Marie McBride

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LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Marie Pinkston Jones McBride, 97, went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2012 at Jefferson Hospital. She was born in Ludowici, Georgia on June 2, 1914, the daughter of the late Kathleen Chapman Pinkston and Alexander Gordon Pinkston. Marie earned a bachelor of arts degree in Literature and History from Georgia State College for Women, presently known as Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. After graduation in 1935, she moved to Louisville, Ga. to pursue a career in teaching. While living in Louisville, she met her beloved husband, Samuel Elijah Jones, Jr. They were married in Ludowici, Ga. on December 27, 1938. She was a life-long Baptist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville since 1939. As an active member of her church, she served in many capacities. Past positions included serving as a Church Trustee, Secretary of the Mission Society, Vacation Bible School volunteer, and Sunday school teacher. She was also involved in various community and social organizations as well as her bridge group and garden club. She was a member of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. After being a stay at home mother for many years, Marie earned a securities license and began selling tax-sheltered annuities for Lincoln National Life Insurance (Lincoln Financial) with her husband, Sam. They were active in the National Association of Life Underwriters and the Life Underwriters of Georgia. Over the years, they received many awards and recognition as top producers. Together, Marie and Sam also fulfilled his dream of building a shopping center in Louisville. At Sam's death in 1982, Marie assumed the role of President of Peachtree Plaza. She remained fully involved in day to day operations until her passing. As the matriarch of the family, she led by example providing lessons on life with dignity and grace. Marie had a strong sense of commitment and loyalty. She trusted God and honored Him by providing exemplary care for her husbands during their times of illness. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was our Meme, a beautiful Southern lady, who taught us faith in God, the Southern graces, and the importance of family. Samuel Elijah Jones, Jr., her loving husband of 44 years and the father of her children, preceded her in death. She was later married to E.K. Bell of Savannah, Georgia who passed away after two years of marriage. Thomas Eugene (Gene) McBride and Marie were married for 15 years before his death in 2003. Her brothers Dr. Alexander Gordon (A.G.) Pinkston, Jr. of Glennville, Georgia and Frank Chapman Pinkston of Macon, Georgia also preceded her in death as well as one great grandchild, Margaret Bowen McElreath of Macon, Georgia. She is survived by her daughters Marie Jones Handberry and son-in law Don of Louisville and Jan Jones McElreath and son-in-law Ben of Augusta, her grandchildren are: William Donald Handberry, Jr. (Casey) of Macon, Ga., Marie Handberry Weldon (Bill) of Watkinsville, Ga., Chapman Handberry Godwin (Will) of Augusta, Ga., Benjamin Farris McElreath, Jr. (Carrie) of Macon, Ga., Samuel Alexander McElreath (Cameron) of Athens, Ga. Marie has eleven great-grandchildren: William Donald Handberry, III, Elijah Reynolds Handberry, Edward Jones Handberry, Benjamin Farris McElreath, III, Ella Hughes McElreath, Katherine Maguire Weldon, Carolyn Theresa Weldon, Allison Marie Weldon, Chapman Pinkston Godwin, Gainer Adams Godwin and Samuel Alexander McElreath, Jr. She is survived by her stepchildren and their spouses, Nell and Allen Morris of Augusta and Gene and Mary Jo McBride of Brevard, North Carolina and their families as well as her sister in law, Lucille Finney Pinkston of Macon, Ga., brother-in-law Leroy Lewis of Louisville, Ga. and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at her home, 834 Academy Drive, Louisville, Ga. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 2:00 P.M at First Baptist Church in Louisville. After the service on Wednesday, friends are invited to visit with the family at 834 Academy Drive. The Reverend Hardy Owens will be officiating. Interment will follow at Louisville City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Lewis, John Lewis, Dr. Jim Polhill, Ott Stephens, Larry Morgan, Jim Crawford, Mike McDowell, Dr. Jim Pilcher, and Merv Unruh. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of the church. If so desired, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville at 101 E. 9th Street, Louisville, Ga. 30434. You may sign the family's personal guestbook online at www.taylofhlouisville.com . Taylor Funeral Home 401 W. 8th Street, Louisville is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle from May 22 to May 23, 2012
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