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Saranell Murphy Dickerson
   Funeral services for Saranell Murphy Dickerson, 75, of Durant, were held Wednesday, June 20, at First Baptist Church in Durant. Burial followed in Mizpah Cemetery in Durant.
   Mrs. Dickerson died June 18, 2012, at her residence.  
   She was a member of First Baptist Church in Durant, a retired business owner of Durant Hardware and for three years a member of the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Society.
   Preceding Mrs. Dickerson in death are her step-children, Jerry Don Dickerson and Donna Dickerson Carroll.
   Survivors include her daughter, Melanie McCafferty of Kosciusko; son, Curtis Murphy of Grenada; step-daughter, Betty Hollowell of Madison; step-sons, Joe Dan Dickerson of Benton and David Dickerson of Florence; sister, Shirley Howard Strickland of Monroe, Ga., three grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society or the First Baptist Church.
   Southern Funeral Home was in charge.

Jewel R. Floyd
   Jewel R. Floyd, 88, of Water Valley, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.  
   Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, at National Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday at National Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Cemetery near Duck Hill.  
   Pallbearers will be Lance Floyd, Neil Floyd, Ben Floyd, Chris Floyd, Paul Schmitz and Robert Schmitz.
   Jewel was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Carroll County to John Eddie Ricks and Mary Della McDonald Ricks. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Jewel was employed as a licensed practical nurse until her retirement.
   Mrs. Floyd was preceded in death by her parents, John Eddie and Della Ricks, and her husband, Robert L. Floyd.
   Survivors include two sons, Larry Floyd of Grenada and David Floyd of Water Valley; six grandchildren, Joshua Floyd, Jonathon Floyd, Lance Floyd and his wife, Dee, Neil Floyd, Ben Floyd and Chris Floyd; and five great-grandchildren, Jessica Floyd, Rebecca Floyd, Monica Floyd, Jackson Floyd, and Bailey Claire Floyd.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

James Benton Gillis
   James Benton “Jim” Gillis, 59, of Grenada, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at National Funeral Home in Grenada.  Graveside services are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona with Dr. Clarence Cooper officiating.  
   Jim was born on Nov. 30, 1952, in Bolivar County to Charles Elisah Gillis and Ollie Ruth Springer Gillis Cross. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a Vietnam era veteran. Jim was a self-employed plumber for many years.
   Mr. Gillis was preceded in death by his father, Charles Gillis.
   Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Patricia Jan Gillis of Grenada; two daughters, Amanda Busby Ables of Vaiden and Tanya Gillis Coaten of Grenada; one son, Dennis Allen Busby of Grenada; his mother, Ruth Gillis of Grenada; three brothers, Steve Gillis of Arizona, Allen Gillis of Grenada and Don Gillis of Texas; and six grandchildren, Lakin Ables, Garrett Ables, John D. Staten, Gregory Staten, Taggert Coaten and Jada Coaten.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Gladys Conley Hardwick
   Funeral services for Gladys Conley “Madea” Hardwick, 82, of Gore Springs, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Greater Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Hardwick died June 16, 2012, at her home after a long illness.
   She was born on July 2, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Todd and Julie S. Conley.
   Mrs. Hardwick was a homemaker and a member of Little Rock M.B. Church.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Hardwick in death are a son, Elton Hardwick and a sibling, J. C. Conley.
   Surviving Mrs. Hardwick are her husband, George Hardwick II; six daughters, Dorothy Shack, Gladis Mae Odomes, Shirley Jean Mathis, Mary Sally, Mavis Hardwick, all of Gore Springs, and Edna Williamson of Chicago; three sons, George Hardwick III of St. Louis, Mo., Gary Hardwick of Gore Springs and Havis Hardwick of Grenada; three siblings, Mamie Hankins of Gore Springs, Ozell Conley of Grenada and Marzell Mays of St. Louis.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Irene H. Lahmon

   Funeral services for Irene H. Lahmon, 93, of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Luke M.B. Church in Tippo. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Lahmon died June 15, 2012, at Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston.
   She was born on Sept. 4, 1918.
   Mrs. Lahmon was a headstart teacher in Charleston and a member of St. Luke M.B. Church.
   She is survived by her nieces and nephews.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Lou Blaylock Matthews
   Funeral services for Mary Lou Blaylock Matthews, 78, of Winona, were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Lee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Mrs. Matthews died June 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven of cancer.
   She was the daughter of the late Lonnie R. and Winnie Stanley Blaylock.
   Mrs. Matthews was a retired telephone operator and office clerk with BellSouth. She also worked as the MED-ARM account clerk at Grenada Lake Medical Center and was the retired office manager for Lee Funeral Home in Winona. She was a member of New Hope Methodist Church in Winona and the American Legion Auxiliary.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Matthews in death is her brother, Lonnie Blaylock.
   Surviving Mrs. Matthews are her husband of 58 years, Harley T. Matthews of Winona; two daughters, Sara Wanda Matthews Brett of Starkville and Monica Lynn Matthews Ashley of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Harley Thomas Matthews of Winona and Timothy Lee Matthews of Winona; two brothers, Charles Blaylock of Winona and Phil Blaylock of Madison; and six grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, 541 Lower Bethlehem Road, Winona, MS 38967.
   An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Lee Funeral Home was in charge.

Ruby Caldwell Seale McKinney
   Graveside service for Ruby Caldwell Seale McKinney, 96, of Winona, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
   Mrs. McKinney died June 20, 2012, at her residence of heart failure.
   She was the daughter of the late Rube and Ida Sullivan Caldwell.
   Mrs. McKinney was a graduate of Winona High School and Helena Secretary College in Helena, Ark. She was a former employee of the Bank of Kilmichael, Staple Cotton Association, First Methodist Church in Greenwood, and she retired at age 75 as office manager for Davidson Marble and Granite Works in Winona. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winona.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. McKinney in death are her husbands, Sam Hill Seale and Joseph McKinney.
   Survivors include her sister, Ida Ray of Greenwood and two nephews, Bruce Caldwell of Winona and Johnny Ray of Jackson.
   Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 318, Memphis, TN 38101.
   An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Lee Funeral Home is in charge.


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