December 17, 2013

Edward Criss Byford
   Funeral services for Edward Criss Byford, 81, of Coffeeville, were at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Broom Cemetery.
   Mr. Byford died Dec. 13, 2013.
   He was born on Aug. 6, 1932, in Coffeeville, to John Edward and Myrtle Byford.
   Mr. Byford was retired from Pennaco after working 35 years. He attended Calvary Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. Mr. Byford especially loved his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Papa Ed.”
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Edward Criss Byford Jr.; a sister, Mary Louise Graham; and a brother, Charles R. Byford.
   Mr. Byford is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jo Ann Hendrix Byford of Coffeeville; a daughter, Teresa Mixon of Coffeeville; a sister, Nancy Fly, of Charleston; two brothers, John C. Byford and James A. Byford, both of Coffeeville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 12254 Hwy. 330, Coffeeville, MS 38922.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home was in charge.

Joe Edward Carson
   Funeral services for Joe Edward Carson, 79, of Winona, are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mission Baptist Church Cemetery in Winona.
   Mr. Carson died Dec. 14, 2013, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona of heart failure.
   He was born on Feb. 18, 1934, in Montgomery County, to Lamar and Tommie Vance Carson.  
   Mr. Carson was a 1952 Winona High School graduate and a retired U.S. Forest Service employee. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former president of the Hays Creek Water Association. Mr. Carson was a member of Mission Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, treasurer, and custodian.  
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin daughters, Brenda and Glenda Carson; and a grandson, Jonathan Browning.
   Survivors include his wife, Nina Jenkins Carson of Winona; two daughters, Nina Joe Jones and Linda Browning, both of Winona; a son, Bill Carson of Winona; a brother, Charles Carson of Pensacola, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Mission Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Manale Ehret
   Funeral services for Mary Manale Ehret, 86, of Greenwood, were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery Mausoleum.
   Mrs. Ehret died Dec. 12, 2013, at her residence.
   She was born on Dec. 17, 1926, in Algiers, La., to Mary Falletta and Nikolas Manale.
   Mrs. Ehret loved her New Orleans roots and enjoyed returning to New Orleans for Mardi Gras parades and parties. Her primary career was a homemaker, caring for her three girls and husband. She worked at the Cotton Office and as an assistant librarian at W.C. Williams. She enjoyed membership in Beta Sigma Phi and was voted “Sweetheart.” Her two bridge clubs brought her great joy in “getting the cards” and talking with friends.     
   She enjoyed her church family of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Manale Borne; and a brother, Joseph Manale.
   Mrs. Ehret is survived by her husband, Louis “Dutch” Vernon; and three daughters, Nancy Ehret of Lafayette, La., Susan Ehret of Greenwood, and Janet Ehret of Fort Worth, Texas.
   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
   An online guestbook is at
   Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Cloyce L. Gibson
   Funeral services for Cloyce L. Gibson, 88, of Poplar Creek, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Kilmichael Baptist Church. Burial followed at Bethsaida Baptist Church Cemetery in French Camp with full military honors.
   Mr. Gibson died Dec. 12, 2013.
   He was born on Oct. 14, 1925, to R.A. and Bertie Curtis Gibson in Poplar Creek.  
   Mr. Gibson was a retired line foreman for Delta Electric Power Association. He was a proud World War II veteran as a member of the 66th in the European Theatre, an active member of Kilmichael Baptist Church, and a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
   Mr. Gibson is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Corrine King Gibson; three daughters, Jeanine Gibson Crowder of French Camp, Mary Ann Gibson Crenshaw of Roswell, Ga., and Bonnie Gibson Edwards of Kosciusko; two sons, Ronnie Gibson of Kosciusko and Rusty Gibson of Winona; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to Kilmichael Baptist Church, Bethsaida Cemetery Fund, or to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.
   An online guestbook is at
   Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.  

Samuel C. Herbert
   Funeral services for Samuel C. “Doc” Herbert, 80, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Bethel Cemetery in Carroll County.
   Visitation was Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mr. Herbert died Dec. 12, 2013, at the University Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada.
   He was born on June 29, 1933, and was the son of the late Jim Allen Herbert and Clemmie Gant Herbert of Carroll County.
   Mr. Herbert was retired from Heatcraft. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church in Carroll County. He was also a veteran of U.S. Army.
   He is survived by one daughter, Suzanne H. Cannon of Grenada; one son, Kent Herbert of Grenada; one sister, Eunice “Tootie” Herbert of Nashville; four grandchildren, Chase Herbert, Cham Hebert, Anna Claire Cannon, and Kyle Cannon; and a very special friend, Joann Cole of Grenada.
   Mr. Herbert was proceeded in death by his wife, Martha J. Herbert; one sister, Motel Blakely; and two brothers, Wayne Allen Herbert and Wade Herbert.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Ann Stewart Roby
   Memorial services for Ann Stewart Roby, 82, of Savannah, Ga., are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Duck Hill Baptist Church in Duck Hill. Inurnment will follow at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date.
   Mrs. Roby died Dec. 7, 2013.
   She was the daughter of the late Leyland Stewart and Daisy Owens.
   Mrs. Roby is survived by her husband, Grady H. Roby of Savannah.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

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