O’Vera Bennett, Betty Brasher Gray, William ‘Monk’ Griffin, William Andrew Jones, Claude Ledford, Thomas Edward Stanford, Louise Trussell, Octavia Liane Westbrook

O’Vera Bennett

O’Vera P. Bennett, 96, of Meridian, formerly of Grenada, died Monday, June 29, 2020, in Meridian.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn.

Betty Brasher Gray

Mrs. Betty Katherine Brasher Gray, 83, of Holcomb, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, at her residence.
She was born June 22, 1937, in the Leverett Community of Tallahatchie County to Charles Ernest and Katherine Rebecca Barton Brasher. Betty married the love of her life, Paul Lindsey Gray on Feb. 14, 1960, and they enjoyed 60 wonderful years of marriage together.
She was a devoted homemaker and the model farmer’s wife working alongside her husband tirelessly to support their farming operation. A wonderful cook, Betty cooked for an army daily. Friends and family alike have enjoyed many delicious meals at her table. An avid sports enthusiast, Betty thoroughly enjoyed watching Mississippi State sports as well as other SEC teams. While Betty will be deeply missed by those who loved her, we find comfort in knowing she held in her soul the cure to death, a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A service to celebrate her life was held June 28 at Holcomb Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Tribble officiating. Eulogies were delivered by her daughters, Jan Gray Walton and Audrey Gray McBride. Interment was in the Holcomb Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Paul Lindsey Gray of Holcomb; two daughters, Jan Gray Walton of Holcomb and Audrey Gray McBride (Rocky) of Starkville; one son Chadwick Paul Gray (Robin) of Holcomb; two sisters, Sarah Huber of Ridgeland and Lyn Hailey of Meridian; two brothers, Ernest Brasher (Ann) of Leverett and Bill Brasher (Judy) of Holcomb; sister-in-law Sandra Gray Alford (Gene) of Cumming, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Katie Beth Walton Axton (Quinn), Hamilton Gray McBride (Erin), Harrison James McBride (Madison), Madalyn Alexandria McBride, Anna Marie Gray, Colton Paul Gray and Jordan Russell Simmons.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Sammy Brasher.
Pallbearers were Lynn Carpenter, Josh Coffman, Larry DeLoach, Marc Hayward, Harry Lott Jr., and Keith Watson.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibbben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

William ‘Monk’ Griffin

Mr. William Earl ‘Monk’ Griffin, 84, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his daughter’s residence in Hernando.
He was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Calhoun City to James Holman and Myrtle Crowley Griffin. Mr. Griffin honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force for over 21 years. He also worked night security for Universal Steel in Grenada and at both sale barns in Grenada and Winona for over 20 years.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Cemetery near Grenada with the Rev. Phillip Cook officiating.
Survivors include four daughters, Candice A. Jordan of Caledonia, Monica Holland of Hernando, Lisa Mitchell (Bert) of Winona, and Cynthia Griffin of Calhoun City; two sons, William Earl “Billy” Griffin Jr. and Scott Griffin (Heather) both of Grenada; two sisters, Nell Dabney (Elmer) of Hernando and Judy Gillis (Allen) of Grenada; one brother Bob Griffin (Inette) of Millbrook, Ala.; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Beatrice Griffin; brother James ‘Sonny’ Griffin and a granddaughter Mercedes Sellers.
Pallbearers will be Allen Gillis, Tim Gillis, Christopher Griffin, Matthew Griffin, Bert Mitchell, J.R. Sellers and Jason Simmons.
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).

William Andrew Jones

A graveside service for William Andrew Jones formerly of Rochester, N.Y. and native of Grenada, will be held Friday, July 3, at noon, at Haven Rest Cemetery .
Mr. Jones, 52, died at his home on June 21, 2020. He was born on Feb. 22, 1968.
Mr. Jones is survived by his mother Lorene Jones Parker, daughter Emma Blanchard of Ellicot City, Maryland; two sons, Tedric Jones and Marquise Jones, both of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister Vynshay Nance of Grenada; and a brother Timothy Jones of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Claude Ledford

Mr. Claude Lowell Ledford, 80, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada.
He was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Sumner to Claude and Eula Idell Calder Ledford. Mr. Ledford honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. C.L. was a retired truck driver and had worked for many years prior to that as a paint contractor. He was an avid fisherman.
A visitation honoring C.L.’s life will be held from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada. Immediately following visitation, a graveside service will be held at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Grenada with the Rev. James McElroy officiating.
Survivors include a sister Jone Kennedy (Joe) of Grenada; three nieces, Terri Bardwell of Kennesaw, Ga., Renee Brady of Liberty, N.C. and Archie Lynn Clanton (Mike) of San Antonio, Texas; one nephew Allen Dykes (Tara) of Grenada; and special extended family that he thought of as his own son, Ricky and Debbie Johnson of Duck Hill; grandsons, Kenny and Cecily Johnson of Duck Hill and Shannon and Jill Sicklas of Winona and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Archie Wilford Ledford.
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).

Thomas Edward Stanford

Mr. Thomas Edward “Big Ed” Stanford, 89, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his residence.
He was born May 23, 1931, in Amory to Jesse Floyd and Sarah Ethelyn Williams Stanford. Ed worked at Spain’s Big Star for 27 years and was the owner of Stanford & Son Grenada Meat Company. In 1991, he began a very industrious lawn care business that he worked tirelessly in until July 2019.
He was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 64 years where he served in many capacities including Sunday School Director, Training Union Director, Deacon and on the Pastor Search and Finance Committees. An avid outdoorsman, he always enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ed was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered by his family as a glimpse of what our Heavenly Father will be like when we see Him face to face.
A graveside service was held Saturday, June 27, at the Vance Cemetery near Slate Springs with the Rev. Keith Taylor, Dr. Brent Barker and the Rev. J. Barry Worrell officiating.
Survivors include his wife Iris West Stanford who he would have celebrated 70 years of marriage with on July 2, 2020; three daughters, Sonja Denise Walker of Ruston, La., Lisa Dawn McCuiston (Mike) of Starkville and Bethany Caron Barham-Ambron (Marty) of Grenada and Mobile, Ala,; one son Thomas Jeffrey Stanford (Cindy) of Brandon; four sisters, Joyce Fay Fulco, Sarah Katherine McKee, Donna Jo Janowicz and Tina Marie Barajas; three brothers, Forrest Gene Stanford, Darryl Lyn Stanford and Michael Ray Stanford; nine grandchildren, Keri Walker Taylor (Keith), Bradley Walker (Katie), Meredith Betts (Ronnie), Blake McCuiston (Ashley), Hope Vancil, Kylea Sanderock Miller, Jody Sanderock, Amy Barham and Chris Ambron; 13 grandchildren, Anna, Logan, William and Luke Taylor, Vivian and Townes Walker, Sydney and Parker Vancil, Carson and Hayden Betts, Brantley and Emma McCuiston and Carole Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Betts, Jim Matos, Blake McCuiston, Jody Sanderock, Bradley Walker and Terry West. Honorary Pallbearers will be George Byrd, Marshall Harris, the Rev. Eugene Heimbach and Don Tartt.
Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Gideons International or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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).

Louise Trussell

Louise Clanton Trussell passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
She was 93, born Jan. 29, 1927, in Sabougla to Mallory H. and Effie Cooper Clanton. She was raised in the Cadaretta community, attended Springhill schools and was a graduate of Holmes Junior College.
She is survived by her daughter Anita T. Bales of Brandon; son Mickey Trussell (Sandra) of Gore Springs, four grandchildren: Joey Trussell (Amy) of Gore Springs, Jennifer Trussell of Boca Raton, Fla., Jessica Emmons (Josh) and Jaime Bales of Brandon. She is also survived by a sister Jean Stewart of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Brack, Melvin and Travis Clanton all of Cadaretta, one sister Odean Middleton of West Point and son-in-law Tony Bales of Brandon.
Louise worked many years as a legal secretary for attorney William O. Semmes. After his retirement, she began her second career as purchase clerk for Grenada County. She served for more than 25 years before retiring at the age of 76. She was a long term member of First Baptist Church of Grenada, where she sang in the choir. For many years, she was a member of the Pilot Club, serving a term as president from 1984 to 1985 and also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW). As an excellent seamstress, she made everything from Barbie doll dresses to evening gowns for her daughter and granddaughters. She loved remodeling and updating her house, and enjoyed working in her yard.
A private graveside service was held Friday, June 26, at Bradford Chapel cemetery.
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).

Octavia Liane Westbrook

A graveside service for Octavia Liane Westbrook was held on June 20, at Fleming Cemetery in Scobey.
Ms. Westbrook, 27, died on June 11, 2020. She was born on July 30, 1992. Ms. Westbrook was a member of the Coffeeville High School Class of 2010. She then went on to earn her CNA license. Ms. Westbrook enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Westbrook is survived by her parents, Delisa Suggs and Shelly Wilks, both of Scobey; seven sisters, Margo Westbrook and Valencia Westbrook, both of Grenada; Peresphone Wilks of Scobey, Tonya Ray-Smith of Atlanta, Shana Tyler of Lexington, Ky., Sharday Tyler and Chyna Tyler, both of Detroit; and one brother Marchello Westbrook of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.