Olivia Jean Austin, Pearlie H. Brown, Richard Taylor Campbell, Ethel L. Crockett, Mattie Edwards Keeler, Linda Ralston Melton, Cecil Gibson Melton, Lynn Upshaw, Eddie ‘Chank’ Willis, Rosie L. Hartman-Wilson, Willie W. Windham, G.T. Wright

Olivia Jean Austin

Olivia “Jean” Austin, 73, died Aug. 26, 2018, at Methodist University Hospital.
She was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Grenada. Survivors include daughters Penny Peeples and Amy Carr-Turnpaugh; son Doug Austin, all residents of Memphis; brother George Johnson of West Memphis and sister Mae DeShields of Memphis.
Services were Wednesday at Forest Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park – East.

Pearlie H. Brown

Funeral services for Pearlie H. Brown of Grenada are Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship Church with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown died at her home on Aug. 24, 2018. She was born on Feb. 17, 1944.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Richard Taylor Campbell

Richard Taylor Campbell, 9, of Coffeeville, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada.
He was born Jan. 23, 2009, in Oxford to Troy Taylor Campbell and Kristy Melton Campbell. Taylor was a third grade student at Grenada Elementary School and attended First Baptist Church in Coffeeville. An avid outdoorsman, Taylor loved to hunt and fish. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Funeral services were Thursday at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with the Rev. Craig Baker and the Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Troy and Kristy Campbell of Coffeeville; four brothers, Josh Campbell, Blayne Baker, Payton Campbell and Bryant Campbell, all of Coffeeville; one sister, Krystle Harris of Grenada; and his aunts, Annice Kyle, Sheila Pinnix, Harriet Campbell and Kim Ayers.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Clarice Campbell and Charlie Melton; and a special uncle, Ronnie Campbell.
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.

Ethel L. Crockett

Funeral services for Ethel L. “Goat” Crockett of Duck Hill, formerly of Kilmichael, are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wilkins Chapel Church with burial in Binford Cemetery.
Mrs. Crockett, 85, died of natural causes at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Aug. 25, 2018. She was born on April 26, 1933. Mrs Crockett was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing quilts.
Mrs. Crockett is survived by three daughters, Ann Herrod and Phyllis Oliver, both of Grenada, and Teressie Matthews of Warner Robins, Ga.; son, Leon Crockett Jr. of Duck Hill; five sisters, Lydia M. Hymond of Williamston, N.C., Sallie Nash of Highland Park, N.J., Kathleen Wiggins of Brunswick, N.J., Lucy M. Chy of Carrollton, and Bertha M. Raliff of Duck Hill; three brothers, Walter B. Davis of California, Fred Davis of Joliet, Ill., and Jim Earl Davis of Duck Hill.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Edwards Keeler

Funeral Services for Mattie Lee Edwards Keeler are Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Winona Baptist Church.
Mrs. Keeler, 71, of Coffeeville, died Aug. 26, 2018, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
She is survived by her husband John Keeler of Coffeeville; three sons, Gary Keeler of Madison, Gabriel Keeler of Southaven and Vinci Keeler, Hattiesburg; daughter, Vanessa Keeler of Oxford; brothers, O’Neal Edwards Jr. and Eddie Joe Edwards of Detroit, Alvin Edwards, Elyria, Ohio; sisters, Obbie Della Woods and O’reva Marzette of Detroit, Celestine Luckett of Southaven, Tracy Edwards of Winona, Barbara Hunter of Douglasville, Ga. Beverly Bobb of Jonesboro, Ga.; seven grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday from 3 to 7:00 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church and Saturday from 10 until 10:55 a.m. at Winona Baptist Church.
To view and sign the online guest register, visit: www.robertsandsonsmortuary.com.
Roberts and Sons Mortuary is in charge.

Linda Ralston Melton

Mrs. Linda Carol Ralston Melton, 67, of Gulfport, formerly of Grenada, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.
She was born Nov. 15, 1950. to Robert Elton and Dorothy Earline Melton Ralston. Mrs. Melton was a devoted homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother who set a wonderful Christian example for her family. Linda was a member of First Baptist Church – Gulfport.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. Rick Carter officiating. Interment will follow in the Grenada Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday all at McKibben and Guinn.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years Donald Melton; three daughters, Kristen Perry of Grenada, Shannon McCully (Drew) of Birmingham and Lauren Melton of Gulfport; one son Richie Melton (Angela) of Gulfport; one sister Reba Matthews (Jody) of Grenada; two brothers, Larry Ralston (Jo) of Grenada and James Ralston (Dorinda) of Hattiesburg; and nine grandchildren, Devin Blackwelder, Dallas Dauwer, Colton Perry, Zachary Dauwer, Landon Perry, Hannah McCully, Hailee McCully, Kayman Melton and Kinsley Melton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Dusty Blackwelder, Dallas Dauwer, Zachary Dauwer, Tyler Gore, Kaymon Melton, Colton Perry and Landon Perry.
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.

Cecil Gibson Russell

Cecil Gibson Russell, 71, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Grenada.
He was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Cincinnati to Cecil and Carrie Lillian Gibson Russell. Cecil had worked for many years as a hospital administrator across Mississippi.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Clancy Sohn (Lyle) of Grenada and Lauren White (Scott) of Brandon; two sons, Dale Russell (Dawn) of Madison and Hunter Russell of Waveland; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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.

Lynn Upshaw

Graveside services for Lynna Upshaw of Coffeeville are Saturday at 3 p.m. at Coffeeville Cemetery.
Ms. Upshaw, 45, died at UMMC-Grenada on Aug. 28, 2018. She was born on Sept. 21, 1972.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Eddie ‘Chank’ Willis

Eddie “Chank” Willis, a noted American musician, died peacefully at home on Aug. 20, 2018.
Mr. Willis was born June 3, 1936, in Grenada County and resided near Gore Springs.
Mr. Willis played electric guitar for Motown Records in-house studio band, The Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. He was known for his signature style of muted guitar riffs that added a distinctive tone or “color” to the beat, often timed with the snare drum. He played on hundreds of hit songs recorded at Hitsville USA for Motown artists. Mr. Willis also played on an album for Phil Collins that featured Motown and 1960s soul classics, Going Back
Mr. Willis received numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, the highest honor given in American music. The Grammys, including one for Lifetime Achievement, were related to the critically-acclaimed documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. He also received the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in Music, was awarded the key to the City of Grenada and had a county road named in his honor. The Funk Brothers were awarded a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his sister Mary Willis.
His survivors include by his wife Rosemary, two sons, Micheal Willis of Detroit and Rroice Willis of Gore Springs; three daughters, Terez Willis of Redford, Mich., Julie Brock of Houston, Texas, and Kristy Young of London, England. His legacy includes grandchildren: Talia, Christopher, London, Fairen, Steve Austin, Oliver Jason, Kimberly, Ashley, Dewan, Lakesha, Nakisha, Micheal, Ravin, and Zakiraha; one great-grandchild Kason.
He is also survived by his siblings, Mamie Ledbetter, Juantia Willis, Linda Faye Evans, Felecia Ann Hughes, Cheryl Wilson (Norman), Thomas Willis (Mary), Eddie Lee Willis (Tanya), and Charles Willis (Mozelle), and special friend Hattie Mae Hankins, Geneva Brown, Wardeen Butler, Vatimon Holman, Dennis Willis; sister-in-law Eileen Totzel and a host of nieces nephews, cousins, and many special friends.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at Washington St, Church of Christ. Visitation is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Hughes and Sons Funeral Home.

Rosie L. Hartman-Wilson

Funeral services for Rosie L. Hartman-Wilson of Grenada, formerly of Chicago, are Saturday at 3 p,m. at Greater Pine Hill M. B. Church with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Hartman-Wilson, 57, died of natural causes at Grenada Living Center on Aug. 27, 2018. She was born on Oct. 3, 1960. Mrs. Hartman-Wilson enjoyed crotcheting, jewelry making, and cooking.
Mrs. Hartman-Wilson is survived by her son Willie Hartman of Southaven; four sisters, Pearlie Simmons and Ethel Lee, both of Grenada, Mary Ann Jones of Las Vegas, and Lorene Hartman of Chicago; and brother, Frank Hartman.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Willie W. Windham

Willie W. Windham, 83, of Southaven, formerly of Grenada, died Aug. 26, 2018, in Southaven.
He was born April 7, 1935, in Leflore County to Vernon Otho and Ida Blakely Windham. He graduated from Gore Springs High School. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He later worked for Mississippi Power & Light Co. from 1957-1994. Mr. Windham enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and hunting, flea markets (even having his own stall for a while). Willie also loved to tinker on anything that needed to be fixed (many times it was something he himself had broken). “Sometimes” he didn’t quite finish his projects. He attended Leflore Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church.
Funeral services were Wednesday at McKibben & Guinn Funeral Service. Interment was in Red Hill Cemetery in Duck Hill.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years Mary Ethel Hardwick Windham; son Greg Windham (Mar-g) of Hernando; two daughters, Cheryl Hope (Randy) of Oxford and Brenda Hammer (John), eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers, James Windham and Dudley Windham of Grenada, and one sister Barbara Nail (Buddy) of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Windham and Vernon Windham; sisters, Sue Dogan and Azilene Rayburn and grandchildren, Taylor and Tyler Windham.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, 662-307-2694.

G.T. Wright

Funeral services for G.T. Wright of Holcomb, formerly of Charleston, are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Union Grove M.B. Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wright, 57, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Aug. 25, 2018. He was born on April 10, 1961. Mr. Wright was an auto mechanic and worked for Kirk Auto and Earl McKay.
Mr. Wright is survived by his mother Lula B. Wright of Charleston; his wife Gloria Govan Wright of Holcomb; daughter Tiquilla A. McDowell of Holcomb; eight sisters, Verna Wright of Detroit, Vernice McKelpin of Chicago, Peggy Totten of Memphis, Lula Ervin, Brenda Wilson, Glenda Hodges, Linda Hodges and Codie Holman, all of Charleston; five brothers, Charles Wright of Freeport, Ill., Richard Wright of Tupelo, Roger Wright, Timothy Wright and Michael Holman, all of Charleston.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.