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OBIT: Mrs. Pauline Kittrell, Age 98, Of Lafayette

Mrs. Pauline Kittrell, age 98 was called to her Heavenly Father’s home by her Lord and Savior at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday morning May 2, 2017 at the Macon County General Hospital.

Funeral services were conducted from her beloved Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday morning May 4th with Eld. Rickey Brooks and Eld. Shawn Shepherd officiating. Burial followed in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

Born Myrtle Pauline Hall in the Difficult Community on October 12, 1918, she was one of three children of the late Willie Burr Hall who died at the age of 85 on January 25, 1977 and Genie Della Dixon Hall who died at the age of 86 on August 15, 1978.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, her older sister Velma Estelle Hall West Walker and her younger brother, Vernon Hollis Hall who died October 3, 2006 at the age of 76.

In 1937 she was united in marriage to Difficult Community native Walter Gale Kittrell who died at the age of 63 on August 22, 1978. After marriage they resided in the Martin Hollow and later purchased their family farm in the Smith Hollow in the Difficult Community, where they lived simply, honestly and faithfully to each other and their family and neighbors.

They were preceded in death by two precious sons, Ellis Hart Kittrell who died at birth on November 15, 1938 and Gary Gale Kittrell who also died at birth on May 9, 1945.

Then on December 22, 1947 they were blessed with a son, Danny Lowe Kittrell who graduated from Smith County High School in 1965 and on November 3, 1950 they were blessed with the birth of their fourth son, Lanny Joe Kittrell who graduated from Smith County High School in 1968. After losing the first two sons, these two sons were a blessing to Walter and Pauline.

Among all the things on this earth, the most precious was the gift of salvation she received at the age of 21, while praying to the Lord. She was later baptized into the full fellowship of the Defeated Creek Missionary Baptist Church on September 22, 1940. As long as health permitted she attended faithfully, often shouting in joy from the blessings received when the Lord saved her soul and in anticipation of what was to come when she stepped off on that beautiful shore.

There was never a better daughter, wife, mother, grandmother or neighbor than Mrs. Kittrell. She had an iron clad sense of mortality which had been gleaned from a good foundation provided by wonderful parents, hard work and painful trials in life, joyful times and prayer. She was a quiet strength to her family, standing with them in times of need, and often imparting wisdom, guiding them down the rights paths in their life’s journey.

In 1994 she left the family farm and moved to the Rocky Mound Community in Western Macon County to be near her two sons and grandchildren, and quickly became an ingrained member of the community where she was loving known as “Granny Kittrell” by all.

Her legacy is far richer than jewels and her teachings continue to live in her surviving family which includes son Danny and wife Becky Cole Kittrell and son Lanny and wife Teresa all of the Rocky mound Community; nine grandchildren, Eric Kittrell and wife Athena, Jeremy Kittrell and wife Brandie, Josh Kittrell and wife Leslie, Lee Ann Klein, Joey Kittrell, Scotty Kittrell and Jennie Sturgill, Dana Henderson and husband Jerry, Walter Kittrell and wife Tasha, Brad Whittemore; twenty four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Hazel Hall of the Plunketts Creek Community.