Samuel Jack Brown, Letha Cheryl Cummins, Virginia Mae Putman

Samuel Jack Brown

Funeral services for Samuel Jack Brown, 90, of Gore Springs, are at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Grenada Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.
Mr. Brown died Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at his home.
He was born on July 12, 1927, in Carroll County and was the son of the late Riley Lamar Brown and Zeola Lott Brown.
Mr. Brown was employed as a painter. He was a member of Hillside Baptist Church.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Ida Dogan Brown.
He is survived by son Monty Brown of Starkville and  daughter Shelly Brown of Tampa, Fla.; and grandson Mark Brown.
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Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Letha Cheryl Cummins

Mrs. Letha Cheryl Jackson Cummins, 51, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Leland. Cheryl was born in Grenada on July 15, 1966, to James Kellum Jackson and Esther Fay Orrell Jackson. After graduating high school, she furthered her education by receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Delta State University in 1988, as well as a Master’s of Education in 1989.
On July 7, 1990, she married John Mark Cummins in Holcomb. In 1996, she decided to advance her skills and knowledge, and she obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1996. With a passion to teach others, she began her career as an educator by teaching elementary school for several years before becoming a devoted member of the Delta State University staff in 1996.
In her time at Delta State, she wore many hats. She was the Director of Field Experiences and a Professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and she gave her all in assisting numerous students over the years, especially during their student teaching. She also stayed active as an Alumnus in Kappa Delta Sorority. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Joe Garrison Loyalty Award from Delta State University after 20 years of dedication to the school. Students and colleagues have described her as genuine, patient, and kind; more than anything, she was humble.
In addition to serving the university, she also gave back to her community. She was a member of the Cleveland Rotary Club. She also gave her all to the St. Luke United Methodist Church congregation, where she led the Children’s Ministries for many years, as well as taught Sunday School and delivered the children’s message each Sunday.
Most importantly, Cheryl was a devoted and loving wife and mother, whose main focus was the happiness of her family.
Cheryl is survived by her beloved husband J. Mark Cummins of Cleveland; daughters, Kellie Cummins and Hayley Cummins, both of Cleveland; mother Esther Fay Jackson of Holcomb; father James Kellum Jackson of Holcomb; brother Gary Jackson (Penny) of Holcomb; brothers-in-law, Ken Cummins of Memphis and Teddy Cummins (Suzanne) of Summerfield, Fla.; niece Reagan Jackson; nephews Chris Cummins of Vicksburg and Nicholaus Cummins (Whitney) of Natchitoches, La.
In memory of Cheryl, the family requests donations be made to the St. Luke United Methodist Church Major Upgrade Fund and/or the Cheryl Jackson Cummins Memorial Scholarship Fund at Delta State University.
A private family burial will be held as well as a public Celebration of Life Memorial Service, which will be announced at a later date. For updates and to view and sign the online register book, go to

Virginia Mae Putman

Mrs. Virginia Mae Holloway Putman, 81, of Grenada, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Grenada Living Center.
She was born March 7, 1937, in Calhoun County to Gilbert Lee and Nannie Mae Pendergrast Holloway. She was a devoted homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  She loved camping and fishing.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 26, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Survivors include her husband Lewis Putman; one daughter Carol Hecker (Larry) of Grenada; one son John Putman of Ripley; one sister Dorothy Sue Fleming of Columbus; one grandson Joseph Putman and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Syble Jones and two brothers, Edward Earl Holloway and Gilbert Lafayette Holloway.
Pallbearers were Randy Byars, Joe Cox, Larry Hecker, Joseph Putman, Barry Rounsaville and Terry Sides.  Honorary pallbearers were Charles Caffey, Andy Grass, Joe Harbin, George Mullen and Kenny Schmitz.
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Arrangements were entrusted to the care of McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.