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Mrs. Shedonna L. Polk

Sister SheDonna Polk-Greer was born to the late Imogene Polk in Jackson, MS on November 24, 1982. At an early age she was reuntied and raised by her cousins Dorethea and Eugene Cole of Meridian, MS. SheDonna attended Meridian Public Schools and graduated from Meridian High School in 2002. She was a lifelong member of St. Jospeh Catholic Church. SheDonna was kn own for her laughter, silly jokes, her contagious smile, and baking cakes that could brighten any spirit. She had a kind heart and her love came with no conditions. Donna made it her priority in life to provide for her children and always show that family mattered the most to her. At the young age of 35, SheDonna passed away from cardiac arrest leaving behind her husband, Brandon Greer; 3 beautiful daughters Alexandria, Pharrah, and Mahogony Greer; and 2 handsome sons, Jordan and Kymani Greer; adopted father and mother Eugene and Dorethea Cole; 2 sisters Kinoka Cole and Christina Cantrell, 2 brothers, Lonnie Cole and John Michael; and a host of nieces and nephews. SheDonna was preceded in death by her mother Imogene Polk and her sister Velma Anderson. 

Mrs. Doris L. Steverson

Doris Lynn Steverson was born September 30, 1953; the third child of the late Robert Naylor, Sr. and Rebecca Hopkins Naylor. She left this life for eternal rest on Friday, February 16, 2018. Doris was a professional accountant and a gifted musician, but the roles she most cherished were those of mother, grandmother, aunt, and music teacher. A devout student of the Bible, Doris entered the fellowship of Christ in 1961 during a vacation school service at First Union Missionary Baptist Church under the Rev. Richard S. Porter Sr. She was baptized at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church of Savoy under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Hines. She was later an active member of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church before joining First Union, where she served for the remainder of her life. Doris studied piano with Mrs. Laura Inge, showing virtuosic abilities as a child. She was the student accompanist for the Carver Junior High School Choir under Mrs. Clara Thompson and the T.J. Harris High School/Junior College Choir under Mrs. Joyce Russell. She served as a musician for New Prospect, St. James, Mount Olive Baptist Church, and several other congregations. However, she served for more than 50 years as a musician and music director for First Union, starting when she was just 11 years old playing for the Youth Choir. Doris graduated with highest honors from Meridian High School in 1971. Just three years later, she graduated magna cum laude from Jackson State University - at only 20 years old - with a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting. She later studied for the Master of Business Administration degree at Mississippi State University. She was a devoted member of Delta Nu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Doris was employed by Midland Federal Savings and Loan Association (which later merged with UniFirst Bank for Savings), becoming the First African American officer of a major financial institution in Meridian. She later was on the staff of Meridian High School, she was an accountant at Multi-County Community Services Agency, and she was a payroll and tax accountant for Quality Logistics Systems. She retired early after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doris loved music, and she shared this love with the congregations she served and with her students. Teaching piano was her passion. She leaves behind many friends and family members to perserve her legacy and cherish her memory, they include: Her daughters Erin Steverson (Texarkana, TX) and Apryl Steverson (Meridian); her much beloved grandsons Tervin Jackson and Ryan Steverson (both of Texarkana); her brothers, Rev. Donald R. Naylor, Sr. and his wife Vivan (Meridian); Robert Naylor, Jr. (Jersey City, N.J.) and David E. Naylor, Sr. and his wife Christine (Meridian). Her nieces and nephews Donald R. Naylor, Jr and his wife Denise (Houston, TX); Rev. Naylor (Jackson); Courtney Bourrage and his wife Lyntressa (Meridian); David E. Naylor, Jr. (Meridian) and Tony D. Collins (Houston, TX). Her great nephews Jousha D. Collins (Jackson, MS); Donald B. Naylor and Douglas B. Naylor (both of Houston, TX); and Courtney Bourrage II, Caleb Bourrage, Juwaan Leflore and Maya Leflore (Meridian, MS); Her former husband and lifelong friend, Booker L. Steverson, and many cousins, friends, members of First Union Family, and the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta. Her sister and bestfriend, Emily Naylor Hearn, entered eternal rest in April of 2015. Her eldest niece, Tracy Naylor-Collins, joined them on February 17, 2018. 

Mrs. Ora Holliday

Ora Holliday, a retired homemaker, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. On October 16, 1971 she married John D. Holliday Jr., whom she shared until death seperated them. Ora preceded in death by her parents, Sam Portis Sr., and Emma Portis, her devoted husband John D. Holliday, her brother William Portis. She was dearly loved by her family. Ora leaves to cherish her memories: her two brothers, Tommie Sam Portis (late Mae Ida Portis), Robert Portis, Charlie Portis, Sam Portis Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Ruby Lang

Ruby Nora "Mama Ruby" horne Long, age 107, got her wings Friday morning February 16, 2018. She was born as Ruby Nora Horne on August 16, 1910 to Clem Horne and Mary Anderson Horne in Clarke County, MS. She was the eighth child of ten and her siblings included Reginald Hrone, Ada Horne Trotter, Willie Ann Horne, Dora "Pig" Horne McClendon, Clem Horne, Lettie Horne Adams, Freddie Horne, Stewart Horne, and Buddy Horne (died at an early age). They have all preceded her in death. Also, preceded her in death, Grandson Lee Lang and granddaughter, Pamela Lang, a great grandson, Tever Lazar Scarborough. Ruby grew up in Clarke County and at an early age she found Christ and joined Mt. Levy United Methodist Church. After years of living in Clarke County she moved to Meridian, MS, where she lived until she was called home to be with the Lord. Ruby married Willie Lang and to this union five children were born. Her son, Mae C. Lang preceded her in death. For a while she worked for Meridian Public School at MT. Barton Elementary School. Later she would go to work for Myles Davdson Family as a Domestic Worker and caring for two lovely young ladies who loved her dearly. She was affectionately called Mama Ruby after having several grandchildren and everyone that heard of her called her mama ruby. She was definitely a Christian and Virtuous woman. She feared the lord with all of her heart. She believed in treating everyone right, which she atrriubuted that  to her longevity of 107 years on this earth. Mama Ruby loved her home cooking and sharing it with anyone who would come by, family or friends, or anyone in need of food. She leaves to carry on her legacy her three daughters, Maxine Lewis, Willie G. Lang, Betty Jean Lang, one son, A.C. Lang. Her 18 living grandchildren, Ruby Cile Scarbrough Taylor, Bobby Lang, Robert James Lewis, Mary Alice Wright, Marie Bradly Virginia Louise Lewis, Tommy Joe Lang, Johnny Lee Lang, Elosie L. Hearns, Ronnie Washington, Jeannette L. McCoy, Cynthia D. Chisolmn, Teresa Ventures, Hollye G. Lang, Betty Jo. L Alford, Lynda and A.C. Lang, Jr, thirty eight great grands, fifty great great grands, and two great great great grandchiildren and one special nephew, Thomas Coleman and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Mrs. Tracey N. Collins

Tracey Danette Naylor-Collins was full of energy and life. She loved being surrounded by family and friends, and was frequently the one planning events, organizing group outings or playing hostess. She was big hearted and the first one you called when you needed a favor. She loved her dogs- Desiree, a teacup Chihuahua, and Zoe, a toy poodle - her big gray tabby cat Mr. Misty. She loved music and she was always singing, whether around the house, while driving, or while shopping for shoes and purses. She loved beauitful things; especially shoes and purses. Tracey was born on Friday, April 23, 1971 at Unversity Hospital in Jackson, MS to Emily Jean Naylor Hearn, who preceded her into eternity. She was the first grandchild of the late Robert Naylor, Sr and Rebecca Hopkins Naylor. Her grandfather affectionately called her pudding pie, a nickname her grandmother hated. Tracey was Steverson would place Tracey in a carrier on the kitchen table while she prepared meals. Tracey entered eternal rest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 the day after her beloved Aunt "Lynn." She joined the fellowship of New Prospect Baptist Church of Savoy under the pastorate of the late Rev. Clinton Whitlock. She was pianist for the Sunday School and taught Vacation Bible School. Tracey was a 1989 graduate of Meridian High School and received a Bacholer of Arts Degree in Psychology from Jackson State Univeristy. Early in her freshmen year, she met the love of her life, Tony DeAndre Collins of Clarkdale, MS. Tracey and Tony were married at New Prospect shortly after graduation and they soon became the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy they named Joshua Deandre. Tracey began her professional career as a corporate customer support sepecialist for Mobilcomm in Jackson. In July 2001, the family relocated to Birmingham, AL where Tracey soon landed a position with Wachovia Bank, which was later merged into Wells Fargo. She was most recently an officer in the bank's mortgage restructing unit. After relocating to Birmingham, Tracey became a member of Lilly Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Rev. James F. Brooks. Tracey and Tony relocated to Houston, TX area in late 2004. She leaves behind to celebrate her life and perserve her memory: her husband, Tony D. Collins of Houston, TX and son, Joshua D. Collins of Jackson, MS. Her little "sister" Michelle A. Naylor (whom she named.) Her father L J Williams, sister, Karen Williams Adams (Adrian) and brother D'Anta Williams (Bernadine) all of Jackson, MS. Her uncles, Robert Naylor Jr. of Jersey City, NJ (of whom she often referred to as her dad); the Rev. Donald R. Naylor, Sr (Vivan); and David E. Naylor Sr. (Christine) of Meridian. Her in laws, Larry Outlaw and Bertha Collins of Clarkdale, MS. Her much loved first cousins (whom she often called her brothers and sisters) Donald R. Naylor, Jr (Denise) of Houston; the Rev. Adrian B. Naylor of Birmingham, Erin D. Steverson of Texarkana, TX; Apryl D. Stverson of Meridian; Khaleah M. Naylor of Jackson; Courtney Bourrage  of Meridian and David E. Naylor, Jr of Meridian, MS. Her "babies" as she referred to her younger cousins, Tevrin Jackson and Ryan Steverson of Texarkana; Courtney Bourrage, Je. and Caleb Bourrage of Meridian; and Donald B. Naylor and Douglas B. Naylor of Houston. Her great aunt Bessie K. Hopkins of Meridian and many other dearly loved cousins and friends. Her paternal grandparents, J.W. Williams and Emma Williams, preceded her in death. 

Mr. Brandon King

Mr. Brandon Demorrius "BK" King was born on August 28, 1986 to the Noris and Maggie Mosely. God sent His angels down to bring to a close this earthly life and moved Brandon to his new home on February 17, 2018 at Anderson Regional Medical Center. Brandon was a 2005 graduate of Meridian High School. He was one who loved life and his family. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and one daughter, Kahiyah King. Brandon leaves to mourn his passing, but yet cherish his memories: his parents, Norris and Maggie Mosley of Meridian, MS; a very special soulmate, Andrea Henderson of Meridian, MS; two sons, Braylon King and Ashton King; two dauhters: Skylar King and unborn baby girl, Brandie; one sister, Cashaura (Torrance) Young of Meridian, MS; five brothers, Patrick Mosley, Norris "Shaun" (Camora) Mosley, Antonio (Sonya) King, Travoris Mosley and Edmond Mosley; a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Mr. Christopher Windham

Christopher Alexander Windham, SR. passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018. He was the only child born to Herman and Shirley (Hickman) Windham. He was born September 17, 1971 in Meridian, MS. Christopher was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; Jessie Windham and Minnie (Thames) Windham and Johnny Windham and Catherine (Johnson) Hickman Granger Jones; Aunt Betty (Windham) Spinks and Uncles Henry Johnson and Robert Granger. Christopher accepeted Chritst as his Savior at an early age. He joined the Historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church, Meridian, MS afterwards he was baptized there as well. Christopher was affectionatley known as "Chris." He attended Lewis Adams Elementary School and Graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School (now Booker T. Washington) in May 1989. Afterwards, he attended Alabama A&M University and Alabama Mental Health State Facilities, Opelika, Alabama. Chris enjoyed fishing and playing basketball. Chris was a loving, giving, commited and devoted husband. June 4, 1999, Chris married Felicia Ligon of Tuskegee, Alabama. To this union, two sons were born, Christopher A. Jr. and Brandon. Chris leaves to cherish his precious memories; wife, Felicia; sons Christopher A., Jr. and Brandon N. Windham; parents; Dr. Herman and Mrs. Shirley Windham all of Tuskegee, AL. Sisters in law, Gwinetta (Cedric) Clark and Angela Ligon of Auburn, AL; Artrice (Reginald) Johnson, Dix Hill, New York; brother in law, Ellis Ligon, Tuskegee, AL. Uncles Dennis (Gloria) Granger and Lavelle Granger, Meridian, MS, Willie E. Windham, Union, MS; aunt: Patricia (Charlie) Broooks, Meridian, MS, great aunts, Ruth (Oscar) Wilson, Helen Brooks, Willie M. Jordan, Doris Smith, Leola (Earnest) Meredith, Annie Cole, Helen Windham, great uncles Edward (Vickie) Johnson and Eddie (Willie R.) Thames and a host of cousins, teachers, friends, classmates. 

Mr. Joe B. Blakney

Joe was born on September 1, 1956 to the late John. A. Blakney and Mattie L. Hardy. He is preceded in death by his father, one brother, one step sister, two step brothers, his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandparents. Joe leaves to cherish his memories: Mattie L. Hardy (mother), Meridian, MS; three sisters, Linda (John) Moore, Barbara (James) Jordan, and Mary Nell Hardy, all of Meridian, MS; three brothers, Ollie (Roxan) Hardy, Louisville, KY, David (Juanita) Blakney and Johnnie Ray Blakney of Meridian, MS, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends!

Mr. Charles Griffin

On January 27, 1955, Mr. Charles Wayne Griffin was born to the late Hyllard Griffin and the late Inez Johnson Griffin in Meridian, MS. He accepted Christ at an early age. Mr. Griffin attended Meridian Public Schools and upon graduation he enlisted in the army. Mr. Charles Wayne Griffin was a Loving and Devoted Husband, Daddy and Grandad. At the age of 63 years old, Mr. Charles Wayne Griffin departed his life at Anderson Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. He leaves his loving memories to his loving wife Rose Burge Griffin of Meridian, MS; his son, Demarco Burge Sr. of Meridian, MS; his daughters, Ketwanya Burge and Latricia Burge of Meridian, MS; two sisters, Ivy Lou Jones of Anniston, AL, Veda Sparrow of Meridian, MS and one brother Larry Griffin of Meridian, MS; six brothers in law, James Lewis of Racine, WI, Billy Lewis, Barry Burge, John Lewis of Meridian, MS; Demetri Chaney of Tupelo, MS; and Casey Burge of Alpharetta, GA; six sisters in law, Ruby Rush, Patricia Newell, Latrice Chaney, and Torie Granger of Meridian, MS; Anita Harris of Tupelo, MS and Tenia Hill of Shannon, MS; ten grandchildren, Dalvin Burge, Ketwan'Tavius Dean, Jasmine Burge, Kiera Burge, Demetrius Burge, Jr., Demarco Burge, Jacob Burge, Jaylen Smith, Amiyah Burge, and Amarion Burge and a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his mother Inez Johnson Griffin, his father, Hyllard Griffin, his son, Demetrius Burge Sr., his sisters, Mary Cole, Glenda Coleman, Irene Griffin, his brothers, Ricky Griffin Michael Griffin, and his grandparents, Ivory Needham, Lieutenant Johnson Sr., Indiana Cole Griffin, Kutcher Griffin. Mr. Charles will be truly missed by all. 


Mrs. Frankie R. Newman

Mother Frankie Reed Newman was born on November 4, 1922 in Clarke County, MS to the late Loraine Hall Reed and Daniel (Dan) Reed. She transistioned this life on February 24, 2018 at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, MS. Mrs. Frankie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Enterprise, MS. Later she joined the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Enterprise, MS. She attended Brown School in Clarke County. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Herbert Newman, Jr. on October 18, 1940. During their 70 year union, six children were born: Dorothy, William, Freddie, Mary, Lorena, and Debra. Mrs. Frankie was employed as a cafeteria worker with Enterprise School District. This job afforded her the opportunity to do what she loved, cooking, and being around children. Mrs. Frankie was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: Alex, Curtis, James Hardaway and Oscar Reed; two sisters: Caroline Pruitt and Helen Needham; and one loving grandson, Dr. Derek Tyrone Smith. She was also a loving parent to Andrew Jones who she reared and who preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memories, her daughters: Dorothy Lockett, Enterprise, MS; Mary Helen (Samuel) Walley and Lorena Smith, Gauiter, MS; Debra Newman, Lithonia, GA; her sons: William Henry Newman, Biloxi; Freddie (Hilda) Newman, Enterprise, MS; her 26 grandchildren, her 26 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.