Helen Jean Thighpen Tharpe; Durrett ‘Deeby’ Peeples; Tony Frank Portera Jr.

Helen Jean Thighpen Tharpe

Helen Jean Thigpen Tharpe, 74, of Grenada, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at UMMC Grenada.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Tharpe was born on Oct.7, 1945, and was the daughter of the Lavel Thigpen and Sadie Loyce Mabry Thigpen.
Helen was employed by Heatcraft for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Tharpe was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy Edward Tharpe and son Robbie Lynn Tharpe.

She is survived by daughter Tanya A. Baker and her husband Jeffrey; son James R. Tharpe and his wife Angela; brother Charles W. Thigpen; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her dog Bullett.

Memorials may be made to the North Mississippi Animal Rescue Organization at www.northmsanimalsrecue.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.nfhgrenada.com.

Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Durrett ‘Deeby’ Peeples

Mr. Durrett “Deeby” Barnes Sayle Peeples, 76, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.

Deeby was a lifelong resident of Coffeeville and is survived by his daughter Penelope “Penny” Peeples of Memphis; brothers, Ralph Lawrence Peeples (Martha Ann) of Brookhaven and Bradley Stuart Peeples of Coffeeville, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Wagner and Elma Sayle Peeples, sisters Patricia “Chip” Peeples Covington, Elaine Peeples Boyle and Flavia “Toots” Peeples Waddell.

Deeby retired from the United States Army as a captain where he was a Green Beret, 101st Airborne, Special Forces, Army Ranger and OCS graduate.  He served two tours in the Vietnam War. He graduated from The University of Mississippi and loved watching all Ole Miss Rebels sports.  He was a member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church.

Due to current circumstances, a private graveside service will be held at the Coffeeville Cemetery led by Pastor Stacy Douglas.
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).

Tony Frank Portera Jr.

Tony Portera, 77, slipped peacefully from his home into eternity to join his beloved Jesus forever on Monday, April 13, 2020.

He was born and raised in Grenada and lived in Memphis while working at First Tennessee Bank. He spent the past 30 years in Brandon.

Mr. Portera is survived by his wife Joy Ferguson Portera; two sons, Parish Glen Portera of Grenada and Anthony Page Portera of Long Beach; daughter Laneisa Portera Moore (Coleman) of Opelika, Ala.; one sister Tonita Vick (Jerry) of Grenada; two grandsons, Isaac Portera and Cayson Moore, and one granddaughter Amy Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony Frank Portera and Jennie Portera, and a sister Honey Shields.

Tony was a member of Pinelake Church at the Reservoir and a faithful Christian follower. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and dearly loved the “Mississippi State Bulldogs.” Football was near and dear to his heart, as he was proud to have played on Coach Bob Ellard’s Little Ten Conference Championship team in Grenada. Tony loved to hunt and fish with friends, most specifically those at Turnbull Creek Hunting Camp at DuBard. He was an accomplished musician, of which he dedicated a large portion of his life, beginning as the social chairman for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at MSU. He formed and played in numerous bands over the years to include the Sundowners, Sugar Blues, Mississippi X, and others. He was also a gifted songwriter/composer and compiled quite a collection of original gospel tunes. He also had a love for the café and restaurant business that could not be denied as he worked with his father at the Chicken Inn, later contracting with the Illinois Central Railroad to sell chicken boxes on the trains with no diners. This led to the Railroad Lunch Counter during the 1960s and eventually Portera’s Resturant, all located in Grenada.

Due to current circumstances, a private family graveside service will be held Friday, April 17, at the Duck Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Samaritan’s Purse.

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).