Obituaries for Thursday, August 28, 2008

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2008

Clara Mae Smith Rushing

Clara Mae Smith Rushing, 81, went home to be with the Lord onAug. 27, 2008. She was a lifelong, faithful member of Church ofChrist. Clara Mae was a long time resident of Sulphur, La., but wasborn and reared in Brookhaven. She was a foster mother for morethan 20 years providing a loving home for more than 150 children inneed, but her primary purpose in life was being a wife to herbeloved husband, Frank, and a mother to their four children.

Services for Mrs. Rushing are 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, atRiverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel with burial in New SalemChurch of Christ Cemetery in Brookhaven.

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Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank B. Rushing andtheir son, Frank Marlon Rushing, both of Sulphur; her mother,Maggie Arnold Smith; her father, Jeff “Coot” Smith; her sisters,Winnie Calcote and Nellie Bedford; and her brother, Earl Smith, allof Lincoln County.

She is survived by her daughters, Paulette Field and husband,Walter, of Humble, Texas, Teresa Smith and husband, Roger, ofSulphur; her son, Jeff Rushing and wife, Melody, also of Sulphur;her nine grandchildren; and her 11 great-grandchildren.