Mrs. Pendergrass was called home to be with her heavenly Father at 6:15 a.m., Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.
She was born August 7, 1948, at Bexar in Fulton, County, Arkansas, to George Aaron Cowgill and Nellie Alzada Porterfield Cowgill. She attendedViola High School and on July 18, 1965 was married to the love of her life, Russell Pendergrass, who preceded her in death on October 17, 2010. This love brought forth a son, Melvin George Pendergrass and a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Edwards. She was the proud granny to Codie Lynn Pendergrass and Russella Lynne Johnson and her husband, Jeremiah Johnson. Linda was a Christian and had been an active member of Enterprise Baptist Church for forty-three years. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and always volunteered to help where needed. She loved to sing and witness to others about God. Linda worked on the family farm and was a hairstylist for over thirty years at Professional Hair Designers. She was constantly helping others and serving her community. She enjoyed spending her free time following her grandkids activities and visiting with family and friends. Her twinkling eyes and cheerful smile could light up a room. She was truly a caring and loving person, who was beautiful inside and out. There was not a doubt as to how much she loved her family, friends and God.
She left behind her children and grandchildren, who were her pride and joy; her brothers and sisters, Lee and Darlis Cowgill, David and Sue Cowgill, Marcia Griffin, Anita and Don Mitchell, Fay and Lanny Griffee; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Royce and Alice Pendergrass; several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was greeted at Heaven’s gates by her husband, parents, grandparents, son-in-law, Keith Edwards and a brother-in-law, Earl Griffin.
Mrs. Pendergrass will lie in state from 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until 10:00 a.m., Thursday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Bakersfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Relay for Life or American Diabetes Association, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.