2014 50th Year Class Reunion Information

We need a headcount for caterer, t-shirt and other vendors to prepare for our reunion. Therefore, please return completed registration and t-shirt order forms along with fees ASAP.

Please register! Even if you do not plan to attend the reunion, we’d love to have your information on file to keep in touch with you for future reunions.

Please watch your mailbox for our first mail out of Registration and T-shirt Order forms.

The following link takes you to the initial 2014 reunion letter:


The following link takes you to the 2014 Eva Harris 50th reunion registration package:


The following link takes you to the 2014 Eva Harris 50th reunion counts Spreadsheet:


The following link takes you to the 2014 Eva Harris Treasurer Report Spreadsheet:



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Ada Jean Redd

Ms. Ada Jean Redd was born November 30, 1943 to Darel Redd and Estella Conley in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi, She departed this life on August 2, 2017 at Haven Hall Nursing Home in Brookhaven, MS.

She united with Springfield Church at an early age and later became a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church. As time passed she later reunited to Springfield M.B. Church where she was a member in the choir and senior mission. She also proceeded in her education at Eva Harris School, class of 1964. In the same year she united in holly matrimony to Willie Black Jr. and to their union 8 children were born. She worked several jobs through out her life time while having a passion for cooking and helping others. She worked at the Michigan School for the Blind, Cartwheel Nursing Home, and retired from Lincoln Residential Center.

(Proceeding her in death) One child; her Mother; Estella Conley, her Father; Darel Redd, her Stepmother; Alberta Dixon Redd; her Sisters; Ozie Mae Haynes, Dorthy Muse, Irena Pickens, her. Brothers; Herman Redd, Vernon Redd, and Randolph Redd.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her Daughter; Kimberly Michelle Black, Brookhaven Ms; Sons, John Christoper Black (Sandra) McComb, Ms; James Carnell Black, Chicago IL; Charles Anthony Black (Dorthy) Brookhaven , Ms; Willie Black III, Brookhaven, Ms; Nathaniel Black, Brookhaven, Ms; Darrell Eugene Black (Verra) Brookhaven, Ms; Fourteen grand children, nine great-grandchildren and one sister Bessie Hackett of Bogue Chitto, Ms; one brother-in-law Eugene Black; five sisters-in-law Alice Black, Mary Knight, Gloria Wadell Johnson, Katherine Wilson, and Myra Black; Also a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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John (Jit) Turner

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”                         II Timothy 4:6-7

A precious one has gone from us. A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts, which will never be filled. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Bro. John Edward Turner was called home to be with God.

John was born on October 12, 1943 in Amite County, Mississippi to the late Drucilla and Elzie Turner. His siblings included Ernest, Benton, Thomas, Betty, Martha, Shirley, Ethel and Lillie.

John accepted Christ at an early age at the Chisolm Mission A. M. E Church. He later became a member of New Zion Union M. B. Church where he served on the Usher Ministry. He moved about a lot and later reunited with New Zion Union where he attended Worship Services, Bible Class and Sunday school where his membership remained until his death.

John “Jit” attended Lincoln County Training School, Jim Hill and Eva H. Harris Schools where he was a member of the Class of 1964.

John “Jit” was married to Lee Ester Lyons Turner and they were the parents of John, Jr., Robert, James, Willie, Anthony, Kathy, Tom, Cortney, Gloria and Dee Geona.

He was a truck driver for over thirty years. He held various other jobs: trailer fabricator, sawmill worker, pulpwood hauler just to name a few. He enjoyed people, hunting, fishing, telling jokes and being the up-beat one in charge.

He was preceded in death by: his parents – Drucilla & Elsie Turner, wife – Lee Ester, one son – Joseph, one daughter – Cynthia and one brother – Ernest.

He leaves to cherish his memories: six sons – John Jr. (Gwen) Turner of Greenwood, MS, Robert Turner, James Turner, Willie Johnson, Anthony (Felicia) Johnson, and Tom Green , all of Fort Worth Texas ; four daughters – Kathy (Konrad) Green of Brookhaven, MS, Gloria Billings and Cortney Smith of McComb, MS and Dee Geona Turner of New Orleans, LA; brothers – John Paul Turner of Chicago, IL; Thomas Turner of Brookhaven, MS, Benton (Deborah) Turner of Bogue Chitto, MS, Willie Ray (Lillie) Turner of Columbus, MS; sisters – Betty Louise Martin of Baton Rouge, LA, Martha Wells of New Orleans, LA, Shirley (Alfonso) Ezzell of Fort Washington, MD, Ethel (Rev. Mitchell) Redd of Bogue Chitto, MS and Lillie Cameron of Summit, MS; 21 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 P. M.

New Zion Union M. B. Church

350 Royal Street

Bogue Chitto, MS 39629

Dr Eugene Edwards, Officiating Pastor


Friday, March 17, 2017, 1 to 7 p.m.

Family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home


Faith M. B. Church Cemetery

Norfield, MS


New Zion Union M. B. Church Fellowship Hall

Immediately following Interment

Funeral arrangements Entrusted to:

Williams Mortuary

213 East Minnesota Street

Brookhaven, MS 39601


Mr. John Edward Turner, Eva H Harris High School, Brookhaven, MS, Class of 1964.

On behalf of all the Eva H Harris classmates, class of 1964, we would like to express our deepest condolences on the recent passing of our classmate, Mr. John Edward Turner.

RIP John

Leon Whitfield Sr. (Class of 1964 Vice President).

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Jeanette (Net) Byrd Obituary

The life and legacy of Jeanette (Net) Byrd

Sunrise July 16, 1945 – Sunset January 12, 2017

Jeanette (Net) Byrd was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi (Lincoln County) on July 16, 1945 to the late Willie Byrd and Geneva Wilson Byrd where they preceded her in death. Net confessed Christ at the early age of 8 years old at Siloam MBC (Brookhaven, MS) under the leadership of the late Pastor Ed Smith. She sang in a gospel group with her mother, sisters and others called “The Happy Land Singer”, where they would serenade many cities in the south with their melodious voices. This group also broadcasted on radio throughout the state of Mississippi singing God’s praises.

Net attended Progress Elementary School and Eva H. Harris High School, where she graduated in May of 1964. She was the greatest basketball player of her era. Eva Harris High School played a basketball game against Jim Hill School from Jackson, MS. Eva Harris beat Jim Hill’s 54-50 and Net scored 52 of those points. She was highly recognized. Nets family relocated to the West side of Chicago, Illinois in 1964, where she joined the Mt. Ebenezer MBC under the leadership of Pastor Eugene Trumbull. She sang in the gospel choir under the leadership of Pastor James Cox and Pastor Perry McGee, where her membership continued under Pastor Leon Miller.

Net united in holy matrimony to Vernon Slater; to this union two daughters were born Wanda and Letitia; later, she met and married Claudell Howard; to this union two daughters were born Felisha and Treli. After that marriage ended, she met Lemont Pierce arid gave birth to a daughter Patsy. She raised five wonderful daughters and three beautiful grandsons, Keon, Travion and Kiante.

Net had a strong passion for cooking and would cook for all family gatherings. She also reached out to help feed the homeless and anybody in the neighborhood who was in need of food. She was very kindhearted and was unique in her own special way. To know her was to LOVE her.

Net was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Geneva Byrd, Sister Lee Edna Jones, Brothers; Johnny Byrd (BB) and Edward Byrd (Pete), and extended daughter Delores Johnson.

Net leaves to cherish her loving memories: five daughters Wanda, Letitia, Felisha (Leo), Treli (Randall Sr.), and Patsy ten grandchildren: Albert Jr., Keon, Le’Erick, Travion, Bianca, Kiante, Branden, Travios, Ne’Morie, Randall Jr.; five great-grandchildren: Xe’Mari, Travion Jr, Samiya, Makyla and Arnir; five brothers: Willie (Flossie), David (Cora), Phillip (Barbara), Jewel and Stacy (Dorrene); two sisters-in-law Beatrice Jean Byrd and Beatrice Cubie; three sisters: Mae Belle, Jean, and Diane (Raymond); one special brother Lanel Williams; two special sisters: Diane Wakefield and Betty Childress; two special sons: Randall Darring Sr. (Ray) and Charles Brown (Chuck); four aunts: Almeta, Corean, Marie and Bernadine; two uncles: Lonnie and Fred (Shirley); six extended children that were left in her care: Dorothy, Edna, Johnnie Ray, Oscar, Christopher and Patrick; nine special sons and daughters: Tracy, Deborah, Cassandra, Trina, Jonathan, MAG7, Wilcox Boys, Charlene arid Phindy; two special grandsons: Don Don and Karabo; ten special nieces and nephews: Samantha, Kim, Tracy, Raymond Jr., Michele, Phillip Jr., Audisha, Sheiler, Maurice and Paris; two special friends; Mattie Nicholson of fifty years and Mary Ann Terry; special sister-in-law who was her caregiver; Andrea Locust; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wake: 9:30 AM

Service: 10:30 AM


Oakridge Cemetery

4301 W. Roosevelt Road

Hillside, IL 60162


Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church

3555 W. Huran Street

Chicago, IL 60624

Immediately following Interment

Funeral arrangements Entrusted to:

Brian P. Pickett’s Johnson Funeral Home

418 S Cicero Ave

Chicago, IL 60644

(312) 642-5359


Mrs. Jeanette Byrd, Eva H Harris High School, Brookhaven, MS, Class of 1964.

On behalf of all the Eva H Harris classmates, class of 1964, let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of Mrs. Jeanette Byrd.

RIP Jeanette

Leon Whitfield Sr. (Class of 1964 Vice President).

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Minor Wilcher Obituary

MinorWilcherCHAMPAIGN – Mr. Minor Lee Wilcher, 71, of Champaign departed this life on Wednesday (July 27, 2016) at Heartland Health Care Center, Champaign.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1945, in Brookhaven, Miss., to the late Artie “T” Byrd and Ester Mae Fairman Wilcher. He confessed Christ at an early age. He graduated from Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven, Miss, class of 1964.

Minor Lee, affectionately known as “Homp,” “Byrd” or “Red” to many, relocated to Urbana and was later united in Holy Matrimony to Bessie Lee Mullen in 1966. God blessed this union with three children.

He was a member of Freewill M.B. Church for many years and later moved his membership to Greater Holy Temple Church, where he was a faithful servant serving in various ministries.

Minor Lee worked at Humko in Champaign for 30 years. He was an avid bowler and bowled in the Ebonite League for many years. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and family gatherings. He enjoyed cooking and growing vegetables.

He leaves to mourn and cherish his memories one son, Bryan (Jelenea) Wilcher of Olive Branch, Miss.; two daughters, Nicole (Frank) McCurry and Katina Wilcher of Champaign; a loving aunt who reared him, Marie Fairman Byrd of Urbana and another loving aunt, Mary Nell Fairman of Champaign; seven grandchildren, Jordan Wilcher of Atlanta, Ga., Morgan and Paige Wilcher of Olive Branch, Miss., Corey Wilcher, Shauna McCurry, Kortney and Kaleb Wilcher, all of Champaign; his wife of 34 years, Bessie Wilcher of Champaign; five brothers; 13 sisters; a very special goddaughter, Brittany Algee of Champaign; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends whom he loved dearly.

Minor Lee was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his two special uncles; three brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Aug. 5, at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 1310 N. Sixth St., Champaign, with the Rev. Rickey E. Parks as pastor/officiant. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.

Condolences may be offered at http://www.owensfuneralhomes.com.

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Cleave Smith Obituary

CleaveSmithCleave Smith was born in Pine Hill, Alabama on April 1, 1943 to the parents of Vel Sr. and Willie Ann Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and seven brothers.

At an early age, Cleave united with Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Hill, Alabama.

In 1961, he graduated from Anne Manie High School. After graduation he moved to Flint, Michigan and in 1964 he relocated to Los Angeles, California. He was employed with Pioneer Flintkote Paper Co. as a machine operator and remained so until he became disabled.

Cleave enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, gardening, and maintaining a beautiful green lawn. He also loved to Barbecue and often said; “I make the best Barbecue in town.” He loved spending his summer vacation by traveling across country to visit family and friends.

In 1968, he met and married Ethel Patterson and to this union, two daughters were born, Kimberly and Angela. He was a faithful and loving husband to his wife, Ethel, for 47 years.

With his family by his bedside, Cleave departed this life from Earth to Glory on January 13, 2016.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Ethel; Two daughters, Kimberly Moore (Bobby) of Wesson, Mississippi; Angela Smith of Los Angeles, California. Two granddaughters: Akeiyah Smith (Jason), and Aleisha Pendleton, Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Two grandsons: Samuel Jamaar Pendleton (Neicole) of West Memphis, Arkansas and Bobby Juwan Moore of Wesson, Mississippi. Two great grandchildren: Jhaniya, and Ava Pendleton of West Memphis, Arkansas. Four sisters: Willia Mae Boggs of Tacoma, Washington, Daisy Davis (Earsell) of Mobile, Alabama, Carrie Kaiser and Rosetta Smith of Montgomery, Alabama. Six brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.


Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, from 1 until 7 p.m. at Williams Mortuary with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m.


Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery


Beauregard Village Hall

Funeral arrangements Entrusted to:

Williams Mortuary
“One Who Cares”
213 East Minnesota Street
Brookhaven, MS


Mr. Smith is the husband of Ethel Patterson Smith, Eva H Harris High School, Brookhaven, MS, Class of 1964.

On behalf of all the Eva H Harris classmates of the class of 1964, let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of Mr. Cleave Smith. RIP Cleave.

Leon Whitfield Sr.


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Bertha Edwards Mariah Obituary

Bertha Edwards Mariah

Homegoing Services:

Homegoing Services for Mrs. Bertha Lee Edwards Mariah, of Decatur, will be held Friday, July 2, 2015, 2:00 P.M. at Grace Church for All Nations, 650 Rowland Road Stone Mountain, 30083, with remains placed in state at 12:00 NOON. Pastor David Balzer, Pastor, Officiant.

Interment: Resthaven Cemetery, Decatur.

She leaves to cherish, son, Deron Edwards, of Decatur; siblings, James Clifton Edwards, of Atlanta; Lanell Edwards Jordan, of Abbeville, S.C.; Irene Edwards, of Sweetwater, TN.; Mafred Edwards; Douglas Edwards; Lamar Edwards, of Bogue Chitto, MS.; Carolyn Edwards Herron, of Hampton, GA.; Martha A. Edwards; Dereck C. Edwards, of Decatur, GA.; aunt, Mary E. Pickens, of Fernwood, MS.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family and friends are asked to assemble at the church at 1:00 P.M.

Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc., 1876 Second Avenue, Decatur, 404-371-0772-3.


Bertha Edwards is a 1964 graduate of Eva H Harris High School, Brookhaven, MS. On behalf of all the Eva H Harris classmates of the class of 1964, let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of Bertha Lee Edwards Mariah. RIP Bertha.

Leon Whitfield Sr.

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Robert Lee Smith Obituary

Robert Lee Smith Obituary

RobertSmithRobert Lee Smith was born on April 17, 1946 in Wesson, Mississippi to Albert Curtis and Catherine Smith. He was the youngest of four children born to their union.

Robert attended Little Rock Elementary, Parish Jr. High School and Eva Harris High School.

At a young age he moved from Wesson to start a new life in Los Angeles, California. In California, he met and married Gracie and her two children Patrick and Terrace. In time, the couple welcomed their daughter, Antoinette Smith, into the family.

Robert enjoyed relaxing on his days off watching sports, reading books, listening to 70’s soul music, and catching up on much needed rest. Robert enjoyed his family, often taking them to amusement parks, beaches, and movies on the weekends.

Robert was called to rest on November 20, 2015. Preceding him in death was his wife, Gracie Ellen Smith, his father Albert Curtis Smith, his mother Catherine Smith, and his sister, Flora Mae Byas. He is survived by his daughter, Antoinette Smith; his grandson, Aaron Joyner; his sons Patrick and Terrace Menefield; his brothers Willie Smith and Albert Curtis Smith, Jr., his sisters-in-laws Florida and Gloria and his nieces, nephews and friends.


“I will miss your bright smile and talks when I came to visit. I love you, but God loved you more. RIH My sweetheart!”

Dana Byas

“Robert Lee was a quiet, kind and considerate person who usually kept to himself. He believed in working hard and providing for his family. He loved sports but would prefer to stay at home instead of visiting with friends to watch them. He was content with staying to himself in the privacy of his home. Robert Lee enjoyed his life and life style. It reminds me of the song: “I Did It My Way” because he lived it the way he wanted to live it. I always respected him for that. He was the last born child of our parents; the Baby Boy. Although we did not spend a lot of time together, we loved each other very much and I kept in touch with him as much as I could. I am truly going to miss him.”

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

Willie Smith

“Robert I will miss you very, very much.”

Al Smith

“Momo, Paw Paw, Aunt Grace, TeeTee, and Mama will be waiting for him at the gates of heaven.”

Ree Ree

“You would light up a room with that smile. I’m going to miss our long talks. You and I will set them straight; The “Hit Man” did beat Sugar Ray…. Lol … I Love You Uncle Rob…”

Regina Pendleton

“Robert was always full of smiles and conversation. He was a very good person inside and out. He will be missed. Rest in peace, my brother in law.”

Your sister in law, Ada Jordan

“On behalf of all the Eva H Harris classmates of the class of 1964, let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your father, Robert Lee Smith. To say Robert Lee was a larger than life character would be an understatement. He will always be remembered as a great dancer, comic, and above all, a good friend to all. We have so many great memories of spending time growing up with Robert Lee at school, church and high school reunions. We know Robert Lee fought a brave battle and may God bless him and all of you at this time of sorrow. RIP Robert Lee.”

Class of 1964, Eva H Harris High School, Brookhaven, MS, Leon Whitfield Sr.


The family would like to extend the sincerest thanks to everyone who has provided love and support during our time of bereavement. Every prayer and expression of kindness has been greatly appreciated.


Rose Hills Memorial Park

3888 S. Workman Mill Road

Whittier, CA 90601

Repast (Starts at 1:00 AM)

Antoinette Smith

1309 w. 88th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90044

The Family

Special Thanks

Simpson Family Mortuary

Best Choice Hospice

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