|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1912|
|Death: ||Sep. 8, 2008|
Lula May Kennedy Gunter Bates peacefully passed away on Monday, September 8, 2008 at the age of 96.
She will always be loved and remembered for not only being an incredible wife, mother and grandmother, but also for the loving and beautiful smile she shared with everyone she met.
Lula May was born on February 24, 1912 in Magee, Mississippi, the eldest child of Jim Reese and Dora May Kennedy. A 1931 graduate of Mendenhall Agricultural High School, she truly typified the "Greatest Generation".
Leaving their family farm in Smith County, she and her first husband, the late Kenneth Gunter, moved to the coast in 1941.
Miss Lula May or Miss Daisy as she was fondly called was a most beloved and respected secretary in the Hull Department of Ingalls Shipbuilding for over 25 years.
In 1965 she married the late Thomas M. Bates. Through the years there were many, many co-workers, friends, and family members who were blessed with her love through her joy in her work, cooking, quilting, and the entertaining she and Mr. Tom so enjoyed. Her warm and giving spirit, her faith in the Lord, and the love she shared with family and friends will remain with many people for years to come.
She was a dedicated charter member of Eastlawn Baptist Church having served at times as pianist, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was predeceased by husbands Kenneth Gunter and Thomas M Bates, her beloved son, Jimmy Gunter, parents Jim Reese and Dora May Kennedy, sisters Ollie Lee Hughes, Rosie McClendon, brothers G. B. Kennedy, Clifton Kennedy, and Thomas Kennedy, nieces Kitty Dambrino, Carolyn Busbee and nephew Steven Kennedy Gardner.
Miss Lula May is survived by her daughter, Teresa Gunter Kincaid and husband Greg of Marietta, Georgia and sister, Jamie Kennedy Gardner of Terry, Mississippi. She is also survived by her adored grandchildren and their spouses: Russell Kincaid of Pascagoula, Michael and Katie Kincaid of Marietta, Georgia; Amanda and Mark Borysiewicz of Clermont, Florida; Susan and Mark Yoder of Bloomington, Illinois; Carol and John Carter of Clermont, Florida; and Melissa and Mark Cress of Longmont, Colorado. She will be missed as well by her great-grandchildren Cole Crews, Benjamin Borysiewicz; Julia and Thomas Yoder; Luke, Kendall, and Matthew Cress; Adam and Austin Carter; and her much loved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 10, 2008 from 9-11 am at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula. Funeral Service will follow in the chapel at 11am with Rev. Ben Carlisle, Rev. Bobby Hood, and Rev. Bud Queen officiating the service.
Graveside service will follow at 4pm at Magee Cemetery in Magee, MS.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Angie Dunn R.N. and aides; Eva, Shonda, and Sheila of Hospice of Light and special thanks to Dr. Teresa Williamson for her loving support and excellent care during Mrs. Bates illness.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Eastlawn Baptist Church, 1704 Belair Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567
Created by: Patricia Dunbar
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65706018