The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 15, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church, Highway 26, Montezuma, Georgia. Reverend Allen Waters, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Church cemetery.
Leola Loftly Sanders was born May 28, 1928 in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia to the parents of the late Leola Killen Loftly and Boisy Loftly. She was educated in the Macon County public school system; where she attended the historic Flint River Farm School. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at New Hope Baptist Church, where she served as an Usher for many years.
Mrs. Leola was employed by Macon County Board of Education as a Cook at the historic D.F. Douglass High School where she retired after many years of dedicated service. Mrs. Leola will always be remembered for her selfless nature, her kind and generous spirit, and her willingness to help others. Baking was her passion. She loved to cook, bake, and sew. Her porch and yard were the safe spaces for waiting for the school bus, for the pool to open, and for parents to return.
On Tuesday evening, November 11, 2014 at Montezuma Rehabilitation Center, Montezuma, Georgia, God called her from labor to reward. She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers: Lottie Mae, Beatrice, Ben Boisy, C.L., L.B. Ellen, Marie, Reather, Maeola, and Clarence.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Gloria (Louis) Ivory of Marshallville, Georgia, Katherine (Frankie) Isreal of Fairburn, Georgia, Earnestine Chatfield of Montezuma, Georgia, Beverly Fuller of Vienna, Georgia, Harriet Brown of Montezuma ,Georgia, and Willie Sanders of Dublin, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Harris of Fort Myers, Florida; sisters-in-law, Alice Loftly and Effie Loftly, both of Atlanta, Georgia; brother-in-law, Jewel Lee Woolfork of Immokalee, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, and relatives and friends, including a very devoted cousin Annie Neal Collier, and devoted friends, Glenda Sparks, Deborah Hobes, Bunice Turner, Alberta Odom.