Vernessa McClanahan
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Obituary of Vernessa Watson McClanahan

Funeral services for Vernessa Watson McClanahan age 63 of Hebert will be held 2:00 PM Sunday March 10, 2019 from the sanctuary of Bethany Baptist Church at Hebert with Rev. Brian Rankin officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery under direction of Riser & Son Funeral Home of Columbia. Visitation will begin on Saturday March 9, 2019 at the church from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM .

Vernessa Louise Watson McClanahan was born on August 9, 1955 at Ferriday, LA to the union of her parents Richard Monroe Watson and Velma Estelle Hale Watson and passed from this life on Friday March 8, 2019 at the Citizens Medical Center in Columbia following an extended illness.

Vernessa was known as a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend. In her lifetime she had taken so many childrern under her wing to love and cherish and to be a friend to all. Her faith in Jesus Christ was immense. She had worked in her home churches throughout the years and presently was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. She loved the great outdoors and hunting and fishing along with camping. She always loved to get away with her family and her family have so many wonderful memories which revolve around their camping trips. After her love for family and friends she loved animals. Her life blessen everyone around her. Vernessa will be missed immensely but she will never be forgotten. She also loved growing vegetables and beauitful flowers.

She was preceded in death by her son Bobby Joe “Joey' McMurray, by her parents and by her brother: Wallace Watson.

Left to cherish her precious life and a lifetime of memories are her husband: Bro. Billy Lane McClanahan of Hebert, her daughter: Kristy Dunn (Courtney), three step-sons: Rueben McClanahan , Derek McClanahan and DannyWhite; her precious granddaughters: Graci Dunn and Mae Dunn and Amber Etheridge; her grandsons: Joey McMurray and Benton McMurray; two great-grandchildren: Cason Etheridge and Kastor Etheridge; her brother: Jay Watson and her sister: Ramona Gilmore; and a special niece: Vicki Wilhite, and a number of nieces and nephews and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Stacy Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, John Hall, Justin Hall, Luke Watson and Joey McMurray.

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Proverbs 31: 10-31 KJV


10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.