Inez Pannell Bishop McCreary, 96, of Booneville went home to be with her Lord, her parents, her sisters and other family members on Monday, October 7, 2013, after residing at the Landmark Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center for the past ten years.

She was born in Union County to William Doyle and Sara Lou Tollison Pannell on August 27, 1917. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Prior to retiring from Morrison’s Cafeteria at Northeast Mississippi Community College, she worked in the local garment factory.

Treasured by her family, she embodied the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. Her children and grandchildren considered themselves blessed because of her love, her generosity and her dependability. She loved and served the Lord faithfully. She was one of the oldest members of First Baptist Church in Booneville. She was able to tell others about the love of God, His mercy and His grace by sharing scriptures and singing songs until she passed away.

Before her health declined, she had many interests that included fishing, gardening and reading her Bible daily. She also enjoyed cooking for her family.

A celebration of her life was at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Dukes and Dr. Bill Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Shelby Bonds and Carolyn Tigrett, both of Booneville; two stepdaughters, Frances Stephenson and Brenda (Johnny) Brown, both of Nettleton; five granddaughters, Carla (Rick) Hill of Saltillo, Sonya Walters of Booneville, Andrea (Greg) Owens of Booneville, Holly (Chris) Burks of Tupelo and Amy (David) Robinson of Nettleton; 10 great-grandchildren, Austin, Andrew and Granthan Hill, Justin and Rachael Walters, Ashleigh and Wesley Owens, Avery and Shelby Burks and Mary Lace Robinson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. McCreary; four sisters, Clara Reynolds, Claudia Gardner, Olene Thompson and Louise Dawson; her son-in-law, R.J. “Piggy” Bonds; and the father of her children, Howard Bishop.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Booneville or a charity of your choice.

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