Paige Breanne Underwood, 16, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, in Calhoun, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born Oct. 3, 1995, in Tupelo to Jerry Underwood Jr. and Melissa K. Bradley Underwood.
A sophomore at Poteau High School, Paige was a member of the National Honor Society and a former member of the Junior National Honor Society, was secretary of the FFA, had been a starter on the varsity soccer team since her freshman year, and was an eight-year member of 4-H, where she had served as president, vice-president, and secretary. She was a member of Calhoun Baptist Church.
Having a smile that lit up the world, Paige was a kind-hearted, devoted, loving, supportive, and generous young lady. Never meeting a stranger and living life to the fullest, Paige was an avid runner, loved to play soccer with her dog, Dixie, loved her car, Daisy, enjoyed spending time with her friends, and scrapbooking. An aspiring veterinarian, she loved animals, enjoyed showing them in FFA competitions, and was instrumental in creating a fundraising campaign for her local humane society. Competing at the age of 9 in a statewide competition that included adults, her invention of an “easy-load leaf bag” was selected as the Best Overall. By winning this competition, Paige got to meet the Oklahoma governor and her local state senator and representative. There were few things Paige loved more than food, yet her family always came first.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Smithville Baptist Church with Bro. Wes White officiating. Private burial will be in the family cemetery in Smithville. Pallbearers will be Bret Newman, Chance and Blaine Underwood, Rick Adams, Corey Farrar, Wyatt Adams and Lane Watson, Jordan Rose, Tyler Smith, and Fisher Young.
She is survived by her parents, Melissa and Kevin Holcomb, Shady Point, and Jerry Underwood Jr., Mantachie, Miss.; sisters, Ashley Guin and fiancé, Bret Newman, Spiro, Harlee Underwood and Tori Horton, Mantachie; maternal grandparents, David and Dianne Reese, Fulton, Miss., and H.C. and Betty Bradley, Marietta, Miss.; paternal grandfather, Jerry Underwood Sr., Mantachie and Cecil and Vera Holcomb, Talihina; paternal great-grandmother, Flora King of Talihina; niece, Emma Kathryn Newman, Spiro; and numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives, and loved ones.
Paige was preceded in death by her paternal grandmothers, Brenda Underwood and Harriett June Holcomb.
Memorials may be given to the Paige Underwood Scholarship Fund, c/o Arvest Bank, 3002 N Broadway St., Poteau, OK 74953.
A memorial tribute in memory of Paige will be placed at Poteau High School at a later date.
Arrangements for the Underwood family are in the care of E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory, Miss.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
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