Mattie Lee Magee

Published 2:42 pm Friday, December 15, 2017

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lay down in green pastures. He leadeth me besides the still waters. He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23:1-3).

Sister Mattie Magee was born April 17, 1931, to the late Allean Pittman and Percy Redmond in Fayette, Miss. She departed this life on Dec. 13, 2017, in Plano, Texas.

She was a member of Eastern Star and also a very devoted usher and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

“Madear” or “Big Ma” (as she was known) came to Bogalusa in 1949 and worked as a cook. Later on in life, she became a master florist at Casadaban Greenhouse in Abita Springs.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 432 Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. A. J. Luter, pastor, and the Rev. Abraham Johnson officiating.

Interment will be in Magee’s Cemetery in Tylertown, Miss.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Bogalusa is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at

She leaves a legacy of love to her children, Jimmie A. (Parris) Burgess of Plano, Robert E. (Shirley) Redmond of Douglasville, Ga., Johnny (Gladys) Redmond of Hampton, Va., Michael Redmond of Rochester, N.Y., Stephanie (Robert) Snead of Rochester; special daughter, Nelda Bruns of Bogalusa; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves joyous memories of her life to her brother, Burnell Smith of Prentiss, Miss.; her sister, Francis Stewart of Houston, Texas; and a special aunt, Mabel Magee of Bogalusa.