Vera Pharr Bennett, William Patterson Black, Christopher Lorenzo Collins, Archie C. Leggett, Thomas Randall Mitchell, Robbie C. Ray, William Clifford Taylor Jr., James Robert Thorne, Louise Wooten

Vera Pharr Bennett

Mrs. O’Vera Pharr Smith Bennett, 96, of Meridian, passed away Monday morning, June 29, 2020.
She was born in Air Mount, Miss., on June 26, 1924, to David and Myrtle Pharr and lived most of her adult life in Grenada.
As a young woman she worked for the hosiery mill in Grenada, and those early experiences echoed throughout her life. She enjoyed interacting with the community through sewing, tailoring new suits and Easter dresses. She retired as a nurse at the Care Inn in Grenada. Later in life she met her husband Harvey Lee “Nick” Bennett, who worked at the same hosiery mill. She was a loving mother and grandmother. While in Grenada, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church and volunteered in area nursing homes.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands “Nick” Bennett, who died 2003, and Palmer Smith, who died 1970; a son Johnny Smith; four brothers, Benny Pharr, Edward Pharr, Sherman Pharr and Alverton Pharr; and three sisters, Christine Pharr, Melinda Pharr and Rebel Connors.
She is survived by one grandson Austin Smith (Mary Margaret) of Memphis; one great-granddaughter Eleanor; two sisters, Maxine Castle and Aline McCary; brother James Pharr; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were Friday, July 3, at Woodlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Daniel Herring of First United Methodist Church Grenada officiating.
Memorials may be made in her memory to First United Methodist Church of Grenada.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

William Patterson Black

William Patterson Black, 95, passed away Friday July 3, 2020.
Surviving family includes four daughters, Linda (Reagan) Ford, Rebecca Black, Debby Franklin and Laurie (James) Ward; and one honorary daughter Sandy Bell. He leaves behind two sisters, Francis Moore and Dorothy Lee; one brother Charles (Norma) Black, and two sisters-in-love, Paulette Black and Joann Lowe; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
W.P. was a WW II combat soldier and staff sergeant in the Pacific Corridor. He was present when General MacArthur returned to the Philippines and participated in the post war occupation of Japan. W.P. had a 31-year career with the Miss. Dept. of Public Safety and was domiciled at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
Two peas in a pod were W.P. And Shirley Ann, with 65 years of marriage; their devotion to each other was a sight to see. Her dreams included seeing Hawaii and traveling the west coast. He made it happen.
He was the caretaker of the Oxberry Bayou Hunting Club in Holcomb for several years. It was there he got his trophy deer.
His family and relatives enjoyed vacationing at Hugh White State Park for years and had many Christmas gatherings at Cossar State Park. He loved his family fellowship.
A member of Gore Springs Baptist Church since 1982, W.P. was anointed a deacon on Oct. 21, 2001.
W.P. loved to fish for Grenada Lake crappie in the early morning. And he usually had an entourage of boats that would follow him to the best locations. Thirty-eight years later he would point out the perfect spots to catch the “big ones” when riding by Grenada Lake. He grew tomatoes for many neighbors of Shurden Estates for years, and he built his beloved  “cabin in the woods by the lake,” which he shared with his family.
Due to the pandemic, the memorial will be for family members only. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Gore Springs Baptist Church at 32505 Highway 8 East, Gore Springs MS 38929.
He has traded in his worn out body for a brand new heavenly body. He is with his beloved Shirley Ann in their place next to the throne of our Lord and Savior.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Christopher Lorenzo Collins

A graveside service for Christopher Lorenzo Collins of Charleston will be held on Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at Popular Springs M.B. Church Cemetery in Enid.
Mr. Collins, 35, died on June 29, 2020. He was born on Dec. 18, 1984. Mr. Collins was an auto diesel mechanic and a truck driver. He enjoyed drawing and tattooing.
Mr. Collins is survived by his mother Cathy Collins Pegues of Courtland;  father Jessie Herron of Charleston;  daughter Chrissiah Collins of Charleston; and five sisters, Melissa Henderson of Batesville, Vickie Pickens of Tippo, Samantha Collins of Crowder, Kaylan Herron and Jessica Herron, both of Charleston.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home will be in charge of services.
Eric Allen Johnson
A graveside service for Eric Allen Johnson was held Saturday, July 4, at Haven Rest Cemetery .
Mr. Johnson is survived by his father, John Harbin; four daughters, Eriyiona Johnson, E’Navion Johnson, Erin Johnson, and Khloe Vea; a son Eric Allen Johnson Jr.; five sisters, Latil Hardiman, Dominique Cross, Kimberly Johnson, Tiffany Byrd, and Vanessa Brown; and three brothers, Derrick Harbin, Prentiss “Shaun” Johnson, and Julius Brown
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Archie C. Leggett

Mr. Archie C. Leggett, 93, of Grenada, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at UMMC Grenada.
He was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Drew. Archie was an active member of First Baptist Church in Grenada.
A private graveside service  at Woodlawn Cemetery was officiated by Brother John Boler and Brother Jim Nunnelee and assisted by Wayne Roberts.
Archie grew up in Ruleville before serving in the Army becoming a veteran of World War II. After returning from the war, he met and married the love of his life Peggy Juawice Ingold of Indianola. They were married on Nov. 8, 1948. In 2019, they celebrated 71 years of marriage. They made their home in Greenwood, where Archie worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company for a few years. Then he began selling cars for Delta Chevrolet, where he received many awards. He continued selling cars at Delta Chevrolet until becoming co-owner of Cliff Colbert Chevrolet-Olds-Toyota ( called by many “The Chevrolet Place”) in Grenada. During his 40-year career in auto sales he sold new and used vehicles of all makes and models of automobiles and motorcycles.
Archie’s hobbies through the years included fishing, watching MSU Bulldogs and entertaining his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Also, he loved gardening, and he took pride in growing tomatoes and gifting them to his family and friends. He always tried to get the first ripe tomato by July 4. He did very much enjoy cruising town in his antique station wagon called the “Cruiser.”
Archie had many names around the house and Grenada, “DAD” around the Chevrolet Place, “Big Archie” by his three children and “Daddy Archie” by the grands and great-grands. Archie never met a stranger, and he loved meeting people and could most definitely be called a “people person.”
Mr. Leggett is survived by his wife Peggy of Grenada, son Archie Leggett Jr. (Glenda), Niceville, Fla., daughter Penny, (Irvin) Chaney, of Philadelphia, daughter, Patsy (Harold) Hankins of Ripley; grandchildren; Shannon Morrow (BJ), Brad Chaney (Stephanie), Lindsey Chaney, Krystle Stanley (Michael), Lauren Loper (Blake), 11 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Leggett was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mabry Leggett; brother Marvin Leggett, sisters Velma Browning and Jesse Irwin.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Blair, George Hightower, Harold Horton, Cannon Kirk, Dynamite Kirk, Thomas Ligon, Chuck McDaniel, David McWhorter, Ralph Petty and Ray Sellers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to First Baptist Church, 450 Faith Drive, Grenada, MS 38901.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Thomas Randall Mitchell

Mr. Thomas Randall “Randy” Mitchell, 57, of Grenada, passed away Monday, June 29, 2020, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson.
He was born May 5, 1963, in Greenville to Max and Mary Jo Dillard Mitchell. Randy owned and operated his own lawn care business for many years and also had worked at the Grenada Country Club. An avid outdoorsman, Randy always enjoyed looking for and expanding his arrowhead collection.
A graveside service was held Thursday, July 2, at the Grenada Memorial Garden with the Rev. Rickey Harris officiating.
Survivors include his daughter Hannah Mitchell of Grenada; sister Sharon Harrell of Grenada; two brothers, Mitch Mitchell and Craig Mitchell, both of Grenada, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Mike Mitchell.
Pallbearers were Johnny Allen, Doug McDonald, Knoxie Penn, Jeff Pickle, Tracy Smith and Andy Tucker. Haley Bennett served as an honorary pallbearer.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Robbie C. Ray

Mrs. Robbie C. Ray, 99, long-time resident of Grenada, died Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Gustine, Texas.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKibben and Guinn.
Evelina Stewart
A graveside service for Evelina Stewart of Grenada, formerly of Teoc, was held Friday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at Haven Rest Cemetery.
Mrs. Stewart, 96, died of natural causes at her home on June 29, 2020. She was born on June 16, 1924. Mrs. Stewart loved her family, church family and friends.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her three sons, William “Bo Jack” Sykes of Accokeek, Md., Kacy Stewart and George Sims, both of Grenada; and her sister Sadie Stewart of Grenada.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home was in charge of services.

William Clifford Taylor Jr.

Mr. William Clifford “W.C.” Taylor Jr., 74, of Grenada, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Grenada.
He was born Nov. 10, 1945, in Grenada to William Clifford and Mary Adeline Tilghman Taylor. W.C. retired as a technician with BellSouth where he worked for over 32 years. An accomplished musician, W.C. had performed all across North America from Prince Edward, Canada, to Mexico. He was inducted in the North America Country Music Association’s Hall of Fame and was honored to have played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. In addition to performing, he enjoyed writing and producing music in his studio, Circuit Rider Records. He also enjoyed performing on his weekly TV show, “The Circuit Rider,” which aired several years ago. W.C. was a devoted Christian and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Funeral services wee Friday, July 3, at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service with the Rev. Tim McCaffrey and Dr. John Boler officiating. Interment was in the Grenada Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Annelle Caldwell Taylor; one son Patrick Taylor and his wife Amy of Grenada; one granddaughter Riley Grace Taylor of Grenada; one sister Sandra Thrift (Bruce) of Grenada; one brother Dan Taylor (Suzie) of Birmingham; one sister-in-law Patti Taylor of Senatobia; and two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Caldwell of Grenada and John Caldwell (Gina) of Spokane, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Charles Thomas Taylor and a brother James Rodney Taylor.
Pallbearers were Clovis Caldwell, Levi Caldwell, Nathan Caldwell, David Kyle, Mark Tilghman and Tony Tilghman.
Memorials may be directed to the 2020 Campaign to Re-Elect Donald Trump as President of The United States.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

James Robert Thorne

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, James Robert Thorne, 93, went to be with the Lord.
James was born Sept. 8, 1926, to Willie and Bessie Thorne of Decatur, Miss. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Virginia Horton Thorne, they were married 57 years and 10 days; his parents; his brothers, Willis Thorne of Decatur and Ernest Thorne of Cantonment, Fla.; a brother-in-law Gerald Glenn; and sisters-in-law, Judy, Janette, Ramona and Pat; brothers-in-law, Jerry Horton and Larry Magee; and his wife’s parents, Leon and Ollie Horton.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Leesa and Bobby Nolen of Fulshear, Texas, and Laurie and Butch King of Grenada; grandchildren, Clay (Carrie) Nolen, Ashleigh (Michael) Murphey, Kaylee (Brady) Phillips, Lacey (Travis) Kleckner, Collin (Aubrey) King and Ashland King; and his great-grandchildren, Parker, Cooper, Briley, Kylie, Emma Lynn, Hall, Madalynn, Evangeline June and Eliza. He leaves behind two brothers, EL Thorne and Curtis (Nancy) Thorne of Decatur; one sister Eva Jean Glenn of Decatur; sisters-in-law Carolyn (Dennis) Alleman of The Dalles, Ore., Linda Magee of Jackson, and Jenita Horton of Oakley, Ill.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
James served in the Army during WW II in the Pacific Theatre being stationed in the Philippines and Japan. After his service, he returned home to farm and continue his education. He earned his first college degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He began his educational career in 1951 teaching at Callaway Elementary School in Jackson. James met Frances, on a blind date, the first night that he worked his new job in Jackson. They were married on July 12, 1953. During the next several years he earned two Master’s Degrees in Elementary Administration from Mississippi College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He was then promoted to Elementary Principal at Poindexter Elementary School and continued his career serving as principal at Sykes Elementary School, French Elementary School and Green Elementary School. He retired after a long successful career of educating students to be their absolute best after approximately 39 years of service. He retired in 1990.
James was an active member of his churches serving in many different roles of supporting the church. He and Frances taught Sunday School to three-year-olds for 23 years at Alta Woods Baptist Church. He also served as usher and security for many years at Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson and First Baptist Church in Grenada. He enjoyed being in Bible Study with Wayne Smith’s Sunday School Class. He was a long-time member of the Garden Club of Jackson, The Men’s Garden Club along with his wife, Cane Creek Outdoor Club, The Retired Educators Dinner Club and Linwood Hunting Club.
One of his and Frances’ great joys in life was traveling extensively around the world to places such as Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, London, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, The Islands of the Caribbean and Japan. They also traveled to almost every state in the United States of America.
James was a friend and a blessing to everyone. His stories and easy-going style made him loved as “Papa” to all that he met. He will be deeply missed by many, but he left this earth to join his lovely Frances and other family members to celebrate the Lord that he loved.
Services will be held Wednesday, July 8, at First Baptist Church of Grenada at 10 a.m. with Dr. Jim Nunnelee and Dr. John Boler officiating. Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The graveside service will be held in the Blue Springs Cemetery near Chunky, Miss. James will be honored at this time for his military service.
The family would like to thank everyone who knew James Robert Thorne for your prayers during this time. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church in Grenada or the Gideon Bible Ministry in memory of James Robert Thorne.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).

Louise Wooten

A graveside service for Louise “Sister” Wooten of Grenada, formerly of Phillipp, was held Friday, July 3, at Independence Church cemetery in Tyro.
Mrs. Wooten, 83, died at Grenada Living Center on June 20, 2020. She was born on Sept. 30, 1936. Mrs. Wooten enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Wooten is survived by two sons, Alden “Cliff” Wooten of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Stanley “Pig” Wooten of Phillipp;  sister Mamie Cole of Chicago, and brother Eugene Hibler of Chicago.
Clark-Williams Funeral Home is in charge of services.