Lillie Mae Watson Turner

Lillie Mae Watson Turner

Services for Lillie Mae Watson Turner of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at Center Street Church of Christ with burial in Rosehill Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon till 8 p.m. with family hour from 7-8 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Watson, 53, died March 26, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on April 10, 1947, to Willie Watson and Mardessie Mae Watson. She was a graduate of Eva Harris High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Jackson State University. She held a double M.S. degree in guidance counseling and administration supervision. She received her education specialist degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She was a guidance counselor and school test coordinator at Mullins School. She also served as elementary, junior high and vocational counselor in the McComb School District. She served for 13 years as a counselor at Wesson High School.

She was a past president of the Ebonette Club and vice president of the Bertha L. Johnson Literary and Garden Club. In 1995 she was chosen Mississippi School Counselor of the Year. In 1996 she was chosen as one of THE DAILY LEADER’s Unsung Heroes for her charitable and youth work.

She was a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, Mississippi School Counseling Association, Mississippi Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Federation of Colored Women’s and Youth Club, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She was a member of Center Street Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death were her father and four siblings.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children, Thomas Turner Jr. and Ashley Christina Turner, both of Brookhaven; her sisters, Katherine Bolds of Las Vegas, Willie Mae Smith of Milwaukee, Wis.; Julia Mallett of Lansing, Mich., Mardessie Black and Lizzie McGee, both of Brookhaven, and Dorothy McDaniel of Wesson; her brothers, Willie Watson Jr. of Frostproof, Fla., Henry Lee Watson of Brookhaven and Randy Charles Watson of Hazlehurst; and one grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.


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One Response to Lillie Mae Watson Turner

  1. Carolyn Betts says:

    I’m doing family research. My father A.J. Harris was born in Lincoln County, MS near Brookhaven, I find him for the first time on the 1920 Federal Census at 11years old in Crenshaw Ms, Panola County. He had attended school, but have no idea its name. Reading Ms. Tillman’s synopsis of schools in the area, I was wondering how to get a copy of her research or if anyone could give me any leads to schools in or near Crenshaw. I know they only went up to the 8th grade. Would appreciate any help. I was told that once you finished 8th grade you were considered a teacher. My aunt Abbye Harris often referred to herself as a teacher in Lincoln County Ms. She was a couple years younger than A.J.
    Carolyn Harris Betts

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