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Obituaries 08/11/2022

Donald Lee “Don” Conrad

OXFORD – Donald Lee “Don” Conrad, 59, died Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North. The funeral service will be Wednesday, August 10, at 11 a.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Buster Wilson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Kingdom Cemetery. 

Don was born on December 5, 1962 in Akron, Ohio to the late Robert and Dora Ramsey Conrad. He proudly served his country as a Sr. Airman in the United States Air Force and found great joy and purpose in his career with the United States Federal Courts where he served as the longtime IT Director. He was a faithful and active member of New Prospect Baptist, a devoted husband and a loving father. His knowledge of automobiles was impressive. Minutes would quickly turn to hours as he lost himself in his work, rebuilding and simply tinkering with his prized 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle. Spending time outdoors tending to his bees taught him patience and provided moments of much needed solace and reflection. His extensive gun collection was envied by many. 

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Cook Conrad of Taylor; two daughters, Virginia Conrad Hale and her husband, Brente of Taylor, and Natalie Ann Smith and her husband, Jeremy of Oxford; two sons, Kenny Hazlewood and his wife, Kaytee of Oxford and Tommy Hazlewood and his wife, Caralee of Oxford; a sister Retha Marie Mills of Mountville, SC; a brother, Chad Alan Conrad of Oxford and 12 grandchildren. 

James Lee Williamson

ATMORE, Ala. – James Lee Williamson, age 71, of Atmore, AL went to his forever home Sunday, at Sacred Heart Hospice in Florida. He was born November 6, 1950, in Guam, to Dudley C., Sr., and Maria (Manalisay) Williamson. James is described by his family as being a fun, loving dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather. 

After graduating high school, he joined the Army National Guard with his brother, Dudley C. Williamson, Jr., proudly serving his country as an artillery gunner. He then went on to work for and retire from Miller Industries out of Chattanooga, Tenn. as a fabricator. In his spare time, James loved spending time at the beach soaking up the sun and watching the waves roll in, occasionally fishing while there. James was also known to be a fantastic cook, to which many people can attest to. He often competed in barbecue competitions at Memphis in May, winning multiples awards for his great food. He will be dearly missed by all those that loved and cherished him.

Visitation was held Sunday, August 7, in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Services followed Monday, August 8, at 10 a.m., in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

James is survived by his children, Heather (Travis) Romberger, Robert (Kellie Murphree) Williamson and James Lee Williamson, Jr.; his grandchildren, Emily Scott, Brooklyn Williamson, Caden Williamson, Megan Romberger, Isabella Romberger, and Amelia Romberger; and his great-granddaughter, Blakely Morrow.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley Williamson and Maria Williamson; and his siblings, Dudley Williamson, Dolly Williamson and Vicenta Craigo.

Betty Jean (Cobb) Woody

OXFORD – Betty Jean (Cobb) Woody, age 88, of Oxford went to her forever home Saturday, July 31, 2022, at Elison Assisted Living in Oxford.

Born October 16, 1933, in Nashville, she was a daughter of George and Effie (Gamble) Cobb.  Betty was an energetic woman who possessed a tender and loving heart. While in school, she fell in love with David Woody. She married him on the day of her graduation from school and they started their lifelong journey together. 

 After Tim became old enough, Betty went to work at a beauty salon in Donaldson, Tenn. After retiring in 2002, she and David moved to the Tocopola community where they became members and served at Shiloh Baptist Church. Betty genuinely loved people and, it is said, had the gift of conversation. When she wasn’t knitting scarves, she loved to be on the move, getting out seeing people and places. But nothing held a deeper place in her heart than that of her family. 

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. 

Betty is survived by her children Vicky (Sammy) Lanier, of Water Valley and Timothy Lee (Trica) Woody of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Heavner of Oxford, Rachel Woody of Baton Rouge, La., and Zach (Kristin) Woody of Memphis, Tenn.; and one sister, Ann Shirley of Columbia, Tenn.  She was preceded in death by her husband, David Woody, and her parents.

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