Betty Jean Brown
VENICE, FLA. – Betty Jean Brown, 92, died in Venice, Fla. on September 17, 2021. She was born in Yalobusha County on Nov. 2, 1928, the daughter of the late T.G. and Sadelle Perkins Brown.
Graveside services are scheduled at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley at 11 a.m. on October 25.
Betty Jean’s family moved to Washington D.C. when she was a small child. She moved to New York City as a young adult to pursue acting and starred in several Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. She performed in plays with several people who went on to become famous actors/actresses including Jean Stapleton, Rue McClanahan and Uta Hagen.
In addition to acting, Betty Jean painted sets and worked in numerous production support roles in theaters. She also sang in the New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus in several productions. She lived a short distance from Times Square and loved the hustle and bustle of New York. Later she became a substitute teacher and taught in Harlem and in a women’s correctional facility.
Betty Jean moved back to Water Valley in the early 1990s to help care for her mother. While living here, she sang with the United Voices of Praise for several years.
She moved to Sarasota, Fla. in 2013 and remained in Sarasota and later Venice until her death. She is survived by several cousins including Johnny Perkins and Betty Davis, both of Water Valley.
MELBOURNE, Ark. – Daisy Goad passed away at her home with her family by her side on October 4, 2021.
Daisy was born March 11, 1931, in Alabama to Sidney and Mandy Hendrix. She earned her GED while working at Holley Automotive in Water Valley in 1987. She later worked at North Mississippi Mental Health Center, where she became a CNA in 1989. She retired to take care of her husband.
Daisy’s personal interests included quilting, canning and cleaning hogs. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver for family members. Her charm and smile brightened rooms as well as people’s lives.
Daisy is survived by her four sons, Sylvester Holland, Jimmy (Bonnie) Holland, Edgar (Christina) Holland and Travis (Kathy) Goad; one daughter, Patsy Stevenson; and a bundle of grandchildren and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Arthur Holland.
Services were held Wednesday, October 5, at the old American Legion Hut in Coffeeville. Danny Brown officiated. Pallbearers were Jimmy Holland, Edgar Holland, Travis Goad, Thomas Holland, Warren Holland and Austin Howard.
BATESVILLE – Bro. Joel Eugene Jones, age 85, passed away Monday afternoon, October 11, 2021 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 13, at the Shiloh United Methodist Church. Interment was at the church cemetery. Wells Funeral Home in Batesville had charge of the services.
Bro. Joel was born on September 14, 1936 in Crowder to the late Bickett and Valeria Long Jones. Bro. Joel was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and pastor, and a friend to many. He served as pastor at Jumpers Chapel Congregational Methodist Church in Water Valley for 32 years. He also worked as the production manager for PlasPros for nearly 20 years and served our country in the U.S. Army. One of his greatest joys in life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had a special love for them and his church.
The family he leaves behind includes his precious wife, Lorene Vaughan Jones of Batesville; daughter, Jenny Jones Sullivant (Scott) of Batesville; son, Jason Jones of Sardis; six grandchildren, Anna Camp, Ali Gurley, Parker Jones, Bailey Sullivant, Payton Jones, and Grace Jones; 12 great grandchildren, Aiden Sullivant, Caden Camp, Everette Camp, Holden Camp, Riley Mills Camp, Adelyn Gurley, Avery Gurley, Waverly Gurley, Iyla Jones, Addy Jones, Ivy Jones and Dax Jones.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one daughter, Angie Jones Ellis and one brother, James Jones.