Martha Atchison Neal

Born: Mon., May 17, 1926
Died: Sun., May 30, 2010

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Services for Martha Atchison Neal, age 84, of Crawfordville, GA will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Crawfordville Baptist Church, 142 Memorial Drive, Crawfordville, GA 30631 with Rev. Randy Byrd and Rev. Dennis Garner officiating and The Byrd Family Quartet from Augusta will bring special music. Interment will follow in the family plot at the Crawfordville Cemetery. Mrs. Neal died Sunday morning, May 30, 2010 at her residence. She was born on May 17, 1926 to the late Jim and Eleanor Atchison of Crawfordville, GA. She was a graduate of Alexander Stephens Institute. While she visited all churches in the area, she joined the Crawfordville Baptist Church over 60 years ago and remained faithful to her church all of her life.

Mrs. Neal was employed as a clerk at her father''s store, Atchison Department Store and by the Royal Manufacturing Company in Crawfordville. She later worked as Interpretive Park Ranger for the Confederate Museum and Liberty Hall at the Alexander H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville until her health forced her retirement. She was authoritative on the history of the Confederate period and was always ready to help with ancestral research.

Always active in the community, Mrs. Neal served for several years as local news reporter for The Advocate Democrat. She was instrumental in reinstating the A. H. Stephens Chapter #328 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1994. She was awarded the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for service to UDC in 2003. She served for many years on the Board of the Taliaferro County Historical Society and helped plan community activities.

Mrs. Neal was preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Charles E. Schuff and Joseph A. Neal both of Crawfordville; two sisters, Charlotte Frances Atchison who died as an infant and Lillie Mae Atchison Hancock of New York. She is survived by a son, Rev. Kenneth Schuff; sister, Lettie "Boots" Ashworth of Fayetteville; and grandchildren, Kim Yearwood and husband Lee and Shelly Norris and husband Steve and great grandchildren, Katie Lynn Norris and Lilly Mae Norris all of Crawfordville, GA; and a number of cousins.

Serving as pallbearers are T. C. Harrington, Charles Atchison, Larry Stewart, Charles Greene, Robert Harold Kendrick, Bobby Jones and Billy Woodruff. The family wishes to thank her caregivers for their loving care: Sabrina Wilson, Monica Dimorier and Ute Barrow. Donations, in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cemetery Fund, Crawfordville Baptist Church, c/o Billy Woodruff, 2394 Sharon Road, Crawfordville, GA 30631. Visitation will be held on Monday night, May 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Callaway Funeral Home. Callaway Funeral Home, 208 N. Rhodes St., Union Point, GA, (706) 486-4138, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Judy Bacon
   Posted Sun May 30, 2010
"Boots", My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family in the death of Martha. With Love, Judy Sherrer Bacon

Edith A. Stewart
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
I want to extend my love and sympathy to the family during this time. I can not attend the services and want the family to know we are all going to miss Martha. Love and best wishes, Aunt Edith

Randy & Jan Stewart
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family in the death of Martha. With Love, Randy & Jan Stewart

Mary Jane Garner
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
Aunt Martha will be missed. She loved UDC and Alexander H. Stephens Park. Her greatest joy was talking about Liberty Hall and the Museum. It was always a thrill to visit and talk with her. She loved her family, her church, her caretakers,and the "dog".

Charlotte Chapman White
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
Kenny, Lettie and Family, So sorry to learn of "Miss" Martha's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend, who treated my brother and I with great kindness as we spent many happy times playing in her backyard. She was a great citizen of Taliaferro County! She loved working at the park and enjoyed meeting new people. She will be missed! With deepest sympathy, Charlotte

Jim Yearwood
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
With sincere sympathy & prayers I offer my condolence to the family. I regret not being able to attend neither the vistation nor the funeral. My wife JoAnn just had a total knee replacement. But I wish to add that it was always a pleasure to see and talk with Miss Martha when in crawfordville. All my best Jimie Yearwood (Son of) Allie Wes & Grace

Paul L Edwards
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
My mother, Polly, and Martha were the closes of friends and talked to each other almost everyday. She really loved her work and it showed in all that she did.

Millicent C. Arnold
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master; grant that I may not so much seek to be consolated as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born into eternal life. Orphan Brigade Chapter No. 2649 United Daughters of the Confederacy - Eatonton

Terri Saturday
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
I want to extend my love and sympathy to the family during this time. I can not attend the services and want the family to know we are all going to miss Martha. She was such a special lady and friend to so many.

Betty Slaton
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
I was so sorry to read of the death of Martha. She was a great lady, one that I was proud to have known. My sympathy to you, Boots, and to all of her family. Betty Slaton