Jimmy N. Beaver
Graveside services for Jimmy N. Beaver, 68, of Crenshaw, Miss., are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Curtis Union Cemetery.
Mr. Beaver died April 24, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1945, in Batesville, to Robert Creed and Mable Erickson Beaver.
Mr. Beaver worked as a heavy equipment operator. He served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step-son, Joseph Clay Moore; a sister, Edna Jo Stien; and two brothers, Clifford Creed Beaver and Roy Wayne Beaver.
Mr. Beaver is survived by his wife, Bonnie Beaver of Crenshaw; a daughter, Patricia Rosemae Williams of Alaska; three sons, James Allen Beaver, Roy Wayne Beaver and Bobby Beaver, all of Alaska; one sister, Gladys Robin Self of Batesville; two brothers, Tony Mack Beaver of Water Valley and Jerry Dale Beaver Sr. of Batesville; and eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Beaver Family at 2202 Pumping Station Rd., Crenshaw, MS 38621.
Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge.
Robert L. Bradley
Funeral services for Robert L. Bradley, 94, of Marks, Miss., were at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with full military honors. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sardis.
Mr. Bradley died April 25, 2014, at his home.
He was born on June 24, 1919, in the Pleasant Grove community, to Jim and Molly Shaver Bradley.
Mr. Bradley joined the United States Army in 1942 and continued to serve throughout World War II as a Private First Class. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Crowder. Mr. Bradley retired from the South Panola School District after being a mechanic for 23 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marcia Geraldine Partain Bradley of Marks; two daughters, Charlotte Harmon and Robbie Lindsey, both of Water Valley; a son, Norman Bradley of Marks; a brother, James Earl Bradley of Memphis; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 18 great-grand-children; and a God son.
Wells Funeral Home was in charge.
Emmett Eugene Brister Jr.
Emmett Eugene Brister Jr., 73, of New York, N.Y., and formerly of Grenada, died April 23, 2014, in Memphis, following complications due to glioblastoma.
He was born on Aug. 3, 1940, to Emmett Eugene Sr. and Lula Frances Billingsley Brister.
Eugene studied piano as a child in Grenada and performed in a number of venues during his teen years. In addition, he played the organ at First Methodist Church.
After graduating from John Rundle High School in Grenada in 1958, he graduated from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1962. While at NTSU, Eugene loved spending many hours accompanying singers, which later led to his interest in becoming a vocal coach. Gene was the accompanist for the Grand Chorus at North Texas State University. Also, he was a leading force in the North Texas Opera Workshop under the leadership of Mary McCormick and Eugene Conley, former international Opera stars.
Upon graduation from NTSU, Gene taught for two years at Arkansas A&M in Monticello, Ark. He offered their very first music courses to great success. His major accomplishment was a production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” with singers who had no previous training in opera. This was the first opera ever presented by Arkansas A&M students. It was such a success that he toured the production to other venues in the area.
Eugene then studied at New England Conservatory in Boston for a year. Afterwards, he moved to New York City, where he pursued a career as vocal accompanist and opera coach for singers. Eugene accompanied singers for auditions and recitals at Lincoln Center and elsewhere.
Eugene enjoyed living for 50 years in Manhattan within walking distance of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, where he attended countless operas and concerts. Gene and his musical friends in New York enjoyed getting together for parties, where he would accompany the singers among the group as they performed their favorite numbers.
He was Artistic Director of the National Grand Opera, Long Island, in the 1970’s. He conducted one or two opera performances while with the Long Island Opera followed by working with the opera company in Caracas, Venezuela, for two seasons.
A devotee of the music of Richard Wagner, he was a member of the Wagner Society of New York for over 20 years, 10 of which he served as Chairman of the Music Committee. His passion for opera and good singing was unique, and he will long be remembered for his vividly detailed reports of the countless performances he attended throughout the U.S., Central America, and in Europe.
In addition to his musical career, Eugene worked as an administrative clerk for a law firm for a number of years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by two brothers, Henry (Lynne) and Ward (Betty) of Grenada; nephews, Davis (Suzanne) of Mandeville, La., Hap (Paige) of Grenada, Heath (Leigh) of Madison, Miss., and Hayes of Chicago, Ill.; along with eight great-nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation from noon until 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Garner Harper Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s preferred choices of charities.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge.
Lucille Banister Caruthers
Graveside services for Lucille Banister Caruthers, 101, of Madison, Miss., formerly of Greenwood, were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood.
Mrs. Caruthers died April 25, 2014, at St. Dominic in Jackson.
She was born on April 2, 1913, in Lebanon, Ky., to Dr. Robert Martin Banister and Pearl Dow Banister.
Mrs. Caruthers was a resident of Greenwood for 87 years and a member of the Leflore County Early Settlers Society. She later moved in 2005 to The Home Place in Madison.
She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1930 and Delta State Teachers College in 1935. She was a member of the 50 year DSU Golden Circle. Her long teaching career started in Holcomb. For 23 years, she taught second grade at W.C. Williams Elementary in Greenwood. Before retiring, she also taught for the U.S. Armed Forces in Wurtzburg, Germany, the public school systems of Athens, Ga., and North Sunflower Academy of Drew, Miss.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Caruthers was preceded in death by her husband, James Edgar Caruthers; a sister, Jospehine Banister Miller; a granddaughter and a son-in-law.
Mrs. Caruthers is survived by two daughters, Jo Lynn Vaughan of Madison, Ann Dow Shurden of Ridgeland; a sister, Frances Rabb House of Greenwood; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
An online guestbook is at www.wilsonandknight.com.
Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.
William Edward Crenshaw
Funeral services for William Edward “Chicken” Crenshaw, 85, of Winona, were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, at First Baptist Church in Winona. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
Mr. Crenshaw died April 25, 2014, at Winona Manor of heart failure.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1929, to the late Earl William and Lyda Jones Crenshaw.
Mr. Crenshaw was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona, served as a Farm Bureau board member for more than 50 years, and was a member of the Winona Masonic Lodge. He was a retired agri-businessman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Grant Crenshaw.
Mr. Crenshaw is survived by his three sons, Chip Crenshaw of Memphis, Billy Crenshaw of Columbus and Nathan Crenshaw of Winona; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of one’s choice.
Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.
Jane Gant Ezell
Funeral services for Jane Gant Ezell, 89, of Grenada, are at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Carroll County.
Visitation is Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
Ms. Ezell died April 29, 2014, at UMMC in Grenada.
She was born on June 2, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Eddie Gant and Maude White Gant of Carroll County. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Ezell Piner; three brothers and seven sisters.
Ms. Ezell was retired from Heatcraft as an Inspector. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Carroll County.
She is survived by her son-in-law, Holly A. Piner of Duck Hill; a sister, Kate Newman of Hernando; a grandson, Gregory Piner of Memphis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bro. Billy Little and Bro. Jack Ezell will officiate the services with Ronnie Gant, Eddie Gant, Alan Gant, Robert McCaskill, Joe Harbin, and Jerry Morgan serving as pallbearers. Serving as a honorary pallbearer is Don Mann.
On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
National Funeral Home is in charge.
Benjamin Russell Fountain
Funeral services for Benjamin Russell Fountain, 29, of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at North Shady Grove Church of God. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Fountain died April 26, 2014, in Charleston.
He was a general manager at Tallaflore AG Aviation of Harlom Iowa, and was of the Church of God faith.
Mr. Fountain was preceded in death by his biological father, Lee Russell Hoop; and three grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Ashley Gowen Fountain of Charleston; his mother, Anita Greenwood of Charleston; his father, Fred Fountain III of Cascilla; one step-daughter, Sara Brooke Dever of Charleston; two sisters, Cannon Fountain of Charleston, Lisa Fountain Thomas of Jackson; a step-sister, Jonna Greenwood of Charleston; a step-brother, Jason Greenwood of Charleston; two grandparents; and a host of cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to North Shady Grove Church of God and Charleston Church of God.
Newsom Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge.
Mrs. Ruby Melton, 72, of Grenada, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Grenada to the late Hayden and Wilma Smith Denley. She was a cherished homemaker.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at Garner-Harper Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel with Damon Plumner and Shelby Seallions officiating.
Mrs. Melton is survived by her husband, Butch Melton of Holcomb; two daughters, Arlene Melton Brooks of Batesville and Terry Ann Schaefer of Holcomb; two sisters, Tina Yeagel of Nettleton and Elizabeth Seymore of Holcomb; along with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy Rushing; and her brother, Terry Denley.
Pallbearers are Eddie Brooks, Walter Schaefer, Ben Elliot, Kenny Anderson, Larry Yeager, and John Witsell.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge.
Neva F. Palmer
Neva F. Palmer, 98, of Ridgeland, formerly of Grenada, passed away on April 26, 2014. She was born on Jan. 2, 1916, in Philadelphia, Miss., to William and Josephine Jenkins Frazier.
She was a registered nurse since 1938 serving the Grenada County area for over 50 years. She was the former Director of Nursing at Grenada County Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Vernon Ernest Palmer; and five brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by one son, Ernest Palmer of Ridgeland; and one daughter, Sharron Poole of Madison; and one grandchild.
Graveside services were April 27, 2014, at 3 p.m., at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 450 Faith Dr., Grenada, MS 38901.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.
Malcolm Owen Parker
A memorial services for Malcolm Owen Parker, 61, of Vaiden, will be held at a later date.
Mr. Parker died April 25, 2014, at his residence of COPD.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1952, to the late Owen and Marie Parker.
Mr. Parker was a disabled former employee of Tyson Foods.
Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Edna Parker; a step-daughter, Minyon Watkins of Sebastopol, Miss.; three step-sons, Earl Jones of Forest, Miss., Jim Paul Jones of Kilmichael and Charles Jones of Morton, Miss.; a brother, William D. Parker of Gore Springs; 15 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.