Doris Alford-Tweedell age 82 of Buckhead, Morgan County, Lake Oconee, Georgia, formerly a resident of Stone Mountain. Doris is survived by her loving, caring and devoted husband James Jack Tweedell of Lake Oconee; her always supportative and the joy of her life, son Darryl Alford, Stone Mountain, GA other survivors are niece Teresa Mitchem Witham and husband Doug, Gail Alford Lowe and husband Mike. Nephews Craig Mitchem, Dave and Kim Mitchem, Paul Snooks and Annette Slaughter, step-daughter Jackie Fowler, Lilburn, GA; sister in law, Gladys Tweedell Perry, Decatur, GA; step grand children Brian and Traci Mitchell, Mandy North and five step-great grandchildren. Other survivors are many loving cousins and priceless longtime, loyal friends. Doris was preceded in death by her parents Golden and Viola Carter Mitchem, brother Golden Fay Mitchem, and nephew Greg Mitchem all of Stone Mountain, Georgia and nephew Rick Alford of Loganville, Georgia. She was born in Walton County, Georgia on November 30, 1928 to parents Golden and Viola Mitchem and the family relocated to the Stone Mountain area in the early part of 1930. She was a 1946 graduate of Stone Mountain High School, attended GSCW and at the age of 15 by baptism joined the First Baptist Church of Stone Mountain. From 1953 to 1962, was employed by McCurdy, Candler and Harris Attorneys, Decatur, Georgia where the employers became longtime loyal friends. A 1964 call from the now deceased Honorable J. Robin Harris, Attorney and member of the House of Representatives, was the beginning of her many enjoyable years with the State of Georgia and House of Representatives. During the Session of 1965, the Majority Leaders Office was created and she worked as Secretary to those officials for 10 years. The late Honorable George D. Busbee was the Majority Leader. In 1975, the late Honorable George D. Busbee was elected Governor and Doris was his personal secretary throughout his administration, which was one of the many honors she cherished during her lifetime. When Honorable Joe Frank Harris was elected Governor, he generously gave her the opportunity to be a member of his staff which she was privileged, honored, and deeply respected his leadership. She remained on Governor Harris's staff throughout his administration. The election of The Honorable Zell Miller gave her an oportunity to be a member of his staff. Governor Miller and Mary Beazley were dear, longtime, friends, both of whom she had admired and respected throughout her years at the State Capitol. In 1991, she retired from Governor Miller's office.She stated that her life had been filled with unbelievable blessings and that she had worked with the best the state had to offer. Further, she oftentimes stated that her happy years at the Capitol, the kindness of each Governor, and the wonderful friends had completely filled her "Book of Memories." When friends would ask her why she was retiring, her response would be simple: "I'VE STARTED WATERING MY SILK FLOWERS IT'S TIME FOR ME TO GO HOME." Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel with Rev. Preston Moore officiating. Interment Corinth Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00 until 4:00 pm and 6:00 untill 8:00 pm at Wages & Sons 770-469-9811

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  1. Darryl, you know what your Mom meant to me. I loved her so much and I am so glad I got to spend that time with her a few weeks back. She will truly be missed by everyone. God has received a great ANGEL into Heaven.

  2. Our family has been blessed by knowing and living next door to Doris for almost 23 years. She was a special friend and support to me and George as well as our 3 children. We have all loved her and knew she loved us. We will greatly miss her sweet smile, genuine love, heart to heart talks, and delicious pound cake, just to name a few. Thank you, Doris, for all the memories but especially for your love.

  3. Our family has been blessed by knowing and living next door to Doris for almost 23 years. She was a special friend and support to me and George as well as our 3 children. We have all loved her and knew she loved us. We will greatly miss her sweet smile, genuine love, heart to heart talks, and delicious pound cake, just to name a few. Thank you, Doris, for all the memories but especially for your love.

  4. Hi Darrell, I have so many memories of Doris. When I was a little girl staying at Granny Mitchem’s house, Doris would come get me and I would brush her hair all day if she wanted it. I always loved going to her house and her playing the piano. I’m always here if you need me. Lov ya

  5. Doris was a wonderful neighbor. She was always giving us slices of her delicious poundcake, feeding our dogs a proper breakfast, and chatting with us around her kitchen table as we admired the hundreds of hummingbirds she was feeding. We’ll all miss you Doris. You were such a caring neighbor.

  6. Will remember our wonderful times together and visits we had over the years, and the blessing of having you in our life. I know you’ll be looking down on all of us with that smile. Love, Mike,Ashley and Christopher

  7. Living almost next door in the 1960s, my brother, Parks, and I spent many memorable childhood days visiting Darrell, swimming in the pool a rare luxury in those days, exploring the hillside, playing with the dogs, and racing tricycles and bikes around the basement on rainy days. Doris was always gracious, even when we over stayed our welcome. We loved her and knew that she genuinely cared for us. Thank you, Doris, for the wonderful memories and your gracious hospitality. You will be missed.

  8. Doris, our dear former neighbor and friend,we will miss you for so many reasons we cannot begin to list them all,our card playing,cruises on Lake Oconne on you boat, long visits, especially the weekend you and Jack visited us after we moved to Tenn.all the good meals you cooked, the long weekly phone calls.We will keep in contact with Daryl & Jack. God needs you,too.
    God bless
    Love you
    Vern & Barbara Adkins
    St. Petersburg, Fla.

  9. Mr. Tweedell Jean and I were sadden to learn of your loss.
    To Darryl We are sorry about you loss.
    Jean and I loved your mother. Doris and I had many great times during our time in government. We always enjoyed our visits with her talking about the flowers and chatting by the pool and of course we allways talked about you.
    You all are in our prayers.
    Jean & Cary Bond

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