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Susan was preceded in death by her father, Orin P. McNab; her in-laws, Roy E. Cuchens and Jewel Marie Cuchens Hughes; her brother-in-law, Kenton E. Cuchens; as well as her grandparents and several aunts and uncles from her McNab and Ethridge lineage.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Randy Cuchens; two daughters, Jennifer Wooten and Jessica (Josh) Jefcoat; four granddaughters, Hannah Brooke Wooten, Ella Jefcoat, Avery Jefcoat, and Mary Leigh Wooten; her mother, Betty McNab; her sister, Louise Carrier; her brother-in-law, Roy A. (Chris) Cuchens; three nieces, Christie (Josh) Balciunas, Kristie Cuzzourt, and Carrie (Kurt) Wilson; two nephews, Michael Carrier and Matthew Carrier; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Susan was a graduate of Niceville High School ('74) and The University Of Southern Mississippi ('78). She worked as a legal secretary for over 36 years, beginning her career with Rex Gordon, Sr., in Pascagoula. She continued her legal work in Newton in 1985 with Jack Brand, Sr., Robert Logan, and Bill May. Before her death, she was the smiling face, calm voice, and gentle spirit of the Logan & Mayo Law Firm with Robert Logan, Brian Mayo, Sarah Hamm, and Judy Rainer. She worked as a legal secretary in Newton for a total of 33 years.
She served on the Newton Theatre Company Board for many years as Secretary and participated in several of the Musicals presented by the Newton Theatre Company. She also enjoyed her Tuesday evening Bunko Group. In addition, Susan was supportive of The Newton Chamber Of Commerce and various other organizations in Newton.
To be sure, Susan bled "black and gold" and absolutely loved cheering on the Golden Eagles at The Rock with her family. SMTTT!
However, most importantly, Susan was a faithful and committed disciple of Jesus Christ and lived her life every day to bring honor and glory to God. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, Newton, and served the Lord in so many different ways through her church family. Susan was a member of the Adult Choir, a member of the Ladies' Ensemble, a member of the Praise Team, a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Women's Ministry Council, a Children's Choir Leader/Accompanist, a GA Leader, and a Bible Drills Leader.
She was indeed a "Proverbs 31 Woman" and her sacrificial love was demonstrated daily for her husband, her daughters, and her granddaughters. All of the family was blessed in numerous and meaningful ways by her Godly wisdom and Christian character. And yes, she also touched the lives of hundreds of children, youth, and adults of all ages as she supported her husband in his role as a Minister/Staff Member in three different churches in Mississippi over the last 43 years.
To really know Susan was to see Jesus because though she was not perfect, she reflected Him every day through her attitude, words, and actions. It is also true that she had many "best friends" because she did her best to love each of them dearly! She will be remembered most for her character, her integrity, her grace, her gentle spirit, her patience, her humor, and her ever-present, sweet smile. Through every victory, she was quick to give God the glory! Through every challenge of life, she demonstrated the attitude of Jesus Christ, including this most recent battle with cancer. She assured us as a family with these words from her Savior: "Father, Thy will be done!"
In her own words, all Susan ever really wanted was for "Jesus to use me for His glory". That was a reality throughout her life and is now a reality in death! To God be the glory for the gift of Susan Cuchens!
The Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Newton, from 5-8 p.m. The Celebration Of Worship will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Newton, at 10 a.m. with Dr. Frank Harmon, Dr. Brian Rushing, and Mr. Robert Logan officiating.
The Graveside Service and Burial will be held at Newton County Memorial Gardens in Newton following the Celebration Of Worship.
The Pallbearers will be Bob Bridges, Bryan Burt, Bob Douglas, Charles Godwin, John Harrison, Danny Lindsley, Joe McMillan, Will McMillan, and Ronnie Page. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Rejoice With Friendship Sunday School Class.
The family requests "no flowers please", but in lieu of flowers consider giving to one of the following: The Music Ministry of FBC Newton, The Women's Ministry of FBC Newton, The Scholarship Fund of The Mississippi Baptist Singing Churchmen, The Building Fund of Enterprise Baptist Church, Enterprise, Mississippi, or The Epic Fund of FBC Trussville, Alabama.
Newton County Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. (601-635-3200)
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