Lois W Fleming, lovingly known to us all as “Mama” or “Grammie” passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, July 16th 2018 at the age of 85. Mama’s survivors include Starr Helms (Hunter Bowen), Heidy (Warren) Alexander, and Billy (Angie) Fleming Jr.
She is also survived by her grandchildren: John (Michelle) Helms, Cooper (Taylor) Alexander, Billy (Gemma) Fleming, Connor Fleming and Paige Fleming, great grandchildren Trip Helms and Willow Riley and Godsons Michael John Cairns and Douglas Fleming Johnston, her sisters Sarah (Jack) Gassaway, Carolyn Tolley, and her brother Butch Waldrop.
Mama embodied a true southern lady, never could you leave her house without being offered a hot meal or true hospitality. She had a kind word for all and never met a stranger. Welcoming new people into her life with stories of her family, spoken with the greatest pride and happiness, her door was open to all. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, she was the matriarch of the family and cherished every last second spent with them.
Mama was born October 15th 1932 to the late Nelson and Lois M. Waldrop of Asheville N.C. She graduated from Woodfin High School in 1951, and proudly represented Asheville in 1953 as “Miss Asheville” and modeled for Belk Lindsey Company. She married the love of her life, Bill Fleming, Sr., in August of 1954 and they had 3 children. The family moved from Ocala to Dunnellon in 1968 and raised their family. Mama was preceeded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Bill Fleming, Sr. in 2004, and her precious granddaughter Brittan Alexander in 1996.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 19th from 5:00-7:00 at Roberts Funeral Home in Dunnellon. Service to take place at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon on Friday, July 20th at 11am.