Learline Sultan Abel, Armor Bridges Sr., Ed Counts Jr., Bettye R. Grantham, Cooper L. ‘Pete’ Miskelley, Joseph Wilson

Learline Sultan Abel

Mrs. Learline Sultan Abel, 88, of Grenada, passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at Grenada Living Center.
She was born June 19, 1930, in Grenada County to Fred Daniel and Bessie Hemphill Sultan. Learline had worked at Pennaco Hosiery, Walters’ Shoe Store and later in life operated a child care business. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Funeral services were Thursday at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Joey Faulk and the Rev. Brian Abel officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son E.G. Abel (Melody) of San Antonio, Texas; one sister Nannie Mae Reves (Harold) of Grenada; three grandchildren, Chrissy Arnold (Matthew) of Birmingham, Ala., Corey Woods of Coldwater and Dora Abel of San Antonio, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Austin Lott, Haiden Woods and Lacey Woods.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elijah Abel Jr.; daughter Nancy Abel Sultan; and three brothers, Algeon, Donald and Samuel Sultan.
Pallbearers were Brian Abel Jr., John Abel, Ricky Reves, Colby Sultan, Donnie Sultan and Jonathan Sultan.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service, (662-307-2694).

Armor Bridges Sr.

Graveside services for Armor Bridges Sr. of Grenada are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Bridges, 92, died at his home on Sept. 2, 2018. He was born on Jan. 29, 1926.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Ed Counts Jr.

MERIGOLD – Ed Counts Jr. age 86, of Merigold, Miss., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at the North Sunflower Hospital in Ruleville.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at the Memorial Gardens in Grenada. Brother Tim McCarter will officiate the services.
Ed was born on Aug. 23, 1932, to Ed and Hattie Sue (Lee) Counts in Schlater. He grew up in the Schlater area, and after high school he went into the United States Army in 1952 where he obtained the rank of corporal. Ed was a truck driver most of his life. He had worked for Pioneer Beef Processors in  Memphis for many years before retiring. Ed was an excellent woodworker, he enjoyed making picture frames and other wood projects. He was known as the “fix it man,” and when he did fix-it, the project was meticulously done. Ed also enjoyed singing and camping. He was of the Pentecostal Faith.
Ed married Betty Lou Dillinger Griffin-Counts on Aug. 7, 1993, in Cleveland, and his wife of 25 years survives him.
Other survivors include daughter Kathy Suellen Russell of Lexington, S.C.;  daughter Joni Lynn Davis of Thibodaux, La.;  step-daughter Cindy Dodd of Cleveland; step-daughter Debbie Smith of Merigold; step-son Keith Griffin of New Market, Ala.; step-son, Allen Griffin of Drew; sister Hattie Mae Winstead of Greenwood; brother John W. Counts of Carrollton; He also leaves a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to cherish his memory.
Pallbearers were Andrew Smith, Jackson Linebarger, Kimble Winstead, Steven Winstead, Kaleb Berry and Dalton Winstead.
Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Ballard, Reginald Peacock, John Counts and Curtis Counts.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284-0692; 1-800-242-8721.
Cleveland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The online guest book may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

Bettye R. Grantham

Funeral services for Bettye R. Grantham of Duck Hill are Saturday at 3 p.m. at Wilkins Chapel M. B. Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Grantham, 70, died of natural causes at her daughter’s home in Youngsville, La., on Sept. 5, 2018. She was born on Oct. 23, 1947.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Cooper L. ‘Pete’ Misskelley

Funeral services for Cooper L. “Pete” Misskelley of North Carrollton were Thursday at Carrollton Baptist Church in Carrollton, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.
Mr. Misskelley, 74, died at his home on Sept. 3, 2018. He was born on May 2, 1944, to Grady and Gladys Walters Misskelley.
He was a graduate of J.Z. George High School and got his start in music there with the school band. Pete was an entrepreneur, whose primary interests were land and timber sales. Always a public servant, Pete served as Carroll County Deputy Sheriff, a Carroll County Justice Court Judge for several terms, and a warden of the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility from 1999-2007.
A man of many talents, he loved music, and his performances at many functions, both formal and informal, entertained hundreds. Whether playing the drums, fronting for the band, or singing the solo “Blueberry Hill,” his magic touched everyone. Pete had a wide range of hobbies, including turkey hunting, fishing, woodworking, cooking, and reading. Among his favorite subjects for information and entertainment were novels and history, especially of the World War II Era, and anything related to health and medicine.
Pete was predeceased by his grandson Tyler Dean Marett; his parents and siblings, James William Misskelley, Carlene Woffard, Virginia Martin, Robert Cecil Misskelley and Grady Sanders Misskelley.
He is survived by his wife Cyril Dean Brownlow Misskelley; his daughters, Jennifer Marett, Mandy Whitfield, Patty Beck, and Susanna Mullins; nine grandchildren; one great grandson; and two sisters, Lura Kate Neal and Elizabeth Ann Jordan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Z. George High School Band Program (900 George Street, North Carrollton, MS  38947), the Carroll Academy Rebels Booster Club (P. O. Box 226, Carrollton, MS  38917), the Ronald McDonald House Charities (110 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL  60607 or www.rmhc.org); or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Lee Funeral Home in Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) handled arrangements.

Joseph Wilson

Funeral services for Joseph “Joe Bug” Wilson of Grenada are Saturday at 11 a.m at Greater Powell Chapel AME Church.
Mr. Wilson, 66, died on Aug. 31, 2018. He was born on March 18, 1952. Mr. Wilson was a self-employed plumber and contractor.  He was also a comedian who could sing and dance.
Mr. Wilson had a passion for cooking and loved to teach his family how to cook. He was known for always helping someone in need.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife Rosie Hale Wilson of Grenada; two daughters, Shaquita A. Starks of Memphis and Rachel R. Herelle of Los Angeles; two sons Dedric D. Starks of Memphis and Walter A. Davis;  six sisters, Maudie L. Wilson of Milwaukee, Lucy B. Crowder of San Diego, Ann Althea House and Matilda Jane Wilson, both of Grenada; the Rev, Shelia Wilson Freelon and Lynette Carol Wilson, both of Chicago;  and six brothers, George Henry Wilson, Sr. of Fresno, Calif., David Wilson Jr., Talmadge Ellis Wilson, and Norma Haze Wilson, all of Milwaukee, Lee Russell Wilson of Lancaster, Calif., and Marvin D. Wilson of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.