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OBITUARY

Lema Wages Hardegree

March 21, 1923March 13, 2020
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Lema Wages Hardegree, age 96, of Winder, passed away on March 13, 2020 at Piedmont Regional Hospital in Athens, Georgia. A native of Gwinnett County, she was the daughter of the late William Robert and Pearl Kilcrease Wages. Mrs. Hardegree worked at the General Shoe Company in Lawrenceville, Georgia, after her graduation from Dacula High School. She later worked along with her mother-in-law, Mary Elder Hardegree, providing loving care for young children at “Miss Mary’s Playschool Nursery” in Winder. But foremost, she was a hard-working homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her big family, whom she adored.

Mrs. Hardegree helped her late husband, Elmer Joe Hardegree, on their farm in Barrow County, raising chickens, cattle and hay and enjoyed having “laying hens” for almost 60 years, sharing fresh eggs with her family and many of her friends. She attributed her long life to hard work, the love of family and her faith in God. She was a long-time member of Chapel Christian Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She also enjoyed participating the ladies group (CWF). She and her husband delivered Christmas baskets to shut-ins for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Hardegree were members of the Barrow County Historical Society and helped to survey over thirty cemeteries in Barrow County for inclusion in Barrow County Cemeteries’ book published in 2000.

Mrs. Hardegree grew up on a large farm in the Harbins Community of Gwinnett County. The Wages and Kilcrease family were some of the earliest settlers of that community.

Mrs. Hardegree is survived by children and spouses, Sue and John Sheats, and James Hardegree of Winder; Barbara and Jim Harwell, of Peachtree City; and Debbie Hardegree and Steve Johnson of Arnoldsville. Survivors also include eight grandchildren, Reed (Holly) Sheats, Rory Sheats, all of Winder, Griffin Sheats, of Atlanta, Audrey (Chuck) Neuschafer, of Andover, Kansas, Nathan (Tricia) Harwell, of Peachtree City, Jennifer Hardegree, Beth (Phillip) Bell, of Winder and Eli Johnson of Athens. She is also survived by nine great-children, Luke and Tate Sheats; Drew, Katie and Sydney Harwell; Emma Neuschafer; Savannah Hardegree; Avery and J.P. Bell, three step-great-grandchildren, Alex, Kaleb and Blake Neuschafer, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hardegree was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Joe Hardegree, her sisters, Letha Wages Still and Jean Wages Carter, and her brothers, Lester, Lamar and Marlin Wages, a great-granddaughter, Sela Mae Sheats, and a daughter-in-law, Sherry Everett Hardegree

Special thanks go out to her loving caregivers, Joan Leon, Judy Brickner, Jennell Hutchins, Faye Banks, Sheila Garrett, Oretha S. Pour, Judy Crowe and Lynne Varnum.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the Chapel of Smith Funeral Home in Winder, GA, and interment to follow at Chapel Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020, at Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Georgia.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Chapel Christian Church, 776 Chapel Church Rd., Winder, GA 30680 or to a charity of your choice.

Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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Cindy Broome

March 21, 2020

I remember staying at Mrs. Mary's daycare when I was a small child. I am so sorry for her passing. Praying for the family.

Shirlee Kinsey-Evans

March 18, 2020

Sue and family,
Just learned of the loss of your dear mother. Letting you know I'm thinking and praying for you .

Gaye Patrick-Farmer

March 17, 2020

God Bless you all and may God’s love give you comfort!

Gail Jordan Thompson

March 16, 2020

Condolences to the family. My Mother, Grace Peevy Jordan was a childhood Harbins friend of Letha and Lema. I remember stories of their growing up. Gail Jordan Thompson.

Mary Carter

March 16, 2020

Lena was always so sweet to me. She welcomed me into the family many years ago and always made me feel loved. She was a very special lady. I remember going to birthday celebrations and her and Letha dancing a jig. Sweet fun memory. Prayers of comfort for all of you

CONNIE HOPPER

March 15, 2020

Love and condolences to the beloved family and friends of Mrs. Lema Hardegree. She has always been a part of my memories growing up going to Chapel Christian Church and I know a blessing to her family and all that knew her.

Bruce Cox

March 15, 2020

I first met Mrs. Lema at Ebenezer Church in the harbins community through Mrs. Letha her sister. She was nice and was full of fun! May God Bless the family at this time. She was blessed with a very long life.

Bruce Cox

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