Visitation was held Thursday, February 13, 2014 from noon–1:45 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church. Dr. Steve Huber and Reverend Jimmy Breland officiated the service. Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood.?
Bernice was born on February 7, 1924, to Curtis and Ruby (Fraizer) Stinson in Greenwood. She attended Greenwood Public Schools and Mississippi Delta Junior College in Moorhead. Bernice went to work for Illinois Central Railroad in 1944. She was the Cleveland Depot director for 40 years until her retirement in 1985. She was very active in the community by giving of her time as a member of the Business and Professionals Women's Club, the Garden Club, a volunteer at the Bologna Performing Arts Center and a poll worker for elections. She also enjoyed water aerobics at Delta State University of which she had attended for over 20 years. Bernice was a very active member of the First Baptist church in Cleveland.?
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Lloyd H. Stinson and Curtis Austin Stinson Jr.; and three sisters, Marguerite McWhorter, Jeanette Dunn and Elizabeth Stinson.??`
She is survived by daughters, Barbara Gay (Bobby) Gheorghiu of Hattiesburg and Marilyn O. (Steve) Steele of Cleveland; son, Dr. Kenneth Earl (Virginia) Oswalt of Madison; sister, Virginia Truitt Denham of Laurel; six grandchildren, Dawn Annette Hutchinson, Audrey Kay (Bryant) Cox, Allison Kelsey Oswalt, Jennifer Lee Oswalt, Shawn Kirk Steele and Shelly Stinson Steele; two great-grandchildren Nicholas Succhi and Tyler Cox. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Scott Steele, Earl Coleman, Lamar Andrews, Kevin Nolette, Dasel Moorhead and Blake Andrews.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist church of Cleveland or to the Disabled American Veterans Org. www.dav.org; P O Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net