Mary Frances Wilkinson, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 6, 2024, at the age of 85. She was a beloved member of the community and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Frances was born on May 24, 1938, in Soperton, Georgia to Fred and Marie Bryson Horton. One of Frances' proudest accomplishments was finding salvation at the age of seven at a Methodist Church near her childhood home in Reidsville, Georgia. Her unwavering faith in God shaped her life and was evident in her interactions with others. The love and compassion she showed to everyone she met was a testament to the depth of her devotion.
From a young age, she displayed a love for children and a deep sense of devotion towards them. This passion led her to embark on a fulfilling career in education and childcare.
Over the years, Frances pursued various ventures that allowed her to positively impact the lives of many children. She owned and operated ABC Nursery, where she nurtured countless little ones and laid a strong foundation for their future. Recognizing the importance of education, she also taught K-4 at Glennville Christian Academy and later went on to establish Tiny Tots Academy, where she lovingly guided young minds for many years.
Frances was not only dedicated to educating children but also to shaping their character through spiritual guidance. She devoted her time teaching Sunday School classes at Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church for many years. She had an immense heart for sharing the message of Jesus with children and instilling in them a love for their faith.
Beyond her professional life, Frances had a vibrant spirit and a zest for life. She delighted in tending to her yard, where she would create an enchanting oasis filled with beautiful flowers that brought joy to all who visited. In her leisure time, she would engage in competitive card games with friends, displaying both skill and laughter as they created lasting memories together. Family vacations were also cherished moments for Frances as she relished spending time at the family coast house in Pine Harbor.
Frances leaves behind a legacy of kindness, love, and dedication. She will be remembered for her cheerful demeanor, sweet nature, and nurturing spirit. Her impact on the lives of children and her community as a whole is immeasurable.
Those left to cherish her memory:
Husband: Gene Wilkinson of Glennville, Georgia
Children: Bert Holland of Glennville, Georgia
Karen Folsom (Kelly) of Glennville, Georgia
Kim Cason (Bobby) of Glennville, Georgia
Laura Wilkinson (Kathleen) of Efland, North Carolina
Jim Wilkinson of Brunswick, Georgia
Siblings, Paula Cobb of Byron, Georgia
Shirley Sumner of Lake Sinclair, Georgia
Grandchildren, Amber Rhodes, Amanda Folsom, Tyler Folsom, Caleb Folsom, Grayson Folsom, Chandler Cason, Gavin Cason
Seventeen Great Grandchildren, Three Great-Great Grandchildren, Several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Visitation will be held 12:30 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Care and services are entrusted to Brannen Family Funeral Services, Glennville, Georgia. "Our Family Serving Your Family."