Mr. Maurice Washington, age 62, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson. Services for Mr. Washington were held on Saturday, April 26 at the Pen Oak MB Church, with Rev. Robert Barnes officiating. Interment was in the Pen Oak Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Washington was the son of Claude Byrd and Rosie Lee Washington of the Silver Creek area of Lawrence County. At an early age, he joined the Pen Oak Church and remained a member until his death. Mr. Washington attended McCoullugh High School in Monticello, prior to attending the Job Corp in San Francisco, CA.
In 1970, Mr. Washington joined the United States Navy where he served in aviation until his discharge in 1976. Mr. Washington married the former Helen Hill of Silver Creek, and to this union one son was born. He married the former Vivian Thomas of Chicago, IL, and to this union one daughter was born. As a result of failing health, Mr. Washington spent his final years in the Veterans Home in Collins.
Mr. Washington’s survivors include one son, Marcus Washington of Bassfield; one daughter, Sherri Washington of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Sheila Dunlap of New York and Jean Morgan of New Jersey; two brothers, Anthony Washington of Iowa, and Jay Washington; and seven grandchildren.