Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Byas Funeral Home in Cleveland and one hour prior to services on Sunday.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mound Bayou. Bishop Roderick Mitchell will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Mound Bayou Cemetery.
The union of Johnnie Carlos Mitchell and Annie Mae Richardson Mitchell was blessed with seven children; the fourth of the seven was Ethel Mitchell. She married Maceo C. Denis, who was a local pharmacist on September 14, 1979. They traveled extensively, visiting 42 United States, London, Switzerland, Lucrene, Australia, Paris, and the Islands of Hawaii; they simply enjoyed life.
Her parents, spouse, and four siblings, Herbert Hoover, Coolidge, Kelly Miller, and Julius Ceaser Mitchell, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Denis, as a young lady, accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Mound Bayou. She served on the church’s Board of Trustees and as a member of the Missionary Society. She loved and supported her church in all aspects.
She was a very eloquent lady with a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. She attended a boarding school in Sunflower County and later graduated from Mound Bayou Training School in 1942. In November of 1942, she completed the requirements for cosmetology at Modern Beauty School of Cosmetology. She opened Sheridan Beauty Shop in 1948, owned and operated a successful business for 59 years. During those business years, she received an AA Degree from Coahoma Community College and further studied at Delta State University. She worked as a Social worker for Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc., Head Start for 23 years.
Mrs. Denis was committed to community service and attending various events. She received numerous awards and accolades for her years of service to mankind: Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc., Board of Directors –over 20 years, Mound Bayou Housing Authority – Board of Directors, Mound Bayou Historical and Beautification Committee, Bolivar County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. –Life Legacy Member, Mound Bayou Public School Alumni Association –Life-time Member; Richard M. Coleman Sr., Recreation Park (aka Rec-Con League) –secretary/Board of Directors and life-time member. In 1942, she joined the Mississippi Independent Beauticians Association, Inc., serving as corresponding secretary for 28 years, 27 years as Trade Show chairman, six years as district secretary, four years as vice-president, and four years as president.
She loved her family, flowers, eloquent attire and fragrances. Promptness, doing things decent, and in order were a part of her character. Remembering she was once a boarder, as an adult, she always provided a boarding room in her home for a teacher or doctor.
Mrs. Denis has left an abundance of memories to be cherished by, her sister, Hettie Lee Mitchell; and brother, Thomas Jefferson Mitchell of Piedmont, Ala.; a special niece, Annie Jackson of Chicago, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Helen Coleman of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces, nephews, cousins, a caregiver – Shirley Gant McChester of Jacksonville, Ark.; god-son, Willie Lett of Houston, Texas; a dear friend, Susie H. Lloyd of Mound Bayou; and the First Baptist Church Family.
Reflecting upon Mrs. Denis’ commitment to Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc., and its Head Start Program, her family requests that in lieu of flowers, contribution be made to this agency in her memory. Mail them to Elnora F. Littleton, executive director, Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc., 810 East Sunflower Rd., Suit 120, Cleveland, MS 38732