Rita Edwards

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OKOLONA – Rita Lynette Edwards, 60, died suddenly Saturday, April 5, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a sudden illness. Known by many as “Rat,” she was born in Le Panto, Ark. on Oct. 23, 1953, to George Lee and Jimmie Lee Lamb Edwards.

She lived much of her adult life in the Okolona area where she was deli manager for Public’s Grocery. She never met a stranger; had an outgoing, outspoken personality and approached life each day with energy and excitement. Laughter was her trademark and fellowship her way of life. A Baptist, she loved all animals and was particularly fond of her two dogs, Sock-a-Doodle and Peanuts.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Tackett officiating. Private burial will follow in the Edwards family plot at Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include her sons, Adam Johnson (Vickie) of Okolona and Aaron Sharp of Tennessee; a daughter, Andrea Sharp of Tennessee; two grandchildren, Blake Johnson of Clarksville, Tenn. and Olivia Sharp of Tennessee; her caregiver and special friend, Sandy Stovall; three brothers, George Edwards (Lydia) of Hurley, James Edwards of Okolona and Jessie Edwards of Booneville; and three sisters, Corrine Haskett of Wren, Joyce Haney of Golden Living Center in Amory and Brenda Melton of Okolona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and biological parents, Helen Louise Philips and J.W. Haynes; and a niece, Monica Edwards Cross.
Pallbearers will be George, Paul, Mike, Bruce, Scott, Jessie Edwards, Jed Riley Edwards, Ricky Story, Dylan Tackett and Doug Kimble.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Moore, Dot Kimble, DeVan Hanna, Spencer Griffin, Boyd Houston, Stephen Colbert, Dalson Christian, Daryl Franks and Perry Lee Whitlock.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 3 p.m. until service time Tuesday, all at Holland-Okolona Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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