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Obituaries – Feb. 5, 2015

Jason Edris Adams

WATER VALLEY—Jason Edris Adams, 50, of Water Valley passed away Friday, January 30, 2015, at his residence.

            Born in West Point on May 21, 1964, he was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed with Insituform Technologies, Inc. in Batesville, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

            The funeral service was held Monday, February 2, at 11 a.m. in Robinson Chapel in West Point with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy Smith, Steve Fulgham, Marvin Turnipseed, Mark Vickers, Lee Vickers, and Mike Vickers. Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Water Valley.

            He is survived by his mother, Barbara Adams of West Point; a brother, Quintin Adams (Janice) of Brandon; two nieces, Caroline Adams and Victoria Adams and a nephew, Brett Adams, all of Brandon.

            He was preceded in death by his father, Clois Adams, and his wife, Terri Adams.

            Memorials may be sent to American Diabetes Association, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2470, Jackson, MS 39213. 

James Earl “Hambone” Brown

WATER VALLEY—James Earl “Hambone” Brown, age 65, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at  his home with his loving wife, Catherine, by his side.

   The funeral service was held at  noon, January 24, in the City Auditorium at Water Valley, with Rev. Phillip Brackett officiating. Interment was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Water Valley, with Michael Freeman, Jeremy Freeman, Keith House, Bobby Taylor, Markus Williams, and Vada Williams as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Brown, Jerry Brown, Joe Willie Carr, Barry Minor, Anthony Robinson, and Tony Walton.

            Born December 5, 1949, in Water Valley, he was a son of Tony and Hazelean Brown. In 1967 James graduated from Davidson High School and was soon drafted into the military. While honorably fighting for his country in Vietnam, he received many medals, including the honorable Purple Heart, which he was finally awarded on Veterans Day in  2013 by Congressman Thad Cochran.

            James and wife, Catherine, were married January 18, 1975, and spent the next 40  years raising a family in Water Valley. He worked for Baddour, Inc., where he would remain for the next 31 years until his retirement in 2006. During his career, James was honored when he received the Driver of the Year Award, recognizing his dedication to his job.

            James is most remembered for his love of family and never-ending work with his class members of Davidson High School Class of 1967, promoting scholarship and community awareness among the youth of our society.

            In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Lucy Faye Walton of Water Valley, and Annie Faye House of Memphis. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Catherine Dorthell Brown of Water Valley; a son, Kevin Freeman of Temecula, Calif.; three daughters, Jacqueline (Vada) Williams of Naples, Fla., Renee (Bobby) Taylor of Water Valley, Naomi (Terry) Hayes of Coffeeville; one sister, Shirley Hentz of Oxford; three brothers, John (Barbara) Brown of Memphis, who never left his side through school, Vietnam, or illness, Joe (Laura) Brown of Memphis, and Bobby Brown of Water Valley; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.

Gladys Boggus Cantrell

WATER VALLEY – Gladys Boggus Cantrell, 90, of Water Valley died Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – in Oxford.  She was born May 29, 1924 in Calhoun County, to Garlin Boggus and Arvilla Cleveland Boggus.  She was a retired seamstress for Kellwood and a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.

            Visitation is scheduled Thursday, February 5,  from noon until 2 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Services will folllow visitation at 2 p.m in the funeral home chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Dan Dickerson officiating.  Burial will be Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.

            Pallbearers are Adam Langham, David Cantrell, Casey Ward, Davin Ward, Chris Ward and Don Ward.

            Survivors included a daughter, Carolyn (Terry) Anthony of  Water Valley; a son, Fred W. (Fredda) Cantrell of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Derek (Alice) Smith of Madison, Ala.; Michelle (Cayce) Washington of Water Valley; Desha (Brad) Ferguson of Water Valley; David Cantrell,of Tupelo; and Kelly (Chris) Clark of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Chase, Brent and Staci Smith; Mallory and Carlye Washington; Peyton and Braxton Ferguson;  two sisters, Irma (Don) Ward of Big Creek and Peggy Dunlap of Metheun, Mass.;  and a special friend since childhood, Clemmie Brown.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Cantrell; her parents and two sisters, Dorris Ann Boggus and Ruth McNair.

Betty Jean Black Hill

WATER VALLEY—Betty Jean Black Hill, age 82, died Sunday, February 1, 2015, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

            Born October 7, 1932, in Water Valley, Mrs. Hill was a daughter of the late Edgar C. and Lela Mae Walters Black. Betty was a faithful and active member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary, was a former Sunday School teacher, choir member, and on various church committees. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and helping others. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved her Lord, her family, and her friends.

            Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 4, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Woodland Hills Baptist Church at Water Valley. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation at one o’clock, with Bro. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley, with Steve Hill, Stephen Hill, Bennett Hill, Tyler Hill, Tom Hill, Ricky Hill, Wayland Hill, and David Childress as pallbearers. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.

            Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edwin Earl Hill of Water Valley; a daughter, Malinda (Tobby) Turner of Aberdeen; her son, Ron (Bettye) Hill of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Maribeth Crews, Sara Ellen Hill and Ethan Turner; two great-grandchildren, Pittman Crews and Mary Courtland Crews.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Hamblett.

Dorothy Jaco Martin

TILLATOBA—Dorothy Jaco Martin, age 60, died Thursday, January 29, 2015, at her home in Tillatoba.

            Born December 3, 1954, Mrs. Martin was a daughter of the late James Richard and Geraldine Craig Bradley. She became an LPN and worked at several medical facilities, including the former Batesville Hospital and the Oxford Hospital. She later did private duty nursing for Home Health services,  before becoming a housewife. Dorothy was a long time member of Sardis Lake Baptist Church.

            An 11 o’clock a.m. service is planned for Saturday, February 7, in Goshen Chapel, located on the grounds of Goshen Cemetery in Coffeeville. Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include two daughters,Terra Payne (Larry) of Grenada and Teresa Bailey (Jim) of Water Valley; one son, Mike Jaco of Tillatoba; two sisters, Susan Melton and Nona Allred, both of Batesville; two brothers, Richard Bradley of Tillatoba and Ronnie Bradley of Batesville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Dean Martin; a sister, Bonnie Alewine; a brother, Jim Bradley; and two grandchildren.

 Sammy Leon Tidwell

COFFEEVILLE—Sammy Leon Tidwell, 60, of Coffeeville, passed away January 27, 2015, in Bolivar Medical Center at Cleveland.

            A graveside service was held Wednesday, January 28, in Pine Flat Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

            Survivors include sisters, Betty Respess and Marie Dulin; brother, Walter Ray Tidwell; four special nieces and nephews, Robert Hardin, Shirley Riley, Anthony Tramel, and Maryann Tramel Linley; and 35 other nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Sammy Joe Cyrus and Ida Lillian Tidwell; brothers, Homer and Russell Tidwell; sisters, Rosie Tidwell Maples, Pearl Tidwell Rackley, Elsie Tidwell Burgess, Mildred Tidwell Collinger, Billie Lou Tidwell Starks, and Della Estell Tidwell Turner.



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