Freida Matthews Shurling

Born: Fri., Sep. 28, 1928
Died: Sun., Sep. 30, 2012

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Freida Matthews Shurling, age 84, of Greensboro, GA., died Sunday September 30, 2012 in Macon, GA. Freida was born in Gilbert, South Carolina on September 28, 1928, one of ten children of the late Calvin and Lottie Aull Matthews. Freida was the oldest of the four daughters, and worked on the family farm until graduating form high school. After graduating from Wagener High School in Wagener South Carolina, Freida worked at a local bank before deciding to enter college. Freida took a train to Rome, Georgia where she enrolled in Berry College. Working her way through school, she graduated with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Science. Freida started her career as a Home Economist with the Cooperative Extension Service in Greene County. While working with the Extension Service, Freida met and later married Marion Henry Shurling. They married on July 22, 1956 and their marriage welcomed two children, Angie in 1961 and Henry in 1964. After marriage she began teaching Home Economics at Greene County High School. In 1969 Freida became an original faculty member of Nathanael Greene Academy. She taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Science. She enjoyed mentoring and working with her students. She retired from teaching in 1986. Freida was a member of First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where she was active for many years. Freida was a prior member of the Greensboro Garden club and enjoyed her bridge club. Gardening and preserving vegetables from her annual garden were one of her favorite pastimes. Freida was also well known for her sewing and cooking. A sports enthusiast, she enjoyed following the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She delighted in attending many Bulldog games with her family over the years.

Freida was predeceased by her husband Marion Henry Shurling, who died in February 1977. She is survived by a daughter, Angela Shurling Bushway and husband Gregory of Macon, GA; a son Henry Shurling and wife Sandra of Monroe, GA; two sisters, Ophelia Ergle of Columbia, SC and Teresa Saylors of Edgefield, SC. "Grandma Freida" is survived by four grandchildren, Mary Caroline Bushway, Piper Bushway, Lawson Shurling and Ava Shurling. She leaves a host of other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by seven of her siblings, Travis Matthews, Bennie Matthews, Robert Matthews, Jake Matthews, Kendall Matthews, Laverne Matthews and Cleonis Matthews Gunter.

Private interment will be held on Thursday October 4, 2012 at Greenview Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, North Campus, 202 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Joe Watson and Mr. Gregory Bushway officiating. A reception will follow in the Family Life Center. The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. The family requests that any memorials be made to Nathanael Greene Academy, P. O. 109, Siloam GA 30665 or the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 216 Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St. Greensboro, GA, 30642 (706)453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Patricia Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Mrs. Shurling was my Home Ec teacher when in the late 50's, and I enjoyed her classes very much. She was a very sweet, kind person. I'm very sorry to hear of her death. Praying God will be with the family in a very special way during this time.

Jackie Channell
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Angie, Henry, and family what great memories I have of your mother ! My thoughts and prayers are with you! Lots of love! Jackie Channell

Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Angie and Henry, You are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. We will always remember Mrs. Shurling with our other school memories.May God comfort your hearts as only He can. Terry & Elaine Cantrell

Melanie Bryan Bufford
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Angela and Henry, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Mon October 01, 2012
Mrs. Shurling was my favorite teacher in high school, she taught us so much in home ec. and she was so much fun. The family has our deepest sympathy.

Diane and Dave Conger
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Enjoyed working with Freida at NGA. Her desire for her students to learn, inspired us all. She touched so many people. I know you have many good memories.

Elaine Campbell Carpenter
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
Henry and Angie, Janice&I were saddened by the loss of Freida,as she was a joy to be around.Freida will be missed by her friends who loved her so much.

Tracey Glass
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Angie and Henry, I am thinking of you and know this is a tough time. Mrs. Freida was a great lady and teacher, and all of us fortunate enough to have known her have lots of fond -- and fun -- memories of our time with her! With love, Tracey

Clay & Sheila Wood
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Angie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. We love you. Clay & Sheila Wood

Lee and Jeaneen Willingham
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Angie, We were so sorry to hear of your mother's death. We know you will miss her terribly. We will be thinking of you and your family these next few days especially during this time in your lives. Lee and Jeaneen

Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Dear Family, God bless you at this time of sorrow.

Betsy Hale Marino
   Posted Wed October 03, 2012
Angie and Henry~ Y'all have been on mind and in my heart the last couple of days. Aunt Freida was a gem and I will miss her and her generous nature. I pray for comfort along with the peace that passes understanding. Though I can't be with y'all for her service, know that I hold you both close in prayer. Love you both ~

Lamar Nix
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Angela and Henry, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a very sweet and patient lady whom I have always admired. I don't think I could have survived Chemistry and Physics without her caring, patient way of teaching. She truly loved her students. May the Lord be with you in the days to come and I'm sure you will cherish the memories you have of such a great lady.

Kay and Tom McClendon
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
We are so sad to hear about your loss. Mrs. Shurling was a good lady and we konw you will miss her very much. Our sympathies and prayers are with you.