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Olene Armstrong Bennett
   Olene Armstrong “Granny” Bennett of Grenada, formerly of Duck Hill, joined her Heavenly Father on Dec. 15, 2012.  She departed this life at the Briar Hill Rest Home in Florence, Miss., after an extended illness.
   She was born on Sept. 7, 1927, in Tallahatchie County, to R.N. Armstrong and Elzira Crowder Armstrong. Mrs. Bennett graduated from the Grenada School of Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse until her retirement. Prior to her retirement, she was the Director of Nursing at Winona Manor in Winona.
   After her retirement, Mrs. Bennett enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family. She also was active in the Grenada Lake Medical Center Auxiliary, working in the Gift Shop. Her positive attitude and outlook on life was an inspiration to many.  To her, the glass was never half full, but completely full.
   Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her parents, R.N. and Elzira Armstrong; her husband, Houston Grady Bennett; two sisters, Grace Stewart and Christine King; and two brothers, Jim Armstrong and Howard Armstrong.
   She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Leverette (Sid) of Tupelo; a son, Bob Bennett of Grenada; one sister, Sally Hall of Byhalia; two granddaughters, Leigh Leverette and Kirby Vaught, both of Jackson; one grandson, Nicholas Bennett of Jackson; and one great-grandson, Hayes Vaught of Jackson.
   Visitation was from 12:30 until 2 p.m. on Monday, December 17, at the National Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service was at 2 p.m. at the National Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the Duck Hill Cemetery. Dr. Brent Barker officiated the services. Pallbearers were Robert Bell, Nicholas Bennett, Sam Vaught, Hubert Earl Hall, Terry Hutchins, and David Melton. 
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Beverly Joyce Townes Cunningham
   Funeral services for Beverly Joyce Townes Cunningham, 55, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at New Life Christian Fellowship Church. Burial followed in Fleming Cemetery.
   Mrs. Cunningham died Dec. 10, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
   She was born Sept. 14, 1957.
   Mrs. Cunningham was a retired school teacher in the Yalobusha Country School District. She was a member of New Life Christian Fellowship Church and received her B.S. degree from Alcorn State University.
   Survivors include a daughter, Shanice Cunningham of Grenada; three sisters, Bobbie Hopson of Memphis, Diane Townes of Scobey and Debra Townes of Atlanta; and three brothers, James Townes of Charleston, Floyd Townes of Knoxville, Tenn., and Richard Townes of Memphis.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

Johnny Herrod Jr.
   Funeral services for Johnny Herrod Jr., 66, of Grenada, native of Calhoun County, are at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Bethel Cathedral. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
   Mr. Herrod died Dec. 11, 2012, at his home.
   He was born June 17, 1946.
   Survivors include a son, Keith Bridges of Grenada; two sisters, Bobbie Herrod of Grenada and Cora Herrod of Chicago; and six brothers, Curtis Herrod Jr., Thomas Herrod, George Herrod and Frankie Herrod, all of Grenada, and David Herrod and Jerry Herrod, both of Chicago.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

James Earl Oliver
   Funeral services for James Earl Oliver, 77, of Winona, are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at First Baptist Church of Winona. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
   Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
   Mr. Oliver died Dec. 14, 2012, at his home of complications from cancer.
   He was a retired funeral director and the owner of Oliver Funeral Home in Winona. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Winona, where he served as deacon, and a longtime member of the Gideons. Mr. Oliver was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, William Earl and Hazel Hudson Oliver; and his eldest son, James Earl “Jimbo” Oliver II.
   Survivors include his wife, Margie Biggers Oliver of Winona; two sons, Karl Oliver and Mike Oliver, both of Winona; a brother, William Hudson Oliver of Clinton; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of in-laws.
   Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Windows Repair Fund, P.O. Box 408, Winona, MS 38967; or to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 388, Winona, MS 38967.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Oliver Funeral Home is in charge.

Mickey Pullen
   Funeral services for Mickey Pullen, 66, of Mineola, Texas, formerly of French Camp, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery in Kilmichael.
   Mr. Pullen died Dec. 13, 2012, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas.
   He was the son of Preston and Leola Youngblood Pullen.
   Mr. Pullen was an employee of the Mineola Co-op in Mineola and a member of Covenant Baptist Church in French Camp.
   Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Stafford of McKinney, Texas, and Nicole Pullen of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Mary Faith Morgan and Wavylon Orsborn, both of Winona; a brother, Maxie Pullen of Kilmichael; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.

Harold Wallace Sanders
   Memorial services for Harold Wallace Sanders, 43, of Grenada, are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the National Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Choctaw County. Bro. Higdon Herrington and Bro. Randall Poss will officiate the service.
   Visitation is Wednesday, Dec., 19, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at National Funeral Home.
   Harold died Dec. 17, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
   He was born on Feb. 17, 1969, and was the son of James Harold Sanders and Betty Gregg Sanders of Greenwood.
   Harold was employed for 21 years at Luvata in the fin press department. He was a member of Woodmon Baptist Church in Grenada.  
   Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by a sister, Rhonda Renee Goss; and his grandparents, James Clyde and Madeline Sanders, and Wallace and Ophelia Gregg.
   Harold is survived by his father, James Harold Sanders (Bethany) of Clinton, Miss.; his mother, Betty G. Evans (Ray) of Itta Bena; a daughter, Lynne Dee Sanders of Duck Hill; two sisters, Robin Lynnette Dunn of Grenada and Tammy Denise McDaniel of Carrollton, Miss.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

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