Mrs. Lula Pearl Turner Leigh was born on May 9, 1938, in West Point, MS, to Lee and Cloteal Turner. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at Sanders Chapel CME Church. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Public visitation will be from 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home. The family will recieve visitors from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Lee-Sykes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. After graduating from high school, she attended Rust College in Holly Springs, MS, where she received a bachelorís degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. She later received a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University. Other post graduate work occurred at the University of South Dakota and at Houston Tillotson College in Austin, TX. Lula was a science teacher with Columbus Municipal School District for 38 years prior to retirement. She served as a teacher at Coleman Elementary, Hunt Jr. High School, and Lee Middle School. Lula was a faithful dedicated member of Sanders Chapel CME Church, Columbus, MS. She formerly served as Evangelism chairperson, Stewardess Board president, director of Board of Christian Education, Sunday school teacher, vice president of the local missionary society, Sunday school superintendent, class leader, health coordinator, president of the Columbus Meridian District Missionary Society (2000-2008), district secretary of Education and Columbus Meridian District Health coordinator. Lula was recognized by Status of Women of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church Mississippi South Region. She served as a delegate to the C.M.E. General Conference 2002 and 2010. She served as a delegate to the 15th Quadrennial Assembly in 2003 and The 16th Quadrennial Assembly 2007 Atlanta, GA. Lula was a member of the 90th Anniversary Cookbook Committee. She served as an emeritus of the Missionary Society and Stewardess Board. She was a member of the Alpha Beta Mu Honor Society organized on Rust Collegeís campus. Lula was a founding member of the Les Amies Club. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Cloteal Turner; her husband, Chester A. Leigh, Sr.; brother, Joe Lewis; brother, Lee (L.C.) Turner, Jr.; brother, Lee Thomas; and son, David Earl Leigh. Lula leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Chester A. Leigh, Jr. (June); her daughter, Janet Leigh Covington, four sisters, Mary Smith (Fountain Hills, AZ), Rev. Allie Ruth Turner (Columbus, MS), Barbara Bankhead (Phoenix, AZ) and Dewanta Ellis (Michael) (Palmdale, CA); one brother, Billy Turner (Shirley) (Columbus, MS); three granddaughters, Andrita Brown (Columbus, MS), Kelsea Covington (Tuscaloosa, AL) and Kourtney Covington (Tuscaloosa, AL); two great grandchildren, Phifer Brown and Khloe Covington; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and her church family. Pallbearers will be Eric Bankhead, Freddy Gary, Gerri Green, Christopher Turner, Jonathan Turner and Terry Turner. The Flower Committee will be Missionaries, Stewardess, Church Members and Friends of the Family. The Honorary Flower Committee will be the Members of the Les Amies.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on October 10, 2018
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