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Lester T. Armstrong
   Funeral services for Lester T. “Red” Armstrong, 63, of Senatobia, formerly of Winona, were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Oliver Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Winona Garden of Memory.
   Mr. Armstrong died March 17, 2013, at his residence of heart failure.
   He was the son of R. T. and Edna Palmertree Armstrong.
   Mr. Armstrong was a disabled, self-employed house painter and a Baptist.
   He is survived by his daughter, Amparo Ingram of Senatobia; a sister, Glenda Armstrong Evans of Baton Rouge, La.; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.  

Ellis Beck
   Funeral services for Ellis “Scrap” Beck, 83, of Duck Hill, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Wilkins Chapel. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Beck died March 15, 2013, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital.
   He was born on Feb. 27, 1930.
   Mr. Beck was employed at Waugh’s Company before his retirement, was a member of Wilkin Chapel and enjoyed fishing.
   Surviving Mr. Beck are four sisters, Clara Woods of Duck Hill, Elizabeth Beck of Tie Plant, Ruth Beck and Doris Horton of Grenada; two brothers, Alexander Beck and Fred Beck of Tie Plant.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Louise Graham
   Funeral services for Mary Louise Graham, 85, of Water Valley, are at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Clear Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
   Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Graham died March 19, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
   She was born on Aug. 5, 1927, in Coffeeville to the late John Edward and Myrtle Jones Byford.
   Mrs. Graham worked for many years in the cafeteria of Coffeeville Schools. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing and spending time with her family and friends. She was a former member of Clear Springs Baptist Church and later attended Calvary Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Graham in death are her husband, John Thomas Spurgeon; son, Thomas Lynn Spurgeon; and a brother, Charles Ray Byford.
   Surviving Mrs. Graham are her daughter, Linda Sims of Water Valley; sister, Nancy Fly of Cascilla; three brothers, James Byford, Edward Byford and John C. Byford, all of Coffeeville; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

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
   National Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge.

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 was Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Holcomb Cemetery. Graveside services followed 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 was in charge of the arrangements.

Charlotte Todd Parker
   Funeral services for Charlotte Todd Parker, 98, of Water Valley, are at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at First Baptist Church of Water Valley. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
   Visitation is at noon Friday at the church.
   Mrs. Parker died March 16, 2013, at home.
   She was born on Sept. 11, 1914, and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ernest Todd.
   Mrs. Parker was a graduate of University High School and  The University of Mississippi, after which she taught school at nearby Camp Ground School, where she also coached girls basketball. She was a charter member of both the Water Valley Garden Club and the Jr. Auxiliary. She was also a faithful and active member of the Water Valley First Baptist Church.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Parker in death are her daughter, Nancy Parker Turnipseed, brother, James Earnest Todd and sister, Sarah Todd Johnson.
   Surviving Mrs. Parker are her husband, Paul L. Parker of Water Valley; sister, Marinell Rector of Hendersonville, N.C.; brother, Wilbur Lee Todd of Tupelo; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
   The family request memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Water Valley.
   Seven Oaks 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 was 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.

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