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She was recognized by the Soror- Inaugural Winona Cargile Alexander Paul United Methodist Church where ity with an award for having been a Leadership Class member, Minerva she sang in the Inspirational Choir, member of the Sorority for 75 years. Circle, Health & Fitness chairper- served as an usher and communion Soror Jenkins was a member of son and International Awareness & steward and was a member of the the Goodwill Presbyterian Church, Involvement chairperson. Her com- United Methodist Women. She was USA. She served on many board of mittee involvement included the Dr. very active in her community with directors/trustees including: Carson Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, Camp Meals on Wheels, Neighborhood Valley College, Community Mental Sunshine, Founders Day, Information Watch, voter’s registration and the Health Retardation Agency, Perkins- & Communications, Miss Delta Teen NAACP. Lofton-Frisby Home for the Aged, the Pageant, and the Power of Preven- Soror Lee was married to the YWCA and the Samaritan House in tion Cancer Awareness Luncheon. late Frank Lee Jr. She leaves to cher- Sumter. Soror Jenkins was the recipi- Soror Ledet loved Delta Sigma ish her memory two sons and three ent of many honors and awards. Theta and its ideals and faithfully im- daughters. Two of her daughters are She leaves to cherish her mem- plemented them in her daily life. She members of Delta Sigma Theta So- ory four Deltas in the family: daugh- lived fully and laughed often. Her life rority, Inc., Soror Kay Lee-Smith of ter, Camilla J. Janey of Philadelphia; was an inspiration and her memory Tampa Alumnae Chapter and Soror sister, Dr. Edna L. Davis of Sumter; will be a benediction. A woman of Frankie Lee of Hattiesburg Alumnae granddaughter, Sheila J. Stubbs of exceptional strength, courage and Chapter. ▲ Philadelphia; and daughter-in-law, faith, Soror Ledet is survived by her Elizabeth S. Jenkins of Columbia, S.C. loving husband, Sherman Ledet, Jr., Soror Rita Celes- She also leaves behind three sons, and their beautiful two daughters, tine Simpkins was another daughter, one brother, 19 Kyra and Zoe Ledet. ▲ born June 7, 1946 and grandchildren, 33 great grandchil- entered the Omega dren, four great-great grandchildren Soror Leonard Omega Chapter on and a host of nieces, nephews, cous- Inez Lee was born Oct. 8, 2010. She was ins and friends. ▲ March 10, 1929 in Hat- a very active person tiesburg, Miss. and throughout her life. Soror Latricia Al- entered the Omega She was an active member of the Co- len Ledet was born Omega Chapter on lumbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter. She August 27, 1965 and March 16, 2009. She was employed by the Community Ac- transitioned into the was a retired teacher tion Council of Howard County. After Omega Omega Chap- with Hattiesburg Public School where retirement, she became a substitute ter on May 10, 2011. she was employed for 38 years. So- teacher in the Howard County Public Soror Ledet was born ror Lee was a Golden Life member of School System. in Port Saint Joe, Fla. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She Soror Simpkins was the life of the to Lillian Neal and the late Horace Al- was initiated in the Laurel-Hatties- party. She loved to dance and was an len. burg Alumnae Chapter in 1976. Hat- energetic member of the Coalition Soror Ledet earned Cum Laude tiesburg formed a chapter in 1986; of Unifi ed Hand Dancers Club. Soror honors when she received her Bach- she became a member of Hattiesburg Simpkins also loved to travel with elor of Science in computer informa- Alumnae. Soror Lee was faithful and Maurice, her husband of 43 years. tion systems in 1988 and a Master of dedicated to her Sorority, chairing Surrounded by family, Soror Public Administration in 1990 from several committees and attending Simpkins departed this world after Florida Agricultural and Mechanical many national conventions. a courageous battle with cancer. She University in Tallahassee, Fla. Over Soror Lee was educated in the leaves to cherish her memory, her the years, Soror Ledet advanced Hattiesburg Public School System. husband, three children, one step her career in the areas of computer She attended Southern University in daughter, and a host of loving family information systems, entrepreneur- Baton Rouge, La. and received her members. ▲ ship and workforce development. In bachelor’s degree in home econom- February 2011 she became a Project ics. Later, Soror Lee earned a bache- Soror Shirley A. Manager for CSX Technology. lor’s degree in elementary education Wilson was born Jan. Soror Ledet was initiated into from Alcorn A&M College in Lorman, 5, 1937, in Quitman, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on March Miss. Further study in higher educa- Ga. and entered the 31, 1985 through the Beta Alpha tion was done at Lincoln University Omega Omega Chap- Chapter at Florida A&M University. of Missouri in Jefferson City, Mo. and ter on Jan. 24, 2011. As a member of Jacksonville Alum- The University of Southern Missis- Initiated into Delta nae Chapter she held the following sippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Sigma Theta Soror- positions: corresponding secretary, Soror Lee was a member of St. ity, Inc. in 1972 through the Valdosta 105 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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