For­mer first lady of Ge­or­gia dies at 91

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Betty Rus­sell Van­diver is re­mem­bered for cham­pi­oning the foun­da­tion of state hos­pi­tals while serv­ing as first lady. Atlanta Journal-Con­sti­tu­tion

Mrs. Patsy Jo “Pat” Bra­zier, age 81, of Cedar­town, passed away on Thurs­day morn­ing, Jan. 18, 2018.

Mrs. Bra­zier was born on Feb. 7, 1936 in Polk County, a daugh­ter of the late Iowan and Leila Lit­tle Swaf­ford.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she was also pre­ceded in death by her sis­ters, Fay Crawford, Mary Crocker, Edna Camp, Carolyn Swaf­ford, Sara Bar­nett and Lu­cille Os­born and broth­ers, Robert Swaf­ford, Wayne Swaf­ford and James Swaf­ford.

She was re­tired fol­low­ing a long ca­reer at the Goodyear Tire and Rub­ber Com­pany which tran­si­tioned into the Meg­git Cor­po­ra­tion of Rock­mart.

A deeply spir­i­tual woman, Mrs. Bra­zier had been a mem­ber of the Union Grove Bap­tist Church of Cedar­town be­fore she and her lov­ing hus­band Spencer moved to Vic­tory Bap­tist Church many years ago.

She loved her fam­ily, her friends and her church. Those who knew her knew a “true South­ern Belle,” who never met a stranger and who would help any­one, any­time and any­where. Truly the loss of Mrs. Bra­zier is Heaven’s gain.

She is sur­vived by her lov­ing and ded­i­cated hus­band, Mr. Spencer Bra­zier; her sons, Ran­dall Bra­zier and Dar­rell Bra­zier; her brother and sis­ter in law, Seals W. Swaf­ford and wife Myr­tice; her sis­ters, Nancy Swaf­ford and Martha Mob­ley; three grand­chil­dren, three great grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews also sur­vive.

Funeral ser­vices for Mrs. Patsy Jo “Pat” Bra­zier were con­ducted on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Jan. 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. from the sanc­tu­ary of the Vic­tory Bap­tist Church with the Rev. Barry Snapp and the Rev. An­thony Os­born of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed in the fam­ily lot of the Friend­ship Ceme­tery. The fam­ily re­ceived friends on Fri­day even­ing, Jan. 19, 2018 at the Lester C. Lite­sey Funeral Home. At other times they’ll be at the res­i­dence.

The fol­low­ing gen­tle­men served as pall­bear­ers: Roy Mauldin, Tony Swaf­ford, Rev. Steve Swaf­ford, Dwayne Bra­zier, Michael Harp, Tay­lor Ledford and Lyle Harp.

The fam­ily has re­spect­fully re­quested to please omit flow­ers and make me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions in Mrs. Bra­zier’s mem­ory to the Vic­tory Bap­tist Church Legacy Fund.

Visit the me­mo­rial web site at www.lite­seyfh.com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily and to sign the on­line guest­book.

The Lester C. Lite­sey Funeral Home of Cedar­town was in charge of the ar­range­ments for Mrs. Patsy Jo “Pat” Bra­zier.

Mr. Wil­liam Michael “Mike” Robin­son age 61 of Rock­mart passed away Wed­nes­day, Jan. 17, 2018.

Mr. Robin­son was born April 3, 1956 in Rock­mart, son of Wil­liam Mon­roe “Billy” Robin­son and Louise White Robin­son. He was a mem­ber of the Bel­lview Bap­tist Church.

He was a 1974 grad­u­ate of Rock­mart High School where he was the se­nior-class pres­i­dent and class vale­dic­to­rian.

Mr. Robin­son at­tended Ge­or­gia Col­lege of Milledgeville and was em­ployed for many years with the Mar­quette Ce­ment Com­pany hav­ing worked in Ohio and Louisville, Ky. He en­joyed read­ing, lis­ten­ing to the scan­ner and watch­ing NASCAR..

Sur­vivors in­clude his par­ents, Billy and Louise Robin­son of Rock­mart; two sis­ters, Lynn Shirley of Cedar­town and Su­san Robin­son of Dublin; three broth­ers, Tony Robin­son and his wife Jill of Aragon, Roy Robin­son and Bryon Robin­son both of Rock­mart; nieces and neph­ews also sur­vived.

Funeral ser­vices for Mr. Robin­son were held on Sun­day, Jan. 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Free­man Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Owen “Bud” Davis Jr. of­fi­ci­at­ing.

A eu­logy was given by Mrs. Judy Ca­gle Wig­gins.

In­ter­ment ser­vices fol­lowed in the fam­ily lot of the Bel­lview Bap­tist Church Ceme­tery.

The fol­low­ing gen­tle­men served as pall­bear­ers: Roy Robin­son, Bryon Robin­son, Tony Robin­son, Rod­ney Robin­son, De­wayne Robin­son and Jimmy Davis.

The Rock­mart High School Class of 1974 served as hon­orary es­corts.

Please visit www.free­man­har­ris­fu­ner­als.com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book.

Free­man Harris funeral home was in charge of the funeral ser­vices for Mr. Wil­liam Michael “Mike” Robin­son.

Mrs. Pa­tri­cia Wheeler, age 71, of Cedar­town, passed away on Mon­day morn­ing, Jan. 15, 2018 at her res­i­dence.

Mrs. Wheeler was born May 13, 1946 to the late Clabe and Lil­lie Wil­liams Chap­man in Bor­den Springs, Ala..

She was a long time mem­ber of the First Bap­tist Church in Buchanan and worked for many years as an In­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor.

Sur­viv­ing are her hus­band Ken­neth Wheeler, her sons Kevin Wood and Dale Wood, daugh­ters Toni Barry and Stacey Cor­reia, broth­ers Clabe Chap­man Jr. and Jamie Chap­man.

She is also sur­vived by a num­ber of Grand­chil­dren and one great grand­child.

Funeral ser­vices for Mrs. Pa­tri­cia Ann Wheeler were con­ducted Thurs­day, Jan. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Lester Lite­sey Funeral home with Dr. Allen Wil­burn of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment fol­lowed at 1:30 p.m. at the Ge­or­gia Na­tional Ceme­tery in Can­ton.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends Thurs­day morn­ing, Jan. 18, 2017 prior to the funeral hour at the funeral home.

For per­sonal con­do­lences and to sign the on­line guest­book, please visit lite­seyfh.com.

The Lester C. Lite­sey Funeral Home was in charge of the ar­range­ments for Mrs. Pa­tri­cia Ann Wheeler.

Mrs. Vi­vian Diane Chafin Wil­son, age 61 of Rock­mart passed away Mon­day, Jan­uary 15, 2018.

Mrs. Wil­son was born Nov. 15, 1956 in Perry, daugh­ter of the late Wy- atte Brown Chafin and the late Ina Sue Pierce Chafin. She was of the Bap­tist faith and a home­maker who loved be­ing with her fam­ily.

Mrs. Wil­son en­joyed watch­ing sports and avidly adored her pre­cious dog, Sarah.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, James Robert Wil­son; two broth­ers, Jerry Joshua Chafin and Billy Wayne Chafin.

Sur­vivors in­clude her god­daugh­ter, Bree Gen­try of Tay­lorsville; four sis­ters, Sarah Hale of Lon­don, Ky., Doris Coker and her hus­band Bobby of Molena, Jeanette Martin and her hus­band Boyd of Adairsville, and Brenda Ashley of Sil­ver Creek; a brother, Harold Chafin and his wife Shelma of Huntsville, Ala; and her life long com­pan­ion, Terry “Walk” Had­field of Rock­mart.

A funeral ser­vice for Mrs. Wil­son was held on Fri­day, Jan. 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Free­man Harris Funeral Home with Rev. Owen “Bud” Davis Jr. of­fi­ci­at­ing.

A eu­logy was given by Mr. Terry “Walk” Had­field.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends at the funeral home on Fri­day prior to the funeral ser­vice.

Please visit www.free­man­har­ris­fu­ner­als.com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book.

Free­man Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral ser­vice for Mrs. Vi­vian Diane Chafin Wil­son.

Mrs. Del­lia Ione “Nona” Street­man Proctor, age 73 of Rome passed away Sun­day, Jan. 14, 2018.

Mrs. Proctor was born June 27, 1944 in Aragon, daugh­ter of the late James Thomas Street­man and the late Lois Pearl Cash Street­man.

She was a mem­ber of the Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church and a for­mer em­ployee of In­te­grated Prod­ucts of Aragon.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Hen­try Al­ton Proctor on Aug. 3, 1998; a son, Al­ton La­mar Proctor; two grand­chil­dren, Christo­pher Proctor and Ken­dall Dyer; and eleven sib­lings.

Sur­vivors in­clude two daugh­ters, An­gela Bennett and Melinda Cabe both of Rome; son, Aaron Proctor of Rome; brother, Archie Street­man of Dal­las; 23 grand­chil­dren and 35 great-grand­chil­dren also sur­vive.

Funeral ser­vices for Mrs. Proctor were held on Fri­day, Jan. 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church of Aragon with Rev. Tim Deems of­fi­ci­at­ing.

In­ter­ment ser­vices fol­lowed in the fam­ily lot of Aragon Ceme­tery with Rev. Archie Street­man of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The fol­low­ing gen­tle­men served as pall­bear­ers: Matthew Proctor, Ti­mothy Proctor, Timmy Reeves, Donnie Spradlen, Jr., Jamie Peach, Chucky Ja­cobs and Aaron Cor­dle.

The fam­ily re­ceived friends at the funeral home on Tues­day even­ing, Jan. 16, 2018.

Please visit www.free­man­har­ris­fu­ner­als.com to ex­tend per­sonal con­do­lences to the fam­ily by sign­ing the on­line guest­book.

Free­man Harris Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral ser­vices for Mrs. Del­lia Ione “Nona” Street­man Proctor.

OBIT­U­AR­IES

Betty Rus­sell Van­diver, a for­mer first lady of Ge­or­gia, died As the wife of Gov. Ernest Van­diver, she cham­pi­oned the found­ing of Milledgeville’s Cen­tral State Hospi­tal, the first state in­sti­tu­tion for the men­tally ill.

She had dur­ing re­cent years helped First Lady San­dra Deal in cre­at­ing “Mem­o­ries of the Man­sion: the Story of Ge­or­gia’s Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion.”

Gov. Nathan Deal said of Van­diver: “His­to­ri­ans and pun­dits of­ten talk about the sac­ri­fices of a gov­er­nor, but the truly un­sung heroes are the mem­bers of the first fam­ily, who give of them­selves for the bet­ter­ment of others, of­ten qui­etly, with dig­nity, and with­out the ap­plause they de­serve. Betty was a prime ex­am­ple of such a woman of grace and South­ern charm. We join her fam­ily in hon­or­ing her con­tri­bu­tions to Ge­or­gia and in cel­e­brat­ing the fact that she is fi­nally re­united with her beloved hus­band.”

Van­diver was born in 1927, grew up in Win­der and at­tended the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia, grad­u­at­ing in 1947 and mar­ry­ing Ernest Van­diver.

Ernest Van­diver was a Lavo­nia at­tor­ney who got in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics be­fore ris­ing to lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, then serv­ing as gov­er­nor from 1959 to 1963. The cou­ple had three chil­dren, who spent some of their early years grow­ing up in the Ge­or­gia Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion.

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