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Jean Esther Ward

July 4, 1941 — November 24, 2019

Nahunta – Jean Esther Highsmith Ward, 78, of Nahunta passed away early Sunday morning (November 24, 2019) at Bayview Nursing Home after an extended illness.

Born in Nahunta, GA her parents were Collis Edwin Highsmith and Wilsonee Herrin Highsmith. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Clark Ward; a son, Jeffery Edwin Peeples; a daughter-in-law, Alisa Peeples; 3 sisters, Marlene Cleland, Mary Edith Griffin, and Judith “Judy” Wainright; and a brother, Collis “Eddie” Highsmith, Jr.

Jean was an LPN for 32 years for Westberry Nursing Home in Jackson, GA and a member of Mount Paran Church of God in Decatur, GA. She enjoyed gardening, reading, working with flowers, and making flower arrangements.

Survivors include her 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Alan Peeples (Tammy) and Stephan Brian Peeples all of Nahunta; 5 grandchildren, Alana Michelle Peeples, Leah Celeste Peeples, Collin Peeples, Casandra Nicole Peeples, and Hannah Jean Peeples; a great granddaughter, Emily Christina Peeples; and also several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday afternoon (November 26, 2019) at 2PM at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Altman officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday (November 26, 2019) starting at 1PM at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Collin Peeples, , Jamie Cleland, Hubert Wilson, Abe Flowers, Barry Chesser, and Jason Priester.

Pallbearers are asked to be at the funeral home by 1:30pm Tuesday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the American Lung Association or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

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