Robert C. Bates, Albert Dewey Moorman, Horace Allen Simpson, Jennifer M. Sprouse, Deborah K. Wilfong

Robert C. Bates

Robert C. Bates passed away on July 7, 2019, at home in his sleep.

Bobby was born in Jackson on July 24, 1956, to John and Louise Bates, but he spent most of his life in Memphis.

He is survived by his wife of many years Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone Bates of Eads, Tenn., and his daughter Neely Anne Bryan (Cole) of West Point. He is also survived by his brother Johnny Bates (Robin) of Grenada and sister Dianne Biddy (Bobby) of Grenada.

Bobby was a business man dealing primarily in real estate. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals, regularly bringing abandoned dogs back home. He also enjoyed reading the Wall Street Journal, fishing, late afternoons on his mower, and he loved to LAUGH – his laugh would light up any room. He was truly one-of-a-kind; a hilarious character who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held on Friday July 19, at Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter, 5122 Old Tibbee Rd, West Point, MS 39773 or Neely’s Ark,

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Albert Dewey Moorman

Funeral services for Albert Dewey Moorman,  80, of Grenada, are at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada.

Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery at Rosebloom.

Visitation is Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.

Mr. Moorman died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at his home.

He was born on April 16, 1939, in Tallahatchie County and was the son of the late Elmer Fletcher Moorman and Allie Mae Huddleston Moorman.

Mr. Moorman worked as a factory production worker for several years.  He enjoyed fishing for catfish at the spillway of Grenada Lake.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Myrtle Wilcox, Bernice “Bonnie” Pyburn, Ocean Hand and Mildred Martin; and four brothers, Clifton Moorman, John Thomas Moorman, Arnold Moorman, and Elmer Fletcher “Joe“ Moorman Jr..

He is survived by one daughter Janet Grimes; two sisters, Jean Williamson and Mary Francis “Tootie“ Moorman Demouey; six brothers, W.T. Moorman, Mac Moorman, John Moorman, Paul Moorman, Stewart Moorman, and Raymond Moorman; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife, Joyce.

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Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Horace Allen Simpson

Funeral services for Mr. Horace Allen Simpson of Vaiden will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona, with burial following in the Winona Garden of Memory.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time at Oliver Funeral Home.

Mr. Simpson, 78, died at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada on Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was born in Carroll County on Dec. 21, 1940, to Allen Preston and Claudia Lorene Stuart Simpson. He was a retired welder for Anel Corporation and was a member of Vaiden Baptist Church.

Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Claude Simpson and Van Simpson.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife Theodora Simpson of Vaiden; four daughters, Rhodonna Roberts of Vaiden, Tanya Wilson of Carmack, Carla Easter of Franklin, Tenn., and Tracy Crouch of Phllip; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Winona Christian School Athletic Foundation, 1014 South Applegate, Winona, MS  38967.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( is handling arrangements.

Jennifer M. Sprouse

Mrs. Jennifer Deanna Louise Manteufel Sprouse, 31, of Brandon, formerly of Grenada, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

She was born May 18, 1988, in Mt. Vernon, Ill.. She had worked for a number of years at Freeman’s Little People’s Place in Grenada and also worked in the nursery at the Grenada Church of God. She attended Faith Fellowship Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with Bro. Bennie Vance and Bro. Rickey Harris officiating.  Interment will follow in the Wayside Cemetery at Scobey.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Lynn Sprouse; mother Pamela Jean Manteufel; sisters, Tina Holloway (Brian) of Grenada, Allie Skobel, Victoria Skobel and Colleen Skobel, all of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; two brothers, Kenny Manteufel of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Frankie Skobel of Enid, Okla.; in-laws, Vickie Sprouse Camp (Ricky) of Scobey and William Sprouse of Marion, Ark.; grandparents, Dee and Everett Bourland of Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Joyce Courtney of Scobey; sister-in-law Tiffany Bardo (Garrett) of Coffeeville; brother-in-law James Nix of Grenada; and four nephews, Kyle Nix, Preston Nix, Xander Holloway and Elijah “Tater” Ware.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, Crystal Manteufel and Danny Manteufel.

Pallbearers will be Erin Brewer, Marcel Hall, Kenny Manteufel, Brett McCrory, Bobby Rush and Heath Self.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Deborah K. Wilfong

Mrs. Deborah Lynn Krupchak Wilfong, 63, of Gore Springs, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at her residence.

She was born July 21, 1955, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Charles and Bettye Blaine Moelder Krupchak. She had worked for a number of years as a District Manager for Shoe Show.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Jimmy Hood officiating.

Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service Wednesday at McKibben and Guinn.

Survivors include her husband Hank Wilfong; one daughter Shannon Markle (Jim) of Valparaiso, Ind.; two sons, Creighton Wilfong (Amy) of Gore Springs and Joshua Wilfong of Gore Springs; mother Bettye Krupchak of Oakland; three sisters, Jacque Romeo of Arizona, Becky Manfred of Chicago and Patsy Guthrie (David) of Oakland; and six grandchildren, Drake Turner (Vicki), Jordyn Turner, Grace Markle, Mackenzie Kirk, Kolby Kirk and Kaylee Miller.

She was preceded in death by her father Charles Krupchak.

Memorials may be directed to Children’s Pediatric Cancer Research.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).