Amber Lee Carpenter, Gloria Deane Cobb, Melzenia Franklin, Jimmy Skelton Holland, Joy Stallings Lott, Helen Doris Spall, Cefas Spearman

Amber Lee Carpenter

Amber Lee Carpenter, 71, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 26, 1946, to John Ed and Jean Marie Arnold Carpenter. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic School and Memphis State University. Amber was a world traveler, loved watching football and lived life to the fullest – she will truly be missed.
A private graveside service was held Thursday, May 17, at the Providence Cemetery near Gore Springs.
Survivors include her daughter Shannon Hanggi and her husband Scott of Holly Springs; one grandson Will Hanggi and a brother Paul Carpenter of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

Gloria Deane Cobb

Gloria Deane Cobb, 85, of Azusa, Calif., died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Inter Community Hospital in Covin, Calif.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.

Lelia Slocum Cook

Lelia Slocum Cook, 64, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at her home in Scobey.
She was born on March 9, 1954, to the late Quida Pruitt of Grenada and George W. Slocum of Carrollton.
Mrs. Cook is survived by her husband of 39 years John Wesley Cook Jr. and four daughters, Tabitha Nix (Larry), of Pearl, Wendy Cook and Amanda Cook of Grenada and Jennifer Smith of Shreveport, La.; son Toby Lane Cook; sister Patricia (Pat) Pruitt of Grenada; 15 grandchildren and five great-grand- children; a host of nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her brother Ralph Donnald Greenlee of Carrollton and grandson Chandler Chase Parker.
An online guest book is available at

Melzenia Franklin

Melzenia Franklin, 79, of Water Valley died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Springhill North M.B. Church, Water Valley, and her home-going celebration will be Saturday at noon, also at Springhill North. Interment will follow at Bayson Chapel Cemetery.
Townes Funeral Home in charge.

Jimmy Skelton Holland

Mr. Jimmy Skelton Holland, 70, of Calhoun City, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.
He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Grenada to Miller D. and Lola Skelton Holland. He was a retired plumber, a National Guard Veteran and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs under the direction of McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Kim Spratlin and her husband Jody of Brandon, and Jordan Holland of Calhoun City; three sons, Zac Holland of Bonham, Texas; Drew Holland and his wife Stephanie of Holcomb; Chris Lucius and his wife Karla of Vardaman; two brothers, Henry Holland of Oklahoma and John Holland of Virginia; seven grandchildren, Justin Spratlin, Taylor Barnette, Genna Grace Edmondson, Anna Beth Lucius, Addison Lucius, Sarah Bowers and Jaxon Holland; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Libby Gary.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Barnette, Dennis Gary, Tip Holland, Chris Lucius, Jody Spratlin and Justin Spratlin.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

Joy Stallings Lott

Joy Stallings Lott, 71, of Grenada, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, with complications from Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis.
She was born on Jan. 22, 1947, in Memphis, to James and Lurlene Stallings. The family moved to Cascilla shortly after she was born from the Batesville area. Joy graduated from East Tallahatchie High School, Charleston, Class of 1965. She then studied Business Management, Accounting, Elementary Education, and Mathematics at Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia. She continued her education in Business Management and Accounting at Holmes Community College in Goodman and at the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany.
Joy retired as a Supervisory Program Budget Analyst with the Department of Army Civilian.
Joy met Jesse Wayne Lott after her high school graduation when she was set up by her lifelong best friend Marion Joiner and Marion’s future husband John Paul Staten. They married on Jan. 21, 1966.
She loved being an Army wife for 22 years of her marriage, especially the traveling and the opportunity to live in many great locations. Joy lived in Batesville; Cascilla; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Heidelberg, Germany; Savannah, Ga.; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Grenada.
She enjoyed a full life, even skydiving for the first time in her mid-50s. Joy was well-loved by her family and friends. She loved being a wife and mother, but her favorite was being a grandmother. ‘Grams’ (as she was called), cherished her grandsons, Jace and Jaxon, so much that she literally moved cross-country in 2014 to be near them, her daughter and son-in-law after her husband passed in 2012. She loved spending time with them and being intricately involved in their lives. ‘Grams’ was just as loved by Jace and Jaxon, who excitedly looked forward to spending their time with her.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Kevin Tribble officiating. Graveside service will follow in Magnolia Gardens Cemetery in Paynes and will be officiated the by Rev. John Goldwater. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at McKibben and Guinn.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 46 years Jesse Wayne Lott.
She leaves behind one daughter Jessica Joy Lott Corbett, and son-in-law Christopher J. Corbett, of Grenada; two grandsons, Jace James Walker and Jaxon Joseph Corbett; two sisters, Peggy Raspberry of Jackson, Tenn., and Beverly White of Vicksburg; seven nieces and nephews and their families.
She was a long-time member and deacon of Oak Hills Presbyterian Church in Milwaukie, Ore., and a current member of Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada.
Joy was very active with the National Republican Women’s Association in Portland and was a delegate at the 2000 National Republican Convention in Philadelphia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Gideons International (The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C., 20090-7251, or call toll-free 1(866)382-4253) in her name, please.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

Helen Doris Spall

Helen Doris Spall, 96, of Senatobia, formerly of Grenada, died on May 10, 2018, at the Senatobia Healthcare and Rehab.
She was a member of First Baptist Church Senatobia.
Mrs. Spall is survived by her daughter, Florrey Brownlee (Jerry) of Senatobia; granddaughter Kimberly Brown (Jim) of Senatobia; great-grandsons, Ellis Brown (Lauren), Blake Brown and Austin Brown, and great-great-grandchildren, Keilan Reed Brown and Nash Elliott Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Spall; parents, B.L. and Addie Lou Nail, and brothers, Arthur Lee Nail, Doyle Nail and Bill Nail.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Senatobia or Ebenezer Baptist Church in Senatobia.
A graveside service was held Saturday, May 12, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia was in charge of the arrangements.

Cefas Spearman

Cefas Spearman, 63, died on Saturday May 12, 2018, at the Grenada Living Center.
He was born Aug. 1, 1954.
Services for Mr. Spearman are Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the New Life M.B. Church in Calhoun City, with burial following at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Skeeter Robinson Funeral Home is in charge. An online guest book is available at