Lillian Roberts Deakins
October 5, 1921 – January 9, 2019
Lillian Roberts Deakins, Lillian Wyant, Lillian Timberlake Lillian Roberts Deakins, 97, passed away in her sleep on January 9, 2019. She died in her home, where she lived for 60 years. Born in Atlanta, GA on October 5, 1921, to John Hughes Roberts and Lillian Mitchell Roberts, she was a fifth generation Atlantan and the first cousin of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind . When she was 7 months old, she moved to Ansley Park with her parents and her brother, John Hughes Roberts, Jr. She attended Spring Street School, Washington Seminary, Sweet Briar College, and was graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1943. She worked for Eastern Airlines until she married David Miller Deakins in 1945. After briefly living in Los Angeles, CA and Raleigh, NC, they returned to Ansley Park to raise their daughters in the city they loved. They were married until his death in 1989. She was a lifelong member of Atlanta First United Methodist Church. An active volunteer in the Atlanta community, she served as a Board Member of the Junior League of Atlanta, President of the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, and Trustee of both the Historic Oakland Foundation and the Margaret Mitchell House. She was a member of the Piedmont Driving Club and the Ansley Golf Club. One of her most cherished activities was having lunch with the Friday Ladies, a group of friends who began meeting for lunch every month 72 years ago. Lillian was one of the last remaining members of this beloved group. In 1997, she married John Roland Wyant; they were married until his death in 2010. She married Dr. Lloyd Timberlake in 2012, and they were married until his death in 2017. She is survived by her daughters, Lillian Deakins Clarke and Dorothy Deakins Chandler (Franklin); grandchildren Dorothy Clarke MacDiarmid, Lillian IV Mitchell, and David Miller Deakins Chandler (Christen); great grandchildren Ian, Will, and Clare MacDiarmid, Bryson, Miller, Crawford, Merritt, and Mary Lillian LePree, and Deakin Chandler; and the Wyant and Timberlake families. The family will receive guests on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 1 PM at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill. A memorial service will begin at 2 PM, with a reception following. A private interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Historic Oakland Foundation, 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312; CASA Glynn, PO Box 145, Brunswick, GA 31521; or Midtown Assistance Center, 30 Porter Place, Atlanta, GA 30308.
- Receiving of Friends Sunday, January 20, 2019
- Memorial Service Sunday, January 20, 2019
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