TUPELO – Lila Oline McKissick, 94, went to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A Lee County native, she was born Dec. 25, 1919, to Otha Cratis and Ora Elaine Morgan Mullenix. After graduating from Saltillo High School, she married Bill Clarence McKissick and together began building a lifetime of memories. An industrious woman, she worked for many different companies, including Playcraft, Bluebell, Page's Grocery, Jitney Jungle and Mississippi Samples, until she retired at the age of 85. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was a wonderful cook, loved to read, work crossword puzzles and travel. She was a wonderful mother, with a great personality, who loved and adored her family and friends and was loved in return.
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A celebration of her life will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Frankie Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Billy Perry McKissick (Faye) of Iuka, Betty Jo Stacks of the Ballardsville community, Jerry Cratis "Hoppy" McKissick (Bonnie) of the Unity community and Corinne Keith (Kenny) of Belden; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her best friend, Ruby Sherfey; and her caregiver, Shelia Montgomery.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Clarence McKissick, in October 1968; one daughter, Sharon Elaine McKissick, on July 27, 2013; one great-granddaughter, Kylie Elizabeth Stephens, in May 2004; one son-in-law, L. C. Stacks, in April 2008; and a best friend, Lena Parker.
Pallbearers will be Prentice Lanphere, Johnny Timmons, Morris McCain, Marty Stacks, Tracy Stacks and Stacy Stacks. Kenny Keith and Don Austin will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors
535 West Jefferson Street Tupelo, MS 38804
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Feb. 25, 2014