Alice Lucille McLemore, age 73, of Hartsville, SC (formerly of the Massey Hill neighborhood in Fayetteville, NC), took her last breath in her earthly body, and opened her eyes to the glorious streets of gold in Heaven on Friday, October 9, 2020.
Alice was a master homemaker her entire life, and she was the best Mom that any child would be lucky to have. As any true southern Mama would, she was sure to remind her children not to "embarrass her name" before walking out the door. Throughout the years she was the "neighborhood mom" and the go-to cake baker for every occasion; however, if you wanted to bring HER a lemon meringue pie, she would gracefully accept for a taste test. She was an avid leaf raker, and when she wasn't outside raking those dang leaves, you would most likely find her inside cleaning obsessively while performing her spot-on impersonation of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn or Tammy Wynette. She was loved by many people that crossed her path. Life was difficult for her, but she always persevered and made sure that her children were taken care of. Her children were always on her mind, and she worried about them ‘til the very end.
Alice was born March 10, 1947 to the late John Henry McLemore and Ollie Lee Moore-McLemore of Fayetteville, NC. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Baby McLemore and Deborah Lynn McLemore, and a granddaughter: Meagan Janel Hickman.
Surviving to carry on her memory is her large dysfunctional family of which she was fiercely protective and proud. Children: Lynn Dixon (Glynn) of Hartsville SC, Tommy Smith (Tammy) of McBee, SC, Alice Burkhalter of Galivants Ferry, SC, Sherry House (Todd) of Clayton, NC, and Angela Lashley (Quentin) of Pittsburgh, PA. Alice is also survived by 8 grandchildren who she called her "hearts": Chad Gainey (Jessica), Amanda Cole (Ryland), Miken Gavia, Alyssa NaDell (Ryan), John Michael Hickman II, Christian House, Christopher House and Michael Thomas Burkhalter. The loves of her life are her 6 great-grandchildren: Ayla Cole, Kaylen Cole, Lilliauna Gavia, Aubrey Gainey, Eli Gavia and Addison Gainey. Alice is also survived by 2 sisters: Fran McCauley (Nuel) of Hope Mills NC, and Ruby McLemore of Fayetteville, NC, a niece: Karen Lovering (Gary) of Clayton, NC, and nephew: Jason McCauley (Renee) of Wilmington, NC, as well as a host of extended family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 12pm to 1pm, Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home and other times at 2828 Chicken Foot Rd. Hope Mills, N.C. 28348.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1pm in the Jernigan-Warren Chapel. Social Distancing will be observed. Burial will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park.
The Celebration of Life Service will be livestreamed on the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home Facebook Page. You can view it by clicking the link below:
Online condolences may be sent to www.jerniganwarren.com
Services entrusted to Norton Funeral Home in Hartsville, SC and Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, NC.
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