March 25, 2009
Dezzie Bernard Prowell, 59, died March 18, 2009, at Clay County Medical Center–West Point. Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hopewell MB Church with Pastor Charles Davidson officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation is today from 1-5 p.m. at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus. Mr. Prowell was born Dec. 2, 1949, in Mississippi to the late Lonnie and Mary Lee Prowell. He worked many years at Baldor Electric before becoming an entrepreneur. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Prowell; and brothers, Lonnie Jr., James and Mitchell Prowell. He is survived by his sons, Anthony Prowell of Kentucky, Dezzie Prowell Jr. of Columbus and Shannon Evans of Chicago; daughter, Donshontia Smith of Hammond, Ind.; brother, Willie Prowell of Chicago; sisters, Susie McKay of Frankfort, Ill., Emma McGary and Lillie Rich, both of Bellwood, Ill., Mary Jones of Steens and Thelma Guyton of Columbus; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Douglas Agnew, Raymond Jones, Amos Shelton, Lewis Coleman, Melvin Lewis and Matthew Shelton.