June 14, 2013

Kendric Andre Armstrong
   Funeral services for Kendric Andre “Dre” Armstrong, 38, of Grenada, formerly of Coffeeville, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at New Life Christian Fellowship. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Armstrong died June 7, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   He was born on July 31, 1974, to Jessie Armstrong Jr. and Gwen Armstrong of Coffeeville.
   Mr. Armstrong enjoyed fishing, and he was a graduate of Coffeeville High School.
   In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Kimberly Knox-Armstrong of Grenada; a son, Kendrekus Armstrong of Bruce; a sister, Debbie Willis of Coffeeville; and two brothers, Kelvin Armstrong and Randy Armstrong, both of Coffeeville.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Johnny Franklin Knox Sr.
   Funeral services for Johnny Franklin Knox Sr., 56, of Grenada, are at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at First New Hope M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Knox died June 9, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
   He was born on Jan. 26, 1957.
   Mr. Knox worked at Delta Distributors.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie McAfee and Roberta Knox.
   Mr. Knox is survived by a daughter, Demetria Knox of Grenada; five sons, Howard Savage, Eric Savage, Johnny Knox Jr., and Gabriel Knox, all of Grenada, and Armond Knox of Duck Hill; 11 sisters, Darlene Denton, Doris Smith, Margaret Smith, Mary Holloway, Carolyn Liddell, Debra Ray, and Peggy Hankins, all of Grenada, Leola Lott and Susie Powell, both of Memphis, Birdie McBee and Yvonne Knox, both of St. Louis; and three brothers, Calvin Ray, Kermit McAfee and Edd During Jr., all of Grenada.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.  

Ida Arneal McCullar Lakey
   Funeral services for Ida Arneal McCullar Lakey, 80, of Water Valley, are at 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home.
   Visitation is Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Mrs. Lakey died June 11, 2013, at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.
   She was born on Aug. 10, 1932, in Panola County, to Riley and Minnie Tubbs McCullar.
   Mrs. Lakey worked many different jobs throughout her life, but she is best remembered for her career as a bus driver for the Water Valley School District. She loved her church family and was an active and faithful member of First Christian Church of Water Valley where she served in the kitchen, Vacation Bible School and any area where help was needed. She enjoyed cooking, working in her flower and vegetable gardens and spending time with her family and friends.
   In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Lakey; and two brothers, Ray McCullar and Shirley McCullar.
   Mrs. Lakey is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Lakey Womble of Water Valley; two grandchildren, Michael Womble and Ashley Gilley, both of Water Valley; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Womble and Blaine Gilley.
   An online guestbook is at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Adrain O. Rogers
   Funeral services for Adrain O. Rogers, 85, of Columbus, Miss., were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens in Columbus.
   Mr. Rogers died June 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT in Columbus.
   He was born on Sept. 15, 1927, in Couch, Mo., to George Edward and Stella Mae Johnson Rogers.
   Mr. Rogers was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked for Tennessee Gas Company for over 35 years. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church for 53 years, where he was a member of the choir, Sunday school secretary and worked in the church library. He was a member of the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge #71 F & AM in New Albany, Grand York Rite Bodies of Mississippi and Shrine of Hamasa Temple of Meridian. Mr. Rogers was a member of the Toastmasters, retired Men’s Coffee Club (Hwy. 82 McDonald’s), Columbus and New Hope YMCA and Caveman Breakfast Club. He was a limo driver for the GTR Airport, an avid woodworker, gardener, writer of short stories and amateur musician. Mr. Rogers also made walking canes, enjoyed fishing and was a friend to many people.
   He is survived by his daughter, Jeanette Lee of Columbus; a sister, Mary Francis Hall of Thayer, Mo.: a grandson, Michael Dale Lee of Grenada; three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ian and Rebecca Lee; nine cousins and 17 nieces and nephews.
   Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church Music Ministry, Building Fund or Children’s Ministry, 127 Airline Rd., Columbus, MS 39702, or to the donor’s favorite charity.
   An online guestbook is available at www.lowndesfuneralhome.net.
   Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge.

John Taylor Topps
   Funeral services for John Taylor “Buddy” Topps, 69, of Duck Hill, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Mt. Pleasant Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eddie Robinson Funeral Home.
   Mr. Topps died June 10, 2013, at his home of natural causes.
   He was born on Jan. 29, 1944, to John and Onnie Bell Topps.
   Mr. Topps was retired from True Value, and he was a member of Sweet Home M.B. Church. He enjoyed fishing, and he was a graduate of Montgomery County High School.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, P.T. Robinson.
   He is survived by his wife, Jerdean Topps of Duck Hill; six daughters, Sandra Hubbard of Grenada, Vanna Farmer of Duck Hill, Tracey Herrod, Tammie Jeannings, Cartina Green and Agreshia Daniels, all of Memphis, and Sandie Topps of Minneapolis; four sons, Gerald Hubbard of Grenada, Bernard Woodall of San Bernardino, Calif., Tyrell Winters of Chicago and James Avery of St. Paul; and three sisters, Gloria Ann Woods of Duck Hill, and Katherine Lacey and Clara Eden, both of Winona.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home is in charge.

Frank Ray Whitten Sr.
   Frank Ray Whitten Sr., 66, of  Scobey, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.  
   He was born on July 28, 1946, in Grenada to Malcolm “Ted” Whitten and Gertrude Bratton Whitten. He was a minister for 49 years at the Church of God of Prophecy. He was also  retired from the postal service.
   Visitation was held Wednesday, June 12, at the Adams Arbor Church of God of Prophecy in Charleston from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with William Tribble and Wayne Thorn officiating. Interment was held in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis, Miss.
   Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Ables Whitten, of Scobey; two daughters, Tina McAdams and Julie Riales, both of Scobey; a son, Frank Ray Whitten Jr. of Tishomingo; a sister, Betty  Smith of Scobey; two brothers, Roger Whitten and Jerry Whitten; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bobby Whitten and Billy Whitten; and a sister, Patsy Smith.
   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Zion Grove Church of God of Prophecy, 2538 Strider Rd. Scobey, MS 38953.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

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