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Obituaries 09/27/2023

Doris Hardy Forsyth

WATER VALLEY – Mrs. Doris (Dot) Hardy Forsyth passed away at the age of 89 on Friday, September 22nd, 2023, at the Yalobusha Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 17,1933 to Lena and Griffin Hardy of Water Valley. She was married to the late Wallace Forsyth, Jr, and together had two sons, John and Paul Forsyth.

Dot was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley where she served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She also served with the Water Valley Pink Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spending time with her friends playing rook and was an avid Ole Miss Lady Rebel basketball fan.

She was employed for 36 years with the Yalobusha County Superintendent of Education as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1991.

Survivors include her sons, a daughter-in-law, Janice Romasco; and a grandson, Griff Forsyth. Other survivors include two sisters, Nancy Wooten and Julia Thompson of Water Valley; a beloved niece, Marvelene McCullar of Senatobia; and special cousins Darla Camp Clayton and Ted Camp. Dot is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastor Freddie Moorman officiated.

Jarion Dewayne Jones

WATER VALLEY – Jarion Dewayne Jones, 20, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. He was born July 30, 2003, to Jason D. Jones and Contessa Owens.

Jarion graduated from Water Valley High School in 2022 and attended Delta Technical College in Horn Lake to learning welding. He was a member of Under the Cloud Ministry his entire life. Jarion was an enjoyable person to spend time with and enjoyed being with his family. He also had a passion for boxing.

Services are scheduled Saturday, Sept. 30, at noon at Everdale M.B. Church with burial following at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Walker Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Contessa Owens of Horn Lake; his father, Jason Jones of Las Vegas, Nev., two brothers, Kentrell Owens, and Jermarcus Moore, both of Horn Lake; six sisters, Chekira Owens, Chekiya Owens, Chequila Owens and Chyariel Moore, all of Horn Lake, and Khamaria Jones, Jakeylin Jones, Maeson Jones and Suniai Jones, all of Memphis. He also leaves his grandparents, Lisa and Jerry Telford of Las Vegas, Nev.; a special sister at heart, Andreanna Hodge; a special aunt, Kimberly Caldwell; two nephews, Kenten Owens and Karter Owens; and a host of uncles, aunties, cousins and friends.

Sammie Gene Pollan

TILLATOBA – Sammie Gene Pollan, 75, of Tillatoba passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 at his residence. He was born December 23, 1947 in Tangipahoa, La. to Sammie Lee and Mildred May Pollan.

Gene was a skilled welder and spent many seasons of his life working at Heatcraft in Grenada. He was a member of

Hardy Baptist Church and a Mason. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. More than anything, he loved the Lord.

Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Rev. James Melton officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites followed in the Grenada Memorial Garden. Pallbearers were Gary Barkley, Randy Barkley, Russell Barkley, Justin Floyd, Will Turner and Chappell Waldo. Honorary Pallbearers were Johnny Coleman, Clovis Tilghman, H.A. Tilghman, Tyler Wortham and his great-grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy T. Pollan; children, Teresa (Johnny) Coleman of Marion, Ark., Donna (Greg) Prestage of Hughes, Ark., Donna Pollan of Calhoun City, Cindy Winders of Hughes, Ark. and (Phil) Terry Floyd of Duck Hill; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammie Lee Pollan and Mildred May Pollan Brown; his first wife, Margaret Pollan; a brother, J.L. “Lightning” Pollan; a daughter, Sherrie Floyd; and a granddaughter, Brittany Suber.

James Robert Rutherford

WATER VALLEY – James Robert (Bob) Rutherford was born March 30, 1949, the second of four children born to John Marshall and Freddie (Sprouse) Rutherford.

He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1967 and attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College. He worked mostly in appliance and refrigeration repair until he lost his sight completely in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at

Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He left this earth on Sept. 22 as a result of a number of conditions including lung cancer.

Bob was a man of strong faith who, despite his poor vision, was a serious student of the Bible and could quote many passages from memory. He loved stories and collected many family tales from older relatives. With Edwin Bonner doing the driving, he was particularly faithful in visiting church members who were shut-ins or residents of the local nursing home. Bob was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church for several decades.

Bob leaves behind two brothers, Bill Rutherford of Senatobia and George (Carolyn) Rutherford of Normal, Ill., and one sister, Ann (Joel) Shelton of Gore Springs. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, Amanda (Will) Provine of Grenada; Elizabeth Gilpin of Grenada; Vanessa (Wallace) Rayburn of Water Valley; Thomas (Becky) Rutherford of Normal, Ill.; and Lily Rutherford of Laurel; grand-nieces and -nephews, Angela Reeves, Caitlyn Hucaby, Shade Surrette, Amber Surrette, and Evey Gensel. Bob also leaves behind three beloved aunts -Katherine (Sprouse) Gates of Wetumpka, Ala.; Betty (Sprouse) Robertson of Rochester, NY., and Connie (Harbison) Sprouse of Water Valley.

Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral services. Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at Sylva Rena Baptist Church with service to follow at 11. Interment will be in Sylva Rena Cemetery.

Jack Welch

WATER VALLEY – Jack Welch, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and respected member of the community, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2023, in Water Valley at the age of 84. He was born August 8, 1939, in Paris, Ms. to the late Viola Anderson (Ottis) and Keno Welch. Jack’s journey through life was filled with determination, resilience,and a passion for life.

Jack’s story began as a young man who knew the value of hard work and service. After school, he served our nation eight years in the Army National Guard, an experience that not only shaped his character but also introduced him to the love of his life, Patricia Welch. Together, they built a beautiful life, supporting and cherishing one another through the highs and lows.

After his service, Jack embarked on a fulfilling career at Georgia Pacific where he would spend many years honing his skills in industrial maintenance. He proved himself to be a dedicated and skilled electrician, earning the admiration and respect of his colleagues.

Jack’s commitment and expertise as an industrial electrician were evident in every project he took on. He had a keen eye for detail, always ensuring that the machinery and systems he worked on were safe and efficient. His dedication to his craft spoke volumes about his work ethic and professionalism. This knowledge later had him branching out into residential work. After 35 years, Jack retired from Georgia Pacific, but that didn’t last long. Time would find him doing odd and end jobs until he found a new home at Valley Tool where he would work until his health failed.

Beyond his career, Jack cherished his family above all else. He was a loving and devoted husband to Pat, and their bond was a shining example of a strong partnership. He took much joy in being a grandfather and great-grandfather cheering on all of their activities. He also loved coaching baseball and rooting for the Ole Miss Rebels. Jack was also a member of the Water Valley Church of Christ.

While his passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, Jack’s legacy will forever resonate. He will be remembered for his compassion, his sense of humor, and his unwavering dedication to his loved ones. His zest for life was infectious, and he never failed to bring joy to those around him. Jack Welch will be remembered as a kind-hearted, hardworking, and dedicated individual who touched the lives of many.

A funeral service in celebration of Jack’s life was held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Prior to the service, friends and family paid their respects and sharer memories during the visitation on Friday evening in the Gardiner Room.

Jack is survived by his wife and soul mate of 63 years, Pat Welch; two sons, Scott (Lori) Welch of Pontotoc and Jeff (Denise) Welch of Water Valley; 12 grandchildren, Dustin (Nikki) Welch, Josh Welch, Joy Welch (Jake Moorhead), Savanna Welch (Justin Morris), Eric (Sabrina) Welch, Addey (Brady) Dickey, Luke (Bailey) Littlejohn, Jacob Welch, Chastity (Scott) Heath, Tyler Barton, Andy Hood and Eric (Jareba) Schmitz; 12 great-grandchildren, Hannah and Will Welch, Lylie and Easton Welch, Raelyn, Mabry Jane, Joe Banks Dickey, Kaden and Raegan Schmitz, Madison Welch, Colton Barton, and Gage Heath; as well as one daughter-in-law, Anita Tidwell.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by one son, Billy Jack Welch.

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