Debra Kay Avent, Roger Hall Coleman, Patricia Cooley, Lewis Rufus Gray Jr., Burnice Alton Kennedy, William Earl Nail,Marvin Wayne Smith

Debra Kay Avent

(June 30, 1968 – Feb. 27, 2018) Funeral services for Debra Kay Avent of Grenada, formerly of Winona, will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, March 2, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona. The Rev. John Goldwater, assisted by the Rev. Saxton Odom, will officiate the services.
Pallbearers will be Zach Avent, James Travis Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Chris Terry and Dustin Horne; and honorary pallbearers will be Laike Horne, Luke Terry, and Lane Horne.
Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home.
Ms. Avent, 49, died at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada on Feb. 27, 2018. She was born in Winona on June 30, 1968, to John O. and Willie Sue Blaylock Avent. She was disabled but had worked as a sales associate at Walmart in Winona and as a certified nurse assistant at Winona Manor. She served in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was a member of Christ Community Church in Grenada. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father, John O. Avent of Winona; sisters, Brenda Rigby (Jerry) of Carmack and Gail Johnson James “Bubba” of Eupora; brother John G. Avent (Angel) of French Camp; nieces and nephews, Rosie Rigby Terry, Bobbie Sue Horne, James Travis Johnson, Hunter Johnson and Zach Avent; one great-niece; and three great-nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, P. O. Box 1021, Grenada, MS 38902; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Roger Hall Coleman

Montpelier, Miss. – Mr. Roger Hall Coleman, 82, passed away on Feb. 24, 2018, at his home in Pheba.
Roger was born March 13, 1935, in Montpelier, the son of the late David Haywood and Estelle Lillian Hazelwood Coleman. He was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. Mr. Coleman was a lifelong dairyman and farmer who enjoyed his work. He also enjoyed fishing and vegetable gardening.
Mr. Coleman married Edna Jean Burges on March 17, 1955, in West Point, and they were married for 62 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David W. Coleman.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cary Sutphin officiating, assisted by the Rev. Harold Robinson and the Rev. Eddie Brock. Burial was in Palestine United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Edna “Jeannie” Coleman of Montpelier; two sons, Tim Coleman (Dana) of Grenada and Mark Hall Coleman of Montpelier; four grandchildren, Whitney Coleman of Starkville, Glenn Cole (Allison) of Pensacola, Fla., Kelly Coleman of Montpelier and Sarah Winters of Grenada; four great-grandchildren, Aaron Bryan of Montpelier, Amber Winters, Kathlyn Winters and Nadia Winters, all of Grenada.
Pallbearers were Mike Shinn, Benny Borst, Steve Duncan, Tommy Wills, Gary Brock, Jim Murray, Charles Bryan and Keith Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Sims, Scotty Wooten, Hubert Eaton, Bill Nadeau, Bill White, James Bennett, Nurses and staff of Kindred Hospice, caregivers: Donna Dalton and Shirley Posey, and his many friends at Palestine United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Palestine United Methodist Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Roxie Brock, 611 Joe Stevens Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
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Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Cooley

Funeral services for Patricia Cooley are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Duck Hill. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation is from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Ms. Cooley, 65, of Duck Hill, died on Feb. 25, 2018, at Winona Manor.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge.
Online condolences may be made at

Lewis Rufus Gray Jr.

Mr. Lewis Rufus Gray Jr., 78, of Coffeeville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.
He was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Grenada County to Lewis Rufus Sr. and Margaret Bessie Vickery Gray.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Coffeeville and a retired Corrections Officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Funeral services will be held at Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with the Rev. Truman Scarborough and the Rev. Craig Baker officiating. Interment will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Survivors include one daughter Tina Evans of Coffeeville; two sons, William Lewis “Bill” Gray of Paris and Jonathan Wayne Gray and his wife Stephanie of Wiggins; three sisters, Rebecca McCullar (William) of Coffeeville, Carolyn McCormack (Jack) of Coffeeville and Ellen Harper (Paul) of Canton, GA; four brothers, David Gray of Coffeeville, Larry Gray (Barbara) of Water Valley, Rodney Gray (Cheryl) of Conroy, Texas, and Donald Gray (Sherry) of Water Valley; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 54 years Delores Sanders Gray; one son Michael Len Gray and a grandson Nathan Gray.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Arbuckle, Christopher Gray, Michael Gray, Steven Kendall, Jason Nelson and Josh Smith.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

Burnice Alton Kennedy

Mr. Burnice Alton Kennedy, 79, of Grenada, formerly of Pearl Valley, Miss., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Copiah County to Burnice Edgar and Linnie Mae Berry Kennedy. He was employed by Klinger Electric Local 605 for 45 years and served in the Mississippi National Guard.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the Lowe Cemetery in Copiah County. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at McKibben and Guinn.
Alton is survived by one daughter Casandra Kennedy of Grenada; one son James Alton Kennedy of Grenada; two brothers, Ronnie and Donnie Kennedy, both of Louisiana; three grandchildren, Curtis Alton Heineck of Southaven, Jack Kennedy and Belle Kennedy, both of Grenada, and a host of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Peggy and Cecil Melton, who were both dear to his heart, as well as Ellen Reedy Jackson who assisted with his care.
The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the Jo Morman, Penny Browning and Cheryl Berry with Legacy Hospice for the excellent care provided to Mr. Kennedy.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

William Earl Nail

Funeral services for William Earl Nail, 70, of Sardis, are at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at Mortimer National Funeral Home of Grenada.
Visitation is Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.
Mr. Nail died March 1, 2018, at his home. He was born on Aug. 4, 1947. and was the son of the late Joe C. and Frances Blakely Nail.
Mr. Nail was employed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers during some of their construction projects. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Arm, having served during the Vietnam War. William was a very loving, caring man with a great sense of humor. He would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by a granddaughter Athena Flowers and many friends.
Online condolences may be made on our website at
Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin Wayne Smith

Funeral services for Marvin Wayne Smith  are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Washington Street Church of Christ.  Interment will follow in Haven Rest Cemetery.
Visitation is from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. Smith, 92, of Jackson, a native of Grenada, died Feb. 19, 2018, at UMMC-Jackson.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge..
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