Mary Alice Gresham Torbert

Born: Sat., Aug. 19, 1922
Died: Sat., Feb. 24, 2007

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Mary Alice Gresham Torbert, age 84, of Greensboro, Georgia, died Saturday, February 24, 2007 at Willow Run Retirement Home. She was born August 19, 1922 to the late Clarence Watson Gresham and Rosa Lee Smith Gresham. She attended school in Sparta, Georgia and graduated from Woodville High School. She married Thomas Alden Torbert on May 21, 1943. She was a devoted mother and homemaker and also found time to help her husband in their grocery business.

In 1970 she began her long career as an Avon Representative which she continued until her death. She received many awards and was a member of the Avon President''s Club because of her sales record.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Alden Torbert in March of 1982; a son Alden Torbert; and a brother, Thomas Douglas Gresham. She is survived by her two daughters, Harriette T. Baynes and husband Jack of Dublin, Georgia and Gayle T. Tidwell and husband David of Eatonton, Georgia; six grandchildren, Rev. Mark Baynes and wife Dawn of Aberdeen, Scotland, Katy B. Smith and husband Kenny of Eatonton, Georgia, Paige Tidwell of Athens, Georgia, Allison Tidwell of Eatonton, Georgia, Amey Tidwell Montgomery and husband Scott of Eatonton, Georgia and Andy Tidwell of Guam; seven great grandchildren, Mary Ashton Smith, Paxton Smith, Kelsy Smith, Brayden Smith, Gideon Smith, Chase Montgomery and Sydney Montgomery of Eatonton, Georgia; sister-in-law, Mamie Helen Gresham of Statham, Georgia; niece, Lorraine Gresham of Statham, Georgia; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Greensboro with Rev. Michael Hardy and Rev. Dr. Norman Waldrip officiating. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Alvin Dowdy, Gerald Torbert, David Torbert, Scott Baynes, Danny Wray, Kenneth George and Jeff Dowdy. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the funeral home. The family requests that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 203 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Jan Hallman
   Posted Sat February 24, 2007
To the Family of Miss Mary Alice, Mary Alice was a grand lady and will be greatly missed. Every visit we made to Willow Run, she would always ask about our son, Josh if he was not with us and loved to talk to Robert, our other son. She really enjoyed listening and talking to Josh about school, what he was doing and he would sit for hours talking to her and the ladies of Willow Run. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family. Jan and David Hallman, Josh and Robert

Josh Holliday
   Posted Sat February 24, 2007
I will greatly miss talking to Mrs. Torbert. I always found her when I would visit WillowRun to talk to her and let her know how things were going in high school and when I went off to college. I will miss her. Josh Holliday

Danny Wray
   Posted Sun February 25, 2007
Harriette, Jack, Gayle and David. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Alice was a sweat and wonderful lady. I know when I use to come by the house to see her, she was always glad to see me and loved to spend time with me. There was never a doubt that she loved each and everyone of us. This is a sad time for our entire family and as we prepare to say good bye to (Aunt)Alice, Heaven is rejoicing because God has received another angel. She has gone home and is now with your father (Alden) and the rest of our families. God is with you and will get you through these troubled times. If I can do anything for any of you, please let me know. Love you Danny

Susan Wray Hardy
   Posted Sun February 25, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Mary Alice. She always wore a smile and was so sweet to everyone. What a wonderful wife, mother, and friend to all. She will always be remembered in our hearts because she touched so many lives in such a positive way. I wish that I could be there for her funeral, however, I am unable to make it. She was a very special Aunt to me. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Mama and Daddy (Louise and Charlie) always loved Mary Alice so much. I know they will celebrate their reunion in heaven. Love, Susan Wray Hardy

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Sun February 25, 2007
Thinking of you.

Marjorie Ellenberg
   Posted Mon February 26, 2007
Gayle, Harriette & Families, Mary Alice was dear to me and my family. She came by my office at the old County Office Building often and we enjoyed our visits. She would tell me about her sweet daughters and their families. She was so proud of each of you. She was kind, generous, thoughtful, a lovely Christian Lady and friend. I know I am a better person for having known her and shall treasure the things that I learned from her.

Andy & Frances Thigpen
   Posted Mon February 26, 2007
Just to let you know that we love you and we're praying for you.

Sandra Campbell Roper
   Posted Tue February 27, 2007
Dear Harriet, I just heard about your mom. I am so saddened by her death. She was a very special lady, and I loved her. Love, Sandra