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Aubrey Lee Fender Kirkland, 89

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Mrs. Aubrey Lee Fender Kirkland, age 89 of Leliaton, Ga. passed away, Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, Ga. following an extended illness. 


She was born in Pearson, Ga. on June 18, 1932, daughter of Aubrey Foster and Clara Fussell Fender.  Mrs. Kirkland made her home in the Leliaton area all her life, where she raised and took care of not only her family, but also many others in the community through her career and service of being a nurse.  She enjoyed living life to the fullest, whether that was by dancing, going to the beach or even bird watching, but her heart was most filled with joy and love when it was spent making memories with her family. 


Mrs. Kirkland was a member of Cornerstone Church and was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her husband, Paul Kirkland, Jr. and 3 sisters: Florence Morgan, Marjorie Crosby, and Faye Vickers.


Survivors include:


Son:  John Sheffield and wife, Diane of Evans, Ga.


Daughter:  Joan Sheffield Giddens and husband, Hampton, of Pearson, Ga.


Brother:  Bo Fender and wife, Francine, of Pearson, Ga.


2 Sisters:  Patricia Kirkland of Pearson, Ga.

                  Betty Metts and husband, Jimmy of Pearson, Ga.


4 Grandchildren:  Heather Sheffield Barrs and husband, Joey

                              Nick Sheffield and wife, Emily

                              Jessica Giddens Hutto and husband, Tim

                              Jasmine Giddens Bell and husband, Tyler


10 Great-Grandchildren:  Sophia, Emily, Jessica & Jeffery Barrs

                                          Lillie, Lucy & Mae Sheffield

                                          Jazah Alieph Hutto

                                          Jack Andrew "Jab" & Gunnar Moses Bell


Graveside services for Mrs. Kirkland were held on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Willacoochee City Cemetery in Willacoochee, Ga. with Rev. Allen Arowood, Mrs. Glenda Lang, and Mrs. Heather Barrs officiating.  Special musical selection included “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone” rendered by cd.  The interment followed in Willacoochee City Cemetery.


Serving as active pallbearers were:  Nick Sheffield, Jimmy Metts, Justin Fender, Tyler Bell, Tim Hutto and Henry Moore.


Relihan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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