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“Willie Mae i can still here your laugh and see your smile. ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Michelle' Jones - Horn Lake, MS


Willie Mae Jones, daughter of the late Idella Victoria Shackelford and stepdaughter of the late Reverend Marshall Shackelford. She was born on December 10, 1947 in Cleveland, Mississippi. Willie Mae was the oldest of 8 children. She departed this life on July 2, 2009 at her home in Wellston, Missouri. She attended public schools in Cleveland, Mississippi. At the age of 18, Willie Mae relocated to St. Louis, Missouri were she obtained her CNA certification and worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi under the leadership of Reverend Story. After relocating to St. Louis, she became a member of Memorial Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Kinloch, Missouri under the leadership of Pastor G. W. Harold. Later on, transferred with family to New Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles H. Thames where she served as a choir member. She also served as a faithful member and dedicated choir member for several years at Greater Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert M. Franklin Sr. Finally the Lord directed her back to her home Church New Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Robert L. Barney, were she served until her passing. She was employed by the Wellston School District for 10 years, Mark Twain Manor 15 years and finally took a position at the Hawthorne State hospital for children. Willie Mae was a committed employee who loved people. She was always willing to help and encourage other with a warm smile. She was active in her community; she served on the Wellston School Board as secretary, School PTO., she was an Eastern Star as well as a mother to the community. She was a great support system for her children and everybody else's children. She was known for her boldness to speak the truth in love and understanding. We will not ever forget about the great cooking that she shared with so many people, especially her banana pudding and peach cobbler. She had a God given gift of singing. And some of her favorite songs were I'll Go, Precious Lord, Amazing Grace, and another Day's Journey. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. Her love will forever be in the hearts of: her devoted daughter Minister Rosalyn Victoria Jones; her three sons; Babian Audre Jones (Lawanda); Dennis Jones (Lisa), Donnell Jones, Honorary daughter Shelley Neal, 19 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, her two sisters; Pat Atabansi of Arlington, TX, Debbie Bruce of St. Louis, Missouri; her five brothers; Robert Jones of Seattle Washington, Knobby J. Jones (Ruby) of Camden, South Carolina, Walter Jones (Carolee) of Omaha, Nebraska, Bobby L. Jones (Helen) of St. Louis, Missouri, Charles Shackelford of St. Louis, Missouri, Raymon Shackelford (Karena) of San Jose, California; one uncle, Peter Jones (Elaine), two aunts; Annie Thomas of St. Louis, Missouri, Pearl Boines of Chicago, Illinois, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. To send a lasting tribute or condolences to the Jones family, please sign the Online Guestbook below. Click "Sign Guestbook".

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