May 25, 2013
Winona Knight, 80, of Bentonia, died on May 18, 2013.
Funeral services were held May 18 at Friendship Baptist Church in Jackson with Pastor Randy LeFlore officiating. Burial followed at Garden Memorial Park under the direction of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home.
Ms. Knight was born on Sept. 1, 1932 in Bentonia to the late Roosevelt Knight and Ida Brown Geralds.
She accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Zion Scotland Baptist Church. She received her early education in Yazoo County. In 1953, she married the late James Holden Sr.
She worked as a crossing guard for Jackson Public Schools for 25 years
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Hoover Brown, Cliford Geralds and Herbert Geralds; and daughter, Sharon Brown.
Survivors include her four children, Vennessa Knight, Willie (Vickie) Knight, Dr. Calvin (Doris) Horton of Conyers, Ga. and James Holden Jr. of Petersburg, Va.; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; ten siblings, Barbara (Walter) McNair, Mary (Elijah) Buckley of Madison, Mattie (George) Washington of Yazoo City, Freadine Knight of Chicago, Jerrdean (Lasell) Ferguson of Ft. Lauderhill, Fla., Travis Knight, Rev. Charles Knight, Charlie (Delois) Vaughn, all of Jackson, Curtis (Loretta) Knight of Houston, and Roosevelt Knight Jr. of Muskeegon, Mich.; adopted son, Russell Thoms of Madison; and a host of family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Travis Knight, Curtis Knight, Roosevelt Knight Jr., Rev. Charles Knight, Charlie Vaughn, Reginald Knight and Lionel Knight.
Pallbearers were Anthony Bright, John Irving, Albert Graham, Dwight Green, Calvin Phillips and Jessie Ratliff.
Walter Lee “W.L.” Stokes, 82, of Crystal Springs, died on May 20, 2013 at his residence.
Visitation is today from 9-11 a.m. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Stokes was born on Feb. 14, 1931 in Yazoo County to William Lee Stokes and Cornelia L. Johnston. He was a retired railroad engineer and an Army Korean War veteran. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Pearce Stokes; daughter, Debbie Yvonne Johnston; and great granddaughter, Kathryn Alexis Johnson.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn Dorothea Stokes of Crystal Springs; three grandchildren Charlie Johnston III, Casey Johnston and Rachael Mitchell; eight great grandchildren, Ethan, Summer, Molly, Takoda, Mark, Kadence, Austin and Anah; and sister, Margarette Pearce of Yazoo City.
Pallbearers were Charles Johnston III, Ethan Johnston, Casey Johnston and Matthew Smith.
Robert Earl Williams, of Yazoo County, 64, died on May 5, 2013 at Trinity Hospital in Chicago.
Funeral services were held on May 11 at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church with Rev. Willie Smith officiating. Burial followed in Vaughan Cemetery under the direction of Scott Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Williams was born on Feb. 6, 1949 in Yazoo County to the late James X and Beulah Kyles Williams.
He accepted Christ at an early age at Bell Chapel Baptist Church. He attended Linwood School in Yazoo County. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad Company for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, James Williams Jr., Ricky Williams and Lorena Williams.
Survivors include his daughter, Sonia Williams of Jackson; brothers, Charles and Hilary Williams, both of Dayton, Ohio, and Edward (Delores) Kyles of Benton; sisters, Iola Harris and Miriam Williams of Torrance, Calif., Debra Williams of Lawndale, Calif., Sharon Williams of Benton, Shirley Mills of Yazoo City; and a host of family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles Kyles, Edward Kyles, Hillary Williams, Lloyd Harris, Hubert Harris and Larry Harris.
Pallbearers were Darusso Williams, Terrence Williams, Dexter Mills, Harvey Harris, Jordan Kyles and Roosevelt Grayer.