Forestine Puryear, fondly called “Pat” went home to be with the Lord after battling a long term illness on Monday, November 28, 2016. She was at home and was surrounded lovingly by her sister Leola, Christine Cobb homecare attendant and our cousins, The Littles.
She was born Forestine Patterson in Godfrey on May 8, 1932 to Robert and Willie Bell Patterson. Forestine was the seventh child of her 13 siblings. Forestine moved to West Psalm Beach Florida with her Aunt Ruth who nurtured her for a few years. She never stop thinking about ways of helping her family. Missing her siblings, she moved to Detroit, Michigan to be with her brothers and sisters that lived there. Helping our sisters with their families, teaching her nieces and nephews the importance of loving God and keeping a clean house.
Looking for better jobs opportunities she moved to Jamaica, New York, where she started working as a Nursing Assistance, at Queen General Hospital. She worked there for over 32 years, she made sure that all patients had the best of care, and would go that extra mile. She love making sure that the patients surrounding were immaculate. While working at Queen General she met and married James Puryear.
Forestine loved her family, when our brother Robert became ill, she would get off her full time night job and go to Brooklyn or Manhattan to assist our sister-in law Patricia (Pat) in any way she could. Taking their four girls to school or picking them up. She was family, our children were her children, she loved them, spoiled them, babysitting, chauffeuring and so much more. She had such a beautiful laugh, and great personality, she was small in statue with a Great Big Heart. To know her was to love her.
Forestine loved the Lord and lived her life for Him. When she came to New York she join the St. Albans Congregational Church under Pastor R. Johnson. She sang in the Choir, her voice was very strong and powerful but under the doctor’s orders she had to stop singing for a while. She didn’t let that stop her she wanted to serve God in any way she could. Forestine love studying God’s word and she found that at Brooks Memorial Methodist Church In Jamaica, New York under Pastor Bufford. She studied the words with The McRays and The Styles and others, she was on the Ushers Board and she was able to start singing again with The Aldergate Choir. She enjoyed serving and worshiping there. Forestine relocate to Georgia and hit the ground running rejoining The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (the church of her youth) under Rev. Gude. She served God by serving others, beautifying God’s house and making anyone in her presence Welcome.. No matter where she lived she sort out the Christian community.
After Forestine retired in 1992 she move back to Georgia (full circle) to help sister Leola take care of our mother. She and Leola took the best of care of her until she past in 1996. Mama past away before Forestine completed the home of her dream. Her home reflected her personality, immaculate, fill with beauty, warmth, and a welcome spirit. You could find her collections of Bibles (different translations and study guides) in every room. You could always find Forestine working in her yard caring for the beautiful flowers, grass and the ferns that fill the porch or working on the Patterson’s Cemetery. She enjoyed entertaining, especially for New Year’s Eve with lots of good food, laughter and fellowshipping with family. Also with her buddies in New York, Cyril (Skip)Bailey, Joe Bradley (who came down to see her on a Motorcycle) and Pereta to name a few.
Forestine could not keep from reaching out to help others, she would send cards and make calls to encourage people with Scriptures, it didn’t matter who. Although she had retired from working over 32 years taking care of the sick. She once again put on her uniform and took care of a husband and wife in Madison, until she started having problem with her back. Forestine and her buddy Velma (Vet) would go to the Nursing Homes and visit the sick and cheer them with prayers, flowers and cards. They even went to Atlanta to visit Rev Gude until he went to his heavenly home.
Forestine was a member of the NAACP Morgan County chapter in Georgia, where they honored her for her work in the community. She and Leola were featured with an article in the Morgan County Citizen Newspaper on July 19, 2001 titled “Local sisters make a return to their roots”. With a picture of them standing on the front steps of their family home in Putnam County, built in the 1800s”. We know the Master had his hands on both of them for their accomplishments in their life’s journey.
When Forestine became ill and could not do the things she use to do, She would still try. We like to thank all the people that took care of Forestine during her illness: Leola who never left her side for as long as she could. Velma (Vet) who stepped up to the plate. When her health continue to decline, Sister Christine Cobb filled that obligation with prayers, patience, love and care, Tenetha (Ann) Burke join Christine and together they both tenderly cared for her until her last breath. We thank the Hospice team, especially Nurse Betty and Cortekia for their care. Also Special Thanks to Rufus and Hattie, Leonard (Lynn) Raymond and Pastor Velde Hardy, Deacon Jessie Little and the entire Mt Pleasant Church family for your love and care.
Forestine was preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert and Will Bell Patterson; and her siblings, Areatha (Freddie), Naomi, Carrie-Bell, Ceola, Ruth, Robert and Charles. She is survived by her five siblings Margaret, Leola, William, Myra, and Bernice; two sisters-in-law Stephanie and Patricia Patterson; and two brothers-in-law Balvine Clarke and Steven Cox. She also leave to mourn her passing her nephews: Larry, Kenneth, Arthur, Ronald, Gregory and Alvin; nieces: Makesha, Monique, Miquelle, Melinda, Donna, Debra D., Rosalind, Brenda, Daya, Gail, Kim and Debra P. and a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, December 9, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1628 Godfrey Road, Eatonton, GA 31024, Rev. Dr. Velde Hardy, Pastor, Officiated; burial followed in The Patterson Family Cemetery, Eatonton, GA.
Services entrusted to Bernard’s Family Funeral Care, LLC, Eatonton Chapel, (706) 485-4494.
Faye Evelyn Hendrix-Hay
Faye Evelyn Hendrix-Hay was born on April 20, 1927 in Jackson County, Georgia. She, Virl Jenkins, and Margarite Jenkins were born to the late Zeb and Nannie Mae Jenkins.
Evelyn married her first love, Thomas Calvin Hendrix on December 21, 1946. During their almost 50 year marriage, Evelyn worked and retired from her career at JC Penny and was a joyful homemaker for Calvin and their two children, Dale L. Hendrix and Wanda Hendrix Myrick.
Evelyn was widowed in 1995, but continued on and spent her time as an active member of Brownwood Baptist Church in Madison. She also enjoyed spending her time with her ever growing family, watching the Braves, and anything outdoors including gardening.
In 2003, Evelyn found love again and married Glenn “Harry” Hay. Harry and Evelyn were married for 13 years and could always be found outside growing overflowing gardens or rock hunting for beautiful stones and minerals. If you could get them to come inside and relax, they loved spending time with their family that became even larger through their marriage.
Evelyn passed away on December 6, 2016, but is survived by her adoring husband Glenn “Harry” Hay; son Dale L. Hendrix and his wife Dora M. Hendrix of Covington, and their children Heath T. Hendrix of Jacksonville, Fla., Anthony B. Adams (Nicole Adams) of Madison, and Alexandra G. Adams of Lawrenceville; daughter Wanda Hendrix Myrick of Winder, and her children Timothy D. Chandler (Alisha Chandler) of Covington and Morgan F. Chandler of Loganville; daughter Bonnie Winkles and her husband Wayne Winkles of Winston, and their children Rocky Winkles (Chandi Winkles) of Winston, and Tasha Brandon (Will Brandon) of Breman; daughter Delilah Griffis and her husband Mike Griffis of Winston and their children Brianna McConnell of Winston, Bryce McConnell of Winston, and Stephanie Matthews of Breman; great grandchildren: Timothy Chandler, William Chandler, Braden Chandler, Wyatt Hendrix, Kaylie Adams, Jason Adams, Christopher Adams, Reece Brown, Rylan Brown, Ridge Winkles, Hadley Winkles, Jeb Brandon, Dru Allen, Blake Matthews, and Alyvia Matthews. She was preceded in death by her late husband Thomas Calvin Hendrix of Rutledge, and grandson Ryan Anderson of Winston.
Visitation was held at A. E. Carter Funeral Home on Friday, December 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Brownwood Cemetery in Rutledge.
The family would like to thank everyone for the calls, thoughts, and continued prayers during this time.
Kathy Diane Bleau
Kathy Diane Bleau, 54 of Buckhead, lost her battle with cancer at 2 a.m. on December 9, 2016.
She was a loving, caring wife and mother who was preceded in death by her sister, Denise. She is survived by her parents, Wayne and Joann Hix as well as her husband, Denny. She is also survived by two children, Heather and Joseph as well as a granddaughter, Kara. Mrs. Bleau also leaves a sister, Debbie, niece, Kim and nephew, Adam. She is also survived by other extended family: the Singletons, Marie, Tracy, Jason, Shasta, Anna and Summer, whom she loved dearly.
After working at Kiddy Land Early Learning Center for 25 years, she also had an extended family that ranged over several generations. Those who knew her well, loved her and will truly miss her.
My final word is rest in peace my love until we are together again. You will always be in my heart. -Denny
Willie Ann Elder
Willie Ann Elder was born April 7, 1928 to Floyd and Mosell Jordan. She attended school in Morgan County and also attended nursing school for many years. She was united in matrimony to the late Henry Elder.
She was preceded in death by a son Charles Elder (Elaine) of Madison. She was also preceded in death by Dorothy Jordan, Ruby Nell Jordan, Lilly Hill, Thomas Jordan and Freeman Jordan.
She leaves to cherish her memory Moses Cox (Belinda) of Madison, Bobby Cox (Brenda) of Minneapolis, Minn. Ceaser Elder, Nathaniel Jordan of Greenville, South Carolina, Annette Drake of Detroit, Mich., Artila Jones of Rome and Salema Jordan; sisters-in-law Annie Maude Smith of Madison, Dorothy Ward of Atlanta, one brother-in-law Carl Ward of Atlanta. She will be missed by Geneva, Mignon, Demerra, Jerry, Nikoe, Bobby, Jenika, Makenna, Charlie, Christopher, Tungie, Trellis, Stacey, Felicia, Tiffany, Ceaser, Brittany, Drewcilla, Avery, Neckalia, Sharell, Serenity, Kyle, Jamerica, Irish, Wesley, Jimmy, Nicole, Secelia, Sumonika, 50 great grandchildren, god children Victor Smith, Michael Jordan and Lucretia Williams and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her homegoing service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at Sweethome Baptist Church in Bostwick. Rev. Randy Laguins was the Eulogist.
Watts Funeral Home, Inc. Union Point was in charge of arrangements.
James Lee “Trey” Jenkins, III, known to everyone as “Trey,” passed away on November 29, 2016. Trey’s life touched many lives. He was a friend no matter who you were. Trey loved being the life of the party. He loved to sing, tell jokes, and make people smile. He loved fishing with his daddy, brother, and nephew. He loved going to the river with all of his family and friends. Trey loved playing with his nieces and nephew. Trey was loved by all and will be missed always by his family. His passing has left a huge hole in all of our hearts.
Trey is survived by his parents, Lee and B.J. Jenkins; his older sisters, Ashley Jenkins, Allie Silvers; brother in law, Scotty; his younger brother, Ethan Jenkins; his niece, Braelyn Silvers; nephew, Camden Smith; niece, Kinsley Silvers; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.