Lillie Marie Lovell Barron, age 99 of the Batesville Community, Clarkesville, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Born December 4, 1920 in Batesville, GA Mrs. Barron was a lifelong resident of the Batesville Community of Habersham County. The oldest daughter of parents Virgil Lovell, Sr and Lillie Kastner Lovell, Lillie Marie was known as a hard-working, resourceful and beloved jewel within her local community. She was an avid southern cook and homemaker acquiring and perfecting her skills from an early age by necessity to help her mother Lillie with their large and active farming family, including one older brother and eight younger siblings, along with other family and friends. Lillie Marie enjoyed sharing her extensive cooking, canning, and dairy skills with her family, friends, neighbors and community at large including Providence School, Laurel Lodge on Lake Burton, and visitors happening in for her homemade butter, fresh milk, canned soups, jellies, and baked goods.
Mrs. Barron not only worked in the kitchen, home and farm but also was employed in the commercial poultry food industry at Royal Poultry in Cornelia. She then worked for over 15 years, retiring from garment manufacturer International Outerwear Incorporated, in downtown Clarkesville. Upon retirement, Lillie Marie and her husband, Sion, raised chickens for Fieldale Farms for over twenty years along with swine and cattle on their small country farm. She was a long-time member of Providence Baptist Church in Batesville. Her colorful stories of times long past, knowledge of the area, wit, humor and her extra special gardening and cooking skills will be greatly missed by her community, friends, and family.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barron is preceded in death by husband Sion P. Barron, brothers V.L. Lovell, R.L. Lovell, Earl Lovell, Dr. V.C. Lovell, Carlos Lovell and sister Irene Blalock.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Jane and Doug Franklin of Demorest; son Jerry Barron of Batesville; brother W.L. Lovell of Batesville; brother and sister-in-law Fred and Yvonne Lovell of Batesville; sister Geraldine (Judy) Rea of Clarkesville; granddaughter Cindy Franklin Freeman and her husband Joel Freeman of Demorest; great-grandchildren Zachary and Lillie Grace Freeman; along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held at Oakey Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Rev. Connie Berry officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Jane Franklin P.O. Box 160 Demorest, GA 30535 or online at HillsideMemorialChapel.com.
Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256
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