Jennie Blair (Thurmond) Carlton

Born: Sat., Jan. 20, 1923
Died: Fri., Jan. 30, 2015


11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Mon., Feb. 02, 2015
Location: Callaway Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Feb. 02, 2015
Location: First United Methodist Church

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Jennie Blair Thurmond Carlton
A resident of Union Point for over 60 years,  she was born in Danburg, Ga on January 20, 1923 to Belle Knox and James Gordon Thurmond. Being the youngest of their five children by many years, she was always quite adored by her family.
She attended school in Danburg and college at Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Ga. She married  William Henry Carlton, Jr. from Union Point who preceded her in death in 1984. Both were active in sports and met at a high school basketball game. She helped her husband at  J.E. Carlton and Co. in Union Point, a business established by her husband’s grandfather.

She was a long standing member of First United Methodist Church teaching Sunday School, leading the children’s sermons and serving on numerous committees. For many years she enjoyed golfing and playing bridge with her friends. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed sewing, arranging flowers and was a master of needlepoint.  Jennie was also a member of The Greene County Country Club, Union Point Garden Club and a charter member of the Wayside Home Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

She embraced life with a warm spirit and delightful humor which was reflected in her love, beauty and personality. She loved and was loved by so many and her family and friends will miss her dear presence in their lives.
Her children are a daughter, Carmin Knox Carlton Walstad (Med) and a son, William Henry Carlton III. Her grandchildren are Win Walstad (Stephanie), Blair Walstad Burson (Turner) Carlton Knox Walstad (Shannon), Hank Carlton (Alexandria) and Christy Carlton Morris along with eight great granddaughters and two great grandsons. She was preceded in death by her siblings, John Knox Thurmond, Polly Standard, Embelle Clements and Jim Thurmond.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 714 Park Avenue, Union Point, GA 30669 with Rev. Bert Mathews officiating.  The family will receive friends Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Callaway Funeral Home.  Pallbearers are Hank Carlton, Win Walstad, Carlton Walstad, Turner Burson, Bobby Cleveland, Brett Cleveland and Blair Cleveland. The family would like to thank the six wonderful caregivers who were so dedicated to her in the recent months. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 714 Park Avenue, Union Point, GA 30669.  Callaway Funeral Home, 208 N. Rhodes Street, Union Point, GA, (706) 486-4138, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
Bill and family we were so sorry to learn of your lovely mother's death. You have our deepest sympathy.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
Bill & Family,

I was so sorry to hear about Miss Jennie! She was a very sweet and nice lady no matter where I saw her. She will be greatly missed. May God be with all of you!

Janet Stapleton
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
So sorry to hear about Mrs. Jennie. She was always so sweet and I was always glad to see her. Always a smile and a hug. I will surely miss her. Prayers going out to the family.

Betty Jo & Bob Williams
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
Bill, our prayers are with you and all of your family at this sad time in your lives. May God give you all the peace and love you need to get through. God Bless.

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Sat January 31, 2015
So saddened to hear of Mrs. Calton's death. My mother and step-mother both thought a lot of Jennie and both talked about her often. I know your family will miss her and our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Jan Thurmond

Emma Dean Holcomb
   Posted Sun February 01, 2015
Knoxie and Bill. So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady and a true friend.

Eileen & Scott McCulley
   Posted Sun February 01, 2015
I was so very, very sorry to hear of your mother's death on Friday morning. It was much sooner than I had expected.
You have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be so in the weeks ahead.
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of the past, and in the special time you spent together these past few months.

Nancy & Larry Eley
   Posted Sun February 01, 2015
Knoxie and Bill, So sorry to hear about Mrs. Jennie! She was such a sweet person and we loved her!! I was in the Wayside UDC with her and also retired from working at the Post Office in Union Point!!! Larry's youngest brother, Keith, is married to Cheryl McRay and they were married in your mother's gazebo and this was beautiful many years back!! A tour of your mother's home, I came after work and she carried me on a personal and was so much fun for the both of us. We will have your families in our thought and prayers for weeks to come. She was a true Southern lady.

Sandy Steele
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I had always admired and respected Ms. Jennie from a distance. It has been a joy and privilege to get to know her better in the last couple of years. She loved to talk about Daddy and flowers and how it was so special to "Aunt Dell" that Pope Steele would bring his family to visit her every Christmas Day. My sisters and I would take our new baby doll or favorite Santa gift to show Ms. Dell who would just carry on about how precious our dolls were, etc. I know that you have similar sweet memories of Ms. Jennie. I pray that God comforts each of you during this time of sadness. In Christian love, Sandy

Ronnie and Judy Finch
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
We both thought so much of Miss Jenny. She was always so sweet and nice to everyone. She will be missed in our community.

Sherrie Willoughby Sparger
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
I am Sherrie Willoughby Sparger, and my dad was Albert Willoughby, son of Milton & Maude Willoughby. Jack Willoughby was Dad's brother. My sister, Janet, and I spent many summers in Union Point, and Ms. Jennie was always so sweet to us. We loved coming to church and seeing her. Dad and Mom (Elaine) would always get together with Ms. Jennie and her husband when we came to town. Condolances to the family.

Lynn Jarrard
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
So sad to hear about your mother, Bill!!! Sending thoughts and prayers for all.

Bob Rainwater
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Bill, I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. I didn't know her, and the only thing I know about her is that she raised a fine son.

Angela Lynn Booth
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
Bill, so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was definitely a real "Southern Lady". My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.

Rick Ward
   Posted Tue February 03, 2015
Your mom was one of the kindest and gracious ladies I have ever met, one of the truly Southern Belles.

Sibley Bryan, Jr.
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
Knoxie and Med, so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Sorry we were out of the country, because I would have been at the services if at home. She was a great lady and one of the last of her generation which held Union Point together. I will always remember and be thankful for her swapping tea pots with my moher so the Sibley family silver service could be put together again. I trust you and Med are well. Sibley

Philip Horning
   Posted Fri February 20, 2015

I am sad to hear of your mom's passing. I offer my condolences.

al cason
   Posted Thu March 05, 2015
Very sad to learn of Miss Jennie's passing. She was a god send to
the families of the Methodist church in Union Point. I was fortunate
to be one of her Sunday School students in my early years. She will
be deeply missed.
Al Cason