great niece, Brittany Simmons.

Thomas O. Gore, III

DECATUR – Thomas O. Gore III, 81, of Decatur, Ill., passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023, in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service is scheduled Friday, February 17, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion, Ill. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church or Habitat for Humanity, Decatur, Ill.

Tom was born on December 30, 1941, in Water Valley, MS, the son of Thomas O. and Lillian (Walker) Gore Jr. He married Anne Keene on August 5, 1989. Tom was a 1960, graduate from Walter Valley High School in Mississippi, and went on to graduate with two degrees from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Tom had worked for Millikin National Bank as an Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending and continued his banking career until his retirement in 2003, from Regions Bank.

After his retirement, he had volunteered for SCORE and the Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. Tom is survived by his wife, Anne, of Decatur; sister, Elizabeth Shoemake (Samuel) of Columbus; nephews: Seth and Zack; three great-nephews; and his beloved cat, Herbie T.

Edna Rounsaville

KENNESAW, Ga. – Edna Modenia “Dena” Gardiner Rounsaville passed away on Thursday February 9, 2023, in Kennesaw Georgia. She was 90.

Dena was born January 2, 1933 to the late W.C Gardiner and Arlene Wolfe Gardiner and graduated from Coffeeville High School. Dena continued her education, graduating from Memphis Business College. She married her high school sweetheart after his return from the Navy.

Dena’s career spanned many years working for Jewel Tea company, and then for the president of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Afterwards, Dena went to work for Whitehaven Church of Christ, and later when that church relocated she worked as the secretary for Goodman Oaks Church of Christ. She lived most of her adult in Memphis and Southaven. In just the last year, she moved to be near her daughter and granddaughter.

In her early years Dena enjoyed skiing, but she loved spending time with her dear friends and family more than anything. She was a devoted wife, mother and a grandmother to Bella. Dena touched so many lives through her kindness and faith, which was evident in the way she served her church. She taught Sunday school for many years and managed to keep in touch with many of the children she taught years later. Dena developed many special friendships with people whom she loved spending time just sitting, talking and laughing. She will be missed but heaven gained an angel.

Visitation is planned for Saturday, February 18, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home 10 until 11:30 a.m. Services will immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Matthew Crow officiating. Burial will be in Ford’s Well Cemetery in Oakland.

Dena is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Hart; and one granddaughter, Bella Hart, both of Kennesaw, Ga. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carl Rounsaville; one brother, Monroe Gardner; one sister, Corrie Jones; and numerous nephews and nieces.

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