Meridian Star


June 11, 2014

Patricia Grace McCraw Pierce

MERIDIAN —     Patricia Grace ‘Pat” McCraw Pierce was born to Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm “Mack” and “Bertha Lee” McCraw on January 16, 1942 in Jackson, Miss.

    The family moved to Meridian when Pat was a young girl. She grew up in SouthSide and attended SouthSide Baptist Church as a young girl. She attended Kate Griffin Jr. High School and was a graduate of Meridian High School. After graduation she worked at a local drug store in downtown Meridian. It was there at the “Soda Fountain” she would meet her future husband L.B. Pierce. She and L.B. married in 1964 and they made their home in the Old Eight Street Road community where she attended Midway Baptist Church until her death.

    She will be remembered as a kind hearted person who loved the Lord and was true to his word and her church. She will also be remembered  and missed by her Sunday School Class “Rebecca” at Midway Baptist Church and the many friends from the Young At Heart group with whom she made several trips and who sometimes to their dismay liked to “look at something by herself”. She was a simple sweet lady with a huge heart who never had a harsh word to speak of anyone and she never bothered anybody and always was available to help in any way during any crisis that arose at the church or in the community from making a dish for the families of loved ones that had passed away to helping “Meals On Wheels” and her favorite times were spent each year during Vacation Bible School at Midway eager to help in any way she could.

    Having never learned to drive she had many loyal church friends who would go out of their way to make sure she got to church, even if she had to call them and remind them not to forget her. To those people who made that effort her family is forever grateful. A big thank you to Danny Miles for his many handy-man jobs he did for Pat. To brother Joseph of Midway Baptist Church, thank you for coming that day to Golden Living Nursing Home and praying with Pat. It meant so much to her and her sisters to have you answer their call for help and to the many people who that day and the days after prayed for Pat’s health.

    Pat’s sisters and brother would like to thank everyone who assisted in her brave journey from Golden Living to Anderson’s Hospital. To the ER doctors and other doctors who took part in her care at Anderson Hospital, ICU and after who tried desperately to help her, the nurses and aides at Anderson Hospital, everyone at Regency Hospital and especially Dr. Edward Holmes who tried his best to help her survive the illness that had gone untreated for some time. We know that everyone involved in her care and even people who knew her did not always understand what her sisters and brother went through to get her the medical care she deserved and how they fought every step of the way just to be with her, to those people they want them to know it was worth all the battles and heartache just to see that smile of hers.

    Pat is preceded in death by her husband, L.B. Pierce (Dec. 15, 2007); parents, Mack (Feb. 9, 1970) and Bertha Lee Payne McCraw (June 7, 1966) of Meridian; grandparents, Malcolm L. (Dec. 12, 1941) and Grace Poythress McCraw (March 4, 1984) of Jackson, Miss., Alma Bryant-Payne Thompson (June 4, 1942) of Jackson, Miss. and John W. Payne (April 9, 1977) of Bloomfield, Mo.

    Pat is survived by her family of three sisters, Sandra McCraw Fields, Linda McCraw McKelvaine, both of Meridian, Joyce McCraw-Matlock McLaurin of Brandon, Miss. and one brother, Bobby McCraw of Florence, Miss.; brother-in-laws, David McKelvaine and Jim McLaurin and sister-in-law, Debbie McCraw and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Pat is also survived by step daughter-in-laws, Betty White of Meridian, Pegi Roberts of Memphis, Tenn. and Nita Pierce of Meridian and their families.

    Pat’s sisters and brother would like to thank Stephens Funeral Home for the respect and care given to Pat. To Mr. Gene Vance of Stephens, they thank you for your understanding, guidance, wisdom, words of encouragement and professionalism. And to Tommy Miller, they are so grateful for the many things you did for them. Everything was very touching and truly a blessing.

    Dr. Rick Henson of Brandon, Miss., and Rev. Bill Webb and Rev. Wayne Edwards of Meridian officiated the service.

    Pallbearers were Danny Miles (friend), David McKelvaine (brother-in law), Mike McKelvaine (nephew), Joe Lundy (nephew), Jared Culpepper (great nephew) and Jim McLaurin (brother-in-law).

    Pat was laid to rest at Tucker Cemetery in Kemper County, Miss. on Sunday, June 8, 2014.

    Pat’s sisters and brother would like for anyone who reads these words to please remember her with a smile and be thankful she passed through your life and know she is at home with her Lord.

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