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Edna Jennie Elrod

Edna Jennie Gowder Elrod

Tuesday, January 22nd, 1929 - Monday, March 18th, 2019
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EDNA JENNIE GOWDER ELROD, age 90 of Clarkesville, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18, 2019.
Born in Homer, Georgia on January 22, 1929, Mrs. Elrod lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late William Edward Gowder & India Parsons Gowder. Mrs. Elrod was a homemaker, member of Clarkesville Baptist Church, board member of Victory Home, active in her Bridge Club, and very involved in her community.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Walter Elrod, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors include son & daughter-in-law, Seth W. & Shoney Elrod of Anderson, SC; daughter and son-in-law, Athena & Keith Whitlow of Hilton Head Island, SC; grandchildren, Courtney & Matt Timen of Bluffton, SC; Anna Katherine Elrod of Wilmington, NC; Seth Adam & Shanna Elrod of Canton, OH; Jennie Olivia Elrod of Wilmington, NC; step-grandsons, Thomas Chadwick Sugg of Cane Ridge, TN; Corey Braden & Amy Sugg of Louisville, KY; step-great granddaughters, Anna Caroline Sugg & Ruby Kate Sugg
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Clarkesville Baptist Church with Rev. Grady Walden & Dr. Jerome Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery in Lula, Georgia.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, South Carolina 29621 or Clarkesville Baptist Church, PO Box 667, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
    175 Vfw Post Road
    CORNELIA, GA 30531
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  • Service

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Clarkesville Baptist Church
    1287 Washington Street
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    Rev. Grady Walden
    Dr. Jerome Smith
  • Interment

    Mt Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery
    2405 Hwy 51
    LULA, GA 30554
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Posted at 02:35pm
Dear Athena and Seth,
It makes me very sad to think that your mother is gone from this world. Being back home as infrequently as I am, I sort of expect people who have always been in my life to be there forever, and, no matter how old they become, I am somehow stunned when I learn, most usually from my brother, that they no longer there.

I liked Edna very much (who didn't?) and will always remember her as a good, smart, capable, and fun person. She modeled an admirably positive outlook on life, and it was always nice to see her on return trips to Clarkesville.

My heart is with you. Losing a parent is always difficult. But when both our parents are gone, our world and our places in it are changed, no matter our age. Give yourselves time and space to reflect and remember your mother.

With all my love,
Liz Ruark Hoefer

Marilyn McNeely

Posted at 02:54pm
my prayers and love go out to Edna and to her family she shall be very much missed she was my friend and Bridge partner and I loved her pound cakes

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