Condolences

Our deepest sympathies go to Dr. Laurel Williamson on the recent passing of her sister, Rachel Kalil.
Rachel Jean Deere Kalil was born on November 14, 1959 and passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the age of 57. Services were held on September 28, 2017 at First Christian Church in McComb, Mississippi.

Rachel was a retired Registered Nurse and a member of the First Christian Church of McComb. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had a passion for colors and as an artist created many colorful works. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond A. Kalil, her mother, Britty Leddy Deere, one son, Emile Tones Kalil (Kelsey), one daughter, Jessica Rose Kalil, two brothers, Andrew Robertson Deere (Vicky), Prentiss A. Deere III (Kathy), one sister, Dr. Laurel Deere Williamson (Michael), two grandchildren, Ashlyn Kalil and Cooper Kalil, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Williamson is the Deputy Chancellor and President of San Jacinto College.


Our deepest sympathies go to Nicholas Allen on the recent passing of his mother, Gaynell Allen.

Gaynell, a native of New Orleans, LA, passed away on October 3, 2017, at the age of 76. She was from a large family of eleven siblings, and has two children, Nicholas Allen, and Darly Allen.

Gaynell graduated from Southern University; she worked at the university for 25 years in the school of Social work until her retirement in 2006. Prior to her employment with Southern University, she worked at Charter Mental Help Center where she assisted the mentally disabled.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and was in remission for the last 11 years. She was laid to rest with her 7 brothers and 2 sisters in the family plot on Friday, October 13 in New Orleans, LA.

Nicholas Allen is a part-time faculty for the Music Department on Central Campus.


Our deepest sympathies go to Rukiya Akua on the recent passing of her mother, Johnnie Mae “Jackie” Stallworth Isles.

Jackie was born in Evergreen, AL on March 8, 1937, to Johnny and Mary Lou (Bush) Stallworth.

Over the years, Jackie worked at Molax, MacNeal Hospital, and Fairfax Nursing Home. She left the employment sector permanently in 1997 to care for her grandchildren.

Jackie is survived by her devoted husband Charles Isles, to whom she was married for 61 years; her children – Louis (Juana), Rukiya Michele, and Lynnetta (Keith). Another son, Charles Jr. preceded her in death. She is also survived by three brothers, a sister and sister-in-law, several grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, three goddaughters and many other family and friends.

Jackie’s funeral was held on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Rukiya M. Akua is a Speech Professor at South campus.