Georgia Ray Tolley
Georgia Ray Tolley, 75, loving mother and grandmother, entered into eternal rest with our Lord on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, peacefully at her home in the Fairview Community of Hampton, Tenn.
Growing up as a child in the Tiger Creek Community, Georgia was the daughter of Frank and Pearl Caroline Byrd Blevins. She married the love of her life, Cecil, at the age of 16, and they moved to the Simerly Creek Community of Fairview. The couple was married 54 years and parents to five children.
Georgia was of the Freewill Baptist Faith, a homemaker and caregiver. She loved to farm, garden and quilt, grow crops of tobacco/flowers and care for her many animals over the decades such as dogs/cats, chickens, goats, and doves. Many a family member or neighborhood friend was welcome to eat a meal, tell a story or drink a cup of coffee, especially during the holidays. She never met a stranger and always wanted to make people laugh.
In her later years, she was an avid collector of Cabbage Patch dolls and enjoyed making them new again for “Granny’s Cabbage Patch Garden.” She cared for her ailing husband for more than 20 years and her youngest granddaughter Courtney with whom she shared a special bond.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband Cecil in 2016, her much loved dog “Bubba” and her granddaughter Victoria Faith McQueen.
Georgia is survived by the couple’s children, Betty and Jobe Tolley, Kitty (Marshall Simerly) Tolley, son Cecil Wayne Tolley, all of Hampton, and daughters Shelby and David McQueen and Annie and Danny McQueen of Elizabethton; her granddaughters, Danielle (Bobby Furches) and Abigail Bates, Alexandria McQueen (Logan) Craft, Katarina McQueen (David) Finney and Izabella Sue Davida McQueen, Courtney Tolley, and a grandson Jobe Tolley “JT”, as well as her great-grandchildren, Elana and Joshua Furches, Lucas Bates and Nathan Peters. Special friends/family, Mabel Tolley, Brenda Tipton, Junior Blevins, Norman Coffey, Freddie Jack Davis, and Landon Lingerfelt, her first son-in-law, with whom she shared many a cup of Nescafe coffee and a joke with, survive along with extended siblings and family members.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday, August 14, at 11 a.m. at the Tolley-Cornett Cemetery in the Fairview Community located off Whittemore Road. The Rev. Shane Whittemore will officiate with some of Georgia’s favorite songs of “I’ll Fly Away,” “Gathering Flowers For The Master’s Bouquet,” and “Life’s Railway to Heaven” being played. The family requests that anyone attending the service please wear a mask. Pallbearers will be Danny McQueen, David McQueen, Logan Craft, David Finney, Robert Potter, Bobby Furches and Landon Lingerfelt. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many members of the Carter County Rescue Squad and medical community who provided care for Georgia, especially in the last two years. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Tolley family.