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Obituaries 07/27/2023

Ronald Clinton Jenkins, Jr.
BANNER – Ronald Clinton “Bubba” Jenkins Jr, age 58, of Banner went to his forever home Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at his home. He was born April 30, 1965, in Oxford to Ronald Jenkins Sr. and the late Patricia (Sartin) Jenkins.

Bubba graduated from Bruce High School in 1983. Even before graduating, Bubba worked at the family business in Water Valley learning the trade that would mold his career from his father, Ronald, and his Uncle Otis. Bubba eventually began work at Grisanti Rebel Motors in the service department where he became ASE certified and was appointed shop foreman. He continued his career there for 20-plus years until his health began to fail in the fall 2020.

As a believer, Bubba felt the presence of the Lord early in life. In 1984 at the age of 19, he surrendered to the ministry at Faith Chapel. While working full-time as an automotive technician, he began his path in serving the Lord as a pastor starting first at Hopewell Church. He then served at New ElBethel and finally at Mt. Tabor. Bubba was always willing to share his testimony at any opportunity, trusting that Bod would work through him for His glory.

Bubba was a loving father and had a desire to be a part of his children’s lives whenever he could. He wasn’t afraid to sit down at a tea party with Tina when she asked, and to help scout locations for activities with Lee while he was in the Boy Scouts.

When he had the chance to take time for himself, Bubba loved working with his hands, creating things around the house to make life a little easier. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors surrounded by God’s creation where he hunted, fished, and spent quiet time with his creator.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 22, at Drivers Flat Baptist Church from 1 until 2 p.m. A service honoring his life immediately followed with Bro. Billy Foster officiating. Burial was in Drivers Flat Cemetery.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carlyn Jenkins, of Banner; one son, Lee Jenkins; and his father, Ronald Jenkins, Sr.

Along with his mother, Bubba was preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Jenkins; and his sister, Deborah Vaughan.

Marjorie Dickey Smith

WATER VALLEY – Marjorie Dickey Smith, age 87, of Water Valley went to her forever home Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at the Yalobusha County Nursing Home. She was born August 17, 1935, in Calhoun County to the late Rex and Maggie Dickey.

Ms. Margie, as she was lovingly referred to by all that knew her, married the love of her life, Callie James Smith on March 13, 1954. After graduating from Water Valley High School in 1955, they embarked on a lifelong journey of raising a family and serving their community. Margie worked as a seamstress at Glenn Slacks in Coffeeville and retired from Big Yank in 1980. She was the epitome of a southern Christian woman who, by her very nature, put everyone before herself. Margie was a faithful member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church where she served as the treasurer of the WMU for many years. She enjoyed singing in the choir, taking trips with the O’Tuck Travelers and cooking countless dishes for the many fellowships she attended. In her younger years, she loved fishing. She was an avid crocheter and made countless blankets for friends and loved ones over the years. She will be remembered by many for her kind and gentle nature.

Visitation was held Friday, July 21, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 11 until 1 p.m. The funeral service followed at 1 p.m. with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Margie is survived by one son, Rex Smith of Water Valley; one daughter, Rita Lewis, also of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Justin (Amy) Smith, Jessica (Austin) Tallent and Chris (Donna) Lewis; three great-grandchildren, Price Smith, Dawson Tallent and Brantley (Lauren) Simmons; one great-great-grandchild, Bodie Simmons; and one sister, JoAn (Artie) Stewart.
Along with her parents, Margie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Callie James Smith; one brother, Jimmy “Ray” Dickey; and two sisters, Jean Simmons, and Sue Massey.


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