Mildred Gerline McComb Kemp

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Mildred Gerline McComb Kemp, 95, was born on December 11, 1920 to William Wesley McComb Sr. and Ollie Reaves McComb. She entered into her eternal rest on Saturday, January 23, 2016, after a brief illness. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oxford with Dr. Roland Brown and Dr. Stan Albright officiating. Interment will follow at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service hour at the church. Mrs. Kemp was born the 4th of 10 children. She was the first girl in her family, and was called "Sissy" by her father and "Sis" by her older brothers. Four sisters and another brother would follow her. She graduated from Calhoun County High School (now Oxford High School) in 1940, and married S.O. "Bud" Kemp on October 29, 1939, during her senior year. On April 30, 1941, her first child, Sylvia Gayle Kemp was born; and her second daughter, Charlotte Ann Kemp on November 29, 1943. Their family lived in the Trinity Community until 1946 when Gerline and her husband, Bud, bought a new house with 30 acres of land on Sunny Eve Road near DeArmanville. Bud, after his Army duty ended, went to work at Monsanto Chemical Company in Anniston until his retirement in 1972. Their 30 acres of land was eventually cleared, fenced and sowed in as pasture for their future dairy herd. As the years passed, Gerline and Bud always had a vegetable garden and raised chickens, hogs and dairy cows. Gerline loved growing flowers and always kept fresh ones in the home. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of Gayle's and Charlotte's clothes, as well as her own and later created both daughter's wedding gowns. She was a good cook, baked delicious cakes and pies and also quilted and crocheted in her younger days. Gerline loved reading and working word puzzles until recent changes in her eyesight. Gerline was civic minded and served as President of the PTA at DeArmanville School when her daughters were enrolled there. She was a full-time homemaker until 1973, when she and Bud took over a three month old business in Oxford, AAA Carpet Sales, Inc. where he served as President and she as Vice President. Gerline worked in the flooring business for over 30 years, retiring in 2003 at age 83. Gerline also nurtured her spiritual life, becoming a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford in 1953. There she was a member of the Dorcas Class, taught in the children's department for over 50 years, and served as department secretary, which continued until she was 90 years old. She was an astute business woman, and was a member of the Calhoun County Farmer's Federation. Gerline was a very private person and enjoyed being home most of the time. She did not like being in crowds, kept up with current events and still kept house, grew flowers, and had a garden into her 90s. God truly blessed her life. Gerline is survived by her husband of 76 years, S.O. "Bud" Kemp; daughter, Sylvia Gayle Kemp Hicks; grandson, Jeffrey Kemp Hicks (Missy); granddaughters, Amy Hinton Duncan, Lana Hinton Kiser (Scott) and Candice Michele Potts (Tom); great-grandchildren, Hunter Landers, Jason Lee Kiser, Sylvia Taylor Hicks, Jessica Leighann Kiser, Ross Hagan and Campbell Hagan; sister, Margie McComb Crouch; brother-in-law, Fred Knight; sisters-in-law, Flora Howell McComb and Linda McComb Locke; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Ann Kemp Sellars; grandson, Kenneth Mark Hicks; parents, William Wesley McComb Sr. and Ollie Reaves McComb; brothers, J.G. "Sonny Boy", William Wesley Jr., Charles Dallas "Jink", Clay Calvert "Boy-Man" and Larry Wayne McComb; and sisters, Mary McComb Kemp, Effie McComb Knight, and Gloria McComb Myers. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Oxford, 95 East Oak Street, Oxford, AL 36203. Online condolences may be made at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 26, 2016