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Ceneta Louise Washington Qualls
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1919
Death: Sep. 22, 2009

When 89-year-old Ceneta Qualls died, a longtime friend was sad, as expected, but also a little bitter. Callie Stevens, who knew Mrs. Qualls for 65 years, thinks the man who attacked her during an early-morning home invasion robbery in April 2008 deserved a harsher penalty. Mrs. Qualls, a retired teacher, owned S.W. Qualls Funeral Home on Vance, where she lived in an upstairs apartment. She was severely beaten there by Alex House, who was caught the next day and charged with robbery, burglary and attempted first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But Mrs. Qualls never really recovered from her injuries and spent the rest of her life in a nursing home. She died Tuesday. "She never really got well. She never walked again," Stevens said. "He should be charged with murder now, because she never got well. Before the attack she was up and down the steps and still in her 80s." Still, family and friends preferred to remember the vibrant woman they all knew and loved, the woman who loved to get gussied up, who loved her shoes. They remembered a woman who loved to go boating on Sardis Lake, who enjoyed a game of bridge. "She was very active and full of life until this boy attacked her. Even in her 80s she still wore her nice high heels, strutted around and ran that funeral home," Stevens said. "She loved shoes. She had hundreds of pairs of shoes." Her niece remembered a woman who loved to laugh. "She was what I'd call a joy-loving person, meaning she enjoyed the lighter things of life, like jokes," Cenetta Lee said. "She would read and collect jokes. She just enjoyed the fun of feeling laughter in her body." Mrs. Qualls spent much of her life teaching first grade at Leath Elementary, Stevens said. She married into the Qualls family, and when her husband passed away, she took over operations of their funeral home on Vance. "She was a quiet type of person, very dependable, a person you would have respect for because of the way she carried herself," family friend Robert Lewis said. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at R.S. Lewis and Sons funeral home at 374 Vance. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Midtown. (By Jody Callahan, published in The Commercial Appeal 9/26/2009) 
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  Samuel W Qualls (1922 - 1975)*
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Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section 34A
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Sep 27, 2009
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Ceneta Louise <i>Washington</i> Qualls
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