Obituaries 06-01-23

May 31, 2023


May 19, 1930-May 28, 2023

Visitation and services for Creola Christman Jones, 93, of Prairieville,

La., will be from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from Ascension

Funeral Home in Gonzales, La., and again from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, June

2, 2023 from Moments Funeral Home in Lucedale.

Interment will follow at Crossroads Methodist Church.

Born on May 19, 1930 in Calhoun County, she spent most of her life in

Wayne County, where she taught at Clara Elementary and Wayne Academy.

She also taught at Sandhill Elementary in Greene County, as well as

Clarke Academy in Clarke County. She had a true love for teaching and is

fondly remembered by many of her students.

Church also played a very important role in her life. She was a member

of County Line Baptist Church in Waynesboro. She later moved to Lucedale

in the late 1990s and attended Crossroads Methodist Church in Lucedale.

In 2011, she moved to Prairieville to live with her daughter, Nancy

Braud, where she attended Meadows Chapel Methodist Church. During her

later years, she enjoyed working with church committees and groups with

her friends. She lived a life of service to others and always projected

love to all of those around her.

She died on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at home in the presence of loved ones.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary and Bill

Davis of Hurley, Nancy and Alvin D. Braud of Prairieville and Marcia

Jones of Kuwait. She enjoyed the love of her five grandchildren and

their spouses, Amy D. and Kenley Byrd of Lucedale, Prent and Sarah Davis

of Mobile, Ala., Amanda and Jeremy Mason of Long Beach, Kristina and

Travis Thibodeaux of Prairieville and Tara and Brandon Landry of Denham

Springs, La.

She was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren, Logan and Marissa D. Byrd

of Lucedale, Brynn Sweetapple, Eaen and Trey Mason of Long Beach,

Anderson, Dylan and Darcy Thibodeaux of Prairieville and Lilith and

Alexander Landry of Denham Springs. She is also survived by many

relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Leroy Jones, who died

in 2003.

Moments Funeral Home of Lucedale is in charge of local arrangements.


July 1, 1929-May 26, 2023

Funeral services for Lenora Cooley, 93, of Strengthford, were conducted

on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral Home, with

Rev. Mike Street and Rev. Jimmy Harrison officiating.

Interment followed at Waller Ridge Cemetery in Wayne County.

Born in Wayne County on Monday, July 1, 1929 to the late William T.

"Bill" and Georgia B. Street, she was a Homemaker. A member of

Strengthford Church of God, she will be remembered by family and friends

as a devout Christian and servant. She was a loving wife, mother,

grandmother and friend.

She died on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Laurel Wood Community Living Center

in Laurel.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Shelton and Rhonda

Cooley of Heidelberg and Ronnie Cooley of Moselle; two grandchildren and

their respective spouses, Scott and Julie Cooley of Laurel and Ash and

Aimee Cooley of Strengthford; a great-grandchild, AnnClark Cooley; and a

sister-in-law, Betty Street Moody of Waynesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady B. "Buck" Cooley;

her parents, William T. "Bill" and Georgia B. Street; a son, Ricky

Cooley; four brothers, Roy Street, Albert Street, Robert L. Street and

J.V. Street; and three sisters, Jessie Mae Pitts, Inez Jordan and

Elouise Wells.

Pallbearers were Scott Cooley, Ash Cooley, Bobby Wells, Keith Wells,

Jarvis Harrison and Paul Rigney. Honorary pallbearer was Duple Rigney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Strengthford Church of God,

266 Clara-Strengthford Rd., Waynesboro, MS 39367.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


Feb. 15, 2008-May 20, 2023

Funeral services for Sha'Cora Kierra Hayes, 15, were conducted on

Monday, May 29, 2023 from the Chapel of McDonald and Sons Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Born on Feb. 15, 2008, she was the oldest child of the three children of

Shadale Hayes and Courtney Hayes. She received Christ at an early age

and was a head cheerleader of "Team Jesus." She received her education

in the Wayne County School District, along with home schooling with

Acellus home school due to COVID-19. She was full of life, laughter and

fun and, with those ingredients, she couldn't help but to be kind.

She had a love for cooking, doing fingernails, doing her different hair

styles, being an expert in doing eyelashes, hanging out with her brother

and little sister and she looked forward to having her own talk show.

She died on Saturday, May 20, 2023.

She is survived by her mother, Courtney Davis of Waynesboro; her second

mother, Sheneitra Davis of D'Iberville; her loving grandparents, Juanita

(Charles) Sibley and Milton and Vanessa Hayes, all of Waynesboro; her

father Shadale Hayes of Waynesboro; her brother, Cor'Dale Josiah Hayes;

her sister, Gracie Natalie Smith; her aunts, Laila Kierra Davis of

Hattiesburg, Shana Nieoney Davis and Francis Javide Davis, both of

Waynesboro, and Sharon Sherry Henry of Buckatunna; her uncle, Emmanuel

Davis of Waynesboro; a special aunt and uncle, Kathy and John Hill of

Buckatunna; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lela B. Davis.

McDonald and Sons Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of



May 27, 1970-May 17, 2023

Funeral services for Ruby Joyce Franks, 52, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from the Chapel of McDonald and Son

Funeral Home.

Interment followed at Sunlight Baptist Church Cemetery.

Born on May 27, 1970 to Willie Wimberly and Weeda Fraise, she accepted

Christ as her Lord and Savior and she loved the Lord with all her heart.

She was a faithful and dedicated member of Sunlight Baptist Church,

where she was under the direction of Rev. Cecil Jackson. She loved life

and loved her family.

She died on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

She is survived by three children, Derek Steale, Jessica Hill and

Brittney Harris; two sons-in-law, Kendrick Hill and Orlando Harris, whom

she loved just as much; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other

relatives, friends and a sister-in-law.

McDonald and Son Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of



Aug. 1, 1930-May 25, 2023

Graveside services for Eula Lee Singleton, 92, were conducted on

Saturday, May 27, 2023 from Willie McCarty Family Cemetery in

Waynesboro, with Rev. Mitchell Smith officiating.

Born in Waynesboro on Friday, Aug. 1, 1930 to Willie McCarty and Alma

McCarty, she attended Clara First Church of God. She retired as a

Machine Operator with Wells Lamont.

She died on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Pine View Health and

Rehabilitation Center.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Elizabeth

Singleton of Waynesboro; her brother, James T. McCarty of Waynesboro;

her grandson, Joey Singleton of Waynesboro; and two great-grandsons,

Jared Singleton and Jacob Singleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Singleton; her father,

Willie McCarty; her mother, Alma McCarty; two brothers, Ralph McCarty

and Albert Ray McCarty; five sisters, Ollie Mae Pitts, Alice Jones, Zola

Walker, Zellowain Cooley and Jean Beasley; and a grandson, Ryan


An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


March 20, 1933-May 12, 2023

Funeral services for Leonard McCann, 90, of Shubuta, were conducted on

Saturday, May 20, 2023 from Altair Missionary Baptist Church in Shubuta,

with Rev. Tyrone Spencer officiating.

Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Born on March 20, 1933, he was retired as an Oil Field Employee.

He died on Friday, May 12, 2023 in Slidell, La.

He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Bates of Slidell; his brother

and sister-in-law, Jerome and Shirley McCann of Shubuta; two

grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two


He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three


An online guestbook can be signed at

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.


March 10, 1951-May 13, 2023

Funeral services for Odessa "Lady Y" Carlisle-Henderson, 72, of

Waynesboro, were conducted on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from Chapel Hill

Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny R. Bolton officiating.

Interment followed at Waynesboro Cemetery.

Born on March 10, 1951, she was a Retiree with Pine Belt Mental Health.

She served as President of the Pastor Aide Committee and was a member of

the Mission Board at Chapel Hill M.B. Church.

She died on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at her residence.

She is survived by he son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Sharonda

Henderson of Buckatunna; two daughters, Kenya Budd of Portland, Ore.,

and Kimberly Henderson of Waynesboro; her brother and sister-in-law,

Christopher and Cathy Gray of Hattiesburg; her sister, Razella Hayes of

Hattiesburg; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild and two godchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and

a grandson.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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