Obituaries 9/11/18

Published 5:07 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Charley Ward Bridges, Jr.

Batesville – Charley Ward Bridges Jr., 80, a retired farmer and Quitman County Supervisor, died Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Diversicare of Batesville.

Visitation is Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10 to 11 a.m. at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS.

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Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Meredith-Nowell Chapel in Clarksdale, MS with burial in the Center Hill Cemetery in Batesville. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS is handling the arrangements.

He was an avid hunter and a member of Blue Lake Baptist Church.  He enjoyed and spent lots of time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include sons Charley Ward Bridges, III. (Lisa) of Anguilla, MS and Ricky Bridges (Cindy Doss) of Batesville; brothers Larry Dean Hester (Connie) of Tupelo, MS and Terry Hester (Joyce) of McGee, MS; sister Judy Jabr of Lurand, MS; grandchildren Tiffany Lofton, Amber Bridges and Matthew Bridges and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie Jean Wiggs Bridges; parents Charley Ward Bridges Sr. and Della Mae Hester Bridges; brother Bobby Gale Hester and sister Betty Katherine Bridges.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Center Hill Cemetery, in care of Joe Sanders 5539 Hwy 35, Batesville, MS 38606.

Dorothy Davis Covington

Batesville – Mrs. Dorothy Maxine Davis Covington, 88, of Batesville, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS.

Mrs. Covington was born April 18, 1930, in Batesville, to the Late Ozelle Hendrix Davis and Thomas Jefferson Davis. She was a faithful member of the Batesville Presbyterian Church where she was involved in Sunday School and the Women’s Circles.

She loved God, her church, and her family. She spent most of her leisure time working in her yard and taking care of flowers. She is still remembered as “Miss Maxine” by all the children she loved and cared for in her daycare, Kiddie Korner.

Mrs. Covington is survived by her two children, James R. “Jimmy” Covington (Suzanne) of Sardis and Jean Robison (Hank) of Batesville; her brother, Donald Davis (Betty) of Batesville; four grandchildren, Richard Covington (Karen), Jodi Russell (Bryan), Molly Bienvenu (John), and Jason Covington (Leslie); and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, James N. Covington.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Batesville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jerry Long officiating. Interment followed in Antioch Cemetery in Courtland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cross or to the Batesville Presbyterian Church. Dickins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Ross Crain

Lee County, Ga. -Henry Ross Crain, was promoted on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at the age of 67 years. He is now face to face with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky to the late Chester and Suenette Crain, Henry graduated from Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi, served four years in the United States Army, and 16 years in the Mississippi National Guard. He obtained his Master of Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and his Education Specialist degree from Albany State University.

A lover of all things family with the mottos “do a right thing, in a right way” and “poor decisions limit future options,” he was a retired school administrator, teacher, and coach, who enjoyed writing articles on the Constitution and Government for the Lee County Herald, reading, playing pinochle, watching Southern Miss Football (SMTTT), and making homemade biscuits with his grandchildren.

He was a member at Albany Bible Church where he was privileged to serve on the Board of Deacons as well as participate in prayer service and Waffle House breakfast meetings with the ROMEO club (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

Henry will be forever remembered by his wife of 48 years, Sara Jane Spratlin Crain, his children, April (Robby) Gray, Paul (Kassi) Crain, and Rebekah (Jeff) Garrett, by his grandchildren Jenna, Lofton, Sadie, and Ellie Gray; Payton and Caleb Crain; Sawyer, Lucy, and Griffin Garrett, and by his brothers Chester (Kathie) Crain and David (Glenda) Crain.

Funeral services were Monday, September 10, 2018 at Albany Bible Church, 100 Grand Island Dr., Albany, Ga.

Rev. Pete Daughtry officiated. Interment will be Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12 p.m. at Andersonville National Cemetery, 760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA, with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.

To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews’ website at

Linda Lou Frakes

WATER VALLEY – Linda Lou Frakes died Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Funeral services were Monday, September 10, at Wells Funeral Home.

The interment followed the service at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.

Martha J. Miller Nelson

Martha J. Miller Nelson, age 63, passed away Thursday evening September 6, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until the  Memorial Service beginning 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kimbro Funeral  Home in Marks.

Mrs. Nelson was retired from Super Valu in Marks and was a member of the Church of God faith.

Martha leaves behind her daughters; Tracy Moore (Lawrence) of Enid, and Michelle Golden of Batesville; her sons Bill Nelson (Gretchen)  of Westerville, Ohio and Chris Nelson of Lambert; her sisters Sandra  Jones of Springdale, Ark. and Mildred Berry of Oakland, MS; her brothers, Dale Miller and William Miller of Marks; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  William A. and Doris Mildred Parish Miller and her sister Carol Roberts.

Katelyn Marie Ray

OAKLAND, MS – Katelyn Marie “Katiebug” Ray, age 17, passed away Wednesday morning September 5, 2018 due to a car accident.

Funeral services were Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Chapel of Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks. 

Interment followed in Crowder Cemetery, Crowder.

Katie, a crew member at Sonic in Water Valley, loved life, her nieces and nephews. She was just an outgoing young lady and was thrilled when she received her drivers license.

Those left that will cherish Katelyn’s memory include her parents Timothy and Shelia Ray of Oakland; her sister Courtney Pettit of Oakland; one aunt Cathy Winters of Batesville; one uncle Jason Pettit (Stephanie) of Oakland; one niece Rena Joyce Kiddy and one nephew Nicholas Dewayne Kiddy, maternal grandfather Duane Pettit of Crowder; paternal grandfather Elbert Sorrell of Belen; cousins Nicholas, Stephany, Elaina, and Madilyn Pettit, a host of great aunts, great uncles, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Timothy and Christopher Ray, maternal grandmother Ima Jean Pettit; paternal grandmother Geraldine Sorrell; maternal great  grandparents Dossie and Bobbie Nell Pettit; and paternal great grandparents Homer and Mary Wright.

Billy Joe Smith

WATER VALLEY – Billy Joe Smith, 69, died August 13, 2018 at Regional One in Memphis.

A Memorial service was held at Jackson Grove Church of Christ Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Mr. Smith was a retired truck driver and the son of the late L.C. Smith and Altha Scallions Smith.

Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston had charge of arrangements.