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Collene Raines Barbian
   Funeral services for Collene Raines Barbian, 74, of Tillatoba, were at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at Tillatoba Baptist Church. Burial followed at Union Cemetery.
   Mrs. Barbian died Dec. 18, 2012.
   She was born July 21, 1939, to Herman and Rudell Raines in Pontotoc.
   Mrs. Barbian was a homemaker.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Larry Barbian; and a granddaughter, Kristy Chambers Jackson.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna Box, Nancy Chambers and Lorie Christian; a son, Larry Barbian Jr.; two sisters, Francis Keel and Hazel Rakestraw; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home was in charge.

Rick Bell
   Richard Edward Bell, 62, of Tupelo, died Dec. 24, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born in New Albany, Miss., to Edward and Patricia Bell, who preceded him in death. He and his wife, Melinda, were partners for the past 15 years at the Corporate Group in the sale and service of health and life insurance. Before that, he was an owner of Bell Office Equipment in Tupelo. He received a Bachelor in Business Administration from The University of Mississippi in 1972, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
   Rick was a member of First United Methodist Church, Tupelo, where he served for many years as an usher. He was a founding member of the Sigma Nu Charity Bowl and served on that organization’s board. Rick was also an active volunteer in the Tupelo High School Football Booster Club, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer, and coached little league baseball. He was a member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and was a passionate fan of the Ole Miss Rebels.
   Services were held at First United Methodist Church, Tupelo, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, with the Rev. Jim Curtis officiating. Visitation was from noon–1:45 in the Gathering Room behind the sanctuary. Holland Funeral Directors had charge of the arrangements.
   Survivors include his wife, Melinda Ray Bell, of Tupelo; daughter, Mary Claire Bell Martin (Benjamin), of Tupelo; twin sons, Christopher and Marcus Bell, of Oxford; brother, John Bell (Joy), of Tupelo; and sister, Gerry Morris, of Grenada.
   The family requests memorials be sent either to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802 or The Sigma Nu Charity Bowl, c/o Thomas House, Philanthropy Chairman, P.O. Box 8258, University, MS 38677.
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Dan W. Brock
   Funeral services for Dan W. Brock, 52, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Greater Pine Hill M.B. Church. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Hardy.
   Mr. Brock died Dec. 19, 2012, at Grace Health and Rehab.
   He was born Sept. 7, 1960.
   Mr. Brock worked for the City of Grenada and was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Earnestine Seldon Brock of Grenada; his mother, Willie Brock McNeal of Grenada; two daughters, Danielle Sharkey and DeAngela Sharkey, both of Grenada; a step-daughter, Denise McClain Harris of Grenada; a step-son, Corey McClain of Fort Wayne, Ind.; four sisters, Ann Young and Opha Cathey, both of Augusta, Ga., Debra Harris of Grenada, and Brenda Brock of Coldwater, Miss.; and two brothers, Charles Brock of St. Louis and Kenneth Brock of Jackson.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

Jimmy Dickey
   Funeral services for Jimmy “Ray” Dickey, 76, of Water Valley, were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.
   Mr. Dickey died Dec. 20, 2012, at his home.  
   He was born Oct. 7, 1936, in Water Valley, to the Rex and Maggie Dickey.
   Mr. Dickey served two tours during the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force, was a self-employed welder until his retirement and was a member of Mt. Liberty Baptist Church.  He had a great sense of humor, he loved people and enjoyed kidding around with them. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and feeding his deer and other critters, and he loved spending time with his family.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Simmons.
   Survivors include his wife, Deborah of Water Valley; three daughters, Kimberly Anne Dickey and Tina Marie Archer, both of Water Valley, and Pamela Patterson of Pontotoc; two sons, Steven Jefferky Archer and James Edward Archer, both of Memphis; three sisters, Jo Anne Stewart and Marjorie Smith, both of Water Valley, and Sue Massey of Pontotoc; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
   An online guestbook is at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Alan Webster Eatmon
   Funeral services for Alan Webster Eatmon, 67, of Oxford, are at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Broad Street Cemetery in Coffeeville.
   Visitation is Friday from noon until service time at the funeral home.
   Mr. Eatmon died Dec. 23, 2012, at his home.
   He was born in Perry County, Miss., to Wallace and Essie Foreman Eatmon.
   Mr. Eatmon served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his service during war, he became a member of the National Guard. He worked many years for McQuay, Inc., in Grenada and later was an insurance representative for Woodmen of the World. He was a member of the NRA, and volunteered as a little league baseball coach for several years. Mr. Eatmon served as sound technician for Friendship Baptist Church and was well known for helping others. He loved his children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all of his family.
   Survivors include his wife, Brenda Wood Eatmon of Oxford; a daughter, Alana Eatmon; two sons, Chad Alan Eatmon of Grenada and Wallace Ian Eatmon of Taylor, Miss.; two step-daughters, Amy Harmon and Kim Harmon, both of Paris, Miss.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   An online guestbook is at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Betty Jean Hanks
   Betty Jean Hanks, 76, of Grenada died Dec. 23, 2012. She was born Aug. 13, 1936, to Henry Bardie and Ruby Taylor Scarbrough. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church, a devoted Christian, devoted grandmother and an accomplished writer. She was preceded in death by her parents.
   She is survived by her son, Barry Hanks of Grenada; her daughter, Gayle Goodson of Grenada; one brother Henry Bardie Scarbrough Jr., of Gilroy Calif.; three sisters, Jo Collins of Byrum, Miss., Mary Ayers of Gore Springs, and Janice Drennan of Palm Harbour, Fla.; four grandchildren, Andrea Brown, Jeremy O’Bryant, Eric Hanks and Matthew Hanks; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb Brown, Jordan O’Bryant and Jonah Hanks.
   Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, from 1-2 p.m., at Garner-Harper Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
   Pallbearers were Eric Hanks, Matthew Hanks, Gary Collins, Wayne Taylor, George Collins and Greg Ayers. Honorary pallbearers were Andy Collins and Lee Collins.
   Memorials may be made to Healthwell Foundation P.O. Box 4133 Gaithersburg, MD 20878 or by visiting
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

Joe Lee Harris
   Funeral services for Joe Lee Harris, 42, of Water Valley, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the City Auditorium in Water Valley. Burial will follow at Pine Grove East M.B. Church.
   Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the City Auditorium.
   Mr. Harris died December 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  
   He was born Jan. 10, 1970, to Harvey Lynwood Harris and Bennie Madlock Woodard.
   Mr. Harris worked many years as a maintenance supervisor for the Water Valley Housing Authority before his health failed.  He was a member of Pine Grove East M.B. Church, and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
   He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nelson and Hattie Harris.
   Survivors include three sons, Delain Harris, JoDarion Harris, and Shanquayle Jenkins, all of Water Valley; his mother, Bennie Woodard of Water Valley; his father, Harvey Lynwood Harris of Water Valley; his grandmother, Clister Hervey of Water Valley; four sisters, Lendar Harris and Hattie Harris, both of Water Valley, Jennifer Harris of Oxford, and Harisha Harris of Coffeeville; and three brothers, Harvey N. Harris and Jerome Harris, both of Water Valley, and Terry Tallie of Tupelo.
   An online guestbook is at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Sopora Johnson
   Funeral services for Sopora “Lou” Johnson, 96, of Grenada, formerly of Chicago, are at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Sweethome A.M.E. Church in Holcomb. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Mrs. Johnson died Dec. 20, 2012, in Grenada of natural causes.
   She was born July 22, 1916.
   Mrs. Johnson was a Methodist.
   Survivors include two nieces, Alberta Tillman and Octavia Cobbs, both of Grenada; and a special niece, Teresa Redditt of Grenada.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Annie Morrow
   Memorial services for Annie Laurie “Dink” Morrow, 86, of Webb, Miss., are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Webb Sumner United Methodist Church.  
   Visitation is Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
   Mrs. Morrow died Dec. 21, 2012, at her home.  
   She was a member of Webb Sumner United Methodist Church, Plantation Garden Club, 20th Century Club, First Habitat House Organization of Mississippi, and an active school board member for the West Tallahatchie school district. She loved to decorate, which included providing church flowers for 50 years.
   Mrs. Morrow was preceded in death by her husband, James Hart “Choctaw” Morrow; her parents, Oliver and Clara Caldwell; a sister, Kathleen Townsend; and two brothers, Marion “Coot” and James Borden Caldwell.
   Survivors include her daughter, Anne Hart Preus of Boyle; two sons, Robert Caldwell Morrow of Sumner and John William Morrow of Memphis; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   The family would like to express a special thanks to their mother’s caregivers: Marilyn Washington, Shirley Burnette, and Cora Macky.
   Memorials may be made to the Lion’s Sight Foundation, Parkinson’s Research Foundation, Webb Sumner UMC, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
   Lee Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Willie Sayles
   Funeral services for Willie Sayles, 55, of Water Valley, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in the Church of Christ Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
   Visitation is Saturday from noon until service time at the funeral home.
   Mr. Sayles died Dec. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.  
   He was born May 18, 1957, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley to Bennie Sayles and Allie B. Sayles.  
   Mr. Sayles was employed by Motts Industries and for the City of Water Valley at the courthouse and the jail. He was a member of Martin Street Church of Christ in Water Valley and loved helping others. He enjoyed cooking bar-b-que, dancing, music, and spending time with family and friends. He loved to have fun and enjoyed life to the fullest.  
   In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Monica Sayles; and a sister, Annie Faye Phillips.
   Survivors include a daughter, Jasmine Sayles of Water Valley; a son, Willie O’Neal Sayles of Water Valley; his mother, Allie B. Sayles of Water Valley; three sisters, Bertha Joy and Mary Phillips, both of Water Valley, and Sherri Sayles of Davenport, Iowa; two brothers, Benny Joe Sayles of Water Valley and Terry Sayles of Bruce; three grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
   An online guestbook is at
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Lillie M. Simmons
   Funeral services for Lillie M. Simmons, 90, of Charleston, Miss., are at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Newsom Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston. Burial will follow at Friendship Church of God.
   The family will receive friends Friday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Simmons died Dec. 26, 2012, in Charleston.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Full Gospel Assembly of God in Charleston.
   Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Simmons; a son, Cecil Simmons; and a grandson, Cary Smith.
   Survivors include seven daughters, Inez Shaw, Nellie Early, Betty Tribble, and Patsy Simmons, all of Charleston, Dinah Fitzpatrick of Phoenix City, Ariz., Barbara Martin of Coffeeville, and Dorothy Armstrong of Hattiesburg; four sons, Marvin Simmons and Floyde Simmons, both of Charleston, Donnie Simmons of Grenada and Ardis Simmons of Money, Miss.; a sister, Bessie Flemming of Batesville; a brother, Bill Simmons of Lula, Miss.; 24 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
   Newsom Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Russell Spraberry
   Mary Russell Spraberry “Gran,” 91, of Duck Hill, formerly of Bellefontaine, Miss., died Dec. 24, 2012, at the home of her son in Duck Hill.
   “Miss Gran” was born Mar. 6, 1921, in Grenada County. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.
   Gran was preceded in death by her husband, William Perry Spraberry. Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Kay Vance (L.C.) of Southaven, Johnnie Sue Livingston (Carl) of Sumter, S.C.; one son Robert Perry Spraberry (Pat) of Duck Hill; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 
   Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in the chapel of Oliver Funeral Home, Eupora, with burial following in North Union Cemetery in Webster County. Officiating the services was Dr. Allen Simpson of Amory. Visitation was at the funeral home from 12 to 2 p.m. Dec. 27, 2012. Pallbearers were Jody Doler, Robbie Parks, Ashley Parks, Alfred Pittman, Vance Livingston, Josh Livingston, Phillip Woods, and Kobin Worthy. Honorary pallbearers were Catlin Doler, Drew Parks, and Zachary Parks. 
   Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Children’s Home, American Cancer Society, or Fellowship Baptist Church, Bellefontaine. A special thank you to her friend and caregiver, Mrs. Army Forrest, of Winona.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge.    

Olivia Taylor Stewart
   Funeral services for Olivia Taylor “Mama Olivia” Stewart, 81, of Grenada, are at noon Saturday, Dec. 29, at Greater Pine Hill M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Stewart died Dec. 23, 2012, at her home.
   She was born July 8, 1931.
   Mrs. Stewart was a retired factory worker at Luvata. She was a member of Greater Pine Hill M.B. Church. She enjoyed cooking and traveling.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Melzina McGee Taylor; and two daughters, Sharon Ehrlich and Janice Bibbs.
   Survivors include her husband, R.C. Stewart of Grenada; three daughters, Jean Hinds, Charlene Kincaide, and Teresa Ann Harman, all of Grenada; six sons, Bennie Hubbard III of Grenada, Marvin Stewart of Rochester Hill, Mich., Dennis Stewart of New York, Keith Hubbard of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Micheal Stewart and Barnell Stewart, both of Warner Robins, Ga.; and a sister, Juanita Mosely of Chicago.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home is in charge.

Raymond Scott Taylor
   Graveside services for Raymond Scott Taylor, 41, of Grenada, were at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery in Grenada. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m., at National Funeral Home.
   Raymond died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Adams County due to an automobile accident.
   He was born on Feb. 23, 1971, and was the son of Freddy R. and Joan I. Taylor of Grenada.
Raymond was employed by Chain Electric Company as a lineman. He was a Baptist, and he enjoyed the outdoors.
   Raymond is survived by his parents, Freddy and Joan Taylor of Grenada; three daughters, Rachel Taylor of Collierville, Tenn.,  Kaitlyn Taylor of Olive Branch, and Sophie Taylor of Clinton; two sons, Forrest Taylor of Grenada and Brody Taylor of Olive Branch; and two sisters, Lisa Bean of Arlington, Tenn., and Paula Taylor of Collierville.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Vivian Spain Taylor
   Vivian Spain Taylor, 103, passed away on Dec. 25, 2012, at Grenada Living Center. She was born on Aug. 9, 1909, the fourth child of Bettie and Dale Spain. She was the last remaining family member from among her siblings and her husband’s siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bluford L. “Blue” Taylor.  
   She is survived by their children: Edith Nunnelee (Jim), Kay Bridges, Roy Taylor (Carolyn), Bessie Faye Pollan, Jane Bratton, Joyce England (James), and Norma Morgan (Charles); 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
   Vivian was born in Winnsboro, La., but grew up in the Mississippi Delta, near Merigold. She moved to Grenada County as a young adult. She attended Delta State Teachers College in the mid-1920s and held various jobs over the years, including bookkeeper and stenographer at Grenada Grocery Company and later in the Tax Assessor’s office. One of her jobs was typing sermons for a local pastor on a manual typewriter placed on a very small table, with several young children playing at her feet. She taught Sunday School for more than 50 years, first at Hardy Baptist Church and later at Emmanuel Baptist, where she was a member in her later years. She frequently gave devotionals at the assisted-living facility where she resided.
   At age 86, she wrote a book about her life entitled, Looking Back – Memories of 86 Years, then followed with three more: Cousins by the Dozens, Memoirs of a Trunk – from Leg-o-Mutton Sleeves to Cut-off Jeans, and About That Churn. She enjoyed puzzles and games and participating in trivia contests on the local radio station (which she won several times when she was past 90 years old). During her most senior years, she frequently amazed her family and friends with her quick wit and strong memory.      
   Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m., at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Grenada, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the church from 1–3.     

Dallie Rochelle Berry Wiggins
   Funeral services for Dallie Rochelle Berry Wiggins, 79, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Burning Bush M.B. Church. Burial followed in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Mrs. Wiggins died Dec. 22, 2012, at UMC in Jackson.
   She was born Oct. 17, 1933, to Allear and William Berry in Sweethome in Grenada County.
   Mrs. Wiggins worked for the Grenada School District for 27 years. She touched the lives of many neighborhood children at Tie Plant Elementary School before being assigned to Grenada Middle School. She enjoyed growing flowers and plants. Mrs. Wiggins was a member of Second New Hope Baptist Church and Havana Saving Club.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Dr. Quinton Wiggins and Lawrence Jean Wiggins; and two brothers, Thomas Berry and Wavery T. Berry.
   Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Wiggins of Chicago, Joann Hobbs, Sharon Tidwell, Tracey Wiggins and Geneva Wiggins, all of Grenada; three sons, Charles Wiggins, Roderick Wiggins and Fernando Wiggins, all of Grenada; a sister, Marie Nolden of Detroit, Mich.; a brother, Mike Berry of Jackson; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, in-laws, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

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