Obituaries 6/14/18

Edwin Earl Hill

WATER VALLEY—Edwin Earl Hill, age 90, passed away at his home in Water Valley, on June 4, 2018.

Born September 21, 1927, in Water Valley, he was a son of the late Alfred Bennett and Vattie Vearl Hensley Hill. Edwin Earl, affectionately known by his family as “Doc,” served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a former Sunday School teacher and a faithful and active member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church, where he served during the construction of the church and was a member of the choir. 

A charter member of Woodland Hills, Edwin Earl dearly loved his church and his church family and would do anything he possible could to help others. He was a master brick mason and carpenter and enjoyed good food, hunting, fishing, and building furniture. Family was a priority with Edwin Earl and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Visitation was held Thursday,  June 7, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Woodland Hills Baptist Church. The funeral service immediately followed visitation, with Rev. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his daughter, Malinda Hill Turner of Aberdeen; his son, Ron Hill (Bettye) of Cleveland; two brothers, Jerry Wayne Hill (Rosa Ruth) and Thomas Franklin Hill (Toni), both of Water Valley; three grandchildren, Ethan Hill Turner, Maribeth Crews and Sara Ellen Hill; and two great-grandchildren, John Pittman Crews and Mary Courtland Crews.

  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Black Hill; two sisters, Betty Ann Williams and Mary Lou Childress; and four brothers, Alfred Bennett Hill, Jr., Wayland Dean Hill, Sr., Bobby Hensley Hill, and Billy Jack Hill.

Amey Lee Martin Hollowell

WATER VALLEY—Amey Lee Martin Hollowell, 93, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

  The funeral service was held Saturday, June 9, at 12 p.m. in Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial followed in Shipp Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  She was a daughter of the late Esker Floyd and Irene Williams Martin. Mrs. Hollowell was retired from Big Yank Corporation in Water Valley, where she worked for 32 years. She was a lifetime member of Anchor Baptist Church and was an active participant in their Joyful Generations Quilting Group. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, Post 4100, in Water Valley. Mrs. Hollowell found great joy in working in her yard, watching hummingbirds, and cooking.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Van Buren Hollowell; a daughter, Deborah Williams; one brother, Jimmy Martin; and a granddaughter, Heather Williams.

She is survived by her son, George Hollowell (Mee Lee “Mary”) of Water Valley; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Hollowell’s memory may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Highway 7, Water Valley, MS 38965.

Joyce Cotten Long

WATER VALLEY – Ms. Joyce Cotten Long, 69, passed away at her residence in Water Valley on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Cornerstone Full Gospel Church in Water Valley. Bros. R. W. Moffett and Freddie Moorman officiating. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Long was born in Tallahatchie County in 1949. She was an avid and lifelong reader. She would spend hours reading books, magazines, and anything else she should get her hands on. She loved life, and everyone in her life – be them family, extended family, friends, neighbors, or someone she just met. She never met a stranger and had the biggest heart anyone had ever seen. Ms. Long was always accepting people into her life and helping them in any way she could – sometimes caring more about them than herself. 

Ms. Long was extremely smart and everyone around her would echo that notion. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. Her conversations would bring a wealth of knowledge to those close to her – she was one to ask for advice from, one to share with others, and one to learn from. Ms. Long took this knowledge into the law field where she worked as a paralegal until retirement.

She had a lot of faith and loved the Lord – something she shared with her family and friends throughout her life. She loved her grandbabies and cherished the time she had to spend with them – playing word games, putting together puzzles, or playing board games. A few of her favorites were Scrabble, Rummy, 10 Thousand, or other games of dice. Laughter was always the best medicine in her life as she was described as being full of joy, laughter, and love.

Ms. Long enjoyed trips to the thrift store to find the next jewel in the pile or prized piece for her ever growing collection at home. Most of all, she loved her family. She was always planning the next holiday or get-together. She took months at a time to plan things but of the care and thought she put into everything she did for her family.

Ms. Long is survived by her daughters, Pamela Colclasure, Stephanie (Bruce) Smith, and Alta Lynn Hughes, all of Water Valley; a son, Clay (Gail) Ferguson of Water Valley; sister, Cathy (Robert) Patton of Water Valley; brothers, Harold (Cherie) Cotten of Winona, Tommy (Connie) Latham of Water Valley, and Don Latham of Memphis; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Ms. Long was preceded in death by her loving husband, Philip Lyle Long; father, James Cotten, Sr.; mother, Loie Sandefer; and brothers, James Cotten, Jr., and Carl Latham.

Donations and memorials in honor of Ms. Joyce Cotten Long may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

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