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Lillie "Eleanor" Dye

July 24, 1918 — March 31, 2014

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Lillie Eleanor Burke Dye

Wrens, GA  – Lillie “Eleanor” Burke Dye, 95, loving wife of the late William Alton Dye, Sr.,  entered into rest Monday morning, March 31, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Ebenezer Associate Reform Presbyterian Church with Rev. Carl Geisik officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

One of eight children born in Burke County to the late Ida Marie Davis Burke and the late Thomas Orr Burke, Eleanor lived most of her life outside of Wrens. She served her Lord faithfully and was a member of Ebenezer ARP where she was a former Sunday School teacher. Her favorite pastimes were bird watching and working in her flower garden.  She loved to cook, especially for big family gatherings, and baking cakes for different functions at the church. Eleanor was a warm, loving, generous woman who loved helping others in need.  Above all else, she loved her family and was most content in their presence.

Eleanor is also preceded in death by three siblings, Grier Burke, Andrew Burke and Louise B. Stavely. Survivors include four children, Joyce D. Whatley (Lowndes), William Alton Dye, Jr. (Donna), Susan D. Miller, and Gary B. Dye (Leslie); four brothers, Thomas G. Burke (Kathy), William O. Burke, Ralph C. Burke (Anne) and Harry D. Burke (Merrilyn); nine grandchildren, Jason Whatley (Adrienne), Mariah Whatley, Jeremy Dye (Dan), Jennifer Watson (Eddie), Benjamin Miller, Andrew Miller (Erika), Ryan Dye (Christine), Emily Dye and Karen Gaddis (Josh); nine great grandchildren, Jude Whatley, Gage Whatley, Patrick Watson, Taylor Watson, Peyton Watson, Annabelle Miller, Noah Dye, Micah Dye and Summer Doyle; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers will be Gordon Burke, Jimmy Burke, Jeremy Dye, Andrew Miller, Benjamin Miller and Jason Whatley.

The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Ebenezer ARP Cemetery Fund, c/o Anne Burke, 1518 Ocala Rd, Wrens GA 30833.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00PM Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.

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