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Kathryn Conner Ambrose
   Funeral services for Kathryn Conner “Kitten” Ambrose, 89, of Greenwood, were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
   Mrs. Ambrose died Nov. 28, 2013, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
   She was born on April 10, 1924, to Burland and Addie McMullin Conner in West Point.  
   Her early years were quite a struggle, losing her father at age two and feeling lucky to get an orange in her stocking at Christmas.  She persevered, attended and graduated from Pheba High School. During the war effort, in 1943, Kathryn was sent to Camp McCain as a telephone operator where she fell madly in love with a motorcycle military policeman who she later married. She and her husband eventually settled in Greenwood, where they found lifelong friends. She worked for Mississippi Valley Gas whose employees became family and retired for the “first time” after 35 years. She continued to work over the next 11 years for the Leflore County Tax Assessor’s office, where they named her “Miss Priss.” After “threatening” to retire for years, she finally did at the age of 85. She was also a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer of the Methodist Women’s Society for several years and was a charter member of the Russell Sunday School class. She also volunteered for the Cancer Society, Greenwood Leflore Hospital and Cottonlandia Museum.   
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edward “Eddie” M. Ambrose.  
   Mrs. Ambrose is survived by her uncle, W. D. “Mack” McMullin of Raymond, Miss.; her cousins, W. D. “Bill” McMullin Jr. of Madison, Lynda McMullin Steadman of Jackson, Betty Jo Bennett of Walnut Creek, Calif., Jay Bennett of Reston, Va., Jeff Bennett of Concord, Calif., and other extended family members.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church of Greenwood, Miss.
   An online guestbook is available at www.wilsonandknight.com.
   Wilson & Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

J. B. Bailey
   Funeral services for J. B. Bailey, 91, of Vaiden, are at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in  Midway Cemetery near Vaiden.  
   The Rev. Dean Stewart and the Rev. Rob Banks will officiate.
   Mr. Bailey died Nov. 29, 2013, at his home of heart failure.
   He was born on Sept. 30, 1922, and was the son of the late Thomas J. and Maggie Lambkin Bailey.
   Mr. Bailey was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, proudly serving during the Burma Road Campaign. He was a member of Blackmonton Presbyterian Church and a lifelong resident of Carroll County.  
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Self Cooke Bailey, four sisters and three brothers.
   Survivors include three stepdaughters, Jean Stewart and Sandra Welch of Vaiden and Judy Allen of Tyrone, Ga.; stepson, Wayne Cooke of Vaiden; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a special niece, Josie Minchew of Vaiden; and a dear friend, Jerry Shirley, whom Mr. Bailey thought of as a son.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hosptial in Jackson or to St. Jude Children’s Research Center in Memphis.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Mary Gentry Byars
   Funeral services for Mary Gentry Byars, 88, of Charleston, were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Womble Funeral Home. Burial followed in Magnolia Gardens Cemetery in Paynes.
   Mrs. Byars died Nov. 28, 2013, at the Tallahatchie General Hospital Extended Care Facility of congestive heart failure.
   She was born on March 2, 1925, in Tallahatchie County.
   Mrs. Byars was a homemaker and a member of Paynes Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, J. W. Byars; a son, Paul Byars; a sister, Janie Mae Cole; and a brother, Willie Thomas Gentry.
   Mrs. Byars is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Byars Price of Oakland; four sisters, Cora Lee Taylor of Paynes, Lois Newton of Charleston, Emma Brown of Grenada and Alice Ann Clolinger of Scobey; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
   Womble Funeral Home was in charge.

Tom Walter Doolittle

   Funeral services for Tom Walter Doolittle, 88, of Calhoun City, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Calhoun City First Baptist Church. Burial followed in Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs, Miss.
   Mr. Doolittle died Nov. 28, 2013, at State Veterans Hospital in Oxford.
   He was born on June 23, 1925, and was the son of Boyd and Maude Doolittle.
   Mr Doolittle was a co-owner of Cliff Colbert Chevrolet-Olds, a member of Calhoun City First Baptist Church and a World War II Navy veteran.
   In addition to his parents, preceding Mr. Doolittle in death are his first wife, Lorraine Hardin Doolittle; step-son, Lonnie Putman; brother, Donald Doolittle.
    Mr. Doolittle is survived by his second wife, Waldine Doss Putman Doolittle of Calhoun City; daughter, Susie Wood of Grenada; son, Barry Doolittle of Grenada; two step-daughters, Shelia Hilleke of Snellvile, Ga., and Candace Thomas of McCalle, Ala.; three grandchildren, 15 great grand-children and step great-grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made at pryorfuneralhome.com.
   Pryor Funeral Home was in charge.

Edna Lott Franklin
   Funeral services for Edna Lott Franklin, 70, of Greenwood, were at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood.
   Mrs. Franklin died Nov. 28, 2013, at her home.
   She was born on Dec. 4, 1943, and was the daughter of the late Frances Dyer Lott and William Hardy Lott.  
   Mrs. Franklin graduated from Greenwood High School in 1961 and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1965. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and a Taylor Medalist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She was a life long communicant of the Church of the Nativity, active for many years in the Greenwood Garden Club and a member the Greenwood Junior Auxiliary and the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Lott Williams.
   She is survived by her husband, William Webster Franklin; her daughter, Lansdale Franklin Playford of Memphis; her son, Webster Cromwell Franklin of Tunica; two sisters, Laura Marley Lott of Houston, Texas and Martha Hardy Lott of Falls Church, Va.; three grandchildren.
   Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Emma Galey
   Funeral services for Emma Galey, 91, of Madison, formerly of Greenwood, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
   Mrs. Galey died Nov. 28, 2013, at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
She was born on Oct. 20, 1922.
    Mrs. Galey was a wife and mother who stayed at home to raise and care for her two children. She was also a seamstress and spent untold hours making clothes for her husband and children. She also performed alterations for the public from her home, as well as sewed and/or altered costumes for dance recitals. Her sewing, crocheting and quilt making was something she never gave up and even into her 80’s continued to learn new techniques and methods. After moving to Sunnybrook Estates in Madison, she performed alterations for some of the residents as long as she could. However, she especially enjoyed making clothes, quilts, blankets and other things for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. While living in Greenwood she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and for many years served as a teacher and as a leader in missions.
   She is survived by her daughter, Marsha McKinney of Ridgeland, Miss.; son, Darrell Galey of Ocean Springs, Miss.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   An online guestbook is available at www.wilsonandknight.com.
   Wilson & Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Larry Wade Johnson
   A private family graveside service for Larry Wade Johnson, 56, of Tupelo, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Chapel Hill Methodist Church Cemetery in Grenada County.
   Larry died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Grenada.
   He was born on Sept. 12, 1957, and was the son of Walter Glen Johnson and Rose Marie Price Johnson of Tallahassee, Fla.
   Larry was employed by Celerit Solutions as a systems programming manager. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore Springs. Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
   Larry was preceded in death by his father, Walter Glen Johnson.
   Larry is survived by his wife, Patty Bramlett Johnson of Tupelo; two daughters, Allison Johnson Dye and her husband, Chris, of Hernando and Jessica Claire Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Susan Horton of Montgomery, Ala.; his mother, Rose Marie Johnson also of Montgomery, Ala; one niece and one nephew, Natalie Taylor of Wetumpka, Ala., and Chad Horton of Flat Rock, Ala.
   There will be a celebration of life for Larry at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Gore Springs Community Center.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chapel Hill Church Cemetery or National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
   On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Elizabeth Laney
   Funeral services for Elizabeth “Beth” Laney, 91, of Kilmichael were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Bethlehem Baptist Church near Kilmichael. Burial followed in the church cemetery.   
   Mrs. Laney died Nov. 26, 2013, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital of heart failure.
   She was born on Oct. 7, 1922, and was the daughter of the late Jessie Frank and Minnie Lee Moore Campbell.
   Mrs. Laney was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and played the piano. She was an avid stamp and postmark collector, writer and loved to cook.  
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. W. Laney, two sisters and five brothers.
   Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Thompson of Winona and Ginger Wolfe of Winona; two sons, Gerald Laney of Midland, Texas and Curtis Laney of Winona; sister, Rose Davidson of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.

Helen Moss Parks
   Helen Moss Parks, 89, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Grace Health and Rehab Center in Grenada.  
   She was born March 20, 1924, in Bolivar, Tenn., to Oscar and Elizabeth Harris Moss. She was a retired school teacher and church organist. She graduated with honors from Union University, in Tennessee, where she was president of her Chi Omega Chapter.
   A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada with Rev. Morgan Parks officiating.
   She is survived by her son, Sherrill Parks Jr. of Grenada; her daughter, Jane Parks of Memphis; and her granddaughter, Paige Parks of Oxford.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sherrill Parks; and a son, Ed Parks.
   In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home is in charge.

Fred Hill Vance
   Funeral services for Fred Hill Vance, 83, of Grenada, were at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada. Bro. Brent Barker, Bro. Barry Worrell and Bro. J. C. Provine officiated the service. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Pallbearers were Brandon Vance, Jason Provine, Haley Easley, Warren Toombs, Keith Bodet, and Brent Long. Honorary pallbearers were Don Mayhan, Odom Mayhan, Charles Caffey, and Nohn Newman.
   Visitation was Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
   Fred died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home.
   He was born on March 24, 1930, and was the son of the late Tom Fox Vance and Madie Carpenter Vance of Carroll County.
   Fred was employed as a wholesale meat distribution sales representative. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Fred was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 4488, served as Treasure of the DAV, was a past member of the Civitan Club, and was past Sunday School Superintendent at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
   Mr. Vance is survived by his wife, Barbara Copper “Bobbie” Vance of Grenada; four daughters, Sherry Vance Provine of Grenada, Freida Vance Easley of Cleveland, Ginger Vance Toombs of Grenada, and Wanda Costilow Sparks of Grenada; one son, Fred Hill Vance Jr. of Grenada; six grandchildren, Jason Craig Provine, Barbara Provine Barton, Candice Corbett Fioranelli, Brandon Hill Vance, Anna Grace Toombs, and Seth Sparks; seven great-grandchildren, Savannah Provine, Cohen Barton, Camden Barton, Hudson Williams, Mimi Easley, Haley Easley, and Ella Vance; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 245 Meadowbrook Road, Grenada, MS 38901.
   On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.


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