OBITUARY

Lynn York

December 6, 1958May 25, 2018
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Mrs. Valorie Lynn York, 59, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 25, 2018, at her home in Dorsey. She was born December 6, 1958, in Dillon, SC to James W. Harrelson and Hazel Jackson Harrelson Donahue. She moved to Mississippi in December 1972 with her sister and brother-in-law Dyan and Tommy Smith, where she attended and graduated from Mooreville High School. Lynn retired from General Finance in management before becoming disabled. She was a member of Dorsey Southern Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and loved singing praises to him with her beautiful voice. Lynn truly loved her children and grandchildren. She loved to laugh and had many devoted friends she loved. She married Mike York of Dorsey November 3, 1994, who was a devoted and loving husband. Lynn and Mike loved and cherished one another. A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Dorsey Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Cemetery. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Mike York of Dorsey; sister, Dyan (Tommy) Smith of Tupelo, MS; children, Josh (Stephanie) Estes of Mooreville, Veronica (Josh) Ruth of Mooreville, Ed (Britni) York of Nettleton and Christy (Russ) Houston of Mantachie; father and mother-in-law, Alfred and Dean York of Dorsey; grandchildren, Tyler, Bridges, Tripp and Sadie Kate Estes, Colby Gasaway, Adrianna Ruth, Charlie, Cohen and Ellie York and Ryder Houston and one grandson on the way and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, J.W. “Rocky” Harrelson; sister, Kimberly Atkins and infant sister, Sherry Harrelson. Pallbearers will be Willie York, Chris Smith, Ron Miller, Buddy Palmer, Anthony Beene and Russ Houston. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Dorsey Baptist Church. Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Mike York, Husband
  • Dyan (Tommy) Smith, Sister
  • Josh (Stephanie) Estes, Son
  • Veronica (Josh) Ruth, Daughter
  • Ed (Britni) York, Son
  • Christy (Russ) Houston, Daughter
  • Alfred (Dean) York, In-laws
  • Alfred York, Father-in-law
  • Dean York, Mother-in-law
  • Tyler Estes, Grandchild
  • Bridges Estes, Grandchild
  • Tripp Estes, Grandchild
  • Sadie Kate Estes, Grandchild
  • Colby Gasaway, Grandchild
  • Adrianna Ruth, Grandchild
  • Charlie York, Grandchild
  • Cohen York, Grandchild
  • Ellie York, Grandchild
  • Ryder Houston, Grandchild
  • Hazel Harrelson, Mother
  • James W. Harrelson, Father
  • J.W. "Rocky" Harrelson, Brother
  • Kimberly Atkins, Sister
  • Sherry Harrelson, Sister
  • One Grandson on the way and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Willie York, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Ron Miller, Active Pallbearer
  • Buddy Palmer, Active Pallbearer
  • Anthony Beene, Active Pallbearer
  • Russ Houston, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Scarlett Beene

May 25, 2018

I read once that the stars at night are loved ones looking down from the heavens and watching over us. You know she is there.

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Biography

Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Lynn always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Lynn was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Lynn was born on December 6, 1958 at St. Eugene's Hospital in Dillon, SC. Her parents were James William Harrelson and Hazel Jackson Harrelson. Lynn was raised in Tupelo, MS. Always able to express herself well, Lynn possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Lynn was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Lynn was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Lynn was raised with three siblings, Diane, J. W. Jr. "Rocky", and Kim Atkins and she had one infant sister, Sherry. Lynn had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Lynn showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Lynn enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in basketball and was in 4-H. In her spare time she liked crafting.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Lynn was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from Mooreville High School in 1976. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was literature. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Johnny Dye.

      Friends and acquaintances found Lynn an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Lynn was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were Treva Sheffield, Sheila Page and Penny O'Quinn. Later in life, she became friends with Judy and Danny Sheffield.

      On November 3, 1994 Lynn exchanged wedding vows with James Micheal York. Lynn was attentive to Mike's feelings, and she charmed Mike and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Lynn was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Lynn identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Lynn was blessed with four children Joshua Estes, Veronica Ruth, Ed York and Christy Houston. She was also blessed with 10 grandchildren Tyler, Bridges, Tripp and Sadie Kate Estes, Colby Gasaway, Adrianna Ruth, Charlie, Cohen and Ellie York and Ryder Houston.

      Lynn was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Lynn’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Lynn was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Lynn could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Before she became a homemaker her primary occupation was a finance manager. She was employed for American General Finance Company.

      Lynn enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were collecting Coca-Cola products and collectables. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks, Lynn was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Lynn played basketball and played the drums in the band. Lynn was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, basketball and softball.

      Lynn was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Lynn worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. In high school, Lynn was a member of the 4-H.

      Lynn was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Politically, Lynn was democrat.

      Lynn held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member Dorsey Southern Baptist Church in Doresey, MS. During that time, she sang in the choir.

      Lynn’s natural leadership qualities placed her in consideration for public recognition, earning her accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included promotions in employement.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Lynn truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Myrtle Beach, SC and visiting parks.

      When Lynn’s retirement finally came in 1994, she was well prepared. She used logical analysis of her retirement options in order to ensure her retirement would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved relocating to Dorsey, MS. In retirement, she found new pleasure in traveling, camping on the river and boating.

      Lynn passed away on May 25, 2018 at her home in Dorsey, MS of complecations following orthopedic surgery. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Mike York of Dorsey; sister, Dyan (Tommy) Smith of Tupelo, MS; children, Josh (Stephanie) Estes of Mooreville, Veronica (Josh) Ruth of Mooreville, Ed (Britni) York of Nettleton and Christy (Russ) Houston of Mantachie; father and mother-in-law, Alfred and Dean York of Dorsey; grandchildren, Tyler, Bridges, Tripp and Sadie Kate Estes, Colby Gasaway, Adrianna Ruth, Charlie, Cohen and Ellie York and Ryder Houston and one grandson on the way and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held at Dorsey Baptist Church. Lynn was laid to rest in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.

      Lynn was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Lynn had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it.