July 28, 2014

Cecil Bryant Austin
   Funeral services for Cecil Bryant Austin of Winona will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at First Presbyterian Church in Winona, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona. The Rev. Ed McDaniel, assisted by Mr. Ryan Biese, will officiate the services.
   Visitation is Monday, July 28, from 5 until 7 p.m., at Oliver Funeral Home.
   Mr. Austin, 80, died in an accident at his residence on Thursday, July 24. He was born in Montgomery County on Oct. 22, 1933, to Jennings Bryant and Lela Elizabeth Roberts Austin. He was the retired plant manager of Ferguson Machine Company and was a flight instructor for over 40 years. Mr. Austin was a U.S. Army veteran, attaining the rank of sergeant, and serving as a member of the honor guard.
   He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Winona, a member of the Winona Rotary Club, the American Legion Post 52, the Greenwood Elks Club, the Winona Airport Board, and the Southwest Navion Air Group. In addition, he was a founding member of the Greenwood Soaring Society.  
   Mr. Austin’s passion for flying was made obvious by his receiving the National Flight Instructor of the Year Award in 2013. He was a certified airframe and power plant airplane mechanic and was currently preparing and studying for certification as a FAA (IA) inspector. He also harbored a deep passion and love for woodworking.
   Mr. Austin is survived by his wife, Bobbie Baskin Austin of Winona; his son, Lawrence Bryant Austin and his wife, Josephine T. S. Ashcraft Austin, of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Sara A. Carpenter of Winona, Billie A. Whitfield of Hernando, and Bobbie A. Jacks of Starkville; and two grandchildren, Amanda J. A. Austin of Starkville and Lawrence Bryant Austin Jr. of Hattiesburg.
   Pallbearers will be Steven Jennings, Michael Rawson, Tom Rawson, James Barry Carpenter, David Heath, and Grady Perkins. Honorary pallbearers will be the Southwest Navion Air Group and the men of American Legion Post 52.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, the National Rescue League, or the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village.
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

Charles Edward Huffman
   Funeral services for Charles Edward “Sonny” Huffman, 75, of Holcomb, are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel. A private family burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery at Oxberry.
   Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Sonny died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his farm.
   Sonny was born on Jan. 1, 1939, and was the son of James “Peck“ Huffman and Lois Curry Huffman of Grenada.
   Sonny was the owner/operator of Huffman Refrigeration. He attended Bethel Baptist Church. Sonny was also a veteran of U.S. Navy and enjoyed raising cattle.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Peck Huffman; his mother, Lois Staten; one brother, Eugene Kendall; one half-sister, Judy Murphree; and one half-brother, Jimmy Dale Huffman.
   Sonny is survived by his daughter, Angie Moncrief and her husband, Mike, of Flowood; two brothers, Billy Huffman of Winona and Bobby Kendall of Coffeeville; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Holly and Patrick; and his stepmother, Evelyn Huffman of Holcomb.
   On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

James Rodney Lippincott
   James Rodney Lippincott, 70, died on July 16, 2014, after a battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Duke Lippincott and Nancy Maxey Lippincott of Scobey.  
   Rodney is survived by his daughters, Victoria Lynn Lippincott (Stacy Ballow), and Lillian A. Passaeur (Josh); grandchildren, William and Nora Ballow and Josh Passauer. He is also survived by one sister, Nancy Lippincott Ashley (Bill); three brothers, John Maxey Lippincott, Robert Gary Lippincott (Bonnie), and Dr. Charles Kenneth Lippincott (Lisa). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friend, Maggie O’Reilly.
   Rodney attended Grenada’s John Rundle High School and in 1962 was in the Mississippi Lions All State Band. He earned a music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and, later, a business degree from Ole Miss. He was a Vietnam Vet with the rank of Captain, U.S. Army. After the Army, for seven years, he was a Manufacturer’s Representative for LeBlanc Co. and also Boosey Hawkes Co., the largest music publisher.
   He marketed musical instruments to music stores, high school and college bands, and attended numerous music festivals in the western United States with his residence in Albuquerque, N.M. Later, he became a real estate agent in New Mexico and Arkansas. He never lost his love of playing the trumpet and later played the harmonica, guitar, and flugelhorn to embellish his musical interests.
   In the 1990’s he returned to Mississippi and played trumpet as a charter member of The Strict Middling Band and The Tallahatchie Horns. He worked in retirement at the Pacesetter C store. These were happy years in that making music had always been his first love. God’s peace in his heart was amazing. He loved the song “How Great Thou Art.” He also enjoyed fishing, his friends, and the simple pleasure of a beautiful Scobey sunset.
   Arrangements: Rodney donated his body to medical science, University of Mississippi. A memorial service will be held Sept. 13, 2014, at Scobey, his eventual resting place. Details TBA.
In lieu of flowers, he requested donations to the St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326 (www.stjo.org).

Hershel Dean Logan
   Funeral services for Hershel Dean Logan, 61, of Mountain View, Ark., formerly of Grenada, are at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at National Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
   Visitation is Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mr. Logan died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
   Hershel was born on June 21, 1953, and was the son of Dean and Agnes Logan of Grenada.
   Hershel was a licensed surveyor who spent his entire career working throughout North Mississippi and Arkansas. He was well known and respected in the engineering and construction industry. Hershel was a member of MAPS (Mississippi Association of Professional Surveyors) and a member of the First Baptist Church in Mountain View. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing.
   He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Etola Smith Logan.
   Hershel is survived by one daughter, Lisa Gail Holland of Grenada; two sons, Jason Darrell Logan of Grenada and Jacob Dean Logan of Mountain View; his father, Dean Logan of Grenada; his step-mother, Minnie Logan of Grenada; one sister, Cheryl Harville of Grenada; one brother, Ben Logan of Grenada; and four grandchildren, Jordan Holland, Allie Grace Holland, Mary Clayton Logan and Larkin Logan.
   On-line condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
   National Funeral Home is in charge.

Florence Alma Weeks
   Florence Alma Weeks, 66, of Jackson, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Trinity Mission in Clinton. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland.
   Florence was born on April 15, 1948, in Grenada, and was the daughter of the late John Irvin Gattis and Magnolia Tilghman Gattis.
   A graduate of Grenada High School, she had resided in Jackson for 48 years. Florence worked for Yellow Cab Company as a dispatcher before becoming disabled. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and loved spending time at the beach. Florence was also a talented sketch artist.
   Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Charles Owen Patterson.
   Survivors include a daughter, Debra W. Moreno of Copperas Cove, Texas; grandchildren, Samuel, Joshua and Jonathan Moreno; longtime friend and partner, Lee Bennett of Jackson;  two sisters, Margie Ayers of North Carolina and Magnolia Ross of Grenada; two brothers, James Douglas Gattis of Edwards and John Stephen Gattis of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Sebrell Funeral Home of Ridgeland is in charge.

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