JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - On Sunday, a candlelight vigil with close to 200 people in attendance was held in memory of Frankie Taylor Fairley at the spot where she was murdered last week, near her home on Polktown Road.
Her life was celebrated with song. It was celebrated with prayer. It was celebrated with friends and with family. The spot of her murder was turned into a place to show love, not hate. She was a mother of 13 children.
She was a grandmother of five. She was a wife. A sister. And a servant in her church, who loved to work with children. And loved to work in the kitchen.
"Our hearts are heavy," said her pastor, Charles J. Miller of First Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. "There's a void in our congregation that's going to be hard to fill. We haven't completely dealt with it yet. But it will come up on us sooner or later. We've got a lot of praying and a lot of hard work to do."
The family is trying to stay strong.
"We can stay connected as a family and draw off each other's strength," said her brother, Pastor C.V. Taylor.
"We can make it through it. We can make it through it."
Fairley left a legacy that her eldest daughter Charnetra Fairley is hoping to continue.
"My mother was the matriarch of this family," Charnetra said.
"She was the rock. She was the one that kept all of us together. There are 13 of us, and the holidays are coming up. And it's going to be very sad and very difficult because she did all the cooking and she won't be here. So that means we as a family have to pull together. But in the end, we know she was a hero."
Frankie Taylor Fairley was only 59-years-old. Her accused killer, Scottie Street, is in the Jackson County jail charged with capital murder.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. December 17 at Wade Baptist Church on Highway 63.