John Dewitt Clemons, Odave Collins, Martha S. Parker, Paul Anthony Portera, Jack H. Speir

John Dewitt Clemons

Funeral services for John Dewitt Clemons, 78, of Grenada, were Sunday at Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Grenada Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Clemons died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at the Grenada Health and Rehab.
He was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Grenada and was the son of the late Talmadge Dewitt Clemons and Mattie Gray Clemons.
Mr. Clemons ran a service station and farmed. He was a member of Hardy Baptist Church and served in the National Guard.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley Ruth Clemons; one daughter Vickie Lynn Province; and four sisters, Lura Bell Donahoe, Betty Cummins, Jewell Gatlin and Linda Nell McWilliams.
He is survived by one son John Alan Clemons of Grenada; one brother Eddie Clemons of Blythville, Ark.; sister Carol Clemons of Grenada; one granddaughter Perry Clemons and two grandsons, Hayden Province and Heath Province.
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Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Odave Collins

Funeral services for Odave Collins, 88, of Pope, formerly of Grenada, are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Grenada Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.
Mr. Collins died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. at his home.
He was born on Sept. 6, 1929, in Grenada, Mississippi and was the son of the late David Franklin Collins and Pairlee Compton Collins.
Odave worked for many years as a construction supervisor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Alma Hazel Collins; two sisters, Katie Harville and Dorothy Harville; and five brothers, D.F. Collins Jr., Raymond Collins, Royce Collins, Noble Collins and Bobby Lee Collins.
Mr. Collins is survived by one daughter Darlene Taylor of Oakland, Tenn.; three sons, Ronnie Collins (Jeanette) of Pope, Joel Collins (Vicki) of Winona and Odie Collins (Teresa) of Coldwater; one sister Kathleen Tilghman of Grenada; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
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Martha S. Parker

Martha S. Parker, 91, of Coffeeville, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at the Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.

Paul Anthony Portera

Paul Anthony Portera of Grenada died Aug. 19, 2018, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Paul was born Jan. 1, 1953, in West Point, and was the first baby of the new year.  He was preceded in death by his father Anthony Joseph Portera, his mother Dallie Sanders Portera, and his brothers, Dr. Joe Portera and Dr. Louis Portera.
He was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church where he served on the Little Saints’ Preschool Board of Directors and volunteered at the church’s Food Pantry as well as St. Nicholas’ Treasure Chest every Christmas. He was also a long-standing member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Paul graduated from West Point High School and Mississippi State University. He received his master’s degree from the University of Alabama and completed post graduate study at the University of Mississippi. He was an avid Crimson Tide football fan although he wore a lucky green, rather than crimson, shirt to watch every football game.
He was the youngest principal hired in the West Point School District and was principal in West Point and Grenada for 38 years. He also served as Personnel Director for the Grenada School District and was named Outstanding Educator in Mississippi. As a principal of Grenada Elementary, his school was named by BusinessWeek as the Top Rural Elementary School in the United States.
Among his many positive traits were fairness and excellence as he led a superlative educational staff to whom he conveyed his expectations and then left them alone to do their best. He was known as a steadfast source of honor and for his unwavering support and generosity to his staff and to his family.
Exemplifying his motto, Sempre Famiglia (Family Forever), he was most proud of his wife Eloise Wyman Portera to whom he was married for 35 years; four children and grandchildren: Stark Hayden (Kelly), Atlanta; Paige Logan (Skip), Bowling Green, Ky.; Molly Portera, Ridgeland, Miss.; Lee Karen Portera Dambo (Bio), Memphis; grandchildren: Anna Grace Hayden, Stark Andrew Hayden, Vaiden Logan, Caleb Logan, John Stark Logan, Catherine Logan and Remi Dambo.  He also leaves two brothers: John Cangelosi of West Point and Dr. Mack Portera (Olivia) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Celebrating continuity of family memories and recipes, Paul compiled Sempre Famiglia, a cookbook of favorite tales and Italian recipes from his 10 aunts and uncles, all first-generation Americans. He was an admirable Italian cook and loved celebrating his birthday by making cannolis with family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Grenada with the Rev. Joshua Messick officiating. Inurnment of the ashes in the church columbarium will follow the service. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to All Saints’ Church Food Pantry, (P. O. Box 345, Grenada, MS 38902-0345) or to the charity of one’s choice.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service, Grenada, Mississippi.

Jack H. Speir

Jack H. Speir, 96, of Grenada died Aug. 15, 2018, in Grenada.
He was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Coffeeville to Robert Lee and Elizabeth Bessie Denley Speir. He was a farmer, self-employed business owner, a member of First Baptist Church, an Army veteran, member of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.
Graveside services were Saturday at Oddfellows Cemetery in Grenada.
Survivors include his wife Betsy Speir; daughter Ann Wilde (Tony) of Germantown and grandchild Alexander John Wilde.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Reginald Speir and Robert Speir.
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Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.