Georgia Ann Middlebrooks Roth, a woman of unwavering dedication and grace, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at the age of 85.
Born on December 8, 1937, in Henderson, Texas, the daughter of the late M.T. and Dorothy Baxter Middlebrooks, Georgia left an indelible mark on the world through her remarkable achievements and sincere kindness.
From a young age, Georgia displayed an exceptional intellect and an unyielding passion for learning. After completing her high school education, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. It was during her time at the university that she distinguished herself as an honor graduate and received the prestigious Neil Harlan Award for outstanding senior in Business Administration. Her remarkable academic achievements also earned her a place in Who's Who in the School of Business Administration. It was also where she met the love of her life Charles Nelson Roth, whom she married on August 16, 1958.
Notably driven by intellectual curiosity, Georgia continued her educational journey by obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas in 1962. Her thirst for knowledge led her to pursue various career opportunities, each contributing to her immense experience and expertise. From 1959 to 1960, she worked at Hancock, MAZO CPA Firm as a dedicated professional. From 1962 to 1965, she enriched the lives of students as an instructor of Business Administration at Centenary College of Louisiana. Georgia then joined Lambuth College as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration from 1969 to 1971. She and her husband were very faithful members of First United Methodist Church of Jackson.
However, it was at Jackson State Community College (JSCC) where Georgia found her true calling and made an everlasting impact. For over twenty-five years, from 1974 to 1999, she served as an Associate Professor of Accounting at JSCC. Through her unwavering commitment to her students and passion for teaching, Georgia inspired countless individuals to pursue their dreams in the world of business and accounting.
Beyond academia and professional accomplishments, Georgia possessed a vibrant personality that touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her. Always with a smile on her face, Georgia radiated warmth and kindness wherever she went. She had a lovable personality that drew people to her and made them feel valued and cherished.
Outside of her work and academic pursuits, Georgia indulged in several hobbies and interests that brought her immense joy. An avid tennis player, she relished the sport's challenges and camaraderie it fostered. Bridge with friends was another delightful pastime for Georgia, where she engaged in friendly competition while strengthening bonds of friendship. Her love for photography allowed her to capture cherished moments and preserve them through the lens. Georgia also devoted time to nurturing beautiful roses, finding solace in their delicate beauty. Additionally, she found creative expression through writing poetry and delving into genealogy and reading.
Georgia Ann Middlebrooks Roth was not only an accomplished professional but also an active community member who believed in giving back selflessly. Her list of accomplishments in serving others is extensive, including notable roles such as Trustee at First United Methodist Church, member of the Jackson Cotillion Club, dedicated involvement with the City of Jackson Homecoming Committee, active engagement in the Jackson Symphony League, esteemed Chairperson of the Business Department at JSCC from 1990 to 1993, influential presence on the Leadership Council at JSCC, avid supporter of the March of Dimes, Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni member, among countless other areas of service within both her community and employment.
Georgia's exemplary contributions to society were further enriched by the love and support she shared within her beloved family. She was a devoted wife to her husband Charles N. Roth until his passing. Together they created a loving home filled with warmth and affection. Georgia is mourned by her sons, Dr. Todd Roth and his wife Lisa of Oxford, MS, Doug Roth and his wife Michelle of Jackson, TN and, as well as her grandsons, Hunter Roth and wife Kate, Houston Roth and Hays Roth, sisters, Mary Jo Middlebrooks, and Melinda Middlebrooks Shapiro.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her son, Rankine Roth
SERVICES: A funeral service for Georgia will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Dr. Sky McCracken and Rev. Tracy Snider officiating. Following the service, she will be laid to rest next to her husband in Ridgecrest Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, August 10, 2023, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and continuing until the time of the service at the church.
Pallbearers to service will be Jeffery Lester, Charles Rahm, Hays Roth, Hunter Roth, Matthew West, and Lane Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Houston Roth and the current and former staff of Brookdale Memory Care of Jackson.
The family is requesting that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 or online at www.cancer.org or to First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Church Street, Jackson, TN 38301 or online at www.jacksonfumc.org.
In reflecting upon Georgia Ann Middlebrooks Roth's life, one is inspired by the kindness she bestowed on others, the knowledge she imparted, and the sheer joy she found in simple pleasures. Her legacy will forever be remembered by all those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her. In honoring her memory, let us strive to emulate her unwavering dedication to education, her selfless service to others, and her boundless capacity for love and compassion.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38305
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