Patricia Rosa LeMay
February 27, 1933 - February 22, 2019
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Rosa LeMay, age 85, of Vicksburg passed from this life to heaven on February 22, 2019, at
Vicksburg Convalescent Home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 27, 1933, in Bovina, Mississippi. She attended J. H. Culkin Academy
graduating in 1951 as Valedictorian, Senior Class President, Homecoming Queen, Football
Cheerleader and MVP of the girls basketball team. The day following graduation, she married
her childhood school sweetheart, Perrin J. Griffing, Sr. After losing Perrin Sr., at the age of 23,
to Hodgkins Lymphoma Disease, she married John Henry LeMay in 1956. Rosa was a devoted
housewife and loving mother. She was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church for many years.
She spent many days listening to gospel music.Her love for all sports was passed down to her
children and grandchildren. She loved watching her kids play sports and rarely missed a game.
At the age of 70, she learned to operate the computer, so she could listen to her grandson play
baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Rosa was preceded in death by her first husband in 1955, Perrin J Griffing, Sr., her husband of 37
years in 1993, John H. LeMay, her parents, Seth Kent and Hester Anderson, her siblings, Sally
Anderson, Robert Anderson, Kent Anderson Jr., Bonard Deardorff and her great-granddaughter,
Layla Grace Pettway.
She is survived by her children, Perrin J. (PJ) Griffing, Jr., Martha (Joe) Pettway, and Nancy
(Tony) Warnock; 5 grandchildren, Brian (Leanne) Pettway, John Rice (Erin) Pettway, Jason
Pettway, Drew (Courtney) Warnock and Dana (Sean) McRaney; 5 great grandchildren, Briley
Kate and Colton Joseph Pettway, Katie Lauren and Karley Marie Warnock, and Lydia Ann
McRaney; one sister, June (George) Matthews;sister-in-law, Delia Durst Anderson; first cousin,
Floyce Birdsong Brown and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home.
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until the hour of service. Pastor Kent Campbell of Woodlawn
Baptist Church will be officiating and assisted by Ellis Heffington, Staff Pastor of Warrenton
Independent Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Edwards City Cemetery, Edwards,
Pallbearers will be grandsons Brian Pettway, Colton Pettway, John Rice Pettway, Jason Pettway,
Drew Warnock, Sean McRaney, and brother-in-law Rodney LeMay.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Albert Steele, Joanne Robinson, Dr. J. Russell Barnes, Staff of
Vicksburg Convalescent Home, and Staff of St. Joseph Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Bible Education & Missionary Service (BEAMS), 15444 Duckworth
Rd., Gulfport, MS 39503, Woodlawn Baptist Church, 2310 Culkin Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39183,
or a charity of your choice.