Jeanette Nichols Haggard

Jeanette Nichols Haggard was born March 1, 1940, in Randolph County. When she was in about ninth grade, her parents purchased a farm in the Ephesus community of Heard County, Ga., not far from where she was born. She spent the remainder of her growing up years there, graduating from Heard County High School. After two years at Berry College in Rome, Ga., she worked in Birmingham. She and her cousin, Ruth, then moved to Atlanta, where she worked for Georgia Power Company. Soon after, she met the love of her life, Sid Haggard, since their apartment buildings were adjacent. In February 1962, they were married in a private service in Ringgold, Ga. That union produced three outstanding children, Nick, Stephen and Paula.

Jeanette died June 25, 2019.

She was predeceased by her parents, Glover and Pauline Yarbrough Nichols; son, Nick; and brother, Milford. Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of 57 years, Sid; children, Stephen Haggard (Maeve) and Paula Bechtler; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Johnson (Brad); grandchildren, Angela Haggard, Sister Merciful Love, Stephen Haggard, Joshua Hyde (Katrina), Sarah Haggard, CJ Bechtler and Ben Bechtler; great-granddaughter, Eleanor Jeanette Hyde; brother, Wayne Nichols (Patsy) of Franklin, Ga.; and fur child, Daisy.

A funeral service was held at Covington (Ga.) First Baptist Church on Friday, June 28, with Dr. Cody McNutt and Rev. Len Strozier officiating.

Donations may be made to Winship Cancer Institute, Office of Gift Accounting, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd., Suite 1400, MS: 0970-001-8AA, Atlanta, GA 30322 or online at