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Tara Garden Chapel

681 North Ave, Jonesboro, GA

OBITUARY

Essie Mae Singleton

August 22, 1921March 22, 2020
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Essie Mae Singleton passed away peacefully at home with her family present on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the age of 98 and a half years old.

Essie was born on August 22, 1921 in Lovejoy, Georgia, where she lived most of her life. She was the eldest of thirteen children born to the late Tom and Cora (Lang) Maddox. After finishing school at the age of 17, she married the love of her life, the late T.W. Singleton of Fairburn, Georgia, and they raised six children. Essie was an amazing momma and homemaker, who loved cooking from scratch and sewing clothes for her family. She also worked outside the home at Dundee Mills as a seamstress during the day. In the 1940s, Essie continued her education by taking night classes in bookkeeping and secretarial skills, receiving a diploma from Griffin Technical School. She went on to work as a secretary and receptionist for J.J. Finnegan Industries, even commuting to Duluth when necessary. Essie continued to work even after retirement, refusing to tell anyone her age. Essie also served several years as a “councilman” for Clayton County in the 1960s,

In addition to being passionately committed to her family, Essie was a faithful member of Lovejoy United Methodist Church. Among other activities, she and T.W. served as leaders of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She remained an active and attending member up until her fall last year which reduced her mobility, and even then she kept up with her church family.

Essie was preceded in death by her son Floyd Daniel and by her daughter Wanda Elaine as well as many of her brothers and sisters. Her surviving siblings are Buster, Sandra, David, and Virginia. She is survived by her children: Thomas (Winona), Barbara Jean, daughter-in-law Paulette, Tony, and Connie. Her family includes ten grandchildren: Barry, Kevin, Neal, Candi Lynn, Christy Ann, Danette, Mandi, Eddie, Jason, and Michelle. Her twelve great grandchildren are Rex, Heather, Tiffany, Amber, Danielle, Brooke, Adam, Justin, Jason, Kayla, Josh, and Lexi. Essie was blessed with seventeen great-great grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews in all generations.

The family requests your prayers on Friday, March 27, 2020 as they honor Essie with a family-only visitation and a graveside service at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family is planning a memorial service on Saturday, August 22nd at Lovejoy United Methodist Church to celebrate Essie’s life on her 99th birthday.

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Mike Jewell

March 26, 2020

Essie, we will miss your wit, your smile, and the twinkle in your eyes! You were a blessing to us all!

Adrian Murphy Masingill

March 24, 2020

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We will surely miss her beautiful smile. She not only didn't tell her age, she didn't look her age either. Always so beautiful. Many happy childhood memories from Lovejoy. Really sad to miss saying goodbye in person because of this virus, but will be thinking of you.

Joyce Maddox

March 24, 2020

Expressing my sincere condolences by sharing teenage memories of myself, my brothers, Harry & Larry Berry and others who used to be pals and members of the MYF at Lovejoy Methodist Church. We used to gather at Essie & Tom's house and listen to music and act like teenagers. They welcomed us and never asked us to be quiet or ask us to leave because it was late, etc. In fact, sometimes they joined in visiting with us. We thought the world of them even tho we saw little of them in recent years. Usually the only time we would cross paths was at funerals, etc. My husband, Herschel Maddox, was her first cousin and actually she "sort of" introduced us at the teen club we had for a short while in Lovejoy. I greatly admired her pride in her personal appearance even as she grew older.

Sorry that I can't pay my respects in person due to the CoronaVirus but plan to attend the memorial service in August.

Joyce Ann Berry Maddox

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