Juanita Grimsley Wilson, 94, passed away peacefully March 31, 2014 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely, Ga.
Mrs. Wilson was born August 9, 1919, in Arlington, Ga. to the late Ione Singleton Grimsley and Benjamin Gordon Grimsley. She was a graduate of Andrew College in Cuthbert and North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Mrs. Wilson was a devoted teacher for 25 years and strived to inspire in her students a desire to do their best at whatever challenge was presented. She later worked as a librarian with the Kinchafoonee Regional Library System for over 15 years. After retirement, she served as a teacher and librarian at Greenfield Academy.
She was a faithful member of Preston First United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities through the years and was a longtime member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Wilson served her community faithfully and was active in many organizations. She was a charter member of the Preston Woman’s Club, and was active in the Richland Garden Club, the Preston Red Hat Society, the Brantley Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Terrell County Retired Teacher’s Association. She served on the RESA board for Webster County and served over 40 years to expand public library service for her community. The meeting room at Webster County Library was named in her honor in 2014.
While a resident of Early Memorial Nursing Home, Mrs. Wilson served as president of the Resident’s Council where she was a positive advocate for programs and activities to benefit nursing home residents. She enjoyed the many activities offered to residents, especially the occasional fishing trips to a local pond.
As all great treasures, her memory will be as powerful as her presence on those who loved her and those she loved.
Mrs. Wilson was married to Newell Felton Wilson for almost 61 years, spending all of her married life on the family farm in Preston.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Newell Felton Wilson: two brothers, Gordon Grimsley and Paul Grimsley; and a sister, Marinell Grimsley Givens.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Barbara Wilson Crawford and husband Donnie of Blakely; three grandchildren, Jennie Crawford Clark and husband Dowe of Elba and Blakely; Clayton Wilson Crawford and wife Whitney and James Calvin Crawford and wife Elsa, all of Blakely; and six great-grandchildren; Crawford Taft Logan, Cameron Reyse Atkinson, Abigail Rae Crawford, Felton Wilson Crawford, Collier Ann Crawford and Meredith Alida Crawford, all of Blakely.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April, 2, 2014 at 11 AM at the Preston United Methodist Church . Rev. Lee Smith, Rev. Raymond Smith and Rev. Laurie Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Preston Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday morning from 10 AM until 11 AM.
Serving as active pallbearers are Tony Black, Jay Burrell, Jerry Hart, Phillip Jones, Jack Holbrook, Kelly Kinsey and Joseph Harville. Honorary pallbearers are former students of Mrs. Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Preston First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 21, Preston, Ga. 31824
Manry-Jordan-Hodges funeral home in charge of arrangements.