Mary Myrta Yates Buell stepped from this world into Heaven on Monday, March 25, 2013. Born, February 19, 1917, in Jonesville, Virginia, she was the second to the last of a large family. She is preceded in death by all of her siblings, her husband, John Buell Sr. and her son William Clark Buell. Myrta is survived by her daughter Phyllis Hazlewood and the late Reverend Bill Hazlewood of Knoxville, Tennessee, and her son John Buell Jr. and his wife Susan Buell of Commerce, Georgia. Myrta was fondly known as "Memaw" to her 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Myrta grew up in Virginia and married a young man named John Buell, who later surrendered to the call of ministry. Hand in hand, the two of them served God together as pastor and wife for fifty-seven years. They served from Kentucky to Texas to North Carolina to Florida to Tennessee to Georgia. Myrta was a friend to all who met her. Her soft-spoken manner and gentle spirit drew others as she served in the Women's Missionary Union and taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She humbly served others with her heart for missions. Wherever God led, she followed. Mytra was known not only for her service to the Lord but for her great cooking. She loved hosting dinners for her large family. After retiring from the ministry, Myrta and John built a home in Stone Mountain next to their family, where they made many memories. Myrta lived there until three years ago when she moved with her son and daughter-in-law to Commerce, Georgia. Myrta was a member of Stone Mountain First Baptist Church. One only has to look at her family to see the legacy she leaves. She was loved by many, but our loss is Heaven's gain. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Stone Mountain First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 806, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086, marked "Annie Armstrong Missions Offering." Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Stone Mountain First Baptist Church with the remains placed in state at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Dan Parker and Dr. Warren Moorhead officiating. Interment will follow at Stone Mountain Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Jones officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel 770 469-9811. Express condolences at

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  1. Our llove and prayers are with you John and Phyllis. You had a wonderful Mother and I know she will be missed by you and your families, but we know exactly where she is: with Uncle John and all herHeavenly family who have gone before her! God bless and comfort you! Love, Jim and Nita

  2. Our hearts go out to all of the family! Memaw was a wonderful woman whom we will never forget. She is now walking the streets of gold!

  3. My very being was Blessed having met “Memaw” along with 165 cousins by marriage, while attending the families 50th reunion shortly after marrying my Bride Marriane. I was further Blessed to meet Memaw’s Son John Buell,and his Bride Susan at the reunion in June 2012. Memaw, John and Susan left a large blessed imprint upon my heart. How marvelous it is to know Memaw walks with Jesus hand in hand upon the streets of gold in Heaven…We have lost a Grand lady, and God gained a marvelous Disciple …….Memaw was an outstanding Lady and Character in every sense the word; She dedicated her life and being to our Savior, and I am a far better person having been Blessed while in her presence. Marianne and I pray for comfort and peace in the hearts of all of her relatives left behind until we all will again, on the other sides of the river………God Bless the Buell family…….

  4. Phyllis andMelissa, just read the obit in the paper. Sounds like she lived a long and fruitful life. Will be saying a prayer for you all as you grieve her Homegoing from this earthly life. Would love to see you both.

  5. As pastor of First Baptist Jonesboro, I am grateful for the ministry of John and Myrta in our church from 1955-57. No doubt the church today is reaping the fruit of the ministry that went before us. You are in our prayers.

    Pastor Mel Blackaby

  6. Jerry, Justin and I are sending our deepest condolences to all in the loss of your very dear loved one. Memaw was a very special woman and a bright light in your home. Our love and prayers to you.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Thank God we have the promise of seeing her in Heaven. Praying for you all.

  8. I am blessed to be a part of Mrs. Buell’s family. A part of each memory I have going to Georgia for family reunion is her smile and warm greeting as if no time had passed each time we came to visit. Praying for comfort to come to all of our Georgia family as we share the grief as well. Much Love, Patti & Stewart

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