Mrs. Elrod died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Heritage Healthcare of Toccoa.
Born June 26, 1947, in Thomasville, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Jerry David and Rachel Blalock Ward. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Steven Ward.
Mrs. Elrod graduated from Brenau University in Gainesville with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was a retired registered nurse and assistant director of nursing at Stephens County Hospital with 22-1/2 years of service. Mrs. Elrod was also employed with Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Habersham Medical Center, where she was the director of nursing. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grant Reeves VFW Post No. 7720. Mrs. Elrod was also a member of the Georgia Nurses Association and Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her loving husband of 44 years, William H. “Bill” Elrod Jr. of Mt Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Jason W. and Sherrice Elrod of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son and his fiancée, William Clinton “Clint” Elrod and Minda Chapman of Alto; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cathy and Jimmy Rogers of Gainesville, and DeAnn and Tommy Downer of Cornelia; brother, David Ward of Mt. Airy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kirby and Genevieve Ward of Calhoun, and Milton and Susan Ward of Knoxville, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Cassandra Elrod, Reece Elrod, Jacob Elrod and Holley Chapman.
The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Camp Creek Baptist Church, 1761 Camp Creek Road, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Elrod family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
The Northeast Georgian
February 8, 2012