Funeral services for Joshua Beard, 31, of Cascilla, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Stonefield Church of God Cemetery in Cascilla.
Visitation was Saturday, March 16, from 5 until 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
Joshua died March 13, 2013, in Tallahatchie County.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1981, and was the son of Shelby Beth Kendall and the late Darrell Lynn Beard of Cascilla.
Joshua was employed by Jones Electrical as an electrician. He attended Stonefield Church of God.
Joshua is survived by his mother and stepfather, Shelby and Bobby Simmons of Grenada; two brothers, Chadwick Morgan Beard of Cascilla and Jordan Russell Simmons of Grenada; a special friend, Shannon Hill; and a special aunt, Noretta Beard of Cascilla.
National Funeral Home was in charge.
A gathering of remembrance to celebrate the life of John Leland Grantham Jr., of Corinth, was 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 followed 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; 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 was 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 handled the arrangements.
Thomas P. Irby
Thomas “Buddy” Payton Irby was born May 30, 1926, in Grenada and his beautiful soul passed into eternity peacefully at his home n Huntsville, Texas on March 16, 2013.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ora Lee Gee Irby and Chester Pratt Irby, also by his brothers, Chester P. Irby and James G. Irby, and by his sisters, Lee Ora Irby and Mary Louise Flinn.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Grantham Irby; his daughter, Beverly J. Irby and son-in-law, Rafael Lara-Alecio all of Huntsville, Texas; his grandson, Roberto Lara and wife, Anna, and great-grandson, Miles, of Logan, Utah, and his sister, Margie Ann Alexander of Calhoun, La.; brother and sister-in-laws, Armon and Ven Grantham of Stockdale, Texas, J. R. and Bobbie Grantham of Olive Branch, Miss.;. and aunt, Becky Walker of Grenada.
Thomas took great pride in having served our Country in the Navy during World War II on the USS Nashville. He told stories of being wounded in the Borneo Islands, of a Kamikaze plane diving into the smokestacks of the Nashville while he was on the second gunnery loading and offloading artillery and how harrowing and sad that was, how McArthur came aboard the ship, and of being the first ship up the Haungpu River in China to protect the port of Shanghai, and how the strength of current was used to turn the ship into docking along the Bund across from the Pacific (now Peace) Hotel.
He retired from the grocery business, and in 1997 he and Gladys moved to Huntsville, Texas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Huntsville. He knew his strength, during in his failing physical years, came through the Lord. He prayed each morning and night for his family and others. He had a patient, loving, and tender soul that never showed anger or animosity toward anyone. He never spoke a negative word toward or about anyone.
We know that he would wish to thank all the caregivers, particularly, Rosa Brown (main caregiver who cared for her patient tenderly for six years and who moved to Huntsville with him and Gladys after their brief return to Mississippi to live during 2007 and 2008). To all of Beverly’s and Rafael’s Facebook Friends (so many to list here—but counted) in Mississippi, Texas, and around the world and SHSU and TAMU family who prayed during this time, the family wishes to thank you. The Holy Spirit gave strength and comfort to Buddy and to the family through all of your prayers. Finally, but not least, Thomas would want to thank Pastor Willett of the First United Methodist Church Huntsville for her home-going prayers and for the support of his family. Additionally, Gladys’ UMC friends who brought love and food to the house during the last few days—we thank you.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Nebeel Khan for his kindness and loving support and for the care shared through Altus Hospice, the Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville Memorial Hospital Wound Care, the Walker County Ambulance Service over the years, and Amedysis Home Health.
The family would also like to thank the Graceland (now Providence) staff who helped Buddy during the brief stay in Grenada and the attending health care providers from the Grenada County Hospital and their home health services. All of you enriched his life as he was basically a shut-in over the past few years, but he never complained about anything. Praise God for this life and for this soul which has been returned to God.
Graveside service will be held in Grenada at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Thomas P. Irby’s bodily remains will be interred in Odd Fellows Cemetery in the Irby-McMullen Section.
An online family register book is available at www.BROOKEFUNERALSERVICE.com.
National Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge.
D. Otis Little
D. Otis “O.D.” Little, 66, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013. He was born in Grenada and came to Florida in 2010 from Elizabethtown, Ky.
He traveled the world during his 26-year career in the U.S. Army and retired as a Sergeant Major. O.D. enjoyed family time, wood working, classic cars and was an avid fisherman.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tullie and Agnes Little.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda; three daughters, Michelle Robey and her husband, Shawn, Vicky Goldwasser and her husband, Joshua, and USAF Staff Sergeant Britney Little; his brother, Freddie Little; two sisters, Margie Marlow and her husband, Claude, and Sue Perry and her husband, Claude; two granddaughters, Kylie and McKenna Robey.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Loyless Funeral Home in Land O’ Lakes. Words of comfort may be expressed at LoylessFuneralHome.com.
Sherry Renee Venable Manes
Sherry Renee Venable Manes, 37, of Holcomb, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Nov. 5, 1975, in Arkansas and was a Baptist.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Holcomb Cemetery. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Larry Edwards officiating.
She is survived by her father, Keith (Peach) Venable of Mountain Home, Ark.; her mother, Ann (Randy) Terry of Holcomb; two brothers, Jesse (Ginger) Venable of Calico Rock, Ark., and Travis Venable of St. Louis, Mo.; a step-brother, Justin Terry of Holcomb and a step-sister, Brandy Ward of Grenada. She is also survived by three nieces, Taylor Venable of St. Louis, Mo., and Ashley and Julie Venable of Calico Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by a son, Garrett Blaine Manes.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Lupus Foundation of America Inc., P.O. Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629.
Garner Harper Funeral home is in charge.
Doris Louise Darby Redwine
Funeral services for Doris Louise Darby Redwine, 69, of Batesville, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial followed in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Redwine died March 15, 2013, at Baptist Desoto Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
She was born on June 17, 1943, in Tallahatchie County, to Walter C. and Violet Shelton Boothe.
Mrs. Redwine was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Edward Darby; two sisters, Frances Swell and Rose Wrenn; and two brothers, Willard Boothe and Lewis Boothe.
Survivors include her husband, William Thomas Redwine of Batesville; three daughters, Regina Louise Jaco, Tammy Redwine and Laurie Pitcock, all of Batesville; three sisters, Barbara Ann Reeves of Crossville, Tenn., Polly Evans of Charleston, Miss., and Elouise Jenkins of Rockford, Ill.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Wells Funeral Home was in charge.
Walter William Story
Funeral services for Walter William Story, 62, of Water Valley, are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Turkey Creek Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Story died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.
He was born on May 30, 1950, in Dearborn, Mich., to Billy Joe and Joyce Kamraus Story.
Mr. Story served in the United States Army and worked for the Yalobusha County EMS as a First Responder. He served as a volunteer firefighter and loved to help people. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed crappie fishing, was a devoted husband who loved his family. He was a member of O’Tuckalofa Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Story.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Story of Water Valley; his mother, Joyce Brady of Michigan; two sons, Steven Story of Water Valley and Mark Story of Oxford; five brothers, Lester Story of Taylor, Mich., Jon Story and Rick Story, both of Clinton, Tenn., Herman Story of Oxford, and Joey Story of Pittsburgh, Miss.; four sisters, Lois Decker of Taylor Mich., Emily Williams of Shepard, Texas, Jeanie Douglas of Water Valley, and Mary Helen Maine of Brownstown, Mich.; and four grandchildren.
An online guestbook is at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.
Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.
Funeral services for Mike White, 51, of Oxford, are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at National Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Visitation is Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home Chapel.
Mike died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1961, and was the son of James Arendal White and Annie Ruth Gray White of Kankakee, Ill.
Mike was retired from the National Guard as a Sergeant 1st class.
Mike is survived by four daughters, Jennifer Liberto and Jamie Bradford, both of Grenada, Jessica Jones of Vicksburg and Hope White of Horn Lake; one sister, Kathy Wilkinson of Grenada; two brothers, James White Jr. of Hernando and David White of Oxford; four grandchildren, Kaylyn Carver, Reagan Jones, Madie Liberto and Jude Liberto. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, James A. and Annie Ruth White; and a sister, Lori Ann Self.
National Funeral Home is in charge.
Parker Gene Whitworth Jr.
Funeral services for Parker Gene Whitworth Jr., 49, of Springfield, Mo., are at 11 a.m., Friday, March 22, at National Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada. Burial will follow in New Gauley Cemetery near Calhoun City. Pallbearers will be Tony Whitworth, Marty Barton, John Barton, Ashby Barton, Robert Earl McDaniel, and Kent Bailey.
Visitation is Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
Our beloved son, brother, and friend, Parker passed away Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. He was known by everyone who knew him as “Whit” or “Stretch” by his high school buddies. He never met anyone that didn’t become his friend. He was loved by all who knew him, because of his generous heart and free spirit. Parker worked at Positronics in Mt. Vernon, Mo.
He is preceded in death by his father, Parker Gene Whitworth.
Parker is survived by his mother, Barbara Whitworth of Nixa, Mo.; three sisters, Terri (Terry) Bailey of Mobile, Ala., Jeanne (Jacky) Stevens and Sherri (Gerry) Riddle, both of Nixa, Mo.; one nephew, Kent Bailey of Mobile, Ala.; three nieces, D. J. Fowler of Moorehead, Miss., Hope Huddleston of Greenville, Miss., and Shelby Riddle of Nixa, Mo,; and his girlfriend, Mary Howard of Springfield, Mo.
National Funeral Home is in charge.