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TUPELO- Michelle Flatt went home to be with the Lord Thursday September 23, 2021 after a long term battle with cancer. She was born June 11, 1961 to Jack and Brenda Richey Cryder. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, Michelle graduated from Tupelo High School in 1979 where she was active in both band and chorus. Michelle married Fredrick Flatt on October 17, 1981 at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church and has remained in Tupelo since. She was an active member of First Baptist Church Tupelo for 33 years and a member of the adult choir and the handbell choir. During her career, Michelle held different positions with the City of Tupelo and worked for Pannell Rentals. Her heart for children led her to the Mother’s Day Out program which evolved into the Day School and Kindergarten program at FBC Tupelo. Michelle served there in different roles for 16 years, known affectionately by all as “Chelle Chelle.”
Michelle is survived by her husband Fredrick Flatt; sons Bryan Flatt (Brooke) of Hendersonville, TN and Jordan Flatt (Audrey) of Tupelo; granddaughters Julia Alison Flatt and Olivia Michelle Flatt both of Hendersonville, TN; her mother Brenda Richey Shetler of Tupelo; her in-laws Fred and Frances Flatt; her brother, Michael Johnson(Faith); sister, Melanie Adkins(James Reeves), Brian Johnson(Ashley); stepmother, Dorothy Cryder; brothers, Greg Cryder (Lisa), Scott Cryder, and Carrie Cryder (Stephanie); brothers-in-law, Mike Ingram and Paul Flatt (Rochelle); along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, including a very special cousin, Candace Richey Haynes, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her biological father, Jack Cryder; adopted father, Frank Johnson; stepfather, Joseph Shetler; grandparents, Mike and Helen Richey, Clyde and Lucille Cryder, Bert and Mable Johnson, and Clayton and Grace Shetler.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, September 27, at First Baptist Church Tupelo with Bro. Matt Powell and Bro. Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 until 6:00 PM Sunday, September 26 at First Baptist Church Tupelo. Holland Funeral Directors is honored to be serving their friends.
Pallbearers will include Jace Flatt, Brandon Johnson, Phil Richey, Kim Haynes, David Smith, and Lee Allred.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to the nurses and aides of Sanctuary Home Hospice for their love and care for Michelle during this time.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Tupelo Day School, 300 N. Church Street Tupelo, MS 38804.
September 26, 2021
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
First Baptist Church – Tupelo, MS
300 North Church Street
Tupelo, MS 38804