The Obituary for Mrs. Mary Nan McCullough


Mrs. Mary Nan McCullough passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at her residence in Opelika, AL after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Clinton & Lydia Finklea Hurd and was born on April 26, 1935 in Brewton, Alabama. She graduated from Escambia County High School in Atmore, Alabama after her family relocated from Brewton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Bobby” McCullough and her brother, Dr. Thomas Clinton Hurd, Jr.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, June 2, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of Opelika with the Reverend Robin Wilson officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the memorial in the Fellowship Hall.

Mary Nan attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) where she majored in Music Theory and continued her love of music in general and more specifically her passion for piano and the pipe organ. She was a major influence in the growth of the music and choir departments at First (United) Methodist Church where she was a fixture behind the organ for decades beginning with the arrival of the late “Brother Si” Mathison.

She was a true “Southern Lady” and exemplified the definitions of woman, mother, grandmother, friend, hostess and “chef” extraordinaire. In addition to her God-given musical talents she was a champion on the golf course, a pro on the tennis court, a master cook in any kitchen, a gifted writer and one of the wittiest individuals anyone could meet. She deeply valued family, friendships, music and her Faith in Our Lord and Savior.

She is survived by her son: Robert L. McCullough Jr. (Shayne); daughter: Lydia Lee McCullough, granddaughter: Jordan McCullough-Hecht (Matt); grandson: Robert Kincaid McCullough; great-grand ”fur” daughter: Willa, sister-in-law: Rose Anne Hurd, cousin: Nancy MacIntosh Burgess; niece: Kevin Denise Hurd; nephew: Alan Russell Hurd (Lea Anne); great-nephew: Kyle Lashley, great-niece: Makaley Hurd; first-cousin: Dr. John Finklea; first-cousin: Betty Finklea Florey and numerous others that she considered as her extended family: (Whatley’s, Strother’s, Cunningham’s, BL Stephens, Sheckles, Stewart’s, Melton’s, Torbert’s) and more.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Opelika and the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church (Music Ministry or Youth Music Ministry) or any children’s musical charity.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory will be directing.