Mrs. Dempsey was born January 4, 1937 in Cleburne County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Lee Buron, Sr. and Hattie Haywood Zaner. She resided in several counties in Georgia and Alabama as she served the Lord alongside her husband in the pastoral ministry for 47 years,serving as church pianist for several churches. Mrs. Dempsey was a member of the Pennville Baptist Church, where she was active in the WMU and served as the church pianist. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dempsey was preceded in death by brothers, L. B. Zaner, Jr., Cranston Zaner, Wilton Zaner, and Lyndon Zaner.
Mrs. Dempsey is survived by her husband of 52 years, Rev. Billy Dempsey; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Todd Thomas of Summerville; son, Greg Dempsey of Ocala, FL; grandchildren, Callie Denise Thomas and Richard Cole Thomas; and a sister, Fay Jean Pettus of Anniston, AL; brother-in-law, Walter Phillips of Griffin, GA; sister-in-law, Brenda Zaner of Anniston, AL; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2010 from the chapel of Mason Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Quinn and Rev. Vernon Johnson officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be John Shankles, Robert Williams, Jim Palmer, D. C. Mitchell, Steve Lanier, and Wayne Pritchett. Honorary pallbearers will be all members of the Pennville First Baptist Church and all members of the Ladies Sunday School Class of Menlo First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Dempsey will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Friday, January 29, 2010. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to your favorite charity.