Johnny Ray Belue, Avis Bennett, Glenn Crafton, Mellow ‘Pete’ Marascalco

Johnny Ray Belue

May 7, 1927 – July 25, 2019. Mr. Johnny Ray Belue of Winona died at his home on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

He was born in Tishomingo, Miss., on May 7, 1927, to Raymond and Laura Phifer Belue, and was 92 years old. Mr. Belue was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., and worked as a lithographer and a factory worker. He was a retired medical employee, a member of Winona Church of God and an ordained Church of God minister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Ruth Lindley Belue; grandson Brad Gregory Belue; four sisters;and three brothers. Mr. Belue is survived by his daughters, Brenda Belue Boatman of Winona and Sharon Belue Hadley of Grenada; son Gregory Phillip Belue (Dixie) of Columbus; four grandchildren, Emily Boatman Kilgore of Stewart, Lindsey Belue Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., Rachel Boatman Aguilar of Dallas, and Beckett Hadley of Hernando; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Sunday at Milligan Springs Baptist Church Cemetery near Stewart, with military honors at graveside. The Rev. Reidis Nash officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association (, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. Lee Funeral Home of Winona ( handled the arrangements.

Avis Bennett

Funeral services for Avis “Aunt Bea” Bennett, 99, of Munster, Ind., and formerly of Chicago, are at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada. Burial will follow in the Duck Hill Cemetery at Duck Hill.

Visitation is Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Mortimer National Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bennett died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Munster. She was born on Jan. 11, 1920, and was the daughter of the late John Clifford Nail and Rosa Bell Lott Nail. Mrs. Bennett was a wonderful mom, a special aunt known as “Aunt Bea,” a loving sister, and a caring friend to many. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry Curtis Bennett: son Clifford L. Bennett: sister Christeen Nail Neely; four brothers, Dr. Ray Nail, Harold Nail, John Edward Nail and Ford Nail; and her special granddog Bonnie.

Mrs. Bennett is survived by her daughter LaDonna Wasson, and her husband Floyd of Cedar Lake, Ind.; two sisters, Kathleen Taylor of Nesbit and Joy Dean Hemphill of Pearl; two brothers, Wayne Nail of Carroll County and the Rev. Bernard Nail of Brandon; and many loving nieces and nephews. Online condolences may be made on our website at

Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn Crafton

Glenn E. Crafton, 67, died July 24, 2019, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Mr. Crafton was the husband of Karen Crafton of Batesville.

A memorial gathering was held Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville.

Mr. Crafton was born on Sept. 23, 1951, to the late Walter Thomas Crafton and Jeanette Logan Crafton in West Helena, Ark. He received master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi. He then went on to teach Biology at the University of Misissippi. After teaching, he began working as a water chemist for Brenntag and G.E.O Specialty Chemicals. When he was not working, Mr. Crafton could be found turkey hunting, fishing or playing the guitar. He loved hunting, music, and learning about the history of the Native Americans. His family considered him an educator with a sense of humor.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Jesse Levi Crafton of Oxford, Jenna Claire Crafton of Denver, Colo., Ginger Ford of Brandon, Melinda Colyer and Benjamin Redditt of Richland; sister Patricia Treloar of Oxford; two brothers, Tommy and Gary Crafton, both of Water Valley. Wells Funeral Home was in charge.

Mellow ‘Pete’ Marascalco

Mr. Mellow Carmellow “Pete” Marascalco, 93, of Grenada, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at his residence.

Pete was born March 31, 1926, in Grenada to Vincent and Virginia Fertitta Marascalco.

A long-time Grenada merchant, Pete worked alongside his brother Charlie at Marascalco Dry Goods for over 50 years. He was a World War II veteran and an active and devoted member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Pete was also an avid gardener and found great joy in his later years sharing vegetables from his garden with friends and family. He enjoyed keeping close tabs on the stock market, woodworking, roller skating and watching Westerns. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral mass was celebrated Monday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Grenada with Father Michael Marascalco officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Marascalco is survived by eight daughters, Virginia Boone (Curlee) of Grenada; Jeanette Guillory (Warren) of Baton Rouge, La.; Cecilia Stahl (Edward) of Olive Branch; Mary McCormick (Monroe) of Grenada; Glenda Sandroni of Oxford; Anne Geiger (Keith) of Grenada; Joan Stewart of Grenada; Sandra Marascalco of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one son Paul Marascalco (Rachel) of Oxford; his sister Rose Marascalco of Grenada; his brother John S. Marascalco (Rose Marie) of Los Angeles, Calif.; his daughter-in-law Alice Marascalco of Grenada; 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; another great-grandchild expected in September, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marie Fertitta Marascalco; his son Vincent de Paul Marascalco; sisters, Mary Marascalco and Donie Liberto; brothers, T. Joe Marascalco, Charlie Marascalco, Sam Marascalco and Lewis Marascalco; great-grandchild Zoe Elizabeth McCormick; and a son-in-law Stan Sandroni.

Active pallbearers were Curlee Boone, Warren Guillory, Edward Stahl, Monroe McCormick, Keith Geiger, Samuel Stewart, Jason Guillory, Steven McCormick. Honorary pallbearers were Randy McCormick, Anthony McCormick, Joseph Geiger, Cory Geiger, Phillip Geiger, Christopher Sandroni, Ben Stewart, Vincent Marascalco II, Benjamin Marascalco and Matthew Marascalco.

Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association, Angelman’s Syndrome Foundation or St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grenada.

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