Cleta B. Brewer of Mars Hill joined the alto section of Heaven’s choir on June 10, 2019.
A visitation for Cleta will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday until services at 3 at Mars Hill Baptist Church. Bro. Clay Campbell will officiate, and burial will be at Mars Hill Cemetery.
Cleta was born June 6, 1927, in Itawamba County to Reverend B.O. and Minnie Funderburk, welcomed by three brothers and three sisters. Music has always been a gift to Cleta enjoyed. Cleta and her sister Juanita would sing specials in church before they were five years old. They moved several times, as her father was Mississippi State Overseer for the Church of God, and the Funderburks shared their music everywhere they went.
Cleta graduated from Eupora High School. She married Robert (Bob) Brewer of Mars Hill and they were blessed with two daughters. Cleta worked at the superintendent of education’s office in Pike County, and later with Miss Annie Andrews in the Amite County office. Her book-keeping skills recorded perfect state audits annually. After retiring there, she and Bob owned and operated Lakeview Golf Club in Summit for several years.
She was a 65-year member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church and sang alto with the talented Mars Hill Choir. Her chocolate pies and chicken dressing will be missed at potlucks and revivals. She was a gifted artist; many of her paintings are in homes and businesses across the country. She authored two unpublished books and numerous songs for her band, The Mars Hill Kickers. She had a great sense of humor!
She loved being a mom, a Nana, gifted cook and musician. She enjoyed traveling (some), John Wayne movies and Elvis! Mostly, she just loved being home.
Cleta is preceded in death by her parents, Rev B.O. and Minnie (Barton) Funderburk; her husband Bob; three tall brothers, Noah (Vivian), Ezra (Norma), and Ben (Mary Annis); and three sisters, Jewel (Dale), Juanita (L.T.) and Imogene.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda of Brandon, and Kathy (Henry) Edmonson of Starkville; a granddaughter, Molly, and a grand-dog Ruskey; several nieces and nephews, and a host of neighbors who loved “Miss Cleta.”
The family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Mars Hill community, Liberty Community Living Center staff, Angels Work Here sitting service, Hospice Compassus and Dr. Henry Lewis for their loving care, especially in the last chapter of her sweet life.
To honor Cleta’s life, please consider memorials to Mars Hill Baptist Church or daughter Linda’s Mother’s Grace Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 1482, Brandon, MS 39043; or Crosspoint Church, 903 Stark Road, Starkville, MS 39759. God bless.