Nancy Cargile, 77, of Lake Park, died on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Fellowship Home. Born on February 9, 1932 in Live Oak, FL, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Eugene and Bertha Mae Willis Bray. She was of the Christian faith.
Nancy, better known as “Nanny”, was a devoted and loving wife to her husband Bill Cargile for 55 years. Although she was a licensed cosmetologist and office manager for her husband’s business, she considered her most rewarding career to be a homemaker for her husband and 3 children. Her most prized possessions were her children and grandchildren. Her family spent countless hours around the kitchen table playing rummy, scrabble and trouble. Nanny loved to shoot. She was such a great shot, that her grandsons gave her the nickname, “Nanny Oakley”—a legend that will live on forever. She was a kind and gentle soul that not only embraced her family, but touched countless lives in the community. Not only did she open her home for weddings, showers and reunions, but it was also opened to countless people who had no place to call home. Nanny provided rest for the weary, hope for the hopeless and peace for those whose lives were in turmoil. Many cups of coffee were shared around her kitchen table, where she offered an open ear and a wise tongue of council. She did a wonderful job at making her home a haven for so many. It has always been said that Nanny had the best hugs. She even said herself, “I hug people in, and hug people out and many times don’t remember their names”. Even through times of adversity, Nanny was able to find a bright spot in any given situation. She taught her family to do the same—a legacy that will be gifted for generations to come. For 8 years our beloved mother has braved the battle of Alzheimers. Even though she no longer knew those she loved most, she could still sing old gospel hymns word for word, proving once again that in the midst of this devastating disease—there is a glimmer of light. Nanny’s family rejoices with her as she joins loved ones that have gone on before her, and we long for the day when we will once again hear her voice sing, “I see somebody”. We love you Wife, Mama, Nanny and Grandnanny.
Nancy is survived by her husband, William M. Cargile of Lake Park; children and their spouses, William Michael Cargile of Valdosta, Kim and Russell Blocker of Anchorage, AK; Mark and Beth Cargile of Dasher; grandsons and their wives, David and Mary VanAusdall, Sean VanAusdall, all of Valdosta, Tony and Heather Cargile of Raleigh, NC, Travis and Kathryn Cargile of Atlanta, Wayne Cargile, Thomas Cargile and Shane Cargile, all of Valdosta, Chandler Cargile, of Dasher; great grandchildren, Devon VanAusdall of Salt Lake City, UT, Connors VanAusdall, Kate VanAusdall and Kacey VanAusdall, all of Nashville; sister, Julia Yeomans, of Rock Hill, SC, formerly of Lake Park, and many other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ora Kathryn Bray Boyette of Miami, FL. The family would like to thank the nursing staff and personnel care at the Fellowship Nursing Home, Hospice of South Georgia, and the LaHood family for the loving care they all provided.
Services will be held at 2 P.M. on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in the chapel of McLane Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Park with Evangelist Evans McMullen and Mr. Thomas Cargile officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2 P.M. Sunday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association. Condolences to the family may be conveyed on the obituary page at www.mclanefuneralservices.com Carson McLane Funeral Home.
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