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January 23, 2022


Betty Lynn Byrd Adams

August 17, 1934 - January 22, 2022

Betty Lynn Byrd Adams, age 87, wife of Jerry L.  Adams for 59 years, died Saturday, January 22, 2022, in Poplarville, MS. She was born on August 17, 1934, in Bogalusa, LA to the late Clayton and Velma Byrd and was a lifetime resident of the Ben’s Ford Community. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, her parents, an infant son Jerry Ellis Adams, Jr., her daughter Kathye Adams Ryan, one brother William “Sonny” Byrd and sister Sue Byrd Adams,

She was employed with Drs. Waldrop and Singleton for 35 years. She and her husband, Jerry, donated the land for the Clayton Byrd Fire Station, District #7 which continues to be instrumental in the safety and protection of our community.  Betty was a great cook which was something she learned from her Grandma Mizell.  Chicken and dumplings and gumbo was her specialty!

Betty was an active member of Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church where she was inspired to begin the food ministry for the shut-ins there. She was a loving church member active in all areas.  Betty will be missed and has been dearly loved by her large family and friends.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, a daughter and son in law Lorrie Adams Bickham and Keith and son in law Jerome “Jay” Ryan, grandchildren Bent (Kristin) and Larke Bickham Williams (Taylor) all of Bogalusa, Wil Bickham (Heather) of Hattiesburg, MS. Amber Ryan of Bogalusa, LA and Adam Ryan of Covington, LA.  Her sister Nella Rose Guilbeau of Baton Rouge, LA, sisters in law Debbie Adams Peterson, Bobbie Byrd, and Phyllis Adams Nielson, one brother-in-law Lavelle Adams. She was “Nana” to six precious great grandchildren: Cassie and Luke Bickham, Myles and Reagan Glenn, Avery and Amelia Ryan, and numerous nieces and nephews as well as special friends Carol and Allen Hillier.

Special thanks to the staff at Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church and Bro Marcus Rosa.

Visitation will be at Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the church sanctuary 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Marcus Rosa officiating.  Burial will follow in the McGehee Cemetery.

Poole Ritchie Funeral home will oversee the final arrangements.  The family invites you to sign the guestbook online at

Pallbearers will be Barrett Adams, Keith Byrd, Bent Bickham, Wil Bickham, Adam Ryan, and Taylor Williams.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the family ask that all present wear a mask.  Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice in her honor.

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