Julia Benton “Judy” McDuffie, age 81, of Commerce, Georgia formerly of Cornelia, Georgia went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Mrs. McDuffie was born on November 16, 1942 in Hall County, Georgia to the late Julian and Gladys Morrison Benton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Gerald Wayne McDuffie; an infant son, Richard Gerald McDuffie; and her brother, Randy Benton.

Judy began her career as a surgical technician at the young age of 18 and continued to serve in this role for an incredible 60 years. She was a cornerstone of Lanier Park Hospital throughout its entire 35-year history, and most recently contributed her skills and compassion at Northeast Georgia E-N-T. For many years, Judy was a dedicated member of Level Grove Baptist Church, where she served in numerous capacities, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. After moving to Commerce, she was a member of Gillsville Baptist Church. Judy’s compassion for helping others shone brightly through her 15 years of mission trips with Solid Rock International. Above all, Judy will be remembered as a wonderful mother, a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a faithful servant of the Lord.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Janet McDuffie, of Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Nan McDuffie Woods and Louis, of Homer; grandchildren and spouses, Christopher and Shelby McDuffie; Lindsey and Christopher Lance; Julia Anne and Austin Smith; Ashley and Kegan Acton; great-grandchildren, Ariel, Emersyn, Ada, Gunner, Maverick, Theodore, and Lily; sisters, Jan Thomas and Brenda Fowler.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the Gillsville Baptist Church with Rev. Shannon Rhodes officiating. Interment will follow in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Sunday, May 26, 2024 at the church prior to the service.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Solid Rock International, P.O. Box 4563, Camel, IN 46082, in memory of Judy’s passion for mission work.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Whitfield Funeral Homes & Crematory, South Chapel at 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia 30511. Telephone: 706-778-7123.