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Former Greene County Farm Bureau President Larry Eley dies


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
7/26/2017 1:56:41 PM


Larry Eley Sr., who served five two-year terms as Greene County Farm Bureau president, died on July 17. He was 71.

Born in Washington, Georgia, he was the oldest son of J. W. "J Buck" Eey and Dorothy Mae Thurmond Eley.  Larry graduated from Greensboro High School in the class of 1963. After high school he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, earning an associate degree in dairy science. At the time of his death he was running Larry Eley Farm Supply in White Plains. 

"We were greatly saddened to learn of Larry Eley's passing," said Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) President Gerald Long. "His dedicated service and leadership will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Farming was his life and he was a member of Georgia Farm Bureau since 1969.  He served as president of Greene County Farm Bureau in 1978-79, 1988-89, 1996-97, 2007-08 and 2015-16. He was chairman of the GFB Young Farmer Committee in 1978 and served on the GFB Water Committee from 2005 to 2015. In February, he was inducted into the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame. He was an active member of White Plains Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Rowe Eley, of White Plains; daughters, Amy Simpson (and husband Charles) and Beth Clifton (and husband Chad); sons, Jeff Eley and Mark Eley (and wife Tawny); grandchildren, Lauren Eley, Lea Eley, Lindsey Eley, Henry Eley, Will Eley, Ella Eley and Kaeley Clifton; brothers, Jamie Eley (Dollie), Phil Eley (Jan), and Keith Eley (Cheryl) all of White Plains; many other relatives and numerous friends.

The family requests that memorials be made in memory of Larry Eley to the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 38, White Plains, GA 30678.


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