Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Katie Akridge Canady, 89, of Swainsboro, on Saturday, August 15, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

 Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Mt. Shady Baptist Church with Rev. Rusty Moore and Jeremy Page officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Shady Baptist Church Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m., CDC social distancing guideline will be observed and mask are encouraged for your safety and others.

 Pallbearers are: James Akridge, Andy Dixon, Chesley Dixon, Woody Nasworthy, Ashley Page and Charles Akridge.

 Mrs. Canady was born May, 22, 1931, to the late Jim Lewis and Trudie Mae Stapleton Akridge, in Kite, Johnson County, GA. She was a fine Christian lady who believed that everyone deserved to be treated with kindness and respect. Mrs. Canady had a grounded faith and devoted love for her Lord and Savior and was a long time member of the Mt. Shady Baptist Church. She and her late husband raised 5 children and taught them the importance of having a love for God first; a love for family and for your fellow man. Mrs. Canady set a perfect example, by the life she lived before her children and also taught them the importance of passing this on to future generations.

 She was a homemaker, but since her husband was a farmer she also worked many hours in the fields beside him. Being raised on a farm and living as a farmer’s wife, she had a love for the land, planting and watching things grow, working in her flowers, gardening, however her family was her greatest joy and accomplishment.

During her 45 plus year career selling Avon products door to door, and due to her gentle spirit and kind heart, she established a lifelong relationship with her customers and become affectionately known as the “The Avon Lady”. Mrs. Canady’s years of dedicated service attributed her many opportunities to attend numerous luncheons and banquets, where she was recognized with prizes and special awards which she proudly displayed in her home.

 In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Carlton Leslie Canady, Sr.; daughter, Dawn Sherrod; sons, Leslie Canady Jr. and Darrell Canady; sisters, Annie Marsh, and Leona Jones; brothers, James Akridge, and Alvie Akridge; and granddaughter, Kayla Sherrod.

 Survivors include: Daughters, Kathy Hart (Larry) of Metter and Dianne Edenfield (Lynn) of Swainsboro; sisters, Martha Nell Beasley (Dent) and Jean Henry (Colon) all of Swainsboro; brothers, M. D. Akridge of Stillmore, Ralph Akridge of Kemp and Elzie Akridge of Swainsboro; grandchildren, Roland Hart (Melanie), Jamie Purvis (Donnie), Clint Canady (Christina), Brook Moye (Jeremy), Brandon Canady (Crystal), Trudie Lynn Kasper (Robby), Lance Edenfield (Brianna), Korey Sherrod, and Candice Canady (Antonio); Great-Grandchildren, Margo Hart, Brycen Purvis, Luke Moye, Jayden Purvis, Cooper Canady, Katie Dawn Kasper, Lora Layne Edenfield, Josh Moye, Braylen Johnson, Connor Canady, Aubrey Johnson, Walter Reid Kasper, and Elynn Kasper; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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 Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the service of Mrs. Katie Akridge Canady of Swainsboro.