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Joyce Brooks Haire

Mrs. Joyce Brooks Haire, age 83, of Barnesville, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016, at her home. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Nazarene Church of Barnesville with Talmadge Pope officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. Services were arranged and directed by Breedlove Memorial Chapel, Barnesville. Condolences and memories may be shared at breedlovemememorialchapel.com Mrs. Haire was born January 20, 1933 in Calhoun County, GA, daughter of the late Millard Dave and Millie Rose Strickland Brooks. She graduated high school in 1949 and joined the U.S. Air Force two years later at the age of 18. While stationed in occupied Japan, she met and married fellow Airman Staff Seargent David B. Haire Jr. of Beaver PA. After completing Air Force requirements, they settled in Beaver for several years. Federal employment on the Titan missles later took them to Tucson, AZ and Santa Ana, California before moving to Barnesville, GA. Although she had taken college courses in the military, she finished college while her children were in college graduating Magna Cum Laude from both Gordon College and Tift College and took graduate studies at UGA in journalism. She served as the Alumni director and Public Relations director at Tift college from 1979 to 1984. During this time, she wrote profiles of interesting people for The Herald Gazette. After her employment at Tift, she became the editor of the Hometown Journal in Thomaston, GA and opened her own print shop – Haireline printing. Joyce was hired with the department of defense at Warner Robins Air Force base through the PAC program from 1988 until she retired in 2013 at the age of 80. She enjoyed work, working in her yard and cooking Monday night dinners for her family. She gave her children wings and supported any direction they chose while being the strong oak tree that they always returned back to. We will miss her strength, her love, her mind and her humor. We love you mom, grandma, memaw and Joyce. She was preceded in death by daughter Linda Haire and David B. Haire, Jr. Survivors include her daughter Lisa Haire Kelley; her sons David Haire III (Lynn), Danny Haire (Laura); grandchildren, Sage Kelley, Jeremy Haire, Brandon Haire (Lyndsey), Rebekah Farnsworth (Nathan), Sarah Steward (Matt), Lydia Haire, Ransom Haire, Emme Haire and sister Margie Brinkley; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Colton and Asher; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Nazarene Church of Barnesville with Talmadge Pope officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 6 until 9 p.m. Services were arranged and directed by Breedlove Memorial Chapel, Barnesville. Condolences and memories may be shared at breedlovemememorialchapel.com

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