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OBIT: Mrs. Elizabeth Kemp, age 94, of Carthage

Mrs. Elizabeth Kemp

Mrs. Elizabeth Kemp died at 2:10 p.m. Monday afternoon February 5, 2017 at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 27 days, just four days shy of her 95th birthday. Her family was at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage at her bedside when the death angel came and carried her into heaven.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning February 7th from her beloved North Carthage Baptist Church. Her longtime pastor Eld. Charles Gentry and family friend and pastor, Eld. Stephen Brooks, officiated at the 11 a.m. services. Burial followed beside her husband in the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens with her present pastor, Eld. Anthony Dixon officiating.

Born Martha Elizabeth Whitley in the Pleasant Shade Community on February 9, 1923, she was one of four children of the late Virgil “Gad” Whitley who died at the age of 83 on November 5, 1977 and Ellen Dee Gregory Whitley who died at the age of 87 on May 11, 1984.

A sister, Wynell Bellamy of Huntingdon Beach, California died April 20, 2006 at the age of 87and a brother Hollis Whitley preceded Mrs. Kemp in death.

Her husband and the father of their five sons, Arthur Draper Kemp, died on December 13, 1957 at the age of 40.

Mrs. Kemp was saved at the age of 35 at a revival meeting being conducted by Eld. R. D. Brooks and Eld. H. C. Vanderpool and on June 11, 1958 was baptized into the full fellowship of the North Carthage Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until death.

Mrs. Kemp was a retired teacher’s assistant to the late Minnie Lena Porter with the Smith County Special Education program.

Surviving are her five sons, Norris Kemp of Carthage, Phil Kemp and wife Pam Page Kemp of South Carthage, Wayne Kemp and wife Merle McCall Kemp of Lebanon, Francis Kemp of the Monoville Community, Tim Kemp and wife Lorie Dyer Kemp of Red Boiling Springs; sister, Joyce Stasel of Beaverton, Colorado; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Kemp and wife Heather, Jason Kemp and wife Tracey, Jon Phillip Kemp and wife Amy, Jamie Kemp and wife Cindy, Scott Kemp and wife Holly, Joseph Kemp and wife Stephanie, Austin Kemp, Norissa Kemp and Macy Kemp; five step-grandchildren, Chris Dickerson and wife Karen, Lyndsey Underwood, Morgan Knight and husband Tyler, Hagan and Addison Wright.

The Kemp family requests memorials to the North Carthage Baptist Church.