May 9, 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 may be made at
   Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge.

Joseph Clarence Armour Jr.
   Funeral services for Joseph Clarence Armour, 89, of Southaven, formerly of Arab, Ala., were at noon Wednesday, May 7, at Gober Funeral Home Chapel in Arab. Burial followed in Arab Memorial Cemetery.
   Mr. Armour died May 4, 2014, in Southaven.
   He was born on July 17, 1924, in Holly Springs, to Joseph C., Armour Sr. and Cora Hayes Armour.
   Mr. Armour was a retired employee of Coyne Cylinder Company. He was also a World War II veteran, Purple Heart recipient and member of God’s Way Ministries in Arab.
Surviving Mr. Armour are his sister, Mildred Melton of Grenada; his children, Larry Joe Armour, Kay Austin, Gary Armour and Timothy Armour; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to God’s Way Ministries, P.O. Box 588, Arab, AL 35016.
   Gober Funeral Home in Arab, Ala. was in charge.

Dr. Nathaniel A. Boclair Jr.
   Funeral services for Dr. Nathaniel A. Boclair Jr., 87, of Greenwood, formerly of Grenada, native of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at New Bethel M.B. Church in Itta Bena.
   He died April 29, 2014.
   Dr. Boclair served in World War II and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Tougaloo College. He worked in the Grenada School Systems for 19 years as both teacher and principal. He continued his education and received a Master of Arts teaching degree in mathematics at St. Louis University and later earned the Education Doctorate degree (Ed.D.) with a major in mathematics education from Rutgers University.
   In 1973, he accepted the position of Division Chairman of Education at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and continued to serve in this capacity until he was appointed Acting President of MVSU by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning August 1981.
   During his tenure at MVSU, he assisted in the establishment of MVSU’s first graduate program and was instrumental in helping the university gain accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). He also served as director of Graduate Studies at MVSU and was named interim president for the second time from January 1988 through July 1988.  He retired in June 1994 but taught on a part-time basis until 2000.   
   Being a man who believed the betterment of society is through one’s faith, hard work, and positive citizenship, he was a member of New Bethel M.B. Church and held fraternal memberships with Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity for men, Pi Mu Epsilon Honorary Mathematics Society, and the Elks Hart Lodge #640. Additionally, he was board chairman of Three Rivers Community and Economic Development Corporation, board member and secretary of the Valley Hill Community Association, volunteer with the Valley Hill Fire Department, and part owner of the Super Saver Store in Greenwood for six years. He enjoyed spending leisure time with family and friends.
   Dr. Boclair was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dr. Mattie R. Boclair.    
He is survived by three sons, Nathaniel A. Boclair III of Huntsville, Ala., Edward Boclair of Chicago, and Kenneth Boclair of Jackson; two sisters, eight grandchildren, a god-daughter; and a host of relatives and friends.    
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Bethel Education Committee in Itta Bena.
   Eddie Robinson Funeral Home is in charge.

Stella Goad
   Funeral services for Stella Goad, 70, of Charleston, were at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Newsom Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston. Burial followed in Magnolia Garden.
   Mrs. Goad died May 4, 2014, in Crystal Springs.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Shield of Faith Worship Center in Grenada. 
   Mrs. Goad was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Annie Weeks.
   She is survived by two daughters, Avonda Carpenter of Grenada and Carey Moore of Pearl; a son, David Goad of Charleston; three brothers, the Rev. Manuel Weeks of Memphis, Pete Weeks and W. D. Weeks of Charleston; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
   Newsom Funeral Home was in charge.

Ernestine Pendergrast James

   Ernestine Pendergrast James, 90, of Gore Springs, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
   She was born on Aug. 22, 1923, to Ernest and Lura Sprayberry Pendergrast.
   Ernestine was a member of The Memphis Doll Club, The Gore Springs Homemaker’s Club, The Iris Club, The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was formerly employed with Plough Incorporated in Memphis, Tenn., as a quality control inspector.
   She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Henry I. James Jr.; sisters, Mary Alice Yarbrough and Marion Brown; nephew, Terry James; and son-in-Law, Eddie Morton.
   Survivors include a son, James Ernest James of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters, Charlotte Poliquin (David) of Calhoun City and Rose Marie Morton of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren, including four granddaughters, Elizabeth (Wayne) Hester of Birmingham, Ala., Heidi (Eric) Fisher of New York, N.Y., Leigh Langdon of Birmingham, Sara (Tom) Snead of Auburn, Ala.; and five grandsons, Vann (Sherrie) James of Birmingham, Ted (Jade-Lin) Morton of Tacoma, Wash., John Frank (Erin) Morton of Mobile, Todd (Julia) Allen of Batesville, Ark., and Jeff Allen of Houston, Texas; and 17 great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore Springs. Interment will follow at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garner Harper Funeral Home in Grenada.
   Special Thanks to Sta-Home Health and Hospice for the loving care given to our mother, and to the friends and neighbors of our community and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for emotional and spiritual support through our mother’s illness.
   Garner Harper Funeral Home is in charge.

Galon Winston King
   Funeral services for Galon Winston King, 86, of Bruce, were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in Pine Flat Cemetery.
   Mr. King died May 5, 2014, at his home.  
   He was born on Nov. 3, 1927, in Lafayette County.
   Mr. King served his country in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant. He worked at Big Yank and Holly Carburetor in Water Valley as well as raising cattle for many years. He was a Baptist.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Effie Williams King; two brothers, Johnny and William “Coot” King; and one step-grandchild.  
   Mr. King is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sarah Newman King of Bruce; one daughter, Brenda King Cobb of Sanford, N.C.; one son, Ronald King and of Water Valley; two brothers, Wayne and Joe King; one sister, Montene; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, four step-great-great-granchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, 658 Highway 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Joe Eddie Lumas Jr.
   Funeral services for Elder Joe Eddie Lumas Jr., 51, of Grenada, formerly of Tallahatchie County, are at 2 p.m. Sunday, May11, at Abundant Life Assembly. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Elder Lumas died May 5, 2014, at his home of pancreatic cancer.
   He was born on June 30, 1962, to Joe Eddie Lumas Sr. and Lottie Lumas.
   Elder Lumas was the pastor of Open Door Abundant Life Assembly Church and a self-employed handyman. He was also a 1981 graduate of Charleston High School and Jacob Creek Job Corps in Bristol, Tenn., where he received training as a heavy equipment mechanic.
   Surviving Elder Lumas are his wife, Phyllis Lumas of Grenada; two daughters, Ebony Nicole Lumas and Johaunna Sharese Lumas of Grenada; son, Phillip Jerrell Lumas of Richmond, Va., two sisters, Joyce Spearman of Grenada and Helen Lumas of Water Valley; brother, Willie Lumas of Shreveport, La.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Ralph David Martin
   Ralph David Martin, 71, of Big Creek, was called home Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada.
   He was born on Oct. 7, 1942, in Yazoo City. He was son of William Reed Martin and Hattie Mae Mulvihill Martin. He was a member of Carrolton Baptist Church. He had served his country in the U.S. Air Force. During his early years, he worked at the BellSouth Telephone Company in Greenwood and he was a pilot. After moving to Big Creek in 1973, he was the co-owner of Martin’s Grocery. He was an avid, well-known fisherman that truly loved spending time on the lake and time with his family.
   Visitation will be Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Mark Longino and Bro. John Hearn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
   Pallbearers are Billy Martin, Ricky Martin, Bobby Martin, Bud Davis, David Poynor, Duane “Speck” Poynor, Michael Poynor, and Roger Poynor. Honorary Pallbearers are George Winters, Jason Martin, Popie Pope, Charles Liles, Justin Martin, Colton Martin, Chris Harcrow, Wesley Martin, Trey Moore, Joey Simmons, Larry Joe James, Troy Winters, and Mike Mize.
   He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jamie Sue Poynor Martin; his daughter, Liz (Gene) Alexander; his son, Mark (Cheryl) Martin, all of Big Creek. He is also survived by four granddaughters that he dearly loved and devoted his life to, Jeri-Laken Alexander (Kipper) Greer, Brittany Martin (Cody) Greer, Jayla Alexander  (Justin) Greer, and Madysen Martin. He was blessed with great-grands, Alayna Murphree, Jersi Greer, and Jacob Greer. He was looking forward to the fourth one, Jaystin Greer. He is also survived by his sisters, Carolyn Jones of Big Creek, Barbara (Bob) Mastellar of Lake Washington, Miss., and Francis Davis of Greenwood; his brother, Raymond (Ruth) Martin of  San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law, Minnie (George) Winters, brothers-in-law, David (Lisa) Poynor of Big Creek; Speck Poynor of Union, Miss.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, William Reed Martin and Mae Mulvihill Martin; sister, Margaret Nichols, brothers, Robert Martin, Billy Martin, and Paul Martin.
   Online Condolences may be made at

Lottie D. White
   Funeral services for Lottie D. White, 95, of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Pleasant Hill M.B. Church in Tillatoba. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. White died April 30, 2014, at Tallahatchie General Extended in Charleston of natural causes.
   She was born on March 19, 1919.
   Mrs. White was a homemaker. She was the last sibling of the Leigh family of Otto Leigh and Nanci Davidson.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

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