MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 27, 2012

Lesley Caryn Turay

1966 - 2012


— “All things work together for good to them that Love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

There was a beautiful baby girl, named Lesley Caryn Hyche born on January 30th, 1966 in Bartlesville OK, to Freddie Leon Hyche and Mary Elizabeth Stephenson. And for reasons beyond Lesley’s control she became a ward of the state and was raised in foster care. She went through a large majority of her life unhappy and bounced from place to place. But it was in Muskogee with Cedric Johnson and the late Inez Johnson, along with their children, Kelly and Cedric Jr, that Lesley says she felt loved for the very first time. It was also during that time in Muskogee that Lesley was attending Muskogee Public Schools that she first met a stranger that became her lifelong friend and sister, Camille Wade-Allen. Lesley wasn’t able to stay in Muskogee long because once again she had to move, this time though she would finally be going home. She was permanently placed with the late Mrs. Amos G. Yerger in Boynton, OK. Mrs. Yerger was a wonderful lady that gave Lesley unconditional love and in time Lesley called her grandmother and loved and respected her and the entire Yerger family. Lesley graduated from Boynton in 1984, and continued her education at Langston University where she not only graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Education Degree, but she also followed in her grandma Yerger’s footsteps and became a Zeta. Lesley was an active member and was currently serving as the President of the Tulsa Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority until her death. Also at Langston University, Lesley and Camille met again and became fast friends and this time were inseparable sisters until the very end.

Lesley could have looked over her life and been bitter and unwilling to succeed but instead she thrived and decided not to look like the situation she was dealt early in life. She instead opened herself up and learned all she could from Mrs. Yerger, like how to be a lady, and the importance of knowing Christ, of having an education and how to be a loving mother. Being a mother was the most important job to Lesley. She was blessed with two wonderful children, Gwendolyn Shanel Pope and Christopher Lee Pope and she loved them unconditionally.

A Home Going celebration will be conducted Saturday, December 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Amos G. Yerger Community Center, Boynton, OK; with Rev. Lacey K. Johnson Jr., eulogizing. Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery, Boynton, OK. Visitations will be Friday, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Online condolence and registry may be expressed at www.houseofwinn.com

The family has been cared for by the Winn family at Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.