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Obituaries

Meridian

Mr. Cleveland Leon Gowdy, Jr. "Bookie"

Cleveland Leon Gowdy, Jr. “Bookie” was born on November 23, 1968 in Mattie Hearsay Hospital, in Meridian, Mississippi, to Liza Mae and Cleveland Gowdy, Sr.  He was educated in Kemper County, Mississippi, and graduated from East Kemper High School, in 1988.
Cleveland confessed his love and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and joined Ebenezer Baptist Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Liza Mae Gowdy of Porterville, Mississippi.  He also leaves his wife, the former Dianne Jenkins of Meridian, Mississippi.  Two sons: Cledarreyell McConnell, of DeKalb, Mississippi, and Cledarrius Mc Connell of Lauderdale, Mississippi.  Two sisters: Mykeshia Ivory and Pricilla Clayton of Lauderdale.  Four brothers: Michael Gowdy and Robin Gowdy of Porterville, Mississippi; Fredrick Clayton and Terrance Clayton of Lauderdale, Mississippi.  One granddaughter: Shalliah Naylor, of Meridian, Mississippi, and his grandmother: Mrs. Lucy Anne Gowdy of Lauderdale, Mississippi, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Cleveland was preceded in death by his son Clayton McConnell.

Ms. Tamika Lashun Hampton

Tamika Lashun Hampton was born on April 25, 1971 to Stephanie Johnson and Darryl Hampton.  She departed this earth on June 26, 2018 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
During her early childhood, her family relocated to Meridian where Tamika received her education through the Meridian Public System.
Tamika was funny, uplifting, intelligent, and very outspoken.  She loved spending time with her family and friends.  She was truly the life of the party.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Florence Nelson, Adele Hampton, and James Hampton.  Aunts D’orly Hampton, Bettye Hampton and Barbara McBride. Uncle Arville Hampton, Trell Hampton, Lonnie Hampton and Darnell Dennis.  Cousins Nicholas Ashford and Norvell Hampton.
Tamika leaves to cherish her memories her daughter JaQuita Hampton, son Michael Luckey, Parents Darryl Hampton, Sr. and Stephanie Johnson (Bobby).  Sisters Tabitha Hampton and Bahtyah Johnson.  Brothers Darryl Hampton, Jr. (Felicia), Hoshiah Hampton, Demetrious Hampton (Catrina), Bobby Johnson, Jr. and Adrian Johnson.  Grandchildren Knowledge and Italy Hampton.  Uncle Chantay Hampton and Aunt Faitha Holliday.  Several special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Cecilea Ree "Lesia Cooley" Kennedy

Cecilea Ree “Lesia Cooley” Kennedy was born August 27, 1961 to Aubrey L. and Rosie L. Cooley.  At an early age, she united with Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  “Lesia Cooley”, as she was affectionately called, attended school in the Jasper County School District.  She was part of the class of 1981 of Heidelberg High School.
“Lesia Cooley” worked several jobs during her lifetime including Howard Industries, Laurel Lumber Company where she was the first female to be employed, and Masonite Security.  Lesia Cooley loved cooking and feeding her family and anyone who needed or wanted to eat.  After she stopped working, she took care of her grandchildren who she loved dearly.
“Lesia Cooley” was preceded in death by her father, Aubrey L. Cooley; and two brothers, William Patrick Cooley and Bobby Cooley.  She departed this life Friday, June 29, 2018 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
“Lesia Cooley” leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Rosie L. Cooley of Heidelberg, Mississippi; two daughters, Shikinia (Chris) Ward and Crystal Kennedy both of Laurel, Mississippi; one son, Willie Kennedy of Laurel, Mississippi; three sisters, Grace Cooley and Deborah (Willie Ray) Harrison both of Heidelberg, Mississippi, and Jacquline Cooley of Laurel, Mississippi; two brothers, George Cooley of Chicago, Illinois and Edward Cooley of Laurel, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Kristopher Ward, Gabriel Ward, and Kenadi Ward “Baby K” all of Laurel, Mississippi, Kiara Kennedy and Elijah Kennedy both Aurora, Illinois; one uncle, L.C. (Fleecie) Cooley of Laurel, Mississippi; two aunts, Deloris (Johnny) Washington of Heidelberg, Mississippi and Sylvia (James) Evans of Ellisville, Mississippi; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Sharday LeShae Spears

Sharday LeShae Spears was born in Meridian, MS. on November 28, 1992, to Wendy Evonne Nolan and the late Alexander Spears.  She departed this life on Monday, June 25, 2018.
Sharday began education at Oakland Heights Elementary School and Graduated from Meridian High School in 2011.  After graduation, she attended Meridian Community College.
Sharday was a loving and devoted mother of one child.  She was preceded in death by her father Alexander Spears, grandparents; Rosetta (Leo) Collin Gordon, Darnel Spears, Sr. and Willie (Inell) Thomas and one uncle; Frankie Spears.
Sharday leaves to cherish her precious memories, her mother, Wendy Evonne Nolan one son, Elijah Kash Horner; two sisters, Sharrona and Shanta Nolan of Meridian, MS; seven brothers, Shundarious Nolan of Sweetwater, AL, Sherrod, ShaCorey, Shamond Nolan, Shermain Ruffin of Meridian, MS, Lee and Leo.  Two loving grandmothers, Rozena Nolan of Meridian, MS and Lola Spears of Butler, AL; three aunts, Thelio (Kenneth) Washington of Tuscaloosa, AL, Misty (James) Carter, a very special aunt Stormie Nolan of Meridian, MS; three uncles, Lamont Johnson of Meridian, MS, Orlando Spears of East Orange, NJ and Darnel Spears of Bronx, NY.
Sharday is survived by a host of aunts, great-aunts, uncles, great-uncles, cousins, and a host of other family, friends, classmates, and a special friend, Princetta Ruttley.

Mr. Bernie Lee (Jimmy) Gordon

Bernie Lee (Jimmy) Gordon was born June 17, 1955 in Meridian, MS to the late Odell and Annie Pearl Gordon.
As a youth, Bernie attended Wechsler School in Meridian before relocating to Chicago, IL with his parents.  He returned to Meridian to live as an adult.
Mr. Gordon was a quiet and humble man.  He exemplified the spirit of a servant and steward.  These qualities served him well as he pursed his career as a janitor and custodian.  Mr. Gordon worked at Meridian Naval Air Station, Walmart on Highway 19N, 31st Missionary Baptist Church and Magnolia Middle School.  He was a dedicated worker in every position he held.
As an adult, Bernie met Ms. Irene Moses and a son, Bernie Lee Moses, was born to this couple.
He also united with 31st Missionary Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir.  He also worked as the church janitor.  If he was needed anywhere in the church, he was there.
Along with his parents he was preceded by a brother Odell Gordon, Jr. in death.
Bernie Lee leaves to cherish his memories a son, Bernie Lee Moses; Two (2) brothers: Andre(Carla) Gordon of Chicago, IL and Lorenzo Gordon of Greenville, MS; Three (3) sister: Lisa Harold of Meridian, MS, Cynthia (Kendrick) Hall of Hollandale, MS and Delinda Gordon of Chicago, IL; Three (3) aunts: Annie Lee Wallace, Odie McCoy and Martha Bloxson all of Meridian, MS; a special cousin Carrie Gordon of Meridian, MS along with several nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Larry S. Carter

Larry S. Carter was born on February 15, 1954 in Meridian, Mississippi to the union of George and Ethel (Harbin) Carter.  He was proceeded in death by his father.
He was a graduate of Meridian High School Class of 1973.  Shortly after high school, he entered into the United States Army.  Upon honorable discharge, he began a lengthy career aboard the Naval Air Station of Meridian, MS as a Civil Servant.
Larry married the love of his life, Ida L. Clark on December 19, 1978 and to this union, three (3) daughters were born.
Larry was very active in the community and mentored many youth.  He was an inspiration to many.  Whether he was Coach Carter or Mr. Larry, he was always motivating and encouraging to others.
He was also very faithful and devoted to the Boys & Girls Club.  He was a loving and devoted Father and Grandfather.  A true friend and loyal man.  He was also a huge and faithful fan of the Pittsburg Steelers.
Larry leaves to cherish his memories; his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Ida Carter; three (3) daughters: Brandy Carter-Harris (Donsha), Alicia N. Carter and Crystal L. Carter; Grandchildren:  Jalin Harris, Londyn Harris, Kingston Dunn, Justice Dunn, Dallas Hersey, Markee Jones, Sanaa dean, Samia Dean, Makalia Houston and Memphis Houston; God-Daughter, Kadesha Houston; Siblings: Ethel Radcliff, Janie Parker, Mary L. McCall (David), Sudie Twilley (Tom), George Carter, Jr. (Bobbie), Tommy Carter (Ghis), Debra Carter-Buckner, Linda Carter-Foy, Nathaniel Carter; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends whom loved him dearly.

Bernie Lee (Jimmy) Gordon was born June 17, 1955 in Meridian, MS to the late Odell and Annie Pearl Gordon.
As a youth, Bernie attended Wechsler School in Meridian before relocating to Chicago, IL with his parents.  He returned to Meridian to live as an adult.
Mr. Gordon was a quiet and humble man.  He exemplified the spirit of a servant and steward.  These qualities served him well as he pursed his career as a janitor and custodian.  Mr. Gordon worked at Meridian Naval Air Station, Walmart on Highway 19N, 31st Missionary Baptist Church and Magnolia Middle School.  He was a dedicated worker in every position he held.
As an adult, Bernie met Ms. Irene Moses and a son, Bernie Lee Moses, was born to this couple.
He also united with 31st Missionary Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir.  He also worked as the church janitor.  If he was needed anywhere in the church, he was there.
Along with his parents he was preceded by a brother Odell Gordon, Jr. in death.
Bernie Lee leaves to cherish his memories a son, Bernie Lee Moses; Two (2) brothers: Andre(Carla) Gordon of Chicago, IL and Lorenzo Gordon of Greenville, MS; Three (3) sister: Lisa Harold of Meridian, MS, Cynthia (Kendrick) Hall of Hollandale, MS and Delinda Gordon of Chicago, IL; Three (3) aunts: Annie Lee Wallace, Odie McCoy and Martha Bloxson all of Meridian, MS; a special cousin Carrie Gordon of Meridian, MS along with several nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.


Mr. Jamarius Ver'non (Jay) Lloyd

Jamarius Ver'Non (Jay) Lloyd was born on February 16, 2000 to James and Kimberly Lloyd.  He was affectionately known as "Jay" to all who know and loved him.  God looked around in his garden and found an empty place, and then he looked down upon the earth and saw Jay's smiling face.  He put his arms around him and lifted him to rest.  With the help of his angels he flew Jay to his heavenly home.  God's garden must be beautiful because always takes the best.
Jay's journey with God began at the young age of seven at the St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church.  He was educated in the Meridian Public School system.  Jay was also previously employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Jay was the soul of the get-togethers with a beautiful smile always upon his face.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ronnie Love; paternal grandmother, Helen Lloyd; paternal grandfather, Curtis Lloyd, Sr.; uncle, Robert Love of Newton, MS.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted parents, James and Kimberly Lloyd of Meridian, MS; three devoted brothers, Tobias Burrage of Everett, WA; Marco Leflore (Kerry) of Jackson, MS; Damon Jones (Shmorrow) of Atlanta, GA; Maternal Grandmother, Cynthia Love of Meridian, MS; four loving aunts, Katherine (Joseph) McSheen of Meridian, MS, Diane (John) Grace of Toomsuba, MS; Shirley Love of Newton, MS; Brenda Alexander of Meridian, MS; Three devoted uncles, Kipp Love of Meridian, MS; Curtis (Sharon) Lloyd, Jr. of Collinsville, MS; Coderrious Harris of Toomsuba, MS; two nephews, Trayvion Bailey of Ypsilanti, MI; Marco James of Jackson, MS; two nieces, Mya Leflore and Kira Leflore of Jackson, MS and a host of cousins and friends.
Jamarius Ver'Non (Jay) Lloyd was born on February 16, 2000 to James and Kimberly Lloyd.  He was affectionately known as "Jay" to all who know and loved him.  God looked around in his garden and found an empty place, and then he looked down upon the earth and saw Jay's smiling face.  He put his arms around him and lifted him to rest.  With the help of his angels he flew Jay to his heavenly home.  God's garden must be beautiful because always takes the best.
Jay's journey with God began at the young age of seven at the St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church.  He was educated in the Meridian Public School system.  Jay was also previously employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Jay was the soul of the get-togethers with a beautiful smile always upon his face.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ronnie Love; paternal grandmother, Helen Lloyd; paternal grandfather, Curtis Lloyd, Sr.; uncle, Robert Love of Newton, MS.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted parents, James and Kimberly Lloyd of Meridian, MS; three devoted brothers, Tobias Burrage of Everett, WA; Marco Leflore (Kerry) of Jackson, MS; Damon Jones (Shmorrow) of Atlanta, GA; Maternal Grandmother, Cynthia Love of Meridian, MS; four loving aunts, Katherine (Joseph) McSheen of Meridian, MS, Diane (John) Grace of Toomsuba, MS; Shirley Love of Newton, MS; Brenda Alexander of Meridian, MS; Three devoted uncles, Kipp Love of Meridian, MS; Curtis (Sharon) Lloyd, Jr. of Collinsville, MS; Coderrious Harris of Toomsuba, MS; two nephews, Trayvion Bailey of Ypsilanti, MI; Marco James of Jackson, MS; two nieces, Mya Leflore and Kira Leflore of Jackson, MS and a host of cousins and friends.

Mr. Jeremiah Stephens

Jeremiah "Miles" Stephens was born on December 11, 1978 to the late Johnnie Myrtle Stephens and Chester Nelson in Meridian, MS. He accepted Christ at an early age where he attended Pine Grove Baptist Church. Jeremiah was a devoted son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, care taker, and friend to everyone. He was proceeded in death by his mother, Johnnie Myrtle Stephens; aunt Gloria Stephens, two uncles, Tyrone and Omar Stephens; his grandmother, Dorothy Jean Stephens; and a very special man that was in his life Bennie Jr. Smith. He leaves to cherish his memory his father, Chester Nelson; one brother, Demarcus Stephens; two uncles, Wayne and Barry Stephens; his nieces, Angelica, Makayla, Johnyla, Trinity, and Shantay; his nephew, Shane, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

Mr. Jessie West

Jessie James West was born on July 5, 1960 in Meridian, MS to the union of Willie B. and Kizzie B. West. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie B.; his brother Willie Jr.; and three sisters Edna, Mary, and Catherine. He leaves to cherish his memory: children, Jessica, Jessie James JR., Jessia and Emmanuel; grandchildren: Jakevia, Jakeria, and Marshall Jr.; mother Kizzie B. West; brothers, James Jr. and Woodrow; sisters, Rosie Knighten, Kathy Brown, and Patricia Naylor. He also leaves to a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. As well as friends who loved him dearly. 

Mr. Brian Pearson

Brian Fisher Pearson, born August 25, 1971, to James and Jeanette Pearson. Brian graduated from Luther South High School and Chicago State University. He worked for UPS. Brian loved going south every summer to visit family. He lived a very simple life, always with his parents and brother. That's all he wanted to do and that's what he did. He expressed his  love for the Lord and he trusted him. His mom Jeanette preceded in death. Brian leaves to cherish his memory his father James, brother Edwin, grandmother Mattie Fisher, aunts Lottie Berry, Joyce Anderson, Bennie Watson, Carrie Mathis, Janie Anthony, Aletha Fisher, and Cynthia Kennedy, uncles Willie Pearson and Kevin Fisher and a host of loving cousins. 

Mr. Joe Lewis

Joe Samuel Lewis was born March 3, 1947 in Bailey, MS. He was one of six children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Orea D. Lewis. In 1964, Joe graduated from Middleton High School in Meridian, MS. After graduation, he attended Meridian Junior College and graduated in 1966 with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science. Joe accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and attended Pine Grove M.B. Church in Bailey, MS. Joe later enlisted in the United States Air Force. After completing basic training at Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas, he attended Chanute Technical Traning Center in Illinois. He graduated in February 1967 as a Mechanical Accessory Repairman and was assigned to the 374th Field Maintenance Squadron at the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. While assigned to Tinker, he gained proficency as a C-141A Mechanical Accessory Repairman. Joe's commitment to the U.S.A.F allowed him to travel, not only domesically with opportunities in Dover, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, and Washington State, but also in foreign areas, including Taiwan and Japan. Joe was an accomplished man of God. He was a husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He mastered numerous jobs throughout his life as he provided for his family. Joe was a farmer, mechanic, electrician, carpenter, and handyman. He loved to fish and was an excellent cook. He was always willing to help his friends by sharing wisdom. Joe loved his church family; he was a member of the trustee board and chairman of the church's building committee. Joe departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 16, 2018. To cherish his memories, he leaves: his wife, Stacyette Lewis; sisters, Octavia Washington, Maymie Handy, and Ginger Vaughn and Ruth Woods; brother, Robert Lewis; sons, Craig Lewis, and Joe Muhammad; daughters, Cymantha Lewis, Audria Lewis, and Kim Lewis and Felisha Lewis; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Mr. Willie Jerome Johnny Lockhart

Willie Jerome was born March 20, 1951 to the late Willie Lee and Gracie Mae Lockhart in Meridian, MS. He departed this earthly life on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Willie attended Meridian Public School System and worked for the city of Meridian for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Willie Lee Lockhart and Mrs. Gracie Mae Lockhart; three brothers, Harry Carl and Jerry Lockhart and one aunt, Irena Ruth Perryman. Mr. Willie Jerome was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He leaves to cherish his memories: the mother of his children, Joan Lockhart; five daughters, Deborah Easlet, Vikki Lockhart, Wanda Purnell, Tina Walker, and Lind Pickett; one son, Ronnie Purnell; three sisters, Glenda Lockhart-Atman, Brenda Lewis, and Katie Elliot Patrick; two brothers, Charles Lockhart, and F+rederick Lockhart. He also leaves a host of granchildren, great grandchidren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Mr. Authur Powe

Arthur James Powe was born in DeKalb, MS on May 9, 1940 he confessed Christ at an early age at New Hope United Methodist Church and later joined St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents- Guelda and Roger; siblings- Alice, Collin, Lavel, Margie Rae, Roy and William; his daughters- Renee and Sandra. Known for his work ethic, Arthur began working at age 8, on the family farm. During his adult years, he was employed in manufacturing, construction and steel industry. He was especially skilled in welding, but lawn work was his passion for over fifty years. He quickly became the go-to man for lawn repair. During his off days, Arthur spent quality time with his family and friends. His favorite pastime was hunting. Arthur was a simple, wise, and humble man. Through his love of talk, he quickly connected with whomever he met. He has made our lives more meaningful and we are truly blessed. He leaves to mourn a wife, Reatha; six daughters: Arletha Ndoume, Debbie Collins, Rhonda Powe, Wanda Greenwood, Marie Parker, and Vickie Ransom; six sons: Eric Powe, Frederick Powe, James Jerome Powe, James Russell Powe, Jeffery Powe, and McArthur Powe; and one sister: Emma Newell and a host of grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Mr. Jacob Burns

Deacon Jacob Burns was born on July 29, 1953 to Reverend John C. Burns, Sr. and Carrie Gray Burns of Enterprise, MS. Jacob received his formal education through the Enterprise School System. Deacon Burns accepted Christ as his Savior at Old Enterprise Baptist Church of Enterprise, MS, where he served in the following varied positions: trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, janitor, plumber, electrician, and monthly birthday cake baker. Deacon Burns was truly a man who loved the lord. At the time of his passing, Jacob was employed with the East-Jasper School District, where he had served in the Maintenance Department for over 13 years. Committed to serving God as well as helping his fellowman, Jacob was a man of his word who always got the job done. Prior to his last place of employment, Jacob worked at Burllington Industries in Stonewall, MS, as a master pipefitter for over 29 years. Jacob was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Leroy, Sidney, and John. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Beverly; his son, Johnny Terrell of Enterprise, MS; four children, Henry Cook of Enterprise, MS, Carla Allen and Jerra Allen, both of Hattiesburg, MS and Veronica Cook of Rose Hill, MS; four brothrs, Robert Sr. of Biloxi, MS, Alton of Chicago, IL, Frank of Houston, TX and Joseph of Stonewall, MS; three sisters, Hattie Lott and Mary Catchings both of Enterprise, MS and Beulah Wright of D'Iberville, MS; tweleve grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Deacon Jacob Burns was deeply loved and will forever be missed. 

Mrs. Ethel Mae Pickett

Ethel Mae Pickett was born April 12, 1943 in Meridian, MS. She went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2018 in Columbus, OH. Ethel is preceded in death by her mother Flora Butchee, father Otis Lee Pickett, step mom, Pearlie Mae Pickett, daughters Brenda, Tomecca, and Deborah Pickett, brothers Johnny Pickett, and Percy Rochon, sister Deborah Sailor, and grandson Owen Pickett. She leaves to cherish her memory with daughter, Juanita Wilson, sons Raymond Pickett, Willie Irby, sisters, Mattie Pearl Cole, Oletha Pickett, Shirlee R. Brown, brothers, Otis L. Pickett Jr., Willie L. Pickett, grandchildren, Danterrell, Cedrick, Shanbrika, Jasmine, Ashley, Whitney, and Cordero, also a host of nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren. Ethel was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend who will be missed. 

Mrs. Edna Whitlock

Edna Stennis Whitlock was born September 12, 1928 in Bailey, MS to the late Bill David Stennis and Essie Kelso Stennis. Edna attended Bailey Vocational School and Harris High School. She retired from Burnly Shirt Factory where she worked as a seamstress. Edna accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Bailey, MS where she served as a member of the Missionary Society, Sunday School Teacher, and pianist. She later united with the Savannah Grove Missionary Baptist Church and served faithfully as Church Clerk, Missionary Society President, and on many other auxiliaries. She was a member of the Second New Hope District Baptist Women Auxiliary and Minister's Wives. Edna's first marriage was to Clifton Lewis and to this union two children were born: a son, Jimmie L. Lewis and a daughter, Edna Lynette Lewis, in 1980, she married Reverend Clinton Whitlock. This union lasted 38 years until his passing. Edna was a loving mother and grandmother. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandsons. Edna will be lovingly remembered by her son, Jimmie L. Lewis and daughter, Edna L. Lewis-Jenkins, a sister, Vallonia Davis; a brother in law, Arthur King; three grandchildren, LaShanda Garrett, Melvin T. Jenkins Jr. and Kelvin Jenkins and five great grandsons, Kerry McKenzie, Justin Brown, Tristin Jenkins, Caleb Jenkins, and Noah Jenkins; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, and three sisters: Virginia Lewis, Walterine Stewart, and Essie King. 

Mr. Simuel Edwards 

Simuel Carl Edwards Jr. was born May 19, 1944 to the late Simuel Edwards, Sr. and Thelma White. His father served in this country in WWII, and relatives were involved in helping to raise Simuel Jr. and his siblings. He received his early education at Prince Street School in Natchez, MS. He was 1963 graduate of Sadie V. Thompson School. He was very athletic and partcipated in all sports avaliable to him in school. Football was his chosen sport, but he also enjoyed swimming. He continued his education at Mississippi Valley State College where he received his degree. After graduation, he moved to Meridian, MS where he was gainfully employed by the Lauderdale County Public School System. He was employed at Middleton Attendance Center of Meridian and later at West Lauderdale High School where he retired from the teaching profession in 2002. His love for education and the students he taught were highly exemplified in his conversations and actions. His students have a high appreciation for his service as they remember the teacher they respected and loved dearly. He was also employed by the National Park Service where he worked as Park Service Ranger fulfulling duties at Lake Okatibee Reservoir in Lauderdale County. Simuel united with and was baptized into the fellowship of the Zion Hill Baptist Church at an early age under the leadershp of his father who was serving as pastor. He served faithfully. Serving was a way of life for him. After moving to Meridian, he united with the Saint John Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. W.C. Griffin Sr. and continued his walk up the King's highway. Records show that he was united with Saint John church family in 1979. He has served faithfully in many capacities. In addition to serving as deacon and trustee, he also served in the Sunday School, Music, and Brotherhood Ministries. He cheerfully supported each ministry of the church. Simuel met and married his true love in Meridian, MS. Her name is Mary Ann. They are proud parents of two children: Steve DeShawn and Carla Chavon. He departed this life on June 1, 2018. Among those whom he was joined in glory are his parents and one brother, Noel. The legacy of Simuel will live on through the lives of many, but especially his devoted wife, Mary Ann Edwards, Meridian, MS; his daughter, Carla Chavon Edwards of Memphis, TN; sons, Steven DeShawn Edwards and Kenneth Bowman; a sister, Geraldine Hollis; brothers, John Edwards, Ezelle Edwards, and David Edwards; the family matriarch, Rosie Marie Elaine, a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, who fondly called him Uncle Pete, and other relatives including the following families: The Whites, Carters, Tennessees, Lewis', Koon and Blow family members; step mother, DeEtter W. Edwards and siblings, Joseph, Anthony, Kenwin, and Rachelle along with caring neighbors classmates, friends from across the country and many students who will cherish the memories of Simuel Edwards, one "gone too soon." 

Mrs. Sandra R. Thedford

Sanra R. Thedford was born December 22, 1960 to Willie Mae and Billy Howard Croff in Newton, MS. Sandra departed this life Wednesday, May 30, 2018. She was preceded in death by her Mother, Willie Mae Hill and Grandmother Audrey Mae Mapp. She leaves to cherish memory: her husband, Curtis Thedford of Meridian, MS; two sons, Gary Cole Jr of Meridian, MS and Jabari McGee of Meridian, MS. One daughter: Garika Cole of Key West, FL. One brother, Ralph Smith. One granddaughter Diamond McGee and a host of relatives and friends. 

Mrs. Geneva Hill 

Genevia "Boo" Spinks Hill was born on July 10, 1932 in Kemper County to the late Johnny and Beatrice Spinks. She attended school in Daleville, MS. She accepeted Christ at an early age where she joined and attended New Hope Blackwater Baptist Church in DeKalb, MS. She later found solace at New Life Independent Missionary Baptist Church, where her nephew, Rev. Paul Clayton currently serves as Pastor. In 1951, her hand was asked in marriage by Roscoe Hill, of Daleville, MS. To this union, two lovely girls were born. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone she came into contact with. She was a caretaker for multiple families. She became a cook for various restaurants. After retiring for Old Farm Beef House, she became a Foster Grandparent at Carver Middle School. After a deblitating illness, she had to retire from being a foster grandparent. She made the decision to unite where her children fellowshipped. Geneva "Boo" Spinks Hill, 85, of Meridian departed this earthly life and transistioned to her Heavenly Home on May 26, 2018 in Meridian, MS. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, Gussie Clayton-Blakely and Betty Pollard; five brothers: Hervery Spinks, Jessie Spinks, Tom Spinks, Scooter Spinks, and Howard Spinks. She leaves to cherish her memories, two loving and devoted daughters: Bertha Mae Trussell and Ida Mae Croft, both of Meridian, MS; one brother, Malcom Jospeh Spinks of Meridian, MS, seven grandchildren all of whom called her "Big Mama": Katrina Trussell of Douglasville, GA, Tiwiana Trussell of Meridian, MS, Norris Croft Jr. of Columbia, SC, Kimberly Clark of Symrna, GA, Demarkus Trussell of Meridian, MS, a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She also leavs to cherish her memories: one god daughter, Doris Thomas of Jackson, MS and a loving, caring, friend who was like a sister to her, Ms. Sarah Walker.

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