Five members of Bishop Willie Lamb’s family have died in the last year, three sisters, Rosalyn Walker, Betty Jean Burch and Odessa L. Estell, and two sisters-in-law, Costella ‘Connie’ Murray and Sarah A. Nettles. A friend, Effie Hollyfield, died February 26.
Rosalyn Walker was married to the late Mack Walker Jr. and the couple lived in Detroit, Mich. She died May 24, 2012. Betty Jean Burch, who died February 2, also lived in Detroit, Mich. Odessa L. Estell lived in Long Beach, Calif., with her husband, the late James Estell. She died March 4. All three were born in McRoberts.
Connie Murray, who was born in Fleming, lived in New Jersey with her husband Arden Murray. She died January 29. Sarah Nettles lived in Akron, Ohio. She was born in McRoberts and died February 17.
Effie Hollyfield, who was born in Alabama, moved to Jenkins shortly after her marriage to the late Collins Hollyfield in 1934. She moved to Warrensville Heights, Ohio, in 1994, and in 2012 moved to Missouri City, Tex., to live with her daughter. She died February 26.