Krewe of Heart & Soul announces royalty for 2019 ball

Published 12:59 pm Sunday, January 6, 2019

Krewe of Heart & Soul announces its 2019 Royalty. They will celebrate the Mardi Gras season with its Sixth Annual Grand Ball on Saturday, Jan. 19th at the Natchez Convention Center.

Doors close at 8 p.m. Attire is floor-length gowns and black tuxedos.

Their 2019 theme is “Krewe of Heart & Soul presents 24K Glitz and Glam.”

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Captain Debra LaMaude Allen

Debra L. Allen was born and reared in Lake Providence, La. She is married to Roger Allen. To this union, two sons were born, Roderick and LaVonta Allen. Debra is grandmother to Melanie and Releigh Allen and the godmother to Erin Jackson, Erica Singleton, Rachel Ellis, Jamiyah Curtis and Akeyoh Prater. Her mother is the late Ms. Martha Haley and she has three siblings, Felicia Haley, Michael Haley and the late Adrienne Auguster.

Debra is a graduate of Lake Providence Sr. High School. She holds an associate degree in applied science in child development from Hinds Community College and a bachelor of science in general studies from Alcorn State University where she graduated cum laude. Currently, Debra is pursuing a master of science in human resource management from Strayer University.

She is employed with the Natchez-Adams School District as the district parent liaison. Debra is also a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Lucinda Robinson No. 6 Order of Eastern Star where she serves as the financial secretary, Toys for Tots and Junior Auxiliary of Natchez.

In her spare time, Debra enjoys spending time with her husband and family, cooking and shopping.

Co-Captain Brittney Nichole Anderson

Brittney Nichole Anderson is the 28-year-old daughter of Martin Anderson and the late Slyvia Anderson and she is also the daughter of Monica Anderson and the late Vernadine Anderson. She currently resides in Natchez.

Brittney is a 2007 graduate of Natchez High School. Brittney is currently pursuing her bachelor of science degree in information systems from Strayer University. Brittney is currently employed with the Natchez-Adams School District.

Brittney attends Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of Natchez pastored by the Rev. Melvin White.

In Brittney’s spare time she enjoys traveling, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Queen Rosetta Dixon Fleming born under the Zodiac sign Libra

Queen Rosetta Fleming is a Natchez native and is the daughter of the late Serena (Irene) Hence Murphy. She is the wife of Donald Fleming, with whom she has two daughters, Angela and Taunya. Rosetta is the grandmother of Jordan and Cameron West and is the godmother of Keish, Keylann and Frankezia. She is the Great-Godmother of Dion, Jr. Caiden, Kendall and is Godgranny to Mianii Rose and Maddyx. Rosetta has eight siblings.

Queen Rosetta Fleming is a long time educator of over 37 years, retiring from both Mississippi and Louisiana. She is a 1971 graduate of North Natchez High School. She received her bachelor of science and masters plus 30 degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and furthers her studies at Alcorn State and Jackson State universities. Rosetta has a degree in supervision and administration from Northwestern State University and a gifted certification from Alcorn State University.

Queen Rosetta loves cooking and entertaining family and friends. Her love for cooking motivated her to pursue studies in culinary school where she received a catering diploma and gourmet cooking degree in June 2008 from Penn Foster Career School.

Queen Rosetta has been involved in many community and professional organizations. She is a member of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the usher board. Rosetta is the treasurer and a board member for the Krewe of Heart & Soul, where she has been a member for the past four years. She is also a member of the National Council of Negro Women Inc., and is secretary of Lizzie Shumaker Temple No. 1052. Rosetta is one of the founders of TEAM HOPE, a non-profit organization, (TEAM EFFORTS ACHIEVE MIRACLES HAVE ONLY POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS), whose goal is to reach the needs of children through community support. In addition, she served as a consultant for the Alcorn Writing Project, where she presented professional development in-services in Writing Across the Curriculum in surrounding local schools. Rosetta Fleming has proven to be a valuable resource for the City of Natchez Adams County. Rosetta continues to give her time and support at the Senior Citizen in Natchez where she enjoys her senior friends.

Queen Rosetta Fleming, loves children, loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, surfing the Internet, working on computers, cooking, hanging out with her friends and just being ingenious.

Her mottos are: Failure is not an Option” and “ Success doesn’t happen without Hard Work.”


King Devonte Marques Schiele

King Devonte Marques Schiele is the son of Xavier L. Schiele and Mrs. Sharon L. Schiele. Devonte was raised by his grandmother Deloris Kelly and great-grandmother the late Rosie Lee Kelly. He is married to the beautiful Mrs. Carrie Lee Yearby Schiele. Devonte has one son Sololmon D. Yearby and two god-daughters Tiniya Swanson and Amber Lewis.

Devonte is a 2010 graduate of Ferriday High School. He holds an AA degree from Louisiana Technical College as a maintenance technician and a bachelor of science in veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University.

Devonte is employed by Natchez-Adams School District as a security officer and the Ferriday Police Department as a patrolman officer. Devonte was also employed by the Concordia Parish School District for nine years. While working with the Ferriday Police Department Devonte was the first black animal service  supervisor in the town of Ferriday in 2017.

Devonte is a member of St. Thomas Baptist Church where he is the choir director. Devonte is also a member of the Most University Grand Lodge for the State of Louisiana AF&AM as a 32 degree Mason, Ferriday Lodge No. 101 as the Senior Warden, Star of Love No. 96 as the Patron, North East Louisiana Delta Museum (executive board), and the Concordia Parish Federal Credit Union (youth development program).

Duke Calvin Thomas

Duke Calvin Thomas, is a native of Ferriday, who currently resides in Dallas. Calvin is the son of Barbara Brooks and the late Calvin King Sr. He is a graduate of Ferriday High School, and Grambling State University, where he obtained both his bachelors and masters of science degrees in criminal justice.

Calvin is employed with the Department of Juvenile Services of Dallas County, where he serves as a juvenile probation officer. Calvin supervises one of the most at-risk areas of Dallas County as a probation officer.

Calvin is a member of the Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Loamland, La. Also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fratemity, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.

Calvin enjoys spending time with family and friends. During football season Calvin spends the majority of his time watching the Grambling State G-Men Football team on Saturdays and on Sunday none other than the Who Dat Nation, New Orleans Saints.

Duke Avery Dashun Green

Duke Avery Dashun Green is a Natchez native. He is the son of Mr. Dwayne King and Mrs. Diane Smith. He is a 2008 graduate of Natchez High School. Green attend Jones County Junior College and now enrolled at Strayer University where he is currently majoring in business marketing. He is employed by the Natchez-Adams School District and also as an assistant funeral director for Bateaste Memorial Funeral Home.

Green is an active member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as the choir president. He is a member of the NAACP and also a chairman for the AME Association youth advisory board. In Avery’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Duchess Kelsa Collier Turner

Duchess Kelsa Collier Turner is a native of Ferriday. She is the 42 year old daughter of the late Janet Collier and Wilbert Henderson Jr. She is the proud mother of two, Ta’Zhon Turner and A’shylin Brown. She is a 1994 graduate of Ferriday High School and was a member of the Ferriday High marching band. She attended the University of Louisiana Monroe and is currently attending Central Louisiana Technical Career College of Ferriday to become a licenced practical nurse.

She enjoys playing softball, shopping and spend time with her family and friends.

Duke Fred McCray

Duke Fred McCray is a son, brother, friend, creative t-shirt designer, and a God-fearing Educator. Mr. McCray is a technology foundation teacher in the Natchez-Adams School District. He is affiliated with the New Morning Star Baptist Church in Ferriday.

He is an Alumni of Grambling State University in which he received a bachelors degree in computer information systems. Mr. McCray is a pending graduate of Nova Southeastern University where he is pursuing a masters degree in curriculum,  instruction and technology. Being a well rounded individual, he is also pursuing another masters degree in theology from H.O.P.E. Bible Institute. His light is forever shining by being a brother with the Masons. Leisurely, he enjoys volunteering at the Concordia Parish Learning Center as the technical coordinator. Using his technology skills to surf the web with his brother and sister fulfills his other free time.

His life’s motto is “As an inheritance, I’m just rightfully acquiring what’s already mine. I’d advise you to do the same.”

Duchess Lakeisha Washington

Duchess Lakeisha Washington is the daughter of Jerry and Barley Jackson of Hattiesburg. She is the proud mother of 5- year-old Farren Washington. She currently resides in Hattiesburg. Lakeisha is the granddaughter of the late Rev. Percy and Sinister Jackson and the late Edward and Laura “Doll” Jackson of Fayette.

Lakeisha is a 2001 graduate of Jefferson County High School in Fayette. She attended Ole Miss majoring in Biology. She then attended William Carey University where she doubled majored in biology and psychology. In 2007, Lakeisha received her bachelor of science in biology and psychology from William Carey University. She is currently working on her master of arts degree.

Lakeisha is a member of the Hollywood Baptist Church in Fayette. She is a member of the Exhale Women Mississippi Pine Belt Chapter  in Hattiesburg. She is also the parent chairperson for Parents on the Move.

Her motto is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” —  Philippians 4:13

Duchess Shirquelle Valtese Wright

Duchess Shirquelle Valtese Wright is the daughter of Betty Wright and the late David Cosey. She currently resides in Fayette.

Shirquelle is the proud mother of three beautiful children, Je’Mario Keonta Clay, Achareau Kesha Clay, and Omarion Keshawn Clay.

Shirquelle is a 1999 graduate of Jefferson County High School. Shirquelle  attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, where she majored in child development.

Shirquelle is an active member of Greenleaf Baptist Church of Harriston, pastored by the Rev. Elbert Eakins. In Shirquelle’s spare time, she enjoys talking on the phone, sleeping and spending time with kids, family and friends.

Duchess Lamecca La’Shay Hewing

Duchess Lamecca La’Shay Hewing is the daughter of the late Jessie Hewing of Vidalia and the late Isom Cameron II of Natchez. She is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters, Talyana Hewing, Jaheecia Green, and Diamond Butler. Lamecca is employed with the Concordia Parish School District as a food tech.

Lamecca is a member of the Order of Eastern Star Rosewood Chapter No. 65 of Vidalia. In Lamecca’s spare time she enjoys helping others and spending time with family and friends.