Obituary: Janice Willingham Royster, 70, of Statham

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Janice Willingham Royster, age 70 of Statham, passed away on July 15, 2020. She was born on July 21, 1949 to the late Lester Willingham and the late Ruth Dial Willingham. Mrs. Royster was preceded in death by her sisters, Gloria Ash, Clarice Neale; brother, Lester Willingham, Jr.

Surviving members of her family are; husband, John Royster; daughter, Julie Royster Turner; son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Beth Royster; brother, Ronnie Willingham; grandchildren, Reid Hollifield, Nick Hollifield, Karly Maddox, Peyton Royster.

With the love of her family surrounding her, Janice W. Royster passed away peacefully on July 15,2020 due to a long fought battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1949 in Monroe, Georgia. Her parents owned Willingham’s Store for many years. Janice married the love of her life, Johnny Royster, in April 1967. They celebrated 53 years of marriage this year.

Janice was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother first and foremost. She treasured her husband, children, and grandchildren and embraced every moment spent with them. She especially loved being a Nanny and loved her grandchildren unconditionally. They were her heart and they gave her such joy!

Janice loved people; all people. She loved life. She loved having fun. She loved spending time with friends and family laughing, dancing, eating, and having a good time. I can still see her crystal blue eyes laughing and smiling and almost popping out of her head. Oh what a character she was! So many cherished memories.

Janice was an active member of Carter Hill Christian Church in Bethlehem, Georgia. Her church and her church family meant so much to her. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the prayers of family, church family, and friends, carried her through many years of grueling cancer treatment. Carter Hill Christian Church and the people that passed through those doors every Sunday were very near and dear to her heart. They were her army and she felt the love of God surrounding her there.

Janice will make one more trip “down below the store” on Friday where she will rest with her parents and her sister Go Go. Janice had a wonderful life. She was a wonderful friend to many. We want to thank you to all that helped make it so. We will remember our sweet memories with her forever. She was a shining star!

“Let your light shine…” Matthew 5:16 

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 18, 2020, at 12:00 PM at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ben Parker and the Rev. Heath Kennedy officiating. Please sign the guestbook online at

Reposted courtesy of Meadows Funeral Home.

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