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Obituaries – Aug. 28, 2014

Gerald Ford

WATER VALLEY—Gerald Ford, age 64, died Saturday, August 23, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the morning, Tuesday, August 26, in Taylor United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Gossett officiating. A private graveside service will be held in Shipp Cemetery, Oxford. Visitation was held Monday, August 25, from 4-7 p.m. in Waller Funeral Home, Oxford.
    Born in Memphis, Mr. Ford was a son of the late Roy Harold and Effie Phillips Ford. He was a retired farmer and loved working with his cows before retirement. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. Mr. Ford was a member of Taylor United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Annette Ford of Water Valley; a son, Patton Wayne Ford of Pope; a brother, Lee Ford (Marie) of Kosciusko; and two grandchildren.
    Memorials in Mr. Ford’s memory may be made to Taylor United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 45, Taylor, MS 38673.

A.J. Hairston

OXFORD—A. J. Hairston, age 91, died Aug. 13, 2014, in Grace-land Nursing Home at Oxford.
  Mr. Hairston, born November 30, 1932, in Yalobusha County, was a son of the late Leo and Emma Hairston. He professed hope in Christ at an early age and joined Springhill North M.B. Church, in Water Valley, where he served as a deacon until his health started to fade. He then moved his membership closer to home to Clear Creek M.B. Church, where he was deacon emeritus until his health declined. He was united in holy matrimony to Mary Alice White on November 17, 1956, and to this union two children were born. His favorite hobby was being outside, glorifying in God’s nature.
    The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Saturday, August 23, in Clear Creek M.B. Church, Oxford, with Pastor Eddie D. Goliday, Sr. officiating. Burial was in the Church Cemetery. Visitation was from 12-6 p.m. Friday, August 22, in Serenity Martin Chapel.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Hairston; one son, Jerry (Ginia) Hairston of Hernando; and a daughter, Barbara Hairston Thompson of Oxford; two sisters, Ora Bell Hamilton of Chicago, and Prenie Sisk (Richard) of Milwaukee; four brothers, John (Earline) Hairston of Water Valley, Corenelius (Mary Lynn) Hairston of Oxford, Willie (Earlie Mae) Hairston of Memphis, and Ules (Leona) Hairston of Flint, Mich.; four grandchildren, Kristin Thompson, Chastin Thompson, Ashley Hairston, and Sean Hairston; three great-grandchildren; and a God-daughter.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers, W. B. Hairston, L. C. Hairston, and Carl Hairston, and two sisters, Eupora Hairston and Sarah Lynn Hairston.

William L. Hodge

WATER VALLEY—William L. Hodge, 90, died Monday, August 20, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born November 29, 1923, in Lafayette County, Mr. Hodge was a son of the late Edgar and Della Davis Hodge. William retired from the United States Army and worked for many years as a carpenter. He was a Baptist minister and throughout the years pastored several churches in the surrounding counties, including New Hope and Calvary in Coffeeville, Hopewell in Yalobusha County, Second Baptist in Water Valley, Paris Baptist Church, Springdale in Lafayette County, Turkey Creek and Driver’s Flat in Calhoun County. Bro. Hodge enjoyed gardening, remodeling homes, watching old westerns and spending time with his coffee-drinking buddies at Turnage Drug Store. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and loved spending time with his family.
    Visitation was held Saturday, August 23, from 9-11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral  Home, Water Valley. The funeral service was held at eleven o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. Binnie Turnage and Bro. Bill McGoodwin officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery in Lafayette County, with Blake Hodge, Scott Hodge, Jeff Hodge, Mike Hodge, Tim Hodge, and Kevin Wilburn as pallbearers.
    Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mirl Harwell Hodge of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three sons, William Eddie Hodge, Bill Hodge, and Ronnie Hodge; and his granddaughter,  Amy Hodge Wilburn.

James A. Sanson

WATER VALLEY—James A. Sanson, 77, died Thursday, August 21, 2014, at his home in Water Valley.
    Born February 21, 1937, he was the son of the late Carl B. and Odell Martin Sanson. He was an over-the-road truck driver and traveled widely for many years. His passion was people, and his occupation allowed him to engage with people from all walks of life. Mr. Sandom was a Baptist.
    visitation was held Monday, August 25, from 12:30 until 2 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service followed at two o’clock in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home, with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
    Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Pat Sansom of Water Valley; five sons, Jim (Linda) Sansom of Leslie, Mo., Alex (Kim) Sansom of Union, Mo., John Sansom of Memphis, Tom Sansom of Marthasville, Mo., and Gary Sansom of Water Valley; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Sansom.

John Lawson True

BATESVILLE—John Lawson True, age 75, passed away Sunday morning, August 24, 2014, at his home in Batesville.
    The funeral service will be held Thursday, August 28, at two o’clock in the afternoon in Wells Funeral Home at Batesville, with Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Visitation will preced the funeral at noon. Interment will follow the funeral in Hopewell Cemetery at Water Valley.
    Born January 4, 1939, John was a son of the late Mechach Turner True and Dorothy Littleton True. He retired from CN Railroad after 39 years of service as a conductor.
    Survivors include two sons, Jody True of Hernando and Scotty McCain of Olive Branch; two sisters, Ann Schmidt of Virginia Beach, Va. and Mary Hegwood of Wauchula, Fla.; one brother, Jim True of Water Valley; and two grandchildren.
    John was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Beard True; one son, John L. True, Jr.; and a sister, Frances Davis.

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