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Obituaries 11/16/2017

James William “Bill” Adams

BATON ROUGE, LA.—James William “Bill” Adams, 89, a resident of Baton Rouge, La., passed away Monday, October 23, 2017.

Born in Water Valley on October 12, 1928, he was a son of the late Wilkes Felon Adams and Beulah Ellis Jones Adams, the youngest of nine children. He had remained connected to childhood friends and the old home place.

A veteran and patriot, his military training  instilled great discipline as he was a proud cadet of Gulf Coast Military Academy,  a 1947 graduate of Oakland High School, and a 1949 graduate of Gulf Coast Community College at Perkinston. He served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, and was most proud of his training and service at the U.S.Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Ariz., during the Korean War.

Upon completion of his  military service, he worked for Ethyl Corporation and Metropolitan Life Insurance before embarking on a 40-year sales career in the automotive parts industry. He retired in 1993 to enjoy the laid-back coastal life in Ocean Springs, spending time fishing, boating, entertaining friends and traveling. He returned to Baton Rouge in 2010, where he shared life with his very special companion, Wanda B. Nelson.

He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and the Eastgate Masonic Lodge, Baton Rouge. He is survived by sons, Jeffery Brian Adams and John Wilkes Adams; grandchildren, Thomas Edward Adams, Michael James Adams, and Ann Marie Adams Gatlin; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Adams Rogers; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  his wife, Shirley Langlois Adams; a son, James William “Billy” Adams, Jr.; two sisters, and five bothers.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.  The funeral followed with Rev. Lane Cotton Winn as lead pastor and Pastor Julia Puac-Romero, associate pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Greenoaks Memorial Park.

Jerry L. Savage

WATER VALLEY—Jerry L. Savage, 70, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.


Visitation was held Saturday, November 11, from 1-3 p.m. in Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford. The funeral service immediately followed visitation at 3 p.m., also in the funeral home. Interment was in Anchor Baptist Church Cemetery, north of Water Valley, with Bro. Gerald Shook officiating.


Born in  Lafayette County, Mr. Savage was a son of the late Paul Eugene and Irene Savage. He was a member of the American Legion, the Masonic organization and Anchor Baptist Church. He served two years in the United States Army, where he received multiple medals for his actions in the Vietnam War. He was described as a tinkerer. Anything that was broken, or not working exactly right, he was bound to fix. Mr. Savage enjoyed bowling and good, talkative company. However, he adored noting more that his family and especially his grandchildren.


Survivors include his wife of 48 years. Sherron Savage of Water Valley; a son, Christopher Savage of Water Valley; one daughter, Emily Savage Williamson (Robert) of Water Valley; four grandsons, Brady Savage (Lauren), Nathan Taylor, Kolton Savage, and Caden Williamson, all of Oxford; two granddaughters, Brooklyn Williamson of Oxford and Kayleigh Williams of New Albany; two sisters, Lottie Horne (William) and Jamie Miller, both of Oxford; two brothers, Herbie Savage (Ruthie) of Water Valley and Harold Savage of Chicago; and a host of nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Savage Taylor; four brothers, Paul Savage, Chester Savage, Elvin “Buddy” Savage, and Wayne Savage; and three sisters, Betty House, Deborah Savage, and Anne Russell. 

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