LONGVIEW — Beverly Joann Morrow Avant, 78, died Jan. 20, 2022, at her residence.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Friendship Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery in Starkville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, at Welch Funeral Home. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Avant was born July 14, 1943, in Philadelphia, to the late Bonnie Gazaway and Bennie Morrow. She was a 1961 graduate of Sturgis High School and a graduate of Mississippi State University and Nova University. She was formerly employed as an elementary school teacher with Harris Elementary School and Sigsbee Elementary School in Key West and co-owner of a photo developing business, skating rink, toy store, child care center, and a laundromat in Key West, Florida. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis and Fifth Street Baptist Church in Key West.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Omis Avant.
She is survived by her children, Omis Hugh Avant Jr. and Itaska “Tassie” Rosamond; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.