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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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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Obituary for Mr. Charles B. Henry (Doris Roberts Husband, Eva Harris, Class of 1964)

Charles-HenryHENRY, Mr. Charles B. – age 75, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at St. John Hospital-Detroit, MI. Family hour 10 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Christ The King Catholic Church, 1811 Seymour Ave. with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Father Phil Schmitter officiating. Interment New Calvary Catholic Cemetery, G-4142 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Henry will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd. and may be viewed from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mr. Charles Ben Henry transcended from life to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at St. John Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. Charles was born March 2nd, 1939 in Crawford, Mississippi to the late Ollie and L.A. Henry. He was the 10th child of 11 children, and though he was next to the youngest of his siblings, he towered over them as their keeper. He was Baptist at an early age, attending St. Joseph Catholic Church in Meridian, Mississippi where he also attended school. Charles was employed by Flint Truck and Bus Local 598, retiring after 42 years in 2002. He held various positions including District and Shop Committee man, President of Brothers and Sisters of Labor, and Coordinator of the Joint Programs. Helping others and watching them succeed was a passion for Charles. He loved spending countless hours discussing politics and solving the world’s problems. Charles married the love of his life, Doris Roberts Henry on October 28th, 1989. They shared 25 wonderful years together traveling and spending months at a time in California with his brother, John. Charles continued to enjoy life in spite of his illness and many visits and stays in the hospital. He fought long and hard with his wife beside him. Charles will be missed by everyone who’s life he touched.

Mr. Charles B. Henry leaves to cherish his memory: devoted wife, Doris Henry; sons, Quentin Fitzgerald (Beonka) of Grand Blanc, MI and Rodrick (Lisa) Mclin of Mobile, AL; grandchildren, Charles, Quentin and Quatasha Fitzgerald, Kennedy Hull, all of Atlanta, GA; sister, Ollie Brown of Flint; brother, John L. Henry of San Bernardino, CA; brothers-in-law, Clyde and Billy Roberts of Brookhaven, MS; step-sisters, Willie Mae (Eugene) Johnson and Sweetie Beldford; stepbrother, Johnnie Humphrey; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and L.A. Henry; 6 sisters, Sadie, Annie, Betty, Hattie, Lola, and Mary; 2 brothers, L.A. Henry, Jr. and Sam.

The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. P. Sharman and staff, Dr. V. Thomas, Dr. Seedahmed, Hurley ICU, Dr. Bartra of St. John Medical Center, Pastor Alfred L. Harris Sr. and Saints of God Church family, Father Phil Schmitter and Christ The King Catholic Church family.

Also a very special thank you to his caregivers,Thomas and Theresa Williams.

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Rosilee Fairman Obituary

May 17, 2014

Sunrise August 16, 1919 – Sunset May 9, 2014

Mrs. Rosilee Fairman was born August 16, 1919 in Lincoln County, Brookhaven, Mississippi to the late Ada Calcote Motley and John Motley. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Macedonia Community Church where she attended until her death.

Rosilee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anthony Fairman; and two sons, Jimmie Lee Fairman and George Daniel Fairman.

She leaves to cherish her memory: four sons, Charles Minor (Judy) Fairman of Chicago, IL, Anthony Fairman, Jr. of Ontario, CA, Harvey (Emma) Fairman and Robert Lee Fairman both of Brookhaven, MS; six daughters, Elease (James) Gearring of Los Angeles, CA, Velma (Tony) McCrary of Villa Ridge, IL, Dorothy (John) Smith of South Holland, IL, Jewelene (Harvey) Waller of Palmdale, CA, Mable Fairman Jones and Rosie (Flower) Dodd both of Brookhaven, MS; one brother, Enoch Motley of Champaign, IL; two sisters-in-law, Marie Byrd of Urbana, IL and Daisy Ruth Motley of Lexington, MS; thirty-five grandchildren and forty-one great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and very good friends.

Rosilee’s daughters, Velma Fairman McCrary and Dorthy Fairman Smith are 1964 graduates of Eva H Harris High School.


Saturday, May 17, 2014
Siloam M. B. Church
Brookhaven, MS


Church Cemetery

Funeral arrangements entrusted to

Williams Mortuary
213 East Minnesota St
Brookhaven, MS 39601
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