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Dorothy ‘Dot’ Aline Conner James

 Dorothy ‘Dot’ Aline Conner James, 83,, passed away Friday April 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Fla. after a lengthy illness.
She was born and raised in Waycross, Ga. and she resided for the last three years in Jacksonville. Dot previously resided in Hayesville, Valdosta, Ga., Cairo, Ga., Roberta, Ga. and Echols County, Ga. 
Dot is preceded in death by her parents, George McDuffy Conner and Aline Brett Conner; her husband, Marshall Allen James; one sister, Martha Surrency; and one brother, Jack Conner. 
Dot was retired from USDA Farm Service Agency after 30 years of service. She retired as county executive director in Grady County, Ga. 
After retirement, Dot worked in Cairo at Sue’s Alley and then as a reporter for the Cairo Messenger.
Dot served as liaison for Georgia SSenator State Senator Harold Ragan. She served three years as Senator Ragan’s campaign manager. She was also member and chairman of Georgia Ag Leaders.
Dot is survived by three daughters, Marsha J. Reynolds (Alice), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Donna J. Williams (Rick), of Valdosta; Mary A. James, of Jacksonville Fla.; and a son, Daniel A. James (Valerie), of Jasper, Fla. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, as well as one sister, Mary C. Reed, of Hilliard, Fla.; one sister-in-law Gladys R. James, of Sharpsburg, Ga.; and one cousin, Wayne H. Welch (Lynda), of Macon, Ga. in addition to several nieces and nephews and a loving pet, Beau. Honorary pallbearers were Justin, Joshua, Jacob and J. Andrew Reynolds, Jr., Jason Holloway and Dr. Joseph King. 
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Oakland Cemetery. The family received friends 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Spina Bifida Jacksonville, online donation: Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at:
Music Funeral Home:, of Waycross, Ga. was in charge of arrangements. 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997