Praised as a beautiful and classy lady, Nettie C. Washington, was laid to rest at Warren Memorial UMC Church last month. Raised in Griffin, Georgia, she was an only child and a longtime active member of Warren Memorial United Methodist Church, with her late husband, Thomas J. Washington II. She died at age 91, after a brief illness.
Born to the late Charles and Mamie Caljoun, the deceased was raised in a very close knit extended family and finished Vocational High School in Griffin, and Fort Valley State College in 1942 with a degree in home Economics. While at Ft. Valley she became a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and later completed a Masters Degree in Education from Atlanta University. Mrs. Washington also received a Certificate of Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Also in 1942, she married Thomas Washington II and they had one son, Thomas J. Washington III.
The eulogy was delivered by Rev. Richard Winn, a former pastor of Warren, but now senior pastor at Ben Hill UMC, who remembered the deceased as one who “talked from her heart” and was a member of God’s house and not just a church member. He also remembered her as a classy and well dressed lady “who understood the principles of faith.”
Reflections were brought by Rheuben Taylor, a family member, Gerald Hood, former student, who remembered the deceased as his fifth grade teacher. Taylor praised her as “a stable being,” and Hood remembered Mrs. Washington as someone “who touched his life early.” He praised her as being beautiful, pleasing and caring.
She served for many years as a teacher and social worker in Griffin-Spaulding School County System and later the Atlanta Public Schools. She loved working with children and was a staunch advocate for their rights. She also loved and was an advocate for animals.
The deceased doesn’t have to worry about anything now, said Rev. Winn, and called her “a princess and southern belle.”
A devoted wife to her late husband, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Laura Washington; granddaughters, Candice and Courtney; her favorite dog Stranton; several cousins, including Susie Holmes, Betty Grooms, Johnnie M. Calhoun, Johnnie B. Calhoun, Paula Sanders; several nephews; special friends, and dedicated caregivers Myra Lawrence and Quintero Woods.
Service for Nettie Washington concluded at the family plot in Griffin at West Mcintosh Rd. and Crabtree Rd., with Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors in charge.
Flower ladies were her AKA Silhouettes sisters and the United Methodist Women of Warren, as well as 13 active Pallbearers. The service occurred in August at Warren UMC, where Rev. Donald K. Reed Sr., officiated and is pastor.