Gertrude Atwater


September 4, 1919 - February 1, 2013

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In profound sorrow we announce the passing of Gertrude Atwater, age 93, formally of Newnan, Georgia, on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Governor's Glen Assissted Living in Forest Park, GA.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Unity Christian Church, 426 Rivers Road, Fayetteville, GA, Pastor Smith A. Atwater. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on on Friday, February 8, 2013, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.


Gertrude Andrews Atwater was born September 4, 1919, and departed this life on February 1, 2013.

The fourth of eleven children of Lewis and Margie Andrews, she was born in Coweta County and spent most of her life there before moving in 2010, to Governor’s Glen Assisted Living Facility in Forest Park, Georgia as her health care needs changed.

On August 30, 1947, she married Smith Allen Atwater, Sr. and together they raised, educated, and inspired five children: Bobby, J.C., Will, Pat, and Smith. Smith, Sr. and J.C., both preceded her in death.

There was something unique about Ms. Gertie, Sister Atwater, Aunt Gert, Mama, Mu, Grandma…whatever name used everyone who knew her loved her. She had the strength of a warrior while the love of Christ radiated from within. Every child who got an extra cookie in their bag at Atwater’s Grocery, which was a community stable for 40 years, thought they were her favorite. Every one of her children who had a battle to fight and felt her in their corner learned the lessons of self-sufficiency and courage. Every person who had the need of a shoulder to lean on and prayer never forgot her presence.

She served faithfully for many years in myriad roles at Friendship Baptist Church…Chair of the Mother’s Board and Missionary Society, Sunday school teacher (perhaps her favorite) and youth leader. Her time as Secretary with the Order of Eastern Star, both Chapter 483 and the District are known as setting the bar for dedication and mastery of detail.

To the very end, she mothered all. But most of all she was a child of God who never ceased sharing the good news that Christ is there and waiting for all who will answer.

Missing her deeply, but grateful for our memories, are sons and their wives Bobby and Johnetta Hardy, Will and Denise Hardy, Smith and Merrian Atwater, daughter, Patricia Donald; daughter-in-law, Elaine Hardy; sisters, Lucy Willis and Hattie Weems; brother and his wife, Earnest and Mable Andrews; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and truly a host of other family and friends