April 20, 2011
Lee Ethel “Sang” Corry, 101, died March 8, 2011 at home in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Funeral services were March 15 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Brooklyn with Rev. Shaun Lee officiating. Burial followed at Nassau Knoll Cemetery in Port Washington, N.Y.
Ms. Corry was born July 9, 1909 in Holmes County. She operated a beauty shop of First Street in Yazoo City until 1941 and later worked at the Bon Ton Cafe downtown for many years. She moved to New York to work for the Department of Defense.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Corry; a son, Jerry Williams; a sister, Evangelist R.A. Armstead.
Survivors include a son, Paul Williams (Mildred) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; foster daughter, Linda Bullock (James) of Yazoo City; grandson, Paul Williams Jr.; granddaughter, Barbara Taliaferro (Willie) of Patterson, N.J.; one great grandchild; one great-great grandchild; three nieces, Velma Davis of Yazoo City, Joshie Armstead of New York and Odell Brent, of Los Angeles; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Carolyn Orsborn Lovett, 61, died Saturday, April 16, 2011 at St. Dominic’s Hospital.
Funeral services were Wednesday at the Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Ricky Dorrell, Bro. Joe Montgomery and Bro. Dudley Jackson officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Born August 2, 1949 Mrs. Lovett was the daughter of the late Myron Orsborn and Mary Agnes Orsborn. A lifelong resident of Yazoo City, she attended St. Claire Academy, graduated Yazoo City High School then earned her degree in respiratory therapy from Hinds Community College. She was a respiratory therapist at King’s Daughters Hospital for over 15 years.
Mrs. Lovett attended The Church of God of Prophecy in Yazoo City. She loved to sing in church and sang in a gospel group with her husband for several years. She spent many hours doing cross-stitch. Many received beautiful gifts of her handiwork. She was a certified instructor for First Aide and CPR classes. She continued to teach others these life saving techniques even after her mobility had declined. Above all her greatest joy was her family.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Joe M. Lovett, Sr, of Yazoo City; mother, Mary A. Orsborn of Yazoo City; brother, James H. Orsborn of Yazoo City; children, Joe “Jody” M. Lovett, Jr and his wife Anna Carol of Clifton Park, NY, Christopher “Chris” Lovett and his wife Daton of Wynne, Arkansas; granddaughters, Angel Lovett, Madison Lovett of Clifton Park, NY, and a new granddaughter Callie Marie Lovett is expected to arrive in July.
Juanita Ratliff Thomas, 61, died April 10, 2011.
Funeral services were Sunday at St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Bentonia with Rev. Danny A. Willis officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Shaffer & Collins Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thomas was born Jan. 20, 1959 in Yazoo City to Yvonne Ratliffe and Hubert Harris. She was a cafeteria worker and teacher’s assistant at Gibbs School for many years and a member of St. Paul C.M.E. Church. She married Danny Thomas in 1980.
She was preceded in death by a stefather, Perry Spence Sr.; and an uncle who reared her, Flanagan F. Ratliffe.
Survivors include, her mother, Yvonne Spence of Milwaukee; father, Hubert Harris of Belleville, Mich.; two daughters, Barbara Spencer (Timmie) of Bentonia and Pamela Gurley (Ronald) of Carrolton, Texas; son, Flanagan Harris of Tacoma, Wash.; five sisters, Lashell, Sandra and Lisa Spence, all of Milwaukee, Wanda Horn of Detroit and Michelle Harris of Belleville, Mich.; three brothers, Perry Spence Jr. of Milwaukee, Johnnie Ratliffe of Decature, Ga. and Arcell Harris of Toledo, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Clifton Hogue, Ronald Gurley, Charles Boles, Levi Lewis, Ronald Martin and Michael Fuqua.
Honorary pallbearers were John Ratliffe Jr., Cedric Griffin, Tariq Simmons, Marlin Anderson, Xavier Griffin and Ronald Gurley.