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Margie Sue Williamson Heath
   Funeral services for Margie Sue Williamson Heath, 84, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May, 14, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Visitation is Wednesday from noon  to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Ms. Heath  died May 10, 2014, at UMMC of Grenada.
   She was born on Sept. 11, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Theo Bilbo Williamson and Alma Beatrice Corley Williamson of Carroll County.
   Ms. Heath was employed by Pennaco Hosiery  as a supervisor.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She also loved being outside and working with her flowers.
   She is survived by one step-daughter, Shelia Bolton of Fayette, Ala.; two sisters, Betty “Dean“ W. Tribble and Jean Williamson of Grenada; one brother, Ken Williamson of Grenada; two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
   Ms. Heath was preceded in death by her husband, James Heath, and a brother, Samuel “Sam” B. Williamson.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Ralph David Martin
   Ralph David Martin, 71, of Big Creek, was called home Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at The University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada.
   He was born on Oct. 7, 1942, in Yazoo City. He was son of William Reed Martin and Hattie Mae Mulvihill Martin. He was a member of Carrollton Baptist Church. He had served his country in the U.S. Air Force. During his early years, he worked at the BellSouth Telephone Company in Greenwood and he was a pilot. After moving to Big Creek in 1973, he was the co-owner of Martin’s Grocery. He was an avid, well-known fisherman that truly loved spending time on the lake and time with his family.
   Visitation was held Friday, May 9, 2014, from 5  to  8 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Mark Longino and Bro. John Hearn officiating. Burial was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
   Pallbearers were Billy Martin, Ricky Martin, Bobby Martin, Bud Davis, David Poynor, Duane “Speck” Poynor, Michael Poynor, and Roger Poynor. Honorary Pallbearers were George Winters, Jason Martin, Popie Pope, Charles Liles, Justin Martin, Colton Martin, Chris Harcrow, Wesley Martin, Trey Moore, Joey Simmons, Larry Joe James, Troy Winters, and Mike Mize.
   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jamie Sue Poynor Martin; his daughter, Liz (Gene) Alexander; his son, Mark (Cheryl) Martin, all of Big Creek. He is also survived by four granddaughters that he dearly loved and devoted his life to, Jeri-Laken Alexander (Kipper) Greer, Brittany Martin (Cody) Greer, Jayla Alexander  (Justin) Greer, and Madysen Martin. He was blessed with great-grands, Alayna Murphree, Jersi Greer, and Jacob Greer. He was looking forward to the fourth one, Jaystin Greer. He is also survived by his sisters, Carolyn Jones of Big Creek, Barbara (Bob) Mastellar of Lake Washington, Miss., and Francis Davis of Greenwood; his brother, Raymond (Ruth) Martin of  San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law, Minnie (George) Winters, brothers-in-law, David (Lisa) Poynor of Big Creek; Speck Poynor of Union, Miss.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, William Reed Martin and Mae Mulvihill Martin; sister, Margaret Nichols, brothers, Robert Martin, Billy Martin, and Paul Martin.
   Online Condolences may be made at

Thomas Lavern McMillian

    Graveside services for Thomas “Tommy“ Lavern McMillian, 72, of Grenada, are at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Holcomb City Cemetery.
    Visitation is Wednesday from 3 to 4:10 p.m. at the National Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. McMillian died May 11, 2014, at UMMC in Jackson.
    He was born on Aug. 9, 1941, and was the son of the late Thomas Jackson McMillian and Edna  Franklin McMillian Wigley  of Flora, Miss.
    Mr. McMillian was retired from A&P Groceries, where he was the meat market manager. He was a Baptist.
    He is survived by his wife of  25 years, Cathy Jenkins McMillian of Grenada; two daughters, Teressa McMillian Sheffield (Frank) of Grenada and Debra McMillian Crocker of Winona; two sons, Thomas D. McMillian (Sarah) of Hohenwald, Tenn., and Thomas Mac Hasie (Paula) of Bolton, Miss.; two sisters, Lorraine Whitten (Raymond Sr.) of Grenada and Mary McMillian Riley (James) of Mississippi; four brothers, Ronald O. McMillian (Lawanda) of Paragould, Ark., Bobby McMillian (Sharon) of Vicksburg, Tommy Dale McMillian of Paragould, Ark., and Greg Wigley of Mississippi; eight grandchildren, Angel Blakely, Rebecca Blakely Hodges (Mitch), Leah Crocker Herrard (L. B.), Mollie Crocker, Ashley Hasie Usury, Brittany McMillian, Thomas James McMillian, and John Thomas McMillian; five great-grandchildren, Hannah Herrard, Julia Herrard, Libby Claire Usury, Zoe Kate Usury and Zane McMillian.
    Bro. John Goldwater and Bro. L. G. Schmitz will officiate the services with  Ron McMillian, Bobby McMillian, Tommy Dale McMillian, Edward Lee Beckum, Pete Whitten Jr. and Trey Whitten III serving as pallbearers. Dr. Rafe Armstrong will serve as honorary pallbearer.
    On-line condolences may be made at
    National Funeral Home is in charge.

John Tindell Thomas

   Funeral services for John Tindell Thomas, 51, of Oxford, were at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery In Lafayette County.
   Mr. Thomas died May 3, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla., of injuries received from an automobile accident.  
   He was born  on Jan. 17, 1963, in Oxford, to the late John Roy and Peggy McCord Thomas.  
   Mr. Thomas was a truck driver and an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding motorcycles. He was a great cook and loved to barbeque.
   He is survived by his wife, Sherry Thomas of Oxford;  daughter, Brittney Thomas Bing of Oxford; son, John Wesley Thomas of Water Valley; step-daughter, Sissy Potts of Oxford; step-son, Christopher Potts Jr. of Oxford; two sisters, Terry Thomas Johnson of Water Valley and Loritta Hawkins of Oxford; brother, Kenny Thomas of Grenada; five grandchildren, seven nephews and four nieces.
   Online condolences may be may at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Leonard Marshall Tilghman

   Funeral services for Leonard Marshall Tilghman, 85, of Oxford, are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery in Rosebloom.
   Visitation is Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mr. Tilghman died at the Oxford VA Home.
   He was born on Oct.  30, 1928, and was the son of Millard S. Tilghman and Leila Lacy Tilghman of  Hardy.
   Mr. Tilghman was employed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a construction inspector. He  was a Baptist. Mr. Tilghman was also a veteran of U. S. Marine Corps and a member of VFW Post 4488.
   He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Collins Tilghman of Grenada; two daughters, Kathy Williams (Rick) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Melinda Allen of Grenada; one son, Kenneth Lacy Tilghman (Beverly) of Natchez; six grandchildren, Jenna Crawford (Courtney), Russell Tilghman (Richelle), Jennifer Williams, Eric Williams (Jessie), Kaylie Allen and Connor Allen; and three great-grandchildren, Cora Crawford, Lennon Aldridge and Dahlia Tilghman.
   Mr. Tilghman was preceded in death by five sisters, Frances Whitten, Magnolia Gattis, Maxine Lykins, Almeda Rustari, and Dorothy Jean Tilghman and two brothers, Roy Tilghman, and James Lacy Tilghman.
   Bro. James Melton will officiate the services. Serving as pallbearers are John Harville, Billy Collins, Jimmy Dinkelacker, Gary Collins, Odie Collins, and Tommy Hayward.
   Memorials may be made to Hardy Baptist Church, 1571 Hardy Road Grenada, MS 38901.
   Online condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Jimmy Don Welch
   Funeral services for Jimmy Don Welch, 61, of Vaiden, were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Vaiden United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Vaiden Cemetery.  
   Mr. Welch died May 7, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Eupora of complications from pneumonia.
   He was born on March 26, 1953, in Carroll County, to the late Willie C. “Monkey” and Estelle Lorene Brooks Welch.  
   Mr. Welch was a member of  Vaiden United Methodist Church and a Special Olympics participant for several years while living at the Kilmichael Group Home.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Wilson Welch, Wallace Welch, Billy Welch, and Paul Welch.
   Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Matthews and Mary Sampley of Vaiden and Janie Tollison of Starkville; four brothers, Wayne Welch of Winona, Ray Welch and Robert Welch of Vaiden, and Cecil Welch of Baton Rouge, La.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.
   Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS  39745; Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS  39703; Vaiden Methodist Church, 300 Court St., Vaiden, MS  39176; or to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC  20036.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.  

Ray Cecil Wilbourn

   Funeral services for Ray Cecil Wilbourn, 85, of Grenada, are at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Wayside Cemetery in the Wayside Community.
   Visitation was Monday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mr. Wilbourn died May 10, 2014, at UMMC of Grenada.
   He was born on Dec. 11, 1928, and was the son of the late Adron Pate Wilbourn and Mattie Bessie Flemmons of Yalobusha County.
   Mr. Wilbourn was employed by Heatcraft  as a group leader.  He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II and a member of the VFW.    Mr. Wilbourn was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
   He is survived by his wife, Pauline Andrews Wilbourn of Grenada; two sons, Ray C. Wilbourn Jr. (Linda) and Ricky Wilbourn (Renee) both of Grenada; two brothers, Roddy Wilbourn of Grenada and Adron P. Wilbourn Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Christopher Wilbourn, Eric Wilbourn and Adam Wilbourn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   National Funeral Home is in charge. Online condolences may be made at

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