Mary Lizzie Fears

11/09/1930 - 02/04/2024

Obituary For Mary Lizzie Fears

Mrs. Mary Lizzie Fears, a resident of Lanett, AL, died Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Diversicare of Lanett Healthcare, Lanett, AL.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. (EST) from Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 1601 Magnolia Road, Lanett, AL, Bishop Donald Lancaster, Officiant, Dr. Tanda Canion, Eulogist.

Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, 2167 22nd Street SW, Lanett, AL. Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley directing.

Visitation is Friday from 3 to 6 PM at the Mortuary.

Mrs. Mary Lizzie Fears entered the world on November 9, 1930, born to Willie Guy Booker and Annie Mae Crump Bucker. As the eldest among seven siblings, she departed this life on February 4, 2024, to join the Lord.


She married the late Mr. O.C. Fears, Sr., and their union brought six children. She was an excellent mother to them, and Mrs. Mary cherished her family above all else.


Mary devoted her life to the Lord from a young age, remaining a loyal member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, led by the late Rev. Lewis Upshaw. She also became an honorary member of Greenwood Baptist Church, faithfully attending services on the first and third Sundays, supporting Reverend W.G. Glover and Rev. James McTeer, her spiritual sons. Known for her unwavering dedication, she held a special place in both congregations and was a consistent and faithful tither.


Mother Fear's education, though informal, came from life experiences and what some may call "Mother’s Wit." She taught herself to read by reading the local newspaper and the Bible daily. Despite quitting school early to assist her father with farming, she was a great housekeeper, handled her finances well, and paid her bills on time.


Mother Fears was a private duty worker and head cook in her professional life and retired as a West Point Pepperell Mill loom specialist. Her commendable work ethic earned her the reputation of a faithful, on-time employee. Her dedication to providing for her family was evident in her diligence while working through illnesses and adversity.


She is known for her culinary skills throughout the community. She enjoyed making scrumptious meals for the family. She is known for her famous greens, lemon meringue pie, banana pudding, pepper jelly, Coosa River catfish, fried chicken, and most of all, her famous Kool-Aid. Her generosity included preparing meals for those in need and caring for the sick. She was the family doctor, nurse, and “go-to.”


Beyond her professional accomplishments, she earned various endearing titles within the family circle as " Mama, Granny, Aunt Mae, Sister, and May. Within the community, she is fondly referred to as “Mrs. May Lizzie,” which are just a few names that establish her as a leading lady and a pillar in the community, offering support to anyone in need. Her generosity, wisdom, and kindness were constants. The porch of her house became a hub for communication, counsel, and fellowship. A book written by her daughter, Dr. Tanda Canion, entitled THE PORCH, was inspired by her place of prayer.

In her honor, the MRS. MARY LIZZIE FEARS PRAYER GARDEN was recently dedicated as a place of prayer, meditation, and fellowship. Her impact extended beyond her immediate family to the West Shawmut and New Town communities, where she will forever be remembered as a matriarch.


Mother Fears was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Fears Benton; sons O.C. Fears Jr and Blake Fears; and various siblings (Earlene Barrow, Georgia Johnson, Louise Johnson, Lillian McCants, Troy Booker, and Robert Booker), brothers-in-law (Charlie Johnson and Edward Johnson), sister-in-law (Louise Booker), and sons-in-law (Willie Hall and Eugene Bailey, Sr.)


Mrs. Mary Lizzie Fears leaves a legacy of faith, prayer, and endurance. She is survived by her three daughters, Annie Hall, Rebecca Bailey, and Tanda Canion (Michael); a special grandson/son, Alden Marcellus Benton (Leslie); one sister-in-law, Willie Mae Booker; one brother-in-law, Andy McCants; along with eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; a special nephew/brother, Bobby Stiggers (Phyllis), nieces, nephews, godsons/goddaughter, as well as a large extended family and friends.



3:00 PM
Davis Memorial Mortuary
305 W. F. Burns Drive
Valley Alabama, AL 36854


Pine Hill Cemetery
22nd St SW
Lanett, AL 36863

Funeral Service

11:00 AM
Mt Herman Baptist Church
1601 Magnolia Rd
Lanett, AL 36863

Guest Book

Heartfelt Condolences, Blessings and Prayers To ALLLL Family Members and Friends; Asking God's Strength, Comfort and Peace To Be Unto You ALLLL!

- Mary F Bailey-Mitchell & Family

I worked with Mrs. Mae Lizzie at Lanett mill for many years. She was a great person and had an incredible laugh. When she laugh you could not help but laugh with her. I am sure she will be missed.

- Jennifer Nowell

I, have many nice memories of Aunt May Lizze. She will be missed but I will always remember how nice she was to us when we would go south to visit. Chick

- Carrie Guess

I can no longer come home to talkand, sit on the porch and wave at passers by or take memory walks over the hill with Mrs. Mae Lizzie. Life as I know it has gone. Life will never be the same. Thank you Mrs. Mae Lizzie for giving me the chance to hold on to my memories as long as I could. Love you

- La Sha Heard


My heart is filled with Sadness,at the loss of my Dear cousin / BONUS MOM. May She rest in ETERNAL PEACE. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

- Betty Lyons


Our condolences and prayers are with the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Keep your hands in God hands and everything will be okay. She will truly be missed.

- The Magby & Hodo Families

Praying for strength for the family. Racheal Crump and Family

- Racheal Crump

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. She will truly be missed by all that knew her.

- Yolanda (the late Tommy) Smith