Brookhaven animal shelter to benefit in wake of Copiah woman’s death

Published 3:00 pm Thursday, August 3, 2023

The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League has the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars in donations in August through the request of a family mourning the loss of a loved one.

Crystal Springs resident Sylvia Teasley, 37 — a 2005 Brookhaven High School alum and Copiah-Lincoln Community College graduate — died July 28. Her family requested memorial donations be given to BARL or the Copiah Animal Shelter.

Teasley’s employer, Dental Group of Byram, has offered to boost those donations to BARL.

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“Donations for the month of August totaling up to $5,000 will be matched and presented to Brookhaven Animal Rescue League,” Dental Group said in a statement posted on social media. “We know Sylvia would be thrilled to know lives of animals were changed in her memory.”

The statement also read, “We are finding peace in fond memories of her and the way she touched our lives and those of our patients. Her joy and empathetic nature are irreplaceable. Sylvia sought to make a connection with all she came in contact with, being unafraid to show kindness and confidence in who she was. She was a bright light in a dark world.”

Both Teasley and her husband, Matthew “Scooby” Teasley, 38, were found deceased inside their Hwy. 51 home on July 28, 2023. Copiah County Sheriff Byron Swilley said the couple was discovered after a family member requested a welfare check. No information has been released on the cause of death for either person.

Donations can be made to Brookhaven Animal Rescue League via the shelter’s website at