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Obituaries

Meridian

Mr. Joe Cecil Cole

As born the eighth child on May 15, 1940 of James and Maella Cole in Meridian, MS. With the blessing of being reared in a loving Christian home, Joe accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age. He was the proud father to eight children. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. Joe Cecil Cole Sr. made his final transition into eternal rest on May 10, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Maella Cole; one sister and five brothers. He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife of 57 years, Loretha Cole; children, Joann Cole Henderson, Joe Cecil Cole Jr., Darrell Cole, Angela Cole, Dewayne Cole, Tanya Renee Cole, Randy Lamont Cole, ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one brother, James Cole Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Mrs. Ola Collins

Ola Mae Scott Collins was the fifth child born to the union of Ines Scott and the late Floyd Scott on May 3, 1957 in Meridian, MS. Ola answered God's call of her name and went with the Heavenly Angels to live with the Lord on May 9, 2018. Ola was born and raised in Meridian, MS on the south side of town and received her education through the Meridian Public School System. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined with Thirty-First Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. She was an advocate for working in the medical field. She received her CNA License and has worked at the following: Kings Daughters Nursing Home, Anderson Regional Medical Center and at East Mississippi State Hospital for over 20 years until her health failed. She took pride in her position as a CNA and was very professional in her work she succeded in. On July 14, 1995, Ola married Lonnie Collins, Sr., whom was the love of her life. To this union, 4 children were born. Ola was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Scott, Maternal and paternal grandparents and one sister, Mrs. Flora McCalebb. Ola leaves to cherish her memories: her loving, caring, and devoted husband, Lonnie Collins Sr of Daleville, MS, her loving and caring mother, Inez Scott of Meridian, MS; three daughters, Kameka Scott, Kenya Stapleton, and Teresa Creer all of Meridian, MS, one son, Dennis Scott of Daleville, MS, one step son, Lonnie Collins Jr. of Gulfport, MS; one sisters, Jermaine Scott of Bailey, MS, two brothers, Floyd Scott, Jr. and Leroy Scott both of Meridian, MS; twelve grandchildren, Miya, Cameron, Darion, and Delonta Scott, Shevonta and Jamal Roberts, Esqkiel Vashti and Emmaunel Houston, Albrianna and Rogeal Creer and Rodriquez McNeal, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Ruby Dell Harris

Ruby Dell Harris was called by many names, such as Big Red, Mama, Mawmaw, Mimi and TeeTee Red. However, none of these names were as sweet as the name Jesus called her: "My Child." On Thursday, May 3, 2018 God called his servant and she answered his call. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. Ruby Dell was born in DeKalb, MS to the late Wes and Daisy Hearn, but lived most of her life in Meridian. She gave her life to Christ early in life at Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served faithfully through the years as a member of Sunday School, the choir, and past president of the young Matrons. Ruby Dell loved her church family and people deeply. She blessed WQIC radio station, Hudnalls Food Store, Dixie Pak-A-Sack, Fred's Dollar Store, and Rush Hospital with her fabulous personality. Ruby was a person that shared her love freely. She gave joy to many and never met a stranger. However, her passion was children. Through the years she went to football, baseball, basketball and softball games, concerts, plays, and programs to support the ones she loved. Ruby Dell is survived by a daughter, Vickie Ball-Jeffries of Meridian, two granddaughters, Enjoli Nicole Dancy of VA and Elyse Jeffries of Wisconsin, and a great-grandchild Grayson Dancy. She left several cousins, but some were closer than most: Mary Florence Hudnall, Naomi Jennings, Katie Stennis, and Algene Hearn. Her parents, Wes and Daisy Hearn crossed over into glory before her, along with seven sisters and four brothers. She leaves behind three sisters: Betty Sumler of Columbus, GA, Annie White of Detroit, MI, Ann Hearn of Gulfport, MS, four brothers: Hosea Hearn of Cleveland, OH, Robert Hearn of Detroit, MI, Albert Hearn, MI, and Lamar Hearn of Detroit, MI. She is also survived by her "bestfriends": Artie Williams, Annette Williams, Florine Smith, Liz Finley, Alice Sloan, Lillie Ball, Annie Adams, and Evelyn Shelby. 

Mrs. Joyce Boyd

Joyce Ann Clayton Boyd was born February 26, 1968 to Carol Hill Clayton in Chicago, IL. She excepted Christ at an early age at Grace Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Meridian High School. She was employed by the Meridian Public School District for 14 years where she gained many friends. People that knew her loved her and called her Boogaloo. She was known for her love of fishing, her clowning, the love of her kids and grandkids. Her big heart and humble spirit. She departed this life on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at her home. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband John Howard Boyd, her grandmother Minnie Friend, her father Joe Willie Clayton and her sister Christine Gainey. She leaves to cherish her mother Carol Clayton of Meridian, MS. Two daughters, Jocelyn Clayton and Jacqueline Clayton of Meridian, MS. Her four grandchildren Jy'Darius Tell, Jy'Dariun Clayton, Jha'Keliah Clayton, and Jaylan Tell of Meridian, MS. One God grandson, Leviticus Madison of Meridian, MS. Three brothers, Andre Clayton of Chicago, IL; Joe Willie and Willie B. Clayton of Columbus, OH. Three sister, Joann Clayton of Ohio. Carnie Clayton-Brown and Cathy B. Hill of Meridian, MS. One God daughter, Adrienne Williams of Livingston, AL. A host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Mr. Freddie Jordan

Freddie Jordan was born January 17, 1951 in Jasper County, MS to the Late Odessa Scott Jordan Berry and John Henry Jordan Sr. He departed life on April 13, 2018 at his residence in Chicago, IL. In 1969, he graduated from Southside High School in Heidelberg, MS. Freddie joined the United States Air Force in 1970. He retired from Union Public Pacific Railroad. He loved to write stories and recite poetry. He was preceded in death by his parents Odessa Scott Jordan Berry and John H. Jordan Sr., step-father Dennis Berry Sr., two brothers: Andrew and John H. Jordan Jr. and one sister: Bama Ruth Williams. Freddie leaves to cherish his life legacy his children: Fredrick Thomas of Richmond, TX, Sean Michael Jordan of Chicago, IL, Leslie Soderberg of Chicago, IL, and Anthony Thomas of Katy, TX. One granddaughter, Mariah Jordan. One step grandson, Kyran Jones of Boston, MA. Three sisters, Lee Eunice Kirk, Laurel, MS; Merlinda Berry, Pachuta, MS and Sandy Davis, Jackson, MS. Three brothers, Major Peter Berry, Palahatchie, MS; Dandy Berry, New Orleans, LA and Michael Berry, Lawton, OK. Three step sisters: Essie Mae Garrett, Daisy Clay, Mattie Brown, Four step brothers, Dennis Berry, Jimmy Dale, William Berry, and Johnny Rush and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. 

Ms. Shonda PollardĀ 

On June 21, 1971, Shonda Laketra Pollard was born to Frances Rosser Godfrey and the late Benny Sheffield. A proclamation went out throughout the family. A Girl! She was the first granddaughter. As a child, Shonda attended school in the Meridian Public School District before moving to Houston, TX where she graduated from Nimitz High School. She attended Wildfred School of Beauty and Houston Community College where she received an associate of Arts Degree in accounting. She also graduated from the CAN program at Meridian Community College and was a Magna Cum Laude. Reared in stalwart home, she was also led to Christ for salvation and confessed a hope in him as a child. She was baptized at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Shonda was the proud mother of 2 sons, Francois Semay Pollard and Othron Pollard. Sunday afternoon at 1:03 p.m. Shonda reached out for her Saviors hand to carry her home where trouble and pain will be no more. And now her life is truly blessed because she is now absent from the old and now present with the Lord. Left with a great legacy, her mother, Frances Rosser Godfrey; two sons, Francois Semay and Othron De'Arreyn Pollard; sister, Latoria Wiley; brothers, La'Ellis Jamerio Crowther and Justin Averell Cullors; four grandchildren; De'Arreyn Jones. Zenayah Lanier, Francois Semay Pollard Jr., and Hayden Christine; one step sister, Sherry Rosser Glasgow; three step brothers, Bernard Rosser, Jr., Byron Rosser and Rickey Shong; nieces, Lyric Sims, Mar'Lysia Granger and Jaimee Cullors; nephews, Jamerio Craft, Justin Cullors Jr., Jacob Cullors, Phillip Smith Jr., Torey Wiley and Jayden Wiley; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Shonda was preceded in death by her father, Benny Shieffield, stepfather, Bernard Rosser, Sr., grandparents, Frank and Betty Pollard, Mary Shieffield and Lester Young. 

Mr. Bobby HarrisĀ 

Bobby Harris was born August 27, 1950 to the late Albert Harris, Sr. and Annie Mae Whitehead, in Shubuta, MS. At an early age Bobby joined St. John United Methodist Church, DeSoto. Bobby grew up in DeSoto working in the fields with his father, and learning a trade of Carpentry from Mr. Jerry Shanks. Bobby attended Shirley Owens High School and moved to Cleveland, OH where he spent most of his young adult life. There he was futher introduced to carpentry, by renovating apartments for a private owner for 21 years. He moved back to Mississippi and worked various jobs. His most recent being a Bus Driver for the Quitman Public School District. Bobby dedicated his life to Christ and became devoted to prayer and studying the Word of God. He became a deacon, a Sunday school teacher and used his carpentry skills to beautify his church. For five years, Bobby prayed for a wife. God answered his prayer and he met and married Helen Marie Strickland on July 4, 1999. He departed this life after a lengthy illness on April 18, 2018 at Anderson's South in Meridian, MS. Bobby is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Annie Mae Harris, seven brothers: Samuel, Sydney, Robert, Bennie, Albert Jr. and Lester, four sisters: Cassie Reynolds, Willie Bee Wiley, Sarah Shanks, Annie Mae Irby. Bobby leaves to cherish his memories, his wife: Helen Strickland Harris of Shubuta, MS who amplified the meaning of the Lord's wedding vows "through sickness and health until death do us part", two daughters: Nyeshia Harris of Fredericksburg, VA, and Leanette Arnold of Cleveland, OH, a brother; Randy Harris of Laurel, MS, four sisters, Eloise Heidelberg, Dorothy Stovall, Minnie Evans, and Deloris Goodwin, all of Shubuta, MS, two grandsons, and one granddaughtter, as brothers: Jimmie Gamblin, Johnny Roberts, and Rev. Willie Young. A special aunt, Cynthia Coleman Friend, age 103, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Mrs. Glory J. Holliday

Glory Jean Nelson Holliday was born April 28, 1960 in Meridian, MS. She was the third of five children born to the union of Josielean Hodges and the late Louis Nelson. At an early age, Glory joined Pine Grove Baptist Church, Bailey, MS, where she was baptized. She later joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health failed. She received her education in the Meridian Public Schools, graduating from Meridian High School in May 1978. Afterwards she joined the workforce. Her work experience included kroger's, walmart, and sitting with the elderly and disabled. On March 3, 1995, Glory was united in holy matrimony to the late Emery Holliday of DeKalb, MS. Glory departed this life on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Montrell Nelson and LaQuinton Holliday both of Meridian, MS; a mother, Josielean Nelson, Meridian, MS; two brothers, Louis Nelson and Chester Nelson both of Meridian; two sisters, Darlene Latiker, New Orleans, LA and Januana Ramsey, Meridian, MS; two grandchildren, Jada and Kayla Nelson both of Meridian, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Glory was preceded in death by her husband, Emery Holliday, a son, Cedric Nelson and her father, Louis Nelson. 

Ms. Tammy Billups

Family and friends celebrate the life of Ms. Tammy Wynette Billups. She was born June 28, 1979 in Meridian, MS to the late Johnny Billups and Mable Billups. She found Christ at an early age. She was the sixth of seven children. She was a very strong, loving, and caring person. She put a smile on everyone's face that she came in contact with. Tammy's father, Johnny Billups Sr., grandparents Milton and Laura Ramsey preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memories and to continue her loving legacy to a wonderful daughter, Samiah Parham. Tammy loved her dearly. Departing she leaves her mother, Mable Billups, six maternal sisters and brothers; Jimmy Ramsey, Lisa Ramsey, Pasty Grace, Dennis Burns, Darrell Billups, and McKenzie Washington. She also leaves three paternal brothers and sisters. Johnny Clay Billups Jr., Marlin Harris and Shirley Billups. She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, she loves them as they were her own. Four great nieces, and one great nephew. Three very close and dear friends. Tamika Thompson, Brittany Williams, and Angela. Many cousins, family, and friends. 

Mr. Excel O. Hart

Excel O. Hart was born in Meridian, MS to Willie and Beatrice Hart on June 28, 1922. He was educated in Meridian and St. Louis, MO. School district. He served in the United States Army for 22 years and fought in Korean and Vietnam Conflict. He received many awards for his service. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was a member of Great Canaan Baptist Church of Chicago, IL and upon his returned to Mississippi in 2008 he joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Rev. Zachary Operton. In 1962, he married Ora V. Sewell who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sibling Mattie Lee, Edward, Marion, Cleo, Leo and Willie Jr. He leaves to cherish his memory, a sister, Mae C. Hart of Meridian, a daughter Sandra Wells of Seattle, Washington, two adopted children China and Baron Hart of Meridian, who he loved dearly and a step daughter Jamie (Ike) Caldwell of Chicago, IL.

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