May 16, 2014

Travis Otis Clement
   Funeral services for Travis Otis Clement, 74, of Water Valley, were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at First Baptist Church of Water Valley. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
   Mr. Clement died May 12, 2014, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.  
   He was born Sept. 7, 1939, in Opelousas, La., to the late Travis Wilbur and Lydia Andrus Clement.  
   Mr. Clement served in the United States Air Force, was a member of the board of Compassion Ministries, a former Cub Scout leader, former alderman-at-large, former president of Magnolia Youth League where he was instrumental in establishing girl’s softball, former president of the Booster Club, former member and past president of the Yalobusha Gideon’s, and former member of the J.C.’s and the Lion’s Club. He was employed as plant manager of Holley/Borg-Warner in Water Valley, where he retired after 29 years of service.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Water Valley where he formerly served as a  Sunday school teacher, deacon and choir member. He enjoyed golf, camping, fishing, traveling.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett Clement and Sherman Ray Clement.
   Surviving Mr. Clement are his wife, Jeannie Moxley Clement of Water Valley; two daughters, Charlotte Gray of Horn Lake and Denise Tate of Memphis; his son, Lance Clement of Water Valley; and nine grandchildren.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home was in charge.

Emma J. Frost
   Funeral services for Emma J. Frost, 75, of Charleston, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at St. James A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Burial will follow in Elliott Cemetery.
   Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. to service time at the church.
   Mrs. Frost died May 7, 2014, at Baptist-Desoto.
   She was born on Jan. 1, 1939.
   Mrs. Frost was retired from Heatcraft. She was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Charlie Frost of Charleston; and a son, Kenneth Frost of Collierville, Tenn.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

William Harris
   Funeral services for William “O.C.” Harris, 93, of Coffeeville, were at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Coffeeville. Burial followed in Coffeeville.
   Mr. Harris died May 8, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
   He was born on Sept. 16, 1920, to the late William Harris and Kate Booker.
   Mr. Harris was a cook, a mason and a member of Bethlehem M.B. Church. He enjoyed fishing and attended school through eighth grade.
   He is survived by his wife, Lenora H. Harris of Coffeeville; a daughter, Bessie J. H. Booker of Water Valley; three sons, William Harris Jr. and James T. Harris, both of Coffeeville, Claude Harris of Oakland; two sisters, Emma Harris Hervey and Louies Harris, both of St. Louis; and a brother, Robert Harris of St. Louis.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge.

Patricia Ann Hudspeth
   Patricia Ann Hudspeth, 69, passed away on May 14, 2014, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She was a retired Registered Nurse with OCH Regional Medical Center and member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Denny Hudspeth; and step-father, W. O. Owen.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Winters (Steve) of Grenada; two sons, Larry Fields (Amanda) of Eupora and Rex Fields (Loni) of Starkville; her brother, Paul Owen of Fordyce, Ark.; five grandchildren, Dalton Fields, Corey Braxton, Brandon Fields, Larry Fields Jr., Lauren Alford; and two great-grandchildren, Tenor and Tenley Alford.
   Visitation for Mrs. Hudspeth is scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home. The Rev. Tommy Gillon and the Rev. Butch Simmons will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery.
   Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of choice.
   You may go online and sign the guest register at
   Welch Funeral Home is in charge.

David Joiner
   Funeral services for David Joiner, 61, of Water Valley, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Bayson Chapel Church in Water Valley. Burial will followed in Old Providence Cemetery in Panola County.
   Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
   Mr. Joiner died May 11, 2014, at his home.
   He was born in Yalobusha County to the late Hosea Lee and Maurine Carothers Joiner.
   Mr. Joiner worked as a set-up technician for Borg-Warner where he was employed for 41 years. He was a member of Pleasant Green M.B. Church, a member of the Bynum Volunteer Fire Department and Bynum Community Center. He was a sports enthusiast, an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, South Panola Tigers and the Memphis Grizzlies. He enjoyed tending to his cows and animals, farming, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorette Webb; and two brothers, Verdia Lee Joiner and Alvin Joiner.
   Mr. Joiner is survived by his wife, Brenda Kerr Joiner of Water Valley; two daughters, Tiffany Joiner of Birmingham, Ala., and Alicia Joiner of Shreveport; three sisters, Loraine Williams of New Orleans, Kate Adams of Water Valley and Earnestine Copeland of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Roy Jones of Oxford; and two God-grandchildren.

Sharon Gail Lester
   Funeral services for Sharon Gail Lester, 51, of Winona, are at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at First Baptist Church in Winona. Burial will follow in Michie Cemetery in Vaiden.  
   Visitation is Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at Oliver Funeral Home.
Ms. Lester died May 13, 2014, at University Medical Center in Jackson of complications from a stroke.  
   She was born on Feb. 22, 1963, in Winona.  
   Ms. Lester was a former employee of Medstat in Winona and a member of First Baptist Church in Winona. She was also a member of the Winona Junior Auxiliary and the Winona Ladies tennis team.  
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby and Shirley Gant Lester.
   Ms. Lester is survived by two daughters, Angela Rushing and Kayla Amason, both of Winona; two brothers, Steve Lester of Winona and Stan Lester of Mantee; three grandchildren; and friends.
   Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
   Oliver Funeral Home is in charge.

Thomas Lavern McMillian
   Graveside services for Thomas “Tommy“ Lavern McMillian, 72, of Grenada, were at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Holcomb City Cemetery.
   Visitation was Wednesday from 3 to 4:10 p.m. at the National Funeral Home Chapel.
   Mr. McMillian died May 11, 2014, at UMMC in Jackson.
   He was born on Aug. 9, 1941, and was the son of the late Thomas Jackson McMillian and Edna Franklin McMillian Wigley of Flora, Miss.
   Mr. McMillian was retired from A&P Groceries, where he was the meat market manager. He was a Baptist.
   He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cathy Jenkins McMillian of Grenada; two daughters, Teressa McMillian Sheffield (Frank) of Grenada and Debra McMillian Crocker of Winona; two sons, Thomas D. McMillian (Sarah) of Hohenwald, Tenn., and Thomas Mac Hasie (Paula) of Bolton, Miss.; two sisters, Lorraine Whitten (Raymond Sr.) of Grenada and Mary McMillian Riley (James) of Mississippi; four brothers, Ronald O. McMillian (Lawanda) of Paragould, Ark., Bobby McMillian (Sharon) of Vicksburg, Tommy Dale McMillian of Paragould, Ark., and Greg Wigley of Mississippi; eight grandchildren, Angel Blakely, Rebecca Blakely Hodges (Mitch), Leah Crocker Herrard (L. B.), Mollie Crocker, Ashley Hasie Usury, Brittany McMillian, Thomas James McMillian, and John Thomas McMillian; five great-grandchildren, Hannah Herrard, Julia Herrard, Libby Claire Usury, Zoe Kate Usury and Zane McMillian.
   Bro. John Goldwater and Bro. L. G. Schmitz officiated the services with  Ron McMillian, Bobby McMillian, Tommy Dale McMillian, Edward Lee Beckum, Pete Whitten Jr. and Trey Whitten III serving as pallbearers. Dr. Rafe Armstrong served as honorary pallbearer.
   On-line condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Martha C. Mills
   Funeral services for Martha C. Mills, 69, of Duck Hill, were at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at Eskridge Baptist Church. Burial followed in Eskridge Cemetery.  
   Mrs. Mills died May 12, 2014, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital of heart failure.
   She was born in Carroll County on Feb. 3, 1945, to the late Tom and Ann Chaney.
   Mrs. Mills was an employee of Pennaco Hosiery in Grenada for 35 years, and was in the food catering business for the past several years. She was a member of Eskridge Baptist Church.  
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ann Chaney.
   Survivors include two sons, Randy Mills and Chris Mills of Duck Hill; one sister, Nancy Vance; and seven grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona was in charge.  

Nell B. Smith
   Funeral services for Nell B. Smith, 93, of Southaven, formerly of Oakland, are at 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, in Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland City Cemetery.
   Mrs. Smith died May 10, 2014, in Southaven.  
   She was born on April 7, 1921, in Tate County, to the late Edward Lois and Mary Agnes Brewer Brown.  
   Mrs. Smith worked as a shipping clerk for Pennaco in Grenada, where she retired after 30-plus years of service.  Until her health declined she was an active and faithful member of Oakland Baptist Church, where she formerly served as a Sunday school teacher, a choir member and was a past member of the WMU.
   In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Smith; her brother, Eugene Brown, a granddaughter and a son-in-law.
   Surviving Mrs. Smith are two daughters, Linda Bailey of Cleveland and Sandra Wadsworth of Ft. Worth, Texas; her son, Ron Smith of Southaven; her sister, Juanita Boggan of Vicksburg; two brothers, James Brown of Lucedale and Howard Brown of Hernando; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the Oakland Baptist Church, P. O. Box 120, Oakland, MS  38948 or the charity of your choice.
   Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge.

Leonard Marshall Tilghman
   Funeral services for Leonard Marshall Tilghman, 85, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Smith Cemetery in Rosebloom.
   Visitation was Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mr. Tilghman died at the Oxford VA Home.
   He was born on Oct.  30, 1928, and was the son of Millard S. Tilghman and Leila Lacy Tilghman of  Hardy.
   Mr. Tilghman was retired from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a construction inspector. He was a Baptist. Mr. Tilghman was also a veteran of U. S. Marine Corps and a member of VFW Post 4488.
   He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen Collins Tilghman of Grenada; two daughters, Kathy Williams (Rick) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Melinda Allen of Grenada; one son, Kenneth Lacy Tilghman (Beverly) of Natchez; six grandchildren, Jenna Crawford (Courtney), Russell Tilghman (Richelle), Jennifer Williams, Eric Williams (Jessie), Kaylie Allen and Connor Allen; and three great-grandchildren, Cora Crawford, Lennon Aldridge and Dahlia Tilghman.
   Mr. Tilghman was preceded in death by five sisters, Frances Whitten, Magnolia Gattis, Maxine Lykins, Almeda Rustari, and Dorothy Jean Tilghman and two brothers, Roy Tilghman, and James Lacy Tilghman.
   Bro. James Melton officiated the services. Serving as pallbearers were John Harville, Billy Collins, Jimmy Dinkelacker, Gary Collins, Odie Collins, and Tommy Hayward.
   Memorials may be made to Hardy Baptist Church, 1571 Hardy Road Grenada, MS 38901.
   Online condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

Shelia West Woodard
   Funeral services for Shelia West Woodard, 37, of Pascagoula, formerly of Grenada, are at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Washington Street Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Woodard died May 10, 2014, at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula.
   She was born on Jan. 23, 1977, to the late T.J. and Luvenia West.
   Mrs. Woodard was a housewife and a member of Washington Street Church of Christ. She was a graduate of Grenada High School and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
   She is survived by her husband, D’Aquista Woodard of Pascagoula; a daughter, Essence Tionna Woodard of Pascagoula; a step-daughter, Tamika Pettis of Oxford; eight sisters, Betty Hoskins, Shirley Wiggins, Evelyn Brown and Brenda Brown, all of Grenada, Maria Willingham of Water Valley, Annie Jean Tedford of Canton, Jo Ann and Jacqueline Pittman, both of Toledo, Ohio; and five brothers, R.T. West, Ricard West and Larry Brown, all of Grenada, Terry Hankins of Calhoun City and Lynn Greene of St. Louis.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

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