Camellia Portera Anderson, Bobby Lynn Avery, Dimple Martin Brasher, Johnny A. Dinas, Edward Love Jr., Delores Moore, Brenda Brannan Ray, Kathleen Collins Tilghman, Toddrick M. Weir

Camellia Portera Anderson

Camellia P. “Honey” Anderson went home to be with Jesus and unite with her son, Shannon David Shields, on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Brookwood Princeton in Birmingham.

She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Bill Shields; son Shannon David Shields; and parents, Tony Frank Portera and Jeanie Henderson Portera of Grenada.

She is survived by her husband Hugh Gene Anderson; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Tonita Vick of Grenada and Tony Portera of Brandon. step-children, Vicki Nichols and Keith Anderson; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

There will be no memorial service, per her request.

Bobby Lynn Avery

Mr. Bobby Lynn Avery, 76, of Grenada, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Grenada Living Center.

He was born Oct. 31, 1942, in Grenada County to Dewey Sebastian and Lela Mae Montgomery Avery. A self-employed businessman, he owned and operated CBA Transportation in Grenada for many years. He was an active member of The Pentecostals of Grenada where he served as an usher and worked alongside his wife as co-director of the “GAP”(Golden Age Pentecostals). Mr. Avery honorably served our country in the U.S. Army and will be remembered as a man of integrity whose love for his savior and family was unwavering.

A service to celebrate his life was held Thursday at The Pentecostals of Grenada. Interment was in the Grenada Memorial Garden.

Survivors include four daughters, Kim Melton (Jerry) of Coldwater, Loretta Jackson (John) of Tillatoba, Tammie Shankle (Barry) of Calhoun City and Becky Brogan (Steve) of Grenada; four sons, Dewey Avery (Viki) of Grenada, Windell Lance (Donna) of Biloxi, Bobby G. Avery (Janice) of Grenada and Gene Lance (Becky) of Grenada; 28 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Carolyn Avery.

Pallbearers were Jody Ballard, Kevin Hughes, Everette Loper, Trae Miller, Devonn Tipton and Steve Tipton. Honorary pallbearers were Claude Elliott, Mike Kennedy and Joey Singley.

Memorials may be directed to The Pentecostals of Grenada, 34 Bruce Road, Grenada, MS 38901.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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

Dimple Martin Brasher

WEST POINT – Mrs. Dimple Martin Brasher, 96, died Sept. 29, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

Mrs. Brasher was born on June 15, 1923, in Holcomb, the daughter of the late Luther Lamar and Genera Bell Martin. She worked as a Wildlife Management Officer for the United States Forestry Service in Yazoo City and was a supervisor for Grenada Industries in Grenada. She was a Worthy Matron of the order of the Eastern Star Martha Chapter #53. She enjoyed collecting music boxes, flower gardening, and cooking. She was an avid and accomplished seamstress. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Point.

Mrs. Brasher married Dewel Gail Brasher on Sept. 12, 1942, in Water Valley, and he predeceased her on Dec. 24, 1998.

Services were Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home.

Survivors include her two daughters, Shirley B. Romanowski of West Point and Carole B. Sorenson of Starkville: son Dewel G. Brasher Jr. of West Point: three grandchildren

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 282 McCord Street, West Point, MS 39773. Friends may leave an online condolence at

The Rev. Johnny A. Dinas

The Rev. Johnny Anastatious Dinas, 98, of Grenada, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at his residence.

He was born March 25, 1921, in Aberdeen to Greek immigrants A.K. and Mary Provias Dinas, and the family moved to Durant when he was two years old. He confessed Jesus Christ as savior at Durant Methodist Church at the age of 18 in 1939.

The Rev. Dinas was a graduate of Durant High School where he served as Student Body President, President of Hi-Y, and played football, basketball, baseball, tennis and ran track. He was also selected as most popular boy in high school.

The Rev. Dinas earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University. While at MSU, he was President of the YMCA and was a member of the ODK National Leadership Society, Blue Key Honorary Leadership Society, the Maroon Band and the honorary military and drill group, Scabbard and Blade. He was also awarded the “Scales Christian Character Award,” the Outstanding Graduate Award in the School of Education, Outstanding Senior in Class of 1943 and elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

The Rev. Dinas honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 88th Infantry Division as a Rifle Platoon Leader. He was wounded in action in the Italian Campaign and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. At the time of his discharge he had achieved the rank of First Lieutenant.

Following World War II, the Rev. Dinas attended Duke University Divinity School and earned a Master of Divinity. Brother Dinas received his first appointment in June 1950 as pastor of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church. He also served as pastor at Fulton, Tchula, Central UMC in Columbus, Trinity UMC in Greenville, First UMC Pontotoc, First UMC West Point, First UMC Cleveland, First UMC Kosciusko and retired in June 1986 as pastor at Wesley UMC in Tupelo. During his ministry he also served as Chairman of the Methodist Conference Board of Evangelism, the Board of Health and Welfare Ministries and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Methodist Hospitals in Memphis where he held several officer positions and was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Methodist Children’s Home in Jackson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Grenada with the Rev. Tom Potter and the Rev. Daniel Herring officiating. Interment will follow in the Mizpah Cemetery near Durant. Visitation will be from noon until service time Friday at the church.

The Rev. Dinas is survived by a sister-in-law Athanasia Dinas of Chicago; nephew Theodore A. Dinas Jr., of Chicago; a first cousin George Provias of Aberdeen; and other nieces and nephews: Wayne and Melba Smith of Grenada, Charles and Gail Davis of Grenada, Davis and Mary Ann Richards of Starkville, Linda and Ken Futch of Tucker, Ga., Jeff and Lottie Davis of Miramar Beach, Fla., Margaret Davis and Diana Davis both of Grenada, Smokey Moss and Barry Moss of Ellisville and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews..

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Orena Davis Dinas and twin brothers, Theodore A. Dinas and Constantine A. Dinas.

Pallbearers will be Al Cooper, Scott Crawford, Jerry Dantone, Roy Geiger, David McElwrath and James Potts. Honorary pallbearers will be Morris Hubbard and Lane Tucker.

Memorials may be directed to “The Samaritan’s Fund” at First United Methodist Church – Grenada.

The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Tarsi, Dr. Weldon, the staff of Mississippi Home Care, the staff of Halcyon Hospice and his devoted home caregivers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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

Edward Love Jr.

Funeral services for Edward “Bossman” Love Jr. of Grenada, formerly of Joliet, Ill., and native of Winona, are Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bethel Cathedral of Faith with burial in North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael.

Mr. Love, 61, died at the Memphis VA Medical Center on Sept. 30, 2019. He was born on March 31, 1958. Mr. Love was a former group leader /fin-press operator at Heatcraft. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army (1979). Mr. Love was a 1976 graduate of East High School in Memphis.

Mr. Love is survived by his mother Maggie McNeal of Grenada; his father Edward Love of Memphis; two daughters, Precious Love Coffey and April Davis, both of Grenada; son Kameron Love of Grenada; four sisters, Maggie Robinson, Priscilla Breeding and Dorothy Walker, all of Joliet, and Brenda Harris of Grenada; and four brothers, Ricky McNeal, Keith McNeal, and Sylvester McNeal, all of Joliet, and Kenneth Love of Tampa, Fla.

Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at

Delores Moore

Funeral services for Delores Moore of Grenada are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Clark-Williams Funeral Home with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.

Ms. Moore, 85, died of natural causes at Grenada Living Center on Sept. 30, 2019. She was born on Sept. 15, 1934. Ms. Moore was a former elementary school music teacher. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Ms. Moore is survived by three sisters, Nora White, Ruby Davis and Ola Gholston, all of Duck Hill; and four brothers, Henry Gholston and Lee Gholston, both of Duck Hill, George Gholston of Grenada, and Larry Demming of Kilmichael.

Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at

Brenda Brannan Ray

Brenda Gail “BB” Brannan Ray, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, surrounded by her family.

A devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother with a huge heart and passion for fun, BB dedicated her life to her family.

In accordance with her wishes, a private, family service will take place in Orange Beach.

Survivors include her husband Terry Ray; two children, Robb Ray and Natalie Bement; mother Sue Brannan; brother Bruce Brannan; and four grandchildren, Rachael, Malia, Kyle and Alyssa.

She was preceded in death by her father Dan Brannan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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

Kathleen Collins Tilghman

Kathleen Collins Tilghman, age 87, passed away peacefully in her home Sept. 29, 2019.

She was born Oct. 25, 1931, to David Franklin and Paralee Compton Collins in Elliott. She was married for 65 years to the one and only love of her life, Leonard Marshall Tilghman, who preceded her in death in 2014.

A woman who was “doing it all” before most women of her generation realized that was possible, she worked a full-time job (as office manager for the Corps of Engineers), had a delicious meal on the table for her family every night by 6:30 sharp, and picked, shelled, and canned all the produce from her husband’s huge garden. She kept an immaculate house, and she was an excellent cook of “good, plain food.” Her homemade chicken-and-dumplings or steak and gravy over rice and biscuits would make you want to slap somebody. She was an avid, lifelong reader and a gardener who loved tending to her beautiful flowers.

Mrs. Tilghman had a place for everything and everything was in its place. Particular and precise in all she did, it was incomprehensible to her how or why anybody would be any other way. She had a keen sense of right and wrong, and if she could have run the world, it would run much more smoothly and efficiently than it does.

Like wearing lipstick when one is out in public, attending church was not optional. She loved Jesus more than Pond’s Cold Cream (and that’s saying something). She was an active, lifelong member of Hardy Baptist Church, and she made sure all her children were there every time the doors were open. They will all be quick to tell you that if they turned out to be decent human beings, she is the reason for it. She was a true Southern Belle — a “steel fist in a velvet glove”– and all who knew and loved her will miss her sharp mind and wise advice.

Mrs. Tilghman is survived by her three children: Kenneth Lacy (Ken) Tilghman and his wife Beverly, Deborah Kathleen (Kathy) Tilghman Williams and her husband Rick, and Melinda Allen; six grandchildren: Virginia Kathleen (Jenna) Aldridge, Russell Tilghman and his wife Richelle, Jennifer Kathleen Williams, Eric Lane Williams and his wife Jessie, Kaylie Ruth Walker and her husband Dylan, and Connor Michael Allen; and four great-grandchildren: Cora Crawford, Lennon Aldridge, Dahlia Tilghman, and Lane Barrett Williams.

Mrs. Tilghman was preceded in death by her husband as well as all eight of her brothers and sisters and all seven of her husband’s siblings, so she had many loved ones she looked forward to seeing again.

A special thanks to her caregivers, Sherry Blanch and Lou Horton, who took such loving care of her during the final months of her life and were in the room with “Mrs. Kathleen,” her daughter and her granddaughter when she went into the arms of Jesus.

Please join us as we celebrate her life during visitation at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Home located at 4817 Commerce Street in Grenada on Monday evening, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., and for her funeral service at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations be made to her beloved Hardy Baptist Church, located at 750 Hardy Road, Grenada, MS.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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

Toddrick M. Weir

Memorial services for Toddrick M. “Todd” Weir are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Pleasant Grove M. B. Church.

Mr. Weir, 44, died at Methodist Central Hospital on Sept. 25, 2019. He was born on Dec. 16, 1974. Mr. Weir was a construction, iron and glass worker. He received his education at Grenada High School and Washtenaw Jr. College.

Mr. Weir is survived by his mother Gwendolyn Cain of Grenada; daughter Chandra L. McCriston of Humboldt, Tenn.; son Toddrick James Weir of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and two brothers, Marquis T. Weir of Memphis and Aaron Brent Weir of Ypsilanti, Mich.

Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Diabetes Association in memory of Toddrick Maurice Weir.