Mae Dora Frelix
Funeral services were held Oct. 8, 2022, at New Zion Baptist Church, Oakvale, for Mae Dora Quinn Frelix, 80, who died Sept. 27 at Lawrence County Hospital, Monticello. Rev. Edward Handshaw officiated, with interment following in the church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Frelix was born to the late J. D. Quinn and Lessie Mae Stephney. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Mattie Mckenzie. she grew up in the Silver Creek/Oakvale area, attending school at McCullough School, and later her family moved to Foxworth. Mrs. Frelix was a member of New Zion Baptist Church and remained until her demise.
She attended Marion Central High School and graduated in 1961; and she met her husband, Floyd Frelix, in high school. She attended Prentiss Institute Junior College and Missisippi Valley State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her teaching career at Sophie Sutton Head start, Beulah Williams, McCullough School (now Rod Paige Middle School), Monticello, and New Hebron, where she retired.
Mrs. Frelix became First Lady after her husband was called into the ministry. She was a member of Church’s Mission Society, Retired Educator’s Association, Lincoln and Adjoining Counties, Pastors and Wives Association, the Mississippi-wide Usher Board, and Senior Mission No. 1. She was New Zion Church secretary and coordinator for Vacation Bible School.
She was preceded in death by a son, LaPatrick Frelix; sister, Issac Foxworth; and brothers, Lawrence, David, Kenny Ray, and Laysell Pittman.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Floyd Frelix; son, David (Clarissa) Frelix; daughter, Benita Frelix, all of Silver Creek; daughter-in-law, Michaelle Frelix, of Crestview, Fla.; seven granddaughters; one grandson; three sisters, Jewline Johnson, of Columbia; Mattie Holcomb, of New Jersey; Rosa (James) Tarver, of Columbia; seven brothers, Willie (Joann) Pittman, of New Brunswick, N.J.; Charles (Darlene) Pittman, of Highland Park, N.J.; M.L. (Mary) Pittman, of Columbia; Lord (Vanessa) Pittman, of North Brunswick, N.J.; Johnny (Brenda) Pittman, of Somerset, N.J.; three sisters-in-law; aunt, Julie Bell Quinn, of Jackson; and many other relatives and friends.