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Mildred Welch Branch
   Funeral services for Mildred Welch Branch, 79, of Winona were at 19 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Scotland Baptist Church in Winona. Burial followed in Scotland Cemetery.
   Mrs. Branch died Sept. 2, 2012, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson of heart failure.
   She was the daughter of the late William and Connie Self Welch.
   Mrs. Branch was a retired employee of the Bank of Winona and Winona Packing Company. She loved gardening, flowers, cooking, and painting. She was also a member of Scotland Baptist Church.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Branch in death are one sister and four brothers.
   Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Benson “Sonny” Branch of Winona; two sons, Mike Branch of Greenwood and Bruce Branch of Winona; four sisters, Mae Chiappino of Smithtown, N.Y., Lorrine Branch of Gulfbreeze, Fla., Martha Clark of Winona, and Florine Williams of Gulfport; one brother, Dennis Welch of Vaiden; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   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 was in charge.

Annette Shelton DeLoach
   Graveside services for Annette Shelton DeLoach of Carroll County were held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Enon Methodist Church Cemetery in Carroll County, with the Rev. Joseph Sansing officiating.
   Visitation was held on Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home in Winona.
Mrs. DeLoach died of heart failure at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada on Monday, Sept. 4, 2012. She was 76 years old.
   Mrs. DeLoach was the daughter of the late Richard and Jimmie Ware Shelton.
   She was a homemaker and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Carroll County. She was an avid gardener who loved roses, enjoyed cooking and was devoted to her family. She was also a member of the Carroll County Garden Club.
   Survivors include one daughter, Julie Yeoman of Grenada; one son, Michael DeLoach of Carrollton; two sisters, Grace Tingle of Coila and Earline McKinney of Pearl; one brother, Carl Shelton of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Jennifer Burt Gant, Matthew DeLoach, and Richie Yeoman; and two great-grandchildren, Stefan Gant and Allyn Claire Gant.
   Pallbearers were Terry Tingle, Michael Shelton, Matthew DeLoach, Stefan Gant, Jerome Mims, and Marlon Shelton.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
   An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Lee Funeral Home in Winona was in charge.

Jeffery Gross

   A memorial service for Jeffery Gross, 47, of Grenada, native of Bruce, will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 8, in Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley.
   Mr. Gross died Sept. 1, 2012, in Grenada.
   He was the son of Janie Gross of Ripley and the late Billy Gross.
   Mr. Gross was formerly employed as an electrician.
   In addition to his mother, surviving Mr. Gross are his daughter, Emily Gross of Ripley; two stepsons, Seth Gibson of Memphis and B.J. Gibson of Southaven; two sisters, Melinda Balsano of Southaven and Carol Hall of Tupelo; his brother, Christopher Gross of Ripley; a grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
   Online condolences may be made at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
   Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge.

James Wesley Hicks
   James Wesley Hicks, 80, went peacefully to meet his Savior face to face on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. He would have turned 81 on Sept. 25. There to meet him was the love of his life, his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Wilma Hicks, who preceded him in death in 2002. James has told his children and grandchildren many times, “I am ready to see Jesus and Mama.”
   What a joyous reunion that must have been!
   Mr. Hicks is survived by one son, Robert Hicks of Grenada; one daughter, Kay Hicks Rounsaville of Grenada; two sisters, Liz Weaver of Tupelo and Lynn Bryant of Grenada; one brother, Joe Hicks of Columbus. He is also survived by his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Laura Biddy and her husband, Haley, and Cade Rounsaville. In 2007, he was blessed with his only great grandchild, his namesake, James Bowden Biddy.
   Also preceding him in death are his parents, Crawford and Mary Ethel Hicks, a brother, Mack Hicks, and two sisters, Louise Fox and Mary Ward.
   Mr. Hicks was retired from Heatcraft, where he worked for over 37 years. He was a charter member of Airport Baptist Church, where he faithfully served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher until his recent illness. He loved the Lord, his family and many friends. He also loved to tinker and trade.
   Visitation was held from 5 to 7 on Thursday evening. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday morning at National Funeral Home. Burial will follow immediately at Woodlawn Cemetery.
   Pallbearers will be Bobby Biddy, Jerry Harrell, Gary Jenkins, David Kilgore, Bill Mann and Mac Morman. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Freely and Dr. Joe Messina.
Annette Hitt, Mr. Hicks’ niece will give the eulogy. The Rev. Truman Scarbrough will deliver the message. Music will be provided by Teena Blakely and Dusty McKibben.
   The family requests that memorials be sent to Airport Baptist Church or Emmanuel Baptist Church Children’s Ministry.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

William T. Hobdy Jr.
   A graveside service for William T. “Bill” Hobdy Jr., 80, of Ridgeland, formerly of Water Valley, was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
   Mr. Hobdy died Aug.31, 2012, at his home in Ridgeland.  
   He was born on Aug. 22, 1932, in Scottsville, Ky., to the late William Thompson and Martha Hudson Hobdy.  
   Mr. Hobdy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports. He was a huge fan of the University of Kentucky where he played on the UK basketball scout team and graduated. He also served in the United States Air Force, was employed for many years at Holley Carburetor in Water Valley and he retired as materials and production manager at Chromcraft Industries in Senatobia.  
   He is survived by two daughters, Marty Bell of Madison and Susan Jenkins of Southaven; a son, Will Hobdy of Madison; a sister, Mary Joy Arterburn of Scottsville, Ky.; a brother, Ransom Hobdy of Anniston, Ala.; and seven grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Water Valley Youth Baseball League.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

William M. Johnson
   William M. “Bill” Johnson, 89, of Grenada, went to live with his Lord on Sept. 4, 2012.  
   He was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in Holcomb to Cecil Ballard and Georgia H. Clark Johnson. He was a retired electrician and plumber, a member of the First Baptist Church, and a World War II Navy Veteran.
   Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and one son William Johnson.
   He is survived by his wife, Doris George Johnson of Grenada; two daughters, Sharon Hopkins of Jackson and Jane Win Johnson of Grenada; two sisters, Lorain Carpenter of Holcomb and Elizabeth Thomas of Charleston; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
   Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home, with graveside services following at Woodlawn Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Grenada or the charity of choice.
   Garner-Harper Funeral  Home is in charge.

George Colon Nail
   Funeral services for George Colon Nail, 87, of Stewart, were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Poplar Creek Nations Baptist Church near Kilmichael. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Mr. Nail died Sept.2, 2012, at his residence of heart failure.
   He was the son of the late Earl Victor and Ela Maggie Crick Nail.
   Mr. Nail was a retired riverboat engineer and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Methodist church in Laurel, and had attended Tri-County Baptist Church for 20 years.
   In addition to his parents, preceding Mr. Nail in death are his first wife, Elsie Crowder Nail; his second wife, Katie Sykes Nail; one sister and four brothers.
   Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jean Nail of Stewart; four daughters, Sandra Birchler of Greendell, N.J., Sharron Rene Williams of Yanceyville, N.C., Cheryl Kindred of Brooklyn, N.Y., Geraldean Nail of Durango, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Gina Nail Vaughn of Winona; one stepson, Mike Nail of Stewart; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Poplar Creek Nations Cemetery Fund, 488 Highway 413, Kilmichael, MS 39747.
   An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.

Sarah Joyce Parker

   A memorial service for Sarah Joyce Parker, 52, of Coffeeville, native of Grenada, was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at New Hope Baptist Church in Coffeeville.
   Mrs. Parker died Sept. 1, 2012, at her brother’s home in Coffeeville.
   She was the daughter of the late Buford W. and Lillie Mae Hood.
   Mrs. Parker enjoyed word find puzzles and, when she was younger, riding horse drawn buggies.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Parker in death are her sister, Linda Sue Walls, and her brother, John Wesley Hood.
   Survivors include three sisters, Pamela Jean Phillips and Nancy Carol Clark of Banner, Miss., and Dolly Jo Gregory of Bruce; two brothers, Michael Shane Hood of Coffeeville and Billy Dale Manns of Bruce; six nieces and six nephews.
   Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1890 CR 80, Coffeeville, MS 38922.
   Online condolences may be made at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
   Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.

Jimmie Faye Goodwin Quarles
   Jimmie Faye Goodwin Quarles, 78, of Grenada, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at her home in Grenada. Visitation was held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at National Funeral Home. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Jimmie was born on March 3, 1934, in Calhoun County to Elmer E. and Etta Marie Miller Goodwin. She was a Baptist.  She was employed as a production boarder at Pennaco for 30 years.
   Jimmie  was preceded in death by her  husband, Billy Wayne Quarles; her parents, Elmer and Etta Marie Goodwin; a sister, Nancy Ann Collums; five brothers, Laderal Goodwin, Robert Goodwin, Willie Earl Goodwin, Gene Goodwin, and Harold “Jacky” Goodwin.
   Survivors include three daughters, Linda Herring, Vickie Beach (Ed) and Tina Hughes, all of Grenada, a son, Jerry Quarles of Grenada; a sister; Kay Raye of Kentucky; a brother, Larry Goodwin of Houlkal; five grandchildren, Vickie Herring, Amanda Betts, Brandon Hughes, Austin Beach, and Courtney Moore; and five great-grandchildren, Derek Hughes, Joshua Woolfford, Brandon Hughes Jr, Lillian Hughes, and Preston Hughes.
   Bro. James McElroy officiated the service.  
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Jinx Peterson Smith Jr.
   Funeral services for Jinx Peterson Smith Jr., 21, of Vaiden were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Shongalo Presbyterian Church in Vaiden. Burial followed in Vaiden Cemetery.
   Mr. Smith died Sept. 1, 2012, in an automobile accident near Vaiden.
   He was a 2009 graduate of Carroll Academy and a student at Holmes Community College. He was also a commercial diver and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Vicksburg.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Jinx Peterson Smith.
   Survivors include his parents, Bobby and Christy Grey Noah of Vaiden; stepmother, Lyn Luckett Smith of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Holley Noah Mitchell of Eupora and Patricia Stafford Smith of Santa Rosa Beach; two brothers, Christopher Stanton Smith of Vaiden and Tally Noah of Jackson; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Christine Frisbee of Valley Park and Clifford Eugene Grey of Utica; paternal grandmother, Patricia Peterson Smith of Vicksburg.
   Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, Division of Public Affairs, 2500 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216 (www.childrenshospital.umc.edu).
   An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.

Jessie Lee Taylor
   Funeral services for Jessie Lee Taylor, 85, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Black Jack 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. Taylor died Aug. 31, 2012, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital.
   She was born on Aug. 24, 1927.
   Surviving Mrs. Taylor are her husband, Fred Leroy Taylor Sr. of Grenada; two daughters, Alice Faye Yates of Tacoma, Wash., and Lyvon Morris of Greenwood; five sons, Ray Charles Yates, RobertYates, Fred Leroy Yates Jr., Jimmy Lee Taylor, and Timothy Jerome Taylor, all of Grenada.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Katherine Townes
   Katherine “Kay” Townes, 74, of Grenada, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
   Kay grew up in Bolton, Miss., the daughter of Lucile Greaves and David Graham. She attended Hinds High School in Raymond, Miss., and graduated from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.
   Upon marriage to Dr. Drew Townes of Grenada, she began teaching second grade at Jones Road Elementary School in Grenada. She served as President of Grenada Junior Auxiliary and later as a Regional Director. Kay was presented the first Annual Woman of Distinction Award by the Junior Auxiliary in 2000. She has been both a Cub Scout and a Girl Scout Leader.
   Kay worked as a volunteer for several years at Lovely Lane School, Grenada’s first school for the handicapped, which was sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary. She also served as a mentor for four years at Grenada Elementary School .
   Kay was a founding member of GLAD, the Grenada League for Adult Development, which teaches illiterate adults to read. She served as secretary for 13 years and as a tutor for 10 years.
   Kay and her husband are members of All Saints Episcopal Church. She has served there as a member of the Vestry, the Episcopal Church Women, a Sunday school teacher, a member of Daughters of the King prayer group, and a weekly Bible study group. She also previously served on the Finance, Outreach and Fellowship Committees, and as a Board Member and Secretary for the All Saints House Ministry to the Elderly.
   Kay was presently serving on the Board of Directors of Gaddis Farms of Bolton and the Merchants and Planters Bank of Raymond.
   She was a member of the Grenada Garden Club, 20/20 Financial Partners and the Grenada Arts Partnership. Her hobbies included gardening, golf and reading.
   The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. James L. “Jimmy” Moore and his staff at the Woman's Specialty Center for their many years of loving care to Kay.
   Kay is survived by her husband, Dr. Drew Townes, a retired dentist, of Grenada; her son, Andrew Townes Jr. and his wife, Jan, of Jackson; her sister, Frances McCain of Jackson; and her grandson, Holland Roane Townes of Jackson.
   Memorials can be sent to All Saints Episcopal Church, 439 South Main Street, Grenada, MS 38901.
   A Memorial service will be held at noon, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada, with a visitation prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon at All Saints Episcopal Parish House.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge.


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