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Dorothy Jean Avery Brown
    Funeral services for Dorothy Jean “Suga Momma” Avery Brown, 81, of Grenada, are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Greater Powell Chapel A.M.E. Church in Grenada. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
    Mrs. Brown died July 29, 2011, at Regency Hospital in Jackson of natural causes.
    She was born Sept. 22, 1929, to the late Maltilda and Henry Avery.
    Mrs. Brown was a household technician and a member of Greater Powell Chapel A.M.E. Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie H. Brown.
    Survivors include six daughters, Bettye Terry of Charleston, Miss., Theresa Hughes, Cassandra Avery, Antoinette Avery, Adjerant O’Neal and Eloise Small, all of Grenada; four sons, Archie Watts of East St. Louis, Ill., Tommie Avery of Nashville, Randy Brown and Kevin Avery, both of Grenada; six sisters, Maudie Wilson of Grenada, Berniece Porter of South Carolina, Autrie Lee Brownlee of Claremore, Okla., Ella Mae Myers of Memphis, Lucille Brown and Rose Wilson, both of East St. Louis, Ill.; and two brothers, Adolph Avery of Long Island, N.Y. and Talmadge Avery of Brookhaven.
    Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

James Edward Hamby
    James Edward Hamby, 88, of Grenada, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday, Aug. 6, at National Funeral Home, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
    James was born on Aug. 14, 1922, in Grenada to Reuben and Lena Mae Wright Hamby. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada and the Masonic Lodge.
    During his life, James worked at both National Funeral Home and Garner Harper Funeral Home. In his later years, he worked as a school crossing guard for Grenada.
    Mr. Hamby was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, one daughter; Diane Sandifar; and one son, James Thomas Hamby.   
    Survivors include one daughter, Nell Hamby Lewis of Hornsby, Tenn.; one son, Jeffery Hamby; one sister, Francis Mitchell of Grenada; and four grandchildren, Bonnie Lynn Binkley Waldo, Joseph E. Binkley, Bradford Binkley, and David Sandifar.
    National Funeral Home is in charge.

Annie Loucile Dobbins Latham
    Mrs. Annie Lou Latham, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at her son’s home in Grenada, after a short illness.
    Funeral services will be at Scotland Baptist Church in Winona at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, with burial following in the Scotland Cemetery. The Rev. James Allen, assisted by the Rev. Paul Trosper, will officiate the services.
    Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 until 8 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home, and on Saturday, at the church, from 1 p.m. until service time.
    Mrs. Latham was born in Montgomery County and lived a wonderful Christian life surrounded by friends and family. She was a member of Scotland Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk for 44 years until 1996. Mrs. Latham began working for the J.A. Olson Company in Winona when it opened its doors in June of 1955 and retired in 1978.
    Mrs. Latham was the daughter of the late John Thomas “Jack” and Alma Chandler Dobbins, and the widow of James Wesley Latham Sr. She was also preceded in death by  two sons, Lyle Davis Latham and John Thomas Latham; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne O’Bryan Latham; four brothers, John Thomas “Buster” Dobbins Jr., E. C. “Jimmy” Dobbins, Benjamin F. Dobbins, Barney Lee “Dick” Dobbins; and two sisters, Mavis Dobbins Bodker and Frances Dobbins Knight.
    Survivors include one son, James Wesley Latham Jr., and his wife, Margaret Ratliff Latham, of Grenada; daughter-in-law, Mary Burke Latham of Cherokee, Texas; brother, Billy Gene Dobbins of Hammond, Ind.; sister, Mary Dobbins Weed of Starkville; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Renee’ Latham Steckbeck (Andy) of Cherokee, Texas, Lyle Keith Latham of Cleveland, James Wesley Latham III of Winona, Steven Douglas Latham (Kasey) of Southaven, Penney Latham of Grenada, and Christy Latham Cross of Winona; and 10 great-grandchildren, Lindsay Anne Hardin, Lainey Ellen Arrington, Lillian Renay Arrington, Graycen Rae Latham, Reagan Elizabeth Steckbeck, Kaylee Grace Steckbeck, Michela Mullen, Emma Mullen, Michael Mullen, and Landon Cross.
    Pallbearers will be James Wesley Latham III, Steven Latham, Lyle Keith Latham, Bobby Knight, Bruce Branch, and Allen Weed. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Scotland Baptist Church, active and inactive, past and present.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scotland Baptist Church, 725 Scotland Road, Winona, MS  38967.
    An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
    Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Alice Virginia Hardwick Purnell
    Funeral services for Alice Virginia Hardwick Purnell, 95, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Pleasant Grove First Baptist Church. Burial followed in Haven Rest Cemetery.
    Mrs. Purnell died July 28, 2011.
    She was born on May 22, 1916, and was the daughter of the late Adron Hardwick and Blanche Williams Hardwick.
    Mrs. Purnell was a housewife.
    Eddie Robinson Funeral Home was in charge.


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