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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Clarence B. “Doc” Johnson

Clarence B. “Doc” Johnson

Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:00 am

Funeral services for former Ward Three Alderman Clarence B. “Doc” Johnson are Friday at 11 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery.

Johnson, 78, served two terms on the city board, from 1981-85 and from 1989-93.

Former Ward One Alderman J.W. Morgan recalled his fellow board member as a man who loved his work and loved serving people. He recalled Johnson’s efforts to address flooding and other issues facing the community.

“He was very conscientious about the City of Brookhaven and his ward,” Morgan said of Johnson.

Morgan also mentioned Johnson’s service as a school teacher and his other efforts to help citizens.

“He just loved people,” Morgan said.

Johnson taught science at Durant High School in Durant; McCullough High School in Monticello; and Progress High School and Eva Harris High School, both in Brookhaven. He coached girl’s basketball and he took the team to the state championship in 1961.

Ward Two Alderman Terry Bates expressed sympathy to Johnsons’ family.

“Clarence Johnson was one of the men I watched growing up over the years,” Bates said. “He was a great man to look up to.”

Bates said Johnson was a good family man. He said Johnson was hard-working and believed in doing what was right.

“He tried to be a friend to everybody in the community,” Bates said. “He’s going to be missed.”

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Larry Douglas Marks Sr

Services for Larry Douglas Marks Sr. of Brookhaven are 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at Alexander High School with burial in Springfield Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 8 p.m., at Williams Mortuary, and Saturday from 10-11 a.m., at the school.

Mr. Marks, 56, died Feb. 21, 2004, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Lincoln County on April 13, 1947, to Thomas Marks and Hannah Inez Marks.

He was employed for 35 years at Georgia Pacific. He was an Air Force veteran, serving as a sergeant. He was a 1966 graduate of Eva H. Harris School, where he was a member of the 1964 State Basketball Championship team, and voted most popular boy in the senior class. He was a member of Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Carlos; a sister, Mary Lee Eunice; and his brothers, Jimmy and Thomas Hercules.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Crump Marks of Brookhaven; his children, Larry D. Marks Jr. and wife Zandra of Laurel, Thomas Marks and Jason Smith, both of Brookhaven, and David Smith of Jackson; his sisters and brother-in-law, Vera and Samuel Rogers of Milwaukee, Wis., and Sadie Tillman of Brookhaven; four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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County schools adjust graduation requirements

County schools adjust graduation requirements

Tuesday, November 7, 2000 12:00 am

Graduation requirements for Lincoln County Schools were officially changed Monday to reflect a September decision by the State Board of Education.

The changes concerning academic tests will start with students who began the ninth grade last year, Lincoln County School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Leanne Summers told school board members Monday.

Those students, who anticipate graduating in 2003, will be required to pass all three sections of the Functional Literacy Examination (FLE), plus a subject area test in U.S. History, said Summers.

“They must pass all in order to graduate,” she added.

The FLE has been a graduation requirement for some time, but state education officials are trying to phase out the test by replacing it with subject area tests, explained Summers.

Students who began the ninth grade this year must pass the mathematics section of the FLE, plus subject area tests in U.S. History and English II.

Each year a different subject area test will be added to graduation requirements until all four subject area tests are included.

School officials will send notices to parents and students this semester to further explain the new graduation requirements.

Other school district changes approved during last night’s board meeting included an updated handbook for Eva Harris Alternative School.

“We’ve had some problems with communication and how things should be done, so we’re trying to address those,” said Summers.

Some of the problems district officials hope to mend are confusion on what type of work students should participate in while attending Eva Harris, and who should assign the work.

“This should clear some of those things up,” Summers told school board members as she presented them with the updated handbook.

Other problems district officials plan on fixing soon are leaky roofs at Bogue Chitto and Loyd Star Attendance Centers.

Although the roofs have been leaking for quite some time, the school district had to wait until an application for Mississippi Public School Building Funds was approved.

“They’ve approved our application, and at least 90 percent of it will be paid for by the state’s building fund, so we can now advertise for bids,” said Superintendent Perry Miller.

In other matters, school board members approved additional holidays for employees of the district’s central office after Miller made a request on their behalf.

“They want permission to take the same holidays as the schools take. . . but we’ll keep it open when we need to,” Miller told school board members.

After a short discussion on the matter, board secretary Brenda Warren made a motion to allow central office employees the week of Thanksgiving off, but only one week off during Christmas.

School board members agreed with this motion, adding that employees should be prepared, though, at any time to come to work if needed.

The next school board meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4, rather than Nov. 20.

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Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson

Funeral services for Wesley Johnson, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of the Loyd Star community, are 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Johnson, 67, died March 30, 2011, in Pensacola. He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 20, 1943, to Sylvester and Mary Eliza Johnson. He was the eleventh of fourteen children. He confessed Christ early in life and united with Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. He was active in the church. Before his passing, he rededicated his life to the Lord. He attended Progress School through the ninth grade. He later transferred to Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven where he played basketball and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He graduated in 1963.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was first stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He earned many commendations, including: Air Force Commendation Medal W/2 Devices, Air Force Conduct Medal W/6 Devices, Military Education Ribbon with Device, Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He served 21 years and nine months of active duty. He retired from the Air Force July 31, 1985. He continued his career as a civilian employee.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Lucien Johnson, Luther Johnson, Maxie Johnson, John Johnson and David Johnson; his sisters, Inez Norwood, Bernice Johnson, and her husband, Luther; his brother-in-law, Earnest Bacon; and his mother-in-law, Eva Lee Tillman.

Survivors are his wife of 28 years, Sadie Tillman-Johnson; his daughter, Sharon Denise Jefferson-Wood and her husband, Del, of Palm Beach, Fla.; his son, Anthony Eli Johnson and his wife, Lavonya, of Pace, Fla.; his granddaughter, Sherell Wood; his grandsons, Anthony Ezekial Johnson, Courtney Danielle House, Decarlos Wood and Derrick Wood; his sisters, Bertha Nelson of Champaign, Ill., Addie Bacon of Westmont, Ill., Minister Clara Johnson, Annie B. Goss and her husband, The Rev. Albert, of Jackson; and his brother, Robert Johnson and his wife, Diane, of San Jose, Calif.

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Bernita Lyons Robinson

Bernita Lyons Robinson

Services for Bernita Lyons Robinson, of Los Angeles, Calif., were held on Friday, April 20, at True Vine Miracle Temple in Lawndale, Calif., with burial in Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, Calif. Solomon Mortuary in Los Angeles was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Robinson, 64, died April 7, 2007, in Los Angeles. She was born on March 31, 1943, to Jim Lyons Sr. and Lee Ester Lyons.

She was a 1962 graduate of Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven. She was retired after 30 years of service with the Zuma Manufacturing Co. She was a member of the True Vine Miracle Temple.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Charles Edward Robinson; her sisters, Doris Clotel Dillon, Pauline Richardson, Margaret Blackwell, Lee Ester Turner and Margie Logan; and her brother, Alvin Lyons Sr.

Survivors are her son, Edward Charles Robinson, of Los Angeles; her daughter, Robin Gale Robinson, of Los Angeles; her sisters, Lou E. Bates, of Brookhaven, Mary McMorris, of Bogue Chitto, and Maxine McGee and Audrey Jones, both of Chicago, Ill.; her brother, Jim Lyons Jr., of Elk Grove, Calif.; and her five grandchildren.

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Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Patricia Ann Franklin Washington

Services for Patricia Ann Franklin Washington, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Rose Hill M.B. Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Washington, 60, died Oct. 3, 2007, at her residence. She was born on April 21, 1947, to Luther Franklin Sr. and Ora Lee Franklin.

She was a 1966 graduate of Eva H. Harris School, a homemaker and a member of Rose Hill M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lionel Washington; and her brothers, Luther Franklin Jr., Charles Franklin and Tommie Franklin.

Survivors include her sisters, Ada Rutledge, of Brookhaven, Maxine Banks, of New Orleans, Margie Gurley, of Houston, Texas, and Mary Knox, of Brookhaven; and her brother, William “Larry” Franklin, of Brookhaven.

The family sends its thanks to Divine Care Hospice and Hospice Ministries, of Brookhaven.

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