Our beloved father, Lonzo Silas Sr., passed away Sept. 15, 2020, at the age of 66 years old surrounded by his only son and daughter, Lonzo Silas Jr. and Kimberly Renee Silas, as well as by their mother, Sarah Bell.
Our dad will be lovingly remembered by us; as well as by his daughter-in-law, Ashleigh Dennis-Silas; his grandchildren, Tamarquis Daunte Silas and Zoey Renee Silas; his siblings, Betty Silas Mack, Bobbie Spencer, Laura (Roy) Weeks, Virginia Silas, Belwade Silas, Leola Thomas and Rev. Edward (Delphine) Silas; a host of nieces and nephews; and his family at Greater New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, where he was a lifelong member.
Daddy was preceded in death by his father, Deacon Jacy Silas Sr.; his mother, Laura Silas; his sisters, Beulah Silas and Alma Silas Swanson; and his brothers, John Allen Silas and Jacy “Sonny” Silas Jr. Our daddy was born and raised in Indianola. After graduating from Gentry High School in 1973, he served in the United States Army from 1973 to 1979 where he received an honorable discharge. He attended Mississippi Valley State University where he met and eventually married our mother, Sarah Bell.
Though the two divorced, daddy always put his children first, often telling us that we were the loves of his life.
Daddy spent the majority of his career as a truck driver, retiring from J.B. Hunt when a second heart attack forced him into an early retirement.
The damage to daddy’s heart was significant, requiring a heart transplant. On Nov. 9, 2001, Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Loretta Hart, who are now a part of our family, gave us the greatest gift a family could receive.
They donated their son’s heart to our dad. That gift allowed our daddy to be with us for another 19 years. During those years, daddy witnessed his son graduate from college, his daughter graduate from graduate and law school, his son get married, his granddaughter’s birth and so much more.
Seven months after the transplant, daddy received his Certificate of Completion in barbering from Coahoma Community College with his children by his side.
was a lover of music, particularly the guitar. He frequently played the guitar with his children, teaching his daughter to play “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Later in life, even within the two weeks preceding his death, he and his son frequently played the guitar together. Daddy even wrote a song, "Love is Only Love When Love is True," copyrighted in 1994 and produced by Hilltop Records. Prior to his death, daddy was writing a book about the African-American struggle and how it has not changed much since the Civil Rights Era. Visitation for our dad was held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Byas Funeral Home and was followed by a private burial at Riverside Memorial Gardens in Indianola.
Memorial donations may be made in our daddy’s name to the National Donor Memorial by visiting www.unos.org. Lastly, we would like to thank the staff at St. Dominic Hospital, particularly Nurse Donna who went above and beyond in caring for our dad and accommodating and caring for us.