Jeannie Lathem Adams, 60, of Canton, died February 26, 2013, after a brave battle with breast cancer. Jeannie was a lifelong Cherokee County resident, a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, and a respected and active member of the community. She was a special education teacher and testing diagnostician with the Cherokee County school system for 30 years and continued to educate other special education teachers and work within the school system part-time following her retirement. In 2008, she was chosen teacher of the year at Clayton Elementary School. She also taught at Canton Elementary School for many years during her career. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she received her master’s degree from North Georgia College. Jeannie was an honorary member of the Service League of Cherokee County, a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church where she started the pager ministry. She also started a ministry at the Cherokee County jail where she has volunteered for the last nine years to help women earn their GED. Jeannie loved her hometown, the city of Canton, and was involved on committees and in numerous efforts to make the community a better place to live. Jeannie is survived by one son, Jeffrey Adams of Canton and his fiancée Ashley Faulk; one daughter, Jennifer Adams Luckey and her husband Nathan Luckey of Valdosta. Other survivors include her mother, Sara Thomason Lathem of Canton; two sisters, Sally Bobo of Canton and her husband Leon Bobo, and Nancy Sams of Canton. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She is also survived by her special friend, William Miller of Canton. Funeral services are planned Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Canton First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim McRae and Ed Towers officiating. Burial will follow at the Cherokee Memorial Park. Visitation is at Darby Funeral Home in Canton on Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Flowers are welcome. For those wishing to make a donation instead of flowers, they may be made to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Jeannie Adams. Darby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.