Carolyn Nance has pride in her family

Carolyn Nance poses with her long time pet companion Daisy in the front room of her Cedar Springs home.

Trent Penny

When Carolyn Nance began working at Walmart in 1983 she was also a substitute teacher for Calhoun County Schools. Although she was married, had two children of her own and a job, she found time to tutor a child during her eighth grade year after her father was severely burned and she was needed at home.

Carolyn tutored her daily in all of her subjects. Her student passed all of her subjects and was able to be promoted to the ninth grade.

For a while Carolyn thought she might like to sell life insurance. She worked at Walmart at night and attended an insurance school during the day. She finished the school and passed the exam and soon learned it wasn’t a job she would enjoy.

She had worked at Walmart in Lenlock 35 years when she retired on Sept. 22. The first 17 years she was personnel manager and support manager. Later she was head customer service manager and department manager.

She found time to write Cedar Springs News for The Jacksonville News for a while.

Carolyn’s parents are the late Kenneth Samuel Clifford and Mildred Ezma Williams. Her mother was a housewife and her father was in the Navy during World War II. He retired from Standard Oil Co., after he had been assigned in Venezuela, South America, Egypt and Arabia. After retirement he taught diesel mechanics in Thomasville. Her sister, Mary Jane Stanley, lives in Marietta, Ga.

Carolyn was born in Cleburne County. She graduated from Anniston High and married her husband, Joel, a year later, in 1963. She and Joel have two children and nine grandchildren.

Kimberly and David May live in Moultrie, Ga. Kimberly is an assistant principal at Hamilton Elementary in Colquitt County (Georgia), pursuing her doctorate in education leadership. David teaches music and art at Moultrie High. They have five children in college.

The Mays’ oldest child, Leah, transferred from the University of Georgia to the University of Alabama. She has a bachelor’s in exercise physiology and master’s in exercise physiology and kinesiology from UGA and is pursuing her PhD in sports pedagogy and kinesiology at Alabama.

Meagan has a bachelor’s in health and physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of North Georgia. She will complete her master’s in health and physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology in December.

Jared has an associate of science in agriculture and a bachelor’s in wildlife and aquatic biology from the University of Georgia and will complete his master’s in forestry business from UGA in May.

Garrett has an associate of science in agriculture and is pursuing a bachelor’s in sports management from UGA with a double minor in communication and educational leadership.

Hudson has an associate of science in agriculture and is pursuing a dual bachelor’s and master’s in agricultural engineering from UGA.

The Nances’ son, Brent and his wife, Angela, live in white Plains. Brent works at Goodyear. Angela is a stay-at-home mom. They have four  children. Their son, Jonathan and his fiancé, Hannah Byers, live in the Grand Cayman Islands, where he is studying to be certified to work with her in helping austic children. Daniel, 24,  is a security officer at Stringfellow and Regional Medical Center hospitals. Hunter, 18, attends White Plains High and works with a youth ministry. Halle, 13 goes to school at White Plains and is on the softball team.

 Carolyn said she’s proud of her children and her grandchildren and their accomplishments.

“They’re all good Christians and I couldn’t ask for more,” she said.

She and Joel are members of Westwood Baptist Church in Weaver. When she was a child she took in all the stray animals.

“Animals are very important to me,” she said. “I’ve helped my kids raise a lot of animals they brought in. We’re an animal family. If I can help with anything to benefit them, I will do that. I’ve taken in a lot of animals and found them homes.”

Although she doesn’t help find them homes anymore, she continues to care for and enjoy the ones who live with her.

“I love my community and we love living here,” she said. “Joel’s family lived here. It’s a good place to raise children. Christian folks live around me and I’m proud of that.”

   Carolyn likes to cook for her family when they visit. Three of their favorite desserts are Old Fashioned Fruit Cobbler, Skillet Date Cookies and Heavenly Hash.

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½ cup margarine

2 cans fruit (sweetened) or pie filing

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

¾ cup milk

Melt butter or margarine in pan (about 8x8). Make a batter of sugar, flour and milk. Pour over melted butter or margarine. Place sweetened fruit (or pie filling) evenly on top of batter. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


1 cup cherry pie filling

1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk

½ cup sour cream

1 cup nuts

1 - 8 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained, and cut into small pieces

1 lg. can crushed pineapple, drained

1 lg. Cool Whip

Add about 1/2 cup coconut

Mix the above ingredients. Top with coconut, nuts and cherries.


½ cup butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 - 8 oz. pkg. pitted dates, chopped

1 t. vanilla

1 egg, beaten

3 cups Rice Krispies

½ cup nuts chopped (optional

1 pkg. flaked coconut, optional

Melt butter in skillet over low heat. Add sugar and dates. Remove from fire and add egg. Place back on fire and cook 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from fire. Add Rice Krispies, vanilla (nuts and coconut are optional). Roll into balls.