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Elizabeth "Betty" Kirkland Jones

January 17, 1934 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Elizabeth "Betty" Jones Obituary

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Kirkland Jones, age 89, of Waynesboro, who entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.  She passed away peacefully surrounded by her children.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 13, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Summertown Baptist Church, where Elizabeth was a life-long member with Rev. John Durden officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hawhammock Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 12, 2024, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home, 220 E. 6th St., Waynesboro, Georgia 30830.

Known as Betty to her friends and family, she was born on January 17, 1934 in Emanuel County, Georgia, and was the second child of five children born to Judge Henry Frank Kirkland and Leslie Moore Kirkland of Summertown, Georgia.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Clifford Jones, her parents, two sisters–Joyce Chavous and Minnie Kate Underwood – and a son, Clifford Jones, Jr.

Betty graduated from Summertown High School at the age of 16, and was awarded the State Title of Best Actress in 1950.  She then went on to study at the Georgia State College for Women, majoring in English and Speech, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954.  The years 1953-1954 were momentous in her life, as she became a bride in 1953 at the age of 19, and then graduated from college and began her 40-year career as a teacher. 

Betty’s first teaching job was at Wadley High School in Wadley, Georgia.  Over the course of her career, she taught the subjects of English & Grammar, French, American Literature, and Drama.  She greatly admired the teachers she had in school and felt drawn to become one herself.  She also greatly enjoyed directing plays and helping her students develop their acting skills.  She was also driven to continue her own education and, in 1973, received a Master’s Degree in Education from Mercer University.

Betty’s husband, Clifford, was an enlisted man in the United States Air Force, so that meant that they were often required to move.  Their first experience with life on an Air Force Base was in Warner Robins, Georgia.  They then moved to other bases including Savannah (Georgia), Rapid City (South Dakota) and Fairbanks (Alaska).  Betty taught in schools wherever they lived and, after Clifford retired, they moved back to Emanuel County, where Betty continued teaching at Swainsboro High School.  In 1975, they moved the family to Waynesboro, where they opened the Dairy Queen.  They went on to successfully own and operate several other stores in Augusta, Millen, Garden City, Louisville and Wrens.  Betty continued teaching in various local school systems and often worked alongside her husband and children in many of the Dairy Queen stores.  She also learned how to decorate cakes, which were sold in the stores, and enjoyed teaching this skill to their employees.

But, despite all of her education, skills, talents and accomplishments, the most important part of Betty’s life was, without doubt, that of being a mother and grandmother.  She loved each of her children and grandchildren very much and was always proud of them and their accomplishments – and loved bragging on them whenever she had the chance to do so!

Betty was also an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening, collecting recipes, writing poetry, sewing, arts and crafts, and reminiscing about the unique experiences she had growing up in Summertown. 

Betty is survived by her children - Carey Mark Jones of Chamblee, Robert Kipton Jones of Waynesboro, Carol Ann Jones and son-in-law Reid Stephenson of Waynesboro, Jo Maelisa Jones of Woodstock, Tina Elizabeth Anchor and son-in-law Michael Anchor of Evans, and grandchildren Samantha Elizabeth (Quinton) Mino of Tallahassee, Florida, and Ryan Zane (Becca) Anchor of Martinez; her brother Joe (Linda) Kirkland of Summertown, Georgia; her sister Bennie (Terry) Lang of Pensacola, Florida; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Summertown Baptist Church, 51Summertown Church Street, Midville, Georgia 30441, or to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 9420 Blackshear Hwy SE, Baxley, GA 31513.

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January 12, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Deloach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home
220 E. 6th St.
Waynesboro, Georgia 30830

Funeral Service
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Summertown Baptist Church
Summertown Church St
Summertown, GA 30401

Interment following funeral service
January 13, 2024

Hawhammock Baptist Church Cemetery
Hawhammock Church Road
Swainsboro, GA 30401


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