September 12, 2014

Margaret Wade Chandler
   Margaret Wade Chandler, 84, of Indianola, formerly of Grenada, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Humphreys County Nursing Center in Belzoni, with her loving family by her side.
   Margaret Louise Beam, affectionately known as “Weezer,” was born in Moorhead on Dec. 4, 1929, and was the daughter of Joe Bill and Eula Owens Beam. She was a graduate of Indianola High School. In 1948, Margaret married William Hardy Wade and together until his death in 1972, they raised six children. Margaret married Leonard Monroe Chandler in 1980 and were together until his death in 2011.
   She worked for Modern Line Products as their timekeeper, and retired in 1992 after 29 years of service. After retirement, she and Leonard moved to Grenada where she was very active in Hebron Baptist Church. She loved flowers and gardening and spent countless hours maintaining her many flower beds. Margaret moved back to Indianola in 2010 due to illness. She moved her membership back to Fairview Baptist Church, her home church.
   Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Hardy Wade and Leonard Chandler; one son, Mickey Wade; and one grandson, Josh Wade.
   She is survived by four daughters, Anne (Dwight) Boone of Isola, Kaye (Terry) Odom of Yazoo City, Donna (Jimmy) Harper of Indianola, and Elaine (Roland) Galatas of Slidell, La.; one son, Joe (Gwen) Wade of Bruce; daughter-in-law, Gail Wade of Benton, Ark.; two step-sons, Billy Chandler of Alabama and Jimmy (Tracy) Chandler of Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Traci Boone, Vicki Boone Lott, Kim Wade, Stacey Walker (BJ) Dobbins, Heather Harper (Jamie) Burton, Hardy Wade, and Lauren Wade; four step-grandchildren, Billy, Patrick, JJ, and Kelsey Chandler; four great-grandchildren, Rebecca Walker, Madison Burton, Mary Margaret Burton, and Olivia Atkinson; and three step-great-grandchildren.
   The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, from 4 to  6 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at Burton Funeral Home with burial following in Indianola City Cemetery.
   The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Humphreys County Nursing Center, Sta Home Hospice, Dr. Katie Patterson, and Dr. Carlton Gorton for their compassion and care during her extended illness.
   An online guestbook may be signed at
   Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was in charge.

Barbara Ann Dillon
   A memorial service for Barbara Ann Dillon, 53, of Grenada, formerly of Chicago, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Covenant House.
   Visitation is Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Dillon died Sept. 4, 2014.
   She was born on Nov. 18, 1960.
   Mrs. Dillon was a member of Covenant House.
   She is survived by two daughters, Taisha Davis and Keandra Dillon of Grenada; a sister, Delores Parlor of Chicago; and two brothers, John Baker Jr. and Lanelle Baker of Chicago.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Frances Jackson Frazier
   Funeral services for Frances Jackson Frazier, 88, of Grenada, were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Old Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Carroll County.
   Visitation was Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at National Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Frazier died Sept. 8, 2014, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
   She was born on Sept. 28, 1925, and was the daughter of the late George Jackson and Verna Organ Jackson of Carroll County.
   Mrs. Frazier was a homemaker. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church.
   She is survived by three daughters, Wanda Roche of Grenada, Jo Ann Smith of Cascilla, and Barbara Fisk of St. Cloud, Minn.; four sons, George Frazier and John Robert Frazier of Grenada, Chris Frazier of Gary, Ind., and Keith Frazier of Cascilla; one sister, Virginia Daines of Eureka Springs, Ark.; one sister-in-law, Mabel Whitten of Greenwood; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Mrs. Frazier was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ed Frazier.
   Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
   Online condolences may be made at
   National Funeral Home was in charge.

James Edward Jones
   Funeral services for James Edward “Eddie” Jones, 50, of Marks, Miss., were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville.
   Mr. Jones died Sept. 8, 2014, in Quitman County Hospital of a massive heart attack.
   He was born on Aug. 14, 1964, in Lambert, Miss., to the late Herbert Cornelius and Wilma Joyce Waycaster Jones.
   Mr. Jones worked as an EMT and X-Ray technician at North and South Panola hospitals, then BMH-North Mississippi, and lastly at UMMC-Grenada. Because of his love for sports, and an even deeper love for his two sons, Mr. Jones volunteered his time as a coach for each sport his boys played.
   Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Donna Austin Jones of Marks; two sons, Austin Jones and Kyle Jones, both of Marks; three sisters, Cynthia Jones Russell and Georganna Ward Weeks, both of Batesville, Janie Jones Jenkins of Oxford; and his mother-in-law.
   In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up to assist with education expenses. Donations can be forwarded to Delta Academy, “Jones Tuition Fund,” P.O. Box 70, Marks, MS 38646.
   Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

William Kimble
   Funeral services for William Kimble, 64, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Brusher Fork Church. Burial will follow in Brusher Fork Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Kimble died Sept. 8, 2014, at his home.
   He was born on Dec. 10, 1949.
   Mr. Kimble is survived by three daughters, Tasha F. Holmes of Grenada, Tisha Bounds of Las Vegas and Kenya Kimble of Chicago; and his fiancé, Anna Howard of Grenada.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Derrick D. Miller
   Funeral services for Derrick D. Miller, 40, of Winona, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Roberts & Sons Mortuary in Winona. Interment will follow in the Miller’s Family Cemetery in Weir.
   Visitation is Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.
   The remains will lie in state on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and will not be viewed after the eulogy.
   Mr. Miller died Sept. 5, 2014, in Poplar Creek, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
   He is survived by a son, Darrius Miller; his mother, Earnestine Nolan Miller; his father, Billy “Jackie” Miller; and a brother, Demond D. Miller.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Roberts & Sons Mortuary is in charge.

Evelyn Grice Overstreet
   Funeral services for Evelyn “Polly” Grice Overstreet, 83, of Knoxville, Tenn., are at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Winona Garden of Memory.
   Mrs. Overstreet died Sept. 8, 2014, at Parkwest Medical center in Knoxville of heart failure.
   She was born on April 15, 1931, to the late W. C. and Blanche Evans Grice.  
   Mrs. Overstreet is survived by her husband of 64 years, James Leland Overstreet Jr. of Knoxville; one daughter, Deborah “Debbie” Overstreet Hadd of Crestview, Fla.; a son, James Phillip Overstreet of Knoxville; a sister, Gail Grice Carpenter of Vaiden; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Online condolences may be made at
   Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge.

John Edwin Perry Sr.
   Funeral services for John Edwin Perry Sr., 77, of Gravel Hill, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Wilson and Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.
   Mr. Perry died Sept. 8, 2014, at his home of heart failure.
   He was born on Jan. 18, 1937, in Carroll County, to the late John and Samella Mitchell Perry. He lived in the Gravel Hill Community of Carroll County most of his life. He was a graduate of Greenwood High School class of 1957 and served in the U.S. Army for six months and was released into the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired from the Department of Agriculture, was a retired farmer, and was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  
   He is survived by his wife, Ida Lue Perry of the Gravel Hill; three daughters, Michon Touchstone of Charleston, Tenn., Michelle Loveless and Shelia Smith of Greenwood; two sons, John Perry Jr. of Casa Grande, Ariz., and William Perry of Greenwood; two sisters, Nancy Jackson of Greenwood and Sharon Bratton of Huntsville, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews.
   Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery fund, New Hope Church, or Mount Olive Baptist Church.  
   Online condolences may be made at
   Wilson and Knight Funeral Home was in charge.

Vernon Wayne Polk
   Vernon Wayne Polk, 86, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. He was born on Dec. 18, 1927, in Tonkawa, Okla. He was a minister of music.
   He was preceded in death by his father, Sedgie Polk.
   He is survived by his wife, Ruth Polk of Grenada; sons, Wayne Polk (Cheryl) of Meridian and Stanley Polk (Angie) of Wagnor, Okla.; step-son, Ron Bolen (Mary) of Senatobia; granddaughters, Amanda Floyd (Sean) of Houston, Texas, and Christie Griffin (Justin) of Tupelo; grandson, Andrew Polk of Norman, Okla.; great-grandsons, Hunter and Logan Floyd; step-grandsons, Preston and Brooks Griffin.
   A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 12, beginning at 3 p.m., preceded by a visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Grenada. Interment will be at Floral Havens Cemetery in Broken Arrow, Okla.
   Garner-Harper Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Peggy Bloodworth Pritchard
   Peggy Bloodworth Pritchard, 70, of Forth Worth, Texas, native of Rosebloom, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at her home.
   A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. A reception at the church will follow the service.
   In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Arborlawn United Methodist Church Christmas Concert Fund or United Methodist Women’s Fund, both located at 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109.
   Peggy was born on Jan. 17, 1944, in Rosebloom. She was a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia. Peggy was a regional manager with the United Postal Service before her marriage to Ken and received numerous awards for her distinguished service. She has lived in Fort Worth for a number of years and was an active member of the Arborlawn United Methodist Church. During the time at Arborlawn, Peggy was very active in United Methodist Women. She loved decorating tables and helping with all luncheons. Peggy served as a commissioned Stephens Minister as well as a chairman of the hospitality committee for one year. She was also active in the Ballet Guild, Opera Guild, Symphony League, Girls Service League, Lecture Foundation, Rejebian Book Club, The Fort Worth Garden Club, Fort Worth Woman’s Club, The Round Table, and Friday Lecture Club.
   Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Hayden and Myrtle Bloodworth; and her brother, Richard Hayden Bloodworth.
   Peggy is survived by her husband, Kenneth Pritchard; sons, Keith (Laura) Pritchard, Will (Michelle) Pritchard, and Michael (Molly) Pritchard; six grandsons; one granddaughter; sisters-in-law, Brenda (Buddy) Thomas, Judith Pritchard, Bonnie (Ronald) Tedford, and Susan Bronski; nephew, Richard Hayden Bloodworth Jr. (son of her deceased brother). She was loved by all her nieces, nephews, friends and everyone who knew her.
   Greenwood Funeral Home of Fort Worth, Texas was in charge.

Burton Eugene Rayburn
   Funeral services for Burton Eugene “Gene” Rayburn, 78, of Sardis, were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Forrest Memorial Park.
   Mr. Rayburn died Sept. 7, 2014, in Batesville.
   He was born on Feb. 20, 1936, in Vicksburg, to the late Charles Burton Rayburn and Alma Rayburn Brown.
   Mr. Rayburn was a 1962 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.S. degree in recreation. He was an avid sports fan, but had a special passion for football and golf.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia Mims Rayburn; a sister, Louise Rayburn Kraig, and three brothers, Kendrick Rayburn, Joe Rayburn and Charles Rayburn.
   Mr. Rayburn is survived by his wife, Betty Luttrell Rayburn of Sardis; three daughters, Pam Rayburn Queen of Flowood, Tami Rayburn Robison of Batesville and Sandra Alvarez of Starke, Fla.; a step-daughter, Vicki Dubose of Bell, Fla.; a son, Stu Rayburn of Waveland, Miss.; two step-sons, Richard Russell of Brunswick, Ga., and James Russell of Charleston, Miss.; two brothers, Warren Rayburn of Laurel and J.C. Rayburn of Clarksdale; seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be sent to the following charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
   Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

Lucy Riley
   Funeral services for Lucy Riley, 56, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Brick Academy M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Riley died Sept. 6, 2014, at her home of natural causes.
   She was born on March 9, 1958, to Charles Williams and Annie Lee Riley.
   Mrs. Riley was a seamstress and a member of Brick Academy M.B. Church. She was a Grenada High School graduate of the Class of 1977.
   She is survived by a daughter, Rashundra Riley; a son, Rashaad Riley; a sister, Patsy Sykes; and a brother, Michael Riley.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

Michael Justin Steele
   Funeral services for Michael Justin Steele, 29, of Brandon, formerly of Charleston, were at 11 a.m. Thursday at Charleston Church of God. Burial followed in Friendship Church of God Cemetery.
   Mr. Steele died Sept. 8, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ark.  
   He was born in Charleston on March 29, 1985.
   Mr. Steele attended The Pointe Church in Brandon and was a flight attendant for American Airlines.
   Survivors include his parents, Michael Wayne “Rerun” Steele and Colleen Barrett Steele of Brandon; a sister, Amber Steele of Brandon; his grandmother, Jayanne Barrett of Brand; an aunt, Edna Ross of Charleston; four uncles, Craig Barrett of Brandon, Chris Barrett of Carson City, Nev., Harry Steele of Laurel, and Bill Steele of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a niece and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to Charleston Church of God, P. O. Box 22, Charleston, MS 38921.
   Womble Funeral Home of Charleston was in charge.

Margie Mae Tidwell
   Funeral services for Margie Mae Tidwell, 70, of Grenada, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Vincent Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mrs. Tidwell died Sept. 2, 2014, at her resident of natural causes.
   She was born on Feb. 10, 1944.
   Mrs. Tidwell was retired from Binswanger.
   She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Tidwell of Grenada; two sons, Gilbert Tidwell of Grenada and George Tidwell Jr. of Atlanta; a sister, Mildred Tidwell of Grenada; and a brother, Willie Docher of Champaign, Ill.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

John Finley Wright
   John Finley Wright, 84, Coffeeville, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada. He was born on March 26, 1930, to Price Wright and Ethel Shankle Wright in Calhoun County. He was a retired county worker, a member and choir member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and a member of Magnum Hunting Club.
   The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Big Creek, Miss., with Bro. Buford Usry, Bro. Mark Longino and Bro. John Gray officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery in Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
   Pallbearers were Wilbur Williams, Glynn Hill, Charles Parker, Phil Harrison, Derrick Redwine, Slade Redwine, Frank Anderson, and Gaylon Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Liles, Henry Dean Gray, George Brower, Red Coleman, Francis Williams, and James W. Gray.
   He is survived by his wife, Jessie “Lucy” Redwine Wright of Coffeeville; one daughter, Diana (Don) Childs of Grenada; two sons, Sterling (Marie) Wright of Calhoun City and John Robert (Dawn) Wright of Grenada; one sister, Bessie Dee Hill of Horn Lake; and four grandchildren, Dustin Wright, Austin Wright, Gerald Wright and Jordan Childs.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Price Wright and Ethel Shankle Wright; one sister, Emma Salley; and four brothers, Sterling P. Wright, T.J. Wright, Beanie B. Williams and Presley Williams.
   Online condolences can be left at

Michael Yates
   Funeral services for Michael Yates, 31, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at New Life Christian Fellowship. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion- Dentontown.
   Visitation is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home.
   Mr. Yates died Sept. 8, 2014, at his home.
   He was born on Feb. 20, 1983.
   Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge.

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