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Mrs. Aera Ellen Bryant, 89, of the Tilton community in Whitfield County, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, March 9, 2017, at Hamilton Medical Center.
Aera was born June 17, 1927, a daughter to the late Lester and Bonnie Anderson Caldwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryant; and daughter, Sandra Herrejon.
Aera is survived by the daughter of her heart, Erica Wilkey and spouse Russell Wilkey of Dalton; stepchildren, Sharon and David Smith of Rocky Face, Kendall and Sheila Bryant, Bruce Bryant, all of Dalton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray Caldwell of Titusville, Fla., Joe and Jean Caldwell of Ellijay, Doyle and Edna Caldwell of Dalton; sisters and brother-in-law, Minnie Lee Ledford of Dalton, Peggy Swords of Conyers, Wanda and Pat Kelly of Conyers; grandchildren, Tanisha Ward, Derick Wilkey, Mason and Angel Wilkey, Eric Jones, Bridgett and Kaley Bryant, Christopher, Aspen and Miranda Tinson, Kaitlynn and Colton Wilkey and Eli Jones. She had several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Aera Ellen Bryant are Monday at 1 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with the Rev. Eric Jones officiating. She will be laid to rest at Ponders Colonial Hills Memorial Park with friends and family serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Arrangements are by locally owned and operated Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.
Published on March 10, 2017
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