Mary Nell Wilkes
Mary Nell Wilkes, 84, passed away in comfort at Ashton Senior Living in Lawrenceville Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2015).
She was in her seventh year of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Swainsboro June 7, 1931. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Willis and Annie Nella Screws Willis Shrader, and great-grandson, Brenton Scott Beshers.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Donald Wilkes; two daughters, Melody Gandolfi (husband, Tom), of Woodstock, Md., and Jane Lynch, of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Jason Beshers (wife, Amie), of Concord, Ga., Jenna Beigel (husband, Nathan), of Elliott City, Miss., and Cameron Lynch, of Lawrenceville; great-grandchildren, Mitchell Crawford (wife, Jessi), of Thomaston, and Jaycie Beshers, of Concord; a brother, William Willis (wife, Ann), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; and many cousins and friends.
In 1947, she graduated from Kite High School in Kite. In 1950, at the age of 18, she graduated from Georgia Teacher’s College (now named Georgia Southern) with a degree in education. She served as an elementary school teacher in Georgia for 40 years, teaching in Glenville (1950-1951), Waynesboro (1951-1953), Waycross (1956-1966) and Lake City (1966-1993). In 1973, she earned her masters degree from Georgia State University. Known as a strict but caring teacher, she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” for Lake City Elementary in 1992.
She was a loving, compassionate person who always put others first. Most important in her life were family and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She combined fun and common sense with wisdom and warmth. She was a woman of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await her in Heaven.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel.
Flowers are accepted, or donations in her memory may be given to Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga. 30346.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 until 3 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville.
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Carole Elaine Shaw
Carole Elaine Shaw, 54, of Waycross, died Thursday (Sept. 3, 2015) at her residence.
She was born and raised in Waycross and was a graduate of the 1979 class of Ware County High School. After moving away for many years, she recently returned and settled back in Waycross in 2005.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear. She was an outdoor enthusiast, who loved flowers and birds and was also an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by her father, Haywood Shaw Sr., her step-father, William Thomas Read, a brother, Haywood Shaw Jr., her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. English, and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil G. Shaw.
She is survived by her mother, Carole English Read, of Waycross; her sister, Janet Shaw Stacy (husband, Doug), of Augusta; her brother, Glen Shaw (wife, Sandy), of Atlanta; a step-sister, Carol Joyce Howell, of Waycross; a niece, Christan Newman, of Athens; a nephew, Zack Howell (wife, Allison), of Williamsburg, Va.; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a church of one’s choice.
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Valerie W. Bennett
A memorial service for Valerie Walberg Bennett was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Greg Bennett, Michele Coleman, Rick Paul and the Rev. Donald Dowling officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.