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December 26, 2013

Grace Jeanette Avera

NASHVILLE — Grace Jeanette Avera, 88, of Nashville died Wednesday Dec. 25, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Lovein Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Luke and the Rev. Danny Ray officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Lovein Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 10, 1925 in Tampa, Fla. to the late Shafter Griner and the late Lillian Randall. She was a homemaker, retired from Nashville Textile, and a member of Nashville First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Johnie Webb Avera. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Johnnie Avera and Travis Avera; a brother, Lyman Griner; a sister, Gertrude Valenti, and a grandson, Scott Avera.

She is survived by a son, Chris (Dot) Avera of Nashville; three grandchildren, David Avera, Tracy Bullard and Brooke Kelley; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Ashley, Shay and Connor; and two nephews, Philip Griner and Tommy Valenti.

Lovein Funeral Home, Nashville is in charge of arrangements.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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