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Katie “Katie-bug” Laura Gilchrist, 33, passed away March 1, 2024 after a lengthy hospital stay. Katie was born June 7, 1990 to Betty and Stevie Gilchrist. She had attended Jackson High School. Katie was a devoted member of Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Grove Hill, where she was responsible for the children’s mission; she collected mission offerings which were sent to missionary’s abroad at Christmas time to ensure their children had a Merry Christmas. Her work with the church was a perfect example of her big and kind heart.

Katie had a bubbly personality and never met a stranger, enjoying meeting new people with a handshake as much as greeting dear friends with a big hug. She loved to share her joy for life by singing including singing specials church, her favorite being “It Is Well With My Soul.” She loved her Lord and her family, especially her precious niece, Katherine, and little cousin, Abigail.

Katie is survived by her parents, Betty and Stevie Gilchrist; sister, Katrina (Marcus) Ealy; niece, Katherine Hope Ealy; aunts and uncles, Laurine (Kenny) Johnson, Dorothy (Phil) Gilchrist, Nathan Overstreet, James Gilchrist, Gary (Beverly) Gilchrist and Jackie (Ray) Williams; as well as a host of dear cousins, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Woodie C. Overstreet, Dorothy O. Weaver, Eldred C. “Buck” Gilchrist and Arvie Ruth Pugh; aunts and uncles, Roland Dale Gilchrist, Cecil Wayne Gilchrist, Wilda Gilchrist, Dustin Gilchrist and Willie C. Overstreet; and dear friend, Pierre Washington.

Visitations were held at Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson on Wednesday, March 6, from 5 until 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 7, from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at 12 p.m. Bro. Brandon Warden officiated the funeral service. Interment followed in Gilchrist Cemetery on Gilchrist Road in Grove Hill.

Pallbearers were Phillip “Pie” Gilchrist, Angelo “Boy” Chapman, Wrangler Williams, Chase Williams, Nathan Williams and Gunter Williams. Honorary pallbearers included Marcus Ealy and Donovan Carpenter.


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