Duane Byron Ayers, Yevorne Bridges, Billy Busby, Sherrie Annette Floyd, William D. Johnson, Don L. Lane, Ruth Fynwever LeClair, James W. Melton Jr., Rubin McMillon, Norris Donnell Washington

Duane Byron Ayers

Mr. Duane Byron Ayers Jr., 82, of Holcomb, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018, at his residence.
He was born May 17, 1936, in Tunkhannock, Penn., to Duane Byron and Thelma L. Garey Ayers. Mr. Ayers spent most of his working life in construction and was a member of the Lighthouse Church of God. He faithfully served our country in the United States Air Force. Mr. Ayers will be remembered as a devoted Christian and a dedicated family man.
Funeral services were Wednesday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Kevin Tribble and the Rev. Farrell Wilson officiating. Interment with military rites was in the Sparta Cemetery near Holcomb.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Mabry Talley (Ken) of Holcomb and Mary Hoss (Dan) of Salisbury, Tenn.; three sons, Travis Carnell of Holcomb, Richard “Buddy” Ayers (Diane) of Holcomb and Jimmy Ayers (Amy) of Senatobia; two sisters, Eleanor Shoemaker of Pennsylvania and Christine King of Florida; four brothers, Jim Ayers of Florida, Bill Ayers of New York, Pete Ayers of New York and Bob Ayers of Pennsylvania; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years Alice Ayers; four sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers were James Ayers, Joe Best, Thomas Counts, Cody DeLoach, Shannon Harris, Brandon Mabry, Justin Mabry and Roger Morris.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

Yevorne C. Bridges

Funeral services for Yevorne C. “Cool” Bridges of Grenada, native of Mound Bayou, are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Pine Hill M.B. Church with burial in Mound Bayou.
Mrs. Bridges, 69, died on July 24, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital. She was born on Oct. 1, 1948. Mrs. Bridges received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master’s Degree from Jackson State University. She retired after teaching school for 29 years and enjoyed watching TV and solving puzzles.
Mrs. Bridges is survived by two daughters, Necole Bridges of Batesville and Yvette Bailey of Sasebo, Japan; two sisters, Bonnie Littlejohn of Mound Bayou and Ottermese Wiggins of Cleveland; and brother A. E. Conwell of Chicago.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Billy Busby

Funeral services for Billy Busby were July 23.
Mr. Busby was born March 18, 1943. He resided at Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood.
He is preceded in death by one daughter Billie Gail Busby- Morrow, his parents James Busby, Mary B. Smith, and his stepfather Rosure Smith.
He is survived by his three loving daughters, Virginia Blaylock, Michelle Trimm and Lisa Forrestor.
Affordable Funeral Home was in charge.

Sherrie Annette Floyd

Sherrie Annette Floyd, 45, of Big Creek, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.

William D. Johnson

Funeral services for William D. Johnson of Grenada are Sunday at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Assembly of the Apostolic Faith Church with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.                                                                                                                             Mr. Johnson, 48, died on July 30, 2018. He was born on July 7, 1970, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.                                                                                                           Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother Annie Johnson of Grenada; his wife Corsandra Bullins Johnson of Grenada; six daughters, Kiara Johnson, Santana Spearman and Carnesia Hughes, all of Grenada; Latonya Bullins of Memphis, Lakeshia Bankston and Jabrea Adkins of Clarksdale; three sons, Darvis Johnson, Joshua Johnson and Darico Johnson, all of Grenada; four sisters, Pam Redditt of Clarksville, Tenn., Sandra Johnson of Texas, Sabrina McClain of Grenada and Lolitha Grantham of Greenwood, and two brothers, Timmy Johnson of Nashville and Christopher Redditt.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Don L. Lane

Don L. Lane, 90, of Antioch, Calif., passed away in his sleep at home on July 26, 2018.
Don was born in Tippo, Miss., to Perry and Lena Lane. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and was stationed in California. While there, he met and married Margaret Joanne Wilson. They set up house and raised two children.
Don worked as an Instrument Foreman for Fibreboard/Louisiana Pacific for over 25 years. He retired in 1988.
Don enjoyed bluegrass music, Western movies, NASCAR and traveling the country in his motorhome with his wife, dogs and grandsons.
Joanne, his wife of 70 years, survives him. Other survivors include daughter Susan Travis (Dwight); son Steven Lane; grandsons, Alan Travis (Elizabeth) and Ryan Travis (Terry); five great-grandchildren, Jeff, Jordan, Emlyn, Samantha, Noah; his sister Betty Mitchell and brother Roger Lane.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joe Lane and Kenneth Lane.
Burial will be at Smith Cemetery in Cascilla, on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. Those wishing to pay their respects are invited by the family to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to PAWSitively S.A.F.E. (pawssafe.org) or The American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.
Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Fynwever LeClair

Ruth Fynewever LeClair, age 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. at her home in Oxford.
Ruth was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Coopersville, Mich., to Gordon and Anna Fynewever. She married Armond (Lee) LeClair in 1950 and enjoyed 67 years of marriage and raising seven children. The family includes daughter Jennifer LeClair (James) of Albany, Ga.; daughter Paulette Haggerty (Mike) of Dallas; son Dan LeClair (Barbara) of Snellville, Ga.; son, Alan LeClair (Barbara) of Johnson City, Tenn.; daughter Renee Wilbourn (Rick) of Grenada; daughter Allison Johnson (Mike) of Dallas and son Tim LeClair (Stephanie) of Grenada; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and two granddaughters.
Ruth began her career as chief operator for General Telephone in the late 1940s prior to meeting and marrying Lee. Most of her career was being a homemaker and Mom. Ruth played the xylophone and organ. She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, cooking, playing Bridge, Pinochle and watching baseball.  Ruth was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church where she co-founded “The Knit Wits,” a prayer shawl knitting ministry.  Ruth will be remembered by her warm smile, generosity and grace. She will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to All Saints Episcopal Church Missions and Outreach.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

James W. Melton Jr.

Mr. James W. “Butch” Melton Jr., 75, of Holcomb, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Charleston to James W. and Christine Williams Melton. He was a retired plant manager with Randall Textron. He was a father, a brother, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a friend to many. If you were around long enough for him to nickname you, you were considered family. He was the kindest-hearted person you would ever meet. He would do without to make sure that everyone around him had everything they needed. It didn’t matter if you were blood kin or not, he would take anyone in and raise them as his own. He will be truly missed.
Funeral services were Thursday, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Shelly Scallions and the Rev. Damon Plummer officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery at Oxberry.
Survivors include two daughters, Arlene Brooks (Eddie) of Pope and Terry Schaefer (Walter Jr.) of Holcomb; two sisters, Donna Jean Burkhalter of Cascilla and Carol Dean Hargett of Charleston; two brothers, George Melton of Grenada and Paul Edward Williams of Hernando; an aunt Ruby Nell Williams of Cascilla; five grandchildren, Blake Rushing, Jacob Rushing, Laci Elliott, Casi Brooks and Kelsey Schaefer; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruby Melton; daughter Cindy Rushing and two sisters, Linda Hardy and Patricia Ann Stafford.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service, 662-307-2694.

Rubin McMillon

Funeral services for Rubin “Dump” McMillon of Durant, formerly of West, are Saturday at noon at New Life Christian Fellowship Church with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mr. McMillon, 83, died of natural causes on July 25, 2018, at Lexington Hospital in Lexington. He was born on Dec. 15, 1934, and enjoyed fishing.
Mr. McMillon is survived by his wife Ellen Marie McMillon of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Norris Donnell Washington

Norris Donnell Washington was born June 13, 1957, in Grenada to Beulah Odessa Washington Kinney.
Mr. Washington died at home on July 12, 2018, after a long struggle with cancer.
He was educated in the Grenada Public School System in Grenada. He was a talented athlete who played football until he graduated in 1976. On Aug. 6, 1976, Norris married his high school sweetheart Veronica Ann Amos. They had one child, Rodrick L. Washington. Mr. Washington worked as a butcher at Shaw Meat Co. for 15 years. He lost his beloved wife in 1998.
In 2005, he moved to Ardmore, Okla., to be closer to his two sisters and brothers-in-law. He was employed with Dollar General for the next five years. Norris loved fishing and the outdoors. He also loved spending time with family and friends. He was extremely happy to be able to travel back home to Mississippi this past June for one last visit.
Mr. Washington is survived by his son Roderick Washington; four sisters, Cassandra Washington Nash of Grenada, Georgia Clark and Rosie Knight of Ardmore, Okla., Emma Jackson of Clearwater, Fla.; three brothers, Oliver Wright of Grenada, He is also survived by four grandchildren and other loving relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice 207 C St. NW Ardmore, Ok, 73401 or to the charity of you choice. His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 11, at St. James Christ Ministry Church, 150 Harvey Street, Grenada.