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