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Obituaries 01/04/2024

Mary Lou Forsyth

WATER VALLEY – Mary Lou Forsyth, 76, passed away at home on December 26, 2023 surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lou was born March 7, 1947, in Oxford to Buford and Irene Baggett.

She married her high school sweetheart on June 1, 1962. She worked at Big Yank for many years, then she decided to pursue her passion and became a hairdresser. She ran her own successful business, “The Hair Shop” for 20 years until she was forced to retire in 2018 due to her cancer diagnosis.

Mary Lou was a faithful member and pastor’s wife at Friendship Baptist Church in Water Valley for over 40 years. She was grounded in her faith that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. Mary Lou had many hobbies and special talents including gardening, painting, drawing and writing poetry, just to name a few. She especially loved cooking and baking for her family.

Visitation was held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on December 28, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m. A private ceremony for her family and church family was held on December 29 in Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Her son-in-law, Kevin Stewart, officiated. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Forsyth of Water Valley; her two sons, Jimmy (Denise) Forsyth of Hernando, Scott (Angie) Forsyth of Water Valley; her daughter, Melissa (Kevin) Stewart of Water Valley; six grandchildren, Keith (Brittney) Forsyth, Kelly Forsyth, Hunter (Catherine) Stewart, Logan Stewart, Will Forsyth and Nathan (Amanda) Cook; three great-grandchildren, Jackson Forsyth, Hudson Forsyth and Bently Mardis; and a brother, Webster Baggett of Hernando.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Buford and Irene Baggett; three sisters, Myrtle Kitchens, Lucelle Pannell and Evelyn Dickey; two brothers, Earl Baggett and Harold Baggett; and one granddaughter, Shelbi Forsyth.

Lillion Bolden Holmes

WATER VALLEY – Lillion Bolden Holmes transitioned from this earthly home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday December 28, 2023. She was born on January 24, 1948 to the late Mr. William McKinley Bolden, Sr. and Mrs. Sallie Morgan Bolden.

The service is scheduled Wednesday, January 3, at Pine Grove M.B. Church at noon. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time. Walker Funeral Services in Charge of Arrangements.

Lillion confessed her life to Christ at an early age. She united in holy matrimony to the late James Willie Holmes in June, 1968, and remained faithfully married until his passing in 2009. A sweet daughter was born to this union, Annette Holmes Rudd. She was the joy of their life.

Lillion enjoyed attending Pine Grove East Church until her health began to fail. She enjoyed her family, and as a very strong lady of prayer, enjoyed praying for and with her family. Lillion also enjoyed riding and going out to eat with her daughter and granddaughter, Lakisha, when she came home to see her grandmother. The love and special attention Lakisha gave to her made Lillion feel so special and she had a special bond with her granddaughter.

Lillion’s grandson, Jordan, was always near her side. Jordan lived with Lillion daily and took the best care of her that he could. Jordan was there, even at the very end.

Family members left to cherish her sweet memories are a daughter, Annette Holmes Rudd, and a son-in-law Joe Rudd of Water Valley; one granddaughter, Lakisha Holmes of Jackson; one grandson, Jordan Holmes of Water Valley; a sister, Helon (Wayne) Meyer of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Herron (Bertha) Bolden of Coffeeville and Ned Bolden of Water Valley; seven sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Six sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Robert Edward Montgomery, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – Robert Edward Montgomery, Jr, a husband, father, and friend, peacefully passed away on December 27, 2023, at the age of 79. He was born on April 14, 1944, in Memphis and resided in Water Valley at the time of his passing.
Robert, lovingly known as Ed, will be dearly missed by his devoted wife, Agnes Montgomery. They shared a lifetime of memories and love together. Throughout their years, Ed and Agnes created a strong bond that remained unbreakable until the end.

Ed’s passion for golf was unparalleled. He found joy in spending countless hours on the golf course, perfecting his swing and challenging himself on each hole. He was a true sportsman and enjoyed the friendly competition with his golfing buddies.
After years of hard work and dedication, Ed retired from Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Memphis as an electrician. His skills and expertise were highly valued, and he made lasting contributions to his profession. Always a diligent worker, Ed approached every task with precision and a strong work ethic.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Ed was known for his lively personality and his ability to bring laughter to any gathering. He had a unique talent for engaging in playful banter and talking junk with his friends. His quick wit and infectious sense of humor uplifted those around him and left a lasting impact on the lives he touched.

Ed’s life will be celebrated at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Friday, January 5 at 2 p.m. Friends, family, and acquaintances are invited to pay their respects and share their cherished memories of Bob on this solemn occasion. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ed is survived by his wife, Agnes Dungan Montgomery; four step-children, Kenny (Sherry) Weeks of Phillip, Tammy (Bill) Naughton of Olive Branch, Vickie Weeks of Horn Lake and Lisa (Lynn) Pearson of Batesville..

William Floyd Naramore

WATER VALLEY – William Floyd Naramore, a beloved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2023. He was 75. Floyd was born to the late Oscar and Minnie Naramore on August 8, 1948, in Collierville, Tenn. He was a cherished member of his community in Water Valley.

Floyd led a life full of love, laughter, and cherished memories. He longed to be remembered as someone who loved others and would help them in any way he could. A kindhearted man, Floyd loved his family with his whole heart. His life in pictures reveals the special place each of his children and grandchildren held in his life. He also enjoyed the companionship of his trusty dog, Minnie Pearl.

Floyd was an industrious man and dedicated his career to the lumber manufacturing industry, where he excelled as a shipping supervisor. His work ethic and unwavering commitment made him highly respected by his colleagues. Outside of work, Floyd had a deep appreciation for the simple pleasures in life. He found great joy in the great outdoors and delighted in spending time camping and fishing. He also grew a garden each year and shared the bounty of his labor with family and friends.

Floyd proudly served in the U.S. Army, enlisting on November 15, 1968. He was honorably discharged on November 14, 1974, achieving the rank of SP-4.

Visitation was held in the Gardiner Room at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 29. The service followed at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel. Rev. Brennan Allen officiated. Seven Oaks Funeral Home had charge of the service.

Left behind to cherish Floyd’s memory are his children, Sheila Naramore, Randell Naramore, and Travis Hendricks; their mother, Betty Naramore; his grandchildren Courtney Winters, Bryr Banton, Paxton Naramore, Mac Wallace Naramore and Bryce Hendricks; and a host of special nieces and nephews along with cherished friends.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Buck Naramore, Willard Naramore, Archie Naramore, Jerry Naramore, Wallace Naramore, Sandra Keel, Hazel Harwell and Vivian Terry.

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