BOONEVILLE – On Sunday, June 22, 1930, Christine was born to the late Perla Jane (Moon) and George W. Mann of Becker, Miss.|
Mary Christine Mann Whitehead, age 84, completed her final rounds on Saturday, July 5th and went to be with God. Surrounded by family, she passed after a brief battle with cancer.
The family will visit with friends on Monday, July 7th from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Then again on Tuesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. at McMillian Funeral Home, Booneville, Miss.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 8th, at McMillian in the Chapel with Pastor Mark McCoy officiating. Testimonies by Jessica (Whitehead) Hart, Ray Hall, Kevin Hatfield and prayer Pete McCoy. Burial will follow at Forked Oak Cemetery in the Burton Community.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Ladies Prayer Group c/o Fairview Baptist Church, 101 Nicholson Dr. Booneville, MS 38829
Notes of sympathy may be sent to www.mcmillanfuneralhome.
Christine was devoted to her faith, family, church, community and nation. She had to mature quickly after the death of her mother. As a 9 year old she began taking care of her father and 2 younger sisters. She became dedicated and driven and at age 16 borrowed $10.00 from a relative, caught a bus to Booneville, Miss., and with the help of Mae Brackeen went to work at the Booneville Hospital. She worked hard, studied and became a very talented Nurse. Her career spanned 44 years as she worked at the Booneville Hospital, the Medical Clinic, did private duty nursing and later a surgery nurse in the hospital. She loved her work and it suited her gifts of service and giving. Many will remember her freely giving aid to shut-ins on her way home after work.
Since 1949, she has been a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church teaching various Sunday school classes. Several of her students are now preachers, teachers and deacons. After her husband died, she organized the Fairview Ladies Prayer Group. These ladies stretch a dollar a long way serving the needy in the community.
Always very active in UDC and DAR, she served in numerous capacities to include UDC Chaplin, hosting a meeting for the State DAR Regen and organizing and presenting Constitution Week information in the schools each year.
Active in the Republican Party, she believed in the clarity and wisdom with which the Founding Fathers provided the citizens of the United States a system of good governance. She was very articulate in her beliefs and never wavered in her convictions.
On a cold night in December, she purchased a roman candle and was about to light it when a voice behind her said ""you can't shoot off fireworks in the city limits."" It was Deputy J.B. Whitehead, and that was the beginning of their life together. They were happily married for 53 years until his death September 22, 2000.
Christine is survived by three sons, Don Whitehead and wife, Carolyn of Columbia, Tenn., Tom Whitehead and wife, Jill of Little Rock, Ark. and Jim Whitehead and wife, Rebecca of Booneville, Miss.; four grandchildren, Jessica Hart and husband, Matt of Columbia, Tenn., Amy Huggins of Little Rock, Ark., Sara Huggins of Dallas, Texas, Tyler Whitehead of Booneville, Miss.; one great-grandchild, Lauren Hart of Columbia, Tenn.; three sisters, Mildred and Joe Duralde of Mobile, Ala., Liz Allred of Baton Rouge, La., Peggy and Shelly Brown of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Doug and Lee Mann of Shreveport, La.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.B.Whitehead; a daughter, Mary Diane Whitehead; five sisters, Maggie Plunkett, Ethel Cunningham, Reba Thaxton, Ellie Ruth Moffett, Flora Mann; a brother, Gerald Mann.
Pallbearers are her three sons, Don, Tom and Jim Whitehead; grandson, Tyler Whitehead; grand son-in-law, Matt Hart; and nephew, Rickey Whitehead.
Honorary pallbearers are The Fairview Ladies Prayer Group, members of the Booneville Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Booneville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Christine made a difference!
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on July 7, 2014