Mrs. Grace Ballard Nation, age 96 of Gainesville, Georgia, formerly of Carrollton, and Centralhatchee passed away at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Funeral services for Mrs. Nation will be conducted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. from the Centralhatchee Baptist Church with the Reverend Talmadge Chandler officiating. The interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive guests at the Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home the day of the funeral from 12:00-1:00 P.M. She will lie in state at the church thirty minutes prior to service time.
Mrs. Nation was born in Tyus, Georgia on July 31, 1915, the daughter of the late Ode and Jessie Ballard. She continued to live in Carroll County during her formative years and graduated from West Georgia College in 1937.
On March 10, 1944 she married Hulet Nation. After WWII “Mr. Hoot” and “Miss. Grace” moved to Centralhatchee, Georgia where they became the owners and operators of Nation’s General Merchandise and Grace’s Beauty Shop for many years. Their combined personalities made their business a favorite spot for the neighborhood people to gather.
She was a devoted member of the Centralhatchee Baptist Church until the death of her husband, and her declining health required that she move closer to her children. She was a loving mother, and a dear friend to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Wylie Kirk of Gainesville, GA.; daughter-in-law, Janet Nation of Cumming, GA.; and grandchildren, Daryl Kirk, Michael Kirk, Jeremy (Heather)Nation, and Justin Nation.
She was preceded by her parents, Ode and Jessie Ballard, husband, Hulet Nation, beloved son, David Nation, sister, Ruby Spradlin, and brother, James E. Ballard.
Tom Stutts and Son Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia are in charge of arrangements.