Lillian “Juanita” Talley Tarsa Pritchett, 92, of Lizella, passed away peacefully of natural causes at home Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home- Peachtree Corners Chapel, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092. The Reverend Joe McDaniel will officiate. Interment will be at North Atlanta Memorial Park in Doraville, Georgia.
Juanita was born in Crenshaw County, Alabama to the late Luther John Talley and Gertrude Ellen Barfield Talley. In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, Frederick Joseph Tarsa, second husband of 18 years, Walter Eldon “Son” Pritchett, Jr., 5 sisters and 3 brothers.
Juanita is survived by her adored family; daughters, Debra Anita Whitley (Bill) of Flowery Branch, Georgia and Donna Karen Tarsa Burnett (Dr. Mike) of Lizella, Georgia; grandchildren, Angela Marie Tapp of Flowery Branch, Ryan Joseph Tapp (Autumn) of Flowery Branch, and Clayton Talley Burnett of Lizella; great-grandchildren, Gwyneth Murray, Carmen Dyer, Cooper Tapp, Colten Tapp; sister, Jewell Annette Youngblood (Eddie) of Millbrook, Alabama; sister-in-law, Eunice Voncile Talley of Chamblee, Georgia; step-daughters, Reba Lisenby (Tony) of Montgomery, Alabama and RoseMarye Patton of Nesbit, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, step-nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren..
Juanita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. God graced her with a beautiful shining light of love that she shared with anyone that knew her. The sixth born into a family of ten siblings in Montgomery, Alabama, during the Great Depression, she cherished being close to her mother and helping care for her siblings. At the age of eight, while roller skating down Clayton Street hill she fell and broke her wrist. After the accident, she smiled and exclaimed that she could not wash dishes for a while, as that was one of her lengthy chores.
Juanita attended Cottage Hill Elementary School and Baldwin Junior High School. She was a member of Clayton Street Baptist Church where she was baptized. While working at the candy counter at F.W. Woolworth, she met her United States Army Air Corps husband stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Later they married and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where they started a business and family. Juanita adored being a housewife. She enjoyed league bowling and was a member of the local woman’s club. She attended Advent Lutheran Church in Doraville, Georgia. In the late 1940’s she became bookkeeper for the family business, Rite-Way Radio & TV Service. This was an exciting time as High-Fidelity stereo sound and television were being introduced. Years later, she was blessed with starting a family and becoming a mother. Juanita enjoyed every aspect of raising her daughters, Debbie and Donna, in a loving home. She worked to teach them and provide them with everything a little girl could dream of. She also became employed by Dekalb County School System in Atlanta, GA. In 1977, she left her job as media specialist for Henderson Mill Elementary School to be a loving and devoted full-time grandmother known as “Mimi”. She enjoyed many years of camping at Lake Lanier and the beauty of the North Georgia mountain towns of Helen and Hiwassee, with her husband, Freddie, daughter Debra and the grandchildren, Angie and Ryan. Juanita loved the mountain surroundings and had many wonderful memories of that time in her life. She also loved traveling with her daughter Donna to many exotic places and always had her suitcase packed for the next adventure. She was a devoted and loving wife as she remained by her husband’s side during his extended illness and in 1994, after 50 years of marriage, she became widowed. In 1996, she married Walter Pritchett and moved back to Montgomery, Alabama. She joined Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church and was a faithful servant. She enjoyed helping make Walter’s famous chicken salad to bring to church functions. She loved spending time in the country growing vegetables and loved her favorite cow “Dolly” and her two dachshunds “Lilly” and “April”. Juanita also loved family and always remained close to her Alabama sisters. For 18 wonderful years, she and her cherished husband Walter celebrated many holidays with her stepdaughters, Reba and RoseMarye and their families. She had such a special love for everyone. After Walter’s passing, Juanita relocated in 2015, to Macon, Georgia to be with her Georgia family again. She had enjoyed past visits to Macon and living up to her zest for life attitude, had been an “extra” in a movie filmed in Perry, Georgia in 1995. In 2016, at the age of 88, she was a model in the Cherry Blossom Festival Fashion Show. With her daughter Donna and family, at their home in Lizella, she enjoyed many years of the peaceful surroundings of the lake and nature. She adored watching her grandson Clayton grow up and being part of his life. Juanita attended Ingleside Baptist Church and loved Pastor Tim McCoy’s sermons. She was a faithful Christian and loved the Lord Jesus. Juanita’s bright light and inner beauty were felt by all that knew her, and her memory will be cherished forever.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
The family would like to thank the prayer team at Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Dr. Wade Hardy, Elizabeth Hardy, Dr. Amy Kingman, Diane Gibson, Community Bible Study of Macon, Pine Pointe Hospice and so many wonderful caregivers and helpers that adored her sweet personality. May God bless each and every one of you.
Flowers may be sent to Crowell Brothers Funeral Home- Peachtree Corners Chapel-or In lieu of flowers, donations in Juanita’s memory may be made to Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama; Ingleside Baptist Church; Community Bible Study of Macon, Macon, Georgia; First Presbyterian Day School, Macon, Georgia.
Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 has charge of the arrangements.
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