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YANCEY, Joanne JOANNE GILREATH YANCEY Martha Joanne Gilreath Yancey, of 809 Horseleg Creek Road, Rome, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, September 12, 2010, following a lengthy illness. Joanne was born in Greenville, South Carolina on February 23, 1933. She was the third daughter of the late Walter Grady Gilreath and Jessie Morgan Gilreath. The Gilreath family moved to Atlanta where Joanne attended Smith High School and met her husband Delos Harley Yancey, Jr. Joanne and Delos were married on December 16, 1951. They were blessed with three children and Joanne devoted her life as a loving wife, mother, and homemaker. The Yancey family moved to Rome in 1973 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma when Delos accepted a position with State Mutual Life Insurance Company. Joanne enjoyed living in Rome, and being active in the community. She lent her support and encouragement to her husband's endeavors and worked actively on numerous civic committees and projects. She was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, the Junior Service League of Rome, and the First Baptist Church of Rome. Joanne donated her time and resources to Darlington School, the Open Door Home, the American Red Cross, and the . Joanne was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Rome Area History Museum where she was instrumental in establishing the Medallion Gift Shop. Joanne and Delos received the 2006 Board of Governor's Heart of the Community Award of Honor. Joanne was a successful businesswoman, having been a co-owner of The Grey Goose gift shop and the founder and owner of The White Rabbit, a specialty gift store on Board Street. Joanne is survived by her husband of fifty eight years, Delos Harley Yancey, Jr., her three children and their spouses, Cheryl Yancey Xanthos and her husband Jay of Rome, Cynthia Yancey Sonam, of Atlanta, and Delos Harley Yancey III, and his wife Molly, of Rome. She was also blessed with ten grandchildren, Anderson Earl Boone, Cameron Yancey Boone, Grady Yancey Sonam, Hope Elizabeth Sonam, Delos Harley Yancey IV, Jack Fisher Yancey, Mary Morgan Yancey, Travers Demetrius Xanthos, Zachary Parker Xanthos, and Halle Littrell Xanthos. Other survivors include her sister Vivian Whitacre and her husband Elwood, of Rome , and a sister-in-law, Rachael DuVall, of Greensboro, Georgia . Also Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews: Deborah Gilreath of Rome , Gina Moorhead (Ross) and family, Lynn Bradley (John) and family, Lisa Echols (Rob) and family all of Columbia , S.C. and Jill Sanders (Scott) and family of Greenville South Carolina . Joanne was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Mary Gregory, a nephew Walter Donovan Gilreath and a grandson John Michael Lester. Joanne is best remembered for her loving heart and kindness to others. She served her family friends, and all she met with great compassion and love. Her spiritual devotion, trust and faith have been present in all her relationships and life work. A memorial service honoring the life of Joanne Gilreath Yancey will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at three o'clock in the afternoon in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Rome, 100 East Fourth Avenue with Dr. Joel Snider officiating. Graveside interment services will be private. The family received friends on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Delos H. Yancey III, 185 Bellemont Drive SW , Rome , GA 30165. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to Darlington School, 1014 Cave Spring Road, Rome, Georgia 30161, the First Baptist Church of Rome, P. O. Box 1189, Rome, Georgia 30162- 1189 or Heyman HospiceCare, P. O. Box 163, Georgia 30162-0163. Daniel's Funeral Home of Rome has charge of the arrangements for Joanne Gilreath Yancey of Rome .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 15, 2010
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