Sadie Finklea Atkinson
Funeral services for Sadie Finklea Atkinson, 71, of Winona, are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Moore Memorial United Methodist Church in Winona. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
Mrs. Atkinson died March 9, 2013, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital of cancer.
She was born in Carthage and and grew up in Kosciusko. She was the daughter of the late Clyde and Hooper Marie McGivney Finklea.
Mrs. Atkinson was a 1963 graduate of Mississippi College and worked at Lawrence Printing Company in Greenwood for 34 years. She was an active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the Kitchen Guild and was chairman of the Worship Committee for several years. She was also a member of the Winona Garden Club and the Friends of the Library.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Finklea.
Survivors include her husband, Wilburn Atkinson of Winona; a daughter, Michelle Mason of Schlater; a son, Scott Atkinson of Hot Springs, Ark.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Moore Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center Building Fund.
An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is handling arrangements.
Mary Virginia Clark Blaylock
Funeral services for Mary Virginia Clark Blaylock, 96, of Holcomb, are at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Sparta United Methodist Church near Holcomb. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday, March 14, from noon until 2 p.m., at the Sparta United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Blaylock passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center.
She was born on March 17, 1916, and was the daughter of Walter George Clark and Elizabeth Ann Vance Clark of Holcomb.
Mary was a housewife and mother and was a member of the Sparta United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elizabeth Clark; her husband, Eugene Blaylock; two sisters; and one brother.
Mrs. Blaylock is survived by two daughters, Glenda Little of Holcomb and Betty Turnipseed of Grenada; three grandchildren, Melanie Ainsworth and her husband, Bruce, of Brandon, Miss., David Little and his wife, Beth, of Texarkana, Texas, and Chris Turnipseed and his wife, Laurie, of Eupora; and four great-grandchildren, Sara Grace Little, Cooper Little, Lindsey Turnipseed, and Lacey Turnipseed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sparta United Methodist Building Fund or the Sparta Cemetery Fund.
National Funeral Home is in charge.
Gail W. Brannon
Funeral services for Gail W. Brannon, 58, of Grenada, were at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery north of Grenada.
Visitation was Sunday, March 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Gail died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Providence Assisted Living Center in Grenada. She was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Williams.
She was born on June 22, 1954, and was the daughter of John Henry and Helen Kea Williams of Canton, Miss.
Gail was employed by Grenada School district as a teacher. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Gail is survived by her husband of 32 years, William Brannon of Grenada; her mother, Helen K. Williams of Pearl, Miss.; two sisters; Peggy Norton of Kodak, Tenn., and Linda Sutherland of Pearl, Miss.
Bro. Brent Barker and Bro, Eugene Heimbach officiated the services with Robert Hough, Paul Griffin, Mark Ward, Calvin Miller, Jr., Trea Sutherland and Ricky Norton serving as pallbearers.
National Funeral Home was in charge.
Gerald Wayne Gatlin
Gerald Wayne Gatlin, 65, of Grenada died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born on May 4, 1947, in Grenada County to Milton and Kathleen Loden Gatlin.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada from 1-3 p.m. Graveside funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. at Memorial Gardens with Bro. Bob Self and Curt Liles officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Hayward Gatlin of Grenada; two sons, Michael (Jill) Gatlin and Stephen (Kim) Gatlin, all of Grenada; and one daughter, Lindsay (Johnny) Marter, also of Grenada. He is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Tommy, David and Johnny Hayward, of Grenada; two sisters, Sandra Liles of Grenada and Mary Whitfield of Holcomb; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Kathleen Gatlin.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Building Fund at Friendship Baptist Church, 475 Pearidge Road, Grenada, MS 38901.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge.
A gathering of remembrance to celebrate the life of John Leland Grantham Jr., of Corinth, will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada with the Rev. Elizabeth Wheatley-Jones officiating. Placement will follow in the All Saints Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Leland died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 3, 1978, to John Leland Sr. and the late Judy Boyd Grantham in Grenada. He attended and graduated from Ole Miss, where he obtained his bachelors of science in business administration and was a member of the PIKE (Pi Kappa Alpha) Fraternity. After graduation, he moved to Corinth and started Captain Nutrition– a vitamin and supplement store, and became a fitness and wellness trainer for Corinth and the Crossroads area. Leland never met a stranger and called everybody his friend. He also loved to hunt deer, fish, and enjoyed being outdoors.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, John Leland Sr. and Sue Grantham of Grenada; children, Cotton and Anna of Corinth; two sisters, Jennifer Blair and husband, Brad, of Grenada, and Raney Grantham of Brandon, Miss.; one niece, Anna Blair; one nephew, Mason Blair; and a host of friends.
A reception of friends will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorials be made to your local chapter of the Humane Society or to the All Saints Episcopal Church – 469 South Main Street – Grenada, MS 38901.
Condolences for the family can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is handling the arrangements.
Funeral services for Mildred Melton, 87, of Winona, were at 3 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Scotland Cemetery in Winona.
Mrs. Melton died March 5, 2013, at Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Greenwood of heart failure.
She was the daughter of the late James Taylor and Emmie Rebecca Bateman Baskin.
Mrs. Melton was a retired clerk for Ellis Hardware and a member of Scotland Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Melton in death is her husband, James Lowrey Melton.
Surviving Mrs. Melton are two daughters, Cynthia Karen Melton of Grass Valley, Calif., and Sandra Gail McCullough of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Gary Lynn Melton of Winona and James Lowrey Melton Jr., of Garland, Texas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
An online guest book is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.
Mary Evelyn Jeffreys Minyard
Funeral services for Mary Evelyn Jeffreys Minyard, 94, of McCarley, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Lee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Moore’s Memorial Cemetery in Teoc in Carroll County.
Mrs. Minyard died March 9, 2013, at her home of congestive heart failure.
She was born on July 30, 1918, in the Valley Community around Teoc to Archie Landon and Lenis Louise Jeffreys.
Mrs. Minyard spent her childhood in Carroll County and graduated from Valley School in 1936. She was a lifelong resident of Carroll County. Before her retirement, Mrs. Minyard worked as a floor secretary for 20 years at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. She was a member of North Carrollton Baptist Church and an avid Atlanta Braves fan. She enjoyed baking her coconut cakes for everyone. She was married to Jacob Kenneth “Kenny” Minyard for 63 years until his death in 2009.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Minyard was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Jacob Kenneth “Kenny” Minyard; and two sisters, Gladys Louise Smith and Tessie Landon Carroll.
She is survived by her two daughters, Ellen Barry and Joan Dunn, both of McCarley; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Minyard’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Betty Thomas, Sherrie McCluskey, Tracy Stanford, and the dedicated staff of Sta-Home Hospice for their enduring care and love to her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Carrollton Baptist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 189, North Carrollton, MS 38947; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Lee Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.