Sunday, February 22, 2009

Karah Jones Turnage

Karah Jones Turnage, 61, passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at the Choctaw County Nursing Center in Ackerman.

Mrs. Turnage was preceded in death by her husband Emmitt Turnage; parents, James Howard Jones and Willie Steadman Jones; and brother, Galon Jones.

She is survived by sons, Todd Turnage of Starkville and Toby Turnage of Columbus; sister, Carolyn Adams of Manassas, Va.; brothers, Thomas Jones and Lavon Jones of Ackerman; and grandchildren Clay, Hunter, Mackenzie, and Aiden Turnage.

Mrs. Turnage was a former employee of the Starkville Daily News and was a member of New Life Worship Center.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 till 8 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Donnie Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Enon Baptist Church cemetery. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Inc.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

William Griffin

William Griffin
Raymond (The Clarion Ledger 2/19/09)

William "Bill" Griffin, 85, passed on to be with his savior on Tuesday February 17, 2009. Mr. Griffin died in his home at Riggs Manor, Raymond, Mississippi from heart failure.

A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at Raymond United Methodist Church with burial in the Raymond Cemetery. Visitation is 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 Friday at Raymond United Methodist Church.

Mr. Griffin was born and raised in Tunica County. He graduated from Delta State with graduate education from The University of Mississippi, Mississippi Southern, Mississippi State, University of Florida, Emory University and Colorado Mountain College. Mr. Griffin taught school for 41 years including 22 years at Hinds Junior College retiring in 1984 as Chairman of the Physical Science Department. He also was Principal of the High School in Ackerman; Past President of Choctaw County Teacher's Association; Past Chairman of 2-year College Chemistry Conference; and Past President of Hinds Junior College Credit Union. In his life he was: an Eagle Scout; a high school basketball coach; high school football assistant coach; an avid genealogist; and a teacher whose true joy was inspiring students to learn and to seeing his many students succeed in life. He was a member of Raymond United Methodist Church, serving as a Steward.

He will be remembered by his family as a cherished husband; loving father; devoted grandfather and great-grandfather; and devout Christian. He will be missed not only by his family, but also his many friends at Riggs Manor.

Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by wives Lena Rose Bassi Griffin and Carolyn Dunlap Griffin and his parents Willie and Norma Griffin, Tunica County. Survivors include: sons, Gary (Gaynor) Griffin of Gadsden, AL; Jim (Charlene) Griffin of Raymond; and stepson Tom (Diana) Dunlap, III of Arkansas; and seven grandchildren (Grant {Kate}, Amanda, Greg, Crystal {James}, Thomas, Nicholas and Daniel); and five great-grandchildren, including special great-grandson Austin of Raymond.

Memorials may be made to Raymond United Methodist Church.