By Jason A. Smith
Family members and friends of Bobby Jean Pearson Gaddy said her life was marked by generosity, and her love for people.
Gaddy, 72, of McDonough, died Tuesday, in an automobile accident on Interstate 75 in Henry County. A funeral service for her will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Wesley Way United Methodist Church, at 150 John Wesley Way, in McDonough.
The single-car wreck occurred on Interstate 75 northbound, near Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge, according to Henry County Police Sgt. Robert Savage.
"A 2000 Cadillac Escalade, driven by ... Gaddy, veered off the roadway," Savage said. "The Escalade, upon leaving the roadway, struck a tree in the wood line, and ignited a fire."
Gaddy "died on impact," the sergeant added. Savage said authorities shut down the interstate temporarily, to enable Henry County firefighters to deal with the aftermath of the crash.
Gaddy's daughter, Karen Littlefield, of Vestavia, Ala., said she was "horrified" to hear about her mother's death Tuesday afternoon. Littlefield described Gaddy -- a mother of two and grandmother of five -- as a generous person, who loved to live life.
"She was the youngest 72-year-old you'll ever meet in your life," Littlefield said. "She was so hip and with it, and full of energy. Her whole life centered around giving and doing for others."
Carmen Donnell was Gaddy's neighbor for 14 years. Donnell said she is "extremely" saddened by the news of Gaddy's death.
"She was like our neighborhood mom," said Donnell, 43. "You could always count on her for anything, from [a] cup of sugar, to a good word."
Gaddy attended Wesley Way United Methodist Church, and served as the secretary for the McDonough Garden Club. An online guest registry has been established for Gaddy, at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com.