Jonell Boehle Steele

Born: Fri., Oct. 22, 1937
Died: Sun., May 30, 2010

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Jonell Marie Boehle Steele, age 72, of Union Point, GA died Sunday, May 30, 2010 at St. Mary''s Hospice in Athens. She was born on October 22, 1937 in Hondo, Texas to the late Joseph J. Boehle and Adella Lena DeGrodt Boehle. She attended Storm Hill High School in Quihi, Texas. She married Marvin Marcus in 1957 and later married Pope Raymond Steele in 1961. She was more than just a devoted member of Bairds Baptist Church. For years she was a Sunday School teacher and then later served as the Treasurer, Clerk, WMU president of the WMU at Baird''s when it was active and then served for years on the Executive Committee. On a larger scale, she served as a member of the WMU Association Council and was the Churchwide Missions Coordinator. Jonell was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Her joy was her grandchildren and her passion was her work in her church. She also held a special place in her heart for Chad Godbee who named her Mama Jo.

She is survived by four daughters, Lynn McCannnon and husband Bennie of the Bairdstown Community, Sandy Steele of the Bairdstown Community, Debbie Whitehead and husband Richard of High Shoals, GA and Joan Mize and husband Wayne of Union Point, GA; a son Raymond Allen Steele of the Bairdstown Community; a sister, Doris Jacobs of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in law, Frances Boehle, Geneva Huff and Shirley Steele; brothers-in-law, Leroy Steele, C. H. Steele and Joel Steele; grandchildren, Jennifer Marie Whitehead, Jessica Michelle Whitehead, Michael Alan Steele, Mitchell Blake Mize and Justin Wayne Mize; her granddog that she dearly loved, Maddie; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death were her husbands, Marvin Marcus and Pope Raymond Steele; a sister, Annadel Otto; and a brother, Wilfred Boehle.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Bairds Baptist Church, 42 Bairdstown Loop, Union Point, GA 30669 with Rev. Danny Holdredge and Rev. John McMillian, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at the Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Chad Godbee, Tim Wray, Craig Pruitt, Dan Stephens, Jerry Rhyne and Don Steele. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Cowherd, Bud Wray and Louie Brooks . The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Callaway Funeral Home. Flowers are fine or memorials may be made to Bairds Baptist Church, c/o Elaine Smith, 3077 Union Point Road, 77N, Union Point, GA 30669. 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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Tom & Linda Yearwood
   Posted Mon May 31, 2010
Joan and Family,we just want you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time. We know that your Mom is now with your Dad and is free from all pain and suffering. What a blessing that is!! May God continue to be with you and give you strength and peace. We love you. Linda and Tom

Lynn Bryan Kitchens
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of her and Mr. Pope at Bairds Baptist Church. May God comfort you all as you go through this difficult time.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
Dear Family Members, Ms. Jonell was a wonderful person and she always had a smile on her face. I know she will be missed greatly, not only by the family, but by all of her friends as well. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura Jeanne Stewart
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.

Laner Moss
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
Lynn,Joan and Family, I would like to extend my Sincere Sympathy. May God's Love Comfort and Keep You Close In Your Time of Sorrow. The Passing of Ms Jonell, will leave all who knew her with a great loss in our lives... Lanier Moss

Mike & Betty Watts
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with ya'll family. Mike & Betty Watts

Stacy & Sally Adams
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Tue June 01, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you, during this time of grief and sorrow. Deepest Sympathy,

Ann Worthen
   Posted Wed June 02, 2010
Dear Joan and Family...I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special lady! I know how hard it is to loose your mother! She is definately in a much better place than you and I are in. May God bless each of you and help you deal with your loss. Love Ann McCannon Worthen

Marie Burden
   Posted Wed June 02, 2010
Joan and Family: So sorry for the loss of your mother. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers!

Brenda Lindsey
   Posted Sat June 05, 2010
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his tender care

Laura and Donald Moody
   Posted Sun June 06, 2010
We were so sorry to hear about your loss even though we know that Ms. Jonell is in a much better place. We just got home from vacation so that's why we weren't there. ALL of you'll are in our thoughts and prayers. Her smile will always be remembered by all that knew her.