Ruth Brooks Moss, Billy Ray Philley, Janie Chapman Wood

Ruth Brooks Moss

Mrs. Ruth Brooks Moss, 95, of Grenada, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at Grenada Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grenada.
She was born April 9, 1923, in Rhode Island to Harry Augustus and Gertrude Artman Brooks. Mrs. Moss was a devoted homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church where she taught the three year-old Sunday school class for over 68 years. She also served our country in the WAVES, which was a women’s branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II. It was during this time she met her husband Harold Moss, while stationed in Pensacola, Fla. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage until his death in 2009.
Funeral services were Monday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with Dr. John Boler and Dr. Jim Nunnelee officiating. Interment was in the Grenada Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Moss Williams of Grenada; two sons, Brooks Moss (Barbara) of Grenada and John Moss (Peggy) of Zachary, La.; six grandchildren, Stacy Moss Daves, Brandon Moss, Barry Moss, Lisa Williams Brooks, Ben Moss and Kelly Moss; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Moss; two sisters, Dorothy Melnyk and Elsie Sambor; and three brothers, Harry E. Brooks, Norman F. Brooks and Kenny Brooks.
Pallbearers were Stacy Daves, Barry Moss, Ben Moss, Brandon Moss, Kennon Moss and Scott Moss.
Memorials may be directed to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church, Grenada.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Billy Ray Philley

Billy Ray Philley Jr. 56, of Grenada, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at University Medical Center in Grenada.
Services were Sunday at Grenada Church of God. The Rev. James McElroy officiated. Interment was in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Carroll County.
Billy was born in Greenwood on Dec. 17, 1961, to Billy Ray Philley and Shirley Ellis Tackett. He was a 1980 graduate of Greenwood High School and attended Mississippi Delta Community College. Billy was a member of Grenada Church of God, where he served as an usher, and for three years, he preached at Harmony Baptist Church.
Billy enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and served his country for 20 years. He was a First Sergeant E8 MSG and served as a chaplain in the military. Through his military service he received numerous medals and honors. He was a non-commissioned officer, taught at Camp McCain, was a weapons specialist and also taught weapons classes. He served in the Military Police and was a dispatcher for the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, and a policeman for the City of Southaven Police Department.
In addition to his law enforcement career, he had worked for Coca-Cola. He was a gifted writer and was known on social media for his “Coffee and Prayers” posts. He was a source of encouragement and inspiration to all who read them. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Gladys Philley, and Buck and Maybell Ellis.
He is survived by his wife Cindy Harvey Philley of Grenada; daughters, Nikki Philley of Grenada, Morgan Hardison of Dallas, and Elise Philley of Grenada; parents, Billy Ray and Jeanette Philley of Greenwood and T.J. and Shirley Ellis Tackett of Black Hawk; sister Phoebe Philley of Greenwood; step-brother Jimmy Twitchell of Hattiesburg; step-sisters, Amy Tackett of Greenwood and Staci Tackett of Batesville; step-daughters, Nadia Lary of Memphis, Memrie McGovern of Lakeland, Tenn., and Danielle Matthews of Madison; and eight grandchildren, Josh Philley, Sarah McKinney, Karli McKinney, Clark Wade, Ben McGovern Jr., Knox Matthews, Livi Matthews and Livy Hardison.
Pallbearers were Doug Walker, Robbie McCellan, Bubba Chrismond, James Lester Jr., Keith Carver and John Willcoxon.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Military rites were conducted by Kessler-Hamrick-Gillespie American Legion Post 29 Honor Guard.
Wilson & Knight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at

Janie Chapman Wood

Mrs. Janie Wynn Chapman Wood, 83, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada.
She was born Dec. 3, 1934, in Grenada County to Eula and Courtney Cunningham Chapman. Mrs. Wood retired as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Grenada. Janie was the epitome of a Southern lady. Her sweet smile was contagious, and she always took great joy in Christian service to others. There was never a time she didn’t have her grandchildren on her mind, and was always ready to share about the latest happenings in their lives with anyone she encountered. Janie always enjoyed shopping for clothes and had a sharp eye for fashion. While her outward beauty was always evident, her inner beauty was always shining through with her positive attitude and giving heart. She loved the Lord and taught her family to always look to God for everything.
In her later years, as her health declined, the unconditional love that Sykes and Janie had for each other was so evident in the care and devotion that was provided to her. Janie’s strength through adversity and her love for Christ are two things that will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were Monday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Dr. Jim Nunnelee and Dr. John Boler officiating. Interment was in the Smith Cemetery in the Rosebloom Community of Tallahatchie County.
Survivors include Sykes Wood, her husband of 62 years; two daughters, Anita Jo Byrd and her husband Joe of Jackson, Tenn., and Leta Lanell Wood of Nashville; two grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth Byrd and Charles Lambert Byrd; two sisters, Mabel Martin and Sue Clark, both of Holcomb; and two brothers, Robert Chapman of Arizona and Butch Chapman of Holcomb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Lilly Mae Perkins and one brother E.W. Chapman.
Pallbearers were Charles Lambert Byrd, Joe H. Byrd Jr., Steve Wood Couch, Marshall Wade Estes, Bobby Heath and Curtis Turner.
Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, Grenada, or the Smith Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).