Grace Hopper Allred, 99, formerly of Hazlehurst, died at her home in Madison Monday, March 31, 2014.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 3, begin at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service at The First United Methodist Church of Hazlehurst. Interment will follow at the Hazlehurst Cemetery.
Born Dec. 10, 1914 in Dekalb, she grew up in Forest. She attended MSCW where she graduated at the age of 20. Upon graduating, she moved to Hazlehurst, where she started the commercial business courses at Hazlehurst High School.
During her early years in Hazlehurst, she met the love of her life, Cecil They married July 10, 1937 and were married for 73 years. Grace and Cecil, Sr. lived in Hazlehurst until their house burned in July of 2005. Hazlehurst was the city they loved and they made many life long friendships.
They owned and operated Allred’s pharmacy until Cecil L Allred, Sr. retired.
An avid duplicate bridge player, she was among the 1st women life masters in Mississippi. She remained an ACBL, American Contract Bridge League, member until her death. She remained an active player until mid 2012.
She was an active member of the community, a member of the DAR, and an active member of the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church. During the Natchez pilgrimage, Grace served as a hostess for the Natchez tour of homes.
She and her husband were avid travelers. Together they saw many countries of the world. They belonged to the Chinese Peoples Friendship Association; entertaining guests from China in their home and traveling to China.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father Mable and William Leon Hopper, sisters Serena McGee, Lolita Harrison, May Mitchell, brother Jack Hopper and her beloved husband Cecil L. Allred, Sr.
Survivors include: sons, Cecil Jr. and wife, Annetta, of Madison, Chet and wife, Jeanne, of Pascagoula, and Billy and wife, Shela, of Bedford, TX; sister Dot Corbett of Birmingham; grandchildren, Hope Allred of Pascagoula, Heather and Prescott Kerutis of Atlanta, GA, Hoppy and Ellen Allred of Ocean Springs, Melissa and Billy Johnson of Bedford, TX, Cecil Louie Allred, III of New York, NY, Jonathan T. Clark of Madison, Roberta and Danny Lehman of Franklin, TN; and seven great grandchildren.