A Celebration of Life will be held for Emma Jo Stegall McElhiney on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the East Faulkner Church of Christ, 930 East Faulkner, in El Dorado. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Officiating will be Bro. Scott Gage, Scott Johnson, and Tommy Bennett.

After a 16 month courageous battle with GBM, Jo went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday night Oct. 6, 2012.

Emma Jo Stegall McElhiney was born in El Dorado on Nov. 24, 1944, to Verline Torrence Stegall (Talley) and William Everett Stegall.

Emma Jo McElhiney was a dedicated member of the East Faulkner Church of Christ.

She loved her church family and friends dearly. She enjoyed her work with AHEC for 28 years. She also loved to cook and care for others. Above all else, her love for the Lord was displayed in the way she cared, and loved her husband, daughters, grandchildren and family.

She will be dearly missed by all who crossed her path. Her life was a shining example for many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wilbur Neil Stegall; and grandson, Justin Allen Hughes.

Jo is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Richard E. McElhiney; three wonderful daughters, Stephanie Mullins and husband Tim of Baton Rouge, La., Libby Cameron and husband Robert of Alexander, and Jennifer Henderson and husband Mike of Magnolia; 11 grandchildren, Joshua Sanders, Morgan Hughes, Lindsey Clark, Hannah Cameron, Dalton Cameron, Cami Cameron, Dylan Hayes, Alexis Roberson, Sam Roberson, Skyler Henderson, and McKenzie Henderson; a very special sister, Martha V. “Ginger” Stegall Busch and husband Mike Busch of Hot Springs; two brothers, Doyle Stegall and wife, Dorsey Wright Stegall, and Tommy Stegall of El Dorado; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Karen Atwood of Conroe, Texas; her special friends, Jennie Hager, Patricia Braswell, Virginia Parker; and numerous cousins.

Pallbearers will be Dalton Cameron, Dylan Hayes, Joshua Sanders, Mike Henderson, Skyler Henderson, Robert Cameron, Tim Mullins, Sam Roberson, Jeremy Busch, and Jonathan Busch.

Memorials can be made to the Berean Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1009, Brookhaven, MS 39602.  http://bereanhome.org

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., today at Young’s Funeral Home in El Dorado.

An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Published: 10/09/2012