Obituaries 07-20-23

July 19, 2023

THOMAS MCDONALD

Aug. 28, 1938-July 1, 2023

Funeral services for Thomas McDonald, 84, of Quitman and formerly of

Shubuta, were conducted on Monday, July 10, 2023 from the Chapel of

Turner Funeral Home, with Rev. Donald Sterling officiating.

Interment followed at Davenport Cemetery in Shubuta.

Born on Aug. 28, 1938, he was a retired employee of General Electric/Hot

Point. A member of New Mt. Zion UMC, he served in the choir. He was a

member of the Democratic Executive Committee and a participant in the

Dollar Meal Mission.

He died on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Diversicare of Quitman.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie S. McDonald of Shubuta; his stepson,

Cornelius Bernard Smith of Rio Rancho, N.M.; his daughter and

son-in-law, Linda Johnson and Al Corbett of Miami, Fla.; two brothers

and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Dorothy McDonald and Curtis and Vera

McDonald, all of Shubuta; his sister, Marjorie McDonald Grohs of

Shubuta; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, seven

great-great-grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Velma Husband of

Shubuta.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

An online guestbook can be signed at turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

FRANK EUGENE LAFFETTE, JR.

Sept. 19, 1940-June 24, 2023

Funeral services for Frank Eugene Laffette, Jr., 82, were conducted on

Saturday, July 8, 2023 from Pineville Baptist Church.

Interment followed at Pineville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Born on Sept. 19, 1940 in Fruitdale, Ala., to the late Frank Eugene

Laffette, Sr., and Mary Louise Laffette, he was the oldest of 16

children.

After leaving home, he traveled to California to spend some time with

his Uncle Charles. During his visit, he received notice that he had been

drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Dallas, Texas

for a short time, then he was stationed in Fort Hamilton, N.Y.

After he finished his service, he settled down in Jamaica, Queens, where

he met and married Rubinstein Laffette on Nov. 11, 1966. To this union

was born 12 children. He then worked for the post office for more than

30 years before retiring.

He was a great husband, father, son, uncle and friend. He wasn't a

perfect man, but he was definitely a template for his family.

He is survived by eight daughters and three sons and their respective

spouses, Shelia Farr of Brooklyn, N.Y., DuBois and Liane Laffette of

McDonough, Ga.; Irven and Wendy Laffiete of Evansville, Ind.; Manzie and

Sharon Laffette of Orlando, Fla.; Zandarie and Donni Cox of Locust

Grove, Ga.; Paula Laffette and Shanice Laffette, both of Wilkes Barre,

Pa.; Amanda Laffette of Queens, N.Y.; and Sisilia Laffette, Treslant

Laffette, both of Pensacola, Fla.; 35 grandchildren; 15

great-grandchildren;six sisters and their respective spouses, Rose and

Anderson Hill of Gulfport; Mary Laffette and Alama Davis, both of

Waynesboro; Patricia Williams of Pontiac, Mich.; Ruby Ramey of

Buckatunna; Sheila and Larry McGill of Shubuta; four brothers and their

respective spouses, John Laffette, Danny Laffette and Harry and Linda

Laffette, all of Wayne County; and Willie and Sharon Laffette of

Pontiac; two uncles, Charles Cunningham of Durate, Calif.; and Joseph

Walls of Pontiac; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 33 years,

Rubinstein Laffette; a son, Matthew Laffette; a sister, Joyce Laffette;

and four brothers, Robert, Manzie, David and Eddie Laffette.

McDonald and Sons Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of

arrangements.

WILLIAM EARNEST BUNCH

Jan. 15, 1951-July 5, 2023

Graveside services for William Earnest Bunch, 72, of Buckatunna, were

conducted on Saturday, July 8, 2023 from White House Cemetery in Clara,

with Rev. Justin Odom officiating.

Born on Jan. 15, 1951, he was a Roustabout and Pusher with T.K. Stanley

Oil Company.

He died on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at his residence.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bunch; two sons, Dewayne Bunch and

Jimmy Odom; three sisters, Bridgette Smith, Lisa Smith and Sherry Bunch;

two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nette and Tommy Johnson and Jolene and

Ellis Vanosdol; 31 grandchildren and his stepmother, Mattie Bunch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, a grandson, a

brother and a sister.

An online guestbook can be signed at turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

SHANIA NICOLE LEWIS

Jan. 31, 1984

Funeral services for Shania Nicole Lewis, 39, were conducted on Tuesday,

July 11, 2023 from the Chapel of McDonald and Sons Funeral Home.

Born on Jan. 31, 1984, she was the daughter of Eddie Thomas and Donna

Jean Lewis. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church under the

direction of Pastor Larry Pickens in Waynesboro. She worked in the

banking field at First State Bank and was also a Hairstylist, Nail Tech

and Designer.

She was united with Curtis "Champ" Russell and had three children,

Jayden Gray, Jaslyn Gray and Chandler Russell. She was a loving mother

who would go the extra mile for her kids, family and friends. She loved

kids to the fullest and her goal was to help as many kids as she could.

She is survived by two brothers, Cedric Wilson and Eddie Thomas, Jr.;

two aunts in Waynesboro; an uncle in Mobile, Ala.; two nieces who loved

her dearly, Keomya Lewis Monroe and Shania Lewis; a nephew, Caleb Lewis;

and two special cousins, Sandra McDonald and Sharon Morgan.

McDonald and Sons Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of

arrangements.

DONNA KAYE LEVERETTE

Feb. 14, 1960-June 14, 2023

Funeral services for Donna Kaye Leverette, 63, of State Line, were

conducted on Saturday, July 1, 2023 from Mt. Zion U.M. Church in State

Line, with Rev. John Williams and Pastor Carolyn Leverette officiating.

Interment followed at State Line Cemetery.

Born on Feb. 14, 1960, she was a Bus Driver with the Wayne County School

School District. She was a member of Mt. Zion U.M. Church and also

served with United Methodist Women, Eastern Star and as a Board of

Trustee member at her church.

She died on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Ray Leverette; two stepsons,

Shamario Leverette of Gulfport and Robert Johnson of West Virginia; six

daughters and a son-in-law, Chastity and Antonio Turner and Kemma Kirby,

all of Gulfport, Cheinka Kirby of Hattiesburg, Rolanda Kirby, Thelma

Kirby and Chantaria Kirby, also of State Line; a stepdaughter and her

spouse, Shamika and Andrae Rankin of Leakesville; her brother, Billy Ray

Johnson of Inglewood, Calif.; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Janice

Bivens of Waynesboro, Sharon and Kenneth Bell and Beverly Woulard, all

of State Line; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

An online guestbook can be signed at turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

MARY LEE "MAY LEE" DONALD-WALLEY

Aug. 12, 1939-June 12, 2023

Funeral services for Mary Lee "May Lee" Donald-Walley, 83, of Laurel

and formerly of Quitman, were conducted on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from

Living Church of God Pentecostal Church in Quitman, with Rev. Otha

Denson officiating.

Interment followed at James Chapel Cemetery in Quitman.

Born on Aug. 12, 1939, she was a Homemaker.

She died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2023 at her residence.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Davis Walley of

Detroit, Mich., Drake and Cynthia Walley of Ellisville, and George

Walley, Jr., of Ellisville; six daughters and a son-in-law, Bennie

Lynette Chapman of Indianapolis, Ind., Jennifer Williams of

Indianapolis, Cynthia W. Walley Keyes and Georgetee and Greg McGillberry

of Laurel, Marlena Price of Ellisville and Veronica Lindsey of Laurel;

21 brothers and sisters, 34 grandchildren and a host of

great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, five

brothers and two sisters.

An online guestbook can be signed at turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.

ANGELA MICHELLE HENDERSON

Aug. 16, 1964-June 16, 2023

Funeral services for Angela Michelle Henderson, 58, of Waynesboro, were

conducted on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from Pineville Missionary Baptist

Church, with Rev. Samuel Newton officiating. Interment followed at the

church cemetery.

Born on Aug. 16, 1964, she was a former laborer with Hanson Scales.

She died on Friday, June 16, 2023 at her residence.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Shelton and Coretta

Henderson of Waynesboro; four sisters, Annie Johnson, Virginia

Henderson, Sereatha Henderson and Yvonne Henderson, all of Waynesboro;

and her mother, Martha Jane Henderson of Waynesboro.

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister.

An online guestbook can be signed at turnerfuneralhomems.com.

Turner Funeral Home of Waynesboro was in charge of arrangements.



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