Charlene Williams Elkins
April 24, 1937 – July 15, 2021
Funeral services for Charlene Williams Elkins, 84, of Cairo, GA, are at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Woodland Methodist Church, Cairo, GA. Pastor Tammy Fincannon, Rev. Chris Allen and David Moye will officiate. Services will conclude at the church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA. Mrs. Elkins passed away at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, GA, on July 15, 2021.
Pallbearers will be Mrs. Elkins’ grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Elkins was born on April 24, 1937, in Cairo, GA, to the late Luther Enoch Williams and Tempie Whitfield Williams. On January 15, 1956, she married James Franklin Elkins, who preceded her in death on November 20, 1996. She spent her career as a Sales Associate for Grocery Retail and Publishing.
Charlene began her work history as a junior in high school where she would walk from the school to Bob’s Grocery; this began a 26-year career in the grocery business. After nine months at home preparing daily home-cooked meals for family, friends, and unexpected guests, she decided to return to work at The Cairo Messenger where she worked for 18 years before her final retirement.
Charlene loved spending time in her kitchen and yard. She baked many delicious cakes for family, friends, and people in her community. The simplest things in life brought the greatest joy; and those included her family, friends, and her church. She was a Christian woman who put her family’s needs before her own by helping and doing for others. She was a devoted member of Woodland Methodist Church. Charlene will be remembered as a true Southern lady, a remarkable person who was loved by all.
Survivors include: daughter, Cecilia Childree (Mark) of Cairo, GA; son, Stanley Elkins (Maura) of Cairo, GA; grandchildren, Eric Elkins of Cairo, GA, Courtney E. Hosey (Chris) of Cairo, GA, Jennings W. Childree (Nan) of Cairo, GA and Asa J. Childree of Cairo, GA; great-grandchildren, Zak Elkins of Cairo, GA, Chase Hosey of Cairo, GA, Jacob Elkins of Cairo, GA, and Ryan Hosey of Cairo, GA; brothers, Lavon Williams (Paulette) of Cairo, GA, Gene Williams (Marjorie) of Cairo, GA; sister, Bobbie Palmer (Macel) of Pelham, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Mrs. Elkins was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; brother, Tommy Williams; nephew, Jeffery Williams; and great-grandson, Timothy Elkins Harrison.
Memorials in Charlene’s memory may be made to: Woodland Methodist Church, c/o Terry Prince, 15 4th Ave. SW, Cairo, GA 39828: or your favorite charity.
The family will receive friends at Woodland Methodist Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
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