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In Memory Of...

April 8, 1939 - January 29, 2017

We are sad to report that John J. Hart 2443 lost one of its long-time members.  Ex-Chapter President Sara Ann Gunter passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017, at her residence in Tupelo after an extended struggle with COPD.  A service celebrating her life was held at 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with entombment in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park. 

Her Confederate ancestors were:

J. Isaac Monts
Pvt. Company I
1st Infantry Mississippi

John Ogborn Garmon
Pvt. Company G
31st Infantry Mississippi

Sara Ann grew up in Verona, Mississippi, graduated from Tupelo High School in 1957, and received her higher education at Mississippi University for Women and Delta State University. She loved local history and contributed greatly to the restoration of the Verona Cemetery, where many of her forebears are interred.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonists, as well as the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  

She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, her daily devotionals, and was an avid Elvis fan.  During Elvis' 1956 return to the Tupelo Fairgrounds, she got to not only meet Elvis but received a kiss on the cheek from "the King."  She appeared in the definitive documentary of the singer's time in Tupelo, "Elvis: The Return to Tupelo" where she shared the excitement of her association with Elvis.

We send our condolences to her family and the Daughters of her Chapter who loved Sara Ann and will miss her.