Mrs. Carol Dean Stewart Surrency was born January 10, 1937 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the late William Henry Stewart and the late Lucille Dixon Stewart. Carol Dean Surrency received her early education in the public schools of Dade County, Florida and her high school education in Statesboro, Georgia. After graduation she attended Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. Carol Dean Surrency came to Appling County in 1958 where she met and married the late James Surrency, Sr. To this union a son was born, James Surrency, Jr. She began her teaching career in the Appling County School System, teaching Music, English, and Spanish. In 1973 she attended the University of Missouri, Columbia and received her Masters of Education. In 1999, she was selected Teacher of the Year for the Appling County Primary School. After forty years of teaching she decided to retire. Throughout her teaching career, she was active in the local and national Association of Educators. She was a member of the Retired Educators Association. In early years, Carol Dean Surrency was a member of Thankful New Jersey Baptist Church where she served in the ministry faithfully. In later years she united with the Rachel Missionary Baptist Church and was a member until her death.
She leaves to cherish her memories: A devoted son: James Surrency, Jr. (Emma) of Baxley, GA; a daughter, Kay Hillmon-Berry (Drexel) of Snellville, GA; A special stepdaughter: Brenda Carter (John) of Baxley, GA; Two grandsons: Drexzavier Berry and D’Ondra Berry, both of Snellville, GA. She will also be missed by a host of cousins, other relatives, and sorrowing friends.
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