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Andrew Fonville
   Andrew “Andy“ Fonville, 85, of Grenada, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Grace Health & Rehab.
   Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at National Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery at Oxberry near Holcomb.
   Andy was born on Nov. 23, 1926, in Coffeeville to Vernon and Susan Gertrude Durham Fonville. He was a Methodist. He retired as a pipe fitter in the air conditioning business.
   Andy was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Gertrude Fonville.
   Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Leona Cunningham Fonville of Grenada; three daughters, Laura Gassmann, Tresa Diedrich, both of Missouri and Betty Woods of Grenada; one son, John Fonville; one brother, Ernest Fonville; and one sister, Nannie Smith all of Missouri; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Bro. Jerry McNeer will be officiating the service.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

James E. Grimes

   James E. Grimes, 84, of Tillatoba, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at his home.  
   Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at National Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at National Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery in Grenada.
   James was born on Jan. 4, 1928, in Yalobusha County to Bert and Thelma Petty Grimes. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Grenada. James was employed by the Grenada School District until his retirement. Mr. Grimes loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed being in the outdoors.
   Mr. Grimes was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Thelma Grimes; his wife, Earnestine Scott Grimes; one daughter, Darlene Jackson; one son, Wade Grimes; one brother, Johnny Grimes; and two sisters, Verlin Hartman and Dorothy Hanks.
   Survivors include one brother, Jimmy Grimes of Memphis and three grandchildren, Melinda Box, B.J. Jackson, and Clay Scott.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

William Gabor Hill
   Funeral services for William Gabor Hill, 69, of Eskridge, are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Eskridge Baptist Church in Eskridge. Burial will follow in Eskridge Cemetery.
   Mr. Hill died July 7, 2012, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson of complications from thrombosis.
   He was the son of the late John Middleton and Mattie Ethridge Hill.
   Mr. Hill was a general contractor and a member of Eskridge Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Kristen Brown of Kansas City, Mo.; son, William Jeffrey Hill of Puckett; sister, Marie Eubanks of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; brother, John Hill of Gulfport; and four granddaughters.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Clive Eugene “Gene” Lyons
   Gene Lyons, 79, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2012, at The Regional Medical Center (MED) in Memphis.
   Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 8, at The First United Pentecostal Church in Grenada, with visitation prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Mr. Lyons was born on May 8, 1933, in Ecru, Miss., to Clive Paul and Ila Mae Lyons. He was the founder of Dixie Auto Auction in Grenada. He spent over 50 years in the automobile business where he formed many life long friendships with dealers throughout Mississippi and the surrounding states.
   He is survived by his wife, Deanie Harrison Standrod Lyons; two daughters, Pam Moore (Kevin), and Beverly Hoop of Grenada; two step-sons, Rudy Standrod and Michael “Scooter” Standrod, also of Grenada; eight grandchildren, Patrick Lott (Julie) of Clinton, Jeffrey Ables (Summer) of Byhalia, Lauren Moore of Jackson, Miss., Paige Parker (Will) of Cordova, Tenn., Emily Moore, Meredith Moore, Haley Hoop, and Peyton Hoop, all of Grenada; two step-grandchildren, Allen Harrell of Carrolton and Kayla Standrod of Grenada; six great-grandchildren Hayden and Kash Parker of Cordova, Katlyn and Kacy Lott of Clinton and Andrea and Presley Ables of Byhalia; four sisters, Betty Whitten (Joe Phil) of Blue Springs, Barbara McAlpin of Germantown, Tenn., Laura Franklin (Donald) of Pontotoc, and Nancy Phillips (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two brothers, Elbert Lyons (Mary Helen) and Delbert Lyons (Donna) of Pontotoc; and a cousin who was like a brother, Merle Hipps of Nettleton.
   He is preceded in death by his parents; a wife and mother of his children, Elizabeth Ann “Dixie;” a daughter, Shirley Ables; a sister, Hazel Houston; and five brothers, Wayne, James, Clint, Clyde and Sammy Lyons.
   Memorials may be sent to The First United Pentecostal Church, 34 Bruce Road, Highway 8 East, Grenada, MS 38901, or to The American Heart Association.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

Margaret Pittman
   Funeral services for Margaret Pittman, 98, of Winona were at 2  p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Emmanuel Church in Winona. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
   Mrs. Pittman died July 5, 2012, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona.
   She was born in Grenada County and was the daughter of the late Hugh Dixon and Betty Augustus Lockett Hardy,
   Mrs. Pittman was a retired secretary for D. V. Patridge Lumber Company and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winona.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Pittman in death are her husband, Nuit Pittman; one sister, Emma Grace Bowen; and four brothers, Tom Hardy, Dick Hardy, Bill Hardy, and Jack Hardy.
   Surviving Mrs. Pittman are her son, Paul Pitttman of Winona; one sister, Ruth Hardy Odom of Winona; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two nieces and two nephews.
   Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Lee Funeral Home in Winona was in charge.

Martha Ann Massey Townsend

   Martha Ann Massey Townsend, 79, of Grenada, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at her home.  
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the Southside Church of Christ. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Southside Church of Christ.  Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Miss.
   Martha was born on May 28, 1933, in Oakland to Clyde Galloway Massey and Trebia McKnight Massey. She was a member of the Elliott Church of Christ. Martha was employed as a bookkeeper at an amusement company.  
   Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents.
   Survivors include one daughter, Trebia T. Rodgers and her husband, Danny, of Grenada; one sister, Clyde Callihan of Oakland; and three grandchildren, John Shaw Jr., Joseph Rodgers, and Lauren Rodgers.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Frances O. Woods
   Funeral services for Frances O. Woods, 93, of Water Valley, are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in the Masonic Haughton Cemetery in Amory.
   Mrs. Woods died July 6, 2012, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.
   She was born on Sept. 14, 1918, to the late Trice Albert E. Oliver and Lena Berdine Oliver.
   Mrs. Woods worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company until her retirement.  She was a member of the Pioneers and a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Water Valley. Her hobby was visiting the hospital and the nursing home for so many years, where every day without fail, she brought water, ice and magazines to the patients and residents, and cared for their emotional needs.
   Although she had no children of her own, she was loved and cared for by her nieces and nephews, Mary Russell of Water Valley, Margie Calvi of Horn Lake, Patricia Wilson of Banner, Melanie Pruett of Abbeville, and John Pruett of Oxford.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

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