Valerie Gail Hughes (Crisp) of Appling, Georgia departed this world and was received by her Heavenly Home Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Gail… a native to Macon County, was born in the Hickory Knoll Community in the home of her late grandparents, George and Fannie Stiles and is the eldest daughter to the late Frank L. and Leneta Crisp of Franklin. In addition to her parents, Gail is preceded in death by one sister, Donna Smith and one nephew, Caleb Nathaniel Norton.
Gail is survived by her husband, Tony Hughes of Appling, Georgia and two sisters, Sandra Talley of Franklin and Ruth Thomas of Hiawassee, Georgia. She is also survived by her aunt and uncle, Doyle and Linda Stiles of Franklin, four nephews and several grand nieces and nephews that will miss her dearly.
Gail is a graduate of Western Carolina University and received her Masters Degree in Education from Clemson University.
Upon her graduation from Clemson, Gail was one of few chosen to participate in an exchange teacher program to South America. From there, Gail continued her teaching career in Westminster, South Carolina, Cashiers, NC and Augusta Georgia.
During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Gail lovingly served as the primary and teen SundaySchool teacher at Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church.
It didn’t matter if she had only two to three children in a class...Gail never faltered on a lesson plan or attendance...because she loved to teach children about God’s unconditional love and the stories of Jesus.
Gail had an unfailing love for the Lord...her family and Children. The children in the family have always had an enduring love for Gail. She was the member of the family that always brought love, joy, humor and structured chaos. Family get-togethers will never be the same.
Gail is currently a charter member of The Shepherds Church in Appling, Georgia.
The visitation and funeral service will be held a the Macon Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin, NC
Family will receive friends and extended family prior to the funeral service starting at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 4th, 2021.
The burial service will follow immediately after at the Hickory Knoll Community Cemetery in Franklin, NC.
A Memorial Service for Gail will be held on June 13th at 2:00 PM at “The Shepherd’s Church” in Appling, Georgia. Where she was the Sunday school director and responsible for children's church and all the seasonal presentations such as greening of the church for Christmas, mother's day, father's day, memorial day, veterans day and other events.
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