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WARNSLEY Johnnye Mrs. Johnnye Warnsley, M.Ed., 70, transitioned to heaven February 11, 2017. She was born to the union of Mr. Ira Van Buren and Willie Mae Hester Van Buren in Canton, MS on September 8, 1946. Mrs. Warnsley was a beloved educator at Jesup W. Scott High School and after thirty eight years of service, she retired in 2011. She loved education and pursing civil rights and human rights for all. She attended and graduated from Canton, MS public schools. Mrs. Warnsley was selected as the National Teacher of the Year by Black School Educators. She was a recipient of the prestigious William J. Fulbright fellowship and traveled to South Africa to study democratization and network during the Country's transition from apartheid to democracy. She campaigned on behalf of and met America's first elected African American President Barack Obama and attended his inauguration. She was preceded in death by father, Ira Van Buren; mother, Willie Mae Van Buren and brothers, Howard Lendell Van Buren, Ira Cardell Van Buren. She leaves to cherish her memory husband, Joseph H. Warnsley; daughter, Jerelyn Harper of Toledo, OH; son, Joseph Warnsley of Jackson, MS; grandchildren, Jerrel, Justin and Jywanza Harper; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Booker; sisters, Imogene Burkes (Will) of Indian Head, MD, Pinkie Bateman (Reginald) of Mitchellville, MD, Gatha Bouldin (Mack) of Madison, MS; brothers George Van Buren of Jackson, MS, Willie E. Van Buren of Canton, MS, and Ferlon Van Buren of Jackson, MS. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any tributes be donated in her memory to the African American Leadership Caucus Leadership Institute c/o Mrs. Johnnye R. Van Buren Warnsley, M.Ed. Service will be held Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m. St. Mark's Baptist Church, 2340 N. Holland Sylvania, Rev. C.L. Johnson Officiant. As published in The Blade
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