May 6, 2014

Brenda Holloway Allen
   Brenda Gail Holloway Allen, 61, of Big Creek, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 11, 1952. in Calhoun City. She was the daughter of Joseph Winfred Holloway and Kathryn Melton Holloway.
   Mrs. Allen worked for the Grenada Public School District as a bus driver for 31 years. She loved being outside, gardening, fishing, antiquing and reading. Most of all, she loved her family. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church.
   Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m., at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Big Creek.
   She is survived by her husband, Dennis Allen of Big Creek; one daughter, Jennifer (Trey) Sims of Brandon; one son, Michael (Alba) Green of Westminister, Mass.; one step-daughter, Beth (Heath) Bailey of Maben; one step-son, Lensy (Carla) Allen of Holcomb; two sisters, Barbara White of Big Creek and Becky Stam of Eustis, Fla.; two brothers, Larry (Gail) Holloway and David (Bonnie) Holloway of Hernando; 13 grandchildren, Chris, Allison, Brandon, Alayna, Maci Kathryn, Josh, Emily, Garet, Laken, Anna Kathryn, Libby, Will and Jacon; and a slew of nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Chapel Hill Cemetery Fund.
   Online Condolences can be left at
   Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge.

Lou Emma Maness
   GRENADA – Lou Emma Maness, 80, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
   She was born in Potts Camp, Miss., on April 7, 1934, to the late William Connie and Daisy Lucille (Rhines) Denham and resided in Grenada and Yalobusha counties most of her life. She was a sitter for the elderly and was a member of Trinity Full Gospel Church in Grenada.
   Mrs. Maness was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Kenneth Maness and Dallas Michael Maness; two sisters and four brothers.
   Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Water Valley with the Rev. Chip Provine officiating.
   Pallbearers will be Joe Maness, J.J. Maness, Clay Rogers, Robert Williamson, Raymond Gentry and Leslie Lee. Burial will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.
   She is survived by a daughter, Diane (Billy) Gentry of Black Hawk; a son, Joe Edward (Sarah) Maness of Grenada; a brother, Wilburn Denham of Ypsalanti, Mich.; a sister, Janet Diane Wages of Gore Springs; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Williams and Lord Funeral Home is in charge.

John Hugh Simpson
   Graveside services for John Hugh Simpson, 75, of Coffeeville, were at 3 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014, at Clear Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Bro. Truman Scarborough officiated the service. Pallbearers were Kevin Lowrimore, Keith Lowrimore, Jason Clair, Brandon Simpson, Jonathon Simpson, Jason Brackett, Devin Brown and David Simpson. Honorary pallbearers included Carl Vick, Bobby Kendall, Billy Rowsey and Mr. Simpson’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   Visitation was Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Clear Springs Baptist Church.
   John died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at his home.
   He was born on July 30, 1938, and was the son of Edward Lester Simpson and Mary Frances Spurgeon Simpson of Yalobusha County.
   John retired after working as a millwright in a furniture factory.  He was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church. He was also a member of the National Guard for just over 13 years.
   John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Glenda Simpson; one daughter, Rita Faye Simpson Orsbon; two sisters, Lois Jones and Ollie Waller; and two brothers, Lester Simpson Jr. and James E. Simpson.
   He is survived by two daughters, Mary Nell Lowrimore and her husband, Johnny, of Coffeeville and Nita Raye Clair and her husband, Ricky, of Houlka; three sons, John Edward Simpson and his wife, Monica, Leonard Earl Simpson and his wife, Teri, of Coffeeville, and Horace Eugene “Gene“ Simpson and his wife, Shona, of Greenwood; three brothers, Bill Simpson of Coffeeville, Hardy Simpson of Louisiana, and Joe Simpson of Hattiesburg; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to Clear Springs Baptist Church.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Charles “Chuck” Sproles
   Funeral services for Charles “Chuck” Sproles, of Coila, were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at First Baptist Church in Winona, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton. The Rev. Terry Walton officiated the services.
   Visitation was Friday, May 2, from 5 until 7 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home; and Saturday, May 3, from 1 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home.
   Mr. Sproles, 56, died of cancer at his residence on Wednesday, April 30. He was the retired manager of Leflore Steel in Greenwood and a member of North Carrollton Baptist Church in North Carrollton. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and duck hunting, was an avid Ole Miss fan, and adored his grandchildren.
   Survivors include his wife, Debra Mann Sproles of Coila; a daughter, Robin Sproles Rose and husband, Will, of Grenada; a son, Brad Sproles and wife, Bethany, of Kilmichael; parents, Charles and Sandra Sproles of Winona; two sisters, Sandra Lynn Sproles of Winona and Stephanie Sproles Jackson and husband, Joby, of Winona; a brother, Gib Sproles and wife, Theresa, of Winona; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bubba and Carole Mann of Coila; his five beloved grandchildren, Dawson and Eva Rose of Grenada and Cale, Maci Ann, and Charles Asher Sproles of Kilmichael; and a host of nieces and nephews.
   Pallbearers were his nephews, Matthew Smith, Scott Matthews, Eric Matthews, Walker Jackson, Miles Jackson, and Wilson Sproles.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; Carrollton United Methodist Church, 501 Green Street, Carrollton, MS 38917; or The Foundry Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1139, Winona, MS 38967.
   An online guestbook is available at
   Lee Funeral Home was in charge.

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