Funeral services for Fannie Mae O'Neal will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Twin City Church of Christ.
Funeral services for Fannie Mae O'Neal will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the Twin City Church of Christ. She will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fannie Mae O'Neal was born April 27, 1932, in Helena, to the union of the late Ben “Bunk” Young and Hattie Johnson. She departed this life on Jan. 23, 2014, in Southaven, Miss. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age. She was baptized at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Helena and she later joined Second Baptist Church in West Helena where she remained faithful until her health failed. She married Eddie Lee O'Neal in 1959. To this union, 3 children were born and 5 additional sons were reared. A son, Hollis Tate (Velma) preceded her in death. Fannie Mae was a seamstress by trade. She loved what she did, and she was very good with her custom, fashion creations. Her customers included many of the elite of Helena–West Helena. She had a passion for service, and she genuinely cared for people, which led to her choosing to become a private duty sitter after her children were grown. She made friends easily because of her gentle spirit and caring nature. Last, but certainly not least, she was a superb cook. She loved to feed everyone and took pride in her cakes, pies, and good ole' soul food. She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter and six sons, Felicia McDonald (Randy) of Walls, Miss.; Kirby Tate, Charles Flowers (Iola) and Eddie Lewis O'Neal, all of Helena-West Helena, Walter Tate (Linda) of Chicago, Ill.; Robert Flowers of Cedar Hill, Texas and Chris O'Neal (Florice) of North Little Rock; a brother, Ezekiel Young, of Detroit, Mich.; 33 grandchildren: 48 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends including Melvina Neal, Mable Pettis, Isaac Mills, and Carolyn Hicks.