Mildred Katherine Mackey Ikerd

Graveside services for Mildred Katherine Mackey Ikerd, 99, of Greenville will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 23 at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. She died on Tuesday, October 20 at Magnolia Gardens. 

Mrs. Ikerd was born on October 13, 1916, in Gadsden, Alabama, the daughter of Elbert Ward and Lula Young Mackey. She was a devout Christian, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a loyal friend to many. Even on her last day, she continued her role as a family adviser and counselor. She was known as an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing until recent years. She was an avid gardener in her younger years and enjoyed canning vegetables and jellies. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Greenville and a former member of the Benoit Union Church in Benoit. 

Mrs. Ikerd recently returned to Greenville after living in Emeritus Assisted Living in Oxford, MS for approximately two years. She made friends wherever she lived and will be missed by many. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James M. Ikerd; her son Billy G. Smith; her brother, Casey Mackey; and her two sisters, Wardine M. Frank and Hazel M. Graves. 

Mrs. Ikerd is survived by her son, James M. Ikerd (Joan) of Canton, GA; her daughters, Arillia (Ree) I. Holley (Willlie) of Marks, MS; Sherry I. Gaston (Ben) of Indianola, MS; and Brenda I. McClendon (Hugh) of Greenville, MS; her grandsons Hunter Ikerd, Mark A. Holley, Kevin W. Holley, Hugh I. McClendon, Reno Smith, and Randy Smith; her granddaughter, Denise I. Stewart, and thirteen great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.