Family and friends will adorn shades of pink and gather at the New Zion Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday morning to celebrate the life of Etta Mae Halstied. Pastor Lawrence Anderson will give the Eulogy and Dr. Wayne Lawson will officiate. Etta’s soul took flight Sunday morning from Ardmore’s Mercy Hospital at 3:40 a.m. She was 73 years, 11 months and 2 days old, almost 4 years past the promised years.
A lifelong resident of Marietta, she is a 1964 graduate of Marietta High School. Following high school, she immediately began employment with Marietta Sportswear, until its closure 26 years later. Afterwards, Etta began employment with WhiteHouse Designs until its closure, which issued causation for her retirement. Etta accepted Christ as Lord and Savior during her youth and was baptized by Pastor Hubert H. Harris in Lake Murray Spillway. A charter member of New Zion Baptist Church, she served as office Clerk. Etta was the first to arrive for Sunday School each Sunday morning to prepare bulletins for the Church Service. She was one of the four Halstied Sisters, a gospel singing group, who originated before their teens. Additionally, she was a member of the Love County Community Choir since its origin.
Etta is the eighth of ten children. She is preceded in death by her parents, William ‘Bill’ and Bessie Halstied; an infant son, Derrick Dewayne; three brothers, LaBraska Halstied, Jimmie McCarroll and Herculee McCarroll; two sisters, Lorene Foreman and Lovetta Douglass.
Precious memories of her life are cherished by countless nieces and nephews; two sisters, Dorothy (L.J.) Lornes, and Willie (Jobie) Kirk; two brothers, Perry (Rebecca) Halstied, and Hayze Halstied; a brother-in-law, Lewis Douglass, and a sister-in-law, Hattie McCarroll.
Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home. Bearers of the Bier are Willy Anderson, Lester Douglass, Keith Douglass, Kevin Halstied, Richard McCarroll and KorDale Lornes. Flower Bearers are Sherry Farrow, Succentto Hennesy, Latronda Lornes, Ashlee Lowe, Glenda Bennett, and Pat Evans. Etta’s final resting place is the Halstied family plot in Marietta’s Prairie View Cemetery. Professional services are prearranged with Kirk Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to kirkfuneralhome@cableone.net.