Ouida Jean Grant Towery, 85, of Greenwood and formerly of Bartlett, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS.

She was born September 3, 1932 in Isola to Leonard Eugene and Lera Bell Walker Grant.

Mrs. Towery was a graduate of Delta State University.  After marrying her high school sweetheart in 1952, she settled in Memphis with her husband, Naval Officer James Russell Towery.

She retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Company after many years of service as a professional secretary.  Not ready to stay at home, she began a new career as a realtor for Crye-Leike Realtors in Memphis.

Mrs. Towery was an avid dancer and enjoyed all types of dance, especially ballroom dancing where she entered many dance competitions.  She was an active member of Daughters of the Nile. Mrs. Towery attended and helped with many Shriner functions alongside her husband and later long-time companion, Neil Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Russell Towery; two brothers, Charles Edward Grant and Walter Eugene Grant; and two sisters, Leona Olga Grant Garvin and Mary Frances “Pat” DeGeronimo.

Mrs. Towery is survived by her longtime companion, Neil Blankenship of Memphis; half-brother, Leonard E. Grant, Jr.  of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Towery was escorted by pallbearers, Mike Garvin, Tim Garvin, Johnny Grant, Robert Hearn, Derek Hearn and Tim McKnight.

The family received friends Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. funeral services officiated by Brother Pete Roncali, immediately following visitation at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. Burial was at Belzoni Cemetery in Belzoni, Mississippi.

Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was entrusted with arrangements.

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