Lula Jean McKamie was born on November 24, 1932, to John Herman Cherry and Flora Eunice (Roach) Cherry. She passed from this life on May 14, 2021, at the age of 88 years.
For most of her life, she resided on the Cherry Hill Farm in McClennan County, Texas. She attended elementary school at Lorena, then transferred to Moody High School where she graduated in 1950. At Moody High she met Wayne McKamie. They were married on June 29, 1951, in the old Victorian house at Cherry Hill. To this union would be born four sons: Charles, Carlis, David, and Brian.
In 1951 Jean graduated from CCCC Business College in Waco; that same year Wayne began preaching. They soon moved to Harrodsburg, Indiana, to work with the Church of Christ there. Over the next nine years, they traveled the country working with the churches in various places and holding numerous gospel meetings. In 1960 Jean and Wayne settled permanently in the old house at Cherry Hill. They continued, however, to travel and preach the gospel during the summer months and on almost every holiday weekend. Jean worked tirelessly to sew beautifully-made clothing for her growing family and labored to have her children ready night after night to attend the many meetings Wayne held. During the school year, she worked as a librarian in the Bruceville-Eddy public schools and quilted, canned, and cooked at home on the farm. Jean was an intelligent, talented, and creative person who improved everything she touched and sought perfection in all she did. She was a devoted, attentive mother and a faithful, godly wife who never failed to fully support Wayne’s preaching of the gospel. At the time of her passing, Wayne and Jean had been married for sixty-nine years.
Jean is survived by her husband, J. Wayne McKamie; four sons, Charles McKamie and wife Susie; Carlis McKamie and wife Tina; David McKamie and wife Valorie; and Brian McKamie; eleven grandchildren, Micah McKamie; Jairus McKamie and wife Leanna; Caleb McKamie and wife Jessica; Sarah McKamie; Staci McKamie; Carrie (McKamie) Jackson and husband Jeff; Curt McKamie; Callie (McKamie) Shirey and husband Tyler; Lacey (McKamie) Jones and husband Brandon; Hannah (McKamie) Fuerst and husband Joey; and Mandy McKamie; five great-grandchildren, Claire and Quinn Jackson; Parker and Tyson Shirey; and Colt Jones.
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