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Obituaries 02/01/2024

Margaret Lucille Melton Hardy

SOUTHAVEN – Margaret Lucille Melton Hardy passed away on December 29, 2023, at Desoto Healthcare in Southaven after a hard battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a loving and adored daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Lucille was born in Big Creek on January 28, 1945, the third daughter of Howard and Earline Melton. When she was seven, she and her older sisters Ann and Frances were joined by brother James. She attended Water Valley High School where she met Donald Hardy, the son of Grade and Ruby Hardy. They were married in 1962 and moved immediately to Memphis where Don had a job with the Illinois Central Railroad. She was a devoted wife and they were an inseparable pair for more than 61 years.

Their son, Terry, was born in 1964 and daughter, Tracy McGee, in 1967. Don and Lucille lived in Whitehaven for many years and later settled in Horn Lake. She was a loving grandmother to her two grandchildren, Zachary Harpole, born 1990, and Hannah Harpole Alley, born 1992. Her great-grandson Tanner Alley was born in 2022.. On Christmas Day, four days before her death, she was surrounded by siblings, nieces, children and grandchildren who celebrated her life and shared memories of her loving spirit.

To her children and grandchildren, there could have been no more loving spirit. She was a teacher and caregiver her entire life and not just to her immediate family. She became something of an adoptive mother or grandmother to many and was much loved by all whose lives she had the opportunity to touch. Lucille was known for her servant heart. She was a longtime member of Westmont/Greenbrook Baptist Church and later Carriage Hills Baptist Church in Southaven. Over decades she taught Sunday School and kept the nursery inspiring and influencing countless children in their journey towards Christ.

Lillion Bolden Holmes

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

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

Lillion enjoyed attending Pine Grove East Church until her health began to fail. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and praying for and with family members – she was a strong lady of prayer. Lillion also riding and going out to eat with her daughter and granddaughter, Lakisha. The love and special attention Lakisha gave her made Lillion feel special – she had a special bond with her granddaughter.

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

The funeral service was held at Pine Grove East M.B. Church on Wednesday, January 3, with interment at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Eric Fleming, Derrick Fleming, Orlando Bolden, Kevin Wise, Jimmy Tatum and Quincy Holmes. Honorary pallbearers were Ned Bolden, Herron Bolden, Joe Rudd, Jordan Holmes, John Holmes and Richard Tatum. Walker Funeral Services were in charge of arrangements.

Family members Lillion leaves to cherish her memory are a daughter, Annette Holmes Rudd, and son-in-law, Joe Rudd of Water Valley; a granddaughter, Lakisha Holmes of Jackson; a grandson, Jordan Holmes of Water Valley; a sister, Helon (Wayne) Meyer of Wichita, Kansas; 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.

Don Louis Terry

WATER VALLEY – Don Louis Terry, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away peacefully on January 21, 2024. He was born on April 12, 1931, in Lakeland, Fla. to the late Claude and Louise Terry.

Don grew up in Water Valley and graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1949. He served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953. Don moved to Memphis in 1956 and he began his career as an industrial engineer at Hart’s Bakery, owned by Mr. L.S. Hartzog. Don became Mr. Hartzog’s right-hand man and was instrumental in inventing the pressure cooker for Colonel Sanders for KFC, and built assembly line bun bakeries for Mr. Hartzog and Dave Thomas (Wendy’s). After many accomplishments in the baking industry including building the first automated bakeries in Australia and Singapore where he met his wife, Narumon, they moved back to Water Valley in 1987. Don and his wife, Nallie, opened Nallie’s Egg Roll restaurant on Central St. in Water Valley in 1994, and operated it until 2020.

Don loved to visit his family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved to travel, fishing and tinkering with motors. He kept things running long after their due date. He was also proud of his GMC Special Eagle Edition which he kept running for many years.

Don is survived by his wife of 37 years, Narumon (Naiile) Terry; two brothers, Johnny Terry and Randy Terry; children, Debbie Habkouk, Tonja Stewart, Shane Terry, Thitiporn (Ohm) Sriprasert Whaley and Thanaporn (Aui) Sriprasert; seven grandchildren, Chase Habkouk, Maison Habkouk, Shelby DeVore, Landon Habkouk, Joshua Habkouk, Seth Stewart and Lance (Trey) Whaley III; and nine great grandchildren, Forrest DeVore, Dallas DeVore, Ellie DeVore, Esja Habkouk, Ari Habkouk, Brayden Habkouk, Mila Habkouk, Móa Habkouk and Lillian Habkouk.
Visitation was held Friday, January 26, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services immediately followed at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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