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Ada Frances Halford, 95, passed away on April 29, 2017 at Traceway Retirement Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Services will be held at Central Baptist Church on May 4, 2017 at 11:30am in Meridian, MS with Reverend Mike Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Halford was born in Meridian, MS on September 8, 1921 to George and Mattie Buie. Ada Frances, a 1939 graduate of Meridian High School, was a homemaker who lived most of her life in Meridian before moving to Tupelo, Mississippi to be cared for by her daughter, Cindy Gaines. Mrs. Halford was a lifelong member of The Southside Baptist Church (now Central Baptist) in Meridian, where she was a Sunday School Teacher for ages pre-school through young adult, adult choir member, and was active in the missions organization, WMU. Once she moved to Tupelo, she attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a charter member of Ben Arthur Davis Garden Club and PTA at her childrens school. Ada was a homemaker and enjoyed music, gardening, travel, and activities with her children and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Mattie Buie, and by her husband, Lloyd Joiner Halford and infant son, Lloyd Joiner Halford, Jr.
She is survived by 5 children and their respective spouses: George and Gloria Halford, Cookeville, TN; Frances and Doug Hassell, Vicksburg, MS; Bobby and Kathy Halford, Hattiesburg, MS; Jim and Kim Halford, Madison, MS; and Cindy and Robert Gaines, Tupelo, MS; grandchildren, Zachary Halford, Barry Hassell, Bill Hassell, Beth Hassell Thompson, Kelly Bates, Leslie Elliott, Brittany Olafson, Lori Stogner, Michael Halford, Hannah Halford, Madeline Halford, Anna Margaret Gaines, and Rebecca Steinman; and 12 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Halford, Barry Hassell, Bill Hassell, William Bates, Kevin Steinman, David Olafson, Josh Stogner, Justin Elliott, and Zachary Halford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Gibson, Jerry Pope, and Jimmy Smithey.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers of Martin House at Traceway Retirement Center in Tupelo for the loving and devoted care given to their mother.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 5, 2017 from 10:00-11:30am at Central Baptist Church in Meridian, MS.
Published on May 2, 2017
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