COMER - LaTrelle Lanier Ethridge, 91, born June 1, 1920, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Born in White Plains, she was the daughter of the late Walter Stone and Gertrude Smith Lanier, and was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Aldon Ethridge, in 2003. She was a graduate of Crawford High School and Reinhardt College. She taught elementary school for many years in Georgia and Alaska. With her husband and family she lived in Japan and Turkey and in Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, California, and Alaska. She also traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
Wherever she went, she became active in civic, social, academic, and religious circles and made dear friends for a lifetime. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of a number of bridge groups. She was a gracious hostess, entertainer, teacher, and friend. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Mrs. Ethridge had made her home in Comer since 1973, and was a member of the Comer United Methodist Church, Comer Woman’s Club, and Athens Woman’s Club.
Survivors include her sons, Roger (Marty) Ethridge, Houston, Texas, Ron (Marcia) Ethridge, Spokane, Wash.; siblings, Harold Lanier, Clermont, Rene Lanier, Dalton, Agnes Perry, Macon, and Rozzie Lanier, Crawford; grandchildren, Lanie LaTrelle (Peter) Mason, Carol Anne (Keith) Kelley, and David Ethridge; great-grandchildren, Carlie Mason, Michael Kelley, and Jenna Kelley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Comer United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Hugh Hendrickson and Mike McLemore officiating. Interment will be in Comer Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Pendleton, Calvin Smith, Pete Porterfield, Jack Carlson, Ken MacKenzie, and Wade Grant. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to the Comer UMC Education Outreach Fund, 226 Main St., Comer, GA 30629, Reinhardt University, Office of Development, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA 31083, or a charity of your choice.
Lord & Stephens, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.