Mr. Lovie Clark
Mr. Lovie Clark was born to Verda Clark and Beatrice Love Clark on August 29, 1933. He was a graduate of New Hope Community School. At a young age he became a member of the New Hope United Methodist Chruch, where he served as a deacon for many years. Lovie also served as a Veteran of the United States Army and as a member of Unity Springs Masonic Lodge #225A. On November 3, 1958, he married Pearlean McDonald. He was employed at the Meridian Naval Airbase for 33 years. He enjoyed farming and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Lovie Clark departed his earthly life on Thursday, October 12, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Grady, Lois, Percy, James, and Prentiss Clark; three sisters, Ruby Neely, Naomi Holliday, and Mary Lee Clark. He leaves to cherish wonderful memories: his wife, Pearlean Clark; four daughters, Evelyn Ladora Bailey of Augusta, GA; Patricia (Mike) Harmon of DeKalb, MS; Gwen (Willie B.) Moore of Noxapater, MS; and Dealtrus "Dee Dee" Jackson of DeKalb, MS; seven grandchildren, Shondra & Gavin Bailey, Brandon Harmon, LaDisha and Chelsea Moore, and Jada and Jamal Jackson; two sisters, Juanita Sills of Oakland, CA and Maxine West of Gary, IN; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Mrs. Willie M. Baskin
Willie Maud (Molly) Baskin, age 79, departed this life Monday, October 9, 2017 at Anderson Regional Hospital. She was born to the late Hassie Trussel-Glover and Shump Glover on March 3, 1938. Molly was a devoted wife to the late Billy Baskin, and a loving mother to ten children. She loved cooking and spending time with family and friends. After over fifty years in the work force, she became a true homebody and enjoyed the functions and activities surrounding home life. It lifted her heart to sprinkle kernels of knowledge among her grandchildren. Molly is survived by one brother, Leonard Glover and nine children, James Glover (Linda), Jo Ann Clark, Mary Hausley (Gary), Richard Clark (Tiffany), Dr. Bobby Clark (Brenda), Angela Baskin, Billie Jean Baskin, Anthony Baskin (April), Stephen Baskin (Joslyn), nineteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives. Molly is preceded in death by her husband Billy Baskin, one daughter, Regina Lynn Baskin, six sisters; Peggy Gordon, Lisa Harper, Jessie Mae Payton, Clara Mae Payton, Pearl Avery, Gladys Jones and one brother, C.W. Trussell.
Ms. Willie Baylor
Willie O'Dell (Bellie) Baylor was born on July 10, 1951 to the late Cezar and Willie Louise Evans. She was affectionately known as Billie to all who knew and loved her. Billie ppassed away peacefully in her home on October 8, 2017 after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during her last days of her life. She was preceded in death by her mother and father and her ex-husband, Robert Earl Baylor. Her journey with God began at El Bethel Baptist Church. She later joined St. Missionary Baptist Church where she was an active member until her health failed. She was a faithful servant among her brothers and sisters in Christ. She graduated from T.J. Harris High School Class of 1969. She immediately started in the workforce working for the Meridian Housing Authority for fifteen years and the Lauderdale County Detention Center for fifteen years until her retirement. She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving and devoted son, Terrance La'Shawn Evans of Meridian, MS; three loving sisters, Katherine (Joseph) McSheen, Cynthia Love, both of Meridian, MS and Diane (Johhn) Grace of Toomsuba, MS; two grandchildren, TaQuandra Evans of Meridian, MS and Jasmine Evans of Bailey, MS; one great-grandson, Bryson Amir Stevens of Meridian, MS; four nieces, Angie (Hiram) Hodges of Fayetteville, GA, Kimberly Lloyd, Tiffany Larkin, Krystal (Chester) Ephrim, all of Meridian, MS; one nephew, Kipp Love of Meridian, MS and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. William Gully
William Junior Gully, Age 81, was born in Boyd, AL to the late Marie Gully Hutchinson and Herbert Porter on June 25, 1936. He received his formal education through the Sumter County Alabama School System. William, affectionately known to his brothers and sisters as Junior, attended Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Boyd, AL and accepted Christ as his personal savior at a young age. He later rededicated his life to Christ and was baptized at the age of 64. He was an avid lover of quartet style gospel music and sang with a gospel quartet during his youth. Junior moved to Lauderdale, MS and found work hauling pulpwood. He later moved to Meridian, MS and made that his permanent home. He worked for the City of Meridian Water Department for 33 years. He retired April 1, 1994 and spent his time enjoying his grandkids, sitting around talking with his friends, and sitting on his front porch. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mrs. Rosie Gully, five daughters: LaVesha (Stephen) Sharp, Aretha Ward, and Maggie Ward, all of Meridian, MS; Evelyn (Billy) Lewis of Indian Head Park, IL; Martha (Roger) Calfee of Anderson, IN; a son, Billie Ward, of Meridian, MS; three brothers, Alfonso Hutchinson and Floyd Hutchinson of Brewerfield, AL; Willie Joe Hutchinson of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters: Linda Faye (Robert) Lee and Loretta Hutchinson of Dayton, OH; three grandsons, five granddaughters, a very special cousin, Willie Brown (Cuz), a host of great grandkids, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mom, dad, stepfather Willie Hutchinson, grandmother Minnie Porter, two brothers Lovell and Benjamin Hutchinson, and a son, Robert (Cisco) Ward.
Mr. Demetrius A. Burge Sr.
On July 27, 1982, Mr. Demetrius Anton Burge Sr. was born to Rose Mary Burge and the late Albert Phillip in Meridian, MS. Demetrius was known as "Bone" and "Ton" to family and friends. Demetrius departed his life on Friday, September 29, 2017. He excepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Jerusalem M.B. Church where he served on the Usher board, and he was in the choir. Demetrius leaves his loving memories to his mother and step-father, Rose and Charles Griffin, fiancee, Clarissa Robinson, five children: Amiyah Burge, Amarion Burge, Jasmine Burge, Kiera Burge, Demetrius Burge Jr; and the mother of his three oldest children, Christina Ortega, and three other children he loved uncondtionally as his own Dearrion Ruffin, Khien Ruffin, and Khiry Ruffin; four sisters: Latricia Burge, Ketwayna Burge, and Terra Walker of Meridian, MS and Terri Phillips of Memphis, TN; two brothers: Demarco Burge and Albert Phillip of Meridian, MS; one niece, Patricia Phillips; ten nephews, Dalvin Burge, Ketwan'Tavius Dean, Demarco Burge Jr, Jacob Burge, Jaylen Smith, Albert Phillips Jr, Akari Phillips, Brandon Walker, Dion Kendricks, and Zabion Kendricks. Seven aunts: Ruby Gordon Rush, Patricia Newell, Torie Granger, Latrice Chaney, and Betty Easley all of Meridian, MS., Anita Harris and Tenia Chaney Hill all of Tupelo, MS; six uncles: John Lewis, Billy Lewis, and Barry Burge all of Meridian, MS, James Lewis of Racine, WI, Casey Burge of Alpharetta, GA, and Demetri Chaney of Tupelo, MS and a host of cousins. He is preceded in death by his father the late Albert Phillips, grandparents the late Juanita and Bennie C. Chaney, and the late K.C. Burge, and one aunt Ruth Yarbrough. Demetrius will be missed by everyone that knew him, the way he walked, the way he talked and the way he picked at everyone. Rest on bone, we love and miss you!
Mrs. Flossie L. Boose
Flossie Lee Boose was born on November 5, 1927 in Hickory, Mississippi to the late Jpe and Effie Boose. She was the seventh child of eight siblings. She confessed her life to Christ at an early age. She was a life long member of Savannah Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. She dedicated her life to her family raising a host of nieces and nephews. Flossie Boose was called to her Heavenly home on September 29, 2017 in Meridian, MS. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Boose, her mother, Effie Boose, two sisters, Eliza Staton, Ruby Coleman; three brothers, James Boose, Grant Boose, and Clarence Boose. A nephew, Willie Boose and a great nephew, Jacoby Davis. She leaves to cherish in her memories: a devoted brother, Willie Boose, and loving sister Denotre White both of Chicago, IL; very devoted nephews, Carl Staton of Meridian, MS, Charles (Gwen) Staton of Poniac, MI; devoted nieces, Effie Staton of Ponitac, MI, Joann (Willie) Davis of Meridian, MS and Carmen Boose of Meridian, MS; a loving great niece, Tasha (Tommy) Turner of Meridian, MS; a very devoted great nephew, Willie J. (Sharda) Davis of Meridian, MS; a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Mrs. Lillie B. Carpenter
Mrs. Lillie B. Ramsey Carpenter was born February 17, 1940 in Vimville, Mississippi to Milton and Laura Ramsey who preceded her in death. Lillie was educated in the Lauderdale County School System where she graduated from Middleton Attendance Center. Her spirtiual education began at an early age at the Mt. Horeb Missonary Baptist Church where she was an active member until her health declined. Many wonderful years of her life were spent with her friend and "soul mate" the late Harvey Carpenter Sr. Lillie's pride and joy, however was the special relationship she had with her three boys: Jerry, Donald Wayne "dog" (deceased), and Michael. Lillie always exemplified genuine love for life. She will always be remembered for her kindness and love of all people. The family of Dr. Gary Boone recognized these unique characteristics and considered her a member of the family rather than just a faithful and dutiful employee. On October 2, 2017, Lillie departed this life where she will be united with her loved ones in heaven. She will be especially missed by her sons Jerry and Michael Ramsey of Meridian. Grandson, Christopher (Cherrell) Dean, Hattiesburg, MS, and four great grandchildren; Aden, Amir, Ahmard, and Natajha, sisters; Juanita Ramsey and Mable Ramsey Billips both of Meridian, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her niece, Jeanetta Walker, nephew, Jamie Kelly, Mae Wright and the Grace Family were very special to her.
Mr. Kenneth Jones
Kenneth "Kenny" Jones was born August 14, 1959 to Leroy and Dorothy Jones in Meridian, Ms. He is a 1978 graduate of Meridian High School. Post-graduation, he went to join the Marine Corps. He is also a former employee of Southern Cast Products in Meridian, MS. He is preceded in death by his father Leroy Jones and his mother Dorothy Jones. He leaves to mourn his passing 8 children: Kenshundrick Young, India Campbell, Coretta Jones, Kenbresha Jones, Star Jones, Kenerna Jones, Kendreona Jones, and Kenbria Jones. He also leaves behind 7 brothers and sisters: Sondra Jennings of San Jose, CA, LeWayne Jones of San Jose, CA, Jeffery Jones of Meridian, MS, Brian Jones of Hayward, CA, Serita Jones of Meridian, MS, David Jones of San Jose, CA, and Sherry Jones of Ridgeland, MS.
Mrs. Krystal S. Bell
Krystal S. Lewis Bell was born on March 18, 1982 to Mrs. Fayette Lewis Randle (Robert) and Johnny Sims (Janis) of Meridian, MS. Krystal S. Lewis Bell confessed her life to Christ at a very young age. She later rededicated her life in Baptisim with her children. Krystal is a graduate of Meridian High School, the Class of 2000. She then continued her education at Meridian Community College where she received a General Degree in 2003. Krystal was a business owner of a store called "Bonita Lakes Convenience Store" located inside Bonita Lakes Mall. She decided to go into management so she took a manager's position at Walgreens and also obtained her license as a Pharmacy Technician. For the last six years Krystal worked as a property manager for Meridian Housing Authority. In the last five years she has held two jobs. She became an Entrepreneur of K Cakes Boutique. Krystal was known for decorating events and being the Cake Queen all over the nation. Krystal met Wendell T. Bell 19 years ago and after years of dating became his loving wife on January 23, 2007. In their union, God blessed them with two beautiful children; a daughter, Krislyn T. Bell, and a son, Wendell T. Bell Jr. She took pride in being a mother and wife. Her family were the loves of her life. She leaves to cherish loving memories to a dedicated and devoted family of one brother, Johnny Lewis of Meridian; two sisters, WaKisha McWilliams (Veno) of Meridian and Sonja McDowell Reese (Sherrod) of Texas; two sister in laws: Felicia Bell and Wendy Bell; one brother in law, Terrell Bell all of Meridian; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Levell Reed
Levell Reed was born on October 16, 1938 in Preston, Mississippi to Ruby Cole and Walter Reed. He graduated from Lincoln High School in June 1956. After receiving a Normal Scholorship, he attended Southern Illinois, he pledged and was welcomed into the brotherly bond of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1957. In 2007 he was recognized for his 50 years of membership in his beloved Fraternity. In September of 1960, he began teaching Art in Flint, Michigan, in 1965 while still in Michigan, he received a DAGS degree in Administration from Michigan State University. Levell moved to Los Angeles, California in 1973 and began working as an Account Manager for Xerox until he retird after 28 years in 2001. While in Los Angeles, Levell also obtained his California real estate license in 1975 and his broker's license in 1980. Upon retirement in 2001, he and Cheryl relocated to his birthplace of Preston, Mississippi. Even in retirement, he was not content to sit idly by, so he became a Mississippi real estate broker in 2005 and opened Reed Realty LLC, where he worked until his very last day. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, daughters Delisa and Bari (Justin), two grandchildren (Jayli and Calvin), sisters Earline, Lovell and Ruby and one brother Odell. He leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mr. Henry Lee Davis
Mr. Henry Davis was born May 9, 1942 in Kewanee, Ms to Ms. and Mr. W.A. Davis and Ms. Corine Mitchell. Henry was Honorable Discharge from Beale Air Force Base Narysville, CA on April 23, 1963. He was the first black hired as the city bus driver, he was also an independent truck driver. He was a devoted muslim. He leaves to cherish his memories: his ex-wife, Darlene Davis; a son, T.J.; a daughter, Stephanie; a devoted friend; Phyllis (Penny) Willis, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Mrs. Viola Bourrage
Viola Smith Bourrage was born Sunday, March 23, 1930, to Jim Smith and Argertha Spears Smith in Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS. During her youth, she joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, MS, where she served for over 40 years. On Sunday, June 3, 2003, she later joined East Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Meridian, MS where she remained a memebr until her demise. She received her education from Galilee Grammar School in Meridian, MS. She married Ray Charles Bourrage, the son of Dewitt "Dee" Bourrage and Iola "Pig" Griffin Bourrage, who was a native of Dekalb, Kemper County, MS, and their union was blessed with six children, five daughters, and one son. She was a kind and loving person who loved the Lord and her family wholeheartedly. She was a woman of humility, compassion, love, and patience. She was a mother to many, and a praying woman who walked by faith. She always extended her helping hand and had a word of wisdom if needed. She would be your peace in a storm. She had a comforting and nurturing spirit. This angel sent from Heaven above will truly be missed! Mrs. Bourrage, age 87, exited this mortal life on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at her residence in Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS to forever dwell in that beauitful city called Heaven where no travelers have ever returned. Her husband, Ray Charles Bourrage: two children- one son, J.C. "L.C" Bourrage; one daughter, Betty Lou Bourrage Davis; one step son, Rev. George Brown; two grandsons, Chris Aikens and Arthur Ray Bourrage; father, Jim Smith; mother, Argertha Spears Smith; eight siblings-five sisters, Fannie Smith, Elaine Smith Grady, Ruby Smith Brazill, Gustavia Smith Crowther, and Legertha Smith Baskins; three brothers, Booker T. Smith, James Smith, and Bennie Smith; father in law, Dewitt "Dee" Bourrage; and mother in law, Iola "Pig" Griffin Bourrage, preceded her in death. Survivors are: four children - all daughters, Edna Bourrage Hudson (Earl), Alica Faye Bourrage Hersey, Mary Catherine Bourrage, and Gwendolyn Bourrage, all of Meridian, MS; six grandchildren- three granddaughters, Tyree Davis Moore of Mt. Morris, MI; Sharon Bourrage and Serrell Bourrage, both of Meridian, MS; three grandsons, Tyrone Hersey (Latrasha), Joseph Bourrage, and Jermaine Hersey, all of Meridian, MS; eight great grandchildren, A'Kevia Hersey, Demetria Walker, Tyrius Hersey, Jermario Hersey, A'Zya Bourrage, Jyzalon Alford, Joseph Bourrage, Jr., and Dallas Hersey; two sisters, Dorothy Smith Trussell and Mary Smith, both of Meridian, MS; god children, Jerry Moffite, Ronnie Hersey, James Rushing (Alexia), Ken Jordan, and Dessie Bourrage Johnson (Winston), all of Meridian, MS; Willie D. Bourrage (Nancy) of Chicago, IL; Emily Hearn of Austin, TX; Robert Darden (Miltoria) of Brooklyn, NY; and Miss Corine; god grandchildren, Detrine Hudson and Joy Moffite, both of Meridian, MS; Alisia Moffite Moore (Brandon) of Poterville, MS; and Janada Davenport of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
Ms. Lisa J. Taylor
On October 30, 1960 Lisa Taylor was born to the parents of Jacqueline Harris and the late Dean Calvert in Denver, Colorado. She later moved to Meridian, Mississippi where she attended MCC and graduated as a Certified Nurse's Aide. Lisa was a caring and loving mother and grandmother. It didn't matter what her state of health was she always got up to work and help others. She also loved and adored her children and grandchildren. Lisa lived her life helping people when she became a nurse. She also loved animals as much as she loved people. Throughout her lifetime she had befriended just as many pets as she did people. She leaves to cherish her memories to her kids Anthony Taylor, Raphael Taylor, and Melissa Taylor and her very special grandchildren who helped keep her to stay strong and take care of her, Lashay Queanna, Adrianna Brianna, and Raphael Taylor.
Ms. Jessie Louise Mosley
On July 8, 1966, Jessie Mosley was born to the late William and Mattie Mosely of Toomsuba, Mississippi. At an early age Jessie accepted Christ, and was a faithful member of East Jerusalem Baptist Church under Rev. Jake Brown, Joe Burton, and later her Pastor Timothy Sears, until her death. Jessie Mosley was the most loving and caring person you could ever meet. Jessie departed her life on September 17, 2017 at UMMC in Jackson, Mississippi. Jessie leaves to cherish her memories: four sisters, Evelyn, Mary, Tammy, Brenda Mosely all of Toomsuba, MS; five brothers, Oliver (Brandy) Mosley, Toomsuba, MS, Charles Mosley and Telly Mosley, Toomsuba, MS, Larry (Susan) Mosley, York, Alabama and James (Sheila) Mosley, Corpus Christi, Texas. Also a very special niece she saw as her daughter, Jessica Mosley; a devoted Uncle George Mosley and Aunt Joanne Tubbs; a very special friend, Charlie Broooks and a host of aunts, uncles, niece, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mattie Mosley; both maternal and paternal grandparents, a brother William Mosley Jr.; and a sister Linda Mosley.
Mr. James Butler
James Butler, Jr. was born to the late James and Zula Butler on June 30, 1951 in Lauderdale County, MS. He was the third child and oldest son of 10 children. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Union Baptist Church Kemper Springs. He was united in marriae to Florida Terry and to this union 2 children were born. He worked many years as a fork lift driver by trade. He was employed with Interstae Merchandise of Meridian, MS for over 30 years before reitiring. After retirin he again entered the workforce at Prodona of Dekalb, MS where he was recognized as employee of the year before retiring. After a brief illness, on September 11, 2017 at his residence James entered into eternal life surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Zula Mae Butler, James Butler, Sr., two sisters Edna Butler and Brenda Butler Rush. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Florida Butler, Dekalb, MS; two sons, James (Linda) Lee, Poterville, MS; Jamie (Tyronda) Clayton, Bilioxi, MS; one daughter Catherine (Tracy) Holliday, Preston, MS; four stepchildren Arthur (Anesa) Terry, Fort Meade, Maryland; Lenda Nix, Barbara Lee, and Ginger Terry, Meridian, MS; four sisters Bobbie (Johnnie) Clark, Deklab, MS; Mary and David Miller and Octavia (Ellis) Burton, Lauderdale, MS; Helen (Gentqualo) Grace, Dekalb, MS; three brothers Johnny Butler and Willie Butler and Debra, Dekalb, MS; Albert (Clementine) Butler; one uncle Tommie McDonald, Meridian, MS and one aunt Jessie Butler, special friend Wanda Chaney; 31 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, newphews, relatives and friends.
Mr. Eric James Herlong Sr.
Eric James Herlong Sr. was born October 27, 1978 to Essie Walker and Wayne Davis in Meridian, MS. He joined Little Hope Baptist Church in Toomsuba at an early age. Eric graduated from Southeast Lauderdale High School in 1997. He was employed by Southwest Paper Company in Livingston, Alabama. Eric met and married Tekieala (Reid) Herlong in Meridian, MS on May 16, 2004 and they had three sons, Eric James Herlong Jr.; Riquay Griffin; and Charles Burrge of Mobile, Alabama. Eric departed this life on September 17, 2017 in Epes, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his sister De'Sandra Herlong, Eunice and Johnny Walker (maternal grandparents); Lula Williams and Cleveland Burrage (paternal grandparents). He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Tekiela (Reid) Herlong of Mobile, Alabama; his mother, Essie Herlong and his father, Wayne Davis, both of Meridian, MS; three sons, Eric James Herlong Jr., Riquay Griffin, and Charles Burrage of Mobile, Alabama; one daughter, Eriana Nasha Pearson of Quitman, MS; Kimberly (Nash) Williamson of Bronx, NY; and Sabrina Kennedy, of Birmingham, AL; four brothers; Sterling Evans and Rashuad Blankley of Meridian, MS; Anthony King of Jackson, MS and Jaylon Coleman of Lisman, AL, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, special friend Cherly Christian, other relatives and friends.
Mr. Raymond "Howard" Hill
Raymond Howard Hill, beloved husband, father, and grandfather was born January 13, 1950 to the late Ray Hill and Marcelene Palmer Hill in Meridian. He transistioned on Monday, September 11, 2017. Howard received his early education at St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from T.J. Harris High School both in Meridian. He continued his education at Meridian Junior College and Jackson State University, in Jackson, MS. He married Jonnie Mae Mosley on January 25, 1974. Howard enlisted in the Army in 1975 and retired as a Staff Sergeant in 1995 after twenty years of service. During his career he held various job duties as a logistical specialist. He and his family experienced the world as he served in posts at Fort Campell in Hopkinsville, KY, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL; Karlsruhe Germany, Fort Sheridian in Highland Park, IL, North Korea; Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, and Fort Polk in Alexandria, LA. Following his military services, he returned to Meridian and worked for various contractors at the Naval Air Station includong Boeing and L-3 Communications. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as an altar boy in his youth. Upon his return to Meridian in retirement from the Army, he served the Catholic Community of Meridian as a Knight of Columbus, a Knight of Peter Claver, and a member of the Parish Council. He also volunteered with the youth and served on the advisory board of St. Patrick's School. He is survived by his wife, Jonnie; daughters Tianna Ruby (Malcolm), Amy Pinkston (Timothy) and Michelle Simon (Christopher). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jordyn and Timothy Pinkston, Camron and Christopher Simon, and Ava Raby, a brother, Hubert Hill (Ann); a great uncle, Jessie Palmer (Lula), and a host of relatives, godchildren, and friends. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jerry Hill (Edith), and his maternal and paternal grandparents.