Wesley, Washington reign over upcoming festivities

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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The Krewe of Heart and Soul recently announced its royalty for the 2015 Mardi Gras season.

The krewe was established in 2013 by five founders: Robert L. Gardner Jr., Felicia Bowman, Tera Williams Harris, Christy Bowman and Jeremy Fakes.

The krewe’s grand ball will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Natchez Convention Center. Tickets are $25.

The royalty are:

Duchess Sandra F. Robinson

Sandra is a native of Natchez. She is the daughter of the late Minnie Rose and Melba Buford Sr. Sandra is married to Cleophus Robinson Sr. She is the proud mother of one son, Cleophus Robinson Jr. and twin daughters, Latasha and Natasha Robinson. Sandra is currently raising her niece Ja’Nia Rose and is a member of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as a member of the choir, missionary ministry, women’s ministry, jail ministry and co-chairman of the deaf ministry.

Sandra is also a full-time student at Hinds Community College Raymond campus. Sandra’s hobbies include spending time with her family, online shopping and having fun with friends.

Co-Captain Myesha Vinson

Myesha is a Tensas Parish native born to Patricia Vinson and the late Robert E. Scott. Myesha attended her early years of education at Lisbon in Waterproof, La. Afterward, she attended Davidson High School in St. Joseph, La., where she graduated.

Myesha went on to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and is now an employee of Family Medicine Associates of Natchez. She attends the Springfield Missionary Baptist Church of Loamland pastored by the Rev. Walter Brooks.

Duke Cornell Lewis

Cornell Lewis is a Ferriday native. He is the son of Larry Washington and Dorothy Lewis. Cornell has been married to his lovely wife April Lewis for six years, and is the stepfather of Lexas Jones. Cornell has one grandson, Braylen Vinson.

Cornell is a 1998 graduate of the Vidalia High School. He has worked for the City of Vidalia for 14 years as a water and waste water operator. Cornell’s hobbies include spending time with family, hunting and fishing.

King Willie Wesley Jr.

Willie Wesley Jr. is the son of Willie and Diane Wesley Sr. He has three siblings, Cortrell Ragland, Flemeka Woods-Washington and Patrick Wesley. Willie is also the proud father of twin daughters, Skylar and Amirrah Wesley. Willie is a 2004 graduate of Natchez High School, where he was a member of the football and track team. After high school, Willie continued his education at Alcorn State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in recreation.

He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and is also an advisor for the Sigma Beta Club in Natchez. Willie works for the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and attends the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Willie hobbies include spending time with family, coaching little league baseball for the T. M. Jennings League, coaching for the Natchez Falcons youth football team, playing flag football, hunting and fishing.

Duke Devonté Schielé

Devonté is native of Ferriday, born Sept. 12, 1992, to Sharon Anderson and Xavier Schielé. Devonté was raised by his grandparents, Deloris K. Osgood and the late Rosie L. Kelly, who both taught him many things throughout his life. Devonté is a member of the New Morning Star Baptist Church in Ferriday. Devonté is engaged to Carrie Yearby and they have one son, Solomon Yearby, and two goddaughters, T’Niya Swanson and Amber Lewis.

Devonté is a 2010 graduate of Ferriday. He received a minor in industrial maintenance in 2012 from Louisiana Technical College in Ferriday. For five years, Devonté has been employed by the Concordia Parish School Board and All About You Sitting Service in Ferriday. Devonté is a senior deacon of the alumni chapter of Ferriday Lodge No. 101, Worthy Patron of Alumni Chapter of Star of Love, board member of LaSalle Heard Start Community Action, board member of the Delta Black History of Ferriday, board member of the Concordia Parish School Employee Federal Credit Union, member of the Ferriday High School A.A., vice president of Louisiana High Schools, president and representative of Save our Sons, mentor of Camp Beaugaurd, member of Ferriday Community Choirs and founder and president of Ferriday Junior High A.A.

Queen Tonya “Tonii” Washington

Tonii Washington is lifelong resident of Natchez and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert James Washington. She is the mother of two children — son DeShawn V. Griggs, daughter Kendria L. Washington and goddaughters Dakeria Homes and Jaylen Matthews.

Tonii is a 1988 graduate of South Natchez Adams High School and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in guidance and secondary education from Alcorn State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Southern Mississippi. Tonii is employed by the Natchez-Adams School District as a sixth-grade science teacher. She is a member of the Vidalia Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and a member of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.

Tonii also serves as the chairperson of the Krewe of Heart and Soul Scholarship committee. Tonii has five siblings, Ken Washington, George Phipps, Teresa Richardson, Linda Hughes and Anita Flowers. Tonii hobbies include listening to music, shopping, traveling, helping those in need and most important spending time with her family. Tonii is a diehard Pittsburg Steelers fan.

Duchess Shandria L. Hueing

Shandria Hueing is the daughter of David and Sherry Hueing of Ridgecrest. She is the middle child of her two siblings, David R. Hueing and Bridgette Williams. Shandria is a native of Vidalia. She is the mother of one son, 7-year-old Marc Perkins Jr. Shandria is 1997 graduate of Vidalia High School. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Northwestern State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2002. In 2013, Shandria earned a master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University.

She has been employed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for 10 years, where she currently has the position of child welfare supervisor for the Catahoula/LaSalle Parish Child Welfare office in Jonesville.

Shandria has worked and received training in all programs offered by the child welfare department, and is now a certified social worker for the State of Louisiana. She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star Rosewood Chapter No. 65 of Vidalia, Louisiana Social Services Supervisor’s Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

She enjoys helping others, being with family and attending sporting events.

Captain Sharamee Sharteese Skipper

Sharamee Sharteese Skipper is the 26-year-old daughter of Clarence and Kimelar Skipper. She is a native of Clayton. She currently resides in Ferriday. Sharamee is a 2006 special honor graduate of Ferriday High School.

Sharamee received her degree in arts and sciences with a concentration in biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in December 2010 followed by obtaining her practical nursing license from Central Louisiana Technical College in 2012. Sharamee is currently employed by The Magnolia House, where she is the night shift charge nurse on the Alzheimer’s and dementia unit here in Natchez as well as Oxford Healthcare, a traveling nursing agency. Sharamee enjoys being active in her church and community.

Sharamee is an active member at The Harvest Baptist Church, where she is the head youth leader. She is also involved in youth outreach, music ministry, praise dancing, women’s ministry and teen counseling. Sharamee is also an active band parent with the Ferriday High School marching band, which is under the direction of Bobby Key, and she volunteers and helps sponsor the Ferriday High School Ladies of Gold Danceline under the direction of Karremiah Johnson. Sharamee also enjoys the outings and fellowship with the Krewe of Heart & Soul.

Duchess Irma Fakes

Irma Fakes is from Natchez. She is the daughter of Annie Mae Christmas and the late Nathaniel “SugaDoo” Fakes. Irma is a teacher at AJFC Headstart where she has been employed 32 years. Irma is a graduate of the 1970 class of South Natchez High School.

Irma is also a graduate of Hinds Community College, where she earned an associates degree in early childhood development. She is a senior at Alcorn State University and plans to finish in spring 2016 and earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. Irma is a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Stars and National Headstart Association. Irma has a passion for children.

Irma is a member of the Egypt Baptist Church. Her hobbies include shopping, traveling, cooking, talking, spending time with family, going out to eat and decorating. Irma also loves taking care of her mother and sister who are both bedridden.

Irma is the mother of Jeremy Fakes and Tamara Fakes. She is the grandmother of Taylar, JaMyra and Karli. Irma is a strong believer in the words, “With God on your side, anything is possible.”

Duchess Lanthia Bangham

Lanthia Bangham is the daughter of Clara Battle and Robert Wiley. She is the mother of one daughter, Nakiya Clark.

Nakiya is a member of the Ferriday High School marching band’s clarinet section and a member of the Fantasy Dolls.

Lanthia has been employed at LaSalle Detention Facility for six-and-a-half years. She studied at ULM and received her phlebotomy certification.

Lanthia is a diehard Saints fan.