Lena Deffebough

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 7, 2010

NATCHEZ — Services for Lena Pearl Deffebough, 77, of Natchez, who died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Natchez Community Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Quinn officiating.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Robert D. Mackel and Sons Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mrs. Deffebough was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Natchez, the second child born to the union of Charlie and Sophia Woods. Her family and close friends fondly referred to her as “Sook.” She attended Adams County schools, culminating with her graduation from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. She moved to the west coast in 1951, where she lived until she returned to Natchez in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Columbus Marshall and Jack Deffebough; eight siblings, Thelma Harris, Henrietta Hunt, Hattie Woods, Celia Davis, Charlie Jake Wood, Willie B. Nolen, Alean Rogers and James Woods Sr.; and her oldest grandson, Yakhisizwe Tyehimba.

Survivors include two sons, Watani Tyehimba and wife, Ahadi, of Decatur, Ga., and Barry Marshall of Los Angeles; two brothers, Spencer Sylvester and wife, Florida, and Ernest Woods, all of Natchez; two sisters, Edna Johnson of Memphis, Tenn., and Julia Henry of Natchez; one grandson, Asinia Tyehimba of Decatur; two granddaughters, Akilah Dailey and husband, David, of Fontana, Calif., and Ifetayo Simon and husband, Artell, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; five great-granddaughters, Chenoa Tyehimba, Macharia and Jenna Dailey, Shani Lena and Nia Simon; and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and extended family and friends.