Elaine Jackson Vannatta, 89, of St. Marys, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Born March 11, 1928 in Blackshear GA, she was the daughter of the late Quitman and Maggie James.
Elaine was a graduate of Blackshear High School and Massey School of Business. When God made Elaine, he gifted her with many talents. She was a true care giver and was energized by catering to her family. Elaine was an artist in all aspects of life. She was a beautiful seamstress, painter, writer and decorator. Her whole life was a picture of beauty. She is loved, admired and respected and will be greatly missed… A True Southern Lady.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of St. Marys with Pastor Steve Kegley and Doug Hurley officiating. Private family burial will be held Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross. Pallbearers: Jamie Jackson, Josh Godbehere, John Godbehere, Ben Renault, Keith Jones, and Douglas Walker.
Survivors include her children, Debbie Godbehere of Thomasville, Vickie Keene of St. Marys, Dick Jackson of Pawleys Island, SC, Todd Vannatta (Krista) of Zionsville, IN, and Mike Vannatta of Valparaiso, IN; grandchildren, Maggie and Ben Renault, Janie and Doug Hurley, Annie and Keith Jones, John and Julie Godbehere, Josh and Nicole Godbehere, Jamie and Lesley Jackson, Chris and Linley Jackson, Julianne and Douglas Walker, Carlie Vannatta, Courtney Vannatta, Gunnar Vannatta, and Cooper Vannatta.
In addition to Elaine’s parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Jackson and Bill Vannatta; siblings, Estes James, Eustace James, Dorothy Cason, Joyce Coleman, Elfred James and Billy James; children, step-son, Brock Vannatta, and great granddaughter, Mary Elliott Jackson.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.