Kala LaShay Hopper
Kala LaShay Hopper was born in McNairy County, Tenn., on May 18, 1996, the daughter of Willie Joe Kirk and Melissa Cheryl Hopper Moffett.
Kala LaShay lived in Hardin County most of her life. She was an honor student and a member of the Souls Harbor Church in Savannah. She loved singing, reading, cooking and had thought about becoming a chef.
Kala LaShay departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the age of 15 years, 3 months, 24 days.
She is survived by her mother, Melissa Cheryl Hopper Moffett and husband William of Morris Chapel; father, Willie Joe Kirk and wife Cheryl of Corinth, Miss.; two sisters, Kelsie Stricklin of Morris Chapel and Juanita Kirk of Corinth, Miss.; two brothers, Jose Kirk of Oxford, Miss. and Jayden Kirk of Corinth, Miss.; three step-brothers, Keith Thompson of Knoxville, Billy Wayne Moffett of Michie and Robert Moffett of Morris Chapel; two step-sisters, Ann Moffett of Michie and Jennifer Moffett of Savannah; maternal grandparents, Billy and Flora Hopper of Savannah; paternal grandparents, Kennon Strickland of Corinth, Miss. and Joyce Strickland of Guys, Tenn.; step paternal grandmother, O.B. “Cookie” Tatum of Corinth, Miss.; step maternal grandmother, Louise Moffett of Michie; paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Irons of Chicago, Ill.; maternal great-grandmother, Alma Hopper of Savannah; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Lee Kirk.
Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., at Souls Harbor Church in Savannah with Linn Johnson, Will Luster, and Jason Collins officiating. Burial followed in the Wesley’s Chapel Church Cemetery at Savannah.