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Obituaries 02/15/2024

Michael Henry Dollahite

WATER VALLEY – Michael Henry Dollahite passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis on February 9, 2024, at the age of 64. Born in Memphis on February 26, 1959, he was the loving son of the late Albert and Irene Dollahite.

Michael graduated from Water Valley High School and went to work at Bondafoam before joining the City of Water Valley’s sanitation department, where he dedicated 22 years of service. He took great pride in his work and always ensured the cleanliness of the town.

Michael’s commitment to his job mirrored his dedication to his community.
In his leisure time, Michael found joy in following football and baseball games, cheering for his favorite teams.

Those who knew Michael remember him as someone with a good heart and down-to-earth nature. He never met a stranger. His kindness extended not only to people, but also to animals as he was an ardent animal lover. He loved his cat. He even had a special lunchtime friend known as “Little Buddy” that he would feed crumbs.

Michael is survived by his loving sister, Brenda (Steve) Swearengen; aunts, Janice Dollahite and Martha Moore; a niece, Heather (Jonathan) Hildebrant; and a nephew, Zach McCraw; as well as three great nieces and a great nephew who will forever cherish the memories they shared together.

The funeral service honoring Michael’s life will be held on February 15 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Chapel at the Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Prior to the service, a visitation will take place in the Gardiner Room from 11:30 am until service time.

Michael Henry Dollahite will forever be remembered for his friendly and compassionate nature, leaving a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to have known him.

Brenda Joyce Harris

WATER VALLEY – Brenda Joyce Harris, 57, departed this life on Jan. 25, 2024, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born to the late Joe Nelson Harris and Hattie (Lewis) Harris on Dec. 27, 1966, in Water Valley, one of 13 children.

Brenda attended Sanford Brown College, where she studied to be a medical assistant. She later retired from the St. Louis Psychiatric Hospital after working many years. She enjoyed comedy shows, watching movies, sports, cooking and spending time with her family.
Family members Brenda leaves to cherish her memories include three sons, Kevin (Nikesha) Story, Tylan Quantez Story and Tony Kevon Tre’Vonte Mays; and two grandchildren, Aiden Alexander Story and Armani Alexandria Story.

The funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 2, at Pine Grove East M.B. Church with Pastor Robert Reed officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Walker Funeral Services had charge of arrangements.

Brenda leaves four brothers, Jimmy (Cynthia) Harris, Sherman (Eva) Harris, Billy (Viola) Harris and Levo (Sandra) Harris; three sisters, Vera Mae Harris, Suzie (Bennie) Bain and Lilian Gail (Grover) Wise; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Joe Harris, Willie Ike Harris, Harvey Lynn Harris and Wayne Harris; and one sister, Katie Townsend.

Charles Edward Stewart

WATER VALLEY – Charles Edward Stewart, a beloved husband, devoted friend, and dedicated member of his community ,peacefully passed away on February 8, 2024, at the age of 79. He was born on July 20, 1944, in Hardin County, Tenn. to his loving parents.
Charles served his country with honor and distinction as a member of the United States Army, dedicating six years of his life to the service before being honorably discharged in 1969.

Following his time in the military, Charles relocated to Memphis where he found employment at WHBQ radio station. Later he and Charlottie moved to Water Valley, where he would work at the local radio station. He later went to work for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, from which he retired. He had a natural passion for gardening and enjoyed nurturing plants and flowers. He also possessed a deep appreciation for music and actively served as a song leader and secretary at his church. Charles’s vibrant personality, accompanied by his great sense of humor, left an indelible impact on all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Charles will be tremendously missed by his beloved wife of 56 years, Charlottie Stewart; and one sister, Dorothy Ferland of Lebanon, Maine. In remembrance of his life, a funeral service was held at First Assembly of God on February 13 at 1 p.m. Prior to the service, a visitation was held at the church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Bo Chinault, Tony Way, Rodney Grey, Keith Prestage, David Stricklin and Justin Gentry serving as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Clearance and Ruth (Glover) Stewart.

Carl Harold Vick

COFFEEVILLE – Carl Harold Vick, age 85, of Coffeeville passed away peacefully on February 9, 2024, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness.
Carl was born on May 4, 1938, in Coffeeville, MS to John Henry and Minnie Mae Womble Vick. After graduating from Coffeeville School in 1958, he went to work at McQuay in Grenada and retired after 42 years. While working there he met many wonderful people who he remained friends with over the years.

Carl was a part of many various organizations throughout his life. He wore many hats over the years but thoroughly cherished his time with each one of them. He was once a part of the local CB radio group that started back in the day in Water Valley. Many knew him then and some still remember his as “Lasso.”

He was a devout member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Water Valley. In 1977, he became the caretaker of Hopewell Cemetery after his father’s passing. He took pride in his duty as caretaker that ended in 2005 but he remained willing to help assist families the best he could throughout the rest of his life. Carl was also chairman of the Building and Grounds committee with the Yalobusha Baptist Association for over 20 years. He was proud to be able to work side by side with his fellow Christian brothers. He was a member of the Yalobusha Historical Society for many years. Throughout all of his life journey with these organizations, he made many life-long friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed getting his hands dirty in the garden.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 16 from noon until 1 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church. The Memorial Service will follow at the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carl is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Minnie Mae Thomas Vick; one son Dwight (Krista) Vick of Texas; one daughter LaWanda (Michael) Ingram of Coffeeville; one brother Thomas (Nell) Vick of Senatobia; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one grandchild; three sisters Lois (William) Stamatedes, Ann (Errol) Devillier, and Ouida Mae Vick; one brother Eugene Vick. In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Carl to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Fannie Jackson Willingham

OXFORD – Fannie Jackson Willingham departed this life on February 3, 2024, at her home in Oxford. She was born Sept. 13, 1937 in Barbour County, Ala., the firth child of Alvin Jackson, Sr. and Adell “Emma” Erkins Jackson.

At a young age she became a member of the Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Lufaula, Ala., where she served faithfully. Fannie was a 1956 graduate of Glenville High School in Glenville, Ala. After high school she moved to Milwaukee, Wisc. where she met and married Roland Willingham in June of 1965. Twin sons Marquese and Marteto Willingham were born to this union.

The family relocated to Oxford in 1973 and she joined Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Water Valley, where she served faithfully until her health failed. She served as church secretary and choir member. She was also a member of Heroines of Jericho – Taylor Court 95.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 9, followed by the service at Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Water Valley. Walker Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

She leaves to cherish her memories twin sons, Marquest Willingham of Oxford and Marteto (Sherry) Willingham of Tulsa, Okla., two granddaughters, Ebony (Shane) Jones of Tupelo and Makayla Willingham of Kansas City, Mo.;. three great grandchildren; her sister Ruby Love of Milwaukee, Wisc.; a brother, Edgar (Mary) Jackson of Haines City, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings, Alvin Jackson, Johnnie Bell Salary, Robert Jackson Sr and James Jackson.

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