Charles Steve Ayers, Billy Ferguson, Joyce Stafford Smith, Joel C. Turnipseed

Charles Steve Ayers

Charles Steve Ayers, 79, of Carrollton passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Carroll County to Sam and Sarah Vance Ayers. He was member of Liberty Baptist Church. Mr. Ayers was an auctioneer and real estate broker for over 20 years. He was  an Air Force veteran.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 18, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada. Interment was in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Carroll County.
Survivors include his wife Elsa Ayers, one son Sam Allen Ayers (Kim) of Carrollton, one step-grandson Joshua McNatt of Biloxi, two sisters, Sammie Allen and Sandra Wilbourn, both of Grenada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Countiss Whitfield and one brother George Douglas Ayers.
Pallbearers were Johnny Allen, Will Allen, Bruce Brannon, Mike Lee, Keith Mitchell and Scooter Shields.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Billy Ferguson

Funeral services for Murray Paul “Billy” Ferguson Jr. of Winona were Saturday, Jan. 18, at North Winona Baptist Church in Winona, with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
Military honors and Masonic rites were conducted at the graveside.
Mr. Ferguson, 83, died at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.  He was born on June 14, 1936, to Murray Paul and Helen Serena Rodgers Ferguson, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Ferguson was a retired self-employed welder, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of North Winona Baptist Church. He was also a Shriner, a member of American Legion Post #52, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason with the Winona Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Thompson Ferguson of Winona; daughters, Judy Collins of Winona and Jan Fields of Holcomb; son Andy Ferguson of Winona; sister Becky Marter of St. Louis; eight grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Oliver Funeral Home was in charge.

Joyce Stafford Smith

Mrs. Joyce Stafford Smith, 89, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Grenada.
She was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Winona to Willie Lee and Gladys Oliver Stafford. Joyce was a graduate of Winona High School and Holmes Junior College. She enjoyed a long career with South Central Bell where she earned many awards over her 30 year career. After retiring from South Central Bell, she enjoyed another successful career with World Book Encyclopedias where she rose to the title of Division Manager.
While Joyce was revered for her strong work ethic, she was equally respected for the work she did to better her community. Joyce was a member of First United Methodist Church of Grenada, the Grenada Pilot Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. One of her quotes to live by was “Prayers should be the key to the day and the lock to the night.” She will be missed by her family and friends, but we find peace in knowing she has heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Jimmy Hood officiating. Interment was in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Tracy Smith of Grenada and Cole Smith (Julie) of Jackson; one sister Elsie Stafford Bloodworth of Collierville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Brandon Smith (Kelley) of Grenada, Andrea Mendez (James) of Gulfport, Matthew Smith of Oxford and Meredith Suggs (Bryan) of Charlotte, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Baylor Smith, Skye Mendez and Austin Suggs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred C. Smith; two sisters, Patricia Ann French and Margaret Stafford, and two brothers, Oliver “Popeye” Stafford and Walton Stafford.
Pallbearers were Brandon Smith, Matt Smith, Haley Bennett, Lane Bennett, Bryan Doty and Craig Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Harmon, Bill Dean, Dan McClain, Herbert Townsend, Sam Testa and Eddie Cooper.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Joel C. Turnipseed

Mr. Joel C. Turnipseed, 83, of Grenada died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service.