Verlena Headd


Verlena Johnson was born on Tuesday, April 26, 1932, in Yazoo City, Mississippi to the late Allen and Dorothy Johnson. She was the oldest of 11 children. Verlena was a loved child raised in a Christian home where the Word of God had never left her. She excepted Christ at an early age. At 87, she departed this life on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her home in Columbus, Ohio.

Verlena graduated from St. Francis High School in Yazoo City in 1949. After graduation, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, but returned to Mississippi four years later to marry her high school love, J.C. Lowe on June 27, 1953. They relocated to Detroit, Michigan and to this 22-year union, four children were born: Linda Denise, Terry Renard, Ricky Edward and Matina Lynne. She worked for William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan for 26 years as a Nursing Assistant in Psychiatric Services. She truly loved her job.

Verlena married the late Rev. James Lee Headd on May 29, 1988. For a few years, they lived in New Boston, Michigan, then decided to build their home and retire to Weir, Mississippi on her husband’s family property. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star and First Lady at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi until her failing health. After the death of her beloved husband, she moved to Columbus, Ohio in November 2019 to be near her siblings.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, O.C., William, Louis and Lee; husband, Rev. James Lee Headd; daughter, Linda Denise Lowe; son, Ricky Edward Lowe and granddaughter, Desiree Dijon Lowe-Johnson.

She leaves to celebrate her transition and cherish memories: son, Terry Lowe (Ann); daughter, Matina Lowe (Roscoe); granddaughter, Ryan Nicole Lowe; great-grandson, RaKhem Ajani Lowe-Johnson; brothers, Melvin Johnson, James (Mary) Johnson; sisters, Dorothy (Leroy) Brown, Diane (Robert) Harris; extended family, daughter, Donna (Gary) Cook; sons, James Roosevelt Headd, James Jr. (Angela) Headd and Tremayne Headd; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

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Condolence Messages

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus prayed for God’s Kingdom to come because He knew it would be able to solve all mankind’s problems even death. (Revelation 21:4,5 & Daniel 2:44).

  2. Sis. Dr. Denyse P. Jones

    My prayers. and sincere condolence to the family of the late Past Worthy Matron Verlena Headd. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Her memories will live on in your hearts. Rising Sun Grand Chapter, Detroit, Michigan will miss you. PGM Denyse P. Jones

  3. Braun & Beverly White

    To the family of Mrs. Verlena Headd, we’re so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. Braun and I send you and your family our heartfelt condolences. Just know that we are praying for your comfort and strength during this time.
    Braun & Beverly White-Detroit, MI

  4. Our thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow. God assures us that he is thinking of peace towards us, to give us a future and a hope. Truly sorry for your loss.


    For it is written FAMILY
    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
    Jesus Christ our Lord.
    John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
    A lot has been said about death though out the ages
    A lot has been written about death by men upon many pages
    The Bible explain the war of death as it rages
    We are all born in sin and death is our wages
    The Gift of God is Eternal Life instead
    Obtained by the believers even though they were dead.
    Jesus Christ can change our finally done
    But we must choose Him, the only righteous one
    Brethren love…Bishop Malcom C.Briley II

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