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Obituaries 02/02/17

Charlene Adams

TILLATOBA—Charlene “Char” Adams died peacefully, after a long hard battle with cancer, Friday, January 27, 2017, in Baptist  Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford, surrounded by her family. 

Char was the family photographer, historian, caregiver, cheerleader, chief cook, server, pea sheller, corn put-er-upper, best little boy entertainer ever, grandmother extraordinaire, cheesecake maker, hair roller-upper and official keeper of the family recipes. She was a dear, loyal friend and neighbor to many, always ready to assist in time of need. She never failed her family and friends. She loved stray dogs, momma kitties, and old mares.

Life was not always kind to  her, having been widowed with three little boys as a young woman, but she endured and kept going, loving, working, guiding, nurturing and serving. Char used her talents well and always let her light shine.

No one ever came to  her  house and left  hungry. She probably served thousands of meals, not only to her boys, but to many more.

Charlene Walton Walker Adams was born on Leap Day, February 29, 1940, to C. B. and Irene Walton Walker of Tillatoba. She was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Walker of Tillatoba and Ezra and Effie Cook Walton of Oakland. She married John Oscar (Bud) Adams of Oakland in 1958, son of William and Francis Adams.

She leaves three sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: John Oscar (Buddy) Adams, Jr. of Coffeeville, and his two children, Terri Adams Gillespie (Whit) of Blue Springs and their daughters, Harper and Effie, John Noel (Bud) Adams (and girlfriend, Hanna Rotenberry) of Coffeeville, and David Adams (Beth) of Senatobia, and his three sons, Dayton Adams of Ranger, Texas, Dawson Adams (Tiffany) of Middleton, Tenn., and Darren Adams of Senatobia, and Jeff Adams (Jessica) and their three sons, Jason, Jared, and Josh, all of Bruce. Survivors also include, her brothers, Benny Walker (Wanda) of Grenada, and Danny Walker (Peggy) of Batesville; three nephews and one niece; a sister-in-law, Harriet Adams Gabbert (Glen) of Water Valley; and a brother-in-law, Billy Adams (Dot) of Oakland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents, daughter-in-law, Pam Bell Adams, and a nephew, Nicholas Walker.

The funeral service was held at  2  p.m. Monday, January 30, in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service at Grenada, with Rev. Clay Baker officiating. Burial was next to her husband in the Spring Hill Cemetery at Oakland.


Betty Oliver Cox

FLORENCE, ALA.—Betty Oliver Cox, age 68, of Florence, Ala. passed away January 24, 2017.

She was a member  of Highland Baptist Church.

Visitation was held Thursday, January 26, and burial was in Greenview Memorial Park,with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Cox; a daughter, Robyn Lyn Cox; and one brother, Billy Oliver. 


Walter Roane “Walt” Hardy

WATER VALLEY – Walter Roane “Walt” Hardy, Jr., age 88, died January 30, 2017, at his home in Water Valley. He was born August 10, 1928 to the late Walter R. Hardy and Pink James Hardy. 

Walt served in the United States Army and returned home to work as a land surveyor for the Mississippi Highway Department for 33 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. He  enjoyed fishing, hunting for duck and quail, and also had a passion for growing vegetables and helping others. 

Visitation was held Tuesday, January 31, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with services following at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home. Rev. Randy Bain officiated and burial was in Pinecrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Josh Harris, Chris Terry, Landon Moore, Devin Moore, Mike Hardy and Jack Hughes. Bryce Terry was as honorary pallbearer. 

Walt is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jo Jones Hardy of Water Valley; two daughters, Libby Harris and her husband Bill, and Lori Thomas, all of Water Valley; one son, Walter Hardy III, and his wife Debra, of Tula; one sister, Myra Nell Johnson of Columbus, Ga.; two brothers, John Hardy and his wife Susan, of Hernando and Jim Hardy and his wife Kay, of Bruce; five grandchildren, Candi Terry, Josh Harris, Landon Moore, Devin Moore and Mike Hardy; eight great grandchildren, Bryce Terry, Baylie Terry, Laken Hardy, Avery Jo Hardy, Olivia Elizabeth Moore, Blair Harris, Leo Roane Harris and Lyle Harris. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Herma Dale Hardy.  The family requests memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans. 


Robert Lee Fleming

WATER VALLEY—Robert Lee Fleming, age 69, died January 19, 2017, in Baptist Memorial  Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford. Mr. Fleming was born March 24, 1947. He was retired from Motts Poultry. He was a member of Everdale M.B. Church.

The funeral service was held at one o’clock in the afternoon Wednesday, January 25, in Everdale M.B. Church. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada had charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a son, Kevin D. Jones of Mississippi; and one brother, Leon Fleming of Kentucky.

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