Mrs. Frances T. 'Grandmama' Stribling

Mrs. Frances T. “Grandmama” Stribling, age 84, of Woodbury, Ga., passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Christian Ministries Hospice in Riverdale, Ga.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Jones Chapel, with Rev. Bill Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 1 until 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Chapel.

Mrs. Stribling was born August 11, 1928, in Pike County, Ga., the daughter of Wilbur O. Tapley Sr. and Beulah Crews Tapley. She was a 1945 graduate of Concord High School and had attended Martha Berry College in Rome, Ga. She returned from college to Griffin, Ga., where she worked at the Highland Mills. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Dan W. Stribling, and the two were married on August 22, 1947. Together they made their home at their farm in the Imlac Community near Woodbury, the two becoming known later as “Grandmama and Daddy Dan.” In addition to assisting in the daily operation of the farm, she worked in the Quality Control Lab at Nabisco, where she retired after 20 years service. After that she was a full-time homemaker and fully enjoyed sewing, especially quilting, cooking, singing, and being a “professional Grandmama.” She was a very active member of Jones Chapel where she had served faithfully in numerous positions including choir director and Sunday School teacher for all age levels. She was also among the ladies who for many years faithfully operated “The Sweet Tooth Booth” for Jones Chapel at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dan W. Stribling; a sister, Ethel T. Lynch and a brother, Wilbur O. Tapley, Jr.

Survivors include her two children, Nancy S. Jones and her husband Gary of Woodbury, and Kenneth Stribling and his wife Colleen of Geneva, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Jones of Woodbury, Jefflyn Brannon and her husband Jeff of Woodbury, Matthew Stribling and his wife Mandy of Batavia, Ill., Katherine Stribling of Geneva, Ill., Daniel Stribling of Columbia, Mo., and Clare Stribling of Geneva, Ill.; six great-grandchildren, Lanie Overton, Emma Kate Brannon and Ellie Brannon all of Woodbury, and A. J. Stribling, Chase Stribling, and Kara Stribling all of Batavia, Ill; a sister, Virginia T. Crowder of Griffin, Ga.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Tapley of Concord, Ga., Nell Lofton of Woodbury and Grace Stribling of LaGrange; also numerous nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Flint River Academy Foundation, P. O. Box 247, Woodbury, GA 30293.

Online condolences may be offered at www.ssmfuneralhomes.com.

Smith-Steele-Meadows Funeral Home, Woodbury, GA.


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