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Obituaries 11/03/16

Donna Kim Bruner

CARROLL COUNTY: Donna Kim Bruner, 63, of Carroll County, passed away at her home Monday, October 31, 2016, after a battle with cancer.

  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 3, in West President Church of Christ with Minister Mark Shiers conducting the service. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home, Greenwood, and 10 a.m. until service time Thursday, November 3, at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.

  Mrs. Bruner shared her passion and knowledge of English grammar and literature with students in Leflore and Carroll Counties, teaching for 32 years at area schools, including Pillow Academy, East Elementary School, and J. Z. George  High School, where she also taught speech, and from which she retired. 

  She was respectful of each of her students and expected respect in return. She hoped to impart a love of learning to all. Many former students often greeted her with praise and gratitude as a favorite teacher. An intelligent, fair-minded, strong wife, mother, and good friend to many, Kim enjoyed keeping up with current events and politics, which she liked to discuss.

  Most dear to her heart were her large extended family, her husband, Bill; children; and five grandchildren, who called her K.K. and were her great joy. She loved visiting and playing with them as often as possible.

Kim, as she was known to friends and family, was the daughter of Ben F. and Lilly Loyce Bell Horan. She was born in Bourne, Mass., where her father was stationed in the Air Force. After completing his service, the Horans returned to Water Valley, where Kim grew up, the only girl of six children. She attended Water Valley schools, and after graduating from high school, attended the University of Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in English and secondary education.

  After teaching one year in Horn Lake, Kim moved to Greenwood to teach English at Pillow Academy, where she served as cheerleader sponsor. The theater was one of her passions, and she performed many leading and supporting roles at Greenwood Little Theatre, where she met her husband of 38 years, William “Bill” Bruner.

  Kim was a faithful Christian and a member of West President Church of Christ, where she taught classes and worked on World Bible School.

  Another of her passions was gardening. She was  a member of Greenwood Garden Club and served as treasurer. She also had many good times playing Bunko with a special group of friends.

  Survivors include her husband, William Bruner; son, Nathan Bruner (Kim) of Dawsonville, Ga., and their children, Emma Kathryn, Nolan William, and Allyson Elizabeth; daughter, Whitney Bruner Morgan of Madison, and her children, Pierce McLane and Carson Grace Morgan; her parents, Ben F. and Lilly Loyce Horan of Water Valley; brothers, Michael Horan (Patsy) of Hattiesburg; Brennan Horan (Leslie) of Horn Lake; Clay Horan (Debbie) of Como; Kevin Horan (Clarissa) of Grenada; and Sean Horan (Melissa) of Denver, Colo.; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Letrice Renee Caulder

COFFEEVILLE – Mrs. Letrice Renee Caulder, 58, of Coffeeville, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born September 5, 1958 in Grenada. She had worked most of her life as a factory worker and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Hebron Baptist Church in Grenada. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada had charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Caulder; a daughter, Mandy Anthony of Grenada; her parents, Ralph and Bobbie LaFon of Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren, Ethan Tillman, Anthony Tillman, Brooklyn Noah and C.J. Jenkins; one sister, Crystal Allen of Alabama and one brother, Gary LaFon of Alabama. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Wayne Dix; a daughter, Amy Michelle Anthony and a brother, Johnny LaFon.

Claudie Clifton “Cliff” Chandler

SUMNER—Claudie Clifton “Cliff” Chandler, 82, of Sumner, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in the Greenwood Leflore Hospital at Greenwood.

  Born January 20, 1934, in Yalobusha County, Mr. Chandler was a son of the late Melvin Francis and Jennie Kate Shepherd Chandler. He was a member and deacon of Sumner Baptist Church, a U.S. Amy Veteran, and a mason.

  The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, in Sumner Baptist Church with Rev. Shane Hoes and Rev. Milton Whatley officiating. Interment followed in the Sumner Cemetery with Aaron Chandler, Lacey Booth Clark, Hunter Elmore, Mack Ely, Michael Ely, Mike Wagner and Patrick Weems as pallbearers. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Home in Grenada and one hour prior to the service at the church.

  Survivors  include his wife, Virginia Sue Haney Chandler; one daughter, Cindy Whatley (Milton) of Meadville; three sons, Tony Chandler (Lisa) of Water Valley, Michael Chandler (Cindy) of Ridgeland, and Mark Chandler of Meridian; six grandchildren, Aaron Chandler, Ryan Chandler, Hunter Elmore, C. A. Chandler, Mae McClish, and Lizzie Chandler; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herman Chandler of Longview, Tex.

In  addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Jennie Mae Chandler, Kate Williford, and Blanche Johnson; and three brothers, Johnny Chandler, Melvin Chandler, Jr., and Francis Chandler.

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