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Frances Gaither

The funeral service for Frances Cannon Hall Gaither, 79, of Donalsonville, Ga., will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Douglas Chason officiating.

Interment will follow at West Bainbridge Cemetery with James Willis Cannon, Eldridge Cannon, Mark Faircloth, Harry Gaither, Randy Chason, Jason Crawford and Darius Cannon serving as active pallbearers.

Mrs. Gaither was born March 24, 1931, in Bainbridge, the daughter of James Madison Cannon and Mary Darley Cannon. She died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Archbold Memorial Hospital. She was an executive secretary for Southern Airways, Williamson-Dickie Company and Thompson Industries, and owned the Bernina Sewing Center and This Old House in Bainbridge for many years. She was a member of First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harland J. “Van” VanBortel; her brothers, A.B. Cannon, Bill Cannon and James A. Cannon; and her sister, Iona Jo Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Gaither of Donalsonville; her sons, Ed Hall, M.D. and his, wife, Sandra of Thomasville, Ga., Jimmy Hall of Donalsonville and Harry Gaither of Donalsonville; seven grandchildren, Chris Hall, Laura Hall, D.V.M., Ali Hall, Brantley Hall, Blake Hall, Shelby Bird and Harry Gaither Jr.; and her great-grandson, Cason Hall.

Memorials may be made to the Archbold Foundation, North Tower Fund, 910 South Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31792.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.