Mrs. Bertie W. Elliott passed away Tues, Sept. 9th, 2014 at Magnolia Manor in Columbus following a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of the late H.C. Williams and Mabel Pirkle Williams of Ashburn. She was preceded in death by her husband Byron Elliott of Ashburn, a son, Tyron Elliott of Manchester, and brothers Clarence, Homer, Holdman, and Grady Williams. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Settles (Ernest) of Columbus, and granddaughter Adria Beauchamp (Jeff) and great grandsons Henry and Andrew Beauchamp of Columbus, granddaughter Jennifer Meares (Clay) and great grand-daughter Aurelia of Senoia , grandson Cliff Elliott and great grandson Baylor Elliott of Woodbury, step granddaughters Marilyn Colhard (Chris) and great-grand daughter Chandler Colhard of Atlanta, Teresa Settles of Trion, N.C., and Diana Settles of Knotts Island, N.C.
Mrs. Elliott spent most of her early years in Ashburn and was a 1939 graduate of Wesleyan College of Macon. She worked with her father in the peanut industry, and in 1946 became owner of H.C. Williams Peanut Company which she operated with her late husband Byron Elliott until they retired from the peanut business in 1972. After spending several years in Shellman, GA, they returned to Ashburn where she was actively engaged in the operation of the family pecan farm. In her latter years, she moved to Columbus to be closer to family.
In addition to her many years in the agricultural industry, she assumed leadership roles in numerous civic organizations including acting as Regent of the Knox-Conway Daughters of the American Revolution, was a member of the Turner County Board of Elections, and was especially loyal to First Baptist Church of Ashburn where she served in many capacities. She was a member of the W.M.U. from 1934 through 2001.
Known for her energetic work ethic and civic pride, Mrs. Elliott was devoted to her family and community. She loved opening her home and hosting events for family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Saturday at First Baptist Church of Ashburn with a private family interment at Arabi Antioch Cemetery at 3:00.
Visitation will be Friday at Perry Funeral Chapel from 5:00-7:00.
In remembrance of Mrs. Elliott, while flowers will be appreciated, donations may be made to The Ashburn First Baptist Church, 302 McLendon ST., Ashburn, GA 31714