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Elizabeth Reese Perry
Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

Mrs. Elizabeth (Reese) Perry was born on Aug. 17, 1929, the sixth child out of 13 to the late Mr. John and Mrs. Fronnie Reese.

Her early education was in the Rosewald School in Oxford. There she made many friends and learned how to thrive and survive in the Covington/ Newton County area all her life.

When you hear the name, “Stalvey’s” “Liz” immediately comes to mind. She cooked delicious dishes and entrees for many decades there. Most of her working years were in the restaurant business. After her retirement, she was sorely missed by the staff and dedicated customers. 

Her early religious training was received at Rust Chapel UMC in Oxford. Later in life, she joined and was an actively involved in the services and missionary work at St. Paul AME Church, where her salvation was declared and sealed. 

“Mama Liz” delivered and nurtured three lovely daughters, Shirley Reese, Catherine Reese, who preceded her in death, and Wanda Usher. Even with her busy schedule and making a living while raising her daughters, Elizabeth married Fletcher Perry in 1966. She departed this life in August of 2004. 

Left to cherish her precious memories, her two daughters, Shirley Reese and Wanda Usher; grandchildren; Robin (Clarence, Jr.) Golden, Stacie (Demetrius) Rogers, Brandy Hyman, Keith Durden and Erica Usher; great-grandchildren, Demia Rogers, Destiny Rogers, Clarence Golden, III, Noah Durden, Cam’ron Lambert, Jayden Landers and Eryn Glover;  two sisters, Eva Henderson and Mary Reese; one brother, Bobby Reese; two sister-in-laws, Dorothy (Eugene) Reese and Martha Glover (John) Reese and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, many other relatives and caring friends.  Thank God Almighty for the long life of our dear and much-loved Elizabeth.

The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Thomas Stegall officiating. Interment followed at Lawnwood Memorial Park.

The family of the late Elizabeth Reese Perry would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to each of you for your many acts of kindness and love shown to them during their hours of bereavement. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.