Lifelong educator and golf enthusiast, 73 year-old, Barbara was born and raised in Pine Mountain GA. She is the daughter of the late Gladys and Hubert Hadley.
Barbara passed away at home on Saturday, August 29, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a brief struggle with cancer. Barbara, a “die hard” Bulldog fan received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M. Ed. from Georgia State University. She taught English in grades 7-12 in Florida and in Harris, Troup, Cobb, and Camden counties, Georgia. She served as the State English Coordinator for the Governor’s Honors Program. Barbara worked with the development of Georgia’s Criterion- Referenced Test for pupils in Grades 5 and 8, the Regents’ Writing Examination, and Georgia’s Teacher Competency Testing Program for Certification. She has served on the adjunct faculties of Georgia Military College, Valdosta State University, and Coastal College of Georgia-Camden Campus. She was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on College Composition. Her hobbies included bridge, golf, reading, and fishing or just relaxing and watching the Crooked River as tides came and went throughout the day. Barbara, widely known for her wit and dedication, was one of the founding members of The Honey Creek Episcopal Church under the leadership of Reverend Linda Mc Cloud. During the past five years, she was an active member of King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland GA. Barbara served on the vestry at each church.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11:00 at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland GA. A reception will follow the service. Your thoughts and prayers are requested for her beloved family and many friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her son, Mark James Mathis of Jacksonville, FL; beloved friend and caregiver, Bonnie London of Woodbine; cousins, B.J. and Marsha Clark of Savannah, and many other cousins and relatives.
The family is grateful for the support of Hospice of the Golden Isles, Allison Memorial Chapel, and the King of Peace Church family. In lieu of flowers, Barbara has requested donations to the King of Peace Building Fund.
Alison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.