Visitation at Main Service
Obituary of Leona Lane
Leona Fullilove Lane was born on December 12, 1930 in Vaiden, Mississippi to the Union of Nellie Zelma Gant and Irby Fullilove. She was the 2nd born of a family of nine children. There was Kenneth, Carl, TC, James, Gennelle, Mertis, Marvin and Donnie. They worked together and played together as one happy family. She learned how to be a loving mother as a child helping to take care of her little brothers and sisters. She remembered fondly of a trip to her grandparents' home traveling by Buckboard. They moved to the Mississippi Delta when she was a teenager. She started attending Friendship Baptist Church where she met this handsome man that became the love of her life. Johnie Davis Lane had just returned from World War II with a brand new shiny car and starting his own Radio and TV Repair Business. The preachers wife had a knack for match making and invited both to Sunday Dinner at her home. Even though Johnie was 10 years older than Leona, it must have been a match made in heaven. They were married on March 27, 1948 when she was barely 18 years old. They started their family the next year and she raised 4 children. Johnie called the first 2 children, Linda Kaye Lane McCoy and Johnny Davis Lane Jr the "Top Crop" and Patricia Ann Lane Brown and Michael Edward Lane his "Bottom Crop" since they came 10 years apart. Leona was a Housewife, and was active in the Community, and The First Baptist Church of Tutwiler where she was a faithful member for 66 years. She spent most of those years taking care of babies in the Nursery. She made the best Caramel Cakes, sharing them for all occasions. Those cakes went all over the South. Leona taught herself how to sew at age 18 and became a very fine seamstress. She spent 35 years as a 4-H Leader, teaching the Tutwiler's children to cook and sew. Those girls have fond memories of the years they spent in Leona's Kitchen with Martha Joe Venable, the County Extension Agent coaching them on. There were big smiles every year at the County Fair with all the blue ribbons won by the Tutwiler 4-H Club.
She was married to Johnie for 62 years. Shortly after his death in 2010, she moved to Mobile with her daughter, Linda. She had been diagnosed with Dementia. She immediately became active at the Providence Hospital Senior Center teaching classes in Quilting and made many new friends to laugh and have fellowship with. She even made the cover of the Providence Hospital News Letter one month in 2017. The article pictured her with a few of the ladies and the Quilts that were made by the group. She also had a few classes with the Boys and Girls Club on Quilting. Leona made friends in Tennessee when visiting with her daughter, Patty Brown. She helped with the Fall Festival and attended their Senior Center. Patty had volunteered over 20 years at The Samaritan House, a non-profit family Resource Center lead by David and Jan Etienne. Leona would help her distribute food and clothing to people who needed help during her stay.
Leona got to help take care of and get to know her grandchildren and her great grandchildren as they came into the world. She loved them all. Leona always had a smile for everyone and all that met her, knew she had a Sweet Spirit and loved the Lord.
She left our world on June 12, 2018 and went to be with Jesus and all who have gone before her. She is survived by her sister Mertis Holland and her husband James Holland, her sister in laws, Nancy, Shirley and Carolyn Fullilove, her 4 children, Johnny Davis Lane, Jr, Linda Kaye Lane McCoy, Patricia Ann Lane Brown, Michael Edward Lane, 10 Grandchildren (Johnny, James, Jamie, Jenny, Clay, Jathan, Yancy, Amanda, Kristin, Casey) and 7 Great Grandchildren (Jackson, Cooper, Riley Cate, Walker, Eliza Jane, Brayson & JJ Lane).
Visitation will be held Saturday June 16, 2018 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Tutwiler, MS with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow in Rosemound Cemetery in Tutwiler, MS. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS is handling the arrangements.