July 20, 1929 – April 10, 2019
Services to celebrate the life of Johnnie Wren will be held on 11:00 AM Friday at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Mrs. Wren died on April 10, 2019 at Country Cottage. She was born in Alcorn Co. on July 20, 1929 to the late John Martin and Mary Belle Smith. She worked for ITT, Tyrone and retired from the Kroger deli. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, church activities, working in her yard and flowers. She loved being with her family, grandchildren and many friends.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Odell Wren; brothers, Otha Martin and Billy Jerry Martin; sisters, Verna Harbin, Flo Telander, Bertha Lanza, Marie Derryberry and Dorothy Barnes.
She is survived by sons, Gary Wren (Susan) and Greg O. Wren (Bobbie); daughter, Paula Smith (Danny); grandchildren, Shay Smith (Hannah), Johnna Yarber (Dustin), Shannon Essary (Westley), Josh Wren (Caitlyn), Jordan Wren (Hannah), Jade Whitehurst (Garrett), Dusty Kyle (Casey) and Rusty Purvis; great-grandchildren, Tate Smith, Wyatt Yarber, Harper Smith, Lauren Rinehart, Lindsey Essary, Cullen Essary, Cadee Essary, Lynlee Wren, Flora Wren, Livi Wren, Owen Whitehurst, Cadan Kyle, Caitlee Kyle, Dru Purvis, Rivers Purvis and a host of family and friends.
Bro. Randy Bostick will officiate the service.
Online condolences can be left at www.MemorialCorinth.com
- Receiving of Family and Friends Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Celebration of Life Friday, April 12, 2019
Shirley Cartwright McKenzie
April 15, 2019
I missed talking with Johnnie at the 2018 Indian Creek Cemetery homecoming because it poured all day and nobody could get out. So it must have been at 2017 that we talked a long time and she talked a long time about all her family. I learned her brother was Otha Martin. My mother, Birdie (Osborne) lived in Chewalla next to the Martins across from the church and I felt like I knew them. Mother had shown me a photo of Otha when he was a young boy. I was happy to send a copy to Miss Johnnie. She generously shared it with Otha's family in California. They wrote me a nice letter and told me how Otha became a famous tuna-boat pilot and was highly regarded in his industry. I felt proud and was so happy to have known more about the 'Martin kids'. So it is with sadness to learn of her passing from your presence, but with gratitude that I got to know her. To her extended family - God Bless You All. I hope we meet soon.
April 12, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and our prayers.
jeanne martin smith
April 11, 2019
dear sweet Aunt Johnnie...
Your yummy crisp Sweet Pickles ....your famous Biscuits and Gravy ,
your fun loving contagious laugh and your unconditional love of your
family are just some of the memories i will always hold close
to my heart. I can’t even imagine the fun you are going to have in HEAVEN with
uncle Odell and your brothers and sisters......we are all going to miss you....
-your California neice Jeanne