E.O. Boyle Jr., William ‘Donnie’ Brown, Stephanie Nabors Ferguson, John Robert Kendall, Marilynn Purdie

E.O. Boyle Jr.

Mr. E.O. Boyle Jr., 77, of Coffeeville, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at his residence.

He was born May 1, 1942, in Yalobusha County to E.O. and Maggie Jones Boyle. He retired from the automobile industry after 35 years. Mr. Boyle was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. E.O. was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Funeral services were Sunday, Aug. 4, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. Truman Scarborough and the Rev. Billy Hill officiating. Interment was in the Coffeeville Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Eleanor Fly Boyle of Coffeeville; one daughter Lisa Long (Roger) of Gore Springs; one son Bryan K. “Skeeter” Boyle (Amy) of Holly Springs; two granddaughters, Audra Allen (Jack) of Winterville, N.C. and Ciara Gooch (Zach) of Holly Springs; two great-granddaughters, Mattie Kate Allen and Molly Karoline Allen of Winterville, N.C.; one brother Ralph Boyle of Vicksburg; two sisters, Margaret Sawner of Olive Branch and Mary Alice Pharr of Vicksburg; one special niece Dianne McCormick of Arkansas.

Mr. Boyle was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Tony Boyle and E.O. Boyle III; one sister Aline Martin; three brothers, Tommy Boyle, Frank Allen Boyle and Jim Boyle.

Pallbearers were Jack Allen, James Boyle, Mike Boyle, Chris Graham, Terry Jones and Luke Purdy.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.

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

William ‘Donnie’ Brown

Funeral services for William Donald “Donnie” Brown, 61, of Grenada, are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Mortimer National Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada.

Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery near Holcomb.

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

Mr. Brown died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. He was born on Nov. 29, 1957, in Grenada and was the son of William Floyd Brown and Emma Gentry Brown. Donnie worked as a welder. He attended Hillside Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Donnie was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by two sons, Allen Brown of Johnstown, Penn.,  and Shane Brown of Duck Hill; his mother, Emma Brown of Grenada; one sister Gail Burkhalter of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one brother Jerry Brown of Grenada; and six grandchildren, Gage Kendall, Laura Brown, Ashley Brown, Grant Brown, Addie Brown and Avery Brown.

Online condolences may be made on at www.nfhgrenada.com.

Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Stephanie Nabors Ferguson

Funeral services for Stephanie Lynn Nabors Ferguson of Long Beach were Monday, Aug. 5, at Lee Funeral Home, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.

The Rev. Terry Corley officiated the services. Pallbearers were be Tyler Ferguson, Landon Ferguson, Kevin Marlow, Ricky James, Steve Chism and B.J. Edwards.

Ms. Ferguson, 53, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Moore Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. She was born in Winona on Feb. 24, 1966. Being the animal lover she was, she worked at Wildlife Care and Rescue in Gautier and was also active in Winona Animal Advocacy Group (W.A.A.G.). She loved woodworking and doing any kind of crafts. She was a great and loving mother, aunt and grandmother, affectionately known as “Nana.”

She is survived by the love of her life Chris Marlow of Long Beach; her mother Bonnie Lott (Henry) of Winona; her father T.J. Nabors (Jan) of Carrollton; two daughters, Felicia Ferguson of Ocean Springs and Bella Nabors Marlow of Long Beach; her son Austin Ferguson of Holcomb; two sisters, Teresa Nabors Green (James) of Winona and Casey Sanders (Clint) of Carrollton; two step-daughters, Carlee Marlow of Vaiden and Cayle Marlow; two step-sons, Cade and Colby Marlow, both of Carrollton; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Landon, Zackary, Brianna, Natalynn and Remington Ferguson, John “Wii” and Lincoln Englebert, and Trip Edwards; one niece Jamee Green; and two nephews, Caleb and Cole Green. She is preceded in death by her granddaughter Katie Ferguson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Winona Animal Advocacy Group (WAAG), P. O. Box 6, Winona, MS 38967.

Lee Funeral Home of Winona was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook can be signed at www.ofhwinona.com.

John Robert Kendall

John Robert Kendall Jr., 71, died Aug. 1, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services were Sunday in the Chapel of Newsom Funeral Home. Interment with military honors in North Shady Grove Cemetery in Cascilla.

Mr. Kendall was a retired military tech, member of the Six Hundred Thirty First Battalion where he made a great impression on his comrades. He believed in helping others. He dearly loved his family and friends. He was an avid self-taught woodsman as well as avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his daughter Tammy Hyde of Silverhill, Ala., and Tonya M. Kendall of Tupelo; his son DeWayne Kendall of Water Valley; his father John R. Kendall of Cascilla, MS; his sisters, Joetta Kendall of Columbus, Leora Kendall of Missouri, Johnna Sue Kedall of Iowa, and Christine Haddan of Ranken, Ga.; his brother Ira Kendall of Cascilla; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kendall was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann Johnson Kendall; his mother Frances Spears Kendall; and several brothers.

Newsom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marilynn Purdie

Marilynn Purdie, age 82, died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at her home on the farm she loved.

Her memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Home in Grenada, with a visitation period beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 o’clock.

Marilynn was born on the family farm north of Grenada on July 9, 1937. After attending Hardy School and then finishing at Grenada, she earned a B.A. degree from then Delta State College, a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Education and School Administration from Mississippi State University.  For some 30 years, she made her home in Starkville, working on the campus of Mississippi State University for the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service and serving as the associate director of the Extension Service.

During her career she traveled all over Mississippi, making many life-long friends in a number of counties through her work with the local State Extension Homemaker Clubs. In 1972, with the help of others in the Extension Service, Marilynn helped to collect, preserve and make available some 1,200 of the favorite recipes of fine cooks throughout the state, which were compiled into The Mississippi Cookbook, which has been updated and revised several times and is still available online and in book stores today.

Marilynn not only loved her work but also loved Mississippi State and was an unwavering, life-long Bulldog fan. When you saw her after a Bulldog victory on Saturday, there was a big smile on her face as she would say …”What about those Bulldogs?” And, when they lost, well, it was just best not to talk to her.

In 1979, Grenada honored Marilynn with ‘Marilynn Purdie Day, and then-Mayor Chuck Thomas awarded Marilynn the “Key to the City.” Her family and many friends celebrated this special day with her.

In 1989, Marilynn retired and built a home on the farm where she was born and raised. For some 20 years after, she lived out her dream on the farm she loved so much.  In partnership with her brother-in-law Gerald Carpenter, they converted this 170-year-old cotton farm into a pristine cattle farm, raising and caring for as many as 100 head of cattle. Once she was asked, “Do you regret retiring in Grenada and raising cattle for all these years?” She replied, “Not one day do I regret it.” As she once said, “You just haven’t lived until you have tended to a herd of cattle,”… and as strange as it might seem, she meant it.

She loved not only tending her cows but caring for all animals, and her homeplace became a refuge for dogs and cats that were thrown away on the side of the road by their owners. She took them all, and they became the luckiest dogs and cats on Earth, sharing life with her on the farm.

Marilynn loved her family and was generous to them beyond measure. Her kindness often extended beyond the immediate family, to her friends and to those she did not even know but felt were in need.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her mother and father, Thelma Elizabeth (Mitchell) Purdie and James Maddox Purdie, and several aunts and uncles.

She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Purdie Carpenter and Jamie Purdie Rogers, both of Grenada; two brothers, Alan Mitchell Purdie of Madison, and James Maddox Purdie Jr. of Clinton; and 11 nieces and nephews and several beloved first cousins.

The family would like to thank the wonderful professionals with Legacy Hospice for their excellent, compassionate care and assistance during Marilynn’s last illness, along with her faithful, loving daily care-givers, Eupora Hankins, Linda Willis, Shirley Brown and Wynona Holdeman. We love you and will never forget what you did for Marilynn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr.  Marilynn Purdie Endowment Scholarship Fund through the MSU Foundation; St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to All Heart Animal Rescue at allheartanimalrescue.org.

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