COLUMBIA - Jonnie Sue Stone Emory, 77, of Columbia, died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2017, peacefully, surrounded by her family.

Born April 2, 1940, in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Johnson Hamilton and Alma Lee Ansley Stone.

Jonnie grew up in Sumter.

Her summers were spent "going to the pavilion" at Ocean Drive and shagging the night away.

After graduating from Edmunds High School she went on to earn an associates degree at Newberry College, where she also was a cheerleader for the Indians.

After college, Jonnie worked as a secretary at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter where she met the love of her life, James Wallace Emory. They were married in September 1960.

During her time as a military wife Jonnie worked as a preschool teacher and secretary, with her last job as Jim's secretary for Litton Industries in Hampton, Virginia.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church Fox Hill in Hampton, Virginia.

While a Carolina Girl at heart, Jonnie enjoyed the close friendships that came from military life during Jim's postings in Japan, Germany, Sumter, the Pentagon, and Hampton, Virginia.

Jonnie's greatest joys came from being a wife, mother, grandmother and ultimately, a great-grandmother.

In this life she became known as "GJ" and made it her goal to be present for every award ceremony, sporting event, birthday party, graduation and wedding. With eight grandchildren, she and Jim logged many miles in this endeavor!

Summers at Pawleys Island were sacred and was never missed by a member of the family - if they knew what was good for them!

To know Jonnie was to know her partner of 56 years, Jim.

Like peas and carrots, some of us are just better together than apart. Jonnie and Jim will now always be together.

Survivors include two sons, Guy Edward Emory II (Julie Lynn), and Glenn Johnson Emory (Jennifer Beth); a daughter, Ansley Wallace Emory Casey (Michael); eight grandchildren, Ashleigh Wolfe (Darren), Guy Emory III, Grant Emory (Laura), Duncan Emory, Greyson Emory, Wallace Casey, Fletcher Casey, Bryson Casey; and one great-grandchild, Emory Wolfe; a sister, Shirley Stone Keyes and brother-in-law, Abbie Keyes; and numerous nieces and nephews who all meant so much to her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Wallace Emory.

The family would also like to thank Jackie Bennett for her friendship these last few months.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, beginning at noon, at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Exit, Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the charity of one's choice.

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