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Mrs. Eleanor Howard Walton

April 18, 2021
Eleanor Howard Walton, 82, passed away at Phoebe-Sumter Hospital in Americus, Georgia on April 13, 2021. She was born on July 30, 1938, in Albany, Georgia, to the late Elbert Kelly Howard and Mary Belcher Howard.
Eleanor is preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, Asbury Bernard Walton, a sister, Ginger Beck, and a brother-in-law, G. W. Riles.

Survivors include her two daughters, Merri Lynn (Jimmy) Babb of Lumpkin, Georgia and Kelly (Steve) Horne of Gray, Georgia; five grandchildren, Ashley (Randy) Perryman of Lumpkin, Georgia, Steven (Alicia) Babb of Webster County Georgia, Stephen (Kodie) Horne of Macon, Georgia, Kristen (Mark) Humphrey of Fayetteville, Georgia, Amanda Horne of Gray, Georgia; eight great-grandchildren, Andrew and Payton Perryman; Kyle and Michael Krull, J. W. Babb; Joseph Horne; Holly and Cooper Humphrey; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Wayne) Whitton of Bremen, Georgia; Ann Bell of Carrollton, Georgia; brother-in-law, E. M. Beck of Athens, Georgia; sister, Carol Riles of Tampa, Florida.

Eleanor and Asbury Bernard Walton were married on August 12, 1958. Asbury was a United Methodist minister and they lived all over the South Georgia Methodist Conference. Eleanor was a dedicated Christian, wife, mother, minister’s wife, educator, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. After Eleanor and Asbury retired to Americus in 2005, they became members of the First Methodist Church in Americus, Georgia.

Eleanor taught school in most of the communities where they lived, totaling about 35 years. She had her Master’s Degree in Education. Eleanor was dedicated to her students, making sure they received an excellent education.

Eleanor was a true character, full of love and life, and put all her touch on everything that she did, from “cleaning” to “directing” to “loving” her family and friends. Eleanor had a way to draw in people with her laugh, that sweet smile and the twinkle in her eyes. She never met a stranger. People tended to gravitate to wherever Eleanor was holding court!  

A graveside service was held Friday, April 16, 2021, at Northside Cemetery in Lumpkin. The Reverends Dan Smith and Daryl Brown officiated the service.

In lieu of flowers: Northside Cemetery Fund (PO Box 394 Richland, GA 31825) or League of the Good Samaritan, 2001 South Lee Street, Americus, Georgia 31709 to sign the guest book. Baldwin Funeral Home, 50 Charles Overby Dr., P O Box 394, Richland, GA 31825, was in charge of all arrangements. 229-887-2750.

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