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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‘Reflections’ Story: Old photo brings Harris’s story to light

Published in The Daily Leader’s Reflections page, 2:25 pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A local legend appeared on The Daily Leader’s Reflections page March 6, and it did not go unnoticed. Many calls came in from readers about Eva Hall Harris, proudly stating they
knew the lady who served Lincoln County’s black schools for 37 years.

A reminder of Harris’ life can be found at the end Lewis Drive in Brookhaven, where at the end of a row of brick homes and manicured lawns, a once-busy school campus sits
abandoned. A gymnasium, classrooms and a cafeteria are filled with weeds and the shadows of a school was only open nine years when it was left empty after desegregation started in 1970.

During the 1960-61 school years, the Lincoln County Board of Education named a newly constructed high school the Eva Hall Harris School. On March 12, 1961, the school was
dedicated and she was named the school’s first principal where she served for four years.

Several of the callers remembered Harris as their teacher or principal. Annie Tillman of Brookhaven recalled the time that Harris served as the Lincoln County Jeanes agent.

The term, Jeannes agent, traces back to an endowment created in 1907 by philanthropist Anna T. Jeanes, according to The Encyclopedia of Alabama’s website. The $1 million fund
“was intended to assist community, county, and rural schools for African Americans in the southern United States,” the website stated.

Tillman is a retired English teacher and librarian. She has a long history in education, first in the all-black schools of Lincoln County before desegregation, including four years at Eva
Harris School – “though I arrived there the year after she retired.”

Tillman was the high school’s English teacher, and then afterwards she worked for Brookhaven Public Schools. She retired as an English teacher at the Alternative School. All
together, Tillman taught in Brookhaven for 32 years.

Tillman explained that Harris was the Jeanes supervisor in the 1950s. She remembers that Harris was highly respected in the black and white communities. The Jeanes supervisor or agent was the person who communicated between the black school teachers and the district’s white superintendent.

“She was the liaison between the black schools and the white superintendent,” Tillman said. “The black schools did not have a superintendent back then,” she explained. She said that the black schools did not have their own superintendent or school board; they were administered through the Jeanes Agent and the white superintendent for their school district.

Harris was the Jeanes agent in Jefferson and Lincoln counties for 16 years. She retired from the high school in 1965 and became active in the black community and taught summer school classes at Piney Woods Country Life School, Rankin County and at Alcorn.

In 1967, she was recognized for excellence in human relationships at the annual convention of the Federated Women at Piney Woods Country Life School.

Tillman remembers her coming through her school to counsel with teachers as the Jeanes agent when she was a student in the all-black schools.

“We went to a school where it was one teacher for kindergarten through eighth grade – there were only about two of us in each grade at that time,” Tillman said. “Her job was to help teachers do a better a job at keeping up with requirements,” she said, “and she was very helpful.”

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Florine Robinson Austin Obituary

F. Austin

In Loving Memory of Florine Robinson-Austin

September 25, 1945 – January 21, 2014

Florine Robinson-Austin was born on September 25, 1945 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to the late James and Rosetta Robinson. She accepted Christ at an early age and had a strong and solid relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Saint John’s Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

She attended and graduated from Eva H. Harris High School in 1964. After completing high school she moved to Los Angeles, California.

Shortly after arriving to Los Angeles she met Lenard Austin Sr., who preceded her in death. During their union four children were born Lenard Austin, Jr., Brenda L. Austin, Tammi L. Austin and Kammi L. Austin- Capers and Alan Austin (her stepson).

Florine, will be especially missed and remembered for her kind words. She believed that in life it cost nothing to smile, or to say hello. She believed that in life you say what you mean and mean what you say. She enjoyed reading and listening to music; she was always the life of the party. She loved spending her time going out on the weekends for lunch and shopping at some of her favorite stores with her family. Time would seem to fly by as she enjoyed playing a game of one on one dominos with her brother for hours at a time. What we will miss most of all is the unconditional love that she gave no matter who you were or what you did, or how much money that you had.

Florine was preceded in death by her Mother and Father (James and Rosetta Robinson) one Sister (Dorothy Helen) three Brothers (Joe Nathan, Melvin, and Charles Robinson) and one Grandson (Jasiri J. Austin) She is survived by: Two Sons: Alan Austin and Lenard Austin, Jr.; Three Daughters: Brenda Austin, Tammi Austin, Kammi Austin- Capers; One Son-in-Law: Brian R. Capers Five Grandchildren: DeAsia, Sydnii, Devin, Asjah, and Christian; Two Brothers: James Robinson (Adell) and Oran Robinson; One Aunt: Lillian Brown ; And a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Viewing Day, Date, & Time

Thursday, January 30, 2014 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Harrison-Ross Mortuary
View Park Chapel
4601 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Service Day, Date, & Time
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM


Harrison-Ross Mortuary
View Park Chapel
4601 S. Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043


Park Lawn Memorial Park
6555 East Gage Avenue
City of Commerce, CA 90040
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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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