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Lelah Mae Surratt, age 88

Lelah Mae (Phillips) Surratt, 88, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. She was born in Knox County, Missouri on March 12th, 1934 to the late Thomas E. Phillips and Thelma Boltz Phillips. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas E. and Thelma Phillips, husband Herbert Surratt; and sons James F. Rourke and Terry M. Rourke. 

Lelah moved to Quincy in 1954 where she lived until 2021 when she moved to Arkansas where she lived with her daughter and son in law until her death. 

Lelah leaves behind her children Tammy (Charles) Salts, and Debby Crafton; and grandchildren Cheyenne McDaniel (Richard) and Sierra Salts and one fur baby Princess. 

She was a member of ThatChurch, Sherwood since 2021 and loved Jesus with her whole heart and soul. Lelah was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, word searches and second-hand shopping. She enjoyed gardening and springtime. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was known for her kind heart, gentle soul and her beautiful smile which was contagious to all. Her favorite meal was always a cheeseburger and French fries. She loved her furry companion of 6 years Princess, who was always by her side. Lelah will be missed by many. 

Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Knox City Cemetery in Knox County, Missouri. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to your local Humane Society or Alzheimer’s Association in her memory. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Charlotte Surratt Posted April 29, 2022 11:00 AM

    To one of finest and beautiful ladies I’ve meant in life. Thanks for being my Ma. Love you dearly, Charlotte

  • Charlotte Surratt Posted April 29, 2022 11:04 AM

    To the family of Lelah I’m sorry for your loss. Love you, Char

    • Tammy Salts Posted April 30, 2022 3:09 PM

      Thanks so much for your prayers and love. The flowers are beautiful.

  • Tammy Salts Posted April 30, 2022 3:00 PM

    My sweet momma. I am going to miss you so very much. The house is not the same without you here. RIP momma until we meet again 😪

  • Kenneth Bundick Posted May 1, 2022 4:53 PM

    Prayers for the family

    • Tammy Salts and family Posted May 2, 2022 5:50 PM

      Thanks so very much.

  • Gloria FulkI Posted May 1, 2022 6:29 PM

    I always enjoyed going to Leah’s house to see Tammy helah was so friendly you just felt like family I have fond memories of the year lelah ntroduced me to Indian popcorn Rest in paradise Lelah. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

    • Tammy Salts Posted May 2, 2022 5:52 PM

      Thanks so much my sweet friend. We had a lot of fun times in that house and yours. I remember the popcorn too. I love you ❤️

  • Christy B. Posted May 1, 2022 9:19 PM

    I am so glad I got to meet her. She was a very sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

    • Tammy Salts and family Posted May 2, 2022 5:54 PM

      Thanks so much and I’m glad you got to meet her too. We love y’all and appreciate the prayers and love to us all.

  • Connie Miller Posted May 2, 2022 3:56 PM

    Leliah was our neighbor and friend we watched out for each other and spent many hours sitting outside talks if or in each other’s houses she would sit and watch old TV shows she liked. We miss her as our neighbor and friend hopefully we will all meet in heaven someday.

    • Tammy Salts and family Posted May 2, 2022 5:58 PM

      Yes you have many years of memories with her and I do too. She loved y’all too and she couldn’t have had better neighbors than y’all. We love you and thank you for everything you did to help her out all those years. You were a blessing to us all. Much love to you and Eric and thank you for your prayers and love to us all.

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