January 22, 2013

William Arthur Barbee
   William Arthur “Bill” Barbee, 65, of Grenada passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 22, 2013, surrounded by friends and family.  
   Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hwy 51 South.  Services will be at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 11a.m., with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Bill was born on Feb. 7, 1947, in Memphis and grew up in Lula, Miss. Bill graduated from Clarksdale Coahoma High School in 1965, and attended Mississippi State University before joining the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era in December of 1966. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Security Service (now known as the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency) at San Vito Air Force Base in Brindisi, Italy, which was the United States Air Force’s cryptographic intelligence branch, where he monitored radio traffic and deciphered code. While serving in Italy, he also enjoyed being able to travel extensively in Europe.
   In December of 1970, Bill returned home to Lula, where he farmed on his family farm while attending Delta State University.  He earned his Bachelor Degree in Education with honors in 1974, and his Master of Education in History with honors in 1975. In 1976, Bill moved to Grenada to work with his uncle, Walter E. Barbee, at Graeber Brothers Inc. where he served as vice-president. Shortly thereafter, he met the love of his life, Deena, to whom he was married for 35 years. Graeber Brothers was later sold to Scott Petroleum in 2007, where Bill worked until his retirement in 2012.   
   Bill’s interest in amateur (Ham) radio began prior to his enlisting in the Air Force. He earned his extra class license (WA5ZXG) and enjoyed communicating with people from all parts of the world, including King Hussein of Jordan. Bill also earned his private pilot’s license in 1971, and in 1983, restored a 1946 Aeronca Champ, which earned him the “Fastest Looking Aeronca Award” and the cover of “Trade-A-Plane” magazine.  He flew his Champ regularly until 2000, when he purchased a Honda Shadow Spirit motorcycle. He upgraded to his beloved Harley-Davidson Super Glide in 2005, which he enjoyed riding on the weekends and on his annual spring trip to Daytona Beach with his brothers. Bill’s quick wit and kindness was known and loved by everyone who knew him. Everyone seems to have a story about Bill helping them in one way or another in daily life.  
   Bill was a devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, and brother, whose life revolved around his family. Bill is preceded in death by his father, William Lester Barbee, and survived by his mother, Bobbie Mitchell Barbee. He is also survived by his devoted and loving wife, Deena; daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law, Danny Ruth, of Grenada; daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, Grant Nooe, of Brandon; four grandsons, Danny Ruth and Nicolas Ruth of Grenada, Matthew Nooe and Aden Nooe of Brandon; a granddaughter, Kristen Nooe of Hattiesburg; sister, Martha Barbee Young (Mike) of Gulfport; brothers, Walter R. Barbee of Lula, Bob Barbee (Iwanna) of Madison, and Jim Barbee (Diane) of Madison; and his uncle, Walter E. Barbee of Grenada. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Bill and Deena are charter members of Grace Baptist Church in Grenada.  
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given in loving memory of Bill Barbee to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1297, Grenada, MS  38901, or the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research Information, 1100 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, New York 11557.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home is in charge.

Norine Farrar Barksdale

   Funeral services for Norine Farrar Barksdale, 97, of Grenada,  were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Garner-Harper Funeral Home. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery.
    Mrs. Barksdale died Jan. 17, 2013, at Grenada Living Center.
   She was born on Apr. 11, 1915, in Itawamba County, to N. N. and Mattie Birmingham Farrar.
   Mrs. Barksdale was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell G. Barksdale.
   Survivors include two daughters, Sue Gregory of Grenada and Carol Liner of Cordova, Tenn.; a son, Bobby Ray Cummings of Columbus, Miss.; a sister, Elese Hinds of Mantachie; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.  

Mary A. Staten Blanchard
   Funeral services for Mary A. Staten Blanchard, 79, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Turning Point Baptist Church in Grenada. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Blanchard died Jan. 19, 2013, at her home.
   She was born on Jan. 20, 1933.
   Mrs. Blanchard was a member of Turning Point Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Hebron Staten; and her mother, Cary Starks.
   Survivors include a daughter, Emma Jean Hankins-Hall of Grenada.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Dorothy L. French Bowers
   Graveside services for Dorothy L. French Bowers, 86, of Grenada, were Jan. 17 at Stoneville Cemetery in Leland, Miss.
   Mrs. Bowers died Jan. 15, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   She was born on Dec. 11, 1926.
   Mrs. Bowers was a homemaker and loved taking care of others. She also enjoyed visiting with her family and friends; she loved country music and especially listening to her son sing and play guitar.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Jason and Wilma Moody; two sisters, Lucille Saulters and Marie McNatt; and three brothers, Jason, Billy and Marvin Moody.
   Survivors include a son, Burt French of Grenada; a sister, Betty Moody Keeley of Grenada; three brothers, Kenny Moody of Chicago, Paul “Chuck” Moody of Tulsa, Okla., and John Moody of Vicksburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Boone Funeral Home of Leland was in charge.

James D. Braswell
   Funeral services for James D. Braswell, 70, of Starkville, formerly of Kilmichael, were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery in Kilmichael.
   Mr. Braswell died Jan. 16, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson of complications from a fall.
   He was the son of James Melvin and Mary Catherine Hancock Braswell.
   Mr. Braswell was a retired insurance broker and a member and deacon of Meadowview Baptist Church. He was also a member of Gideons International and a veteran of the Air National Guard.
   Survivors include his wife, Lillian Overstreet Braswell of Starkville; a daughter, Melissa Braswell Powers of Monterey, Calif.; a son, James M. Braswell of Midland, Texas; a sister, Phyllis Alford and of Vaiden; two brothers, Jerry Braswell of Covington, La., and Terry Braswell of Kilmichael; and two grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Gideons International or to Meadowview Baptist Church, Building by Faith, 300 Linden Circle, Starkville, MS 39759.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.

Joey Oll Brown
   Funeral services for Joey Oll Brown, 49, of Bruce, were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Bruce. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
   Mr. Brown died Jan. 18, 2013.
   He was born on Feb. 24, 1963, in Vardaman, to Ottis Merrell Brown and Dollie Anglin Brown.
   Mr. Brown was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and had been disabled from a motorcycle accident earlier in his life.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Ray Brown.
   Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Cynthia Grant Brown of Bruce; a daughter, Eliska Lee Brown of Bruce; a sister, Angielene Brown Shows of Bruce; half-sister, Ruth Ann Blancho of Crown Point, Ind.; five brothers, Emmitt Brown of Coffeeville, Larry Brown of Paris, Miss., Early Brown of Grenada, James Brown of Southaven and William Brown of Bruce.
   Wells Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge.

Dorlas Carlson
   Memorial services for Dorlas “Dolly” Carlson, 85, of Columbus, Neb., were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial followed in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Columbus.
   Mrs. Carlson died Dec. 12, 2012, in Columbus.
   She was born May 13, 1927, in Roscoe, Neb., to Harley and Clara Peters.
   Mrs. Carlson graduated from Gering High School in Gering, Neb. She enjoyed quilting, completing word finds, playing bingo, cooking and trying new foods. She also loved her pets, especially her cockatiels.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie “Red” Carlson; a son, Richard “Pat” Carlson; three sisters, Alice Richards, Shirley Acree and Betty Louise Smith; a brother, Leonard Peters; a grandson and a sister-in-law.
   Survivors include three daughters, Lesley Nannen of Schuyler, Neb., Amy Yates of Lincoln, Neb., and Laura Webber of Columbus; three sons, Alan Carlson of Woodland, Wash., Alvie Carlson of Lincoln, and A. Lenny Carlson of Kansas; a sister, Ethel Williams of Louisiana; three brothers, Harvey Peters of Fremont, Neb., Clyde Peters of Duck Hill, and Glenn Zametto of Mississippi; 14 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law.
   Gass Haney Funeral Home was in charge.

Carolyn Ann Cerniglia
   Carolyn Ann Cerniglia, 81, died Monday morning Jan. 21, 2013, at Providence Assisted Living in Grenada. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Greenwood with interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10  to 11 a.m. at the church.
    Ms. Cerniglia was born on  Sept. 29, 1931, in Greenwood to Joseph Anthony and Irene Dubus Cerniglia. She was a long time resident of Greenwood and a lifelong communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She sang in the choir for many years before becoming disabled. She moved to Grenada in June of 2008.
   Carolyn retired from the Greenwood-Leflore Welfare Department in 1982 after 33 years of service. While employed there she received many awards of recognition.
   She is survived by one devoted sister and caretaker, Irene Tucker and her husband, Lane, of Grenada; one brother, Joseph Anthony Cerniglia Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of  Lynnfield, Mass.;    along with numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly.
   Pallbearers will be Mike Tucker, Scott Tucker, Christopher Hodges, Hunter Black, Buddy Black, and Bill Mann.
   Memorials may be made to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.
   An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.
   Wilson & Knight Funeral Home is in charge.

Robert Van Crain
   Robert Van Crain, 76, of Grenada, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 27, 1936, to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Crain of Poolville, Miss. Bob was a founding member of First Heritage Credit. During his 18 year tenure, he served as branch manager, district manager, and vice-president.  After retiring from First Heritage Credit, he had a 30-year career with Allied Credit.
   Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, from 2-3 p.m., at Garner Harper Funeral Home with funeral services following at 3 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Grenada Memorial Gardens.
   Mr. Crain is survived by his wife, Lynn Crain; a son, Michael Van Crain (Autumn) of Elliott; one daughter, Laurie Lynn Crain of Grenada; and one grandchild, Danielle Elizabeth Crain, of Elliott. He is also survived by one brother, James Earl Crain of Southaven; and two sisters, Billie Ruth Smith, of Germantown, Tenn., and Betty Sue Britt of Bryant, Ark.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Crain.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

The Rev. Sidney House Jr.

   Funeral services for the Rev. Sidney House Jr., 80, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Bethel Cathedral. Burial followed in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   The Rev. House died Jan. 13, 2013, at his home of cancer.
   He was born Apr. 12, 1932.
   The Rev. House was a truck driver for Hankins Lumber Company and the pastor of Salem Primitive Baptist Church.
   Survivors include his wife, Alberta M. House of Grenada; two daughters, Stacey C. House of Grenada and Delores Green of Chicago; a step-daughter, Sallie Ann Moore of Chicago; and three step-sons, Chester Moore Jr., Thomas V. Moore and James Russell Moore, all of Grenada.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home was in charge.

Earlene Marter
   Funeral services for Earlene Marter, 86, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Philadelphia Baptist Church. Burial followed in Philadelphia Cemetery in Webster.
   Miss Marter died Jan. 16, 2013, at Grenada Living Center.
   She was born on Nov. 21, 1926, in Webster County, to A. J. and Willie Mae Clanton Marter.
   Miss Marter was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.
   Her parents preceded her in death.
   Survivors include three sisters, Ruby Helen Beck of Cadaretta, Mattie Middleton of Gore Springs and Pat Toney of Grenada; a brother, Rufus Marter of Bellfontaine; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

Harold Redditt McClain

    Funeral services for retired Master Sgt. Harold Redditt “Mac” McClain, 78, native of Carrollton, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Lee Funeral Home in Winona. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.
    Master Sgt. McClain died Jan. 16, 2013, at his son’s home.
    He was born on Sept. 7, 1934.
    Master Sgt. McClain graduated from J.Z. George High School before starting his 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he studied and he remained in the medical field. His first deployment was to England as a helicopter rescue medic. He served two tours in the Vietnam War, logged numerous flight hours and received various awards and recognitions, including the Air Force Accomondation Oak Leaf Cluster.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Percy Redditt; and his mother, John Winnie McClain; a brother, John Daniel McClain; and a granddaughter, Lofton Bay McClain.
    Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Sandra McClain; former wife and mother of his three children, Patricia O’Neil; three children, Dominique McClain Barteet, Hal McClain Jr., and John Parish McClain; two step-children, Brad Chase and Malinda Chase; two brothers, Arthur Edward McClain and James Sidney McClain; six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; and two special friends.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or by visiting www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
    Lee Funeral Home was in charge.

Annie Francine Williams
    Funeral services for Annie Francine Williams, 80, of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at New Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
    Mrs. Williams died Jan. 20, 2013, at Baptist East Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
    She was born on Oct. 23, 1932, in Tallahatchie County, to Julius Warren Rideout Sr. and Mable Lillian Thomas Rideout.
    Mrs. Williams was one of the original founders of the Murphreesboro Fire Department. She was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church.  
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion T. Williams; a sister, Lorene McCammon; and three brothers, J. W. Rideout Jr., Bobby Rideout, and Thomas Mayfield Rideout.
    Survivors include two daughters, Diane Williams Ross and Joy Williams Blaylock, both of Scobey; a sister, Mary Lynn Ellett of Scobey; a brother, Jamie Rideout of Scobey; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be made to the New Hope Cemetery Fund or New Hope Presbyterian Church c/o Diane Ross, 29 Murphreesboro Rd., Scobey MS 38953.
    Womble Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge.  

Sarah Pauline Wimberly

    Funeral services for Sarah Pauline Wimberly, 90, of Marks, Miss., were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial followed in Lambert Cemetery.
    Mrs. Wimberly died Jan. 17, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
    She was born on July 9, 1922, in Tillatoba, to Homer Arvil and Myrtle Helmes White.
    Mrs. Wimberly was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and a retired hospital ward clerk.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Eugene Wimberly Sr.
    Survivors include three daughters, Jackie Purdy of Pascagoula, Bobbie Rodgers of Batesville and Brenda Brown of Winona; a son, Ralph Wimberly Jr. of Sledge, Miss.; a sister, Mittylene Goodwin; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
    Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

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