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Mary Sue Kemp
September 16, 1934 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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After a short illness, Mary Sue Kemp of Dexter, Georgia passed away at her home on Friday, February 2, 2024, surrounded by her family. She was 89 years old.
Mary Sue was born in Cochran, GA on September 16, 1934. She graduated from Cochran High School where she played basketball. Mary Sue married the love of her life, Lawton Kemp, Sr. on September 7, 1952, and they were married for 55 years before his death. Until retirement, she spent many years working as a bookkeeper at Claxton Lawrence Ford and Robins Air Force Base. Since she and Lawton owned and operated a family farm, she had a heart for the farmers and worked closely with them during her employment at Production Credit Association.
Mary Sue was a member of Dexter Baptist Church and also attended Buckhorn Methodist Church. She enjoyed being involved with church activities, going out to eat, shopping, sewing, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. She loved being a part of Young at Heart and visiting and socializing with all those involved. She often challenged her grandchildren with a game of Tetris on their Gameboys and usually won. She was very active in her children’s school activities and sports events they were involved in when they were young. In addition, she loved spending time at the lake with her children and grandchildren. She was known as Mema to her grandchildren and many others. Mary Sue and her late husband Lawton spent many years coaching and working with young people in sports events and truly made a positive difference in their lives. One of the greatest blessings Mary Sue experienced during her lifetime was that she was a breast cancer survivor for 40 years, and she was able to share and encourage others who were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mary Sue is survived by her daughter Judy (Chad) Holton, her son Lawton (Gale) Kemp Jr., grandchildren Kellie (David) Johnson, Lawson (fiancé Kayla Morrison) Holton, Hannah (Todd) Jones, Trae (Lori) Kemp, Misti (Dustin) Robinson, Phillip (Katie) Knight, her 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lawton Kemp, Sr., her mother Myrtle Sapp, her father, John Lyles, her aunt, Vera Kelly, brothers James Lyles and Jesse Lyles, and step-brother Watson Sapp.
She was blessed to have many loving caregivers whom she loved very much. Debra Vann, her caregiver for almost 12 years was known as “driving Ms. Mary” and a part of her family. They loved each other dearly. Heartfelt gratitude to Debra Vann, Susan Hoges, Linda Stephens, Phyllis Clover, Debra Dixon, Annanda Fleming, Kirsten Shinholster, Pat Williams, Pat Johnson, and Opal Wilmore for the love and care they provided. The family would like to acknowledge Georgia Hospice Care for the excellent care they provided during her illness. Also, a special thanks to Laurens County EMS Service specifically to Don Bryant for their quick response and caring spirit.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 5, at Buckhorn Methodist Church at 3:00 PM. The family will receive friends and family from 1:30 – 2:30 prior to the funeral services at Buckhorn Methodist Church. Burial will be at Northview Cemetery, Dublin, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dexter Baptist Church, Buckhorn Methodist Church, or to Carl Vinson VAMC, Attention Agent Cashier, 1826 Veterans Blvd., Dublin, GA 31021 and state general purpose for veterans on your check.