Ninety-Nine going on 100!By JILL WARE,
Mrs. Ozella Milling Graham Weems was born in Beat 3 of Newton County on February 10, 1918 to Mr. W.C. “Bill” and Ella Hogan Milling. Mrs. Weems went to grammar school at Erin and completed High School at Stratton before going on to attend the prestigious Fritz-Marinello School of Cosmetology on Capital Street in Jackson.
In 1945, she became a resident of the City of Forest, using her finely honed beauty skills at Cinderella Beauty Salon. In 1946 she married Mr. Willie T. Weems, a broadcaster with WMAG/WQST Forest radio station. In 1956, Mrs. Weems decided to open and operate her own namesake beauty shop, Ozella’s, where she was adept in all phases of cosmetology including cuts, color, style, perms, manicures and facials.
Although providing excellent beauty services to area residents was a large part of her life, “Music was ahead of everything for me,” Mrs. Weems said. She explained, “I was a part of The Scott County Quartet. We sang Old Time Gospel. Jim Wolverton was bass, Leo Burns was lead, Fay Dearing was pianist, Aubrey Underwood was tenor and I sang alto. We performed everywhere in Mississippi and other states too. Willie was president of both the State and the National Gospel Convention.”
Although Mrs. Weems has had much success in her personal and professional life, she has a heart overflowing for others. She cares for others and has seen to their well-being whenever the need has arisen. Mrs. Weems put it simply, “Others have been my life.”
Mrs. Weem’s 99th birthday was celebrated by family and friends at a dinner held in her honor at her church, Forest United Methodist. The community looks forward to her 100 year milestone which is just around the corner again. Everyone sends well wishes and happy birthday thoughts to you, Mrs. Ozella, our neighbor, our family, our loved-one and our friend. May the next one be the best one yet!