2012-10-31 / Obituaries

Dora W. Edmonds

Dora W. Edmonds of Sardis, retired homemaker, died on Oct. 27, 2012 after an extended illness. She exemplified a life bursting with hope as a cheerful friend to many, a faithful member of the Sardis Baptist Church, a loving wife of 63 years to her husband,

J.W., a devoted mother of four children, grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of eight.

Mrs. Edmonds was born March 2, 1931, to Pearl and William Whatley in Sturgis, Mississippi (Oktibbeha County). As a strong advocate for education, she impacted the lives of many students while in service at S.G.A. High School. Her favorite interests included flowers, sewing, crafts, dolls and filling her house with pictures and mementos of her family. Mrs. Edmonds was regarded as a sincere Christian woman who would give of herself unselfishly to others and always had time to listen to your problems and offer encouragement. She understood the meaning of sacrificially investing in people and was quick to laugh with you to the top of her voice if you were happy as well as cry along with you during sadness while always pointing to a better day tomorrow. Her tireless pursuit of excellence in the lives of her family and her undying commitment to see them succeed serves as a hallmark for all parents to emulate.

Mrs. Edmonds is survived by her sister, Billie F. Whatley Pommier of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her daughter, Cynthia Lewis (Buster) of Valdosta; her son, Johnny Edmonds (Carol) of Sardis; her daughter, Angie Brinkman (Alan) of Augusta; and her son, Bill Edmonds (Denise) of Huntsville, AL; her grandchildren include Jay Hollingsworth (Traci), Neal Lewis, Haze Jenkins, David Jenkins, Johnny Edmonds, William Edmonds, Donnie Cope (Stephanie), Chris Cope (Melissa), Sheena Hunley (Zack) and Todd Shoopman; her great-grandchildren Haze Jenkins, Jackson Jenkins, Rachel Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Troy Hollingsworth, Aaron Cope, Felton Cope and Carson Cope.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Sardis Baptist Church in Sardis, with the Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Remarks of reflection will be provided by Bill Edmonds. Burial will follow at the Sardis Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home in Waynesboro Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial gifts may be made to the Sardis Baptist Church, P. O. Box 280, Sardis, GA 30456.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home & Cremation Service 842 N. Liberty St. Waynesboro, GA. 30830 (706-554- 3531).You may sign the family’s personal guestbook at www.deloachfuneralhomes.com

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