Michael Wayne Latham, Mildred Joyce Manning, Lev Mister, Jean Carver Nations, The Rev. Jack S. Smith Jr., Andreas LaDallas Tenner, Willie Mae Washington

Michael Wayne Latham

Michael Wayne Latham, 71, of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday,March 8, 2020, at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Mike was born on November 21, 1948, to Herbie Young Latham and Dorothy Dean Dykes Latham in Grenada. On Oct. 17, 1975, he married Barbara Jane Coleman Latham in Grenada. When he was just three years old, Mike was diagnosed with polio, and was soon transported to Memphis for care. During this time, he because a poster child for the March of Dimes and met the famous cowboy, Roy Rogers. This time in his life endowed Mike with an unrelenting spirit of perseverance, coupled with an empathetic heart for those in pain.
Mike was a passionate and talented musician who shared his gifts of song with everyone whenever possible. He played trumpet, guitar, some piano, and was a member of the choir at First Baptist Church in Cleveland for many years. In addition to music, Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking long drives in the country, golfing, and was known among his friends and family for his scrumptious home-cooked meals. Mike worked in the cable television industry for over 35 years, working his way up from the bottom to management of multiple cable systems. Mike’s joy for life and good humor were infectious and felt by all those who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Mr. Latham is survived by his son Geoffrey Latham (Leigh) of Cleveland and daughter, Melody Latham Cohn (Jeremy) of Chicago; siblings, Arthur Latham (Sandra) of Brandon, Liz Bloodworth (Hollis) of Rosebloom and Carolyn Miles (Michael) of Grenada, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends and loved ones.

Mildred Joyce Manning

Mildred Joyce Manning, 40, died Sunday, April 12, 2020, when a tree fell on her home during the Easter storm.
Born Aug. 23, 1979, in Grenada, her parents are Joseph Ray Manning and Magnolia Gattis Manning of Oakland.
She is survived by her parents, her daughter Kristen Michelle Manning of Oakland; significant friend Timothy Darby of Sardis; and brother Jeffrey Stephen (Molly) Manning of Tyler, Texas,
Private graveside services were April 15 at Spring Hill Cemetery near Oakland.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA  71103
Womble Funeral Home was in charge.

Lev Mister

Graveside services for Lev Mister of Grenada were April 17 at Haven Rest Cemetery
Mr. Mister, 75, died April 12, 2020, at Grenada Living Center. He was born on Dec. 18, 1944. Mr. Mister was a former employee of the City of Grenada as an animal control officer
Mr. Mister is survived by his wife Shirley Mister of Grenada;  daughter Felicia Sanders of Grenada;  two sons, Jeffrey Mister of Southaven and Kenneth Mister of Oxford; one brother Eddie Mister of Milwaukee,  and sister, Leola Mister of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Jean Carver Nations

Mrs. Jean Carver Nations, 88, a resident of Providence Assisted Living in Grenada, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Grenada.
She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Holcomb to Dewey Lee and Arianna Montgomery Clanton. Mrs. Nations attended Sparta United Methodist Church and Hillside Baptist Church where she sang with the Hillside Singers. She retired after working 32 years as the manager of the Wonder Bread Store in Grenada.
A graveside service was held Monday at the Sparta Cemetery near Holcomb.
Survivors include four sons, Michael Wayne Carver  (Veronica) of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Marion Keith Carver (Sandy) of Grenada, Darrell Alan Carver of Holcomb and Kenneth Edward Carver (Brendia) of Brighton, Tenn.; one step-daughter Wanda Turner (Jerry) of North Chesterfield, Va.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Avery “Bill” Nations; grandson Stephen Carver and a daughter-in-law Paulette Carver.
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).

The Rev. Jack S. Smith Jr.

The Rev. Jack Stigler Smith Jr., 84, of Grenada passed away peacefully Sunday, April 19, 2020, at UMMC-Jackson with family at his side.
The Rev. Smith was born in Ruleville on June 18, 1935, to Jack Stigler Smith and Helen Gorton Smith. At the age of two, his family moved to Marks. He was a graduate of Marks High School in 1953. During the summer following graduation he worked as a file clerk for the FBI in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for four years. Most of this time was spent at Edwards Air Force Base in California where he was a photographer for the Flight Testing Center and a water safety instructor. Additionally, he served as a reserve chaplain for the U.S. Navy.
He enrolled in college following his service in the Air Force and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University. As a member of Marks United Methodist Church, Jack received his call to the ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Emory University, Candler School of Theology. His first appointment was the Holcomb Charge in Grenada County. His last appointment with the Mississippi United Methodist Conference brought him back full circle to Grenada County to First United Methodist Church of Grenada where he served seven years before retiring in 1999.
During 40 years of active ministry in the United Methodist Church, he served as pastor in Kingston and Paulding County Charges in Georgia and the following Mississippi Conference appointments: Holcomb Charge, Weir Charge, Flower Ridge Charge (Louisville), Broadacres UMC (Columbus), Aberdeen FUMC/Strong UMC, Greenville FUMC, St. John’s UMC (Greenwood), and Grenada FUMC. He served as the District Superintendent of the Greenwood District UMC from 1983-1988. He also served on various United Methodist Conference boards and committees. After retirement from Grenada FUMC, Bro. Jack was a counselor and interim director of Tie Plant School with the Grenada School District. He was enrolled in the Grenada Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds in 2002.
A private family service was held Friday, April 24, at First United Methodist Church in Grenada with the Rev. Daniel Herring officiating. Interment with military honors was at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery near Enid.
The Rev. Smith is survived by his wife of 59 years and 11 months, Sally House Smith; son the Rev. Daniel L. Smith and his wife Wendy of Tunica; daughter DeAnn Griffin and her husband Jimbo of Grenada; three grandchildren, Tiffany Smith Moore (Jarrod), Sarah Kate Griffin and Lindsey Belle Griffin; and a great-grandchild: Grace Arrahbelle Moore; one brother, the Rev. Gorton Smith and his wife Linda of Las Cruces, N.M. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and cousins.
Memorials may be directed to “The Memorial Fund” at First United Methodist Church – Grenada.
The family would like to thank Dr. Joseph Roberts and staff, the staff of Grenada Living Center, UMMC Home Health Agency, UMMC-Grenada, and UMMC-Jackson for the compassionate care they rendered during his time of illness.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Andreas LaDallas Tenner

Graveside services for Andreas LaDallas “Dre” Tenner of Grenada, formerly of Charleston,  were April 17, at Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Tenner, 42, died of renal failure on April 10, 2020, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. He was born on Nov. 14, 1977. Mr. Tenner was a musician, photographer, gospel radio disc jockey and an assistant supervisor. He was also working on a business degree at Hinds Community College.
Mr. Tenner is survived by his mother Jeannie Cain of Southaven and sister Shirika Putman of Southaven.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Willie Mae Washington

Missionary Willie Mae Washington was born March 22, 1922, to Jennie Lou Goins and Ashford Goins, one of 13 children.
She died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Missionary Washington accepted Christ at an early age and was brought to “holiness” one night listening to Elder Nathaniel Battle at Battle Temple COGIC in Grenada. She was a Missionary for 53 years. She stayed faithful for years to ministry of Battle Temple COGIC. As she was called to the mission field she moved her membership to Pilgrim Rest COGIC in Oakland. She was faithful and served in the Usher Department, Kitchen Ministry and Church Mother.
In 2012, Missionary Washington was recognized by the community as a Good Neighbor in the GrenadaStar. This is from that recognition:
“In her younger days, when she was about 80, Mrs. Washington of Grenada spent a lot of time in pool halls. She wasn’t shooting eight- or nine-ball; she was preaching God’s word.
“This woman is an inspiration to me,” said Barbara Benson. “She’s my role model. She teaches women how to love themselves and take care of their families, and she still travels, teaching the word of God. She ministers to people anywhere she finds someone to listen, including jails and pool halls.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Washington and 10 siblings.
Survivors include a son William Washington Jr. of Grenada; a grandson Christopher Washington of Austin, Texas; sister Pastor Pathenia Stegall of Tinley Park, Ill.; a brother Joe Goins of Grenada; three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and church members.
Graveside services were Saturday, April 18, at Haven Rest Cemetery in Grenada.