Jean McDaniel English, born on July 21, 1930 in Enterprise, Alabama, peacefully passed away at the home of her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Jean Green Hine and Henry Hine, in Conyers, Georgia. Jean was predeceased by her parents Zelma Miley and Wilma Lee McDaniel, her husband Luther English and her one and only favorite son, Charles Terry Green in 2020.

She is survived by Dot and Henry Hine, a daughter-in-law Alisa Green and the light of her eyes her granddaughters: Ashley Jean Ward and Nate Starkey of Los Angeles, Nancy Hayden Ward Kelly and Craig Kelly of Atlanta and great grandchildren, Carter William Kelly and Henry Welch Kelly of Atlanta.

      Known as Mother, Ms. Jean, Mama Jean and Memaw, Jean English was a woman ahead of her time. A member of the Union Springs High School class of 1947 in Bulloch County, Alabama, she married, had her children and moved to Opelika in 1953. Never one to let circumstances get in her way, she worked in the Opelika Mill, Swiss Cleaners, West Point Pepperell and started her first retirement in 1995. Seeing that retirement was not for her, she continued working as a data entry specialist, then a receptionist for a group of offices and finally retired at the age of 85.

      Jean was a member of Airview Baptist Church in Opelika but later attended Purpose Baptist Church. In her spare time, she volunteered with the Humane Society, was a member of the local American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed working the Auburn home football games with the Opelika Business & Professional Women where she also served as president. She enjoyed reading, her neighbors and friends and travel. One outstanding delight was being given a trip to Europe by one of her employers. 

      As busy and active as she was during her long lifetime, the true joy in her life was her family, especially her grandchildren, her friends, her church and her Sunday School Class Women of Faith.  She loved her country, Opelika, music – especially gospel – and her Lord. 

      There was a graveside service at Garden Hills Cemetery in Opelika officiated by her stepson, Rev. Terry English of Kentucky on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements were made by Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home.


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