Velma Smith Lee

Published 5:00 am Monday, June 11, 2007

Services for Velma Smith Lee, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Tuesday, June 12, at Mt. Wade M.B. Church with burial in the Mt.Olive Church Cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge ofarrangements.

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

Mrs. Lee, 84, died June 7, 2007, at her residence. She was born inBrookhaven on May 29, 1923, to Jessie Smith and Mary CainSmith.

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She was a retired teacher who had worked in the Brookhaven PublicSchool District for 27 years. She was a member of Mt. Wade M.B.Church.

She was a 1945 graduate of Alexander High School and a graduate ofJackson State College. She received her golden diploma from JacksonState University in 2002. She was the executive director of theMartha Sykes Widows and Orphans Center, and a member of theAlexander High School Legacy Committee, the “O” Foundation, and theJackson State University Alumni Association.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Sherman LeeSr.; her brothers, Joe Louis Smith and Roland Smith; and hersisters, Annie Ruth Smith Boston, Doris Tyner and AtriceHilliard.

Survivors are her brother, Elkner Smith, of Brookhaven; her sister,Maseree Smith Louis, of Brookhaven; her stepson, Sherman Lee Jr.,of California; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.