William Wayne “Bill” Hames

Mr. William Wayne “Bill” Hames, 73, of Carroll County, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi in Oxford. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada with Rev. Dennis McKay and Dr. Brent Barker officiating.  Interment followed in the Gore Springs Cemetery.  

He was born to William Ernest and Daisy Coleman Hames on Feb. 17, 1945 in Grenada.  He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a National Guard Veteran.  As a young man, William started out working on his father’s cotton farm, as well as his cotton gin, W.E. Hames Gin Co. He worked most every season as a gin hand and worked his way up to manager after mastering every position in the gin. Following his graduation from Delta State University, he took a job at the Employment Service in Clarksdale.

His experience with farm and gin labor equipped him with the skills and wisdom to be a job recruiter in the Mississippi delta for the Employment Service. After five years of service to the state, he was hired as a salesman for a fledgling seed company called, Dixie Seed Co. Having gained a reputation as a good salesman, he was recruited by Helena Chemical Co. and moved his new family to West Memphis, Ark. After a couple of years with Helena, he was recruited by a chemical manufacturing company called Velsicol Chemical Co. as a field representative with an emphasis on pasture and industrial vegetation management.

From the experience and contacts he made at Velsicol Chemical Co., he was being made ready for his final career move. Sometime around 1983, he was approached by a small company called Davis Forestry out of Monticello, Ark.  Because of his knowledge in weed control and his close connection with chemical manufacturers, he was asked to join them in starting a new company called Timberland Enterprises. His effort with this company would help lay the groundwork for the future of industrial and forestry vegetation management in the Southeastern United States.

In his time at Timberland Enterprises, William Hames was a driving force behind the development of a company that was built on customer service and ingenuity. He would always say, however, that without his wife Judy and his support staff at his home office he could never have accomplished what he did to serve the timber industry through Timberland Enterprises.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judy Haile Hames; one daughter, Melanie Hames McClain(Christopher) of Carroll County; two sons, William Jason Hames(Missy) of Carroll County and Alan Wayne Hames of Starkville; and four grandchildren, William Paxton Hames, Macie Abbott Hames, Chamberlain Scott McClain and Mary Hames McClain.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Poe, Mike Herring, Glenn Alexander, Dwight Stewart, Steven McCormick and Darren Dodd.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Kermit Austin, Curtis Hames, Ron Hames, Gary Hames and Jerry Hames.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada, (662-307-2694).