July 5, 1936 – Nov. 8, 2021
Irene Dillon Magee, 85, of Hattiesburg, died Nov. 8, 2021, at Bedford Care of Petal.
Born July 5, 1936, in Tylertown, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Dillon and Nercelia Warner Dillon.
She was a member of Mt. Moriah MB Church where she served as a church board member, Sunday School teacher and member of the Women’s Mission. She also was a member of the choir, sang several solos, and served as youth choir director.
After graduating from Walthall County Training School, she continued her studies at Alcorn Agricultural & Mechanical College and received a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1960. A few years after completing her education she married Garland Magee. Later in life she would go on to receive her master’s degree in education from Jackson State University in 1985.
After working at Columbia Elementary School, Washington Parish Schools and lastly Walthall County School System, she retired in 2000. In addition to being a teacher, she was involved with many community organizations including the Order of Eastern Star, The Boys and Girls Club, National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Inc., Progressive Literary Arts Club, Mississippi Association of Educators, National Education Association, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, and the Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs Inc. She was also a life member of the Alcorn State University National Alumni Assn and the Walthall County Alumni Chapter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Katherine Dillon White, and brother, Harrison Ball.
Survivors are her siblings, Etta Ruth Dillon Bell and Willie Youngblood; brothers-in-law, Rufus L. White, Murel (Dorothy) Magee and Larry (Clarisse) Magee; sisters-in-law) Bernell Ball, Rozuanda (Willie) Youngblood and Ida Brenda Clark (Ardie); best friends, Emma (Curlee) Harness Andrews and Alean Galloway Lampton.
A funeral service was Nov. 20, 2021 at Tylertown First Baptist Church with Dr. Carl Bickham rendering the eulogy, interment in the Mt. Moriah Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Guy, Osborne Holmes Sr., Brian Magee, Kendrick S. Magee, Michael Magee and Wildarrius Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Devrouax, Rev. Henry Lee Sample, Joel Magee and Rufus White.
Washington Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Share online condolences at www.craftfuneralhome.org