Betty Sue Martin Dawkins
Betty Sue Martin Dawkins, 80, of Grenada, passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Coffeeville, to William Gabriel Martin and Lathelle Arrington Martin. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Visitation was held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, from 12-2 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home. Funeral services followed in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Martin officiating. Interment was in Coffeeville Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Michael Dawkins (Maria), of Grenada; and her daughter, Paige Wilson, of Grenada; a brother, Jimmy Martin of Coffeeville; and a sister, Patsy Phelan of Fuquay-Varina, N. C. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Mason Carney, Mackenzie Carney, Drew Carney, Gabriel Wilson, Liya Wilson and Gabby Dawkins, all of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David Martin, Joe Martin, and Mac Martin; and a sister, Francis Wilkie.
Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge.
Funeral services for Wade Doolin, 89, of Water Valley, was at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church in Water Valley. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Doolin died Aug. 8, 2013, at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.
He was born on May 2, 1924, in Melrose, Ark., to the late Jesse Franklin and Lillie Newman Doolin.
Mr. Doolin was a World War II Army veteran. He served as a military policeman during the battles at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe, earning the EAMETO Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was self-employed as a barber until his retirement in 2010 and enjoyed fishing, reading and baseball, playing church league softball well into his 60’s. Mr. Doolin was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday school for over 30 years, drove the church bus, played “Santa’s Helper” each Christmas, making stockings and filling them for all the children, and visited the nursing home once a month for years to cut the residents’ hair.
In addition to his parents, preceding Mr. Doolin in death are three sisters, Marie Sandavol, Lina Morris and Edith Armes.
Surviving Mr. Doolin are his wife of 59 years, Sarah Louise Kelly “Sue” Doolin of Water Valley; daughter, Linda Doolin of Broken Arrow, Okla.; son, Robert Doolin of Water Valley; and his sister, Edna Lynn Harmon of Water Valley.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 OR to Reedy Acres, Baptist Children’s Village, 217 County Road 438, Water Valley, MS 38965.
Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.
Frances Gilbert Martin
Frances Gilbert Martin, 95, of Grenada, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at her residence.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1917, in Gilbert, La., to Jess Carr Gilbert and Fannie Adams. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, the D.A.R, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of Americas, Daughters of 1812, Southern Dames of America, Dames of the Country Honor, as well as a life-member and past president of Grenada Junior Auxiliary. She remained an active member of numerous historical and genealogical organizations as long as her health permitted. She was certified by the National Genealogical Society, and with her husband compiled a book, “Cemeteries of Grenada County and Surrounding Areas.”
She was a graduate of Wisner High School in Wisner, La., Virginia Intermont Junior College in Bristol, Va., and earned her B.S. degree from Louisiana State University where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
She was married to John William Martin, a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Corps, in Baton Rouge, La., on March 23, 1942, by Chaplain John Stuart Bennett, who later became Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Corps. She worked in the Louisiana State Department of Public Welfare, the Department of Commerce and Industry and also as a secretary to the base surgeon of Harding Field in Baton Rouge. When her husband was deployed, she lived with her mother in Wisner, until World War II ended and she was reunited with her husband. She was later employed as both a school teacher and school librarian.
Along with her family activities, Frances enjoyed traveling. She has visited all 50 states and 32 countries on five continents.
She is survived by two children John William “Bill” Martin Jr. (Barbara) of Atlanta, Ga., and Dr. Martha Martin Cofer of Grenada; grandchildren, John Martin Cofer, Anne Jennings Cofer, Lynn Carson (Rollie) all of Oxford, Amy Carson Groves (Chris) of Charleston, S.C., Brian Carson (Rebekah) of Bonneville, Calif.; one brother, J.C. “Sonny” Gilbert Jr. of Sicily Island, La.; and her daughter-in-law Paula Sims Martin of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John William Martin and one son, James Gilbert Martin (Jim) and son-in-law, Edwin T. (Eddie) Cofer.
Visitation was Monday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada. Funeral services followed at 5 p.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family requests that memorials be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 2150 Country Club Road, Grenada, MS 38901 or to First United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 161 Line Street, Grenada, MS 38901.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.
John Berry Mitchell
Funeral services for John Berry Mitchell, 77, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Brent Barker and Bro. Kevin Jackson officiating. Bro. Barry Worrell and Lori Whitfield will provide the special music. Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery at Rosebloom.
Pallbearers will be Alton Strider, Mack Strider, Eddie Mitchell, Sam Allen Ayers, and Richard Akins. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Neal, James Henry Carpenter, Charlie Newell, Dynamite Kirk, Curtis Turner, Rusty Pyron, and Doug Ward.
Visitation is Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
John died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1935, and was the son of the late Edwin Ernest Mitchell and Hattie Ross Mitchell of Tallahatchie County.
John was employed as a truck driver for 25 years, transported cars for Kirk Motor Company for 10 years, and worked with the Grenada Police Department for 13 years. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. John also enjoyed having family over for chicken cookings and John Wayne movies.
John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Allene Pyron Mitchell of Grenada; two daughters, Vicki Brannon and her husband, Bruce, of Grenada and Melanie Franklin and her very special friend, Scooter Shields, of Grenada; a son, Keith Mitchell and his wife, Beth, of Grenada; and four grandchildren, Brooke Beckwith and her husband, Randall, Kyle Franklin, Matt Mitchell, and Drew Brannon.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, a sister, Ada Strider and a brother, Edwin Mitchell.
On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com .
National Funeral Home is in charge.
Julia West Mitchell
Funeral services for Julia West Mitchell, 90, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Smith Cemetery at Rosebloom.
Visitation was Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
Julia died Aug. 9, 2013, at Grenada Living Center.
She was born on March 25, 1923, and was the daughter of Alvin Joseph West and Ida Vance West of Calhoun, Miss.
Julia was employed by Pennaco Hosiery Mill as a telephone receptionist. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Grenada.
Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Garland Mitchell, and two sisters.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church in Grenada.
On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
National Funeral Home was in charge.
Joe Lee Morgan
Funeral services for Joe Lee Morgan, 76, of Grenada, formerly of Jackson, native of Water Valley, are at noon Friday, Aug. 16, at Pine Grove East. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
Mr. Morgan died Aug. 10, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center of heart failure.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1937, and was the son of the late William Bolden and Sallie Morgan Bolden of Water Valley.
Mr. Morgan did construction work until his health failed.
Surviving Mr. Morgan are his daughter, Sandra Morgan Lester of Clinton, Miss.; five sisters, Jeffie Reeves and Ona Crawford of Grenada, Lillion Holmes of Water Valley, Helon Spencer of Wichita, Kas., and Lucille Bolden of Milwaukee, Wis.; step-sister, Erma Hall of Bruce.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.