Mrs. Mary Louise McLemore, of Covington, Georgia, passed Thursday, February 23, 2012. Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethesda Cathedral of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., 1989 Austin Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032, with Suffragan Bishop Stewart Reese, Jr., Senior Pastor and Elder Stewart Reese, III, Pastor Officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln Cemetery.
Mary Louise (Jackson) McLemore was born April, 25, 1943 in Sawyerville, Alabama to the late Annabelle and Bishop Isaiah Jackson. She was the fifth child from the loving union of her parents that produced seven boys and seven girls. Mary grew up in a loving home in Birmingham, Alabama where she received her early education. She eventually moved from Birmingham and ventured out on her own to live in the big city of New York City. She didnt stay long because she loved her family dearly and moved to Seattle Washington to live and be with one of her sisters, Navoria I. Reese. It was there in Seattle that she met and married AC (Solomon) McLemore and raised one daughter Kimberly, who she affectionately called, My Baby. She was a devoted wife and mother and gave tirelessly of herself to her family and many others as a caregiver. She worked for years as a health food consultant and was instrumental in one of the popular local pharmacies introducing a line of natural remedies to their inventory, something unheard of back in the early 70s. Her knowledge in alternative medicine increased tremendously and she was able to provide a natural remedy for any ailment and was respected by many in the Washington Metropolitan area for her expertise. Known to some by Maryum, she eventually became manager of a health food store right near the Nations Capitol and was loved by many of her customers establishing life long bonds and friendships with a few of them. During the course of her career as a caregiver, her travels led her to serve many in Tucson, AZ, Birmingham, AL and Highpoint, NC, where she lived with her sister Rebekah and worked for Hoovers Funeral Home for 11 years. Mary loved the Lord and wherever she lived she made sure to unite and fellowship with a church family. While in Birmingham, she was a faithful member of The Bishop Isaiah Jackson Worship Center (Bishop A. Isaiah Jackson); while in Highpoint she was a faithful member of Higher Praise Apostolic Church (Bishop Michael Daniels). She later settled in Setauket, NY and continued to care for many others, even at the expense of her own health. Being part of a large, but very close knit family, her sisters persuaded her to travel home where she returned to Covington, GA. It was at the home of her sister Navoria Reese and brother-in-law, Bishop Stewart Reese, Jr., that the sisters rallied around her to provide the loving care she needed in her final days. Still, in spite of her illness, she was always trying to do for others and praised the Lord without fail all throughout her illness. She made Bethesda Cathedral in Decatur, GA. her church home under the leadership of Pastor Stewart Reese, III, and insisted on being baptized again to renew her relationship with the Lord. Mary was known for her outgoing personality, making friends with perfect strangers, speaking her mind and for working magic in the kitchen. She could make a meal fit for a king even from meager provisions leaving everyone licking their plates and fingers. She gave tirelessly of herself to others and had an amazingly huge heart. On Thursday morning February 23, 2012, the Lord called Mary home to rest in His kingdom, She leaves to mourn and cherish her memories, her daughter Kimberly Pumphrey, of Bowie, MD, five sisters, Navoria I. Reese (Bishop Stewart, Jr.) Covington, GA, Trustzetter Shaw (Dr. Richard), Decatur, G., Rebekah Hoover, Highpoint, NC, Grace Quinn (James) Las Vegas, NV, Ann Moon (Arthur), Fayetteville, GA; three brothers, Bishop A. Isaiah Jackson (Joan), Phillip Jackson (Earlene), both of Birmingham, AL, Timothy J. Jackson, Detroit, MI., one grandson Everett Pumphrey, and great grand-daughter Kaylen of Bowie, MD. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, saints and friends. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Annabelle and Bishop Isaiah Jackson, one sister, Faith Benion, four brothers, Joseph, David, Joel, and John Jackson; one grand-daughter Desariee` Pumphrey.
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