Class of 1961
JEFFERSON – John Barry Lavender, 72, passed away on
Sunday, July 5, 2015.
Mr. Lavender was born in Athens and was the son of Marvin
and Neta Lavender. He had a special love for his Lord and at
the age of 10 he gave his life to him and was baptized. He was
a member of the Galilee Christian Church, where he served as
deacon and elder among other roles. He was employed by
TransWorld Airlines in New York City for a period of time. He
then went on to serve his country in the United States Army
from 1965 to 1968 and was stationed in Kaiserslautern,
Germany. In 1979, Mr. Lavender became owner of Lavender
Insurance Agency in Jefferson, where he worked for over 25
years. He was also employed at the University of Georgia in
the Housing Department for 10 years and at the UGA Athletic
Association for 25 years as assistant manager of student
gates. He was a member of the Jefferson Rotary Club for 25
years and was a Paul Harris and Will Watt Fellow. He served
on various committees for the Jackson County Chamber of
Commerce, participated in the Keep Jackson County Beautiful
program, and received the Meritorious Achievement Award
from Georgia Electric Membership Corporation for aiding in
saving a life. Mr. Lavender was preceded in death by his
parents, John Marvin and Neta Lavender, and grandson,
Hunter Drake Lavender.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Fernanda “Dee”
Wademan Lavender; one son and daughter-in-law, John
Bronson and Stephanie Brannon Lavender, Gainesville;
brother and sister-in-law, George Conrad and Hilda Tate
Lavender, Jefferson; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie Beth
and Bill Reichert, Glen Allen, Va.; grandsons, John Dalton
Lavender and Shane Dylan Lavender, Gainesville; and
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 11 a.
m., in the Galilee Christian Church with Ministers Nick
Vipperman and Tom Plank officiating. A private family burial
will follow in the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery. The
visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at
Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Galilee
Christian Church Building or Cemetery Fund, 2191 Galilee
Church Rd., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
|Obituary courtesy of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA.