Monday, May 9, 2016

Iora S. Lavergne

Iora S. Lavergne, 89, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at her residence in Sturgis, Mississippi. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in East County Line Cemetery.

Iora was born April 3, 1927, to George and Supelia Reynolds Spears. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Louisville; and she was retired from Winston County Hospital and Nursing Home where she was the certified Director of Environmental Services.

Ms. Lavergne is survived by two daughters, Sherlene Abrigo and husband, Vicente, of Brandon, Mississippi; and Jennifer Lindsey and husband, Johnny, of Sturgis; and her son, Rifton Lavergne of Eunice, Louisiana. Also left to mourn her passing is her sister-in-law, Virginia Spears of Centerville, Tennessee; and two brothers-in-law, J. B. Lavergne and wife, Alma, of San Diego, California; and Clifton Lavergne of Opelousas, Louisiana. One of her greatest joys was being “Granny” to her 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilman Lavergne; her parents; her son, Emery Lavergne; her daughter, Joyce Soileau; and two grandsons, Thomas Lee Baker, Jr. and Jacob Wayne Nowell; two brothers, D. L. Spears and Riley E. Spears; and six sisters, Georgia Spears; Arrietta Taylor; Lucille Norris; Neal Burchfield; Ima Cummings; and an infant sister.

Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Needham, Joseph Nowell, Daniel Spears, Lafayette Spears, and Wayne Winters.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at