Ethel Mae “Pookie”(Herron)McLemore, went home to be with the Lord in a peaceful sleep, Friday, December 25, 2009 at 4:00 a.m.
Ethel was born March 1, 1943 in Alton, Illinois to the late Willie and Pattie (Hutchinson) Herron. She accepted Christ at an early age.
She was educated in the Alton School District. She was employed by R.W. Harmon & Sons and Orille Bus Lines for many years.
Ethel was preceded in death by her sister Sharon (Shag) Terry and two brothers William and Carl Herron.
She is survived by her fiancé Cleophus Beamon and seven children, Odell (Robin) Fox of Alton, IL, Dorinda (Vernon) Shaver, Patricia (Edward) McKellop, Cornell (Hancy) Fox Sr., all of Wagoner, OK, Jerel (Tiffany) Bryars, Jerry Bryars of Tulsa, OK, and Melodie Cunningham of Florrisant, MO, 29 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 7 siblings Joyce (Samuel) Morgan, Maurice (Zora) Herron, Brenda (Larry) Beard, Darlene Robinson, and Gloria Winn of Alton,IL, Christopher (Leslie) Robinson of Decatur, IL, and Melva Gordon of Wagoner, OK, one aunt Tempie White of Memphis, TN, a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and adopted children.
Visitation will be Thursday from 9 until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Deliverance Temple Complex. Pastor Cornell Fox will officiate. Interment will be held at the Upper Alton Cemetery. Transitory Service entrusted to Harrison Funeral Chapel and Cremation Center of Alton.