Cleda Yelverton Magee
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15
Cleda Christine Yelverton Magee, 85, of Magee, Mississippi, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at Lakeview Place Assisted Living.
Cleda was born in Mize, Mississippi on October 31, 1928 to Daisy and Carl Yelverton. She graduated at the top of her class from Magee High School in 1946. Regrettably, because she did not attend Magee throughout high school, she could not accept the honor of Valedictorian (a bone of contention for years to come.) On August 11, 1946, Cleda married World War II veteran Willis Eugene Magee who was just back from the South Pacific. She was the mother to three children, Craig, Carl, and Stacy, whom she loved dearly. In her own words, “All I ever wanted was to be a wife and mother.” However, after her husband’s untimely death, Cleda worked to support her family as a mail clerk and rural route mail carrier for the United States Postal Service from which she retired after thirty-one years.
Cleda was a lifelong member of Sharon Presbyterian Church where she played the piano. She had a firm faith in God which was evident through her calm spirit even in times of deep distress. Though known to have a bit of a mischievous streak, Cleda was a lovely, devoted Christian who never missed an opportunity to share the source of her contentment.
A self-professed “bookworm” from a very young age, Cleda had a love for reading like no other and a thirst for knowledge that could not be quenched. Through her extensive reading, she traveled the world; experienced different time periods and cultures; and learned of theology, psychology and humanity. This translated into Cleda being a most interesting conversationalist even until her last years of life.
Cleda is survived by her sons Willis Craig (Brenda) Magee of Marietta, Georgia, Carl Phillip (Sissy) Magee of Hot Coffee, Mississippi; daughter Stacy Magee (Stanley) Mangum of Jackson, Mississippi; grandchildren Amber (Dan), Zachary (Kechia), Phillip (Michelle), Maggie (Scott), Jordan (Alton), Tem (Laine), Chris (Hannah), Skyla, Martha, and Clayton; brother Dale Bryant (Shirley) Yelverton of Magee, Mississippi; sister Tawanda Yelverton Lea of Clinton, Mississippi; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
The family wishes to express its utmost gratitude to Lakeview Place Assisted Living, Faith Kennedy, and her tireless staff for years of loving attention and devotion. Also, special thanks to Laura Lyn Barr for her watchful care as home-health nurse.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Phillip Magee, Zachary Magee, Tem Magee, Chris Magee, Clayton Mangum and nephews, Timothy Yelverton and Stephen Yelverton.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20 and from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21 at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21 at Sharon Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Sharon Presbyterian Cemetery.