Obituary of Sue Beth Finch
Sue Beth Finch, age 82, passed into the hands of her Heavenly Father on Nov. 21, 2020.
Born on Dec. 4, 1937, to the late Malcolm and Nona Chastain Rowland in Maryville,
Tennessee, Sue Beth grew up in the mountains of Murphy, North Carolina at Martins Creek.
It is there that she was surrounded by loving aunts, uncles, and cousins who helped to
make her life richer, teaching her, and shaping her character. She was a lifelong member of
Martins Creek United Methodist Church and a graduate of Murphy High School.
After graduating high school, she attended Young Harris College and graduated from
Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and was certified to teach
grades K-12. It was at Young Harris where she met and fell in love with her husband of 61
years, William Finch, who was also an Education major. They both received graduate
degrees from the University of Georgia, with Sue Beth earning a Master’s Degree in
Sue Beth’s first teaching jobs were in Fort Valley and Macon. After marrying, she moved to
Talbotton, Georgia where she taught high school history and English, served also as the school
counselor where she worked to develop a curriculum and support system that would help all
students have better access to college. She finished her education career as a counselor at
Tabor Junior HIgh School in Warner Robins where she worked for 18 years. From her first job
as an elementary teacher to her last work as a school counselor, her students and colleagues
reached out to her, many of whom became dear friends. It was not unusual for her to receive
phone calls, letters, and visits from her students, some of whom visited her during her 2 years of
After retirement, Mrs. Finch enjoyed spending quality time with her family. She especially loved
reading, playing games, working puzzles, shopping, and traveling to the mountains and beach.
Mrs. Finch was dedicated to her family and is survived by her loving husband, William “Bill”
Finch, Jr.; her daughters, Marsha Tiffany Finch of Warner Robins, GA; Cessany Elizabeth
(Christian) Montcriol of Winterville, GA; Jennifer (Kenneth) Ham of Warner Robins, GA; her
precious grandchildren, Ian Bradley Jones of Lawrenceville, GA, and William Tyler Ham and
Leyton Elizabeth Ham of Warner Robins, GA; her sister-in-laws, Barbara Finch Moody and
Ann Finch Murphy of Union Point, GA and Connie Jackson of Warner Robins, GA.; and
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Finch was preceded in death by brother-in-laws, Gerald
Douglas Jackson and Alton Murphy.
Due to the seriousness of Covid 19, the family will hold a private service at Heritage
Memorial Funeral Home. Contributions to Martins Creek United Methodist Church ( 38 Tobe
Stalcup Road, Murphy, NC 28906) and St. Jude Children’s Hospital would be welcomed.