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Bernice Stinson Oswalt

CLEVELAND - Bernice Stinson Oswalt, age 90, of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday February 09, 2014 at the Indywood Estates in Cleveland.
Visitation will be held Thursday February 13, 2014 from 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church. Dr. Steve Huber and Reverend Jimmy Breland will officiate the service. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Bernice was born on February 07, 1924 to Curtis and Ruby (Fraizer) Stinson in Greenwood, MS. 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 aerobic 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. Three Sisters; Marguerite McWhorter, Jeanette Dunn and Elizabeth Stinson.

She is survived by Daughter, Barbara Gay (Bobby) Gheorghiu of Hattiesburg, MS. Son, Dr. Kenneth Earl (Virginia) Oswalt of Madison, MS. Daughter, Marilyn O. (Steve) Steele of Cleveland, MS. Sister, Virginia Truitt Denham of Laurel, MS. Six grandchildren; Dawn Annette Hutchinson, Audrey Kay (Bryant) Cox, Allison Kelsey Oswalt, Jennifer Lee Oswalt, Shawn Kirk (Amy)Steele and Shelly Stinson Steele. 2 Great grandchildren; Nicholas Succhi and Tyler Cox. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be 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. On-line guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net

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Dear Family... So sorry for your loss of your mother and grandmother. With all the agony and pain that this world brings about. YES! What a PRIVILEDGE to learn of someone to exceed the expectations of living this life.(Psalms 90:10). She had an extensive legacy and was well reported on. Losing a person as such is not always easy to comprehend because of their impact on the family and their contribution they made to society. . May the Lord give your family the peace that excels all thought and the memories you have of her continue to make you smile. Again ... so sorry for your loss.

coney - February 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have many happy memories of Aunt Bernice. She was always happy and smiling. She loved her family very much and was so proud of them. I enjoyed seeing her at the family reunions. Somehow, she was always the first one up and had her hair and makeup done. The rest of us were still in pajamas. She had a wonderful life and will be missed my many.

Ginger Dunn Duggan - February 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ms. Oswalt is the Mother of my best high school friend, Tookie. The grin I see on her photograph is one I would see on her most of the time, unless she was being my second mother and questioning me and/or Tookie about something. She and my grandmother, Izona Norwood, played cards together with a group until my grandmother's death. She was a fine lady and raised three fine children without help. Ms. Oswalt, you were a wonderful lady and I'm so glad God has you in his choir of angels. Renea Norwood Singley, Tyler, TX

Renea Norwood Singley - February 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thanks Renea for the sweet comments. We did have a lot of laughs with Mom but to be honest probably more questions. LOL

Marilyn Oswalt Steele - February 13, 2014 at 09:39 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sweet Solace Spray was purchased for the family of Bernice Stinson Oswalt.

February 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Large Basket Garden was purchased for the family of Bernice Stinson Oswalt.

February 11, 2014 at 03:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Bernice was one of my friends during my years in Cleveland. She was so full of wit and humor, and I still laugh when I think of her many, many stories. She taught me so much about people, and about seeing the world through laughter.I have been best of friends with Ken since high school, and also friends with Barbara and Marilyn. Bernice raised a fine family, and her legacy extends to her grandchildren.To say that I am Ken's friend, and to say that I was Bernice's friend speaks volumes about her personality. There was never a day I spent with her that I was not rolling with laughter. She will always be my friend.

Will Poe - February 11, 2014 at 02:03 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

thoughts and prayers to you all,,,,,such a wonderful friend through many years,,,,,,vicki[oakman]ingram rhodes,,,littleton,col.

vicki rhodes - February 11, 2014 at 01:29 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Vicki, it is so good to hear from you. I do remember the good times we would have with we got together.

Marilyn Oswalt Steele - February 13, 2014 at 09:42 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Bernice was a wonderful lady. She loved her friends church and family. She will be missed by all who knew her. May The Lord bring all her family peace and comfort.Mel Woody

Mel Woody - February 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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