Ethel Lee Burton Sosebee Raines O’Kelley

Ethel Lee Burton Sosebee Raines O’Kelley, age 86, of Cleveland, Georgia formerly of Gainesville, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Ms. O’Kelley was born on January 12, 1934, to the late Grant and Dora Burton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 13 siblings.  She was a charter member of Friendly Mission Baptist Church in Cornelia, GA.

She was a wonderful mother to her six children, son and daughter-in-law, Terrell and the late Imogene Sosebee, Ronnie and Teresa Sosebee, Danny and Joyce O’Kelley, daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Tom Downs, Becky and Howard Mize, Lori and Sean Johnson, sisters, Eva Mae Garner, Cornelia, Pat Kranats, Demorest, 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel with Rev. Danny O’Kelley and Rev. Devin O’Kelley officiating.  Interment will follow in the Friendly Mission Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2020 at the funeral home.

Nothing brought her more joy than having her family at the table together. That was so easy because she was masterful at cooking southern foods, especially her homemade biscuits and fried apple pies.

We will forever love you Mom!

Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Whitfield Funeral Homes & Crematory, North Chapel at 245 Central Avenue, Demorest, Georgia 30535. Telephone: 706-778-1700.

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