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Obituaries 12/28/2023

Mary Ann Pipkin Crocker

COFFEEVILLE –Mary Ann Pipkin Crocker, age 77, of Coffeeville passed from this life on December 22, 2023 in Oxford, MS.

Mary Ann was born in Grenada on March 15, 1946 to James Robert Pipkin and Edna Mae Blair Pipkin. After graduating from Coffeeville High School in 1964, she went to work at Pennaco Hosiery in Grenada. After Pennaco, she spent many years at Coffeeville Elementary as a beloved assistant teacher. Later in life, she worked for the University of Mississippi as an executive secretary in Academic Support before retiring in 2017.

Mary Ann married Alonzo Crocker in 1964 and had four children whom she loved. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as watching Ole Miss football. She was a devout Christian and a prominent member of Gatewood Church of God in Coffeeville. She loved her Savior and lived to serve others.

She is survived by one sister, Lou Gladys Warren; three daughters, Patricia (Todd) Farrar, Amanda (Michael) Haas and (Mike) Hope Martin; one son, Timothy Crocker; 12 grandchildren, Bradley (Juana) Fitts, Ashley (Buddy) Crumley, Andrea (Craig) Fitts, Carey Fitts, Andrew (Chloe) Haas, Dominick Crocker, Zek Crocker, Eric Crocker, Carolina Crocker, Jasper Crocker, Sophie Martin and Keshon Mix; 12 great-grandchildren, Colton, Westin, Saylor, Jersey, Bodie, Anniston, Kiara, Damion, Brayleigh, Aubrey, Chloe and Asher; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and husband ,Alonzo Crocker.

Services will be held at Gatewood Church of God in Coffeeville on Wednesday, December 27. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. The service will follow at 2 p.m. Internment will be at Goshen Cemetery. Honoring her as pallbearers will be Buddy Crumley, Andrew Haas, Carey Fitts, Bradley Fitts, Dominick Crocker, Zek Crocker, Eric Crocker and Keshon Mix.

Honorary pallbearers will be Damion Aldridge, Jasper Crocker, Todd Prestage, Chris Morgan, Johnny Wortham, Robert (Boss) Crocker, Lewis Chandler, Mike Martin, Carolina Crocker, Sophie Martin, Ashley Crumley and Andrea Fitts.

Everett Seth Hinton

WATER VALLEY– Everett Seth Hinton died peacefully at his home in Water Valley on December 19, 2023. He was born at Forest General Hospital on July 20, 1987 to Diana Wane (Hill) and Everett Edward Hinton, Jr.

Seth grew up in Beaumont and attended school at Richton Elementary and McLain Attendance Center where his mom also taught. An avid Ole Miss fan, Seth played football at McLain. He and his mom later moved to Water Valley where he graduated high school in 2005. After high school Seth spent some time in college and could often be found with many friends in the Grove on game days. Seth enjoyed playing Xbox and golfing, especially with his dad. After college Seth worked as a surveyor for Rex Howell.

When his mom got sick with cancer, Seth devoted his life to caring for her. His mom frequently bragged about the meals he prepared for her, particularly how little seasoning he used but how fine it tasted! In addition to tending to his mom, he continued to support her love for antique auctioning and trades. Seth and his mom developed quite an extensive support system through their trades and online sales.

Over the years, Seth rescued many animals but Maggie, Dixie, and Penny were his pride and joy. Maggie especially would go everywhere with him. Preceded in death by his dear mother, Diana, Seth is survived by his father, Everett, of Beaumont; a sister, Heather Gaines, and a brother Thomas Hinton both of London Ky.; an aunt, Janie, and Michael Domingues of Mandeville, La.; an uncle, Ben Hinton of Hattiesburg; and an aunt Beverly (Hill) Dowdell of Water Valley. Others left to treasure Seth’s memory are cousins Stacy Cofer, Matt Hill, Jay Hill and their families, as well as special friends including Coop, Jessica, Josh, Zandra, Amy and many others.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the support Diana’s and Seth’s friends have shown throughout her battle with cancer and the continued support Seth received after her death.

Donations in Seth’s honor should be made to Second Chance Animal of Water Valley. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Katie Florence Partain

WATER VALLEY – Katie Florence Partain passed away on December 19, 2023, while under the care of Yalobusha General Nursing Home. She was 85.

Katie was born on July 8, 1938, in Oxford to the late Lemuel Chambless and Linder Tubbs Chambless. She spent many years working as a registered nurse. She was married to Robert Partain and they shared a love of traveling.

Additionally, she was an active member of the Eastern Star Chapter #5 of Water Valley.

Visitation was held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Thursday, December 21, 2023. The funeral services followed in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Bro. Brennan Allen and Bro. Jerry King officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include her son Lemuel “Bud” McCluskey (Wanda) of Water Valley; sisters, Barbara (Mike) Blevins of Crystal Beach, Texas, Linda (Johnny) Hinkle of Kings Mountain, Ky. and Becky (Larry) Black of Houston, Miss.; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.

Preceding Katie in death were her first husband, Earnest Lee McCluskey Sr.; her second husband, Robert Partain; sons, Earnest Lee McCluskey Jr. and David Lee McCluskey; parents, L.D. Chambles, Sr and Linder Mae Tubbs Chambless; four sisters, Ruthie Cook, Janice Taylor, Kathy Petit, and Gloria Howard; and one brother, L. D. Chambless, Jr.

Norma Faye Prine

WATER VALLEY – Norma Faye Prine, age 78, passed away peacefully at her twin sister’s home on December 19, 2023 in Water Valley. Endearingly known as “Queenie” by her family,  Faye was born August 12, 1945 as an identical twin daughter to Heddie Odell and Rubel Clinton Ledbetter in Batesville.

Faye graduated from Bruce High School in 1963 and immediately went to work at Big Yank Factory in Water Valley as a pattern sequencer. In 1979, she transferred with the factory to Hattiesburg and became a pattern designer. She also worked for numerous years at the Forest General Hospital as a human resource receptionist.
In 2021, she returned to Water Valley building a new home with an immaculate yard. Faye moved her membership to Sylva Rena Baptist Church and quickly became an integral part of the church family. Her favorite memories were cooking for church members, participating in the Christmas program and assisting with Operation Christmas Child.

While in Hattiesburg, she was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

She had an amazingly strong work ethic and spent as much time outdoors caring for her yard. Along with her sister, Raye, they formed the “Faye and Raye Lawn Service,” helping family members with their lawn care. Faye loved her family and was known for putting others before herself in times of need. She loved cooking for family and friends and putting puzzles together. You would often see her outdoors walking her beloved companion, Cheree.

Faye is survived by a son, Tracy Glenn (Theresa) Patton, of New Ringgold, Pa., a grandson, Benjamin Patton; granddaughters Kerrie Patton and Isabella Patton; her sisters, Raye (Frank) Brooks of Water Valley, Phyllis Camp, Barbara Worley, and one brother Gary (Pat) Ledbetter, all of Banner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Guy Hillhouse, her second husband, Ike Prine; and brothers-in-law Charles Worley and Donald Camp.

Visitation was held Friday, December 22, from 10 a.m. until noon at Sylva Rena Baptist Church. The service followed. A viewing will be held at Hulett Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg at a later date.
Faye’s burial will be at Biloxi National Cemetery with her late husband, Ike Prine, therefore the family requests memorials be sent to Sylva Rena Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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