Robert Edward Childress Sr.
Funeral services for Robert Edward “R. E.” Childress Sr., 90, native of Hardy, formerly of Grenada, and currently of Oxford are at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Hardy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
Mr. Childress died June 30, 2013, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born on June 13, 1923.
Mr. Childress was retired from Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of the Jolly Boys Club and Mt. Zion M.B. Church, where he served as deacon. Mr. Childress was honorably discharged in World War II in 1946.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Jones Childress; a daughter, Ann Childress Liddell; and a son, Robert Childress Jr.
Survivors include six grandchildren, Cecelia Childress-Brent and Gary Conley, both of Memphis, Monique Childress-Ealey of Southaven, Jeremy Liddell of Starkville, Jonathan Liddell of Oxford and Jamal Dillon of Baton Rouge; and nine great-grandchildren.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.
Bennie Louise Gant Hambrick
Funeral services for Bennie Louise Gant Hambrick, 88, of Vaiden, were at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona. Burial followed in Winona Garden of Memory.
Mrs. Hambrick died July 1, 2013, at her home of heart failure.
She was the daughter of Ben Louis and Alma Louise McLean Gant and the widow of Hubert Smith Hambrick.
Mrs. Hambrick was a homemaker and a member of Vaiden Baptist Church. She was also a former member of the Brownline Homemakers Club and the Vaiden Garden Club.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Hambrick was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Louise Hambrick and Barbara Braswell, both of Vaiden; two sons, Butch Hambrick and Billy Hambrick, both of Vaiden; three sisters, Mae Clark of Brandon, Annette Bennett of Vidalia, La., and Pat Ritch of Crystal Springs; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Vaiden Baptist Church, 501 Mulberry Street, Vaiden, MS 39176.
An online guestbook is at www.ofhwinona.com.
Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.
Luther Lee Owens Sr.
Funeral services for Luther Lee Owens Sr., 74, of Duck Hill, are at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Duck Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, July 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Duck Hill Baptist Church.
Luther died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Jackson.
He was born on May 21, 1939, and was the son of the late William Arthur Owens and Ruby Mae McHann.
Luther was employed by USDA as a Livestock Inspector. He was a member of Holcomb Baptist Church. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean Conflict. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the DAV.
Luther is survived by his wife of 50 years, Grace Ware Owens; two sons, Luther Lee Owens Jr. (Teresa) of Holcomb and Tim Owens (Christy) of Duck Hill; one daughter, Reba Owens Hood (Rodney) of Duck Hill; one brother, James Ray Owens of Hamilton, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Kevin Owens, Blaine Owens, Blaire Owens, and Kelsie Owens.
Luther was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilton Owens and Cecil Owens; and a sister Ruby Mae Wise.
Brother Tim Buchanan will be officiating the services.
National Funeral Home is in charge.
Florence Little Ratliff
Graveside services for Florence Little Ratliff, 88, of Grenada, are at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada. A celebration of life will follow the graveside service at First and Green in Grenada from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Ratliff died July 2, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.
She was born on Aug. 15, 1924, to Freddie and Orie Holland Little.
Mrs. Ratliff graduated from Holcomb High School and enlisted in the United States Army serving in World War II. After the war, she married Robert Ratliff and started Robert E. Ratliff Water Well Company. From 1988 to 2008, Mrs. Ratliff served with the Grenada County Election Commission.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Ratliff; a son, John Walter Ratliff; a granddaughter, Jennifer Harbin; a sister, Margie “Dee” Little Hancock; and five brothers, Tullie Little, John Morgan “Buddy” Little, Marvin “Dude” Little, David Allen “Doc” Little and Cecil Ray “Cebo” Little.
Mrs. Ratliff is survived by four daughters, Margaret R. Latham, Carolyn Ratliff and Robbie Ratliff, all of Grenada, and Mary Katherine “Kathy” Harbin of Scobey; her son, Robert Earl Ratliff of Holcomb; a step-daughter, Frances Ratliff Tedford of Grenada; two sisters, Mahaley Hames of Oakland and Lou Whatley of Grenada; two brothers, Bill Little of Grenada and Wayne Little of Calhoun City; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Virginia Bain Smith
Funeral services for Virginia Bain Smith, 83, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the chapel of Garner-Harper Funeral Home. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith died June 27, 2013, at Providence Assisted Living Center.
She was born on March 24, 1930, in Carrollton, to David and Leah Duncan Bain.
Mrs. Smith was a registered nurse and lived in Memphis for over 30 years before moving to Grenada.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan R. Smith.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Joyce Cohea of Memphis; two sons, David Boyett of Grenada and John Boyett of Waterford, Miss.; seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.
Geneva Bennett Woods
Graveside services for Geneva Bennett Woods, 95, of Grenada, are at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Mars Hill Cemetery in Montgomery County. Burial will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, July 5, 2013, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at National Funeral Home.
Geneva died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada.
She was born on Aug. 18, 1917, and was the daughter of Benjamin C. Bennett and Pernicee A. Collins Bennett of Webster County.
Geneva was employed by Tyler Holmes Nursing Facility as a Certified Nurses Aide. She attended Duck Hill Baptist Church.
Geneva is survived by a daughter, Jackie Frady of Interlachen, Fla.; two sons, Jimmy and Henry Lee Woods of Gonzales, La.; one sister, Gladys Clutts of Gulfport; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by her husband, Henry Howard “Buddy” Woods.
Many thanks to all the friends and relatives who visited Geneva in the nursing home.
National Funeral Home is in charge.