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Obituaries – June 13, 2013

Jesse Lee Ford

HORN LAKE—Jesse Lee Ford, age 90, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home in Horn Lake.
   He was born December 6, 1922, in Virginia. Mr. Ford was a World War II veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a surgical technician and received two purple hearts and a bronze medal. He played professional baseball, before and after, he served in the military. Jesse owned and operated a service station for a number of years, then worked as a carpenter for TVA until he retired. He was a member of Parkway Village Christian Church.
  Visitation was held Tuesday, June 11, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A graveside service was held in Oak Hill Cemetery at two o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday, with Minister Tim Viner officiating.
    Survivors include his son, Greg Ford of Memphis; a daughter, Denise Ford Ludolf of Horn Lake; two grandchildren, Stephanie Sandstrom (Hosea Luis Nava) of Memphis, and Nicole Meaux of Shepardsville, Kentucky; and two greatgrandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Ford.

Halley Ann Charleen Gladwell

YAZOO CITY—Halley Ann Charleen Gladwell died Monday, June 3, 2013, in Vicksburg. She was 17 years old.
    She lived in Yazoo City and previously had lived in Water Valley.
    Halley Ann was preceded in death by a sister, Brooke Leslie Nicole Gladwell; and paternal grandparents, Jimmy Edward Gladwell, Sr. and Zola Oliver, Jr.
    Survivors include her parents, Jimmy Edward Gladwell and Jessica Gentry Gladwell, both of Yazoo City; a sister, Kimberly Michelle Gladwell of Yazoo City; one brother, Jimmy Edward Gladwell, III, of Yazoo City; her maternal grandmother, Chris Gentry of Vicksburg; maternal grandfathers, Rector Gentry of Vicksburg and Billy Lee of Kosciusko; paternal grandmother, Lela Oliver of Vicksburg; great-grandmother, Catherine Sanders of Vicksburg; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
    A memorial service will be held Friday, June 14, at Fly Mountain. Those attending will meet at Water Valley High School at 6:30 p.m.

Arrealous Holmes, Jr.

WATER VALLEY—Arrealous Holmes, Jr., age 34, died June 3, 2013, at his home.
    He was born June 22, 1978,  and was a graduate of Water Valley High School. He had previously lived in Oakland. Mr. Holmes was a member of Philadelphia Church.
    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, June 11, in Philadelphia  Church, with Rev. Bell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Eddie Robinson Funeral Directors of Grenada had charge of arrangements.
    Survivors include sisters Sonya Holmes of Nashville, Tenn., Joanne Rogers of Water Valley, Theresa Sparks of Memphis, Aretha Anderson of Oakland, and Tequith Davis of Courtland; brothers, Tony Holmes and Robert Anderson, both of Water Valley, and Walter Holmes of Memphis; and his mother, Vera Jean Anderson.

Martha Dean Smith Potts

WATER VALLEY—Martha Dean Smith Potts died May 23, 2012, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Visitation was Tuesday, May 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Faith Baptist Church, Water Valley. The funeral service immediately followed visitation, with Bro. Lynn Potts and Bro. Steve Standard officiating. Interment was in Drivers Flat Cemetery in Calhoun County with . B. J. Potts, R. J. Potts, Clinton Mooney, Rufus Ross, Joe Potts, Dewayne Potts, John Potts, Ron Hart, Jimmy Dale Potts, and Dale Potts as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Connor Potts and Chance Potts.
    Born July 26, 1938, in Yalobusha County, Mrs. Potts was a daughter of the late Rufus Monroe and Annie V. Smith. Martha was a nurse for many years. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, crocheting and genealogy research. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles Lynn Potts, Sr. of Water Valley; four sons, Charles Lynn Potts, Jr. (Linda) of Paris, Billy Michael Potts, Sr. (Nellie), Kenneth Dean Potts, Rufus Harold Potts, Sr. (Lisa), all of Water Valley; two sisters, Gladys Phillips (Cliff) of Water Valley, and Linda White (Elbert) of Olive Branch; one granddaughter, Marlena; four grandsons, B. J., R J. (Lacey), Connor and Chance;and one great-granddaughter; and a special niece, Frances Ross (Rufus) and many other nieces and nephews whom she loved.
    Martha was preceded in death by two children, Donna and Eddy; her parents; nd one sister, Peggy Smith Owens.

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