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Obituaries 01/18/2024

Crawford Calvin King, Jr.

OAKLAND – Crawford Calvin King, Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, transitioned to his eternal home on January 9, 2024, at the age of 73. He was born January 26, 1950, in Clarksdale to Crawford Calvin King, Sr. and Martha Sue Moore King. He was raised in Lambert but had lived in Oakland for the last 36 years.
Calvin, ”Skip” to most who knew him, finished high school in 1968. He left high school for the Army. While in the Army he served as a UH 1 Helicopter Maintenance Instructor. He loved the Army and served his country proudly at Fort Rucker in Alabama. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he would later meet and marry the love of his life, Ophelia Lee. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage together and raised their family of six in a Pentecostal home.

Skippy had many joys in life, but crappie fishing was his favorite. He loved to hunt as well. Skippy was also a Pentecostal preacher. He was always ready with a word from the Bible and encouragement that all things happen in God’s time. The greatest joy in his life was spending time with his loving wife, Ophelia, and all their children and grandchildren. ,

Skippy is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ophelia Lee King; four sons; Terry Alvin (Christy) King of Oakland, Rev. Jerry Calvin (BJ) King of Dumas, Jonathan Edward (Laurie) King of Walls;and Nathanael (Robin) Glen King of Houston, Texas; and two daughters Cindy (Buddy) Smith of Santa Fe, Texas and Charlotte (Terry) Green of Oakland. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward “Bubba” (Frances) King of Senatobia; two sisters, Cindy (Jeff) Horlick of Fayetteville, Ark. and Jennifer Lynn Moore of Collierville, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Skip was preceded in death by his daddy, Crawford Calvin King, Sr.; his momma, Martha Sue Moore King; his step-momma, Adney King; one granddaughter, Harley Claire King; and one brother, Michael Jerome King.

Visitation was held Friday, January 12, at Camp Ground Baptist Church from noon until 2 p.m. Services immediately followed at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Pierce officiating. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Gardens in Batesville. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was honored to serve the King family.

Marilyn Diane Ross

CHARLESTON – Marilyn Diane Ross, age 70, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born on July 31, 1953, to the late Marion Thomas Williams and Annie Francine Rideout.

Diane is survived by her husband, Stanley Ross; two sons, Stanley Davlyn (Beth) Ross of Scobey and Jeremy Nathan (Christina) Ross of Maurice, La.; a sister, Joy (Ronnie) Blaylock of Scobey; and seven grandchildren, Hayden (Olivia Lane) Ross, Haley (Maggie Smith) Ross, Kimberly Ross, Shawnee Ross, Grayson Ross, Ana Claire Ross and Ben Ross.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Thomas Williams and Annie Francine Rideout.

Visitation was held Thursday, January 11, at Womble Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m. The service followed at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Shelly Scallions conducting.  Pallbearers were Hayden Ross, Haley Ross, Grayson Ross, Rob Ross, Greg Ross, Benny Champion and Chris Williams. Honorary Pallbearers were Kimberly Ross, Shawnee Ross, Ana Claire Ross and Ben Ross.

Cynthia Lee

WATER VALLEY – Cynthia “Cyndi” Lee passed away in her home surrounded by her family on January 13, 2024 at age 63 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Cyndi was born on July 1, 1960, in Jackson to Anna Rose Calhoun and Buck Calhoun. She was an amazing and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who had the blessing of having her in their life.

She loved God and worshiped Him throughout her battle with cancer. Her faith never wavered, even in the end. Though various ailments prevented her from attending in-person church services the last few years, she faithfully watched online sermons and did Bible studies to expand her knowledge and faith. Her favorite Bible verse was Philippians 4:13- – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and she used that verse to remind her of God’s faithfulness throughout her life.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved ones. She loved researching family history, scrapbooking, doing various crafts, and anything related to Big Foot. Some of her most cherished moments with her husband, Wesley, and youngest son, Jay, were traveling to places close to home and exploring new places together as a family.

Cyndi would do anything to help others and even in her final days, she thought of how she could help others. She chose to donate her body to cancer research to hopefully help save other families from the heartbreak of losing a loved one to cancer. Cyndi is reunited in death with her parents, Anna Rose Calhoun and Buck Calhoun; her sister, Wanda Oliver; grandparents, and cherished friends.

Cyndi leaves behind to carry on her memory her husband, Wesley Lee of Water Valley; her precious children, Jay Lee of Water Valley, Kristal (Brandon) Bailey of Union, Amanda (James) Shepherd of Robert, La. and Charles Barnett of Mississippi; and her brother, Buddy Calhoun of Monticello, Miss. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Ava, Caitlynn, Tristan, Samuel, James, Abby, Taylor, Robin and James Earl; friends and many “bonus children” that she had the pleasure of watching grow up; and nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

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