Obituary for Jan. 19, 2017

James Fred Avant
Mr. James Fred “Jimmy” Avant, 82, of Jefferson, entered into rest Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 13 in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Williams and the Rev. Tony Powers officiating. Burial followed in Eatonton Memorial Park in Eatonton. Gentlemen honored as pallbearers are Daniel Brown, Alex Brown, Joe Rossee, Chris Hewette, Tim Nipper and Jason Justus.
Mr. Avant was born in Hillsboro and was the son of the late Fred and Evelyn Frances Key Avant.He was a member of Union Baptist Church and attended the Jackson County Senior Center.Mr. Avant first retired as a dairy farmer and then again from the State of Georgia as a correctional officer. 

Mr. Avant was preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda Eubanks Avant; and a brother, Jerry Avant.

Survivors include three daughters, Tina M. Collins and her husband Barry of Braselton, Beth Justus of Habersham, Amy Meeler and her husband Starr of Bishop; a sister, CarolynRossee and her husband Jack of Eatonton; and eight grandchildren, Jacob and Abbigail Collins, Blake and Ashley Justus, Bry, Gracie, LeytonMeeler and Sue Reeves.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org or to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Evans Funeral Home Inc. (706-367-5467) at 1350 Winder Highway in Jefferson had charge of arrangements.

Visit www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com  for online condolences.

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