Frances Elmore

TUPELO – Frances Pate Elmore, 83, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Gordo, Ala., she was born on May 24, 1929, to Grover and Ada Pate. She was a devoted housewife and mother, and an employee of Wilson Upholstery and Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. She was a faithful and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo and a member of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class. She was also a longstanding member of East Heights Garden Club.

Services were Wednesday, April 10, at First Baptist Church of Tupelo with the Rev. Chad Grayson and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. A private family burial was held at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William H. “Bill” Elmore; two sisters and three brothers; and a grandson, Jay Elmore.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Randle (Bill) of Cookeville, Tenn., and Sandy Brandon (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two sons, Terry “Ace” Elmore (Michelle) of Tupelo and Roger Elmore (Marla) of Okolona; eight grandchildren, Mary Frances Strange (Nathan) of Tupelo, Ben Elmore of Tupelo, Betsy Johnson (Troy) and Bryan Elmore of Hamilton, New Zealand, Drew Randle of Lancaster, Pa., Steve Randle (Lani) of Heidelburg, Germany, Jennie Randle of Nashville, Tenn., and Christy Younce of Arkansas; and seven great-grandchildren, Ethan Strange, Clayton Strange and Jay Strange, all of Tupelo, Ashlyn Henley and Georgia Kate Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., Colin Randle of Heidelberg, Germany, and Maddox Johnson of Hamilton, New Zealand.

Pallbearers were Bill Randle, Ronnie Brandon, Ben Elmore, Nathan Strange, Danny Riley, Bob Kelly, Phil Daughdrill and Craig Chance.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Tupelo.

Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803’ or First Baptist Church of Tupelo, 300 Church St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

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