Lela Faye Bland

Published 7:00 pm Friday, January 6, 2012

Funeral services for Lela Faye Bland, ofHazlehurst, are 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at New ProvidenceBaptist Church in Hazlehurst, with burial in the church cemetery.Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the church.

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    Mrs. Bland, 68, died Jan. 5, 2012, at her home. She was born inJefferson County on April 16, 1943, to Jazy L. Maher Sr. and LessieTwiner Maher.

    She was a cafeteria worker at Wesson Attendance Center and a memberof New Providence Baptist Church.

    Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Edgar Maher;husband, John Shirley Ahrend Jr.; and brother-in-law, JimmyWatts.

    Survivors are her husband, Ira Lee Bland Jr.; sons, Michael Bland,of Pearl, Jay Bland and special friend, Sabrina Davis, ofHazlehurst, and Brad Bland and wife, Michelle of Winona; daughter,Brenda Ahrend Cranfield and husband, Tom; brothers, Jazy L. “Red”Maher Jr. and wife, Mildred, of Hazlehurst, Joe T. Maher and wife,Vallie, of Hazlehurst, and Eddie Maher and wife, Penny, ofBrookhaven; sisters, Pat G. Hatcher and husband, Stacy, of PortGibson, Mary J. Watts, of Vidalia, La., Elaine Smith and husband,Lanny, of Brookhaven, and Joyce Cockrell and husband, Harry, ofVicksburg; five grandchildren, Matt Cranfield, Tyler Cranfield,Hannah Cranfield, Joseph Cranfield and Kayla Bland; and a host ofnieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Providence BaptistChurch in Hazlehurst.