She was born Aug. 6, 1927 in Jackson. She was a faithful member of Mt. Olive No. II Baptist Church until her health failed. She had worked diligently as a deaconess, church librarian and matron counselor. She was a member of the Sunday School Class No. 7, a member of the Missionary Society and a “cheerleader of the choir.” She was also a former member of the Morning View Chapman 101 Order of the Eastern Star.
Her employment history includes the M.O. Bostrom Family, Smith Mills, Vanity Fair Mills and Merchants Bank.
She was affectionately known as “Rank,” she was devoted to her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and friends dearly. She is remembered as a very special lady with a humble, compassionate and understanding heart.
Mayor G. Richard Long proclaimed Aug. 6, 2007, her 80th birthday, as “Ms. Willie Rocker Day” in Jackson, an honor bestowed in recognition of her outstanding citizenship. In October, 2009, she was named the “Unofficial 7th Member of the Jackson City Council.”
Survivors include her five devoted children, James L. Law, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rosie (Eugene) Haynes, Q.V. Chapman Jr., Timothy Chapman, all of Jackson, Ray (Cleo) Warren, Detroit, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; devoted aunt, Retha Bettis, caregivers, Ethel Dean, Jean Roberts, Hazel Foreman and Diane Goodwin; three guardian angels; a host of relatives and countless number of special friends.
The service was May 29 at Mt. Olive No. II Baptist Church in Jackson with Rev. Stevenson E. Tullis, pastor, as eulogist and Rev. Douglas Pernell presiding. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.