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Obituaries 03/27/2024

John James Crow, Jr.

WATER VALLEY – John J. Crow Jr. died on March 20, 2024 at the age of 73. He was born in Helena, Ark., to the late John J. Crow Sr. and Joy Underwood Crow. With his family, John moved to Water Valley in 1964. He graduated from Water Valley High School in 1969 and attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. John attended and graduated from Mississippi College School of Law.

Following a time of work in the Louisiana Oil and Gas industry, John and Jane, with infant son Bennett, returned home to Water Valley and opened his law practice in 1980. With a love of the law, diligence, integrity, and many late nights, he built a successful law practice, providing clients with the best legal service he could offer. In 1981, John was appointed legal counsel for the Yalobusha County Board of Supervisors, a position he held until 2021. He also served as attorney for the city of Water Valley. He retired in 2021, leaving his partners Daniel M. Martin and John Shannon Crow to continue providing honorable legal services.

John was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and numerous committees. During his years in Water Valley, he was a member of various civic organizations and supporter as well as coach of the Magnolia Youth League.

Becoming Pop to his nine grandchildren brought unmeasured joy to his life. Insisting that the high chair be placed by his chair, he delighted in slipping ice cream in little mouths when parents weren’t looking, sneaking them Oreos, teaching the fine art of dipping graham crackers in milk, and being sure that he was responsible for their first sucker. He rode many hours with a child in his lap on a tractor, gator or lawnmower.

John is survived by his wife, Jane Henry Crow; children, Bennett (Kristen) Crow of Cleveland, Anna Crow (Jerry) Gordon and Shannon (Whitney) Crow both of Water Valley; nine grandchildren, Sam Crow, Lula Crow, Cate Crow, Mallie Jane Gordon, Walker Gordon, Mary Latham Gordon, Lottie Crow, Zola Crow, and Ryan Crow; and his sister Janice Crow Joyner.

He was preceded in death by both parents, John J. Crow, Sr and Joy Underwood Crow as well as one sister, Deborah Crow Babb.

Memorials may be made to the Branch of Hope, PO Box 767, Water Valley, MS 38965, Second Chance Animal Alliance, PO Box 794, Water Valley, MS 38965 or the charity of your choice.

Dale Eugene Dimock

WATER VALLEY – Dale Eugene Dimock passed from this earth on March 18, 2024. He was born December 22, 1937 in Sayre, PA, to Lewis and Mary Ryder Dimock.

Dale joined the Navy after high school and served 20 years. His first training was as an aviation metalsmith, and he served at several naval air stations around the country as well as a few tours aboard ships, then later as a drill instructor, and as a recruiter. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to school and earned a teaching certificate. He taught metal trades at

Grenada Vo-Tech High School for 17 years. After this second retirement, Dale enjoyed travel, fishing, woodworking, and especially golf. He was a fixture at the Yalobusha Country Club, helping with groundskeeping and serving as a marshal, but he mostly just enjoyed playing golf and socializing with his buddies. In his younger days, he was quite talented on roller skates, where his creative stunts earned him the nickname “Crazy Legs.”

Dale enjoyed being around people, and he could often be found at ball games or other public gatherings with a ready smile and a funny story. Playing solitaire on his computer was also a favorite pastime. He was always eager to learn a new card or magic trick (which he would then teach to the grandkids) or build a new puzzle contraption for that same audience. Dale was a big kid at heart, always playful and eternally cheerful! Dale loved his family and was a generous husband, father and grandfather.

Dale was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Dimock and Arthur Dimock; his first wife of 30 years, Lila Faye Faulkner Dimock; and one grandchild, Haley Terry Ferguson.

He leaves behind his wife of the last 33 years, Bonnie Walker Dimock; two daughters, Sandra (Steve) McCluskey and Carolyn (George) Rutherford; two stepchildren, Sandy Terry and Randy (Dawn) Walker; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Ferguson, Amy (Jon) Bardwell, Chris (Kelsey) McCluskey, Thomas (Becky) Rutherford, Lily Rutherford, Layth (Deana) Terry, Candi (Patrick) Stone, and KayLee (Tyler) Gore; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dale was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church.

Visitation was held at Seven Oaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 20. Funeral services followed at Seven Oaks on Thursday at 11 a.m., with burial in Sylva Rena Cemetery with military honors.

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