Elizabeth “Liz” Lee Elmore, 80

by | January 10, 2018 4:37 pm

   Funeral services for Elizabeth “Liz” Lee Elmore, 80, were held Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Garfield Methodist Church with Rev. D.R. Parker and Rev. Kevin Palmore officiating. She passed away peacefully on January 1, 2018, at Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was surrounded in her last days by her family and many friends.

   Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” Lee Elmore was born on November 24, 1937, in Twin City. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. A member of Garfield United Methodist Church, she began her service to the church as president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, where she met her husband. She taught Sunday school for many years and served on the official board for most of her life. She was a certified lay speaker and chairman of the Pastor-Parish Committee.

   She was also an active member of the Woodmen of the World Society for many years.

   Elmore worked in her home while her children were small and somehow found the time to research and help her husband write papers while he was in graduate school at Georgia Southern. After seeing her youngest off to school, she worked in Millen at Coopers, Thomson Company, and Ogeechee Valley Bank.

   She began her political career as judge of the probate court of Jenkins County and retired after 20 years of service to her community.

   After her retirement, Elmore, who was always a voracious reader, wrote a mystery novel which her daughter, Rose, had published as a surprise for her 80th birthday. Her family cherishes the knowledge that her dream was realized and her words will live on in the memories of those who read her book.

   She lived all her adult life on the family farm with her husband of 62 years and could be found most days surrounded by her “babies,” young and old.

   Elmore was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Lee; brothers, Clifford and Thomas Lee; and sisters, Hazel Mincey, Ione Lee, and Martha Ruth Newsome.

   Survivors include her husband, Charles Howard Elmore; son, Charles Jacob (Tammy) Elmore; three daughters, Rebecca (Jim) McLellan and Rose (Tom) Golis, and daughter/granddaughter, Tina (Allen) Burke; grandchildren/great children, Danielle (Blake) Gay, C.J. Elmore, Sarah McLellan, Bobby Golis, Preston Golis, Morgan Burke, Zach Burke, Addie Grace Gay, Charleigh Rose Gay, Vince Golis, and Kohen Golis; a brother, Andy Lee; five sisters, Betty Dunn, Brenda Sellasteck, Robbie Ann Youngblood, Gail Johnson, and Janice Garrard.

   Active pallbearers were C.J. Elmore, Allen Burke, Blake Gay, Donnie Saxon, Roy Edwards, Charles Edwards, Dwayne Lee, and Jack Mincey. Honorary pallbearers were The Honorable Judge Billy Woodrum, The Honorable Judge Bobby Reeves, The Honorable Judge Hubert Reeves, and The Honorable Judge Wanda Burke.

   Crowe-Fields Funeral Home of Millen was in charge of arrangements.

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