Grace ‘Cathy’ Austin, Betty Gibson Bovee, Carl W. Clark Jr., Melvin L. Boyd, Leler Mae Cox, Jerome ‘JJ’ James, LTC Mary Ann Ngofa-Jones, Warner C. Kennington, Bobby W. Lyons, Olga H. Shiver, Cynthia Bailey Tubbs

Grace ‘Cathy’ Austin

Grace Catherine “Cathy” Austin, 60, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. at her residence.
She was born Nov. 9, 1957, to C.E. and Florence Adams Milam. She had spent most of her working life in retail management.
A memorial service was held Thursday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. John Meeks officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Dave Milam of Pearl, Ken Milam of Grenada and Jason Vance of Grenada; her mother Florence Milam of Grenada; two sisters, Judy Collins and Rita Williamson, both of Grenada; one brother Frank Milam of Grenada; two grandchildren, Bryson Vance and Junior Milam; and one great-grandchild Sawyer Milam.
She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Jack Milam and Curtis Milam, III.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Betty Lou Gibson Bovee

Betty Lou (Gibson) Bovee, 63, lost her battle with cancer and went to her heavenly home, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Survivors include her daughter Lisa Sanders of Oxford and her sister, Marilyn Gibson Little of Grenada.
A visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1 p.m., also at Coleman Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church (50 Cr. 435, Oxford).
A private memorial service will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Carl Wilson Clark Jr.

Carl Wilson Clark Jr. was born in the Sparta Community of Holcomb on Oct. 21, 1942, to Carl Wilson Clark and Martha Goodson Clark. He passed away on Oct. 17, 2018, in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Carl attended Holcomb Elementary School, Benford High School, Warren Easton High School (NOLA) and graduated from Grenada High School. During his attendance at Warren Easton, he was fortunate to be sent to Tulane University for training for the deaf, including lip reading and voice control.
After graduation he was employed by Bausch and Lomb Optical Laboratory and attended the Southern College of Optometry on their tuition program. As Dr. Clark, optometrist, he opened Sears’ first optical shop in Nashville. For several years he continued opening optical shops for Sears throughout the Southeast.
Carl was multi-talented, building his own poolside furniture from PVC pipe, upholstering automobiles and yachts, sewing awnings, pillows and bandanas for his part-time shopping center business in Florida. His real passion, restoring cars, started when, as a teen, he built a 1940 Ford from parts. This passion continued throughout his life.
Carl was predeceased by his grandparents, Luther L. and Emma Mullen Clark and Roy S. and Mary Gattis Goodson; his father, Carl Wilson Clark; and his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Anthony and Eva Clark.
Survivors include his wife Jay; his mother Martha Goodson Clark of Hernando; his sisters, Dallygene Reeves of Hernando and Mignon Clark Backstrom of Owensboro, Ky.; sons, Carl Wilson Clark III (Pam) of Saucier and Joel Clark of Florida; and grandchildren Anthony Wayne, Valerie, Steven and Chad.
Visitation will be at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The funeral service will follow at 12:30. Burial will follow at the Sparta Cemetery in Holcomb.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Melvin Lewis Boyd

Deacon Melvin Lewis Boyd, 61, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
Mr. Boyd was born Feb. 4, 1957, to the late Pat Neal and Hattie Boyd. He was a native of Greenwood and served as a faithful deacon at Traveler’s Rest M.B. Church. He has been married to Gloria Boyd for 30 years, and they have two daughters, Ashley and Brittany Boyd.
Visitation for Mr. Boyd will be Friday at Traveler’s Rest M.B. Church from 1 to 6 p.m. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m.,also at Traveler’s Rest and his internment will follow at Traveler’s Rest Cemetery.
Townes Funeral Home in charge.

Leler Mae Cook Cox

Funeral services for Leler Mae Cook Cox of Grenada, formerly of Black Hawk, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Black Hawk Baptist Church Cemetery in Black Hawk.
Bryan Lott will officiate the services.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from noon until service time.
Mrs. Cox, 86, was a homemaker and a former employee of Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Greenwood. She was a member of Black Hawk Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby Ray Cox; and two daughters, Gloria Timbs and Judy Echols.
Survivors include her daughter Dotty Elder of Slidell, La.; son Bobby Ray Cox Jr. of Black Hawk; sister Bertie Ellis of Kosciusko; seven grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( is handling arrangements.

Samuel ‘Sonny’ Dowdle

Funeral services for Samuel L. “Sonny“ Dowdle, 83, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada. Burial will follow in Grenada Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.
Sonny died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Grace Health & Rehab in Grenada. He was born on Dec. 21, 1934, in Grenada and was the son of the late Gaston Dowdle and Jnettie Emmons Dowdle.
Sonny was worked for many years as a plumber.  He was also a veteran of of the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lena Mae Pickle Dowdle; and one brother G.W. “Buddy“ Dowdle.
He is survived by daughter Brenda Dowdle Mooneyham (Joe) of Grenada; two sons, Sam Dowdle (Tracie) and John Dowdle, both of Grenada; one sister, Virginia Rutland (Billy) of Grenada; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be made on the website at
Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerome C. ‘JJ’ James

Funeral services for Jerome C. “JJ” James of Grenada are Friday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Herman AME Church with burial at Veteran’s Cemetery in Kilmichael.
Mr. James, 61, died on Oct. 15, 2018. He was born on Sept. 7, 1957. Mr. James was an honorable veteran and carpenter. He enjoyed playing chess, poker and fishing.
Mr. James is survived by his wife Janice James of Memphis;  four daughters, Megan Gray, Serena Gray, Jessica Gray and India Vester, all of Memphis;  three sons, Brandon Gray, Corry Gray, both of Memphis, and Jerome James Jr. of Tacoma, Wash.; one brother Sell James Jr. of Chattanooga.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at

LTC Mary Ann Ngofa-Jones

LTC Mary Ann Ngofa-Jones, 54, of Lorton, Va., died Oct.18, 2018.
A Grenada native, she is survived by her husband Kenneth W. Jones and children Chastity Dandre, Chloe Jones, Kenneth Jones Jr., Enuolare Ngofa, Josiah Jones and Jared Jones; siblings, James Roby and Don Roby.  She was preceded in death by her parents Mose Roby and Easter Roby and her siblings Effie Roby and Mose Roby Jr.
Mary proudly served in the United States Army for over 20 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel. She continued to work for the Department of the Army as an Acquisition Program Manager. Mary was an ordained minister who served the Lord in many ways with a passion for ministering to children.She and her husband pastored at Practical Living Ministries in Woodbridge. She was also a talented public speaker, enjoyed hosting events, and traveling with her family.
The family will receive friends at the Reconciliation Community Church, 14654 Joplin Road, Manassas, Va., on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m.
Interment with full Army honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home is in charge.

Warner Crawford Kennington

Services were Wednesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Columbia for Warnie Crawford Kennington, 83, of Columbia, who died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at his residence.
A native of Jackson, Warnie was a registered architect whose career spanned from Jackson to Grenada and Starkville, where he retired.
Warnie was devoted to Jacque, his wife of 61 years, and seldom spent time away from her. Warnie served unselfishly in the Kiwanis Club in each town he lived.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warnie and Wilma Stillions Kennington; and two brothers, William “Bill” Kennington and Robert “Bob” Kennington.
Other than his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Leigh Berry of Columbia and Hal1ie Kennington of Canton; two brothers, Roy Kennington of Lake Mary, Fla., and Bruce Kennington of Ocean City, Md.; sister Hallie Hull of Tuscaloosa; two grandchildren, one foster grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations can be made to the “Christmas for Kids” program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Columbia, 107 Walter Payton Drive #124, Columbia, MS 39429.
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at

Bobby W. Lyons

Funeral services for Bobbie W. Lyons of Coffeeville are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Mount Moriah Association Building with burial in Coffeeville Cemetery.
Mrs. Lyons, 60, died on Oct. 19, 2018. She was born on Feb. 21, 1958. Mrs. Lyons was a homemaker and  enjoyed cooking and taking care of her grandchildren.
Mrs. Lyons is survived by two daughters, Debbie D. Willis and Charlene Lyons, both of Coffeeville; two sisters, Sarah Harris of Memphis and Mary Francis Smith of Coffeeville; and three brothers, Tommie Lee Willis of Rockford, Ill., Robert Lee Willis and Louis Willis Jr., both of Coffeeville.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at

Olga H. Shiver

Mrs. Olga Holzheimer Shiver, 88, of Coffeeville, passed away Wednesday, Oct, 24, 2018 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.
She was born April 16, 1930, in Sandberg, Germany, to Emil and Bernhardine Koth Holzheimer. She was a devoted homemaker who took great pride in gardening, growing flowers and cooking for her family. She also thoroughly enjoyed swimming and did so at every opportunity. Mrs. Shiver was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grenada where a funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.  Interment will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.
Survivors include two daughters, Margareta Dotson (Donnie) and Yvonne Shiver, both of Coffeeville; one son David R. Shiver Jr. (Cathy), of Batesville; five grandchildren, Michael Haas (Amanda), Jennifer LeBlanc (Robert), Jason Solis, Joshua Solis and David R. Shiver III; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband David R. Shiver; daughter Linda Geeslin; and siblings, Rita Koth, Friedrick Holzheimer, Leo Holzheimer, Elisabeth Rothhaar and Ann Ricker.
Pallbearers will be Dominick Crocker, Donnie Dotson, Andrew Haas, Michael Haas, Robert LeBlanc, David Shiver Jr., David Shiver III and Joshua Solis. Honorary pallbearers will be Zek Crocker and Tri Homan.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Cynthia Bailey Tubbs

Cynthia Kay Bailey Tubbs, 68, was called home by the Lord Jesus Christ on Oct. 13, 2018, at her residence in Sulphur, La.
Mrs. Tubbs was born on Jan. 15, 1950, in Batesville to the late Benjamin Travis and Margaret Maxine (Sullivan) Bailey. She was a kind, faithful Christian member of Celebration Worship Church in Sulphur. Mrs. Tubbs was a dedicated tender-hearted wife and very loving, attentive mother with a fun sense of humor. Cynthia’s beautiful smile gave everyone that knew her a warm feeling. Her sons could not have asked for a better mom. She will live forever in our hearts and treasured memories. Cynthia loved nature and enjoyed watching red cardinals. As a woman of integrity, Cynthia will be greatly missed by her friends around town and family. Much love always!
Survivors include her husband of 43 years James Ronald Tubbs of Sulphur, La.; her son and daughter-in-law Ronald Brandon and Kay Louise Tubbs of Louisville, Ky.; her granddaughter Marissa Kay Fontenot; her son Phillip Bryan Tubbs of Louisville, Ky.; four sisters, Sharon Bailey Ross of Grenada, July Montgomery Crowder (Bill) of Jackson, Jeannie Montgomery Fortier (Fred) of Ripley and Julie Bailey Cupit (Eddie) of Grenada; along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Cynthia in Sulphur, La., at a later date. Graveside services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenadaat a later date. A luncheon for family and friends will follow the graveside at 333 Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Celebration Worship Church in Sulphur, LA.