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Alice Magee

October 14, 1919 ~ June 20, 2019 (age 99)

Pontotoc, MS – Alice Jean Magee, 99, passed away June 20, 2019, surrounded by family and friends at Sanctuary Hospice.  She was born October 14, 1919, to Herbert and Stewart Wilson Weatherall.  She began her elementary education at Chickasaw College, graduated from Pontotoc High School and attended Belhaven College back when ladies had to wear hats, heels, and gloves when “going out” in public.  She was a lifelong Presbyterian.  As a devoted minister’s wife, she followed her husband to Magee, MS, Leakesville, MS, Lake Village, AR, Springhill, LA, Carthage, MS and military bases in Alabama and California, where he served as a chaplain during WW2.  After his death, she moved back to Pontotoc, her birthplace, on property that had been in her family since the early 1840s.

She dearly loved Pontotoc, and provided many years of service teaching in the Pontotoc City Schools, volunteering for the Pontotoc Historical Society, as well as participating in the Pontotoc Cosmopolitan Club, the Mary Stuart Chapter of the DAR, and the “Rootery” Club, a group of ladies from the area having roots in Pontotoc.  Alice Jean was a charter member of Maple Drive Presbyterian Church, and served as treasurer for many years.  She was a woman of great faith and a true “steel magnolia.”  She and her sister, Edith, were endearingly known in Pontotoc as “The Sisters.”  A lover of music, she sang in the church choir, directed the children’s choir and sang on the Belhaven Singing Tree.  Alice Jean also enjoyed traveling and meeting new people.  She loved her family and her “Smokey Cat,” and entertained everyone with countless stories up until he death.

Services will be 11:00 on Monday, June 24, at Maple Drive Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc with the Reverend Craig Jones and the Reverend David Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Sunday, June 23, from 3:00 until 5:00 at Holland Funeral Directors in Tupelo, and one hour before the services at the church.

She is survived by her baby sister, Edith Littlefield of Pontotoc, MS, her daughter, Jean Magee of Tupelo, MS, seven grandchildren, Wendy Newton (Roger) of Glen St. Mary FL, Jeff Magee of Tupelo, MS, Cindy Barnett (Brad) of Tupelo, MS, Amy Booker (Clinton) of Saltillo, MS, Neely Cato of Houston, TX, Dr. Mary Allyson Lowry (Ruffin) of Jackson, MS and Anna McCarley (Scott) of Saltillo, MS; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a special niece, Connie Albrite of Pontotoc, MS and her primary caregivers, Rachel Stewart, Jeanie Ard, Martha Stewart and Olivia Owen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Reverend James Herman Magee, three sons, William G. Magee, Mike H. Magee, Pat Wilson, and an infant daughter.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Magee, Roger Newton, Brad Barnett, Clinton Booker, Ruffin Lowry, Scott McCarley, Christopher Newton, Joe El-Bisis, Jon Michael Barnett, and Kurt von Schilling.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Maple Drive Presbyterian Church, 146 Maple Drive, Pontotoc, MS 38863 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

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