Catherine Jackson Villegas

Born: Fri., Jan. 7, 1921
Died: Sun., Oct. 11, 2009

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Catherine Jackson Villegas, a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her in Greene County, passed away Sunday morning at the Boswell Parker Nursing Center. She was 88.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the First Baptist Church in Greensboro with Rev. Michael Hardy, Rev. Ira McKeever and Tony Barnhart officiating. Graveside services will then be held at the Wesley Chapel Wesleyan Church. Catherine will be interned next to her husband, Jaime, who passed away on Feb. 2, 2000 and her son, David, who passed away on April 29, 2007. Serving as pallbearers are John "Butch" Jackson, Marc Villegas, Bruce Lovin, David Kopp, Jim Fletcher, Paul Channell Jr., Zandra Roper, Mickey Channell and Mel Channell.

Known to friends and family as "Kit," Mrs. Villegas was born on Jan. 7, 1921 to John and Laura Smith Jackson. She attended Union Point High School after which she attended business school in Atlanta. She later went to work for the Atlanta and West Point Railroad. It was on a business trip to New Orleans that she met Jaime Villegas, who was visiting the United States on vacation. Mr. Villegas was a professor at the Pan American Agricultural School in Honduras and the two began to correspond. They eventually fell in love and were married on May 1, 1948 at the home of Judge Townsend in Atlanta.

The couple moved to Honduras where Jaime continued his work as a professor at the Agricultural School. Their first child, Sam, was born in Honduras in 1949. Three years later the couple was back in Greene County when their second child, Maria, was born, in 1952. In 1955 their third child, David, was born. David was born with Down syndrome which motivated Catherine to help him and other children like him. She helped establish "The Little Red School House" in the cafeteria of the old Siloam elementary school in order to serve the special needs of children like David.

When Mrs. Villegas and her husband came back to the United States from Honduras, Jaime worked on a Master''s Degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Then the couple moved back to Greene County where they bought a farm. Jaime, a non-citizen at the time, made a living by farming while Kit embarked on several successful ventures.She was an outstanding salesperson for Stanley Home Products. She became one of the top agents for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She was a leader in the Business and Professional Women''s Club and was recognized by Governor Carl Sanders, who appointed her to Georgia''s Commission on the Status of Women. She was active in local, state and national politics. She was invited to Washington, D.C., where she met with Democratic women from all over the United States. In 2004 she was invited to attend the opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. She made the trip to Little Rock with Maria and Sam.

After Jaime completed a second Master''s degree at the University of Georgia, the couple moved their family to High Point, N.C., where Jaime was a Spanish professor at High Point College (now High Point University). When Jaime retired from High Point, they moved back to Greene County to enjoy their retirement. But Kit never really retired, staying involved in local businesses like the Country House and the Corner Pantry chain of stores. She and Jaime developed "Villegas Vineyards" which sold muscadines and produced a little homemade wine with their friends.

Mrs. Villegas is survived by her sister, Pauline Richardson of Greensboro, her children, Sam Villegas (wife Libby) of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Maria Barnhart (husband Tony) of Dunwoody, Ga., and three grandchildren: Marc Villegas (wife Jaime) of Cincinnati, Lisa Villegas of Winston-Salem, and Sara Barnhart Fletcher (husband Jim) of Dunwoody.In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 or to the charity of your choice. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the guest register.

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Jane Cobb
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Our love, prayers and deepest sympathy. We have fond memories of times with Catherine at her home, at FBC, Community Bible Study and Willow Run.I visited her last at the nursing home and she was resting peacefully. I pray the Lord will give the family happy memories. She was a special lady. Love, Jane and Howell Cobb

Rev. Norman Waldrip
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Martha and I want you to know that the family is in our prayers. We are sorry that we are not in Greensboro to be with you all at this time. We are in Texas and will not be back home until around the 20th of this month. Mrs. Katherine was wonderful Christian and a dear friend. Norman & Martha Waldrip.

Dee Beeler
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Craig & I want you to know our prayers are with all the family at this sad time. Ms. Catherine was a wonderful lady..She had many many loving friends, and will be so missed!!!! Dee Beeler

Wanda & Glenn Rabb
   Posted Mon October 12, 2009
Sam & family, Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We know your mom will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. We pray God will give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

Sharon Lycans
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Sam, My prayers are with you and your family. Sharon

Terri Hodge
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Sam, So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! May you find peace in your memories.

Phyllis Bailey
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Maria, Tony, Sara Catherine & Jim, Thinking of you during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Phyllis and Rebekah

Darla Genung
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Sam, My heart and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Your mother sounds like an amazing lady. I'm sure there will be a void in the lives of many people as a result of her many accomplishments. I pray that you will find comfort in memories, as God carries you through the healing.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
Sam, Maria and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days to come. Ms. Catherine was a remarkable Southern Lady.

JANET STAPLETON
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. YOUR MOTHER WAS A WONDERFUL LADY AND WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY. WE WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS.

Kent & Melinda Walker
   Posted Tue October 13, 2009
With our deepest sympathy, Kent & Melinda & family

Campion Holton
   Posted Wed October 14, 2009
Sam, Natalie and I are so sorry for your tremendous loss. We think about you often as you go through this difficult time.

Dean Baugh Rizner
   Posted Thu October 15, 2009
Maria, Sam and families, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. The service today was a beautiful tribute to your Mother. I will certainly miss seeing her everyday at Boswell-Parker.

Emily Marchman
   Posted Thu October 15, 2009
Maria and Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother chaperoning us on a trip to Jekyll Island for a G A gathering. She was so much fun! May God comfort you. Emily