Dorothy Mae Eley

March 6, 1919 ~ February 24, 2014 (age 94)

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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