James M. Booker, Aaron Jerome Burt, James Byford, Armond Francis LeClair, Bob (RJ) Nail, Weldon Nichols

James M. Booker

Funeral services for James M. Booker of Memphis, formerly of Grenada, are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grenada Congregational Church of God in Christ with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Booker, 77, died at his home on Sept. 9, 2019. He was born on July 9, 1942. Mr. Booker retired from Illinois Central Railroad.
Mr. Booker is survived by two daughters, Diane Carter of Memphis and Carylon Coleman of Arkansas; son Kenneth O’Bannon of Grenada; sister Mary Lemon of Grenada; and three brothers, Wayne Bowdry and Glenn Harris, both of Grenada, and Anthony Booker of Denver, Colo.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Aaron Jerome Burt

Mr. Aaron Jerome Burt, 79, of Tallahatchie County, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at the North Mississippi Medical Center – Tupelo.
He was born Dec. 27, 1939, in Charleston to George Benjamin Burt Jr. and Grace Champion Burt. He had worked for many years at Pennaco Hosiery in Grenada and had honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy. Aaron attended the Church of God and was an accomplished musician sharing his love for music and the Lord with people all over our area.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. Lonnie Hill officiating. Judy Cote and Julie Ferguson will deliver eulogies. Interment will follow in the Pearidge Cemetery in Grenada County.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Friday at McKibben and Guinn.
Survivors include one sister Judy Cote of Nashville, and three brothers, Jimmy Burt of Winfield, Ala., Jerry Burt of Biloxi and Dale Burt of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mildred Sullivan Burt; and an infant son Aaron Jerome Burt, Jr.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

James Byford

Mr. James Byford, 89, of Coffeeville, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.
Martarrius D. Howard
Funeral services for Martarrius D. Howard of Grenada are Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Pleasant Grove Church with burial in Preston Cemetery in Scobey.
Mr. Howard, 22, died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sept. 7, 2019. He was born on Aug. 15, 1997.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.  Online condolences may be made at clarkwilliamsfuneralhome.com.

Armond Francis LeClair

Armond Francis LeClair of Grenada, known to his many friends and family as “Lee,” passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the age of 93, with his family by his side.
Beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Lee was born in Cheboygan, Mich., on May 14, 1926, to Bernard Charles and Rubie Mae LeClair.
Lee was one of six children and spent his youth on the family farm. As a young man, he enlisted in the Army to serve his country during World War II. At the end of the war, Lee returned to Michigan and worked as a state trooper. Lee’s real passion, however, was in manufacturing and sales, and soon he found himself at Brunswick Corporation working in the MacGregor Golf Division in Albany, Ga.
While with MacGregor, Lee honed his skill as a golfer, and avidly played the game the remainder of his life. On corporate outings, he played with Arnie Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and other great golfers of the era. His time at Brunswick-MacGregor gave Lee the skills and confidence to strike out on his own and so, in 1979, Lee and his business partner started the Perma “R” Products brand of polystyrene insulation products with manufacturing facilities in Grenada and Johnson City, Tenn.. Lee bought out his partner in 1981 and created LeClair Industries, Inc., as a holding company for the Perma “R” companies. A third manufacturing company was added by LeClair Industries in Adel, Ga., in 2007. Today, the companies have over 145 employees. Lee’s children have always been an integral part of LeClair Industries and continue Lee’s legacy through their commitment to the companies he founded.
Lee knew well the importance of active involvement in the business community in which he worked. He was honored to serve four years on the Grenada City Council. His membership in the Grenada Rotary Club and the friends he made were particularly meaningful to him. He was extremely honored to be named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor bestowed on a Rotarian. He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America from which he received the Silver Beaver Award, an award given to adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth. He was a staunch advocate of the Boys & Girls Club of Grenada due to his own personal interaction as a youth with the Boys and Girls Club in Michigan. Lee was a devout Christian, and he and his wife Ruth were members of All Saints Episcopal Church. They were ardent supporters and participants in its ministries.
Lee never let the grass grow too long under his feet. His appetite for activity was unquenchable. From golf outings, to an adventurous boat trip on the Mississippi River in his Sea Ray, to his construction and garden projects around the house, he always had something going on or being planned, and he encouraged his family to be a part. He might sit for a while, but, if you were sitting beside him, he would soon give a playful slap to your knee, and with a “By Cracky” he would be off with you in tow.
Although he loved a project no matter the size, Lee especially delighted in the sublime of small things such as a comfortable seat in a beautiful garden with a glass of wine and a favorite song by crooner Eddie Arnold. He greatly appreciated a fine meal and always ended such a meal with compliments to the chef whether that chef was a professional or one of his children. Lee’s wardrobe included a variety of hats, and he always sported a dapper one when outdoors playing golf or enjoying his garden. Lee was generous with a handshake, a kiss, a compliment. Even at 93, his surprisingly quick wit could bring a smile and a laugh. Lee was charming and just plain fun.
Lee married the love of his life, Ruth Fynwever, on Sept. 23, 1950, in Coopersville, Mich. Together they raised seven children. Of all his accomplishments, Lee was most proud of their children. They are Jennifer LeClair (James) of Albany, Ga.; Paulette Haggerty (Mike) of Dallas, Texas; Dan LeClair (Barbara) of Snellville, Ga.; Alan LeClair (Barbara) of Johnson City, Tenn.; Renee Wilbourn (Rick) of Grenada; Allison Johnson (Mike) of Dallas, Texas; and Tim LeClair (Stephanie) of Grenada.
His children blessed him with 13 grandchildren. The blessings continue with the addition of seven great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. Lee is also survived by a loving sister, Joyce Griffin of Reidsville, N.C., and a sister-in-law Rosemarie LeClair of South Bend, Wash., of whom he was extremely fond.
Last year, Lee bade farewell to Ruth, his loving and devoted wife of 67 years. In addition to Ruth and his parents, he was preceded in death by two granddaughters and four brothers and sisters.
Lee made friends easily, and it was most recently made evident by his move to The Blake in Oxford. To those who became his family there and to all family and friends wherever you may reside, Lee doffs his hat and bids you a loving farewell!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in Lee’s name to The Boys & Girls Club of Grenada, 351 S. Line Street, Grenada, Ms 38901.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada.  Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends in the church parish hall from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Bob (RJ) Nail

Bob (RJ) Nail, 85, was born March 25, 1934, in Carroll County. He died peacefully on Sept. 12, 2019, in North Carolina.
Bob is survived by Sarah Bishop Nail, his wife of 53 years, and their daughter Bobbie Nail Mosher and her husband David of Fayetteville. Also surviving from a previous marriage are children, Pamela Nail Park of San Angelo, Texas, and Robert Michael Nail of Biloxi; He is also survived by his sisters, Mattie, Eurdis, Laverne, Odell and Diane, all of Mississippi, and four grandchildren.
Bob proudly served and retired from the U.S. Air Force and was also retired from the Cumberland County Schools. Until his last year, he continued his hard-work ethic and love for the Eastover community by working for the Town of Eastover and actively serving the Eastover Civic Club. Bob also had been active in Northwood Temple, was a founding member of Covenant Love Church, and was a current member of Temple Baptist Church.
A memorial service for Bob was held Tuesday, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville, N.C.

Weldon Nichols

Weldon Nichols, 85, of Tillatoba, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Panola Medical Center, in Batesville.
Weldon was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Bloomburg, Texas, to Clyde and Betty Nichols. He was a member of the Church of Love in Texarkana, Ark., retired from Day and Zimmerman, and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War. Weldon loved playing his guitar and organ and making CDs for his family and friends.  He also enjoyed woodworking, making cedar chests and furniture, camping with family and friends in Arkansas, and had special partners in crime his granddaughter Cameron and his dog Sassy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Bettie Nichols;  brother Jimmy Nichols; four sisters, Kathryn Lynn, Christine Winn, Bonita Surorak, and Ineva Lummus.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Nichols of Tillatoba; two daughters, Donna Webb and husband David of Atlanta, Texas; Natalie Dotson and husband Donnie of Queen City, Texas; two sons, Weldon Nichols Jr. and wife Patti of Genoa, Ark., Roger Nichols and wife Lisa of Atlanta, Texas; two step-sons, Charles Storey and wife Stephanie of Tillatoba and Richard Storey and wife Rachelle of Senatobia; brother, J.W. Nichols and wife Helen of Queen City, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and  27 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 21, at Smyrna Baptist Church, under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service, with Bro. Marc Sillivan officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday at the church.
Interment will be in Huffines Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the cancer association of your choice.
Hanner Funeral Service is in charge.
Guest registry is available at www.hannerfuneralservice.com