Verna Sue Clark Burgess

December 5, 1924August 16, 2010

Verna Sue Burgess, age 85, passed away Monday, August 16, 2010 at NMMC in Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc County on December 5, 1924 to Sam and Ethel Bailey Clark. She was married to Malone Burgess and for many years, together they operated building supply companies in Pontotoc, for the past 26 years she owned and operated The County Village Grocery with her son Scott. She enjoyed cooking and in earlier years if you ever visited her home she wanted you to have something to eat. Her family was her life. She enjoyed the children, grand’s and great grand’s all being together. She was better known as “Mama Sue” to her family, store customers and her church family. She was a very dedicated member of the Church of Acts in Union County. She loved her family and church family and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was a kind and loving woman who thought of others before herself.

Services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Charlie Gainey and Sister Carolyn Bradford officiating, burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her two sons: Gerald Burgess (Patti) of Tupelo, MS and Scott Burgess of Pontotoc, MS; her two daughters: Sandy Lyon Hawkins of New Albany, MS and Lisa Mathews (Steve) of Pontotoc, MS; her six grandchildren: Sonya Jamison, Secyme Lyon, Jessica Whitehead, Hannah Oswalt, Torri Oswalt and Eden Mathews; her four great grandchildren: Shayne Burchfield, Keli Wray, David Jamison and Corbin Whitehead; and two great great grandchildren: Nicholas Burchfield and Bradley Burchfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters: Lena Dowdy, Carolyn Byars and Mattie Quinn Todd; three brothers: D.H. Clark, James Clark, and Curt Clark; and a great grandchild; McKenzie Lyon.

Pallbearers will be: Sam Anderson, Jerry Holloway, Tom Hinkle, Art Phillips, Roger Bradford and Allen Lowery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM Tuesday and from 12 to 2 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 18, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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August 18, 2010

This is Jimmie Huffstatler and I just wanted to let Sandra Know that the memories will last forever . Will keep you in my prayers.

Kim Renfro

August 18, 2010

My name is Kim Renfro. I was one of the nurses that took care of Mrs.Burgess while she was on 3 north. She was a very special lady,very independent,and so very kind. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. I am glad that I had the priveledge of caring for her while she was on 3 north.....................

Kay Tackitt

August 17, 2010

Steve and I want you to know you are in our prayers. We loved Ms. Verna, as well as her family members. She was always so nice to us when we went in the store and she always had a smile on her face. Scott means a lot to us too as well as Tori and Hannah, which I had in school and drove their bus. You could tell that real love ran in this family. Sincerely, Kay and Steve Tackitt

Diane Byars

August 17, 2010

Sandy, Gerald, Scott, and Lisa,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Mama Sue was so special. She always made me feel so welcome in her home. I am so glad that I had the privilege of knowing her and your family. May God give you comfort at this time. I love all of you!
Diane Byars

August 17, 2010

My love and prayers are with this family,who have been friends for many years.I love you all!!
Falba Gay Selby

From the Staff of Browning Funeral Home

August 16, 2010

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.