Johnnie "Tootsie" Ruth Dear

April 14, 1937May 16, 2020

Johnnie Ruth Dear, 83, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Montgomery Gardens in Starkville. A committal service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 AM.

Mrs. Dear was born in Learned, MS on April 14, 1937 to the late John Robert Strong and Eunice Ester Strong. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. Mrs. Dear was a talented pianist who enjoyed teaching and sharing her gift of music with others. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, O.J. Dear, Jr., parents and 3 siblings.

Mrs. Dear is survived by her daughters, Janet McKell (William) and Tammie Pickering (Lance), and her grandchildren, Ryan McKell, Anna McKell and David Pickering.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkway Baptist Church at

The family would like to thank the staff of Montgomery Gardens for the care given to Mrs. Dear during her time there.

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  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020


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Robin Pigg

May 18, 2020

your mother was a very sweet lady and I’m privileged to have gotten to know her over the years of Anna and Janiece playing sports together. May you feel God’s peace at this difficult time. Praying for all of you.

Julie Freeman

May 18, 2020

Aunt Tootsie you will be missed. Say hello to everyone in heaven that have been waiting for you.
Janet, Tammy and family, please know that your California family is thinking of you and sending love and strength at this difficult time.
Julie, Jody and Family

Donna Wade

May 17, 2020

Janet and Tammie, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Dear’s passing. She was such a sweet neighbor. Prayers for peace and comfort for both of you and your families.


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