Bernice Chism, Bobby Gene Fleming, Lagray ‘Nennie’ Ford, Martha Horton Honeycutt, John Alfred Martin, Jesse A. ‘Sonny’ Pyron, Willie Mae Smith, Carolyn M. Ward

Bernice Chism

A graveside service for Bernice Chism of Grenada was held Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Chism, 80, died of natural causes at UMMC Grenada on April 28, 2020.
She was born on April 4, 1940. Mrs. Chism was a homemaker and a caregiver. She was a graduate of Carrie Dotson High School.
Mrs. Chism is survived by two sons, Jeffrey L. Chism Sr. of Plainfield, Ill. and Stephen B. Chism, Sr. of Grenada;  and step daughter, Gloria Myers of Memphis.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Bobby Gene Fleming

Mr. Bobby Gene Fleming, 86, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Pittsboro. Bobby, a graduate of Mississippi State University, had spent most of his working life in sales. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a member of the Grenada Exchange Club, a Mason and a Gideon. Bobby will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, but above all, a devoted follower of Christ.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Grenada with Dr. Brent Barker officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joyce Tadlock Fleming; two sons, Robert Bradford ‘Brad’ Fleming of Memphis and Chris D. Fleming (Shannon) of Hernando; two sisters, Shelia Franks of Okolona and Sandra Keown of Calhoun City; and three grandchildren, Claire, Jace and Asa Fleming.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cooper and Lillie Mae Davis.
Memorials may be directed to Emmanuel Baptist Church or to Gideons International.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Lagray ‘Nennie’ Ford

A graveside service for Lagary ‘Nennie’ Ford of Grenada was held Saturday, May 2, at Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Ford, 57, died of natural causes on April 22, 2020. He was born on April 22, 1963. Mr. Ford enjoyed walking and being around family and friends.
Mr. Ford is survived by his daughter Myeisha Michelle of Grenada;  and two brothers, Robert Ford and Petoria Ford, both of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Martha Horton Honeycutt

Mrs. Martha Horton Honeycutt, 81, of Madison, Ala., passed away on April 28, 2020, at her home with family and friends at her side.
Sh3 was born in Marks on Dec. 17, 1938, to Harry Lee Horton and Nora Youngblood Horton. In January, 1939, the family moved to Grenada County from the Mississippi Delta. She was a graduate of John Rundle High School in Grenada.
She married John Hervey Honeycutt on June 13, 1959, and they moved to Starkville for her husband to complete his senior year at Mississippi State University in mechanical engineering.
They moved to Huntsville, Ala., in June, 1960, as her husband had accepted at job at Redstone Arsenal.
Mrs. Honeycutt was a member of Asbury Methodist Church of Madison. She was a homemaker for several years raising their three children. Her interests were cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. She later became the Office Manager for Dr. J. Robert Johnson at The Occupational Health Center for about thirty years before retirement.
A private graveside service was held at Huntsville Memory Gardens with Dr. Alan Weatherly officiating.
Mrs. Honeycutt is survived by her husband John Hervey Honeycutt, of almost 61 years; son John Hervey Honeycutt Jr. and his wife Terri of Madison, daughter Jeanne H. Turner of Madison, daughter Christie H. Serrano and her husband John of Huntsville; four grandchildren, Terri Lynn Turner, John Wesley Turner, Trey Honeycutt, and Megan Serrano; and a great granddaughter, Amber Bowab; two brothers, Harold L. Horton and his wife, Mary, of Madison, and Donald C. Horton and his wife, Diana, of Foley, Ala.; three sisters, Barbara Horton Woods of Grenada, Brenda Horton Tilghman of Tupelo, and Debra Horton Burt of Texarkana, Texas. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends that she loved so much.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alabama Children’s Home, 1404 16th Avenue, S.E., Decatur, AL 35601.
Arrangements were entrusted to Legacy Chapel Funeral Home of Madison.

John Alfred Martin

Mr. John Alfred Sidney Martin, 79, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the UMMC Grenada.
He was born Jan. 23, 1941, in Grenada to Sayles Allen Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Jackson Martin. He spent most of his working life employed at Randall Textron and Heatcraft in Grenada.  Mr. Martin honorably served our country in the National Guard and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. An accomplished musician, he enjoyed playing the piano and guitar and also wrote and recorded his own music.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, at the Grenada Memorial Garden with the Rev. Eugene Heimbach officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Johnnie Harrison of Grenada, Kathy Williamson (Stanley) of Rosebloom, Julie Martin of Tupelo and Amanda Duke (Glen) of Grenada; two brothers, Sayles Martin Jr. of Grenada and George Martin of Amory; seven grandchildren, Brian Eads, Elizabeth Eads, Jonathan Harrison, Anna Gillespie, Kaitlin Henson, Michele McCarley and Payton Duke; and three great-grandchildren, Harper Harrison, Grace Gillespie and Olivia McCarley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ruby Frances Voyles Martin.
Pallbearers will be Glen Duke, Payton Duke, Brian Eads, Jonathan Harrison, Lee Jackson, Chris Martin, Harry McCarley and Stanley Williamson.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694). Jean Carver Nations

Jesse A. ‘Sonny’ Pyron

Mr. Jesse A. ‘Sonny’ Pyron of Duck Hill passed away at his home on Thursday, April 30.
The family held a private graveside service on Sunday, May 3, at Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Duck Hill.
Mr. Pyron, 81, was born on Nov. 18, 1938, to Clyde and Jessie Lee Adams Pyron. He was a retired machinist for Heatcraft in Grenada and was a veteran of the Mississippi Army National Guard.  He was a member of the Red Hill Church of Christ near Duck Hill. Mr. Pyron was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Larry Pyron and Greg Pyron; and his grandson, Austin Waldo.
Mr. Pyron is survived by his wife Weida Blaylock Pyron of Duck Hill; his daughter Vanessa Waldo of Round O, South Carolina; his son Michael Pyron of Grenada; and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution do so in memory of Jesse Pyron and Austin Waldo to the  Catalyst Foundation (, 1918 SE Division St. #1022, Portland, OR 97266.
Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( handled the arrangements.

Willie Mae Smith

Mrs. Willie Mae Heath Brannon Smith, 93, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020, at Providence Assisted Living.
She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Carroll County to Guy William and Cornelia Vance Heath. She had worked for many years at Pennaco Hosiery in Grenada and was a member of Wayside Baptist Church. Mrs. Willie Mae will be fondly remembered for her decadent caramel cakes that were enjoyed by so many.  Her sweet spirit and positive outlook on life will be treasured by her loved ones for generations to come.
A private graveside service will be held at Grenada Memorial Garden with the Rev. Rickey Harris officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Brenda Thomas of Southaven, Liz Trotter of Brighton, Tenn., Mae White of Oxford and Doris Hodges of Grenada; one son David Brannon of Scobey; four sisters, Mary Ann Mays and Shelby Caffey, both of Grenada, Dorothy Clark of Holcomb and Edna McMahan of Grenada; one brother Bobby Heath of Grenada; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, George Brannon and Hention Smith; two sisters, Grace Collins and Sue Helen Heath; two brothers, Guy Heath Jr. and John W. Heath and a grandson, Derrick Hodges.
Memorials may be directed to Wayside Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Carolyn M. Ward

June Carolyn Mathis Ward, age 79, departed this Earth surrounded by family on April 26, 2020, at UMMC Jackson.
Carolyn was born on June 24, 1940, in Danville, Tenn., and was the daughter of the late Richard E. Mathis and Essie Mae Bradley Mathis. She grew up in a large family and was one of six siblings.
Carolyn was a dedicated dispatcher at the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department, and a hardworking manager for Ray’s Quick Stop. She was also employed at Wal-Mart in the receiving department. She loved her job at Wal-Mart and made life-long friends with her co-workers. She made many memories while working at Wal-Mart, but none as memorable as being able to take her grandchildren to work with her once a year. This was one of her favorite days to go to work.
Family was very important to her, and there was not a family event that she didn’t attend. Any opportunity to spend time with her family, she took and enjoyed herself. She was a big supporter of all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Spending time with them is what brought a smile to her face.
She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada. She loved to go to church and hear the word of God. Her favorite part was when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren sang in church. This brought so much joy to her life.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers lost at a very young age, and three sisters, Clara Rhinehart, Dorothy Workman, and Roberta Moss. She is also preceded in death by one son, Mst. Sgt. Glen Alan Ward and his wife Linda Tribble Ward.
She is survived by three daughters, Pam Melton (Johnny), Gale Holliday (Ernie), Kelly McNamee (Paul); two sons, Joey Ward (Candy) and Richard Ward. She was also survived by 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held April 30, at Bethel Cemetery, at Oxberry near Holcomb.
Pallbearers were her eight grandsons; Shane Melton, Michael Melton, Ernie Holliday III, Brad Holliday, Brian Holliday, Wesley Melton, Joey Ward III, and Justin Ward. Honorary Pallbearers were Jeff Pickle and Chris Hathcock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church at 245 Meadowbrook Road, Grenada, MS, 38901, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX, 75284-0692.
Mortimer National Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.