Myrtle Adway was born in Sherrill, Arkansas on June 4, 1915. She was the second of four daughters born to Willie and Josie Lee. Myrtle was educated in the Sherrill School District. Myrtle departed this life on Saturday morning, October 24, 2020.
Myrtle confessed hope in Christ early in life and was baptized and united with the Cottonwood Baptist Church. Myrtle later joined the St. John Missionary Baptist Church,
where she served her church in various positions such as Secretary, Choir member, Treasurer, and Pastor's Aide Club. Myrtle was a lifelong Eastern Star member. She,
along with her husband, Leon, was a dedicated supporter of the Altheimer Singing Union. Myrtle remained a faithful member of St. John until her death.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Leon, after sixty-eight years of marriage on February 28, 2006. She was also preceded by sons Arthur, Lee Otis, and Eddie; grandchildren Eric Adway and Yvonne Lawrence; great-grandchildren Patrick and Anthony Balsewiz, Graysen and Preston Davis; great-great-grandchild Reagan R. Adway; daughter-in-law Earlean Adway; three sisters-Altha Wooden, Catherine Walker, and Beatrice McClain. She was also preceded by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Myrtle loved her family. Beautiful memories will always linger with the remaining six children: Walter (Glenda) Adway of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Herman Adway and Vivian (Johnny) Gorman, Leon Jr. (Elaine), and Willie (Regina) Adway all of_Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Violetta (Desi) Purdy of Sherrill, Arkansas. She also leaves daughters-in-law Girtha Adway, Bobbie Adway, and Mealon Adway; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren, twenty-six great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
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