Top Kirk Hankins, Mary Linda Harper Fly, Major D. Heard Jr., Tucker Irvin Johnson Jr., Troye Lloyd Mims, Jimmie Donald Orr,

Top Kirk Hankins

Mrs. Top Kirk Hankins, 89, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at Providence Assisted Living.
She was born May 19, 1930, in Montgomery County to Joseph Alden and Talou Pyron Kirk.
Top was a member of First Baptist Church where she was very active as long as health allowed.  She was also an active member of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce where she served on numerous committees including Thunder On Water.  Mrs. Hankins was a lifetime member of the Grenada Garden Club.  She took great pride in her gorgeous yard growing every flower imaginable. While making her community a better place was always a priority, nothing was more important to her than her family. Top loved to prepare delicious meals and enjoyed sharing them with family at her table. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life, and she loved them with all of her heart.  Very much a “people-person.” She never met a stranger and could always be found offering a kind word or gesture.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at First Baptist Church Grenada with Dr. John Boler officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from noon until service time Saturday at the church.
Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Hankins and Clara Hankins, both of Grenada; three sons, Charles Everette Hankins of Grenada, Albert Burton Hankins (Jewel) of Grenada and Lee Joseph Hankins (Debbie) of Duck Hill; 10 grandchildren, Heather Hankins, Mandy Hankins, Lee Ann Hankins, Amber Hankins, Lee Joseph Hankins Jr., Phillip Penn, Burton Webb, Chad Hankins, Lana Hankins and Haley Hankins; 10 great-grandchildren, Haley Current Gudiel (Emmanuel), Stephanie Davis, Abbott Hankins, Ashlyn Lee, Jaxon Moore, Tripp Penn, Julez Moore, Joseph Rouse, Austin Hankins and Cayson Penn; one great-great-grandchild Cameron Dale Sturgis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband A. Burton Hankins; four sisters, Beatrice Kirk Masotti, Jenny Lou Kirk Rizzi, Frances Kirk Griffen and Margaret Kirk Oliver; five brothers, Jeff William “Ram” Kirk, Denzel “Skitter” Kirk, Melvin Whitney “Lee” Kirk, Curtis Carter Kirk and Billy Sennett Kirk; and two granddaughters, Rachel Agnes Hankins and Ginger Penn Current.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to her devoted caregiver Cleotha Echols, along with sitters, Gladys Odoms, Pearline Liddell, Demetrius Petty and Carolyn Edget. The family is also grateful to the nursing staff at Providence Assisted Living: Brandy Loftin, Amanda Rowland and Demetria Perry.
Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church Grenada.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Mary Linda Harper Fly

Mrs. Mary Linda Hartley Harper Fly, 75, of Tillatoba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Oakland to Billy Walker and Ouida Maude Lyon Hartley She retired after working over 30 years as the Administrative Secretary at Textron Auto in Grenada. Mary Linda was a member of Tillatoba Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with the Rev. Mark Luther and the Rev. Rickey Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from noon until service time Friday at McKibben and Guinn.
Survivors include her husband Kenneth Fly; two daughters, Tracy Harper and Rachel Harper McCaulla (Will), all of Tillatoba; one son Dennis Harper (Lisa) of Coffeeville; one sister Kathy Hartley of Tillatoba; one brother John Lyon Hartley (Laura) of Tillatoba; two grandchildren, Austin Wilbourn and Harley Kaye Harper; mother-in-law Freda Harper; one step-daughter Tracy Melvin (Rob) of Duck Hill; two step-sons Scot Fly and Gordon Fly, both of Duck Hill; seven step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Gary D. Harper.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Major D. Heard Jr.

Major D. Heard Jr., 76, passed away peacefully in his home in Grenada on Feb. 16, 2020.
Mr. Heard was born in Midland, Pa., to Mr. and Mrs. Major Heard on June 9, 1943. At the age of 15, he decided to move to Sallis, Miss., to live with his grandmother, the late Mae Eddie Love, on her farm.
He then went on to attend Alcorn A&M and graduated with a B.S. degree in Sociology. He taught history in Natchez before accepting a job with the newly-built Grenada High School in 1972. Mr. Heard spent well over 30 years teaching AP History. He was an emergency medical technician for Grenada Lake Medical Center for 18 years, as well as a park ranger at the Hugh White State Park in Grenada.
Mr. Heard was survived by his three children, Christopher, Vincent and Lindsey, and a host of nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Mr. Heard was preceded in death by his wife Lynda Faye Heard; his parents; his sister Elizabeth Lake; two brothers, Rodney and Glen Eugene Heard.
The funeral for Mr. Heard will be held at Greater Powell Chapel AME, Springhill Road, Grenada at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Family hour will be held at Skeeter Robinson Funeral Home, 1733B Commerce Street, Grenada, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Tucker Irvin Johnson Jr.

Tucker Irvin Johnson, Jr. of Naples, Fla., died Feb. 10, 2020.
He was born in Grenada on April 11, 1933, and was the son of Tucker Irvin Johnson and Dit Perry Johnson.
Tucker was always very involved in school. While he was a drummer for the middle school band, he also played in the high school band. In high school he played football, was a member of the honor society, was on the student council, high school newspaper, an Eagle Scout and member of the band.
Tucker went to Georgia Tech Institute of Technology on a military scholarship. He was in both the Sigma Chi fraternity and the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.
After college Tucker served as a midshipman, achieved the rank of Lieutenant and was stationed in the Azores, Portugal. When he and his family moved to Wilmington, Del., to work as chief processor for Atlas Chemical Company, he remained active in the Navy Reserves.
Surviving are his wife and best friend Elaine; his daughter Simmi; sister Claudia, along with grandchildren and other family members.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 Park Shore Drive, Naples, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to join the celebration of Tucker’s life at the memorial service, spreading of ashes and following reception.
Flowers are welcome (no lilies, please). Donations can be made to the Georgia Tech Foundation:

Troye Lloyd Mims

Troye Lloyd Mims lived a long and meaningful life of 92 years.
He and his identical twin Loye Luther Mims were born on March 23,1927, in Carroll County to Lloyd Luther Mims and Jimmie Dee Taylor Mims. He died peacefully in his home on Feb. 19, 2020, after a fall that resulted in a broken hip in March of 2019.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Loye Luther Mims, Gerald Crawford Mims and Jimmy Washington Mims. He is survived by one brother Marvin Taylor Mims of Holcombs.
He and his brothers grew up on the Mims Farm in Valley Hill, and they all graduated from J.Z. George High School and The University of Mississippi. Troye often spoke of going with his father and brothers hunting and fishing, but his fondest memories were bird hunting with his brothers. “We killed enough birds to feed the family and traded the rest for more shells,” he would say. “We might not have had much, but we always had good bird dogs.” Troye was a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Germany during the War.
Happily married for 52 years, Josephine Cunningham Mims preceded him in death. He worked in the cotton industry for many years at Staplcotn in Greenwood during the 1960s and 1970s. Also during those years, he and his twin owned Jitney Juniors and Snack-A-Minutes in many small towns in North Mississippi.
Together Troye and Josie created a loving home and a strong work ethic as they balanced home life and work life. His biggest hobby was Ole Miss football, and he exuberantly supported the program. Sunday School teacher and deacon in the church were two other activities that he held dear, and if you wanted to argue holy scripture, he was ready with chapter and verse.
During his retirement, he and his friends enjoyed their Coffee Club at the Biscuit Pit. You could find him any morning (except Sunday) talking and laughing with his friends there. He was fed and catered to by Shirley Ward, Verdie Roseman, Angie Bennett and John May for many years. They arranged his 90th birthday for friends and family at the Biscuit Pit because he was so comfortable at “the store.” The family expresses heartfelt thanks to these and so many others who cared for him through the years, especially Dr. Joseph Messina Jr. for his care, and the sitters who stayed with him in the last year of his life.
He is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Children and spouses are Devere and Lawana McLennan of Ridgeland; Troye Jr. and Jo Lynn Mims of Grenada; Brent Mims of Grenada; grandchildren and spouses are Milly and Hamilton Cort of Charlotte, N.C.; Kelly and Josh Guyton of Madison; Mims and Kelsey McLennan of Hattiesburg; Amanda and Alex Johnson of Memphis; Emily and Matt McCrory of Oxford; Troye III and Chelsea Mims of Clarksdale; Nikki and Taylor Mims; Joanna and Blaine Owens, Sarah Mims and Katie Mims of Grenada; great-grandchildren are Ally, Henry and Reynolds Cort; James, Dowling and Demi Guyton; Josie Johnson, Charlotte and Millie McCrory, Mason and Mila Mims; Kamryn, Vera Jane and Brett Owens.
We were so blessed by the life that our father led. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
The funeral service will be held at McKibben & Guinn Funeral Home  in Grenada on Sunday, Feb. 23. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. and the service will follow at 2:30 p.m.. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery in the Oxberry Community.
Memorials can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 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).

Jimmie Donald Orr

Sept. 7, 1935 – Feb. 16, 2020: Jimmie Donald Orr of Vaiden was born Sept. 7, 1935, to Stancy Neal and Jim Orr in Mississippi County, Ark.
He passed away at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.  He was 84 years old.
Services were Thursday, Feb. 20, at Vaiden Baptist Church in Vaiden, with  Bro. Bill Poole, the Rev. David Westmoreland, Jay Cothren, and the Rev. Leon Holly officiating. Burial was in the Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.
Pallbearers were Nathan Orr, Ralph Alexander, Jerry Shirley, Jimmy Webb, Rickey Corley, Dr. Ronnie McGehee, Randy Cothren and Ray Poole Jr.  Honorary pallbearers were Robbie Robertson, John Howell, Michael Bonner, Dennis Dean, Drew Lenard, Lee James and Dewayne Carpenter.
Mr. Orr was the fifth of five siblings and was preceded in death by his sister Katherine Marter (Burness); and brothers, Douglas Berryhill (Bonnie), Otis Orr (Fay) and Earnest Orr (Imagene).  He was also preceded in death by his son Jim Orr II.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda Cothren Orr; son Brent Orr; daughter Stancy Bond (Chris); three grandchildren, Kristin Bridges (Cameron), Kit Bond and Molly Bond; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Orr was a member of the Vaiden Baptist Church where he held many volunteer positions including deacon and building chairman. Donald, as he was known by friends and family, graduated from Meadville High School in Meadville in 1956.  He was known as the tough “one-arm” football player as Donald lost his right arm in a hunting accident when he was 15.  He attended Copiah Lincoln Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education.  Donald’s first agriculture education teaching assignment was at Bunker Hill High School in Columbia, where he was named one of the Top Ten Agriculture Teachers in Mississippi. He also taught at Grenada Vocational School and Meadville High School before becoming the FFA Farm and Camp Director in Grenada in 1973. During this time, he also became the Assistant State Supervisor of Agriculture Education serving North Central Mississippi.  In 1988, Donald became the State Vocational Agriculture Director until he retired in 1993. In subsequent years, he began the Agriculture Youth Apprenticeship Farm Management Program in Tillar, Ark.  After three successful years, Donald returned to Mississippi for full retirement.
Donald loved hunting, raising quail, gardening and working at his church. Always the educator, he believed everyone could learn and be successful.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Vaiden Baptist Church Cookshed Account, 501 Mulberry Street, Vaiden, MS 39176.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( handled the arrangements.
II Timothy 4:7-8; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for
me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.”