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Family-Placed Death Notice
ALLISON, Janie Miss Janie Margaret Allison of Cartersville, Georgia died at the age of 87 on May 1, 2008 from complications of a stroke. The family will receive friends at the Owen Funeral Home on May 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the chapel of the funeral home on Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Green officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at the Oak Hill Cemetery. Miss Allison disliked change, and her life was a study in continuity. She was born on August 14, 1920 to Henry Grady Allison and Lois Belle Bradford Allison and lived all of her life in the Collins-Bradford-Allison family home purchased by her great-grandfather, Miller Collins, during the Civil War. She attended Cartersville Public Schools and graduated from Cartersville High School in 1937. She lived the following year in Atlanta with her uncle and aunt, Hugh and Frances Bradford, while completing a commercial course at the Atlanta Opportunity School. Miss Allison began her career as stenographer for Judge William Ingram in 1938, remaining there until taking a job at Knight Mercantile Co. during the early days of World War II. She was hired to keep track of the gas ration books for the delivery trucks, but soon became the firm's bookkeeper, a position she retained for almost 60 years. A stroke in 2000, forced her to retire at age 80. Miss Allison was a member of the Douglas Street United Methodist Church for over 70 years. During that time she served the church in many capacities, including church treasurer for 50 years, secretary of the Administrative Board, co-teacher of the Elementary I & II Sunday school class, and officer of the United Methodist Women. She worked tirelessly in the 1950's to help build and pay for the present church sanctuary, rising before daylight to make pimiento cheese sandwiches and cakes to sell at fundraisers for the building fund. Although she never married, Miss Allison was engaged for many years to Henry Stanley Byrd. Mr. Byrd died in 1976. Miss Allison assisted in caring for her elderly parents and also looked after the affairs of family friend Wonny Bishop Aronoff and her aunt Frances Bradford. Miss Allison and family friend Louise Rogers exchanged birthday and Christmas presents for over 60 years, another example of the continuity that characterized her life. Miss Allison was devoted to her family and her home. She enjoyed growing flowers in her garden and loved to arrange them for the house. She also enjoyed traveling, reading the daily papers, decorating her home for the holidays and collecting china and crystal. Miss Allison is survived by her sister, Doris Allison Brock and her brother-in-law Rufus A. Brock, both of Cartersville, her niece Susan Allison Brock of Cartersville, and her nephew David Crawford Brock of Baltimore, Maryland. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 4, 2008