Katherine Davis (Mrs. Kathi) Hood, 73, of Utica, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at her home.
Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Thursday at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst. Services will be 10am Friday at Pine Bluff Baptist Church with burial at Pine Bluff Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.
Mrs. Hood was born August 28, 1943 to the Reverend Montie A. and Mrs. Bertha Davis in Moss Point, MS. As the youngest of five, she was always quite precocious and determined. The family lived in Brandon and Carson before returning to Moss Point where Katherine graduated high school. She followed her father’s footsteps to Mississippi College and there, on the tennis courts, met her beloved Edwin Earl. They married and shared the next forty years of life, until his death in 2005. They lived and reared their family in Dentville.
Katherine loved music even as a child and chose it as her vocation. She combined her love of music and teaching to touch countless students’ lives during her 30 year career in Crystal Springs High School, Rebul Academy, and Simpson Central Elementary School. When music programs were removed from school curricula, she used her determination and returned to MC to earn her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education with a 4.0 GPA.
Reverend Montie baptized his daughter at a young age. Throughout the rest of her life she turned her love of Jesus into church service and was the music director of Pine Bluff for 30 years. At the time of her death she was an active member of The MacDowell Music Club of Crystal Springs. Their annual A Grand Night production was the biggest joy, other than her four grandchildren, of her last years.
Mrs. Hood was preceded to heaven by her husband Edwin Earl Hood and her four siblings: John Davis, Montie A. Davis, Jr., Harry Davis and Shirley Davis Speights. She is survived by daughter Lynda Hood Cheney (Scott) with granddaughter Lyndsey Maren of Birmingham, AL and son Ed Hood (Cortney) with grandchildren Will, John Thomas and Katherine of Tupelo, MS. Nothing made her happier than being Nana to her “grands”.
Memorial gifts may be made to Crystal Springs MacDowell Music Club, PO Box
203, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 designated for Kathi Hood, “A Grand Night” or the Camp Hopewell Type 1 Diabetes Camp online at www.camphopewell.com/#!diabetes-camp/ctlv