TUPELO – Maxine Linn Murphree, 89, a Houston native, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2013, at AvonLea Assisted Living & Retirement Community in Tupelo. Maxine was born March 6, 1924, the oldest daughter of Emma Boyce and W.J. “”Willie Jim”” Linn and the granddaughter of Nannie Virginia Westbrook and Finus Harris Linn. Maxine grew up on the Linn homeplace just north of Trebloc 10 miles east of Houston in Chickasaw County and lived there until she moved to the AvonLea Assisted Living & Retirement Community in April of 2009.
Maxine was a lifelong active member of the McCondy Methodist Church and taught a Sunday school class there for many years. She was also active as a Pink Lady at the Houston Hospital (Trace Regional Medical Center). She enjoyed planning, decorating for and directing local weddings and was frequently asked to prepare the write-up for the Times Post describing the event.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Houston with the Reverends Steve Lampkin and Hunter Brewer officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until just before the service at the church. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the Family Life Center of the Church.
Maxine is survived by two of her three children, A. Linn Murphree, M.D., of Pasadena, Calif., and Gayle Lindsey (John) of Saltillo; a granddaughter, Vicki Klauser Brewer (Hunter) of Jackson; a grandson, Chad Klauser, M.D., of New York City; a great-granddaughter, Avery Carter Brewer; a great-grandson, Hunter Townsend Brewer Jr.; and a sister, Mable Carnathan.
She is preceded in death by her youngest son, Gary Carter Murphree (1953-2011); her husband, John Alan Murphree (1923-2005); father, Willie Jim Linn, and mother, Emma Boyce Linn.
Pallbearers will be Pete Dexter, Robert Garner, Tony Kelly, Bob Pearson III, Keith Pounds and Ronnie VanLandingham. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Clark, Jim Carnathan, Neal Colbert, Noel Garcia, M.D., Don Harrington, Joe Hicks, Bob Mooneyham, Randy Nichols, Steve Pearson, Sam Pulliam and Maynard Wiggers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the McCondy United Methodist Church, c/o Don Harrington, 301 County Road 168, Houston, MS 38851 or to First United Methodist Church of Houston, 230 N. Jackson St., Houston, MS 38851.
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