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Obituaries 10/05/2023

Walter Lee Hervey, Sr.

UTICA, NY – Mr. Walter Lee Hervey, Sr., age 86, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 in the company of his devoted family.

Walter was born on August 11, 1937 in Water Valley, to the late Evan and Lula Mae (Phillips) Hervey. Walter remained in Water Valley during his youth and was the first of his family to relocate to the Utica area. It was here that Walter met the love of his life, the former Deloris Hunter. In 1971, they were united in marriage. They shared love and bliss together until her passing in 1989.

Walter retired from Rome Copper and Brass where he worked as a crane operator. He was a great provider for his family and made sure that their wants and needs were always met. He was loving and caring, a true family man in every sense of the word. Walter’s dedication to his loved ones and witty sense of humor were unmatched. He was an avid hunter, had an affinity for horses, and absolutely loved spending time with his family and friends.

Walter is survived by his children and their spouses, Eric Hervey, Sr., Sharon (Richard) Enos, Cynthia Santiago, and Lorraine (Louis) Washington. He also leaves to cherish his memory his sister, Bessie Mae Gooch, and the Gooch family; his step-sister, Eva Sanders-Cook; step brothers and their spouses, Eddie Gene (Ruth) Sanders, and Leonard “PeeWee” (Johnella) Sanders. He leaves behind 23 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He treasured in his heart the memories of his children who preceded him, Walter Lee Hervey, Jr., Barbara Jean Leon, and Ronnie Hervey, Sr.; along with his siblings, Zelma Brown, and Clement Hervey.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at the Eannace Funeral Home in New York. A prayer service followed.

Ethelyne Turnage Lingle

ELLJAY, Ga. – Ethelyne Turnage Lingle departed this life on August 21, 2023.

She is survived by her children and sons-in-law: Catherine and Don Bruce, Shelton Lingle, and Ardin and Josh Chastain; her grandchildren: Anna Bruce, Journey Baughman, and Keller Baughman; and her brothers and sisters-in-law: Binnie and Jo Turnage and Robert and Mary John Turnage. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Ethelyne was born on January 8, 1946, in Water Valley to Wade Watkins Turnage and Catherine Baine Turnage. She graduated from Water Valley High School, attended the University of Mississippi, married, and eventually settled in Ellijay, Georgia. Ethelyne went on to obtain her Masters and Educational Specialist degrees while working as a teacher in Gilmer County Schools. She began her career at Ellijay Primary, then spent the majority of her career at Oakland Elementary, retiring when the school closed.

She was exceptionally close to her brothers, Binnie and Robert. The love instilled in them by their parents was evident in the way she and her brothers loved each other unconditionally. That legacy of love and faith was mirrored in the strong bond of friendship she maintained with her childhood friends and neighbors, staying in close touch through visits, letters, and Facebook until the day she died.

Our mom loved people well, and expressed that love through writing notes to others (she had beautiful handwriting), crocheting many baby blankets, and serving her community and church family. During her 40 plus years as a member of Ellijay First United Methodist Church, she was a fixture in the choir, women’s fellowship, VBS, and many other outreach ministries.

In her spare time, Ethelyne loved coffee, music, singing, dancing, shopping, coffee, SEC football, PBS Masterpiece Mystery, coffee, and reading Agatha Christie books. She also loved dogs of all sizes and breeds. Her sense of humor was legendary: she loved puns and telling corny jokes.

In 2014, Ethelyne was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease that eventually robbed her of her ability to walk, talk, eat, write, and care for herself. She pushed back with everything she had, diligently going to PT, adjusting to a feeding tube, receiving care at home, and finally moving to Wildwood Health Care in Talking Rock to receive the skilled nursing care she needed. Despite challenges and setbacks, she never let the disease rob her of her joy. She maintained her sense of humor in the face of difficult circumstances, often pranking the caregivers and causing mischief. She stayed engaged by sharing her thoughts on a small dry-erase board she kept with her. She loved the staff at Wildwood fiercely, and they loved her and cared for as if she were their own. She took great delight in having visitors and receiving mail or Facebook messages.

The greatest source of her strength was Jesus. Even after Mom was unable to hold her Bible or turn pages, she maintained her morning quiet time with the Lord. Her caregivers would set her up with her Bible and her daily devotional reading, then they would leave her to have her prayer time with the Lord. She loved praying for others. She often quoted her life verse of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” She also took hope in the words of a favorite hymn. Anytime she was asked how she was doing, she would respond with a broad smile and say “It is well with my soul.” This unwavering source of her strength allowed her to persevere through difficulty and pain, to meet every challenge with tenacity and unparalleled grace.

A homegoing memorial service will be held Saturday, October 7, in Water Valley at Water Valley First United Methodist Church, 603 North Main Street. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 11 a.m.

Ethylene wanted everyone to wear happy colors (no black, please!) to celebrate her homegoing. She wanted this to be a time of celebration!

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through her memorial donation page:

Arther Lee Smith

WATER VALLEY – Arther Lee Smith, 86, of Water Valley transitioned to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 30, after a brief illness. He was born January 26, 1937 in Panola County to Otis Smith and Zola Smith Price.

Arther professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Kind Providence M. B. Church; now known as New Providence M.B. Church, where he was a faithful member until his health failed. Mr. Smith was known as a man with few words but lots of personality.

Arther was raised by his grandparents John and Dena Hawkins. He attended Bynum Community School. He loved his family and held a special place for children. His past time was rocking in his rocking chair and watching people. Milkshakes were his favorite dessert. He became a resident of Water Valley Nursing Home after the passing of his uncle/caretaker John Hawkins, where he made lots of friends and became known as Pops.

He leaves to cherish his memory one sister, Betty Lark of Memphis; and a brother, James Price, also of Memphis. Even though he had no biological children, he had cousins who took great care of him. His caretakers were Mona Hawkins-Hervey; his cousins, Patricia Reed, Calvin Hawkins, Levert Hawkins, Ray Hawkins, Perry Hawkins, Virginia Hawkins-Lewis and John Hawkins; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Otis Smith and Zola Smith Price; his grandparents who raised him, John and Dena Hawkins Sr.; two sisters, Mae Dean Turner and Patricia Price; two brothers, Gale Smith and Nathaniel Price; a special uncle and aunt, John and Earline Hawkins Jr.; aunts and uncles; Dollie and Mose Henderson and Delia and Raybon Jenkins – whom all were instrumental in his life. Mr. Smith will be missed.

Faytema Jane Treloar Strain

TUPELO – Faytema Jane “Suzy” Treloar Strain, widow of Clark Goodlett Strain, died September 29, 2023, at Traceway Manor. She was 80. A graveside service and burial were held Tuesday, October 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Lee Memorial Park in Tupelo.

Suzy was born November 4, 1942, in Bristol, Connecticut, and grew up in Water Valley. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she obtained a master’s degree in Library Science. She worked as a librarian in the Tupelo Public School District.

Suzy was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. She also belonged to the National Association of Insurance Women and volunteered with the Women First Resource Center in Tupelo, an organization that supported women with cancer and other health challenges for more than 20 years.

A very talented knitter, a hobby she learned in the 1960s from co-workers at lunch in the teachers’ breakroom, Suzy gifted her friends and family with intricate and beautiful afghans. In fact, she was knitting an afghan for a special caretaker at Traceway just prior to her passing. After recovering from breast cancer in her 50s, she began knitting hats, first giving them to patients at the Cancer Center in Tupelo, and then to innumerable others.

Suzy leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Josie Strain and Evan Peacock; her son and daughter-in-law, Gray and Christie Strain; two grandchildren, Kaitlynn Duke and Ali Strain; and three great-grandchildren, Dorothy, Charlie, and Rosemary. Suzy is also survived by two brothers, Jimmy (Trisha) Treloar of Oxford, Jack (Debbie) Treloar of Mantee; and a sister, Jane Gray Benton (Edmond) of The Villages, Florida. Suzy was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Clark Strain; and her parents, Buster and Lavonia Treloar.

Memorials may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Attn: Saints’ Brew, 608 West Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS (38804), a ministry very dear to Suzy’s heart, that has been serving a hot breakfast to people in need each weekday since 2007.

Dennis Earl Tatum

WATER VALLEY – Dennis Earl Tatum transitioned from earth into Jesus’ loving arms on September 24, 2023. He was born on August 23, 1970 to the late Richard Tatum and Sadie Tatum White.

Dennis was a 1988 graduate of Water Valley High School. He was a member of Bayson Chapel Church and actively served as a greeter and choir member. Dennis united in holy matrimony to Lovie Burt Tatum and to this union no children were born, but he had two stepchildren Shantara and Rasheem.

Dennis is survived by three daughters, Scierra Tatum of Long Beach, NaRiah Malone of Oxford and Sabrina Hervey of Water Valley.

He leaves to cherish his memory four brothers, Richard Tatum, Jr., and Jimmy Tatum, both of Water Valley, Earvin Tatum (Krystal) of Horn Lake, and Perry Hervey (Tata) of Charleston; a sister, Kim Caldwell of Water Valley; nine nieces; 14 nephews; a host of aunts, uncles and friends; and a special friend, Annette Boren. He was preceded in death by his eldest sister, Beverly Walker.

The funeral service will be Saturday, October 7, at 1 p.m. at Bayson Chapel M.B. Church. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Pallbearers will be Kalpatrick Joiner, Quincey Holmes, Gary Bolden, Will MNeil, Jessie Holmes and Brandon Blackmon. Honorary pallbearers will be John Holmes, Eddie Horton, Jr., Reginal Tenner, Charles Taylor, Gerick Chapman and Josiah Tenner. Walker Funeral Services in Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.

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