AMORY – Carla Yvonne Wall Cadden, 63, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, Tupelo. Born on March 5, 1951, in Starkville, she was a daughter of Tommy and Carrie Freeman Wall.
Growing up, Carla lived in Starkville, Holcomb, Mo., and Thibodaux, La., graduating from Thibodaux High School in 1969, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. Upon graduation, she attended Nicholls State University, Thibodaux. Working as a telephone operator for South Central Bell in Houma, La., she transferred to work in the Columbus office. On weekends, she would visit her grandparents and aunt, Mary Turner (Charles) in Amory. Through her matchmaker, Aunt Mary, Carla met her husband, Homer Reed ""Ricky"" Cadden Jr., son of Homer and Mamie Cadden.
Carla and Ricky were married on June 21, 1974, and lived a very full life. Ricky worked for Exxon and on offshore oil rigs. He worked in Bergen, Norway, and Thibodaux, La. They made lifelong friends while in Norway, loved to travel and see new countries, and were very generous people. Carla was a member of the Church of Christ, being baptized at age 9 in Holcomb. Faithful, she loved her church family like her own, especially the church in Houma. Carla taught children's and women's Bible classes, planned special retreats, organized Ladies' Days and served as a camp cook. She excelled at planning and organization for the church. Having a great mind for memorialization, Carla always remembered family and friends' birthdays and special occasions. Having battled various illnesses for the last several years, Carla is now at peace.
She is survived by her parents of Amory; children, Erica Zook (Matt), Ft. Myers, Fla., and James Aaron Cadden (Ginger Poarch), Amory; grandchildren, Natalie and Rachel Zook and Moses and Edith Cadden; siblings, Steve Wall, Thibodaux, La., Davan Walton (Michael), Shreveport, La., Laurie Bates (Daryl), Fredericksburg, Va., Teddie Butcher, Hoover, Ala., and Tim Wall (Molly), Laurel; brother-in-law, Roger Cadden (Peggy), Amory, and their children, Austin and Valerie; and sisters-in-law, Cathy Cadden, and Dee Cadden Close, and her son, Matthew.
In addition to her husband, Ricky, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Johnnie and Elma Freeman; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Homer and Mamie Cadden.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Amory Church of Christ with Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Wall, Tim Wall, Charles Turner, Roger Cadden, Austin Cadden and Johnnie Turner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. Mrs. Cadden will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. Wednesday until the service hour.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.