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November 6, 2013

Mary Jo Veal

IRWIN COUNTY —

Mary Jo Veal, 90, of Irwin County died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at her residence. Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday at Holt Baptist Church in Irwin County with the Rev. Dr. Danny Ray and the Rev. David Biggers officiating. Her son, Joey Veal, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
Mrs. Veal was born Sept. 27, 1923 in Irwin County, the only child of the late Carl Minor and Estelle Fletcher Luke. She was a 1940 graduate of Mystic High School and later attended Middle Georgia College. During World War II, Mrs. Veal worked at the shipyards in Brunswick. After moving to Ocilla, she began doing clerical work for Ocilla Oil and Fertilizer. She also enjoyed working part-time at Griner’s Gift Shop, Sims’ Furniture and McMillan’s Jewelers. She was very active in the Home Economics Club and along with her husband, Mr. K. A. Veal, they traveled to area conventions involving sweet potatoes and soil and water conservation. She was a very active member of Holt Baptist Church, was a member of WMU, a Sunday school teacher, worked with VBS and taught training union through the years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, K. A. Veal.
She is survived by a daughter, Caroline and David Babcock of Valdosta; and a son, Joey and Susan Veal of Ocilla; five grandchildren; Jonathan Babcock, Wesley Babcock, Valerie and Bryan Horten, Kyle and Valerie Veal, and Kevin Veal; four great-grandchildren, Madison Babcock, Hannah Horten, Bryce Horten and Adalyn Veal. 
The family suggests those desiring to send memorials may send them to the Ben Hill-Irwin Gideons, P.O. Box 752, Fitzgerald, GA 31750 or to Hospice of Tift Area, P.O. Box 747, Tifton, GA 31793.
You may sign the online registry by visiting www.paulkfuneralhome.com. Paulk Funeral Home, Ocilla is in charge of arrangements.

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