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Robert Mackey Carter
   A graveside memorial service for Robert Mackey Carter, 59, of Water Valley, was held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Oak Hill Cemetery.  
   Mr. Carter died May 13, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.  
   He was born on Dec. 26, 1954, in Illinois, to C. Maxyne Carter and the late Lee W. Carter.
   Mr. Carter earned his master’s degree in microbiology and served as professor for several universities, including Xavier University in New Orleans. He was passionate about his work in the medical field which involved cancer/oncology research. He was also a published writer in research publications throughout the country, and traveled to many countries around the globe.
   He is survived by his mother, Claire Maxyne Carter of Water Valley; one brother, Harold “Gene” Carter of Nineveh, Ind.; a sister, Susan Reed of Carbondale, Colo.; two nieces and three nephews.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Annie Ruth Mathis Ellett
   Graveside services for Annie Ruth Mathis Ellett, 80, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at New Hope Cemetery in Scobey.
   Visitation is Tuesday from 10 a.m. to service time at Womble Funeral Home in Charleston.
   Mrs. Ellett died May 17, 2014, at UMMC in Grenada.
   She was born on Nov. 16, 1933, in Pontotoc, to E.J. and Ruby Naomi Hitchcock Mathis.
   Mrs. Ellett was the widow of Clinton E. Ellett.
   She is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Elaine Vickers of Grenada; two sons, Steven Earl Ellett and James Lee Ellett, both of Grenada; two sisters, Joan Dunlap and Olivia Rush, both of Pontotoc; three brothers, Ben Mathis, David Mathis and Eddie Mathis, all of Pontotoc; a grandson and three great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery, c/o Diane Ross, 29 Murphreesboro Rd., Scobey, MS 38953.
   Womble Funeral Home is in charge.

Rosalina Woods Grantham
   Funeral services for Rosalina “Rose” Woods Grantham, 85, of Grenada, are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery in Duck Hill.
   Visitation is Tuesday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Rose died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada.
   She was born on Sept. 26, 1928, and was the daughter of Claude Woods Sr. and Edna Wiggins Woods of Montgomery County.
   Rose was employed in the Finishing Department at Pennaco Hosiery Mill. She also worked in the 5/8 Coil Division of Heatcraft. Rose was a member of the Enon Baptist Church.  She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4488.
   Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Allen Grantham Sr.; one son, James Clyde “Buster” Grantham; three sisters, Agnes Johnson, Mary Frances Woods and Sarah Robinson; and seven brothers, L.Q. Woods, Henry Woods, Ben Woods, Claude “Monk“ Woods Jr., Bobby Nelson Woods, Arthur Lee Woods and Baby Boy Woods.
   Mrs. Grantham is survived by two sons, John Allen “Johnny” Grantham and his wife, Ginger, of Grenada and David Durwood Grantham and his wife, Sherry, of Minnesota; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Grantham of Grenada; one sister, Patricia Cummins of Elliott; three brothers, Thomas “Pete“ Woods of Duck Hill, James Woods of Elliott, and M.C. Woods of Grenada; 11 grandchildren, John Daryl Grantham, Jeremy Allen Grantham, Tonya Parkman, Richie Grantham, Alisha Grantham, Bonnie Hall, James Grantham, Ricky Cutter, Casey Cutter, Michael Melton and Glen Melton; and 24 great-grandchildren.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Thomas Ray Hathcock
   Funeral services for Thomas Ray Hathcock, 74, of Winona, were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Scotland Baptist Church in Winona. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  The Rev. Paul Trosper, the Rev. John L. Walker, the Rev. Jerry Moore and Dr. Tom Dulin officiated the services.
   Visitation was Monday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church.
   Mr. Hathcock died May 15, 2014, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis of respiratory failure.
   He was born on March 23, 1940, in Montgomery County, to James Ervin Hathcock and Mattie Mae Fullilove Hathcock.  
   Mr. Hathcock was a retired firefighter and employee of the City of Winona, as well as a carpenter. He was a member of Scotland Baptist Church.  
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Ann Neblett Hathcock.
   Mr. Hathcock is survived by his sons, Chuck Hathcock and wife, Kim, of Oakland and Terry Hathcock of Grenada; one brother, Roy Hathcock of Winona; three grandchildren, Courtlyn, Ashlee, and Zach Hathcock; and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.

Rickie Herring
   Graveside services for Rickie Herring, 70, of Grenada, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Vardaman.  
   Mr. Herring died May 15, 2014, in Jackson.
   He was born on Feb. 27, 1944.
   Mr. Herring loved to read the newspaper and watch Law and Order. He was a graduate of Pascagoula High School and worked as a machinist/mechanic for over 30 years. Mr. Herring will always be remembered as “Papa,” a great husband, father and grandfather.  
   He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma VanLandingham Herring; his father, Max Herring; his only son, Doug Herring; and four brothers.
   Mr. Herring is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Smith Herring; a sister, Maxine Cumbest; two granddaughters and a great-grandson.
   An online guestbook is at
   Breeland Funeral Home of Canton was in charge.

Patricia Ann Hudspeth
   Patricia Ann Hudspeth, 69, passed away on May 14, 2014, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She was a retired Registered Nurse with OCH Regional Medical Center and member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Denny Hudspeth; and step-father, W. O. Owen.
   She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Winters (Steve) of Grenada; two sons, Larry Fields (Amanda) of Eupora and Rex Fields (Loni) of Starkville; her brother, Paul Owen of Fordyce, Ark.; five grandchildren, Dalton Fields, Corey Braxton, Brandon Fields, Larry Fields Jr., Lauren Alford; and two great-grandchildren, Tenor and Tenley Alford.
   Visitation for Mrs. Hudspeth was scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.  Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home. The Rev. Tommy Gillon and the Rev. Butch Simmons conducted the service.  Burial followed in Oddfellows Cemetery.
   Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of choice.
   You may go online and sign the guest register at
   Welch Funeral Home was in charge.

John Edmund McCabe
   A memorial service for John Edmund McCabe, 50, of Winona, formerly of Hays, Kan., will be held at a later date.
   Mr. McCabe died May 16, 2014, at his residence of heart failure.
   He was born on Nov. 13, 1963, Sweetwater, Texas, to Edmund Lee and Martha Jean Sandidge McCabe.  
   Mr. McCabe was a network specialist for John Richard in Greenwood and an avid outdoorsman and gunsmith. Mr. McCabe was a Baptist.
   He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
   In addition to his parents, Mr. McCabe is survived by his wife, Teresa McCabe of Winona; a son, Nathan James Dreiling of Hays; two sisters, Martha Lee McCabe of Wichita and Amy Louise Stump of Thornton, Colo.; two grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home is in charge.

Flora Brister Parkerson
   Funeral services for Flora Brister Parkerson, 91, of French Camp, are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, in Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in French Camp Cemetery in French Camp. 
   Mrs. Parkerson died May 17, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora of heart failure.  
   She was born on Dec. 26, 1922, in Winona, to the late Englis and Nannie Black Brister.  
   Mrs. Parkerson was a retired teacher and a homemaker and a member of Huntsville Presbyterian Church in French Camp.  She was instrumental in the creation of the French Camp Water Association and served as its bookkeeper for 32 years.  
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Audrey Parkerson; a sister, Vallie Pearl Biggers; a brother, Leon Brister; and a nephew, Michael Brister.
   Survivors include two sons, Glenn Parkerson and Terry Parkerson, both of French Camp; a brother, Lloyd Brister of Winona; two grandchildren, a great-grandson; a good friend and caregiver; one niece and six nephews.  
   Memorials may be made to Huntsville Presbyterian Church, 980 MS Hwy 413, French Camp, MS 39745.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.

Angela Kay Vail Richardson
   Graveside services for Angela Kay Vail Richardson, 43, of Greenwood, formerly of Schlater, were at 2 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Itta Bena Cemetery.
   Mrs. Richardson died May 17, 2014, at her parent’s residence.
   She was born on June 14, 1970, in Greenwood, to James “Mookey” and Patsy Ann Vail.
   Mrs. Richardson was a member of Schlater Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafts and gardening; her favorite was planting flowers. She worked as an aesthetician at the Alluvian Spa as a cotton classifier for National Agricultural Statistics Service, and worked for Delta Diabetics. She was very thoughtful, kind and tried to think the best of everyone.
   In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Hunter Vail Richardson of Schlater, Miss.; a step-daughter, Rachel Smith of Yazoo City; a step-son, Christopher Smith of Yazoo City; a sister, Denise Mason of Carrollton; a brother, Bobby Mason of Schlater; and several nieces and nephews.
   Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Birmingham Office, 200 Office Park Drive, Suite 303, Birmingham, AL.
   An online guestbook is at
   Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Larry Taylor
   Funeral services for Larry Taylor, 61, of Oxford, are at noon Tuesday, May 20, in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County.
   Visitation is Tuesday from 11 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.
   Mr. Taylor died May 14, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
   He was born on Aug. 6, 1952, in Oxford, to June Edwards Taylor and the late Colvin Adrion Taylor.  
   Mr. Taylor served 11 years in the United States Army, with five terms in Korea, as a materials storage and handling specialist.  He earned the U.S. Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (w/Bronze 3 loops) and Rifle Marksman Badge. He was a Baptist, enjoyed listening to music, watching old movies, going to the beach, gardening and taking care of his dogs.
   Mr. Taylor is survived by his mother, June Edwards Taylor of Water Valley; a daughter, Shanda June Taylor of Oxford; three sons, Carl Adam Taylor of Water Valley, Michael Lynn Taylor of Dallas and Anthony Lee Taylor of Banner, Miss.; a sister, Lisa Taylor Curry of Monticello, Fla.; a brother, Garry Lee Taylor of Water Valley; and six grandchildren.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Felix Wheeler
   Funeral services for Felix “Ham” Wheeler, 80, of Charleston, native of Webb, are at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at St. Mark M.B. Church in Charleston. Burial will follow in Charleston.
   Visitation is Wednesday, May 21, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Wheeler died May 14, 2014, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
   He was born on Dec. 14, 1933, to the late Jim Wheeler and Ruth Coleman Wheeler.
   Mr. Wheeler was a member of Good Hope M.B. Church in Webb. He enjoyed his work as a craftsman.
   He is survived by his wife, Christine Drinkwater Wheeler of Charleston; two daughters, Sherrie La’Marr Wheeler of Antioch, Calif., and Maria Felicia Watson of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Mary Jean McGee of Memphis; and a brother, Primus Wheeler Sr. of Charleston.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

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