The Times West Virginian


October 19, 2011

Mavis Iona “Cooki” Holyfield

FAIRMONT — Mavis Iona “Cooki” Holyfield went home to be with the Lord on Sunday (Oct. 16, 2011) at 1:30 a.m. at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after an extended illness. She was 55 years old.

Cooki, the third daughter and child of the Rev. Paul Maurice and Mavis Isabelle Jones Holyfield of Clarksburg, was born in Clarksburg on Aug. 11, 1956. She was a resident of Morgantown.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one son, Nicolas Alexander Holyfield of Morgantown; one daughter, Nikia Holyfield, at home; and one granddaughter, Jada Alexis Holyfield and her mother, Kayla Carder.

Miss Holyfield leaves to mourn her loss three brothers, Marc Samuel Holyfield I and wife Shana of Salem, David E. Holyfield and wife Lorraine of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael W. Holyfield and wife Theresa of Clarksburg; five sisters, Rhonda Holyfield-Mangieri of Cincinnati, Ohio, Paula Collins of Waldorf, Md., Alma Zinn of Clarksburg, Regina Holyfield-Jewett and husband Bobby of Burtonsville, Md., and Karen Holyfield of Waldorf, Md.; 28 nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and -nephews; and a host of cousins and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by one infant brother, Paul Maurice Holyfield Jr.

Mavis received her public education in the Harrison County School System and graduated from Washington Irving High School. She received a B.S. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in early childhood education and certification in human development education from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit, Mich., in 1978. Her master’s degree from West Virginia University was in criminal justice.

Miss Holyfield retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2006 with 28 years of service. She served in Alderson; Jessup, Ga.; and the Robert F. Kennedy Center in Morgantown as a correctional officer and finally as a unit manager.

Cooki Holyfield was a member of First Church of God in Clarksburg, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and president of the local Christian Women’s Connection. She was also president of the West Virginia Christian Women’s Connection.

One of Cooki’s life’s passions was children and justice for children and assisting children in succeeding in life. Her hobbies were spending time with Jada Alexis, traveling, sending greeting cards to her plethora of friends and relatives, and shopping (finding bargains and giving them away).

Family and friends may call at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison St., Nutter Fort, on Friday from noon to the funeral hour at 1 p.m. The Rev. Dr. James O. Williams, beloved uncle of the deceased, will officiate. Internment in Stonewall Park Cemetery will follow.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at

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