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Theda Mae Fleming

DREW - Theda Mae Helms Fleming, age 92, of Drew, MS, passed away on Monday June 27, 2016 at her home. She was born on January 20, 1924 to Jessie and Queenie (Bush) Helms in Drew, MS. Ms. Fleming was a lifelong resident of Drew, MS. She married J. F. "Jeff" Fleming. She was the owner of Fleming Drive Inn for several years. Ms. Fleming also assisted her husband with several service stations they ran. They also owned the Ruleville Feed and Seed for several years. Ms. Fleming was a founding charter member of 1st Baptist Bible Church in Drew. She was a Proverbs 31 woman, always taking care of her family doing everything she could to support them in all their endeavors. Ms. Fleming took great pride in being called "Granny Fleming" to all. Her passion was taking care of others before herself.

Ms. Fleming was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Queenie Helms, husband, J. F. "Jeff" Fleming, 2 sons Billy Wayne Fleming and Ronnie Fleming, 3 Brothers, Jessie, L B and Johnny Helms, and 4 sisters, Lottie Robertson, Cecil Williams, Dorothy Latham and Adele Norton. 2 grandchildren Paula Foland Hood and Jennifer Jo Fleming.

Visitation will be held Thursday June 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to1:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 PM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Lehrton Cemetery. Reverend Brian Cleveland and Reverend Trey Pearce will officiate the service. She is survived by Son, Thomas Franklin (Janney) Fleming of Drew, MS. Daughter, Eva Koenigsknecht of Lansing, MI. Daughter, Patricia Rogers of Indianola, MS. Daughter, Joyce Merchant of Dimondale, MI. Son, Jerry (Pam) Fleming of Sunflower, MS. Son Donald (Josie) Fleming of Merigold, MS. Brother, James Helms of Mathiston, MS. 18 Grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Tom Fleming, John Rogers, Todd Foland, Andrew Merchant, Jeremy Fleming and Pete Walker. Honorary pallbearers are Wesley Chandler, Kevin Rogers, Stephen Rogers, Adam Merchant, Jeff Fleming, Anthony Fleming and Marshall Baldwin.

Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Children's Home MS-440, Kosciusko, MS 39090.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The on-line guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Theda Mae Fleming. Please know that others care and know the hurt and emptiness of losing loved ones in death. Psalm 34:18 tells us that "Almighty God is close to the brokenhearted, He saves those who are crushed in spirit."

VG - July 04 at 11:49 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Emerald Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Theda Mae Fleming.

June 29 at 05:19 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.. Mothers are the heart and soul of families.. Their love for their children are endless and when they are taken from this earth the memories of that love lingers. I know from losing my own Mother that the hurt never leaves but the memories grow fonder day by day.. God Bless the entire family..

Diana Burchfield - June 29 at 11:12 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sentiments of Serenity Spray was purchased for the family of Theda Mae Fleming.

June 29 at 10:43 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to the family.

susan arnold - June 29 at 09:12 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Theda's passing. Much love and sincere condolences to all our Fleming family. May she rest peacefully and may her memory be eternal. Love, Karla and Hoppy

Karla Coumanis - June 28 at 08:40 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Theda Fleming was a lady I met when I was nineteen and right off the bat she told us to call her Granny--she said, "Everybody else calls me that." Little did I know that three years later I would be marrying her son, Ronnie, and become her daughter in law...She was a good mother in law and also a Christian friend to me...I lost Ronnie last Aug. and now I have lost Granny....breaks my heart that we were not able to get together after Ronnie's passing to cry on each other's shoulders, but I guess it wasn't meant to be...my daughters loved their Granny and Pappa Hawk and Julie is having a hard time with losing Granny so close to her fathers' death...Love you Granny-always will...

Debbie Fleming - June 28 at 03:10 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember when Jennifer was in the hospital having her second liver transplant. Granny ate ding dongs. Every time after that she always asked if Mike and I brought her dings dongs to eat. She would say she had not had any since we brought them to her last. Very strong and influential lady. She will be missed but she is rejoicing now as only a child of God can do. Miss you Granny. Mike and Patricia Holliday

Patricia Holliday - June 28 at 02:18 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember that

Patricia F. Rogers - June 28 at 10:57 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss, but always a comfort to know we shall meet again. Mrs Fleming was such a sweet and loving lady. Prayers for all the family and friends. Dr. Mike and June Patterson

June Patterson - June 28 at 01:55 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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