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Mary Lois Anderson Landreth


WATER VALLEY—Mary Lois Anderson Landreth, age 84, died Sunday, May 27, 2018, at her home in Water Valley.

Born December 27, 1933, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Landreth was a daughter of the late Robert and Francis Pauline Carter Anderson. Mary was an active and faithful member of First Pentecostal Church of Water Valley, where she served as church secretary for many years. She enjoyed baking for church events, friends and family, and her specialties were fried pies and peanut brittle. Mary dearly loved her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was the peacemaker—the glue that held the family together. She was always doing anything she could to help others in need.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m on Thursday, May 31, in First Pentecostal Church at Water Valley. The funeral service was held at the church at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, with Rev. Charles Compton officiating. Burial was in First Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Lynette Landreth Pryor of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Shelly Melton, Mollie Colvin, and Justin Colvin; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Landreth; and daughters, Lois Janell White and Francis Marie Colvin.


Opal Huckaby McCain


WATER VALLEY—Opal Huckaby McCain, age 91, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital at Memphis.

Born February 27, 1927, in Lafayette County, she was a daughter of Egbert and Mattie Trammel Huckaby. Opal lived in Water Valley for the past 51 years, making her home on her beloved Market Street, where she and her late husband, Floyd McCain, were active in welcoming new neighbors and seeing friends off when they moved away. She was a member of Tula Baptist Church and worked as a utility operator for Big Yank Corporation until she retired in 1991. 

Opal celebrated life each day with humor and welcomed anyone entering her home as a friend. Her hobbies were cooking, sewing, gardening, cultivating friendships and giving the best advice ever! Opal loved talking on the phone, using it to keep her family connected by talking to each one daily and keeping them abreast of what the others were doing. She was truly the hands of Jesus as she cared for and ministered to family, friends and anyone in need.

Services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Burial will follow at Webb Cemetery in Lafayette County with Mike Brown, Billy Pearce, Stacy Barbee, Parker Brown, Preston Hooker, Pearce Price, Chris Hillhouse, and Brooks Hillhouse serving as pallbearers.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Brown (Dexter) of Water Valley; two sons, Loyd Hillhouse (Brenda) of Oxford and Danny Hillhouse (Janie) of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Winford Loyd Hillhouse; her second husband, James Floyd McCain, Sr.; four daughters, Linda Babb, Barbara Barbee, Faye King, and Jo Pearce; four sisters, Nona Thompson, Odell Nabors, May Shepherd, and Lorene Wright; and her brother, Emit Huckaby.

Memorials may be made to Webb Cemetery, in care of Regina Brown, 603 CR 428, Paris, MS 38949



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