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William Lloyd Bailey
   Funeral services for William Lloyd Bailey, 71, of Winona, were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Oliver Chapel. Burial followed in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery near Kilmichael.    
   Mr. Bailey died Oct. 28, 2012, at Winona Manor of heart failure.
   He was the son of the late John and Epple Murphy Bailey.
   Mr. Bailey was a retired retail salesman and a member of Community Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
   Survivors include his wife, Benny Jane Bailey of Winona; two daughters, Debbie Cates of Birmingham, Ala., and Cindy Bailey of Memphis; three sisters, Charlene Neal and Barbara Sue Griffin of Houston, Betty Jean Kline of Tupelo; four brothers, Tommy Bailey of Tupelo, Jerry Bailey and Donnie Bailey of Holcomb, John Edward Gailey of Memphis; two grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
   An online guest book is available at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.

William Bray
   A memorial service for William “Bill” Bray, 68, of Coffeeville, was held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Coffeeville. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Cambridge Cemetery in Lafayette County.
   Mr. Bray died Oct. 25, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
   He was born on Oct. 17, 1944, in Memphis, to the late Wade and Beulah Koonce Bray.  
   Mr. Bray was an avid Ole Miss fan and enjoyed all sports. He spent many years coaching the Lady Cruisers Softball Team leading them to win the 1997 National Championship and was highlighted in Mississippi Sports Magazine. He also loved driving his truck. He retired as a driver for Sysco Foods then went back to work driving for FedEx where he was currently employed.
   In addition to his parents, preceding Mr. Bray in death are his  sister, Mae Brigance and two brothers, Glenn Bray and Joseph McDonald Bray.
   Surviving Mr. Bray are his wife of 40 years, Willene Black Bray of Coffeeville; two daughters, Shay Bray Gillon of Grenada and Jamie Bray Baker of Glenwood, Ark.; three sons, Jack Bray and Jonathan Bray of Green Briar, Ark., and Jason Bray of Coffeeville; two sisters, Sara Liles of Coffeeville and Vera Ennis of Byhalia; six grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Verneeda Jean Brown
   Funeral services for Verneeda Jean “Needa” Brown, 58, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Battle Temple COGIC. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Brown died Oct. 27, 2012, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   She was born on June 12, 1954, and was the daughter of L. C. “Dug” Thomas of Memphis and the late Louvenia Lucas-Thomas.
   Mrs. Brown was a 1973 graduate of Grenada High School and a member of Battle Temple COGIC.
   Surviving Mrs. Brown are her daughter, Gabriel Katrice Thomas of Grenada; two sisters, Patricia Ann Black of Grenada and Pamela Jean Oliver of Memphis; two brothers, Carlos M. Underwood and Laquinton C. Underwood of Memphis; an aunt and a granddaughter.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Ethel Corder
   Funeral services for Ethel Corder, 86, of Carrollton, were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at New Bethel Baptist Church near Carrollton. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Mrs. Corder died Oct. 29, 2012, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital of heart failure.
   She was the daughter of the late Charles Willoughby and  Plesie Elvira Willoughby Campbell.
   Mrs. Corder was a homemaker, a great seamstress and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Corder in death are her husband, Woodrow W. Corder and two grandchildren.
   Survivors include her daughter, Betty Harrison of Carrollton; two sons, Billy Earl Corder and Richard Corder of Carrollton; two sisters, Frances Long of New York and Sadie Meeks of Schlater; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a niece, two nephews, three great-nieces, and a great-nephew.
   Memorials may be made to New Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 579 CR 121, Carrollton, MS 38917; or to Providence Baptist Church, P. O. Box 179, Carrollton, MS 38917.
   An online guestbook is available at www.
   Lee Funeral Home in Winona was in charge.

Martha Nell Tyler Edwards
   Funeral services for Martha Nell Tyler Edwards, 86, of Water Valley, were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at First Baptist Church in Water Valley. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
   Mrs. Edwards died Oct. 30, 2012, at her home.
   She was born in 1926 in Water Valley and was a daughter of the late Rufus William and Sarah Elizabeth McCormick Tyler.  
   Mrs. Edwards was a wedding planner, art teacher, crafter, and florist. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club, and enjoyed the long standing fellowship of her bridge pals for over 50 years. She was also a die hard Blue Devil fan and rarely missed a game when her children and grandchildren played. She taught numerous Sunday school classes over the years at First Baptist Church where she was a faithful member.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Edwards in death are her husband, Tom Edwards; a daughter, Rosemary Edwards; and two brothers, James Ray Tyler and Col. John Stanley Tyler.
   Surviving Mrs. Edwards are a daughter, Nell Edwards Jobe of Water Valley; three sons, Tommy Edwards, Mike Edwards  and Dr. Steve Edwards, all of Water Valley; a sister, Bonnie Tyler Crosby of Indianola; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Don Eskridge
   Funeral services for Don Eskridge, 75, of Winona are at 2 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 3, at Moore Memorial U.M. Church in Winona. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
   Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home; and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home.
   Mr. Eskridge died Oct. 29, 2012, at Regency Hospital in Jackson of cancer.
   He was the son of the late Thomas Everette and Pauline Taggart Eskridge.
   Mr. Eskridge was a former alderman for the City of Winona and was extensively involved in economic development in Montgomery County, serving as treasurer for the Economic Development Council. He was a manager for J. A. Olson Company for 18 years and managed Medstat’s non-emergency transportation division. He was a businessman and real estate developer and a member of Moore Memorial U. M. Church.
   Surviving Mr. Eskridge are survived by his wife, LaVerne Browning Eskridge of Winona; two daughters, Beth Alexander and Lynne Wilson of Winona; son, Barry Eskridge of Winona;  step-daughter, Louanne Gautreaux of Winona; sister, Elsie Barnhill of Winona; brother, Lamar Eskridge of Duck Hill; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Moore Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 201 Magnolia Street, Winona, MS 38967.
   An online guest book is available at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is charge.

John Robert Mann
   John Robert “Bobby“ Mann, 70, of Grenada, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at All Saints House in Grenada.
   Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at All Saints House in Grenada. Burial followed in Charleston Cemetery in Charleston.
   Bobby was born on Nov. 22, 1941, in Charleston to Virgil and Opal Duke Mann. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
   Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Mann; his parents, Virgil and Opal Mann and a brother, Donald “Buddy” Mann.
   Survivors include his son, Bobby Mann; three brothers, Virgil “Sonny” Mann, Billy Mann and Dale Mann; his stepchildren, Barbara, Robert, Linda and Glen; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Bro. Kevin Smith officiated the services.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Jack Melvin Newton

   Funeral services for Jack Melvin Newton, 75, of Coffeeville, native of Darlove, are at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Coffeeville.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
   Mr. Newton died Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial East in Memphis. 
   He graduated from Greenville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he returned to Greenville where he was employed at Ingram Alignment and Joe’s Firestone. He owned and operated Newton’s Automotive from 1978 until retiring in 2002 when he moved to Coffeeville. Mr. Newton was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Coffeeville.
   Preceding Mr. Newton in death is his wife, Audrey Mae Newton.
   Surviving Mr. Newton are his daughter, Vanessa N. Morlino  of Hurst, Texas; two sisters, Diane Bennett of Flora, Miss., and Nell Lupo of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Buddy Newton of Clinton, Ark., and Bennie Newton of Flora; and two grandsons.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Boone Funeral Home is in charge.

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