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Obituaries – Dec. 4, 2014

Jesse Lester Adams, Jr.

WATER VALLEY—Jesse Lester Adams, Jr., age 61, died Saturday, November 29, 2014, at his home in Water Valley.
  Born February 1, 1953 in Lambert, he was a son of Christine Holloway Adams Merritt and the late Jesse Lester Adams, Sr. Jesse was a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church, near Water Valley. He enjoyed helping others , fishing, riding his four-wheeler, teasing and playing tricks on people. Jesse was devoted to his family and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 3, from 10 until 11 a.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. The funeral service will be held in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home immediately following visitation, with Bro. John Stewart and Pastor Tommy Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County.
    Survivors include his mother, Christine Merritt of Water Valley; a daughter, Stephanie Adams Lawson of Batesville; sisters, Jo Ann Potts of Water Valley and Mae Watts of Oxford; a brother, David (Amy) Adams of Water Valley; four grandchildren, Joseph Adams, Justin Young, Harley Lang, and Lizzie Ellingburg; nieces and nephews and a great-niece and great-nephews.

Clarence Brown

COFFEEVILLE—Funeral services for Mr. Clarence Brown, Jr. were held Saturday, November 29, 2014, at noon in Bethlehem M.B. Church at Coffeeville. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until noon at the church.
    Townes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rosie Ann Hickey

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Rosie Ann Hickey, age 76, died Monday, December 1, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Service arrangements were incomplete at press time. For information contact Serenity-Daniel Funeral Home of Water Valley, at (662) 473-2138, who is in charge of arrangements.

James Albert Martin

OXFORD—James Albert Martin, 88, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 26, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Province officiating. Burial followed in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
    Born in Yalobusha County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Eskar Floyd and Susan Irene Williams Martin. He was a retired operator for the City of Oxford Water Plant and was a member of South Lamar Baptist Church and VFW Post 3978. He served in the United States Navy as a 3rd class electrician. He found enjoyment in bird hunting and woodworking. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Pauline Williams.
    Mr. Martin is survived by his daughter, Barbara Ann Wells (James William) of Sardis; his sister, Amy Lee Hollowell of Oxford; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
     Memorial contributions in Mr. Martin’s memory may be made to South Lamar Baptist Church, 2885 South Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
    In honor of Mr. Martin’s service to his country, the flag of the United States will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.

Mary E. Inman Milstead

PICAYUNE—Funeral services for Mary E. Inman Milstead, age 82, of Picayune, who passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014, were held Wednesday, November 26, at 1 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Carriere. Burial was in Carriere Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home. Rev. William Gary Smith and Bro. Danny Roy Johnson officiated the service.
    A native of Water Valley, she was a computer operator for First NBC, New Orleans, La. and a member of First Baptist Church of Carriere.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph House and Callie C. Mixon House; her husband, Maxwell A. Inman; and a brother, Edward H. House.
    Survivors include her husband, Ray L. Milstead; her children, Linda K. Inman, Susan Seals and husband, Ronnie G., Michael W. Inman, Mark Inman and wife, Kimberly; five grandchildren, Michael R. Inman, Deon Inman and wife, Melissa, Lauren Inman LaBruzza and Dennis, Kallie “Kristy” Penton Kennedy and Lance, and Kevin Seals; seven great-grandchildren;  and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Joseph Dencil House and wife, Gladys, and Larry D. House and wife, Joyce; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lula Beth Burns Porter

COFFEEVILLE—Lula Beth Burns Porter, age 80, of Coffeeville died Friday, November 28, 2014, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.
    Born May 17, 1934, in Oakland, Mrs. Porter was a daughter of the late William Henry and Pearl Pipkin Burns. Lula Beth worked for Grenada Hosiery Mill, was a hairdresser for a number of years, and later partnered with her husband, David, as an owner of Porter Construction Company, where she served as bookkeeper and office manager. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of  Coffeeville. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed gardening, canning, making her famous homemade ice cream and pecan pies and loved visiting with family and friends.
    Visitation was held Monday, December 1, from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. in First Baptist Church at Coffeeville.The funeral service was held in the church immediately following visitation with Dr. Thad Moore and Rev. Stacy Douglas officiating. Burial was in the Coffeeville City Cemetery , with David Persick, John Wells, Steve Latza, Donnie Summers, Bill Burns, Kyle Jeffreys as pallbearers.
    Survivors include three daughters, Teresa (Ralph) Persick of Coffeeville, Cindy (Sid) Seal of Brandon, and Betty (Richard) Quon of Moorhead; a sister, Mattie Frances (Steve) Latza of Chipley, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Betty (Don) Summers of Oxford; a brother-in-law, Tommy (Sue) Porter of Terry; four grandchildren, Lauren Persick (Kyle) Jeffreys, David Ory Persick, Porter Hardy Wells, and John Edward Wells V; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Porter, and her daughter, Rose Marie Porter.
    The family request that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Coffeeville, 14749 Depot St., Coffeeville, MS 38922, or the charity of your choice.

Mayva “Sue” Weaver

CORDOVA TENN.—Mayva “Sue” Weaver, formerly of Water Valley, age 81, died November 25, 2014, in Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville.
    Born July 30, 1933, in Paris, Mrs. Weaver was a daughter of the late Thomas Jeff and Corinne Frances French Williams. A retired teacher for the Desoto County Schools, Sue was a devoted member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova, where she was active in Sunday School and Bible studies, served as a  volunteer and worked in the kitchen ministry. She was featured in David Waters column in the Commercial Appeal for her personal ministry of making and giving away crosses during her stay in Baptist Reynolds Hospice House.
    A family graveside service was held Saturday, November 29, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Bro.  Raymond Aven officiating. A memorial service was held Sunday, November 30, in the chapel of Hope Church Memphis. Visitation was held at 1 p.m. with Pastor Milton Carroll officiating.
    Survivors include two daughters, Becky Weaver of Cordova and Gina Rogers of Arlington, Tenn.; two sons, Henry Weaver, III of Memphis and Bill Weaver of Batesville, Ark.; two sisters, Bettye Barker and Ann Howard, both of Tenn.; her brother, Max Williams of Fla.; grandchildren, Cody Rogers, Jared Rogers, Bailey Gray, and Megan Phillips.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Hubert Weaver, Jr.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Hope Church Memphis or to the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville.

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