April 26, 2013

Edwin Tharp Cofer
   Edwin Tharp “Eddie” Cofer, 66, of Grenada, died at home after a courageous battle with cancer on April 23, 2013.
   Visitation was on Thursday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garner-Harper Funeral Home in Grenada.
   Funeral services are being held at First United Methodist Church in Grenada at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26 with the Rev. Jack Smith and the Rev. Tom Potter officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Eddie was born on Oct. 11, 1946, to the late Judge Kermit and Inez Cofer. He grew up in Water Valley, was active in scouting and band, and left high school a year early to start his law studies at Ole Miss. The class of 1964 claims him as one of theirs, and he enjoyed reunions with them every summer. He graduated from the University of  Mississippi School of Law in 1969 and practiced law in Grenada with Keeton, Cofer, and Embry, and later was General Counsel with Sunburst Bank. Most recently, he worked for the Office of the Attorney General of Mississippi and the University of  Mississippi Medical Center until his retirement in 2006.  
   Eddie was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Grenada for several decades and enjoyed ushering each Sunday.
   Eddie’s family and friends celebrate having known this brilliant and lovable man. He was devoted to his family and friends, maintained a keen intellect for many and varied subjects, and was intensely loyal to Ole Miss, especially Rebel football.
   Eddie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Martha Martin Cofer; his son, John Martin Cofer of Oxford; his daughter, Anne Jennings Cofer of Oxford; his sister Jennifer Cofer Flanagan and brother-in-law Jim Flanagan of Marblehead, Mass.
   Pall bearers for the service are Phil Embry, Buddy Pender, Ed Noble, Jerry Dantone, Thomas Allen Tharp and Trent Little.  Honorary pall bearers are George Biddle, Tommy White, Ron Scarborough, Mike Tubbs, Troye Mims, Ray Sellers and George Hightower.
   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to one of two organizations that were important parts of his life. The family has created The Edwin T. “Eddie” Cofer Memorial Scholarship Endowment through the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677, to honor his passion for learning and for Ole Miss; or donations may be made to his church, First United Methodist Church, 161 South Line Street, Grenada, MS 38901.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home is in charge.

Lorie Mae Cole
   Funeral services for Lorie Mae Cole, 71, of Grenada, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at First New Hope M.B. Church. Burial followed in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Mrs. Cole died April 13, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center of congestive heart failure.
   She was born on June 21, 1941, and was the daughter of the late Mary Lee Baker and Sam Jackson.
   Mrs. Cole was a housekeeper and a member of Belle Flower M.B. Church. She enjoyed cooking and working in the yard.
   In addition to her parents, preceding Mrs. Cole in death are her husband, Bennie Wade Cole; sister, Arline Baker Pryor; and two brothers, Sam Jackson and Lewis Edward Baker.
   Surviving Mrs. Cole are three daughters, Josephine Cole, Carolyn Tillman and Karen Cole, all of Grenada; three sons, Christopher Cole of Grenada, Bennie Cole Jr. of Chicago and Tommie Ray Young of Shreveport, La.; seven sisters, Shirley Jones, Bobbie Johnson and Linda R. Baker, all of Grenada, Stella Richardson of Cascilla, Alberten Jackson of Great Neck, N.Y., Dorothy Reed of Atlanta, Ga., and Elissa Hudson of Charleston; six brothers, Lynn Baker, Earl Baker, William Lynn Tedford, John Collins, and Willie Ed Collins, all of Grenada, and Flenard Jackson of Forest, Miss.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

Shirley Knighton Denley
   Funeral services for Shirley Knighton Denley, 68, of Grenada, were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at National Funeral Home.  Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
   Visitation was Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
   Shirley died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Eupora.
   She was born on Dec. 2, 1944, and was the daughter of Roy and Virginia Nicholas Knighton. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joe Albert Knighton.
Shirley was retired from AT&T phone company as an operator. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and the telephone pioneers.
   Shirley is survived by her husband, Glenn Denley of Grenada;  her daughter, Susan Denley Todd of Quincy, Ill.; six sisters, Joyce Bell of Saltillo, Catherine Hall of Pontotoc, Judy Hill of Brandon, Carolyn Dickerson and Barbara Carver of Bruce, Deborah Hall of Phoenix City, Ala.; three brothers, Joseph Knighton of Rosedale, Wayne Knighton of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Ronnie Knighton of Atlanta, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Jenna and Walker Todd.
   Dr. Clarence Cooper and Bro. Eugene Heimbach officiated the services with Bro. Barry Worrell providing the music.
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

David L. Johnson
   Funeral services for David L. Johnson, 60, of Reliance, Tenn., formerly of Kilmichael, were at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at Kilmichael Baptist Church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Witt Cemetery in Reliance.
   Mr. Johnson died April 15, 2013, of heart failure in Cheyenne, Wyo.
   He was the son of the late John William “Bill” and Ruby Mary Dukes Johnson.
   Mr. Johnson was a retired state trooper with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol. He was in one of the first groups in the newly-organized MHP SWAT team, serving until his retirement. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of Kilmichael Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his wife, Peggy Garrett Johnson of Reliance, Tenn.; two daughters, Nicole Johnson of Reliance and Tara Johnson of Winona; son, Chris Breazeale of Kilmichael; two sisters, Melinda “Didi” Mitchell of Saltillo and Diane Greenlee of Starkville; brother, John Johnson of Winona; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Stella M. King
   Funeral services for Stella M. King, 72, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Burning Bush M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. King died April 21, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   She was born on Aug. 12, 1940.
   Mrs. King was a homemaker and a member of Burning Bush M.B. Church. She enjoyed cooking, traveling and shopping.
   Surviving Mrs. King are three daughters, Rosa Marie King, Laverne King and Katrina King, all of Grenada; a son, George F. King of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Ollie Sykes of West Point, Miss., and two brothers Eddie Manning and Johnny Manning of Chicago.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Mamie Marie Cummins Morris
   Mamie Marie Cummins Morris, 100, of Grenada, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Grenada Living Center.  
   Visitation was held Wednesday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home in Grenada. Funeral services followed in the funeral home chapel at 3 p.m. with the Rev. J.C. Hubbard and the Rev. Tom Potter officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
   Mrs. Morris was born in Webster County to James Cummins and Minnie Lee Burchfield on Nov. 26, 1912. She was married to Asa Morris.
   She is survived by three nieces Bobbye Dykes (Tommy) of Grenada, Debbie Jarreau (Floyd) of Jarreau, La., and Marylin Blanton (Drew) of Laurel, Miss.; and two nephews, James Cummins (Elizabeth) of Kilmichael and Billy Cummins (Ransey) of Homewood, Miss.; three great-nephews, Scott Dykes, Kyle Dykes and Kris Jarreau; and one great-niece Katie Jarreau.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Clayton Cummins and two sisters, Robbie Allday and Essie Cummins.
   Pallbearers were Scott Crawford, James Cummins, Kyle Dykes, Scott Dykes, Kris Jarreau, and Randy Morgan.  Honorary pallbearers were Billy Cummins, Jimmy Cummins, Tommy Dykes, J.A. Hoop, and Floyd Jarreau.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge.   

Esther Bennett Seymour
   Esther Bennett Seymour, 84, of Indianola and formerly of Sunflower, passed away April 21, 2013, at AMG Specialty Hospital in Greenwood.
   She was born on Dec. 5, 1928, to Arthur and Annie Pernell Browning.
   The family received friends Wednesday, April 24, from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola.
   Mrs. Seymour was a member of Sunflower United Methodist Church. She was retired from the Sunflower County Public Library where she served as Librarian.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Otis B. Bennett, and one brother, Harold Browning.
   She is survived by her husband, Joseph Clyde Seymour Jr.; two sons, Andy Bennett of Sunflower and Dave Bennett of Birmingham; two brothers, Morris Browning and Horris Browning both of Grenada; two grandchildren, Hadden Bennett and Drew Bennett Lott; and three great grandchildren.
   An online guest book may be signed at www.burtonfuneralhome.net.
   Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was in charge.

John Cecil Vickery
   John Cecil Vickery, 63, of Coffeeville, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   Visitation was Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home in Coffeeville. Funeral services were held at New Hope Baptist Church in Coffeeville on Wednesday, April 24, at noon. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery.
   He was born on Dec. 7, 1949, in Yalobusha County to Henry Lester Vickery and Mary Louise Williams Vickery.
   Mr. Vickery was an avid hunter and fisherman and also loved music.
   Survivors include his mother, Mary Vickery of Coffeeville; two daughters, Amanda Bardo of Coffeeville and Carol Vickery of Oxford; a brother, Tom Vickery of Coffeeville; and one grandchild, Andy Bardo of Coffeeville.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Lester Vickery.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

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