Meridian Star

February 26, 2013

Mary Brooker “Brookie” McGowan Lightsey


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —

    QUITMAN – Services for Mary Brooker “Brookie” McGowan Lightsey will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Pachuta, with the Revs. Bryan Carrubba and Tommy Davis officiating.  Burial will be in Pachuta Cemetery. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

    Mrs. Lightsey, a long-time resident of Pachuta, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Rush Foundational Hospital in Meridian. Born in 1925 at her home in Goodwater Community, Brookie received an associate of arts degree from Pearl River Community College. She was working at Southeast Mississippi Bank in Quitman, when she retired as vice president in 1991.

    Brookie had a passion for serving her church and community that began on the piano at the age of 13. She continued playing the organ and the piano at Pachuta Methodist Church and Goodwater Methodist Church for the next 73 years. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and following her Bulldogs.

    She is survived by her son, Dale Lightsey and his wife, Jon; grandchildren, Hunter Lightsey and Dinah, Sara Claire Harris and Khrion, Lora Ann Grissom and Rebecca Grissom; great-grandchild, Rowan Lightsey; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lavelle Lightsey; her parents, H.E. and Maud Abney McGowan; and her brother, John Wesley McGowan.

    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pachuta Methodist Church or Goodwater Methodist Church.

    Pallbearers will be Wesley Lee, Bill Hess, Bill McNeil, Dwight Duke, Dusty McGowan, Neil McGowan, Ryan Seaton and Clay Carter.

    Visitation will be today, after 5 p.m. at the funereal home and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church.  

    Friends may sign online guest register at www.wrightsfuneral.com.