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Claudia Wise Pressley

July 6, 1933 June 27, 2018
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Claudia Pressley Toccoa, Georgia

Mrs. Mary Claudia Wise Pressley, age 84 of 501 Long Road; Toccoa passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at The Oaks at Limestone in Gainesville, Georgia.

The daughter of the late Daniel and Lillian Davis Wise, she was born July 6, 1933 in Asheville, North Carolina having lived most of her life in Toccoa, Stephens County and the Northeast Georgia area. She was an accounting bookkeeper with Wise Construction and later owned and operated a small cottage industry providing craft and home accessories to retail stores. During retirement she operated The Merry Christmas Shop in Dillard, GA and was involved in promoting tourism for the area. She was a member of Old Liberty Baptist Church and served as church organist. She was involved as a minister’s wife for over 64 years with her late husband, Reverend Reginald S. Pressley. Claudia lead many church ministries throughout her life as a pastor’s wife including Youth Programs, the WMU and taught Sunday School. Her love of ministry included working with the Samaritans Purse efforts and was instrumental in creating “Cooking From Old Liberty’s Finest” Fundraising Cookbook. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Herman Wise, and grandson, Derek Pressley.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Reginald S. Pressley, Jr. and Janice, Robert and Janet Pressley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Danelle Griffin and husband, Jerry, Mary Taylor and husband, Ted, three grandchildren, Hayden Thomas, Hannah Pressley, and Jennifer Wooten.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 1, 2018, 2 O’clock p.m. in the First Baptist Church Chapel with The Reverend Mark Nelson officiating.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Chapel Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service time. Online condolences can be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission Dignity Fund, 2401 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75201 in memory of Mrs. Claudia Wise Pressley.

Internment will follow in the Toccoa City Cemetery with the Acree-Davis Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Claudia Wise Pressley.

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