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Obituaries

Meridian

Ms. Mahalia ColeĀ 

Mahalia Ann Cole was born February 7, 1964, the seventh of nine children to Roscoe and Rennie Cole. Mahalia was a member of First Tabernacle Church of God in Daleville, MS. She was a licensed beautician. She never married; however, she helped with rearing many of her nieces and nephews. Her family is most thankful for this. The loving care she gave our mother in the last few years of her life was priceless. Mahalia lived a pleasently quiet and simple life. Blue jean skirts were a staple in her wardrobe for any and every occasion. Cooking was a major part of her life until a few years ago when she left the cooking of major holidays to her sisters. However, she continued to collect cookbooks to add to her extensive collection. Mahalia was the family photographer and the go to person for numbers. And 'no' she did not garden. The thought of seeing a snake kept her indoors most of the time. Of recent times, Mahalia was known to sing and pray several times during the day and when she was up at night. She was a good listener and often provided encouragement. She did not sugar coat the truth when asked a question. Mrs. Sue Ann Bell Mosely has been her bestfriend since school days. They both atteneded Northeast School. Mahalia was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Alvin Roscoe Cole. She is survived by five sisters: Authorine Cole, Lee Cole, Christine Wilson (Timothy), Lou V. Cole (Joan), Reverend Mark W. Cole (Lynn), Paula J. Cole and Hester A. Cole, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, three aunts, Peggy J. Ruffin, Milwaukee, WI; Gloria Osborn (Robert), Ellenwood, GA; and Darlene Davis (Jospeh), Cleveland Heights, OH; and one uncle, Clifton E. Sprivey, St. Louis, MO. 

Mr. Matthew Lucas

Matthew Lucas was born December 10, 1941 to the late Matthew and Christine Lucas of Heidelberg, MS. He departed this life on November 30, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. Matthew attended school at Shady Grove and graduated in 1959 from South Side High School in Heidelberg, MS. Passionately known as June to many of his family and friends, he is remembered as the family comedian that kept everyone smiling and laughing. He always had an answer for everything. Matthew was untied in Holy Matrimony to Maudie Mae Boykin on August 12, 1964. A few years after finishing high school, he and his wife relocated to Chicago, IL where he worked at Republic Steel Mill until he retired. Matthew was a hard worker and didnt mind getting up going to work. His favorite pass time was watching western on television. Matthew was preceeded in death by his parents and brother, Ransom Lucas. He leaves to cherish his memories; his devoted wife Maudie M. Lucas, Quitman, MS; 2 god daughters, Chiffon Graham and Nelia Graham, Tacoma, WA and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends. 

Mrs. Dorothy J. Trotter

Mrs. Dorothy LaJean Nelson Trotter, age 70, and a resident of Meridian, MS, transistioned to glory on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at her ome. Dorothy was born October 20, 1947 to the late John Nelson Sr. and Ella Anderson Nelson. She received her high school diploma from Harris High School. She retired from East Mississippi State Hospital after 27 years of dedicated service. Dorothy served faithfully at St. Elizabeth United Methodist Church as President of the United Methodist Women, Lead Usher, Trustee Chair, Member of the Pastor's Parrish Relations Comittee and Communion Steward. She was also a faithful volunteer of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and lead the Angel Tree Ministry. She visited the sick at the nursing home, prepared "Health Kits" and provided words of love to anyone in need. Dorothy was joined in holy matrimony to Johnny Trotter Sr., in Meridian, MS on February 2, 1970. To this union was born three children, Julie Ann, Stephanie and Johnny JR. Dorothy's parents, Ella Anderson Neson, and John Nelson Sr., three brothers, William Anderson Nelson, Larry Burnette Nelson and John Nelson JR., four sistsrs, Dorothy Hosley, Mattie Nelson Payton, Emma Joe Nelson Whitlock and Velma Deloris Nelson Clark, a grandson, Johnerio Javon "Mohead" Blakney, all preceded her in death. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Johnny Trotter, Sr.; her son Johnny "Flip" Trotter Jr of Meridian, MS; two loving daughters, Julie Ann Trotter (Jason McBride) of Hattiesburg, MS and Stephanie (Sean) Trotter of Chester, VA; a sister, Julia (James) Felder of Meridian, MS; seven grandchildren, Corey Hardy, Jayna Trotter, Emil Boggan, Johnny Trotter 3rd, Elita Rushin, Sean Rushin JR, and Jaydon Foxx; five great grandchildren, Aiden Trotter, Kingston Trotter, Elijah Trotter, Johniah Lisaray Blakney, and Darrion Boggan; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Her dear friends, Eula Crowell, Dorothy Burks, Dorothy Nicholson, Mary Donald, Anna Bell Jones, Judy Jones, and Fred Dozier will fondly treasure the memories of their dear friend. Dorothy was a loving mother, a devoted friend, and a faithful servant of GOD. She was beloved by her friends and family and will be greatly missed. 

Mr. McKenneth Watts

Mr. McKenneth "Speedy" Watts was born on June 19, 1963 in Laurel, MS to Willard and Velma Watts both of Pachuta, MS. He joined Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. McKenneth attended school in Heidelberg School District. McKenneth was preceded in death by both his parents, Willard and Velma Watts, daughters Bianca Watts, and his sister Arlene Jones. Kenneth was known to everyone he came in contact with for his smile. His geneorisity, kind heart and giving spirit were who he was. He loved spending time with his family, and friends, laughing and smiling at any and everything. McKenneth was truly a loving and caring person. A devoted father, brother, uncle and friend, always thinking of others first. "To know him, was to love him." He was the neighborhood handyman. His BIG smile will forever be missed but ALWAYS be remembered. His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his two daughters: Donna Watts of Quitman, MS and Tochienna Jones of Bayspring, MS. One brother, Willie (Sabrina) Jenkins of Winter Haven, FL; three sisters, Anna Bender, Ethel (Jack) Price, Velma (Timothy) Anderson, all of Pachuta, MS; seven aunts, Lennell Bender, May Louis Wats, Queen Traver of Patchua, MS, Wilema Thompson of Winterhaven, FL, Selma Barnes of Mendenhall, MS, Trudy Watts of New Orleans, LA and Ednora Jefferson of Houston, TX, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members/friends.  

Mrs. Gertha R. Price

Gertha Ree Cole was born on February 19, 1927 in Kemper County, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roberta and A.C. Cole and siblings Bertha Ree Cole and Jospeh Roger, Jr. Gertha Ree Cole graduated from the Meridian Baptist Seminary High School in 1948. Later that year she married Willie J. Price Sr. in June 1948. They raised five wonderful sons: Bennie J. Price, George R. Price, Larry J. Price, Willie J. Price, JR. and Thurgood M. Price. They remained true and dear to this union until his death 2005. Her career path included work in the Meridian Public School District which she retired as Nutrional Services Manager as well as other service positions. Gertha Ree Price started her spirtual journey at the Antioch Baptist Church in Kemper County. She later moved to Meridian, Mississippi and became a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Deaconess Ministry, the Missonary Society and sang in the church's Mass Choir. Mrs. Price worked and supported youth groups and supported the church in other roles as "Momma Price" until her health failed. She earned her wings on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Queen City Nursing Center in Meridian, Mississippi. She leaves to cherish her precious memories: five sons, Bennie J. Price (Elizabeth) of Ft. Washington, MD, George R. Price of Meridian, MS, Larry J. Price (Janet) of Lawrenceville, GA, Willie J. Price JR. (Valerie) of Hampton, VA,  and Thurgood M. Price (Debra) of Houston, TX and has sixteen wonderful grandchildren and ten great grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends. 

Ms. Dorothy Moore Harris

April 11, 1936 - November 11, 2017 
Pslams 23 
The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths For His Name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff - they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord My whole life long. [Pslam 23:1-6; NRSV]

Mr. Willie Arrington

Mr. Willie Frank Arrington was born in Meridian, MS on February 19, 1944 to the late Willie and Annie Arrington, of Meridian, MS; he was also proceeded in death by Annie Louise Davis, Gloria Gray, and Floyd Arlington of Meridian, MS. Willie accepted Christ at an early age and knew of God's Love and God's Grace. He also graduated from Harris High where he partcipated in all sports; he was also a Vietnam Veteran and worked as a computer programmer at the Mechanics burg Army Depot in Mechanics burg, PA where he later retired. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his sisters, Mary A. (Marvin) Donald of Meridian, MS, Joyce Version of Chicago, IL; daughter, Yolanda Arrington of Chicago, IL, and one son, Andre Clark of Shreveport, LA and 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. You will be missed by all who knew you, Mrs. Dorthy Trotter, Mrs. Uncice Moody, and Doug Martin. 

Mr. Samuel "Sammie" Lewis Brown

Mr. Samuel L. Brown was born on May 16, 1950 in Bailey, MS to Mr. Willie and Mrs. Verda Mae Brown. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and joined St. Matthew Methodist Church in Bailey, MS. "Sammie" previously worked at Henderson Steel and was known by all in community as fisherman and sportsman. He loved his neighbors and they loved him. He passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017. He leaves to cherish his loving memory one brother, Willie Lee Brown (Bailey, MS), three sisters, Elizabeth Johnson (Meridian, MS), Walterine (Kollie) Woodard (Cleveland, OH), and Mae Frances Barrett (Meridian, MS), one sister-in-law, Ruby Brown Knox, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends. Mr. Samuel L. Brown was preceded in death by his mother and father, Verda Mae and Willie Brown, and three brothers, James, Elijah, and George E. Brown. 

Mr. Herman HarrisĀ 

Herman Eugene Harris Sr. was born December 29, 1950. He departed this Earth to live with his heavenly father on November 9, 2017. He was one of six boys born to Marvin and Theresa Harris all of whom proceded him in death. Also, a daughter, Stephanie Harris, and two grandchildren, Maurice Sims Jr and Jakarra Harris happily received him in heaven. He and his brothers were rasied by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Ora Lee Harris. Herman was educated in the Job Corps where he learned many skills. He also enjoyed playing basketball in his youth. As he matured, he met Callie Scarbrough. They were married October 9, 1972. They have 45 years of marriage which produced children year after year. Jeffery Scarbrough (Tomika) 1971, Stephanie Harris (Deceased) 1974, Joanna Harris 1975, Herman Harris Jr. 1976, Sara Harris 1988, Leland Harris 1988. So, with 6 children they have produced 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren who called him Paw-Paw. Also, to mourn his passing, a sister, Mary McCarty. A host of cousins, nieces, and nephews in the surrounding area as well as in Milwaukee, WI. Another dear friend, Archie Owens, who considered him a big brother. Herman had a love of music especially the blues. His favorites being Muddy Waters and James Brown, which he was able to enjoy in the final hours of his life. He also enjoyed fishing and was known to drag in big ones. 

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