Dorothy Mae (Thurmond) Eley

Born: Thu., Mar. 6, 1919
Died: Mon., Feb. 24, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Location: White Plains Baptist Church

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Dorothy Mae Thurmond Eley

Dorothy Mae Thurmond Eley of White Plains, GA, died early Monday morning, February 24, 2014 at Greene Point Health and Rehabilitation.  She was 94.  A lifelong resident of Greene County, she was born on March 6, 1919 to the late William Jefferson Thurmond, Sr. and Emma Valentine O’Kelley Thurmond.  She graduated from Madison High School and on December 25, 1939 married J. W. (J. Buck) Eley.  For many years she was a homemaker and worked beside her husband on their cotton farm and later dairy farm.  She was a longtime and faithful member of White Plains Baptist Church and a member of the Home Demonstration Club.  Dorothy enjoyed tending to her flower beds around her house and spending time with her grandchildren.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband J. W. Eley in May of 1995; her beloved brothers, Flonnie Thurmond, Burnie Thurmond, Robin Thurmond, Duard Thurmond, Willard (Jeff) Thurmond, W. J. Thurmond, Larmatine Thurmond and an infant sister.  She is survived by her devoted family, Larry Eley (Nancy), Jamie Eley (Dollie), Phil Eley (Jan) and Keith Eley (Cheryl) all of White Plains, GA; grandchildren, Jeff Eley (Amy), Mark Eley (Tawny), Amy Eley Simpson (Charles), Beth Eley Clifton (Chad), Ginger Eley, Brittany Leach, Matthew Eley, Kelly Eley Wall (Russell) and Jessye Eley; great grandchildren, Lauren Eley, Lea Eley, Lindsey Eley, Kaeley Clifton, and Henry Eley; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  

Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, 1020 Main Street East, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Curtis Moore and Rev. Michael S. Thigpen officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers are Mark Eley, Jeff Eley, Russell Wall, Matt Eley, Charles Simpson and Chad Clifton.  Any memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 38, White Plains, GA 30678.  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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Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Mon February 24, 2014
Larry, Phil, Jamie & Keith,
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry & Elaine

Luanne & Terry Hardin
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
Larry, Nancy and family: You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss. Let me know if I can do anything. Love you, Luanne & Terry Hardin

Everette Duvall
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
our prays are with the entire family.

   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
Please know that we will be praying for all during this sad time.

Janet Stapleton
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
So sorry to hear about Mrs. Dorothy Mae. I enjoyed visiting her while seeing Jimmy. She always knew me and talked about her best friend (my Mom). They had a close relationship. The twins always enjoyed her visits each week. She was a precious woman and I will miss her. Love to all of you.

Nancy Thurmond Hayes
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
Aunt Dorothy Mae was a kind, strong, very special person who loved her family as she was loved in return. She kept the memory of my father close to her heart and mine and, although I did not see her often over the years, I will miss her. With deepest sympathy, Nancy

Susanne Ivester
   Posted Tue February 25, 2014
So sorry for your whole families loss. Praying that your memories will comfort you during this time.

Lucy and Carey Clifton
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
We are very sorry for your loss, Larry,Nancy,Jeff,Mark,Amy and Beth and the entire family.You have been in my prayers and thoughts since I heard of "Ma's" Passing.
We only saw Mrs.Dorothy a few times,but a couple of things were very apparent,she was a fine lady,she loved her family very much.I know the memories of her will become treasures to all of you.

Marilyn Willis
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Such a precious woman who loved "her boys" so much. A truly sad time for the family, but a time to rejoice that she is at peace and in heaven.

Shirley Weaver
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Larry, Nancy and family

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. May your hearts find peace and comfort through God.

Lisa Thurmond Young
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
I will miss my Aunt Dorothy Mae so very much. She always enveloped myself, brother Lewis Thurmond and both of my boys Stephen and Christopher with hugs, love and the best Tea Cakes and caramel Cake in the world! I will cherish her memory always and forever...

Emmett and Shirley
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Eley Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the
days and weeks to come.

John and Glenda Peters, Bragan and Amanda Peters
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and grandmother.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Phil & family,

So very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger A. Black
   Posted Thu February 27, 2014
My condolences to Larry and family.

Michael Prior
   Posted Tue March 04, 2014
So sorry for your loss. - Gilbert Duard's grandson