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Nettie Ola “Peggy” Griffith Stanford, 99, of Cleveland

Nettie Ola “Peggy” Griffith Stanford, 99, of Cleveland passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017.  

She was born in Clem, MS, on May 12, 1917, and moved to the Mississippi Delta in 1936. She was a member of Skene Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Carl Thomas “Buddy” Stanford; her son Thomas Gerald Stanford; her mother and father Susan Ella Grffith and John Clifton Griffith; 6 brothers; and 4 sisters.  

She is survived by sons Bobby C. Stanford and wife Sylvia, Rickie A. Stanford and wife Betty Lou; daughter-in-law Tollie Stanford; daughter Brenda S. Bounds and husband Randy; one sister, Ann Frazier; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews.

She loved being outside. As long as she was able, she had a garden filled with enough vegetables to share with the community. She loved growing beautiful flowers and having them used in arrangements at her church. Finding and planting various varieties of day lilies became a fun challenge over the years and then sharing those unique colors with family and friends gave her great joy. Her favorite hymn was “In The Garden” because that is where she felt a special closeness to God and truly enjoyed His beautiful world. She enjoyed cooking and was an excellent cook.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Indywood Personal Care for their love and care during the past six years and especially to Grace Hospice and the ladies who gave around the clock care during the past several months.

Visitation was from 10–11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at Skene Baptist Church with a Celebration of Life service immediately following. Interment was at New Cleveland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Stanford, Chris Litton, Rick Stanford, Gene Barger, Billy Bland Stanford, Kevin Bounds, Scott Bounds and Patrick Fontaine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Skene Baptist Church 2174 Hwy 446 Boyle, MS 38730, Gideons International PO Box 1314 Cleveland, MS 38732 or Grace Hospice 316 N Davis Ave # C Cleveland, MS 38732.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guest register may be viewed and signed at

Church Briefs — April 21, 2017

Women in White

New St. Phillip MB Church, 515 Ruby Street, Cleveland, will hold its 6th women in white program at 3 p.m. Sunday. Minister Maggie Crawford of United Baptist MB Church where the Rev. Sammie Rash is pastor will be the speaker. The Rev. Larry King is the pastor.

The public is invited to attend.

Spring Revival

New Bethel Baptist Church, 1046 White Street, Cleveland, will hold is spring revival at 7 p.m. nightly Tuesday-Thursday. The speakers will include: Tuesday, the Rev. James Waldrop and Green Grove of Shaw; Wednesday, the Rev. James Lunford and White Star of Cleveland; Thursday, the Rev. JT Jackson and New St. James of Cleveland.

The public is invited to attend.


Community Chapel Assembly of God Church, 1205 Robert D. Gray Avenue, Shelby, will be giving away clothes, jewelry, shoes, purses, toys and other household items giveaway for all ages from 10-noon on Saturday.

The public is invited to attend. 

Pastoral Celebration

Gospel Temple Church, Rosedale, will be celebrating 10 years of service from Pastor Wilbert Reddics and Sister Shirley Reddics at 3 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Lee Morris, Jr. and Greater Mt. Olivet Baptist Church of Greenville will be the special guest.

The public is invited to attend.

Annual Choir Day

Old St. Phillip Church, Cleveland, will hold its annual choir day at 3 p.m. Sunday. All area choirs, soloists and quartets are invited. The Rev. Leroy Carter, III. is the pastor. The public is invited to attend.

Bible Survey Program

Calvary MB Church, 26 Second Street, Renova, will have a Bible Survey Program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30th. The pastor and wife from each church is asked to be the representative for your church. In the event of their absence please send a representative. This is a Black Tie Affair. For more information, call Helen Coleman 662-846-6857 or Louise Lucas at 662-843-3670.

The public is invited to attend.

121st Church Anniversary

St. Peter's Rock Baptist Church, 1102 Montgomery Street, Shelby, will celebrate its 121st church anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. James E. Miller of Shiloh MB Church in Shelby will be the speaker. The Rev. Jerry Jones is the pastor.

The public is invited to attend.

Association Fellowship

The Ministers and Deacon Wives of the General Missionary Baptist Bolivar County Educational Association will host the 2017 Association Fellowship at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill MB Church in Renova.

The public is invited to attend.

Ordination Services

Pilgrim Green-Springhill Church, 448 Highway 442, Shaw, will hold the ordination services for Brother Jason Russell and Brother Chris Roberts at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Rev. Kenneth Davis is the pastor.

The public is invited to attend.

Anniversary Service

Christian Union MB Church, 293 North Main Street, Drew, will celebrate the 23rd annual appreciation service for Pastor Anthony and Lady Patricia Pitts at 3 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Prophetess Jewel Stokes of the Word of God Christian Church of Clarksdale.

The public is invited to attend.

Men and Women's Day

Newer New Hope MB Church will hold its annual men and women's day program at 2 p.m. Sunday. The services will be held at Mt. Layton MB Church in Ruleville. The guest speakers will include: Dr. Chris Miller of Mt Layton for the women and Deacon Wavon Morgan of New Jerusalem Mb Church of Cleveland for the men.

The public is invited to attend. 

Women's Conference

The ladies of St. Peter MB Church will hold its annual women's conference at 10 a.m. Saturday. The church is located at 520 Hayden Avenue in Pace.

The public is invited to attend.

Samuel Miller, 72, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Drew

Samuel Miller, 72, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Drew, died April 11, 2017, at his home.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at New Jerusalem Church in Ruleville with Elder Chaise D. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Drew Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville and beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Survivors include sons Samuel N. Miller II of Chicago and Elder Chaise D. Miller of Carterville, IL; daughter June Robinson of Chicago; brother Elder Melvin David Miller of Grenada; sisters Eva L. Fountain of Drew, Shirley J. Harris of Memphis, Kertrina M. Haynes of Cleveland, Lucille Pettis of Mound Bayou, Geraldine Wood of Collierville, TN, and Doris M. Mitchner of Memphis; and 8 grandchildren.

Online guestbook may be viewed at

Quintaves Luckett, 17, of Coffeyville, KN, formerly of Ruleville

Quintaves Luckett, 17, of Coffeyville, KN, formerly of Ruleville, died April 13, 2017, in Coffeyville, KN.

Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at New Zion Baptist Church in Drew with Rev. Joe C. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Galilee Cemetery in Ruleville.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Byas Funeral Home in Ruleville 

Survivors include father David Carr; mother Ruby Luckett; grandmother Lillie Luckett; brothers Lervoltis Luckett, David Luckett, Antino Luckett, Qwentarves Luckett, Devin Luckett, Cortrell Luckett, Deandre Luckett, David Carr and Randy Carr; sisters Charity Luckett, Charsile Luckett, Romunda Luckett, Shamunda Luckett, RúShundra Luckett, Darzanna Carr, Roshelle Carr and Gwenish Kirkland.

Online guestbook may be viewed at

Jerry H. Burd (Granny Burd), 82, of Cleveland

Jerry H. Burd (Granny Burd), 82, of Cleveland died at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home. A second visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Cleveland. Celebration of Life Services will immediately follow beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Beckwith and Rev. Macklyn Hubbell officiating. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.

Jerry was born in Louisville, KY, on October 2, 1934, to W.R. and Lilly Herman. She married Milton Burd on April 22, 1955. Jerry and Milton moved to Cleveland in 1963. After moving to Cleveland, she received a degree in Elementary Education from Delta State University. Jerry taught second grade at Parks Elementary School for 29 years. During her career, she left a positive influence on many children. Even after retirement, Jerry continued to share her gift of teaching by volunteering at Presbyterian Day School in the classroom and in the PDS library.

Jerry was a faithful member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years and served in many different capacities. She taught the high school girls Sunday School class, started the Adult Singles Sunday School class, and served as the First Baptist Pre-school Director for over 30 years. Serving as Pre-school Director held a very special place in her heart. Many pre-school children and families lovingly knew her as Granny Burd. Jerry was very active in the prayer ministry of First Baptist Church and faithfully wrote numerous prayer notes each week sharing words of encouragement to those in need. She was also an active member of the Six Up Senior Adult group.

She enjoyed traveling with her church, family and friends. Jerry and Milton led many church youth trips over the years. She especially loved going on the annual summer youth trip to Nantahala, NC. There she enjoyed rafting the Nantahala River, camping, and preparing meals for the youth and chaperons. She had a love for sports especially Mississippi State and Atlanta Braves. She also enjoyed participating in many Senior Adult trips. Jerry and Milton especially loved traveling with a group of dear friends known as the Merigold Supper Club.

Friends and family were a very important part of Jerry’s life. Granny dearly loved each one of her grandchildren and the feeling was certainly mutual. She would gladly tell stories about each grandchild and proudly share their accomplishments. She never missed an event or sports game that her grandchildren ever did. Many wonderful memories were made during family time together.

Jerry is preceded in death by her parents W.R. and Lilly Herman and by her brother Raymond Herman.

Jerry is survived by her husband of 62 years Milton Burd; son, Terry Burd (Diane); daughter Cindy Stanford; four grandchildren Brady Stanford (Ashley), Cliff Burd (Regan), Emily Stanford, David Burd; three great-grandchildren Ellis, McRae, and Lawson; sister Betty Prendergast (Marty); brother-in-law Bob Burd (Joyce); and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special caregiver and friend, Shondria Howard.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to First Baptist Church or Presbyterian Day School.

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Johns runs for office

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I, Jimmy Lee Johns Sr., a native of Shelby, am announcing my candidacy for board of alderman in Shelby. I have been involved in Shelby from childhood to my adult life. I have worked a long time for positive change and my family and I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to this great city.

As a child I attended Broad Street High School where I received my diploma and later I furthered my education at Mississippi Valley State University, where I received a degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. After receiving my degree, I went in the field of criminal justice as I worked as a correctional officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections for 25 years before retiring. I also volunteer as a drum instructor for Broad Street High School.

I am very concerned about our housing and street issues that we face in Shelby as well as the cleanliness of our town. I would like to help bring improvement in these major areas with good success.

I plan to work with the mayor and board of alderman to help bring about the following improvements to the city of Shelby: establishment of new businesses in Shelby that will meet the needs of the citizens of Shelby, assist in providing grants that will aid in the building of new houses and upgrade existing houses.

As I look at the condition of our streets, I see we need improvement tremendously. As an alderman, I will seek ways to get this done as I work with the state and county as well as with the mayor and board of alderman.

I also have a vision, plans and goals to help the children and youth of Shelby by establishing more recreational activities as well as mentoring them in pursuing their education.

My ultimate mission is to help Shelby move forward. As one of Shelby's next elected board of alderman, I will work hard and do my best to bring a change in Shelby.

Thank you and may God bless you and again vote Jimmy Lee Johns Sr. Tuesday, June 6, 2017, as your next alderman.

Bland seeks alderman seat

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To the citizens of Shelby, my name is Mattie Bland and I am running for alderman. Politics is such a dirty game. I am not a politician but I do know right from wrong. I will work hard for all citizens of this great town.

I would like the opportunity to be your next alderman. I will work hard to see our town grow with more business, help to beautify our town, and work and create a budget so that our town will be financially able to operate successfully on a daily basis.

I believe that with faith in God, much prayer for directions from him, working together with other board members, we can bring about the changes need in Shelby, MS. I ask for your help on June 6, 2017. VOTE! Bland for City Alderman!


Eddie S. Wadlington, 75, of Shaw


Eddie S. Wadlington, 75, of Shaw died April 18, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland.

Funeral service will be at 11a.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, at McEvans Elementary School in Shaw with Rev. Allen Blake officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Winona.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland and beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the school.

Survivors include sons Roderick Wadlington and Andrew Wadlington, both of Shaw, and Jerome Wadlington of Chicago and Michael Wadlington of Conyers, GA; daughters Beverly Ward of Shaw and Sharon Dickson of St. Louis, MO; brothers Erbie Waldington of Shaw, Willie Bee Wadlington of Chicago and James Wadlington; sister Lettie Carol (Roy) Sears of Cleveland, OH; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.


Shirley Richardson, 54

Shirley Richardson, 54, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, with loved ones by her side.

Funeral services will be held at Greater New Kingdom M.B. Church on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Rudy Seals Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery in Cleveland.

Family hour will begin at 2 p.m. with public viewing from 4-5 p.m. at Brinson Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Shirley attended Nailor Elementary School and graduated from East Side High School in 1981. She attended Greater New Kingdom Church and left a special place in her heart for the Fresenius Kidney Center in Cleveland.

Shirley leaves to cherish her memories to her mother Meallean Harris; sister Lisa Coleman (Eddie); brother Randy Richardson (Shayla); and three sons Terris Richardson, Kevin Richardson (LeKisha) and Mario Richardson (Shequita). Her granddaughter MaKailey was the joy of her life and showed the true meaning of lovre and happiness. A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will definitely miss her.

Janelle Fox Tarver of Merigold

Janelle Fox Tarver of Merigold passed away on April 18, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Ray Funeral Home.

Graveside service immediately followed beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at North Cleveland Cemetery with Mr. Jim Hilliard officiating.

She was born on August 9, 1933, to Marvin and Audell Fox. She married her high school sweetheart, Harry C. (Bud) Tarver in 1950, and they were married for 54 years, until his death in 2004.

Mrs. Tarver is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her twin sister Jeanette Warren; and her son-in-law Freddie Goodwin.

Mrs. Tarver is survived by five children Cathy Webb (Woody) of Meridian, Sharon Goodwin of Bishopville, SC, Toni Rogers (Lee) of Hernando, Cody Whatley (Lewis) of Clarksdale and Harry C. "Bubba" Tarver III (Sharon) of Clinton; sisters, Kay Hillard of Leland and Ann Avritt of Cleveland; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Richard Webb, David Rogers, Caleb Goodwin, Andy Hall, Chris Smith, and Jason Meyer.

Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Carolla and Lee Sellers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude or to Multiple Myloma Research Hospital in Arkansas.

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