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Bessie McElrath

d. October 21, 2014

Bessie McElrath

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I lived my life and done my best,
an example I've tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond the light
and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to that warm and loving light.
I want to go, I really do,
it's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and are afraid,
because I see your tears.

In humble submission to the Will of God, the management and staff of Sunset Memorial Chapel, Inc. sorrowfully announce the earthly departure of Mrs. Bessie Lauderdale McElrath, age 74, of Sylacauga "Ann," as she was lovingly called by many. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 the Lord gently whispered, "Your mansion has been completed. Come, my child, it's time to move in." Bessie, being escorted by angels, bade earthly dwelling goodbye while waiting patiently at Coosa Valley Medical Center. Being a faithful member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sylacauga, she now is reunited with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She has left us with a sensational legacy that will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.  
A Service of Celebration will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 27, 2014 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sylacauga with the Pastor Kendall Burton, Officiating. Bessie will find sweet rest and peace, in the serenity of the Sylacauga Cemetery. Mrs. McElrath may be viewed Sunday, October 26, from 1:00-7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. McElrath will lie in state two hours prior the service. Please keep the McElrath & Lauderdale families in prayer, as we reflect the gracious memories.

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Past Services


Sunday, October 26, 2014

1:00 - 7:00 pm

Sunset Memorial Chapel, Inc

Childersburg, AL

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 27, 2014

Starts at 11:00 am

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Sylacauga, AL

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