Zula Loufran Holman Gammill, 75, of Hazlehurst, passed away on July 11th, 2017 at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, MS. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 12th, at the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church from 12:00 until 1:45 with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.
She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 56 years, Frank; son Neel Gammill (Kay) of Memphis, TN; and son Michael Gammill (Deidra) of Hattiesburg, MS. “Nana” will be deeply missed by her 5 adoring grandchildren: Emily, Christian, Hunter, Kneeland and Emma. She is also survived by brother Chet Holman (Carolyn), sister Mary Kathryne Stevens (Johnny), all of Hattiesburg, and her sister-in-law Sue Gammill Cupit of Union Church.
Loufran was born in Fayette to Kneeland and Jane Easterling Holman on January 15, 1942. At a young age she fully developed her musical talents on the piano with frequent recitals and playing for the local church. While in 8th grade, she got her first glimpse of Frank and promptly reported to her mother she had found the man she would marry. On June 1, 1961, they did marry while Frank was a pharmacy student at Ole Miss. In the summer of 1962 their son, Neel, was born. After Frank’s graduation they moved to Gulfport where Michael was born. They finally settled down in Hazlehurst in 1965 and there became a part of a wonderful community as members of the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church and establishing businesses to include The Village Flower Shoppe, The Special Touch Gift Shop and Gammill’s Pharmacy.
Among Loufran’s many talents was an amazing flare for creativity with a close attention to detail. One of the ways these talents were best displayed was through the countless weddings she directed, collaborating with brides to make each event unique and their own. She was also active in the community as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle and the Hazlehurst Garden Club. Later through her love of nature, she became actively involved with the NWTF-Women in the Outdoors. She and Frank loved to travel with the mountains of Colorado as a frequent destination.
Loufran could find the beauty in all of God’s creation and lived a life filled with compassion for others. She encouraged those who knew her to dream big while sharing her strong Christian values that shaped the lives of her husband children, grandchildren, family and friends.
The family is grateful for the loving and caring staff of St. Catherine’s Village and Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care. Their dedication during the past months sustained Loufran’s spiritually and provided the family the opportunity to prepare for her entrance into God’s heavenly kingdom.
“You live in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial to be sent to either the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church at 127 Caldwell Dr., Hazlehurst, MS 39083; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org; or a charitable organization of the donor’s choice.