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Obituaries 02/21/19

Betty Ruth Berry Dorris

WATER VALLEY—Betty Ruth Berry Dorris, 85, of Water Valley, passed away  February 17. 2019, in Hammond, Louisiana.


Betty was a purchasing agent for Cleo Wrap in Memphis until she retired. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Howard G. Berry and Lallar Garner Berry of Water Valley, a son, James David Dorris of Memphis, and six siblings.

Survivors include her husband, James Dorris; a daughter, Sandra Dorris Hils (Randy); three grandchildren, Jennifer Allred Meyers, Randall Joseph Hils, and Randy Jacob Allred; and seven great-grandchidren.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 21, in Forest Hill Midtown at Memphis from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m, with the burial to follow in Forest  Hill South Cemetery.

Mildred Ruth Thomas Vance

GRENADA – Mrs. Mildred Ruth Thomas Vance “Granny”, 90, of Grenada, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019.  She was born March 4, 1928 in Charleston to Charlie and Ethel Thomas.  She was a retired bus driver with the Grenada School District.  She faithfully worked alongside her husband, A.E., for many years running Vance’s Greenhouse and Geeslin Corner Grocery.  She was a charter member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she was an active member.  She loved her family and friends.  She enjoyed gardening, cleaning and shopping with her girls.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 15, at Friendship Baptist Church with Dr. Bob Self and Rev. Sherman Barnette officiating.  Interment followed in the Smith Cemetery at Rosebloom.  Pallbearers were Dale Staten, Shane Staten, Matthew Hughes, Ashley Melton, Justin Kinard and Austin Vance.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert Meredith, Samy McCracken, Bobby White, Donny Hodges and Charlie Jones. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Vance (Susan) of Grenada; one daughter, Lisa Hughes (Todd) of Coffeeville; one son-in-law, Jeff Staten of Grenada; 11 grandchildren, Cindy Kinard (Clint), Dale Staten, Shane Staten (Fran), Jeffery Staten, Jennifer Youngblood (Terrance), Kelly McAdams (Jay), Austin Vance, Jessica Richardson (Brandon), Matthew Hughes (Blaire), Melanie Stallings (Bert) and Jay Blaylock; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, A.E.; a daughter, Joyce Staten; a son, David Vance; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Vance; and her parents, Charlie and Ethel Thomas.

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