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Obituaries 10/05/2017

Bettina White Hammond

WATER VALLEY—Mrs. Bettina White Hammond departed this life on Friday, September 15, 2017, in the peace of her parent’s home at Water Valley.

  Born October 11, 1973, in Lafayette County to L. V. and Roberta White, Mrs. Hammond graduated from Water Valley High School in 1992. She was very active in school, serving as vice president of Mrs. Morgan’s class. She graduated from  Northwest Community College in 1994 with an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. 

She accepted Christ and joined Spring Hill North M.B. Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death. Bettina was united in Holy  Matrimony to Khrel Hammond July 6, 2002. Bettina was the pillar of her community, serving the Water Valley School District as a second grade assistant teacher, as well as lead teacher at Water Valley Head Start. She did not meet a stranger and showed love to everyone she came across. She loved her family and friends and they all knew it.

  She was preceded in death by grandparents, Eugene and Jewel Crowder, Leslie and Lorene White.

  The funeral service was held Thursday, September 28 at one o’clock in the afternoon in Spring Hill North M.B. Church with Rev. Sammy Townes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Townes Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include the love of her life,  her husband Khrel  Hammond; a son, Donterrous Hammond; a daughter, Josyln Hammond; one daughter and son she raised as her own, Cammeron Purnell, and J. Q. Weekly; three brothers, Vernon White (Onia), Dennis Johnson (Candance), and Jerome Johnson (Ann); two sisters,  Cassandra Caldwell and Asia Luster; two God sisters, Felicia Townes and Monique Bush (Tony); Pamela White; two special nephews, Ladarius White and Prince White; her mother-in-law, Ms. Mae Ella Hammond; three sisters-in law,  Cora Jackson, Patricia Davis, and Tia Hammond; one brother-in-law, Fred Harris; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews; one special friend, Teresa Gaston; and two special aunts, Mary Townes and Earline Harriston (John). 

Cheryl Ann Hughes

WATER VALLEY—Cheryl Ann Hughes, age 60, died September 3, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  Born April 10, 1957, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Eleanor Nichols Hodge. Cheryl was a Baptist by faith. She was a retired teacher and enjoyed spending time with her family.

  Visitation was  held  Wednesday, September 6, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home from 1 to 1:45 p.m. A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery.

  Cheryl is survived by her  husband, Dannie Hughes of Courtland, and a son, Colby Williamson of Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Patricia Hart Riley 

WATER VALLEY—Patricia “Pat Pat” Hart Riley, age 77, died September 26, 2017, in the Yalobusha County Nursing Home at Water Valley.

  Born October 1, 1939, in Water Valley, Patsy was a daughter of the late Jessie P. and Grace Groves Hart, Jr. She was a homemaker and a loving mother to her three children. Patsy was an active and devoted member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. Her faith was strong and she instilled her Christian values in her three children. Patsy was also a member of the Town and Country Garden Club.

  Visitation was held Thursday, September 28, at 10 a.m. Services followed at noon in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Dr. Randy Bain officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bill Riley of Water Valley; two daughters and one son, Trina Finley (Jamey) of Saltillo, Denise Boxx (Charles) of Coffeeville, and Scott Riley of Chattanooga,  Tenn.; two sisters, Peggy Long (Hubert) of Heber Springs, Ark. and Holly Edwards (Lowell) of Water Valley; three brothers, Jessie Hart (Nancy) of Corinth,  Larry Hart (Betty) of Water Valley, and Craig Hart (Mary Jane) of Water Valley; and five grandchildren, Hanna  (Ian) Hammond, Dallas (Emily) Finley, Beth (Sean) Haggerty, Leah Boxx and Sarah Boxx. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1488 Belk Bvld., Oxford, MS 38655.

Hudson Still 

WATER VALLEY—Hudson  Still,  age 74, passed away Monday evening, September 25, 2017, at his home in Water Valley.

  A memorial service celebrating his life was held Thursday, September 28, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. in Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral  Home at Batesville. Rev. Martin Case officiated.

  Hudson was born March 8, 1943, to the late James Vardaman “Buck” and Mary Hortense Hudson Still in Memphis. He graduated from Batesville High School in 1961 and continued his education at Ole Miss, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1965, and a Masters Degree in School Administration. Hudson had a special love for NASCAR and attended many races at Talladega Super Speedway. 

He deeply cared for the people of Batesville and was passionate about his city and the growth of the community. Hudson served as City Alderman and Alderman-At-Large from 1985 until retirement from the office in 2005. He was a former Vice Mayor for the City of Batesville, former President  of the Batesville Rotary Club, former President of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and former President of the Panola Country Club. Hudson was a member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville and served in the Mississippi National Guard.


His  loving family that survive him include his wife, Susan H. Still of Water Valley; children, Lee Still (Carey) of Germantown, Tenn. and Matt Still (Kyle) of Oxford; a step-daughter, Brandy Russell (Chris) of Oxford; his brothers, Steve Still (Sandra) of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and David Still (Esther) of Tacoma, Wash.; four grandchildren, Mary Katherine Still, Lee Hudson Still, III, Banks Still, and Andrew Still; three step-grandchildren, Haley Catherine Russell, Carson Lane Russell and Karter Elizabeth Russell. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dr. Jimmie Carol Durr.

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