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Bessie Lou Pilgrim Gerrells
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Funeral services for Bessie Lou Pilgrim Gerrells, 88, of Cleveland, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Macedonia United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lester Haynes and the Rev. Garvis Kinsey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Gerrells died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Habersham Medical Center.

Born Oct. 18, 1923, in White County, she was a daughter of the late William Henry and Dellia Viola Freeman Pilgrim. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lamar Gerrells; twin daughters, Brenda and Linda Gerrells; sisters, Dovie Pilgrim and Cora Kinsey; and brothers, Robert, Hamp and Lester Pilgrim.

Mrs. Gerrells was a native and lifelong resident of White County. She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church and attended Mt. Vernon Holiness Church. Mrs. Gerrells was a homemaker who enjoyed visiting the senior center and spending time with her friends. She loved the Lord and was a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ray Gerrells of Mt. Airy, Dan Gerrells of Cornelia, Ed Gerrells of Clarkesville, Bill Gerrells of Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Reneé Gerrells of Gainesville; daughters, Lillie Ash of Cornelia and Sara Moore of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Molly and Jerry Johnson of Cleveland; sister, Lonia Gunter of Demorest; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. today, Nov. 9.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

November 9, 2011