Bessie "MaDear" Havard

June 2, 1919November 23, 2021

Bessie “MaDear” Havard was born June 2, 1919, in Vicksburg,Mississippi to the union of Joseph and Helen (Spradley) Havard. Bessie accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church. She proudly served on the usher board for many years.

Bessie was a hard worker, committed to her family, and lovingly called MaDear by all who knew her. She was the proud mother of eight children. After rearing her children, she also helped raise grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her home was a haven where her grandchildren enjoyed home-cooked meals, dancing, and loving care.

After a season of illness, she relocated to Albion, Michigan to live with her daughter, Marjorie Lewis Wilson. While in Albion she was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She took pleasure in going to worship service until her health prevented her from attending.

On May 26, 2019, she was surrounded by her family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday. She received proclamations from the federal, state, and local government acknowledging 100 years of a life well lived. She continued to be celebrated as a centenarian in Calhoun County Michigan for the next two years. Her life is featured in the stories of 2021 Centenarians of Calhoun County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Harrison Havard Sr., Joseph Havard, Eddie Havard, Gloria HavardRainey and Peter Havard; and her children Telastus Lewis, George Lewis, and Lee Vond Sweezer. She is survived by her children Marjorie Lewis Wilson, Barbara Lewis Jefferson, Gloria Jean Sweezer, Ernest (Helen) Sweezer, Jewel Perez (Preston) Gaines, daughter-in-law Alice Lewis (wife of the late George Lewis), and special nephew Willie (Katherine) Peaches.Bessie has 30 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Home Going Services for Bessie will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11AM at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home, 800 Monroe St, Vicksburg, MS with Reverend Johnnie Williams officiating.


  • Home Going Services

    Saturday, December 4, 2021


Bessie "MaDear" Havard

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Beth Williamson

November 29, 2021

Marjorie I'm so sorry for your loss but I know that God knew that it was time to call her to rest with him. You were truly blessed to have her for this long. You gave your Mom such loving care and I know she appreciated you for it. I pray that you are comforted knowing that you will be together again.

Paula Davis

November 27, 2021

To Sister Wilson, Bro and Sister Harris and the family of Bessie MaDear Harvard, I am praying for you as you say good-night to your blessed mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt to many. You were blessed to have that love for over 100 years and we rejoice that she is resting with our Savior. May God keep you safe and comfort you today and, in the days ahead. She will always be with you in spirit and legacy. Love to all, Sister Paula Davis

Gloria Johnson Hebron

November 27, 2021

MaDear was much loved and much respected by her Cousin Rebecca "Beck" Meeks Johnson. Every chance "Beck" got a chance, she visited MaDear while she was in Vicksburg.