Judy Ann Pope Yearty, 81, passed away at her home on March 17, 2022 with her husband Austin, by her side. Judy was born in Jenkins County on August 19, 1940 to Harvey and Annie Johnson Pope. She attended Emanuel County Institute where she excelled in everything including basketball, earning a starting position on the high school team three years.
Upon graduation from high school, Judy attended a two-year Atlanta business college and received her diploma in 1960. During her lifetime, Judy worked for National Linen and Stuckey Candy of Eastman, Georgia. She retired after more than twenty years as office manager for Dr. Sandra Gibbs in Cochran, Georgia. Four years ago, Judy and her husband, Austin, moved to Statesboro to be closer to her family.
Judy loved life. Being in the sunshine or on the beach made her happiest. Cruising was another passion, and she loved her trips to the Bahamas and Alaska. But her entire family knew about her shopping skills. She could go shopping in Macon one weekend and return everything she bought the following weekend. That skill went beyond just clothing items. Judy once purchased a Cadillac from her brother, Donnie, but after a couple of weeks, she returned it to him. Judy loved her Lincoln Town Cars!
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Milton M. Glover and her brother, Donnie H. Pope.
Judy loved the Lord and loved her family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Austin Yearty; her sons, Mark (Caroline) Glover of Statesboro, and Keith Glover of Leesburg; her step-son James Earl (Sherry) Yearty of Eastman; her step-daughters, Monica (Jimmy) Meadows of Cary and Sissy Maddox of Eastman; sister, Bobbie Joyce Atkinson of Garfield; brother, R.J. (Sherry) Pope of Statesboro; her sister-in-law, Evelyn Chester Pope; her grandson, Brandon C. Glover (Makenzie Danielle Sykes) of Register; and great granddaughter, Wrenleigh Danielle Glover of Register; she loved all of her nieces and nephews as well as her grand nieces and nephews, and a special grand niece, Press Pope.
The funeral service will be Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Deal Funeral Directors with Elder Jake Futch officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow the service at Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Honored to be pallbearers are: Brandon Glover, Scott Pope, Wes Pope, Chris Atkinson, Jimmy Meadows, and Jeff Pope.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Beginnings in Christ, 113 Augusta Road, Garfield, GA 30425.