Jolyn Frances Petit

Jolyn Petit of Hoschton, Georgia, passed away on September 11, 2022, at the age of 85. She was born September 15, 1936, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Charles F. and Elizabeth Mize Petit. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from Charleston High School in 1954. She graduated from The College of Charleston with a BS Degree in Biology and where she was an active member of the Phi Mu Sorority. She then earned a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as a Director of Christian Education for the United Methodist Church for 25 years in churches in Spartanburg, Sumpter, Camden, Greenville, and Greer, South Carolina. Jolyn also was certified as a Diaconal Minister and a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church. She moved to Florida in 1979 and served the United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Florida, while she earned a 2nd Master’s Degree in Counseling at Rollins College in Winter Park. For the next 25 years she worked in various positions working as a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor for Winter Park Memorial Hospital in the Psychiatric Division where she earned her Florida Certification as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor. She worked for the United States Navy in their Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program in Orlando, Florida, and ended her long career of service to others by working in an inpatient psychiatric setting at Seminole Community Hospital for Lakeside Alternatives Mental Health Services in Casselberry, Florida. Jolyn is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her cousins, Sandy Mize Evans and Trey Evans both of Charleston, SC, Michelle Luther of Rhode Island, Christine Staubes, of Charleston, South Carolina, and extended family; Carol Nickel and Sherrie Nickel Estep of Hoschton, Georgia; Heather Nickel of Ft. Myers, Florida; and Tabi Nickel Antonovich of Hiram, Georgia, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A private family graveside service will be held next to her parents at Live Oak Memorial Gardens, Charleston, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hibben United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home 4532 Hwy 53 Hoschton, Ga 30548. lawsonfuneralhome.org. 706-654-0966.

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