Blanton Hunter Parham, Kendle Hayden Kirk

Blanton Hunter Parham

Blanton Hunter Parham, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, at his home in Oxford, surrounded by family.

A graveside service was held Monday, July 20, at the Amory Masonic Cemetery in Amory with the the Rev. Eddie Rester of OUUMC officiating. Pallbearers were his beloved godsons, Bill and Rodney Defenbaugh of Grenada; Douglas and Draper Mauldin of Cascilla; John Mayoral, Deck Fair and Hunter Darby, all of Oxford; and Ted Kubista of Huntsville, Ala.. Honorary pallbearers were John Lewis of Water Valley, Mack Johnson of Augusta, Ga., Bob Tompkins of Madison, Jim Sineath of Burlington, N.C., John Willingham of Tyler, Texas, Art Bresler of Oxford, and all of his faithful golf buddies from his “happy place” at the Bayou BenD: Doug Mauldin, Mike (Catfish) Flautt, Sykes Sturdivant, Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman.

After a very courageous battle with the aftereffects from chemotherapy for the last 21 years, Hunter had been recently diagnosed with a third cancer. To everyone, he was the most courageous person fighting to the end and always upbeat despite his numerous health issues.

Hunter was Born March 30, 1941, in Paynes to Robert and Dorothy Denman Parham who preceded his in death. He graduated from John Rundle High School in Grenada and Delta State University in Cleveland, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Hunter left Mississippi for Florida, teaching art but soon discovered his true calling was in sales. He worked for several companies covering the entire Southeast, living in Chattanooga and Augusta before returning to his home state. Working in those areas gave Hunter plenty of time to pursue his passion for golf. He served as a gallery guard at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., often getting to play the course.

After returning to Grenada, he married the love of his life Bettye Jo Christian on Nov. 14, 1996. Anyone who ever met Hunter became his friend as he had an incredible love for people, especially on any and every golf course he ever played. After moving to Oxford, 10 years ago, he joined the Oxford Country Club and Oxford-University United Methodist Church. However, his true happy place was at the Bayou Bend Country Club in Webb. His cheerful demeanor and his signature cowboy hat were easily recognizable. Hunter converted to an Ole Miss Rebel enjoying all sports, especially baseball with his wife who shared his enthusiasm. His true joy and delight were in his grandchildren. Their visits, activities and achievements were a great source of happiness to him. His great-granddaughter Maddie particularly enjoyed riding to sporting events on Hunter’s wheelchair as she was in charge of the horn!

He is survived by his wife Bettye of Oxford; stepsons, Robert Hollingsworth (Ronnie Gilmer) of Memphis and LTC (Ret.) Andy Hollingsworth (Dana) of Grenada; stepdaughter Karen Hollingsworth of Seabrook, Texas; grandchildren, Jake Hollingsworth (Starr) of Oxford, Cadet Bas Hollingsworth of West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Luke Hollingsworth of Grenada, Olivia Hollingsworth of Seabrook, Texas; and great-granddaughter Maddie Hollingsworth of Oxford; endearing sister Nadene Tompkins of Madison; niece Allyson Tompkins of Madison; great-nieces, Sara Grace, Olivia and Ella Harrison of Madison; and nephew Michael Tompkins of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was very close to his many cousins.

Bettye and the family would like to especially thank Dr. Mal Riddell of Grenada for his care and friendship these past 23 years. “Mal, Susie, and his staff were always there for us.”

Memorials may be directed to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655; MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, TX or a charity of one’s choice.

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Waller Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.

Kendle Hayden Kirk

Funeral services for Kendle Hayden Kirk, 31, of Duck Hill are at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation was at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time.

Mr. Kirk died Friday, July 17, 2020, at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona. He was a member of Duck Hill Baptist Church and was a member of the Class of 2007 at Winona Christian School.

Mr. Kirk is survived by his parents, Gary Jr. and Christy Kirk of Duck Hill; two sisters, Paisley Dauterive of Winona and Kally Kirk of Winona; one nephew; and his paternal grandparents, Gary and Nancy Kirk of Duck Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made to defray funeral expenses.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona ( is in charge of arrangements.