March 15, 2013

Brandon N. Bankston
   Funeral services for Brandon N. Bankston, 26, of Grenada, are at noon Saturday, March 16, at First New Hope M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Fleming Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Bankston died March 12, 2013, at Grenada Living Center.
   He was born Aug. 7, 1986.
   Survivors include his mother, Maggie Bankston of Grenada; his father, Nolan Wrenn of Grenada; a son, Banderious Bankston of Charleston; a sister, Shandon Bankston of Grenada; and two brothers, Christopher Bankston of Grenada and Miterian Bibbs of Atlanta.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Virginia Clark Blaylock
   Funeral services for Mary Virginia Clark Blaylock, 96, of Holcomb, were at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Sparta United Methodist Church near Holcomb. Burial followed in Sparta Cemetery.
   Visitation was Thursday, March 14, from noon until 2 p.m., at the Sparta United Methodist Church.
   Mrs. Blaylock passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   She was born on March 17, 1916, and was the daughter of Walter George Clark and Elizabeth Ann Vance Clark of Holcomb.
   Mary was a housewife and mother and was a member of the Sparta United Methodist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elizabeth Clark; her husband, Eugene Blaylock; two sisters; and one brother.
   Mrs. Blaylock is survived by two daughters, Glenda Little of Holcomb and Betty Turnipseed of Grenada; three grandchildren, Melanie Ainsworth and her husband, Bruce, of Brandon, Miss., David Little and his wife, Beth, of Texarkana, Texas, and Chris Turnipseed and his wife, Laurie, of Eupora; and four great-grandchildren, Sara Grace Little, Cooper Little, Lindsey Turnipseed, and Lacey Turnipseed.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sparta United Methodist Building Fund or the Sparta Cemetery Fund.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Lloyd Allen Chism
   Funeral services for Lloyd Allen Chism, 66, of Southaven, are at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Ford’s Well Cemetery in Oakland.
   Visitation is Friday from noon until service time at the funeral home.
   Mr. Chism died March 11, 2013, in Southaven.
   He was born on Dec. 31, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Virdean Daggett Barton and the late Leonard Lloyd Daggett.
   Mr. Chism was a master electrician and founder of Chism Electric Inc. in Memphis. He was an active member of Hunter’s Run Church of Christ in Southaven, where he served as song leader, and he was recently attending Olive Branch Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children and family.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Edward “Roy” Barton.
   In addition to his mother, survivors include his daughter, Christie Russell of Meridian; three sons, Tim Chism of Nesbit, Brandon Chism and Preston Chism, both of Southaven; a sister, Sheila Wagner of Somerville, Tenn.; two brothers, Ben Barton of Collierville, Tenn., and Eddie Barton of Jackson, Mo.; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Leland Grantham
   A gathering of remembrance to celebrate the life of John Leland Grantham Jr., of Corinth, was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada with the Rev. Elizabeth Wheatley-Jones officiating. Placement followed in the All Saints Episcopal Church Columbarium.
   Leland died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 3, 1978, to John Leland Sr. and the late Judy Boyd Grantham in Grenada. He attended and graduated from Ole Miss, where he obtained his bachelors of science in business administration and was a member of the PIKE (Pi Kappa Alpha) Fraternity. After graduation, he moved to Corinth and started Captain Nutrition– a vitamin and supplement store, and became a fitness and wellness trainer for Corinth and the Crossroads area. Leland never met a stranger and called everybody his friend. He also loved to hunt deer, fish, and enjoyed being outdoors.
   He is survived by his father and step-mother, John Leland Sr. and Sue Grantham of Grenada; children, Cotton and Anna of Corinth; two sisters, Jennifer Blair and husband, Brad, of Grenada, and Raney Grantham of Brandon, Miss.; one niece, Anna Blair; one nephew, Mason Blair; and a host of friends.
   A reception of friends was held at All Saints Episcopal Church beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
   In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorials be made to your local chapter of the Humane Society or to the All Saints Episcopal Church – 469 South Main Street – Grenada, MS 38901.
   Condolences for the family can be left at
   McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth handled the arrangements.

Fred Hubbard
   Funeral services for Fred Hubbard, 64, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Grenada, are at noon Saturday, March 16, at Pleasant Grove First Baptist Church in Gore Springs. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.
   Mr. Hubbard died March 4, 2013, at St. Ann Hospital in Toledo.
   He was born on Nov. 16, 1948 to Theodore Hubbard Sr. and Willie Mae Hubbard.
   Mr. Hubbard was retired from the Air Force. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and he enjoyed playing basketball, fixing things and watching Westerns and all sports.
   He is survived by his mother, Willie M. Hubbard of Grenada; five daughters, Lynn Bowdry of Grenada, Rachel Hale and Shawda Lee, both of Los Angeles, Mona Blackmon of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Alyssa Hubbard of Crystal Falls, Mich.; three sons, Derrick Willis of Tampa, Fla., Theodore Levorn Hubbard of Los Angeles, and Freddie Hubbard of Crystal Falls; a sister, Mary L. Gause of Grenada; and a brother, Levernon Hubbard of Toledo.  
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home is in charge.

Patricia Ann Kendall
   Funeral services for Patricia Ann Kendall, 68, of Charleston, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Newsom Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston. Burial followed in North Shady Grove Cemetery.
   Mrs. Kendall died March 11, 2013, in Grenada.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Kendall was preceded in death by her parents, Polk and Mary Frances Johnson; and a daughter, Teresa Lamb.
   She is survived by her husband, John Robert Kendall Jr. of Cascilla; two daughters, Tammy Hyde of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Tonya Kendall of Cascilla; a son, Dewayne Kendall of Pearl, Miss.; two sisters, Judy Hyatt of Hilton Head, S.C., and Margaret Miller of Cascilla; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
   Newsom Funeral Home was in charge.

Zora Farmer Nelson
   Funeral services for Zora Farmer Nelson, 70, of Chicago, formerly of Grenada County, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Faith Temple Full Gospel Church in Grenada. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Duck Hill.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Nelson died March 6, 2013, at Norwegian Hospital in Chicago.
   She was born on Jan. 18, 1943.
   Survivors include three daughters, Maurando Jackson, Georgia Denton, and Melody Nelson, all of Chicago; three sons, Louis Nelson Jr., Joshua Nelson and Gabrial Nelson, all of Chicago; four sisters, Betty Malone of Hayti, Mo., Edna Rogers of Aurora, Ill., Josephine Gohlston of Grenada, and Arletha Jackson of Rock Island, Ill.; and four brothers, Alex Farmer of Grenada, Willie Farmer of Duck Hill, Cliff Farmer of Rock Island, and Vernis Farmer of Hayti.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Charles Grady Simmons Sr.
   Funeral services for Charles Grady Simmons Sr., 81, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Visitation is Friday from noon until 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Charles died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his home.
   He was born on July 13, 1931, and was the son of Jack Watson Simmons and Ethel Rodgers Simmons of Calhoun County, Miss.
   Charles was a retired car salesman and owner of the Mississippi Collection Agency. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ethel Simmons; two daughters, Patricia Grammer and Gail Pittman; one sister, Robbie Bramlett; and two brothers, J. W. Simmons and William Simmons.
   Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Jackson Simmons of Grenada; one daughter, Beverly McCormick and her husband, Brad, of Grenada; one son, Charles G. Simmons Jr., and his wife, Patti, of Park Hill, Mo.;  six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Dr. Clarence Cooper will officiate the services with Dustin Grammer, Conner Carraway, Brad McCormick, Gaston McCormick, Keith McGee, Ralph Granholm, Jerry Gilliland and Dwayne Westmoreland serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Dynamite Kirk and John Staten.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

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