Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:47 pm
The Messenger, February 15, 2011
Beatrice Oneida Lasley, 99, of Corinth, Miss., aunt of Robert Vanderford of South Fulton, died Feb. 12, 2011, at Cornerstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Corinth. She had been a teacher at the former Phillips Elementary School near Hickman, Ky.
Arrangements will be announced by Patterson’s Memorial Chapel in Corinth. The family requests that memorials be made to Fulton Public Library, 312 Main St., Fulton, KY 42041.
She was the daughter of the late Henry Vanderford and the late Adra (Crump) Vanderford Turner and was the widow of R.T. Lasley.
She was a graduate of Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where she earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1950. She did graduate work at the former Tennessee A&I University in Nashville and received a certificate from Rust College. In 1928, she had completed a four-year course in Domestic Art from the E.L. Rust Home Women Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. As a teacher for 35 years, she had also been employed by the Alcorn County (Miss.) School System, retiring in 1971.
Mrs. Lasley had spearheaded a committee to build the Mount Zion County School and Lunchroom facility while she was employed there as a teacher, janitor and lunchroom supervisor. After transferring to the Dennistown County School near Corinth, she and an associate built and paid for a lunch room for the school, with assistance from the community, and undertook to purchase food and feed 44 children being educated there.
She was a member of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church in Corinth and had been chairman of the Pastor-Parish Committee, a kindergarten Sunday school teacher, chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Trustee Board. She had been church pianist for 15 years and had also been president of the Young Adult Fellowship. For 10 years, she was head teacher in the church’s vacation Bible school.
She was also a volunteer at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth and was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, serving as past matron and secretary. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and held a life membership in the National Federation of Colored Women’s Club Inc. She was also secretary of the Retired Teachers Association and had received many awards.
She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Preston and Cleo Vanderford of St. Louis; two other nephews, Preston Vanderford Jr. of Black Jack, Mo., and Drew C. Vanderford of Brookport, Ill.; four nieces, Elaine Hinton of New York, Carolyn Alderich of Garden City, Calif., Jacqueline Vanderford of St. Louis and April Austin of Atlanta; seven great nieces, including Annette Pettigrew and Lisa Shields, both of South Fulton; and six great nephews, including Robert M. Vanderford Jr. of South Fulton.
She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Joe Turner; two brothers, Robert Drew Vanderford and Fayette Marshall “F.M.” Vanderford; her sister, Henrye Barbara “Bit” (Vanderford) Williams; her brother-in-law, Joe Sidney Williams; her sister-in-law, Hattie Bethea “H.B.” Vanderford; and her niece, Beulah Ruth (Winston) Baker.