Uncle Everette, what can I say. You are truly missed, you touched all of our lives in one way or another. You gave us advice to carry us for our lifetime. A family man and a business man you were until your last breath.
This Man right here was the TRUE epitome of Business. He was always encouraging us to be Independent Business Owners, to support one another, and to leave a legacy behind that others would and could carry on. Thank you Uncle Everett for your Business wisdom and knowledge. The encouragement you gave me. I will always remember and love you for being my cheerleader. I love and miss you much.
From Roosevelt Thurman Sr on January 23rd, 2016
Uncle Everette, I have never met a man with so much positive energy and life force permeating from his being. It was as though he knew that what God said about him was the only truth about his existence. "AND IT WAS" I remember in the 70's when he came to Belzoni, Ms to preach at Beautiful Zion MB Church. After the sermon they raise an offering and Uncle Everette accepted the offering and returned it to my grandfather Rev. J.D. Thurman and said without hesitation these words "I KNOW GOD DOES NOT INTEND FOR ME TO BE BROKE" Now i don't know the amount of the offering, but i do know from that day forward he declared that he was a millionaire and lived accordingly. He was determined to make the Everette name a brand. Respect was something that was very important to Uncle Everette. He gave respect and expected it in return. He was an avid businessman that put out the clarion call for someone to step up and take the reins. low and behold one of his children in the person of BETINA EVERETTE answered the call and to this day is holding down her father's LEGACY. This is a clear example of what "STENGHTENING WHAT REMAINS" IS ALL ABOUT!! NOT LETTING A DREAM DIE KEEPING IT ALIVE! YOU GO BETINA EVERETTE KEEP HOPE ALIVE! LET'S NOT BE JEALOUS LET US SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER. MY NAME IS ROOSEVELT THURMAN SR AND I APPROVE THIS POSTING!! FAMILY BABY!!
From K H on May 28th, 2014
There is no one else who can say "Shell or Harry (Harris)" like you. Thank you for always being there whenever my mom needed you. Thank you for the advice. You are missed.
Antonio, I never had to pleasure of making aquaintance with him but, I got to know him through his mother Rekeia. Some times to know a person through some one else is a beautiful thing. you get to learn things about the person that they perhaps would not share with you depending on your relationship to them. I found out the Antonio or Romey as he is affectionately known was a great son. And that he had a relationship with God and on one sunday a month, he would without fail attend church. Not only did he attend he was active in the church was well know by the congregation. This is a real example to say that just when you thought you knew what someone's life was about you really find out you did not know them at all. Our young men and women have discovered that the world is indeed a different place than when us 40-60 year olds remember and talk about. They have listen to us talk about our relationship with Christ and although they don't show it the way we show ours never the less theirs is just as real to them as ours is to us. Antonio involked us to step outside the box and understand that my relationship with God may not look like your relationship with God and it should not because I am me and you are you. Antonio Knew John 10:9-10 I am the door by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. 10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. With Antonio dedicating his life to the Lord "There was no fear in his life" because he knew Heaven would always be his home and Jesus was his Lord. We could all leard something from Antonio (Romey).
Aunt Nell was a very strong woman, literally. Those that knew her would definitely confirm that. She kept her hair color on point at all times and she could make a new frangrance that smelled so good. Aunt Nell was a good listener and her favorite line was "is that right!"
What can I say? Who else beside you and Uncle Rufus can make you laugh so hard that you cry and hurt (stomach and back pain)? No one, especially not on a continuous basis. You never missed being there when my mom needed you the most.
Uncle Johnnie Lee, our first patriarch of the family, was one of the best dressed men I've met. He was always well-dressed and kept together. I've never heard him raise his voice, he shared as much wisdom as you were willing to receive.
Uncle Johnny Lee, To know him is to love him and also to never let him have to look for you. lol I remember a story uncle Johnny Lee told about a co-worker that was white that tried to get him fired by setting him up. The story would end by the co-worker doing thing that put the spot light on himself. Because he was stealing from the boss and Uncle Johnny Lee discovered this but did not reveal it until the perfect moment. The co-worker contacted Mr. Tom and began to blast Uncle Johnny Lee he sat quiet and said not a word. when he had finished with his allegations Uncle Johnny Lee began to as for parts that were ordered, paid for picked up but not delivered to the worksite. Needless to say that was an what tha moment. So after the co-worker was fired and Uncle Johnny Lee explained that job security was not an issue for him because his integrity was without question. The co-worker said I will kill you, now Uncle Johnny Lee knew he kept a rifle in his truck. But, Uncle Johnny kept a tool box on his work bench with a loaded hand gun and he explained to the co-worker you must first get past me to get to the truck. Moral of the story is "MAN HAS TO KNOW HIS LIMITATIONS"
I miss her presence on this earth, however, she has always been and never will leave my heart. She gave up her single life to give me and my siblings a better life, for that I am eternally grateful. There are never enough words that can express my gratitude for Aunt Georgia. She had a heart of gold and gave me all the tools I need to become the woman I am today. As I continue my journey in this life, I use what she gave me to continue to work hard to be my best me.
I miss your stories of your times with B.B. King and other blues singers. I miss your beautiful singing voice. My mom missed the times you all shared together for you and her were best friends. Thank you for being you.
Uncle Rufus was one of the strongest men in the world to me I had never seen a man pick up a refrigerator single handed and walk up four flights of stairs. That put the fear of God and man in my heart it was always Yes sir, No sir without hesitation. He also taught me to enjoy life laugh, have fun take care of business. Have a work ethic matchless to none. He also made it clear family is important. Look out for one another even if you don't see eye to eye you are still family. TWO WORDS "LIVE LIFE"
Wow,This woman right here! There are not enough words in the English dictionary or language that can describe this PHENOMENAL WOMAN, my Mother Sammie Lee. She was one of a kind. As I reflect back over me and my siblings life and travel down memory lane, She was an extraordinary person. We as her children all can imitate her, but know that we could never duplicate her. The life lessons has been so enlightening and gaining the wisdom and knowledge that she unselfishly gave has shaped us to be some of the strongest, determined, caring, and loving people anyone would want to encounter. I thank God for the 59 years He gave her on this side of Heaven and the 39 years He gave her to impute every fiber of her being in her 7 Children. That is who and what she meant and still mean to me. Because without her, there would not be a me. I love and miss you Mama.
From Roosevelt Thurman Sr on January 23rd, 2016
My Aunt had the gift of presence. When she entered a room, town or state the word moved like wild fire. She was strong beautiful and resourceful. Advice and life lessons was what she offered without measure. Her method of teaching was based on what life taught her. If you listened you would prosper not financially but beneficially. Her wisdom mastered money and personalities. If I had to use one word to descirbe her it would be "LOVING" THAT WAS WHAT SHE GAVE NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU THOUGHT THE LESSON WAS SHE "LOVEED" UNCONDITIONALLY WITH HER BEAUTIFUL SELF. THAT'S MY MEMORIES OF MY AUNT SAMMIE LEE. Roosevelt
Although to 15 members of this wonderful family, she was known as Momma, to many of the rest of us she was "Big Momma"! To my recollection, I met her when I was 9 and it was truly a meeting to remember. I learned that day that Big Momma had all the patience in the world, way more than I had. We had a stalemate over some rutabagas and I learned that in Big Momma's house you will eat whatever is cooked. You can eat it while it's hot or when it gets cold, it made her no mind. She was my great-grandmother and I am eternally grateful to have had her as the center of our family.