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Dorothy Bishop


MEMPHIS—Dorothy Mae Belcher Bishop of Memphis was called home August 27, 2018.

  Dorothy Mae was born September 15, 1945, in Water Valley and was the daughter of the late Cleveland Belcher, Sr. and the late Mrs. Ivory Woodard Belcher. She is one of eight children and was preceded in death by her brother, Danny Belcher; sister, Betty Belcher Bowman; and a grandson, Justin Belcher.

  On February 18, 1967, she was united in marriage to John Willie Bishop of Batesville.  She was a seamstress by trade. However, her true calling was being a mother and caregiver. She enjoyed cooking, being with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered as a woman with a kind heart who built a vast extended family though her generosity and welcoming spirit for every person that she encountered. 

  She leaves her husband of 51 years, John Bishop; one son, Kenneth Belcher; three daughters, Valencia Bishop, and twins, Katetric Collins and Lametric Bishop; three brothers, Cleveland Belcher, Jr. (Marvaleen), Frank Belcher, and Randy Belcher (Zandra); two sisters, Linda Cox (Charles), and Ruby Turner (Joe); seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, September 1, at 11 a.m. in Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Memphis with Rev. Albert Booker officiating. Burial was in New Park Cemetery in Memphis.


Sue Elliott Hedges Jolley


NASHVILLE, TENN.—Sue Elliott Hedges Jolley, age 95, died Thursday morning, September 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Sue was the beloved mother of four boys, with nine cherished grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who were the apples of her eye. Whether known as Momma, Muer, or Aunt Sue, she was the hub around which a large and extended family turned. Full of life, even to the end of her days, she will never be forgotten and will always be treasured for the love that she has shown.

She also loved to play bridge, travel, and was active for many years in the Junior Auxiliary of Water Valley. She was a Cub Scout den mother and room mother for each of her four sons, which surely helped her store treasure in heaven.

Visitation was held Monday, September 17, at 1 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with the service at 2 p.m. A graveside service followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Fred Hedges, and then her second husband, Dr. Bill Jolley.

She is survived by sons, Steve Hedges (Jean) of Sykesville, Md., Mike Hedges (Donetta) of Pleasant View, Tenn., Van Hedges (Mary) of Nashville, Tenn., and Jim Hedges (Susan) of McComb; grandchildren, Hillary Croll (Bobby) of Los Angeles, Calif, Michael Lee Hedges, Jr. of Clarksville, Tenn., Holly and Evie Krantz of Pleasant View, Tenn., Matt Hedges of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jane Douglas (Keith) of Nashville, Tenn., John Hedges of Clinton, and Lisa Hedges of Austin, Texas; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice.


Debra Ann McFatter


SUMMERVILLE, S.C.—Debra Ann McFatter, age 62, passed away in her home at Summerville, South Carolina on September 8, 2018.

Born May 17, 1956, in Schlater, she was a daughter of Betty Matthews Butler and the late Thomas Dexter Butler.Her interests were many and included shooting pool, reading romance novels, and playing Gin Rummy. But nothing held a place in her heart like reading her Bible and spending time with her grandchildren.

Visitation was held Thursday, September 13, from noon until 2 p.m. in the Appleton Room of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The funeral service follows in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Jerry Smith presiding and Uncle Neal Butler reading a closing prayer. Interment was in Robbs New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Pontotoc County.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Beasley of Grenada; her daughter, Amber Nicole McFatter of Grenada; her mother, Betty Matthews Butler; four sisters, Linda Melton of Grenada, Sheree Butler of Summerville, S.C., Angela Infinger of Harleyville, S.C., and Carolyn Butler of Grenada; four grandchildren, Gage Beasley, Christa Beasley, William Reed Ingram, and Erica Renee Potts; and three great-grandchildren.


Margaret Ann Oswalt

COFFEEVILLE—Margaret Ann Oswalt, 82, of Coffeeville, formerly of Greenville, passed away  Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in Baptist Nursing Home in Calhoun City.

Born August 18, 1936 in Darlove, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lessie Hall Jones. She was a retired bookkeeper, having  worked alongside her husband for many years at S&M Auto & Truck Repair. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 15, in Pine Grove Baptist Church in Yalobusha County with Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

Survivors include her husband, James Steve Oswalt; one daughter, Sherry Watkins of Gore Springs; five sons, Raymond Broadhead of Los Angeles, Calif., Timothy Broadhead of Kemah, Texas, Michael Oswalt of Katy, Texas, and Heath Oswalt of Katy, Texas; one granddaughter, Tracy Costilow of Winona; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.



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