Mrs. Emily Barnes Ivey passed away Monday, February 20, 2006. For 70 years, she was the beloved wife of Julian Cannon Ivey, who passed away on September 29, 2005. She was also predeceased by their son, Robert Barnes Ivey. Mr. and Mrs. Ivey were former Thomson residents.
A native of Clarke County, Alabama, Mrs. Ivey was the only child of Eugene Barnes and Ida Whisenhunt Barnes. She was a graduate of the Clarke County School System and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
Mrs. Ivey, who was a homemaker and a member of Decatur First United Methodist Church, is survived by her daughter, Jean Rabun, Thomson; son, Bill Ivey, Sr., Tucker; twelve grandchildren: Julie Gerlach, Gina McHatton, and Lisa Spivey of Thomson; Bob Rabun III, North Augusta; Dan Rabun, Lawrenceville; Bill Ivey, Jr., Decatur; Dallas Ivey, Robyn Ivey and Jon-Michael Ivey of Tucker; Debbie Peddle, Windham, NH; Billy Ivey, Birmingham; Scott Ivey, Peachtree City and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held February 25, 2006 in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons with Rev. Louis Miller officiating. Grandson, Scott Ivey of The Robert Barnes Band, sang an original composition of "How Great Thou Art", accompanying himself on the guitar. Great-grandson, Matt McHatton of Thomson, played "Amazing Grace" as a trumpet solo at the chapel service and at graveside. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Internment was in Decatur Cemetery.