Sarah Durand


Sara Gable Drinkard Durand, 93, of the New Franklin Community of Canon, passed away Friday evening, September 16, 2016, at her residence.

Born January 31, 1923, in Canon, she was the daughter of the late Paul Washington and Omie Evelyn Jackson Gable. She was the widow of the late Frank Hawes Drinkard and Doyal L. Durand. She was predeceased by sisters Willie  Faye Morris, Frances Callicutt, Jeanette Gable,  Mary John, and Nell Southern; brothers, Marshall, Chandler, and Drayton Gable; and niece, Jimmie Roper.  She was a lifelong homemaker, and during World War II, she worked as an electrician in Maryland during the War Production. She was the oldest member of New Franklin Christian Church and was a member of the Ladies Council.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Ken Ward, of Canon; grandson, John Ward, Carnesville ; two grandchildren, Justin Ward and Brittany (Reece) Britt; Sisters-in-law, Beth Reed,  Lincolnton, and Allene (Ken) Farmer, Bostwick, GA;  nieces, Leah Melton, Emily Chitwood, Barbara Bradley, Linda Southern, Martha Stamitoles,  Omie Rominger, Mary Taylor, and Carolyn Brackett; nephews, Stanley Morris and Richard Fine;

Services will be Monday afternoon at 2pm at the New Franklin Christian Church with Carl Beckam. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home, and the family is at the home.  They will receive friends from 5 pm until 8pm Sunday evening at the Ginn Funeral Home. Flowers are welcome but those wishing to make memorials please do so to New Franklin Christian Church, 4244 New Franklin Church Road, Canon, Georgia 30520. Condolences may be left at




  1. Ken and Elaine

    I am so sorry to learn that Ms. Sara has passed on. It was always a special treat to wait on her when she came to buy Frosties at Wendys when I worked there many moons ago! I also enjoyed having her when you all would come to Toccoa to eat on Sunday afternoon! You are in my thoughts and prayers as this saint of God leaves to be with her master in paradise. May God bless and comfort you and your family in the days that lie ahead.

    Roy (RC) Sosby

  2. jane ayers fisher
    September 19, 2016 - 7:30 pm

    Elaine and Ken, I never met your mother, but what I’ve read in posts tells me she was a wonderful woman. I am sorry for your loss. Love, and much sympathy (Lucy) Jane Ayers Fisher, Seneca S C

  3. Brittany,

    Just know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. Ken & Elaine: So sorry to learn of your mother’s death. She had a long fulfilling life. She will be missed!!! You have our deepest sympathy!!
    Larry & Evie Whitfield

  5. Lynda and Bill Warf
    September 19, 2016 - 9:29 am

    We are praying for your family as you learn to live without the daily presence of your delightful Mom Sara. She always had that sweet smiling kind face and her life reflected her God-filled spirit. A treasure has been called home. Love to each of you. Lynda and Bill Warf

  6. Elaine, Sorry for your loss, may The Living Lord Jesus comfort you and your family at this time in you lives. Wanda Davison

  7. Teresa and Mike Shirley
    September 18, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    We are very saddened to read of Sara’s death. She was a sweetheart and such a beautiful person. She will be missed by many. Looking forward to the day when we will all be reunited in Heaven. Until then, may God bless and comfort you and your entire family. Love and hugs from Teresa and Mike Shirley, Bowersville

  8. Brittany,
    So very sorry for the loss of your Great Grandmother. Grandmothers are like none other and are such special people in our lives. Prayers for a peaceful heart are with you as you mourn her loss.

    With Deepest Sympathy

  9. Elaine & Ken, So Sorry to hear of Mrs. Sara’s Passing. For years I did her’s & Doyle’s Tax Return.
    Loved them Both
    Don C. Dickinson

    September 18, 2016 - 11:33 am

    Elaine and Ken, We mourn the loss of your wonderful mother ,who lived a long and enjoyable life. But we rejoice that she is now in the presence of Jesus Christ. Now That’s what we are all longing for. I just loved her so much, Elaine , She always did have such a funny sense of humor. Always made me laugh. Will surely miss her.

  11. Linda and Blanton Payne
    September 18, 2016 - 11:16 am

    Elaine and Ken,
    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. You have our deepest sympathy.

  12. Ken &Elaine I am so sorry about the loss of your WONDERFUL MOTHER SARA .She will be truly missed in all our lives .I for one know how it feels to lose Mother…You will always remember all the things she taught you and will I know pass on to your child and Grandchildren .I loved her very much and will never forget the times we all shared at and when we would take her to get nails done and have lunch after. camp LOVE YOU AND KEN

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