MCKISSICK ~ Mrs. Hattie L. McKissick departed this life Monday, May 20, 2019. She was born May 25, 1918, in Jacksonville, Florida, where she spent her formative years. Mrs. McKissick received her education in the Duval County School system, graduating from Stanton High School in 1937. She went on to matriculate at Talladega College, graduating from there in 1941. While there, Mrs. McKissick pledged the Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in the year 1938. She later became a part of the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Jacksonville, Florida, serving for a time as the Tamiochus of the chapter.
In 1945, Mrs. McKissick left for New York City after marrying the love of her life, Mr. Lawrence McKissick in 1942. While living in New York, she worked for the New York School System until her retirement. After the death of her husband, Lawrence in 2002, Hattie returned to Jacksonville in 2003 to live out the rest of her days with her family and friends. Among her many enjoyments, Hattie was an avid traveler, taking multiple cruises annually to many places across the globe. Her pride and joy of travelling was to be on a cruise somewhere at the turn of each new year. She did this every year until her health would no longer allow, WELL INTO HER NINETIES!!!
Hattie is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence McKissick, Sr.; and son, Lawrence (Larry) McKissick, Jr. She is survived by her brother and sister in love, Bishop Rudolph and Estelle McKissick; nephews Michael Matthews and Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. (Kimberly); nieces, Paula Robinson and Kim Law (Clint); grandnephew, Joshua McKissick; grandnieces, Santasha Scott (Chandler), Tiffani Dailey (Torin), Ersula White (Michael), Jocelyn McKissick and Janai McKissick; a host of great grand nephews and nieces, cousins and friends, including her dearest friend, Soror Janie Madry.
Celebration of Life Service for Hattie L. McKissick will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Senior Pastor; Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Family will receive friends Friday at The Soutel Chapel from 5 – 6:30 PM. Interment at Edgewood Cemetery. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904.924.9400