Leilia (Phelps) Majors

January 21, 1912 ~ October 15, 2019 (age 107)


Leilia Majors, one of Jefferson County’s Centenarians, went to be with her Lord at the age of 107 years, 8 months, and 25 days on October 15, 2019 at 12:16 A.M. at Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born January 21, 1912 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late John and Lydia Belle (Hayes) Phelps. Leilia married Hershal O. Rightnowar. She later married James H. Majors on June 15, 1967 in Nashville, Illinois. They were blessed with thirty-one years of marriage before he preceded her in death on December 21, 1998.

Leilia is survived by her grandchildren, Sissy Spivey and husband, Ray of Columbus, Georgia and Stephanie Rightnowar of Columbus, Georgia; two great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; sister, Helen Smith of Mount Vernon, Illinois; nieces, Bonniedean Eater, Esterlee Phelps, and Frances Philbrick; nephews, Virgil Lee Ford, Darrell Smith, Garald Smith, Harold Smith, and Gene Phelps; and special friends, Kent Renshaw and wife, Marinda of Mount Vernon, Illinois.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Leilia was preceded in death by her son, Clifford W.  Rightnowar; brother, Alva Phelps; and sisters, Inez Harris and Edith Ford.

Mrs. Majors worked for the International Shoe Factory for over thirty years before retiring. Leilia professed her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She loved going to gospel concerts and drove herself until she was one hundred years old. Leilia was known as “grandma” and dearly loved by everyone at Lavender Ridge. She touched many lives in her one hundred and seven years and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel in Woodlawn, Illinois. A Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 A.M. with  Reverend Dennis Southerd officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Shiners Hospital for Children or Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care.

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October 18, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel, Illinois, Woodlawn

Funeral Service
October 18, 2019

11:00 AM
Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel, Illinois, Woodlawn

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