Margaret Cox Benson, Arlen Wayne Gober, Dr. John Davis ‘Dinky’ Harper, Evelyn Nelson Huffman, Kenneth Eugene Manuel Jr.

Margaret Cox Benson

Margaret Cox Benson, 76, a beautician, died Saturday, Sept, 29, 2018, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital North Miss. in Oxford.
Born May 4, 1942, in Grenada, she was the daughter of William Mason Cox and Ollie Lee Simpson Cox.
Survivors include Donald Ray Benson, her husband of 55 years; daughter Carla Benson Christian of Brandon; sister, Mary Frances Williams of Springfield, Va.; brother William Lafayette Cox of Southaven. She is preceded in death by her son Don Benson.
Visitation is Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Charleston from 10 to 11 a.m.; services will be at 11 a.m. at the Baptist Church.
Interment will be at the Charleston Cemetery with Womble Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Arlen Wayne Gober

Arlen Wayne Gober, 74, of Grenada, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.

Dr. John Davis ‘Dinky’ Harper

Dr. John Davis “Dinky” Harper passed away on Sept. 26, 2018, at the age of 89.
Services were Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada, officiated by Dr. Brent Barker. Burial was at the family plot at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Harper Arnold, Taylor Arnold, Brooke Burkhalter, Carlie Godwin, Brian Jones and Taylor McElroy served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included Dynamite Kirk, Bo Breland, Charlie Breland and the deacons of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Dr. Harper was born in Grenada on March 9, 1929, the son of the late Buck and Laura Harper, and he graduated from Grenada High School in 1947. Among his high school honors were being named captain of the football team, president of his class, Mr. Grenada High School and also a National Honor Society Member.
After graduation, John attended Delta Community College on a football-baseball scholarship. After only one year in college, the Korean War interrupted his studies as he was drafted into the Army. He served in Germany as part of the NATO Forces in the Twenty Ninth Field Artillery Battalion.
Upon honorable discharge from the military in 1952, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi. After completing his pre-dental requirements, he was accepted into dental school at the University of Tennessee. Following graduation from UT in 1957, he returned to his hometown of Grenada where he practiced for 37 years.
In the community, Dr. Harper served as PTA president, Little League Baseball president, and a member of the Grenada County Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, V.F.W., and Ole Miss Alumni Association. He was also involved in the Mississippi Dental Association and was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. His most cherished membership was always his church, Emmanuel Baptist. He taught Sunday school for over 40 years and served as a deacon as well as other various committees.
Dr. Harper was an avid golfer, belonging to Grenada Country Club, Mississippi Seniors Golf Association and the Delta Area Senior Golfers. When asked about the caliber of his golf game, he would reply, “I hit it, and if I can find it, I hit again!” Actually, he had a 10 handicap at the age of 75.
Dr. Harper was quick to tell you that his greatest accomplishment was marrying a beautiful 22-year-old named Sally Lane, and this exquisite love affair continued for 68 years. He is survived by his wife Sally, daughters Cathy Godwin (Carlie) and Robin Jones (Brian) all of Starkville; Dr. Harper “a.k.a Pawpaw” was devoted to his grandchildren: Harper Arnold and Taylor Arnold of Starkville; Candice Brown (Curt) of Fairhope, Ala.; Lindsey Burkhalter (Brooke) of Starkville; Melissa Godwin of Guntersville, Ala.; Patrick Jones of Birmingham; Erin McElroy (Taylor) of Birmingham; Sarah Beth Phelps (Cole) of Hernando. His great-grandchildren include Isabella and Gabrielle Brown; Ayden, Rollins and Crews Burkhalter; Edie Godwin; and Morgan, Mahlon and Jacob McElroy. He is also survived by his brother Bobby Harper (Jo) of Columbus.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Harper is preceded in death by his son David Harper; sisters Betty Ruth Carpenter, Peggy Hough, and Ruby Harper; brothers Dale, Bill and Jack Harper.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the building fund at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada, MS, or First Baptist Church in Starkville, MS.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Evelyn Nelson Huffman

Mrs. Evelyn Nelson Huffman, 93, of Holcomb, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Charleston to Riley and Lelo Gray Nelson. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Huffman was also a cattle farmer and operated commercial poultry houses for many years.
Funeral services were Monday at Bethel Baptist Church in the Oxberry Community of Grenada County with the Rev. Millard Caulder officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son Jimmy Huffman of Arkansas and a grandson Tim Murphree of Tippo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James “Peck” Huffman; daughter Judy Murphree; son Charles Edward “Sonny” Huffman; and two sisters, Janie Lilly and Lizzie Bess Young.
Pallbearers were Nathaniel Caulder, Travis Frazier, Mike Moncrief, Alex Smith, Keith Smith and Greg Staten.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).
Kenneth Eugene Manuel Jr.
Kenneth Eugene Manuel Jr., 49, of Grenada died Sept. 26, 2018, at Grenada Living Center.
Mr. Manuel was born March 12, 1969, in Lambert, Miss., to Kenneth Manuel and Mary Cox Manuel of Grenada. He is proceeded in death by his father. Along with his mother, he is survived by a brother Keith Manuel of Corinth, and two sisters Dianne Manuel Mills and Kristin Manuel, both of Grenada; five nieces, one great-nephew and one great-niece.
Arrangements are incomplete. Skeeter Robinson Funeral Home is in charge.