Methel Wilma Bell, Francis Wortham Criss Jr., Lee Ferguson, Jean Switzer Fondren, Green D. Ingram, Martha Frances McMaster, Katie Mullins, James Parker, Joseph Glynn Reece, Kay French Rodick, Richard Edward West

Methel Wilma Bell

Methel Wilma Bell, 85, of Flora and formerly of Water Valley, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at her home.

She was born Sept. 27, 1934. in Arkansas to the late Claude Lee Chancellor and Polly Anna Duncan Chancellor.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband William Russell Bell; her parents; seven sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Luther of Arkansas and Judy (Terry) Bowen of Mize; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

Mortimer National Funeral Home of Grenada was in charge of the arrangements.

Francis Wortham Criss Jr.

TUPELO – Francis Wortham Criss Jr., 88, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.

Services were Friday, Dec. 27, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

Mr. Criss was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Lexington, to Julia McRae and Francis W. Criss. He was a graduate of John Rundle High School in Grenada and served as a jet fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, where he flew an F-860 jet. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in accountancy, and later opened Criss & Criss Accounting Firm in Grenada with his three younger brothers. Criss served several years on the Grenada City Council and later became City Manager, a position he held for a number of years. He retired as Chief Financial Officer of Choctaw Maid Farms in Carthage after 17 years of service.

An Episcopalian, Francis served for a time as treasurer of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Corinth, and All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Francis was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Ann Renee Dial Criss; his parents and his three brothers, John Criss, Jim Criss, and Bob Criss.
Survivors include two daughters, Leslie Criss (Cheryl) of Tupelo, and Beth Criss Cook (Tim) of Huntsville, Ala.; a granddaughter Bailey Elizabeth Cook of Huntsville; and multiple nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved Golden Retriever, Jake.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chances Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 165, Pontotoc, MS 38863, or Saints Brew, 608 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Condolences may be posted at hollandfuneraldirectors.com.

Lee Ferguson

Benjamin Lee Ferguson, 42, of Ripley, formerly of Grenada, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford.

He was born March 8, 1977, in Grenada and was a graduate of Grenada High School and Holmes Community College. Lee was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ripley and was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. Lee was a man of many skills and spent a great deal of his life working in carpentry and construction.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. Jason Franklin, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Ripley, officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at McKibben and Guinn.

Survivors include his daughter McCasland Ferguson of Grenada; son Montgomery Ferguson of Grenada; mother and step-father, Jeannie and Fred Fortier of Ashland; father Sammy Ferguson of Grenada; two brothers, Sammy Ferguson III of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Joel Ferguson of Olive Branch; half-sister Kerri Deason of Grenada; step-sister Holly Fortier of Ripley; and step-brother Freddie B. Fortier of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Travis and Irene Bailey and Gerald and Ann Ferguson.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Coombs, Drew Coombs, Kyle Coombs, Michael Ferguson, Dexter Havens and Elliott Juchheim.

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).

Jean Switzer Fondren

Mrs. Jean Switzer Fondren, 89, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at her residence.

A memorial service will be announced in the Spring of 2020.

McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service is in charge.

Green D. Ingram

Funeral services for Green D. “Hun” Ingram of Grenada, formerly of Redgrass, are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Battle Temple Church of God in Christ with burial in Brown Cemetery.

Mr. Ingram, 98, died of natural causes on Dec. 21, 2019, at UMMC Grenada. He was born on Sept. 15, 1921.  Mr. Ingram enjoyed riding and was a great storyteller.

Mr. Ingram is survived by six daughters, Rosie Boyder and Gwenda Ingram, both of Alabama; Eva Mae Ingram and Evelyn Ingram, both of Jersey City, N.J.; Johnnie Ruth Ingram and Betty Jo Lewis, both of Grenada; and  son Billy Ingram of Grenada.

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

Martha Frances McMaster

Martha Frances Davis McMaster, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at the age of 96 at Providence Assisted Living in Grenada.

She was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Tie Plant to W.D. and Nancy Downey Davis. Frances was a 1940 graduate of Grenada High School. She began a career at Binswanger Mirror Co. in 1954 and retired 34 years later. She was an active member of First Baptist Church Grenada where she had been a member for 83 years. She had taught both fifth grade girls and the Senior Adult Ladies class in Sunday School. She was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Union. She is also a former member of the Grenada Pilot Club where she served in several offices including president. She also participated in the Community Bible Study serving as a group leader.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 27, at First Baptist Church in Grenada with Dr. John Boler officiating. Interment followed in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail Davis (Charles) and Betty Brister (Ward); three granddaughters, Marty Lea (Kenny), Betty Cummings (David) and Mary Catherine Guinn (Brian), all of Grenada; a grandson Davis Brister(Suzanne) of Mandeville, La. and nine great-grandchildren, Parker Lancaster (Anna), Anna Catherine Easterling (Morgan), Justin Lea (Milo), Jordan Lea, McKenzie Cummings, Matt Cummings, Jacob Brister, Patrick Brister and Ryan Brister.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Mary Lou Pittman; brother Ralph Davis; and two nieces, Betty Faye Pittman and Nancy Tribble.

Pallbearers wer Davis Brister, David Cummings, Matt Cummings, Morgan Easterling, Parker Lancaster, Justin Lea and Kenny Lea.

Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church Grenada or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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).

Katie Bell Mullins

Funeral services for Katie Bell Mullins will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Crooked Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mullins, 73, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Grenada. Interment will be in the Cliburn Cemetery.

Mrs. Mullins was born on May 30, 1946, in New Hebron to Jessie O. Turnage and Dortha Marie Sills Turnage, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Mullins is survived by her husband Donny Mullins of Holcomb; son Eddie Mullins of Marmaduke, Ark.; two grandchildren; sister Jessie Marie Stephens of Silver Creek; and brother Lester Turnage of Silver Creek; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. until service time at Crooked Creek Baptist Church.

Saulters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Parker

Mr. James Parker, 89, of Holcomb, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. at Grenada Health and Rehab.

He was born May 27, 1930 in Essex, Mo. James had worked in construction for many years and was a member of Zion Grove Church of God of Prophecy. Mr. Parker honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 27, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. William Tribble officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Memory Hill Garden in Memphis.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years Mattie Freeman Parker of Holcomb; four sisters-in-law, Fran Osborne of Roanoke, Va., Jean Freeman of Grenada, Louise Freeman of Owasso, Okla., and Marie Freeman of Enid; brother-in-law Dan Freeman and his wife Sandra of Spring Hill, Tenn., and a host of nieces and nephews.

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).

Joseph Glynn Reece

Joseph Glynn Reece, 75, born April 11, 1944, in Shreveport, La., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at the UMMC Grenada Emergency Room.

A technical specialist for Schlumberger, he was the son of the late George Allen Reece and Jessie Elizabeth Hendricks Reece. He was an Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years Bonnie Young Reece; daughter Rebecca Smith of Bruce; sons, Richard Smith of Grenada and Malcolm Smith of Grenada; sister Nina Sandarol of Jefferson, Texas; brothers, John Paul Reece of Alexandria, La., Clarence Reece of Van, Texas, and Bob Reece of Avinger, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister Nell Bennett and a brother Carl Wayne Reece.

The family will have a private service later.

Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959

Womble Funeral Home is in charge.

Kay French  Rodick

Ms. Kay French Rodick, 83, of Coffeeville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada.

She was born Jan. 19, 1936, in the Airmount Community of Yalobusha County to Roy Leander and Freda Flake Coker French. Kay enjoyed a successful career with Shell Oil Company and Shell Offshore as a legal secretary. She was a faithful and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with the Rev. Truman Scarborough and the Rev. Craig Baker officiating. Interment will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Survivors include a daughter Donna Morgan (Kenny) of New Orleans; son Steven Scott Rodick (Christine) of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; granddaughter, Kaycie Lynn Morgan of Orlando, Fla.; and a brother David French of Kennewick, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Kathryn French and Jo Anne Eynon; and two brothers, James Kenneth French and Roy Lynn French.

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).

Richard Edward West

Funeral services for Richard Edward “Truck” West of Grenada are Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mattox Center in Grenada with burial in Haven Rest Cemetery.

Mr. West, 60, died at his residence on Dec. 17, 2019.  He was born on Aug. 12, 1959.  Mr. West was a retired truck driver who loved fishing, telling jokes, and hanging with his family.

Mr. West is survived by his mother Geneva Brown of Grenada;  two daughters, Demetria Conley and Courtney West, both of Denton, Texas;  a son Richard R. West of Denton, Texas;  nine sisters, Evelyn Brown, Brenda Brown, Karen Harbin, Betty Hoskins and Shirley Wiggins, all of Grenada, Maria Willingham of Water Valley, Joann Pittman of Toledo, Ohio, Jacklyn Pittman of Michigan and Annie Tedford of Canton;  and six brothers, Stanley Brown, Larry Brown and RT West, all of Grenada; Darren Brown of Oakland, Calif., Terry Hankins of Calhoun City and Lynn Green of St. Louis.

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