Funeral services for Lorenzo Valley, 54, of Helena-West Helena, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at First Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Hull will officiate. Visitation is Friday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis.
Lorenzo Valley Sr., the great-grandson of the late Andrew and Ida Johnson Valley, the late Leslie and Virginia Wilborn and grandson of the late Charlie and Dellar Wilborn Baker Sr., was born Nov. 20, 1956 to the late Sylvester Valley Sr. and the late Ms. John Dean Neeley in Helena. During his childhood he became known affectionately as "Bay Bay." His maternal aunt Jessie nurtured him.
Lorenzo confessed a hope in Christ at a young age at the Jeremiah M.B. Church in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008, Lorenzo joined the First Baptist Church of West Helena and was an active member of the church until his death.
Lorenzo was educated in the Cleveland public schools and graduated in the John Adams High School Class of 1974. After high school, Lorenzo attended a technical college in the Cleveland area and later served in the U. S. Air Force until his honorable discharge.
During the years after his military service, "Bay Bay" worked for the U. S. Postal Service and in later days returned home and worked for the City of Helena-West Helena. Early Wednesday morning Dec.29, 2010, while at his home in Helena-West Helena, Bay Bay was called off life's journey and departed this life in exchange for life eternal. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Lorenzo Valley Sr. leaves his children and grandchildren; mother, Alice Valley of Helena-West Helena; his sisters, Birdine (Owen) Jackson of Cleveland, Ohio; Rev. Sandra Valley (Andrew) Bagley of Helena-West Helena; Alice Valley Hurd of New Boston, Texas and Lillian Valley of Irving, Texas; his brothers, Raymond (Renee) Valley of Fayetteville, Earl (Rhonda) Valley Sr. of Fairbanks, Alaska; Bishop Elijah (Gloria) Valley Sr. of London, England; Selwyn (Tracey) Valley Sr. of Joilet, Ill.; attorney James F. "J.F." (E. Renee) Valley of Helena-West Helena); Don Etherly (god brother) of Helena-West Helena; Rev. Anthony Valley of Little Rock; attorney André (Keshia) Valley of Helena-West Helena and Niguel Valley of Little Rock; his aunts, Mary Katherine Britton and Ruby C. Moore Hardison of Helena-West Helena; Thelma Jean Moore Pruitt of Roseville, Mich.; Alma Valley of Little Rock and Earnestine Valley of Helena-West Helena; his uncles, Marvin Lewis (Debra) Baker of Indianapolis, Ind.; L. C. Baker and Charlie Baker of Cleveland; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services, Inc. Sign the guestbook online at www.kincaidfuneralservices.com.