Essie Mae Hunt

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ms. Hunt was born on July 7, 1944 to the late Bill and Flora Brackett in Pinehill.

She was the fifth of eight children.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 she exchanged her earthly life for her eternal life. She was 75. 

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She accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pinehill. In 1962, she graduated from Annie Manie High School in Wilcox.  

In February 1965, she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she resided over 20 years. She joined Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church which later merged with Philippian Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as a Sunday school secretary, deaconess, pastor’s aide committee and a choir member. She worked in the school system as a classroom assistant at the 49th Street School and Purche Avenue Elementary. 

 In 1988, She moved to Mobile and resided until God called her home. She was employed with the Mobile County School System as a cafeteria worker. On May 15, 2008, she retired after 30 years of service. 

When she moved to Mobile in 1988, she joined the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Clyde Maye Jr. Her faithfulness and labor of love will never be forgotten. She loved her pastor and she loved to serve. She was a member of the missionary choir and pastor’s aide.  

Essie had a passion to serve others. She was a woman of principle and had great determination.

She enjoyed being at home and spending time with her family that she loved dearly. She was a great provider for her family. She had a special love and bond with her grandchildren. To her, the grandbabies did no wrong. She loved to sing, cook, and especially bake cakes. Laughter was always good for her soul. She had a sense of humor that would bring tears to your eyes.  

She read her bible daily. She loved her pastors, Pastor Howard and the Rev. Maye Jr. She was also active with schools and did a lot of volunteer work. She had a loving spirit that impacted many people and she showed hospitality to all.  

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Flora Brackett; two brothers, David and Clarence Brackett; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Holloway; and nephews, Napoleon Rambo Jr., Eric Brackett, and Clarence Brackett Jr. 

 She leaves to cherish her memory, three children, Debbie Faye Brackett of Thomasville, Sheldon (Marchette) Brackett, Torrance, Calif. and Kristy Hunt of Daphne; two sisters, Corean Banks of Los Angeles and Jewel Phelps of Pomona, Calif.; two brothers, Clinton (Lucille) Brackett of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Norman Brackett, Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Gabrielle (Corey) Griffin of Los Angeles, Xavier Brackett of Torrance and Jordan Holloway of Daphne; one great-grandchild, Amir Griffin of Los Angeles; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Visitation and funeral service will be held this Sat., May 30, 2020, at the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church No. 2, 251 North LaFayette Street, Mobile, AL 36603, with the Rev. Hubert Baker as pastor. The visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and the Celebration of Life will be at 11. The eulogist will be the Rev. Dr. Clyde Maye Jr. Interment  will be at Pinecrest Cemetery, Dauphin Island Pkwy. Services entrusted to Mayberry Funeral Home, 149 Carver Avenue, Atmore AL 36502.