Obituaries 11/28/19

Charles Edward Babb

PARIS—Charles Edward Babb, 78, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation was held Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Paris Baptist Church (30 CR 430, Bruce) with the service following in the church.  Interment was  in the Paris Cemetery (CR 428, Paris). Bro. Dale Beavers officiated the service. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Babb was born in Water Valley. He was known to be a hard worker throughout his life. The two jobs he enjoyed most were working as a butcher and as a truck driver. Mr. Babb enjoyed traveling as much as possible with his wife. They also enjoyed fishing and spending time with family. His pride and joy was always his family and he was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda J. Smith of Drummonds, Tenn., Lynda Rook (Mickey) of Memphis, and Lori Glessing of West Memphis, Ark.; three sons, Bryan Keith Babb (Lisa) of Covington, Tenn., Darriell Babb and Joe Babb, both of Millington, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Babb was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Jean Babb; his parents, Charley Lafayette Babb and Ruthia Mae French Babb; and his half-brother, James Orr Harris.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital  (


Charles Wayne Greer

TILLATOBA—Charles Wayne Greer, Sr., 77, of Tillatoba, passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at his residence.

Born November 14, 1942, in Grenada, Mr. Greer was a son of the late Jasper Conyers and Zelma Louise Brown Greer. While enjoying success in several entrepreneurial ventures in his lifetime, Charles was also a skilled carpenter and farmer. Charles honorably served our country in the U. S. Army. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed growing a vegetable garden each year and had a special knack for growing flowers. Charles had a special love for family, especially children, and his memory will  live on in their hearts for many years to come.

A service to celebrate his life was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, in the Greer Family Home near Tillatoba with Rev. Brain McWhorter officiating. Family and friends were invited to gather 30 minutes prior to the service. Arrangements were entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Greer; six daughters, Ginger Payne of Tillatoba, Marsha Smith of Tillatoba, Paige Richardson of Franklin, Tenn., Lori Dunn of Tillatoba, Juanita Thornhill of Hattiesburg, and DeeDee Whitsell of  Holcomb; six sons, Wayne Greer of Tillatoba, Charlie Greer of Tillatoba, Timmy Greer of Grenada, Dustin Greer of Brazil, Olive Greer of Tillatoba, and Sean Swain of Pope; one sister, Irene Henson of Grenada; 32 grandchildren;; 23 great-grandchildren; and another grandson expected any day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Hayes Greer; three brothers, Winford, James, and Billy Greer; and three grandchildren, Andrew Greer, Clayton, and Destiny Whitsell.


Jerry Lee James

OAKLAND—Jerry Lee James, age 49, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Baptist East Hospital at Memphis.

The family received friends on Tuesday, November 19, from one o’clock in the afternoon until the service time of two o’clock in the Lamb-Fish Chapel of Newsom Funeral Home at Charleston. Interment followed in Adams Arbor Church  of God of Prophecy Cemetery at Charleston.

Jerry was a woodworker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his mother, Yvonne James of Oakland; and his sister, Dana James Howard (David) of Enid.

He was preceded death by his father, Jerry James, Sr.

The family requests you consider memorials to St. Jude  Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.


Wanda Fay Leister

BEAVERTON, ALA.—Wanda Fay Leister, age 78, of Beaverton, Ala. died peacefully Friday, November 22, 2019, in North Mississippi Medical Center with family by her side.

Born September 2, 1941, in Brighton, Tenn., Wanda was a daughter of the late James and Mattie Carrington Fike. She spent her career in the service industry. She enjoyed researching her family tree, going on trail rides and reading cookbooks. Before moving to Alabama, she was a member of Second Baptist Church in Water Valley.

Visitation was held Tuesday, November 26, from noon until 2 p.m. in the Gardiner Room at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service followed immediately at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Billy Childs officiating. Interment was in Forrest Memorial Park with “Chop” Bradley, “Country” Smith, James Thompson, Justin Tucker, Dillon McCachren, and Jay Tucker as pallbearers.

Wanda is survived by her partner of 22 years, Jerry Foster, of Beaverton, Ala.; one son, Joe Miles (Connie); six daughters, Phyllis Haley (Tom), Vaiden McCachren (Alex), Ruth Henley (Dale), Bit Smith, Kandy Smith, and Tammy Quarles (Mike); one brother, Jame Fike (Barbara); two sisters, Irma Glover (Bobby), and Mary Ann Perry (Tommy); 20 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.


Guy Ray Weir

GRENADA—Guy Ray Weir, 87, of Grenada, passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born February 1, 1932, in Grenada, Mr. Weir is a son of the late Louis Trout, Sr. and Clarice Fite Weir. He had retired after working many years in sales with Central Woodwork in Memphis. Mr. Weir was a member of First Baptist Church in Grenada. He had formerly served as the Mayor of Tillatoba. Ray also honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, in McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service. A graveside service was held in Woodlawn Memorial Park immediately following visitation with Rev. Mike Ramage officiating. Pallbearers were Tripp Beardain, Louis Correro, Ben Liles, John Liles, Larry Weir Smith and Robert Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Hudson and Larry Smith.

Survivors include two sons, K. Frank Weir (Freda) of Tillatoba and Monroe Keith Beardain of Enid; one daughter, Angela Beardain of Grenada; a sister, Linda Weir Smith of Holcomb; four grandchildren, Lauralee Beardain, Tripp Beardain, Lexiray Regan, and Gracie Beardain; and eight great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Weir was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Tillman Weir; one sister, Jean Weir Liles; and a brother, Louis Weir, Jr.


Jimmy Dale Sartain

BRENTWOOD, TENN.—Jimmy Dale Sartain, a faithful servant to the Lord, was called home November 22, 2019, while at Somerfield Rehabilitation Center in Brentwood.

Born June 2, 1943, in Water Valley he was a son of the late Dale and Lillian Pope Sartain,  

He was living in Nashville, Tenn. at the time of his death. Jim loved the state of Mississippi and lived in several towns growing up. Water Valley, Calhoun City and Houston nurtured him and influenced him in many ways. A talented trumpeter, Jim excelled in band in high school and college. He was a graduate of Houston High School, Delta State University and New Orleans Theological Seminary. After seminary graduation, Jim served churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. While serving as pastor, he led in successfully planting a new work in  Brazil, along with a new church plant in south Tipton County, Tennessee. He was certified through the Family Ministry Department of the Southern Baptist Convention to lead in marriage enrichment training. He was blessed to be able to serve in various positions for the Southern  Baptist Convention during Senior Adult Chautauquas, Family Enrichment Conferences, and Marriage Enrichment Conferences. He also worked in many different positions on an associational level where he pastored.

A faithful, loving husband and father, Jim is survived by  his beloved wife, Betty O’Neill Sartain. Married 54 years, their family includes two children, Lillian Marie Sartain, deceased, and James Micheal Sartain, who is married to Beth Pinner Sartain and lives in Nashville. Parents of the deceased are the late Lillian Pope Sartain and Dale Sartain. Grandparents are the late Hiram Russell Foster Sartain, Sr. and the late Pearl Johnsey Sartain. Maternal grandparents are the late Donie Bennett Berry and the late Grover E. Berry.  Also surviving are his brother, Jack Sartain of Water Valley, who is married to Judy O’Neill  Sartain; their two daughters, Jennifer Dean (Nat) and Jill Todd (Curtis) and their five children.  

A Celebration of Life will be held in Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, Tenn., 37027, on Friday, December 6. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the parlor. The service will be held next door in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider purchasing Bibles for distribution through Gideons International. Donations may be made by calling 1-866-382-4253 or online at

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