Robert Carson Brassfield, Mary Oakley Crawford, Carla Duke, Alonzo Horne

Robert Carson Brassfield

Mr. Robert Carson Brassfield, 74, passed away at his home near Duck Hill on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.
A memorial service for Mr. Brassfield will be held at a later date.
Mr. Brassfield was born in Calhoun County on March 1, 1945, to Evans and Vivian Sewell Brassfield.  He was a retired truck driver, known as “Blue Diamond” to his CB buddies, and an employee of Heatcraft. Mr. Brassfield was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Carroll County. He enjoyed dirt track racing, hunting, fishing, driving his truck, and aggravating his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Linda Gail Costilow; sisters, Ruby Blackmon, Thelma Bumgart and Nettie Bumgart; and brothers, Glen Brassfield, Evans Brassfield Jr., Carl Brassfield, and Leon Brassfield.
Mr. Brassfield is survived by his wife Susan Costilow Brassfield; sons, James Robert Evans Brassfield (Annie) of Grenada; Benny Costilow (Amy) of Winona, and Mack Costilow Jr. (Tina) of Grenada; sisters, Becky Edwards (Tom) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Beth Dore (Earl) of Acadia, La.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He was affectionately known as “Pop-pop” to many others as well.
An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at

Mary Oakley Crawford

Mary Oakley Crawford, 73, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Mary was born April 30, 1946, to Kathleen Timmons Oakley in Alabama. She spent her teenage years with her family in Grenada.
Mary attended Delta State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and met her husband Frank. She retired from Tupelo Public School District after spending most of her teaching career at Church Street Elementary School and Peirce Street Elementary School. In Mary’s younger years she enjoyed horseback riding and barrel racing.
When Mary wasn’t teaching her students, she enjoyed remodeling, designing and building homes with her husband. She also enjoyed working in her yard, going out to eat, vacations and spending time with her great-nieces and nephews. She attended Furrs Baptist Church.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Brad Hill officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter Denise McMillen and her husband John of Tupelo; two nieces, Shay Allen and her husband Doug of Pontotoc, and Lindsey Broadway and her husband John of Iuka; and five great-nieces and nephews, Josh Allen, Andy Allen, Lydia Allen, Jackson Broadway and Hunter Broadway.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her husband Frank Crawford; brother Glenn Norris Oakley; and sister Patsy Mobley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Allen, Andy Allen, John Broadway, Jackson Broadway and Hunter Broadway.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time at W. E. Pegues, Tupelo.
The service will be live streamed and recorded for those who may not be able to attend at
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Carla Duke

Carla J. Sinquefield Duke, 58, went home to see her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1961, in McComb during Hurricane Carla and was thus named. Her late parents, Richard and Carolyn Sinquefield, had figured she would be a boy so were very surprised. She was the baby of the family and gave us much laughter at her shenanigans.
Carla grew up in Senatobia where she was the delight of all the ladies on Ward St., where she participated in High Tea with Mrs. Lamar and Mrs. Walker. She learned to curl her little finger at a very early age.
Carla had four siblings, Donnie, Rickie, Little Paul (who went to see Jesus before Carla was born), and her favorite sister Karen, with whom she shared a room for many years.
Carla moved from Senatobia to Winona at age seven. She graduated from Winona High School and attended Holmes Jr. College and Mississippi State where she made many life-long friends that she loved dearly. She was majoring in Journalism and was a very talented writer.
After the death of her father, she moved to Grenada with her mother and there, met the love of her life, Alan Duke. They became engaged and married at Faith Fellowship Church and settled in Grenada amongst a bunch of their cousins and kinfolk. While there, her mother, Carolyn, went to see her Lord and Savior.
Alan and Carla started their family with the birth of Jacob Cody Duke and then Caroline Alana Duke (Callie), who were the apples of her eyes and brought her much joy. They got the call to move west and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, where Carla went to work for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram where she wrote the obituaries. She made many friends there, and worked until her health problems caused early retirement.
Carla had a huge ministry on Facebook and made many friends who loved her and supported her ministry, and during her illness prayed faithfully for her. She also had a huge fur family and simply adored each one of them. She also was known as the Crazy Flamingo Lady of Kay Street.
Her family and her huge extended family, which includes a passel of kin folk that she loved, will miss her, especially the Sisters of her Heart. But we know that she is having the time of her life with her Savior and everyone that has gone on before her. She is waiting on us to join her in that wonderful Heavenly Home. She would be the first to tell you about Jesus and all the Joy you will find in him.
This obituary is written by her favorite sister, and I hope you can feel just how special our sister was. And she would be very happy with this non- traditional obituary, or obit as it is known in the trade.
Funeral services were Saturday at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Bennie Vance and the Rev. Clarence Tilghman officiating. Interment was in the Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be extended to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Alonzo Horne

Mr. Alonzo Horne, 72, of Grenada, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.