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Monday 06/29/2015
Linda Whitley Setliff
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Services for Linda Whitley Setliff, 73, of Meigs, are at 10 a.m., on Wednesday July 1, 2015 in the chapel of Allen & Allen Funeral Home in Thomasville with the Rev. Nathan Fowler officiating. Interment is in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville. Pallbearers are Ryan Setliff, Allen Setliff, Carey Setliff, Donnie Morris, Kyle Pittman and Michael Hamil. Mrs. Setliff died June 28, 2015 at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. Born on May 24, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Howard Grady Whitley Jr. and Mary Lee Camp Whitley who survives. She was a faithful and active member of Midway Baptist Church in Meigs, a member of the Thomasville Newcomers Club, and a volunteer at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville for several years. Most of all she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and homemaker for 54 wonderful years. Her joy in life was cooking, sewing, crafts and caring for her family. On November 4, 1960 in Buchanan, Georgia, she married Ivan Carroll Setliff who survives. Other survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Donna Setliff of Thomasville, and Jonathan and Jody Setliff of Powder Springs, Georgia; five grandchildren Ashley Morris, Melissa Pittman, Alyssa Hamil, Ryan Setliff and Allen Setliff; two great-grandchildren Hunter Morris and Casey Pittman; brother and sister-in-law, Howard Grady and Carol Whitley III of Brookeville, Maryland; sister Carol Jane Whitley Roush of Grayson, Georgia; brother-in-law and wife Doug and Martha Setliff of Mt. Olive, Alabama; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday June 30, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests may sign the online register book at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Sallie Mae McKibben Chadwick
Posted: June 29, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Services for Sallie Mae McKibben Chadwick, 96, of Moultrie, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mitchell County with the Rev. Douglas Hatcher officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. till funeral hour. Mrs. Chadwick died Saturday June 27, 2015. A native of Pavo, Georgia, Mrs. Chadwick was a retired supervisor with Milligan’s Hamburger and a long time member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mitchell County. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Nannie Mae McKibben, daughter, Marie Moore and husband Earl Chadwick. Survivors include a son, Alfred Hatcher, of Albany; grandchildren, Michelle Cooper, James Lawrence Moore; and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Futch of Jacksonville, Florida, and a brother, Watson Lee McKibben of Fayettville, North Carolina. Share your memories with the Chadwick family by visiting www.kimbrellstern. Kimbrell-Stern Inc.

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Saturday 06/27/2015
Jean Weidman Mason
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Graveside services for Jean Weidman Mason, 87, of Thomasville, will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Rev. Hugh Rockett will officiate. Mrs. Mason passed away June 25, 2015 at Golden Living Center. Born March 12, 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Emil J. Weidman and Dora Leavins Weidman. Mrs. Mason graduated from Cairo High School and attended Joye Business School. She married Robert Mason in Cairo in 1946 and moved to Thomasville in 1951. She worked at Faulk Chevrolet, then Archbold Hospital, and later at Flowers Baking Company in payroll and accounting. She enjoyed traveling to the mountains, antiques and crafts. Other survivors include her daughter, Nora Walker (Monroe) of Greenville, Florida and son, Ted Mason of Thomasville; grandchildren, Brad McGrotha, Amy Walker Hammock, Marilyn Walker Fritzsche, Monroe Walker Jr, and Valerie Walker Mundt; great-grandchildren, Harley Mundt, Travis Hammock, Chloe Mundt and Stella Fritzsche. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Mason. The family will receive friends 5 to 7p.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 at Allen & Allen Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Jackie Pyles Prince-Lashley
Posted: June 27, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Mrs. Jackie Pyles Prince-Lashley, age 81, passed away early Friday morning, June 26, 2015, in Thomasville. Services for Mrs. Lashley will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Eastside Baptist Church in Cairo. The Reverends Wayne McDonald, Steve Wooten and Carl Harrell will officiate. Donnie Prince, Heyward Hollingsworth, Vernon Cook, Dakota Nasworthy, Jimmy Ausburn, Jeffrey Ouzts, Patrick Ouzts, and Eric Inman will serve as pallbearers. Members of the Community II Sunday School class of Eastside Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers, as well as, Michael Tedder, Gene Wade and Tommy Lackey. The service will conclude at the church. Mrs. Lashley will be interred in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday evening, at Eastside Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Jackie Jeanette Pyles was born April 2, 1934 in Cairo, to Culven Pyles and Mary Luvenia Ouzts Pyles. Jackie was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. She served over the years on various committees. She has taught children’s Sunday school, was a member of the Community II Sunday School Class, and a member of the Choir. Jackie was a Hospice volunteer and volunteered at the Grady County Help Agency. She also gave of her time volunteering at the Senior Center. A past member of the Thomasville Sunrise Kiwanis Club, she was the Outstanding Kiwanian of 1994. A graduate of Cairo High School, Jackie was a member of the first graduating class of nurses from Thomas Tech, in 1964. Jackie received an Associate Degree in Nursing in Jacksonville, Florida and, at age 50, she graduated with a B.S. in nursing from Valdosta State University. She was the Director of Nursing at Grady General Hospital for five years and taught Certified Nursing Assistants at Southwest Georgia Technical School. Jackie retired from Archbold Medical Center; where she was known for her crisp white uniforms and caps. Her nursing cap and shoes are on display in the John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Lobby Archives. Outside of her work, Jackie loved flowers and animals. In 2002, she married Eugene (Gene) Lashley. Jackie was a loving wife and mother. She will be sorely missed by the family she loved so much. Jackie Pyles Prince-Lashley is survived by her husband, Gene Lashley of Cairo; children, Ryan Prince and wife, Karen, of Jacksonville, Florida, Sharon Layne Prince of Cairo, Douglas Arthur Prince of Atlanta, and Rod Prince of Cairo; brother, Tommy Pyles and wife, Gloria, of Cairo; grandchildren, Rhonda Weaver of Jacksonville, Eric Inman and wife, Danielle, of Sevierville, Tennessee, Kathryn Prince and Kelly Prince of Cairo; great grandchildren, Dakota Nasworthy, Marla Weaver, Riley Weaver, Caroline Gainous, Victoria Inman, Jessica Inman, and Justin (J.J.) Inman Jr.; and step-son, Gene F. Lashley. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Jerry and William Pyles. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Lashley’s honor to Eastside Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 749, Cairo, GA, 39828; Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 114 A Mimosa Drive, Thomasville, GA 31792; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 Second Street, East, Tifton, GA 31794. On-line condolences may be sent at www.Coxfuneral.net. — Cox Funeral Home

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Friday 06/26/2015
Local death, June 27
Posted: June 26, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Mary Alice Jones, 64, Thomasville, died Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. Survivors include sisters, Glendale Jones and Sharon Jones, Thomasville. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Thursday 06/25/2015
Local death, June 26
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Ernest Higdon died Wednesday at Select Medical Center, Tallahassee, Florida. — Cloud Funeral Home

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Jerry Johnson
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Services for Jerry Johnson are at 2 p.m., June 27, 2015, at St. Luke P.B. Church. The Rev. James Bradshaw will officiate. Pallbearers are Tyrone King, Latavius Johnson, David Morris, Darius Johnson, Timothy Hatten and Eddie Fuller. Mr. Johnson died June 21 at his residence. Born in Cairo, he was the son of the late Jeff and Cleo Johnson. Survivors include sons, Zederrick Lurry (Verlesia) of Cairo, Jerry Johnson Jr. (Kim) of Cairo, Eric D. Johnson (Kristen) of Vero Beach, Fla., Travis Johnson (Seirra) of Vero Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; sisters, Hattie Mae Jennings of Cairo, Brenda Johnson of Lake Wales, Florida, Barbara Ann Hatten (Charlie) of Donalsonville; brothers, Jeff Johnson Jr. (Sally), Thomas Johnson (Sylvia), Ronald Johnson (Lisa) all of Cairo, Lee Johnson (Julia), Johnny Johnson (Thelma), Eddie Lee Johnson (Rene) all of Daytona, Florida; aunts, Lula Hodges of Whigham, Ruby Johnson of Thomasville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Leemond Harold Bales
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Services for Leemond Harold Bales, 88, of Thomasville, are Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church. Rev. Brian Bales will officiate. Interment is at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Active Pallbearers are Jeffrey Bales, Clay McClendon, Ray Williams II, Tony Kindred, Matt Young, Tom Duncan. Honorary Pallbearers are James Duncan and Harold Moore. Mr. Bales passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Big Bend Hospice House in Tallahassee, Fla. Born May 12, 1927 in Corbin, Ky., he was the son of the late Leemond Curtis Bales and Blanche Marie Pope Bales. Mr. Bales married Juanita Dell Capps Bales, who survives, on August 6, 1949 in Marion, Ind.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II.  He was also a barber at Stylish Sheers in Tallahassee, Fla.for over 20 years. He attended Faith Baptist Church of Thomasville. Other survivors include: sons, Harold Edward Bales (Sadie) of Massillon, Ohio and Gary Lee Bales (Sandra) of Thomasville; daughter, Brenda Bales Moore (Harold) of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Bryan Edward Bales, Ray Williams II, Leanne Moses, Christy Kindred, Jeffrey Bales, LaRissa Weimer and Stephanie Young; 18 Great Grandchildren and Sisters, Lois Asher and Doris Durben both of Marion, Ind. and Alma Miller of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The family will recieve friends at the funeral home, Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Sign the Register book online at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Myra Walden Epting
Posted: June 25, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Funeral services for Myra Jean Murray Walden Epting, 83, of Cairo are at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home in Cairo. Elder Jon Mizel and Elder Thad Marshall will officiate. Services will conclude at the Chapel. Private interment will be in Godwin Cemetery, Cairo. Mrs. Epting passed away at Magnolia Place of Cairo, on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Active pallbearers will be Donald Walden, Tracy Walden, Terry Prince, Bob Sloan, Rabun Avery, Nelson Burnett and Ernie Duncan. Mrs. Epting was born on October 23, 1931, in Sale City, to the late George Julian Murray and Vannie D. Sanders Murray. In 1949, she married Charles Wendell “Jack” Walden. She married Harold Epting in 1994. Both Jack and Harold preceded her in death. She retired from the Roddenbery Memorial Library after many years of dedicated service. Library patrons will remember her friendly smile as she greeted everyone who passed the circulation desk. Myra loved being a housewife and taking care of her home and flower gardens, fishing and singing gospel music. She had a great rapport with her nieces and nephews, who were drawn to her love and affection. She was a member of the Grady County Senior Citizens and the Golden Glow Seniors of Whigham. She was a devoted member of Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include her local nieces and nephews, Faye Duncan of Whigha Peggy Crew of Cairo, Peggy Sue Spooner of Bainbridge, Connie Gunn of Climax, Nelson Burnett of Camilla, and Donald Walden of Cairo; and a host of other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husbands, Charles Wendell “Jack” Walden and Harold Epting; brothers, George D. Murray, and Thomas Edward “Buddy” Murray; sisters, Vivian Nicholson, Mary John “Johnnie” Burnett, Julia Lee Ball, Dorothy P. Banks, Katherine L. Brady and Helen Thomas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Epting's memory to: Roddenbery Memorial Library, 320 North Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828; or Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Juanita N. Faircloth, 2496 Tired Creek Rd., Whigham, GA 39897. The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Sunday, June 28, 2015, immediately following the funeral service. Guests may sign the online register at www.clarkfuneral.com. — Clark Funeral Home

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Local deaths, June 25
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Amanda L. Duncan died Wednesday at Grady General Hospital. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Oryntha Ernestine Murray
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Services for Oryntha Ernestine Murray, 96, of Thomasville are at 11 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 443 S. Hansell St., Thomasville. Father Paul Hancock of All Saints Episcopal Church will officiate and interment is in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers are Corey Wilson, Harold Myles Rone Jr., Mel Williams and Anthony Rone. Mrs. Murray died June 17 in Douglasville. Born Oct. 19, 1918, in Thomasville, she was the daughter of the late James Ernest and Celestine Wright. She was married to James Earl Murray who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Thomasville’s first black high school, Douglass High School. She attended St. Augustine College, received a degree in education from Albany State University and was a gifted educator in early childhood and literacy. She was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church where she was a musician for 60 years. Mrs. Murray was a founding member of the Heritage Foundation and founding member of Thomasville chapter of Theta Chi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Survivors include her daughter, Altona (John) of Douglasville; son, James (Thelma) of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, Karia (Mel) Williams of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Nigel (Sherilyn) of Burtonsville, Maryland, Idris (Angela) of Lanham, Maryland, Ibrahim Hebron of Washington, D.C., Keita Orynthia (Corey) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; six great-grandchildren, Robert, Kevin, Aqil, Naima, Xavier, Malia; lifelong friends, Vernice Beard, David and Harold Rone, Kathy and Karen Ryan all of Thomasville; her faithful caretakers, Cassandra Mance of Detroit, Michigan, Judy Duling of Marietta, Norma Ware of Lorton, Virginia; and numerous friends and family. The viewing is from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends and family from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday also at the funeral home. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Tuesday 06/23/2015
Local death, June 24
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Earnest L. Rich, 68, of Thomasville, died Thursday. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Sylvia Jean Wilson
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Services for Sylvia Jean Wilson, 73, of Ochlocknee will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015 at The Connection Assembly of God in Thomasville, where she was a member. Pastor Jason Puckett and Pastor Brent Welch will officiate and interment will be at Little Ochlocknee Cemetery. Mrs. Wilson passed away on June 23, 2015. Born May 21, 1942 in Ochlocknee, she was the daughter of Henry Joshua Benton, and Louise Simpson Benton, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Wilson loved the Lord and had a special talent by praying for people in need. She was a loving wife, mamma and nana. She also made cakes for the community. She married A.D. Wilson Jr., who survives. On June 10th, they were married for 55 years. Other survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Missy Wilson of Ochlocknee; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Ken Hickey of Meigs; grandchildren, Sommer and Riley Peel; Brandon and Heather Hickey, Amber Wilson, Donna Wilson and Sarah Wilson; great-grandchild, Kaleb Hickey; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Betty Benton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Gene Rhoden all of Ochlocknee and Janice and Brad Becknell of Florida; sister, Polly Condon of Monroe, Georgia; sister-in-law Barbara Benton of Ochlocknee; several nieces and nephews and Sylvia’s loving puppy, Dixie. She was preceded in death by her brother, Billy Benton; and sister, Sadie Golden. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to Jim Neil Alzheimer’s Walk, c/o Community Foundation, 135 N. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Dennis Lavone Kilgore
Posted: June 23, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Services for Dennis Lavone Kilgore, 79, of Pavo, are 11 a.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Emerald Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Plymel officiating.  Interment with military honors, will follow in Emerald Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Derrin Kilgore, Jason Kilgore, Glen Kilgore, Kevin Kilgore, Dustin Kilgore and Jonathan Kilgore. Mr. Kilgore died Monday, June 22, 2015 at Agape Health and Rehabilitation in Moultrie. Born March 8, 1936 in Moultrie, he was the son of the late Harvey Wilson Kilgore and Mary Frances Tinsley Kilgore.  He was a United States Army veteran and a farmer.  He was a member of Emerald Hill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lonnie Dale Kilgore. Survivors include one son, Jackie Kilgore of Pavo; one daughter, Deborah Quick and husband Jerry of Pavo; three sisters, Laverne Yawn, Alice Wade and husband Millard all of Moultrie and Betty Dukes and husband Ernie of Coolidge; four brothers, Douglas Kilgore of Pavo, James Kilgore and wife Jane of Moultrie, Raymond Kilgore and wife Ruby of Pavo and Roger Kilgore and wife Tina of Cairo; seven grandchildren, Dennis Quick, Stephanie Quick, April Quick Fletcher, Trena Weeks, Amy Kilgore, Prissy Cole and Jason Kilgore; fifteen great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Cobb Funeral Chapel. Guests may sign the online guest register at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com. — Cobb Funeral Chapel

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Monday 06/22/2015
Joann Faulk Yeomans
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Services for Joann Faulk Yeomans will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Allen & Allen Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Brent Welch will officiate and interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Ms. Yeomans passed away June 20, 2015 at the Presbyterian Home in Quitman. Born January 2, 1936 in Lenox, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late George May and Carlie Belle Deese May. She received her nursing degree at Sumter Technical College then worked as a LPN at Archbold Memorial Hospital and was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly. She is survived by her children, Beverly Randall of Boone, North Carolina, Tommy Dollar and wife Judy of Nicholls, Georgia, Sandra Greene and husband Alan of Boone, North Carolina, Jimmy Dollar, Jr of Tifton and Melissa Avera and husband Jason of Thomasville; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Faulk. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Ida L. Richardson
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Services for Ida L. Richardson, 79, are at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Bethel M.B. Church. The Rev. Thomas Garland will officiate and interment is in Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kenny Maynor, Derrick Maynor, Roy Boles, Tony Boles, Terry Hayward and Terrell Huntley. Mrs. Richardson died June 17 at her residence. Born in Mitchell County, Georgia, she was married to the late Hildrew Herring. Survivors include daughters, Lilly Smith of Atlanta, Rosa Richardson (Murry) of Cairo, Linda Owens (Bobby Joe) of Fort Pierce, Florida, Carolyn Broomfield (Freddie) of Cairo; sons, Thomas Richardson of Raiford, Florida, Willie Richardson (Jackie) of Fort Pierce, Florida, Johnny Richardson (Chinita) of Tallahassee, Florida; sister, Ophelia Addison of Cairo; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Death notice for June 23
Posted: June 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Jerry Johnson of Cairo died Sunday at his residence. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Saturday 06/20/2015
Local death June 20
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Pastor Elizabeth Morgan Putney died Saturday at her residence. — Nathaniel Thomas and Son Home for Funerals

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Elizabeth Jane (Betty Jane) Bell
Posted: June 20, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Services for Elizabeth Jane (Betty Jane) Bell, of Meigs, will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Hand Memorial United Methodist Church in Pelham. The Rev. Carrie Myers and the Rev. Lowell Layman will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Genesis Sunday School Class and Pelham Rotary Club. Mrs. Bell passed away at her home on June 20, 2015, after an extended illness. She was born in Glassboro, New Jersey, on July 13, 1942, to James F. and Elizabeth T. Cogan, both of whom preceded her in death. Her family moved to Florida when she was seven, and they ultimately settled in Tallahassee, Florida, where she met and then married Darius Wilborn (D.W.) Bell Jr. on July 11, 1964. They moved to Meigs in 1966 and raised their five children. She attended Florida State University and graduated from Thomas College and Valdosta State University. She worked as librarian at Ravenwood Academy while her children attended school. Once she received her master’s degree in psychology from VSU, she became a mental health counselor and worked primarily with children at Georgia Pines in Pelham until her retirement. Mrs. Bell was an active member of Hand United Memorial Methodist Church and Pelham Rotary Club until her illness. She served the Rotary Club as president and received numerous awards, including 15 years perfect attendance, the Family and Community Service Award and was a contributing Paul Harris Fellow. She is survived by her husband, D. W. Bell Jr.; daughters, Carolanne Redfearn, of Thomasville, Sallianne Gomez (Israel), of Huntsville, Alabama; sons, John Bell (Anise), of Greenville, Jeff Bell (Craig Carruthers), of Valdosta, James Bell (Danielle Miller); and grandchildren, Emily Singleton, of Camilla, Cole and Lexie Redfearn, of Thomasville, and Ethan and Declan Gomez of Huntsville. She is also survived by her brother, James F. Cogan Jr. (Kim), of Callahan, Florida. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church social hall. Friends may sign the online guest book at www.willisjamersonbraswell.com In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The American Cancer Society and Hand Memorial United Methodist Church Preschool. — Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, Pelham

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Friday 06/19/2015
Local deaths June 20
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Tom Watson Haire Sr., 88, Pelham, died Thursday at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home. — Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, Pelham

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David Ralph Williams
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Services for David Ralph Williams, 87,  Boston, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Richland Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Mathis and Elder Ethel Williams officiating. Interment is at Boston Community Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Ladeldrick Williams, Jamel Reynolds, Carlos Williams Smith, Carl Williams, George Dunbar and Rebis Dixon. Mr. Williams died Wednesday June 10, 2015, at Thomasville Rehab and Nursing Center. A lifelong Boston resident, he was born in Thomas County on Jan. 19, 1928, a son of the late J.B. and Ethel Williams. He was married to Lessie Lee Reddick, Boston. He was retired from Flowers Foods Inc. and was a night police officer for the City of Boston. He was a member of Richland Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Lessie Williams, Boston; sons, David Williams, Boston, Carl Williams, Thomasville; daughter, Patricia Ann Williams, Thomasville; grandsons, Ladeldrick Williams, Thomasville, Jamel Reynolds, Thomasville; granddaughter, Patrecal Jenkins, Boston; grandsons, Edward Jenkins, Boston, Carlos Williams, Thomasville; granddaughters, April Williams, Thomasville, Shombra Williams, Thomasville; sister, Ethel Williams, Decatur; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Friday from noon until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The remains will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Dr. Rosa Louise Hadley
Posted: June 19, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Services for Dr. Rosa Louise Hadley are at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Thomasville, with Pastor Brian McKinney officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Dr. Mervyn Warren, Dean, School of Religion, (retiring), Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama. Interment is at Ochlocknee Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery off U.S. 319 South in Grady County. Active pallbearers are nephews of Dr. Hadley. Flower bearers are Dr. Hadley’s nieces. She is survived by her beloved nephew, Dr. James T. McGriff (Audrey); siblings, Beloved, Estella Hadley Groover (Henry, deceased), Delano Hadley Robinson (Mack, deceased), Lula Hadley Walden (George, deceased), James “Jack” Hadley (Christine), favorite sister, Agnes Hadley Adams (Dr. Charles), Dr. Marie Hadley Robinson (Emmett, deceased), Richard L. Hadley (Patricia), Naomi Hadley Monroe (Jerry, deceased), and Lillie Mae Hadley Witherspoon (caregiver); supportive niece Andre’ Hadley Marria (Pastor Walter); host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, and a favorite cousin, Dr. Richard Hadley, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Surviving sister-in-laws are Virginia P. Hadley and Alice H. Hadley. She had four brothers who preceded her in death: Minister John Dennis Hadley (Viola, deceased; later married Virginia), Lloyd C. Hadley (Sadie, deceased), Morris B. Hadley (Raphine, deceased and later married Alice) Herbert Hoover (Cynthia ). Special thanks to sisters Estella, Naomi and Lillie and brother Jack, Golden Living Center Nursing Home, Southern Pines Assisted Living and Plantation Manor Assisted Living, and Dr. Dunaway, the First Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Kenyon Memorial SDA Church for their assistance during the final stages of her life to bring comfort and love. Dr. Hadley was born on Sept. 14, 1930, in the City of Thomasville. She is the seventh of 15 children of the late Elder King Dennis and Rosetta James Hadley. Dr. Hadley’s prayer life began at an early age. She was introduced to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by her parents, who were faithful stewards in Ochlocknee Missionary Baptist Church. She accepted Jesus at an early age and centered her life around prayer and the study of God’s word. She began reading and sleeping with her Bible under her pillow. Rosa would ask God to please place her in a position to help her parents with her younger siblings. Prayers were answered in that Rosa became a pillow for the family (great supporter). She gave more than she received. As Rosa grew older, her prayer life increased in praying for others in different situations. Prayer was always her gift to others, along with sharing her resources. Even in college she exemplified a commitment to prayer. For many years Rosa has given dedicated service to parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and relatives, friends and other people in many ways. While in Detroit, in 1969, Rosa became a Seventh-day Adventist and was baptized by Elder J. Malcolm Phipps of Detroit, Michigan. Through prayer and Bible studies offered to her by her beautician, Mrs. Sweetie, while living in Detroit, Rosa recognized that to Love Jesus meant to follow Him all the way in His will and to prepare for His soon return. She served as church pianist for the Better Living S.D.A. Church of which he was the pastor; also, the Burns S.D.A. Church of which Elder T. Marshall Kelly was the Pastor. Dr. Hadley’s musical training began at the age of four. Her oldest brother, Minister John Dennis Hadley, was her first piano teacher. Rosa’s parents and oldest brother motivated her to pursue music as a career. At the age of 10, Rosa begin serving as a church choral accompanist at Ochlocknee and the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist churches. This continued until she graduated from high school and entered Fort Valley State College. During summer months, Rosa spent her time teaching her younger siblings piano lessons. As a result, they were awarded musical scholarships at Florida A&M University at Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to teaching piano lessons to her younger siblings, Rosa organized and conducted the Hadley's Vocal Ensemble where they performed locally at places such as church programs, weddings, Glen Arven County Club, etc. She attended Ochlocknee Elementary School located on Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomas County. In 1947, Rosa graduated from the Douglass High School in Thomasville. In 1951, Dr. Hadley earned a B.S. degree in Public School Music, with a minor in English from the Fort Valley State College (University) Fort Valley. While attending Fort Valley State University (College), Rosa encountered a live piano performance on radio station (WMAZ) at Macon and soon after this experience, she was awarded a scholarship from the radio station. As a result, she was also selected "Outstanding Student of the Month" by administrators at Fort Valley State College. In 1969, she received a M.A. degree in Music and Music Education from Columbia University, New York City, New York. The state of Georgia paid her tuition fees to attend Columbia University because of segregation in the South. This was a procedure during the period in American history. While matriculating (during the summer months) at Columbia University in New York City, the music faculty presented Rosa in a Graduate Piano Recital. In 1972, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, conferred on her the doctorate degree in Education (Ed.D.) in Secondary School Administration and Supervision, with a minor in Curriculum Development. Dr. Hadley was the first, among the grandchildren of the late Richard and Lula Reid Hadley, Sr., to receive a doctorate degree. She was also the first black person, in Thomasville to receive a terminal degree in the field of education. Dr. Hadley’s first work assignment was to teach music at Thompson to children in grades K-6. She did this successfully from 1951-1953. During her teaching experience at Thompson High School of Thompson, Georgia, Rosa not only taught private piano lessons, but was presented (by the faculty) in a piano recital. Her salary was $200 per month. She mailed her parents $100, sent $50 to her sister Delano (who was matriculating at the Savannah State College at Savannah), and Rosa lived out of the remaining $50. Keep in mind this was during the early ‘50s. From 1953-55 she taught music at the Moultrie high school and one year at Central High in Waycross. In 1956, Dr. Hadley was hired by the Detroit Public School System teaching music in several schools from grades one through 12 in Michigan. From 1956 to 1973, Rosa taught vocal music in elementary and junior high schools grades. In the Detroit Public School System, she conducted Special Abilities Choirs in Non-competitive Regional Festivals, as well as served as a Cooperating Teacher, Educator for Wayne State University Interns. On one occasion, she was selected to conduct the Finale, in which 500 students participated. In 1968, she was selected Teacher of the Month by the Detroit Education Association. Prior to leaving Georgia to pursue a teaching career in Michigan, Rosa appeared in a live piano performance and an interview session on Channel 11 WCTV in Tallahassee. Along with her teaching career in Detroit for 17 years, Rosa performed duo-piano concerts with her sister Agnes and performed other recitals such as a Noon-Day Piano Recital sponsored by the Music Faculty of Wayne State University. She taught private piano lessons in her home to interested students, conducted methodology workshops and directed Vacation Bible Schools throughout the city. The strategies she utilized in directing Vacation Bible Schools were given to her by Dr. Charles Adams, pastor of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. While playing for an evangelistic tent meeting in Detroit, Dr. Hadley met Dr. Calvin Rock, president of Oakwood University (College). He invited her to Oakwood and later sent her a formal application for a teaching assignment at the college. Rosa accepted the position after prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit. She joined the faculty in 1973, as Assistant Professor of Education and Music at the Oakwood College (University) Department of Education at Huntsville, Alabama. After making that decision, Dr. Hadley received her retirement benefits from Michigan and used the funds to pay her parents out of debt. As a result, the Lord answered her prayers in providing her this opportunity. She remained at Oakwood until her retirement in October 1995. During Dr. Hadley’s tenure at Oakwood, she served in many capacities, including her on-campus role as an assistant professor. She taught the first graduate methods course in Music Education held on the Oakwood College Campus. She also served as coordinator of the SNEA Education Club, Secondary Education Advisor and coordinator of Clinical/Field Experiences. In 1974, Rosa directed the Vacation Bible School at the Oakwood College Church. In the spring and summer sessions of 1975, Dr. Hadley served as a part-time instructor at the Alabama A&M University of Huntsville, Alabama. In 1977 and 1978, she served as the investment leader. In 1978, Rosa organized and conducted the Investment Choir, and later (during the same year) organized and conducted the Cathedral Choir, which had a membership of 150 voices. In addition to other vocal compositions, the choir performed excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah." In 1983, Rosa organized and conducted the International Cathedral Choir. Among other major works, the choir performed (from 1983-1987) Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ," as well as excerpts from Haydn's "The Creation" and Handel’s “Messiah." During this period of time, the choir performed several times at the Redstone Arsenal, churches in the Huntsville community, and one of the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Birmingham, Alabama. During the summer of 1988, Rosa served as an adjunct professor for Andrews University of Berrien Springs, Michigan. Rosa has given Bible Lessons, compiled Bible texts under subject areas and distributed the literature to family, friends across the country, neighbors and wherever the Holy Spirit led her. Presently she had several binders of compiled Bible Lessons ready to go to print but was not able to complete the process as she wanted to. The family will pick up the torch and carry it to the finish line. She taught private piano lessons for 17 years in the City of Huntsville. On May 26, 1996, the 17th Anniversary Piano Recital was given at the Von Braun Civic Center at Huntsville. At each of the recitals, the concert environment was beautifully decorated with gigantic pictorial posters. As a brief commercial, Rosa saw in a dream (during the middle ‘70s) children lined up in her living room waiting to take piano lessons. A few days later, parents began to call and ask her to give their children lessons. Knowing that God gave her the Spiritual Calling to teach piano lessons, (placing God first), Rosa began each lesson with a prayer, a scripture, and a hymn (In other words, a Worship Exercise). Among other benefits, the children who were on welfare or parents with a terminal illness received free piano lessons. In 1982, she was awarded the rank of Professor of Education and Music at Oakwood College (University). With reference to awards not mentioned earlier in the biographical sketch, Rosa has been listed in "The International Who's Who of intellectuals," "World Who's Who of Women in Education." "Who's Who Among Personalities in America," "Who's Who Among Personalities of the South," "Who's Who Among Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans," "The World Who's Who in the Dictionary of internationals," "Who's Who at the International IBC Congress,” and "Who's Who Among Notable Americans." She was awarded (in 1976) for her outstanding service at the Harris Home for Children, Huntsville, Alabama. In 1990, she was awarded the Home Beautification Award from the Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama. During Black History Month, of 1991, Rosa was honored as one of the Outstanding Black Educators in the Oakwood College Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1994, she received the President's Award for her 21 years of dedicated service at Oakwood College. She produced several video productions. One entitled, "Miracles in Christian Education," was played on Channel 17 at Huntsville, Alabama, on December 24 and 31, 1989, as well as Jan. 7, 1990. As noted on her Historical Personal Data Document, video and audio cassette tapes were made of excerpts from Handel's "Messiah," Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ," Piano Recitals, Micro-teaching of Education Students, Student Teachers Internships and Seminars. Rosa has composed and arranged both vocal and instrumental compositions. Among several previous affiliations in professional organizations, Rosa was a member of the following: Michigan Education Association (MEA), "Detroit Education Association" (DEA), "In and About Music Club of Detroit, Michigan" (Chairperson of the Hospitality Committee of this Club), "National Music Educators Conference," "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority," "Order of Eastern Star," "Teacher Education Conference of the Southern Regional Education Board" (SREB), "National Education Association" (NEA), "Alabama Education Association" (AEA), "Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development" (ASCD), "Alabama Association for Teacher Education "(AATE), and the "Teacher Education Council of Oakwood College" (TEC). Rosa's current organizational affiliations are the following: "Jack Hadley's Black History Memorabilia Inc." and "The Douglass High School Alumni, Association." Her hobbies are gardening (flowers and vegetables), preserving food, composing music, photography and creative literary writing. Dr. Hadley retired from Oakwood College, December, 1995, after having served for 22 1/2 years. At two retirement celebrations, she received awards from the president, the Department of Education, and relatives also, a large souvenir book containing complimentary letters from relatives, co-workers, neighbors, friends and business people. She also retired from teaching private piano lessons in March 1997. The parents gave a retirement celebration in Dr. Hadley's honor, prior to relocating to her birth home, Thomasville. If Dr. Hadley had the opportunity to compile her last Bible lesson, it would be titled, “No Silent Coming, No Second Chance, Jesus is Coming” — (1Thess. 4:15-17; Heb. 9:27; Psalms 146:4; (Gen. 2:7); Therefore Luke 19:10; Psalms 40:8; Rev. 14:12; Rev. 14:6-10). The Lord will say to Rosa (her final day on this Earth), "Well done thy good and faithful servant." — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Anthony Lamar Davis
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Services for Anthony Lamar Davis, 49, Cairo, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Willow Head Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Brinson officiating. Mr. Davis died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at his residence. A Thomasville native, he was a son of Helen Flanders and the late Robert Davis. He was married to the former Katrina Swicord. Mr. Davis was a member of Willow Head Missionary Baptist Church and attended Thomasville City schools. He is survived by his wife, Katrina Davis; daughters, Lucretia and N’Mari; grandsons, Kymani and Aiden; mother, Helen Flanders; mother-in-law, Dorothy Hunter; stepmother, Elizabeth Davis; grandmother, Marie Davis; brothers, Greg T. Graham, Tyrone Davis, Gregory Flanders Sr. (Lashun) Jerome Flanders Sr. (Maria), Reginald Flanders Sr. (Loraina); extended siblings in Flanders, Wright and Simmons families; and a host of aunts, nieces, cousins and dear friends. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Local deaths June 19
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Charlie Peoples Jr., 56, Pelham, died Wednesday at Mitchell County Hospital. — Nathaniel Thomas and Son Home for Funerals

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Mary Helen Johnson Dykes Hartley
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Mary Helen Johnson Dykes Hartley, formerly of Americus, died June 16, 2015, in Atlanta, where she had resided for the past 12 years. Services are planned for 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22, in the chapel of Hancock Funeral Home, 427 S. Lee St., with the Rev. Ellynda Lipsey officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. She was born on Oct. 10, 1920, in Sumter County, the only child of Roy Celectrice Johnson and Mary Belle Greene Johnson, both of Americus. She married Maurice “Buddy” Dykes on Nov. 15, 1941, in Americus while he was serving as a naval aviator. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1975. She remarried in October of 1989 to Walter George Hartley Jr. of Dallas, Texas, who preceded her in death on January 11, 1996. She is survived by her children, Helen Dykes Cooper, of Long Boat Key, Florida, Delia Dykes Owens, of Moyie Springs, Idaho, Robert Roy ‘Bobby’ Dykes, of Stone Mountain, Lee Hawkins Dykes, of Austin, Texas; her grandchildren, Frederick E. Cooper Jr., of Vero Beach, Florida, Joseph Johnson Cooper, of Nashville, Tennessee, Samuel Hawkins Dykes of Corvallis, Oregon, Delia Johnson Dykes of Denver, Colorado, Anne Teague Dykes, of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren, Preston, Carter and Raleigh Cooper, of Vero Beach, Florida, Sam and Charlotte Cooper, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by many loving nieces and nephews. Mary Helen, as she was affectionately known, attended Georgia Southwestern State University and the University of Georgia, Athens, where she studied math and was a member of the Miss Pandora Court. She volunteered for the WWII war effort while her husband, Maurice, was serving in the South Pacific. She also volunteered at Archbold Memorial Hospital and the Methodist church in Thomasville. Mary Helen was an avid adventurer. When she was 60 years old, she assisted with lion research in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, Africa, after traveling by freighter across the Atlantic Ocean and overland over southern Africa. She observed elephants in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, when she was 75 years old. She sailed into the waters of the Arctic Ocean and traveled by camel into the Sahara Desert. She attended a special service in China to honor the American pilots who protected regions of that country. Mary Helen will long be remembered for her devotion to her family, her thoughtfulness, love of nature and her wonderful sense of humor. She was almost always wearing a smile. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 5365 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083; or to The Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 870530, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087 or online at http://owens-foundation.org/. To sign our online guestbook and express your condolences to the family, please visit www.hancockfuneralhomeinc.com. — Hancock Funeral Home, Americus

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David Ralph Williams
Posted: June 18, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Services for David Ralph Williams, 87, Boston, are at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Richland Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Henry Mathis and Elder Ethel Williams officiating. Interment is at Boston Community Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Ladeldrick Williams, Jamel Reynolds, Carlos Williams Smith, Carl Williams, George Dunbar and Rebis Dixon. Mr. Williams died Wednesday June 10, 2015, at Thomasville Rehab and Nursing Center. A lifelong Boston resident, he was born in Thomas County on Jan. 28, 1928, a son of the late J.B. and Ethel Williams. He was married to Lessie Lee Reddick, Boston. He was retired from Flowers Foods Inc. and was a night police officer for the City of Boston. He was a member of Richland Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Lessie Williams, Boston; sons, David Williams, Boston, Carl Williams, Thomasville; daughter, Patricia Ann Williams, Thomasville; grandsons, Ladeldrick Williams, Thomasville, Jamel Reynolds, Thomasville; granddaughter, Patrica Williams, Boston; grandsons, Edward Jenkins, Boston, Carlos Williams, Thomasville; granddaughters, April Williams, Thomasville, Shombr Williams, Thomasville; sister, Ethel Williams, Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be on Friday from noon until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The remains will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Rosa Perkins Kines
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Services for Rosa Perkins Kines, 95, of Cairo, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Midway Baptist Church, Cairo. The Rev. Carl Harrell and the Rev. Kenneth Cloud will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo. Mrs. Kines passed away at her home in Grady County on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Active pallbearers will be Danny Kines, Donnie Dyson, Robert Lawrence, Chris Kines, Josh Kines, Ryan Hawkins, Clark Kines, Adam Kines, Tommy Lawrence, Sam Pettis, Michael Pettis, Mike Kines, Keith Phillips and David Sands. Honorary pallbearers will be J. L. Rosencrantz, Mac Rosencrantz, George Thomas and the Ladies Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Midway Baptist Church. Mrs. Kines was born on Dec. 17, 1919, in Cairo to the late David Daniel Perkins (the longest-tenured sheriff of Grady County) and Kate Jones Perkins. On Aug. 25, 1938, she married Carl Thomas Kines, who preceded her in death on July 25, 1978. She retired as a nutritionist with the Grady County Board of Education. She was a homemaker and a devoted member of Midway Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She was recently recognized as being the oldest living member of the church. Survivors include daughters, Carleen Dyson (Donald), of Whigham, Sara Dunnigan, of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons, Tom Kines, of Cairo, Bob Kines (Diane), of Jacksonville, Fla., Rick Kines (Debbie), of Cairo, Tim Kines (Jessica), of Whigham, Sam Kines (Beth), of Cairo; daughters-in-law, Nila June Kines, of Cairo, Jeanie Kines, of Thomasville; 21 grandchilren; 39 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Winifred P. Maxwell, of Cairo; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; sons, Edward Wray Kines, James Gerald “Jerry” Kines Sr., Daniel Warren Kines Sr.; grandchildren, Jimmy Kines, Vicky Lynn Kines, Samantha Leigh Kines; great-grandchild, Daniel Warren Kines III; sisters, Esther Ulmer, Virginia Lee, Doris Journey, Betty Ruth Perkins, Inez Perkins; brothers, Jack Perkins, Robert C. Perkins, David D. Perkins Jr., Roy Perkins, Bill Perkins, Hilton Perkins. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Kines' memory to Midway Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, P.O. Box 605, Cairo, Georgia 39828; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. The family would like to thank her loving caregivers, Dorothy, Ernestine, Lilly and Elaine. The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Friday, June 19, 2015, from 6 until 8 p.m. Guests may sign the online register at www.clarkfuneral.com. — Clark Funeral Home

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Local deaths June 18
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 4:39 pm

William Edward Payne died Monday at his residence. Local survivors are sisters, Carol Winkler and Jean Napier. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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William Wallace ‘Will’ Kidd
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 4:36 pm

William Wallace “Will” Kidd, 74, of Baker County, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Willson Hospice House. Graveside services will be conducted Friday, June 19, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Milford Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors. The Rev. William Collins will officiate. Born in Savannah on May 9, 1941, to the late Louis O. Kidd and Cordelia Griffin Kidd, he earned his Eagle Scout at an early age and graduated from Thomasville High School. He continued his education at the University of Georgia. While there, he served as treasurer of Kappa Alpha Order Gamma Chapter and was a member of the Hardemann Court of Honor Kappa Alpha Order, Gamma Chapter. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, achieving the rank of captain. He began his professional career with Mauldin & Jenkins, CPAs in 1965 in Albany. During the next 30 years, he represented his firm in Albany and Macon. After serving as managing partner, he retired in 1994. Upon retiring from Mauldin & Jenkins, he served as a trustee, advisor and executor until 2014. Will was a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Georgia Society of CPAs and president of the Education Foundation for the Georgia Society of CPAs. He also served as president of Associated Accounting Firms International. He was a charter member of the Dougherty County Rotary Club, Macon Civic Club and former chairman of the Albany Dougherty County Economic Development Commission. In addition, he was an honored member of the Sportsman’s Club of Baker County, a member of the Baker County Sons of Confederate Veterans, American Legion Post # 30 and a member of Porterfield United Methodist Church in Albany. Above all else, he was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather (Bo) and friend. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Judy Kidd, Baker County; a son, Collier Kidd and his wife Jenna, Albany; two daughters, Jennifer Trapnell and her husband, Jeffrey, Atlanta, Allison Cross and her husband, Patrick, Chattanooga, Tennessee; a sister, Ila Tribble, Anderson, South Carolina; seven grandsons, Henry Trapnell, Turner Trapnell, Wallace Trapnell, William Cross, Tristan Cross, Jasper Kidd, Griffin Kidd; and a number of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, Georgia 31707. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews’ website at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com. — Mathews Funeral Home, Albany

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Bonnie Davis Rogers
Posted: June 17, 2015 - 4:37 pm

Services for Bonnie Davis Rogers, 85, of Pelham, will be held at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The Rev. Matt Peek and the Rev. David Pickering will officiate, and interment will be at Pelham City Cemetery. Mrs. Rogers passed away June 16, 2015, at Golden Living Center in Thomasville. Born in Pelham on Jan. 13, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Ester Hand Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of Pelham Garden Club and Pelham First Baptist Church. She was married to Gilmore Rogers, who preceded her in death. Pallbearers will be Lee Glenn, Scott Connell, Jeff fletcher, Scott Conley, Autry Brooks and Rhett Whitley. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Rob and Shirley Rogers, of Pelham, Matt and Nancy Rogers, of Hahira; grandchildren, Trey and Nancy Rogers, of Camilla; Brandon and Deana Rogers, of Meigs; Rachel and Bryan Scaff, of Houston, Texas; Grier Rogers, of Hahira; great-granddaughter, Caroline Rogers, of Meigs; and brother and sister-in-law, Owen and Patty Davis, of Fort Valley; special friend and caregiver, Vette Merritt; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a son, Clay Rogers. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at Pelham First Baptist Church. Friends may sign the online guest register at www.willlisjamersonbraswell.com. — Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, Pelham

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Tuesday 06/16/2015
Robert Blair Showalter
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Robert Blair Showalter, 81, of Ochlocknee, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at his residence. He was a son of the late Robert F. Showalter and Serna Garner Showalter. He was born Dec. 2, 1933, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. A seed salesman for Dixie Seed Co., he married Dorothy Pippin, of Ochlocknee, who survives, on March 16, 1959, in Ochlocknee. Mr. Showalter served in the U.S. Army in England, Germany and France for 18 months. He was a member of Ochlocknee Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a member of American Legion Post 265 in Ochlocknee. In addition to his wife, Dorothy Pippin Showalter, he is survived by brothers, Cloyd L. Showalter, Greer, South Carolina, Richard L. Showalter (Irene), East Canton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Frances Cleland (Willard), Tecumseh, Michigan, Doris Hurst (Vernon), Douglas and Betty Jo Pippin Albany. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or Hospice Southwest Georgia Sign the register book online at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Local death June 17
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Marlene Harper Mitchell, 82, Cairo, died Sunday at Grady General Hospital in Cairo. — Clark Funeral Home

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Kay Lorraine Hart
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Services for Kay Lorraine Hart, of Quitman, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana, are at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Rick Mann will officiate. Interment is at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Hart died Monday, June 15, 2015, at Archbold Medical Center. She was a daughter of the late Jesse James Harmon and the former Elsie Irene Tracey. She was born Dec. 6, 1944, in Fort Wayne. She was the former property manager at Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park. On July 14, 1966, in Fort Wayne, she married John James Hart, who died on March 3,1997. She was a member of Quitman Church of God. Mrs. Hart is survived by sons, John Phillip Hill, Thomasville, Mark Allen Hill, Thomasville; daughters, Barbara Ann Hart, Thomasville, Shawn Christine Howell, Boston; son, A.J. Sipriano, Thomasville; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Penny Jo Hill, Johna Marie Hart; three brothers; and three sisters. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 17, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Sign the register book online at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Freddie Robinson
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Freddie Robinson departed this life on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Pruitt Health Care Facility in Moultrie surrounded by his loved ones. He was loved by his family, friends, relatives, church members and all who knew him, as he had such a loving and contagious spirit. He loved people, and they seemed to have loved him equally in return. A loving spirit has transitioned from this life into eternity that will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, especially all of his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, who affectionately called him “Uncle Freddie.” He was a son of the late Mrs. Alberta Williams Robinson and Mr. Sam Robinson, of Boston. He was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Boston. He is survived by a loving and devoted sister, Mrs. Rochelle R. Brooks, sister, Mrs. Mary Edith Harper, both of Boston, sister, Mrs. Ida Lee Major, Detroit, Michigan. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Emma Jean Spencer; and brother, Mr. J.B. Robinson. Mr. Freddie was employed at Valdosta State University and Langdale Lumber Co. in Valdosta. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, relatives and friends and a devoted friend, Mrs. Willie Lee Anderson, to cherish his memory. Mr. Freddie lived in Valdosta for many years prior to returning home to Boston 20-plus years ago. Mr. Freddie loved flowers and kept a beautiful, tidy yard, as he had a green thumb for growing flowering plants. The service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Rosedale Missionary Baptist Church, 520 N. Blanton St., Boston. The Rev. Randolph Smith Jr., pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Boston City Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 10 a.m. at 347 W. Garnett St., Boston, for the processional. Viewing will be Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. — Hadley’s Funeral Home

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Shirley Strozier
Posted: June 16, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Graveside services for Shirley Strozier, 95, of Thomasville, will be at 10 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2015, at Laurel Hill Cemetery on 12th Street. The Rev. Mitch Clements will officiate. Mrs. Strozier passed away on June 15, 2015, at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Born June 2, 1920, in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Maggie Thornton. She was married on Nov. 3, 1938, to James Strozier, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Strozier was of the Methodist Faith. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Lauren Simmons, of Minnesota, Phyllis and Edwin Mercer, of Coolidge, Ruth Elaine and Isa Mufareh, of Maryland; son, Jimmy F. and Sharon Strozier, of Chicago, Illinios; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Monday 06/15/2015
Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Thomas Judy Atwell
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Elizabeth "Libby" Thomas Judy Atwell Elizabeth "Libby" Thomas Judy Atwell, 71, of High Point, North Carolina, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015. She is survived by her daughters, Shannon Elizabeth Atwell, of Athens, Alisha Atwell Boger and her husband, Brian, of High Point, North Carolina; granddaughters, Elizabeth Garland Boger, Caroline Vance Boger; sister, Carole Judy Clardy and husband, Sam, of Latta, South Carolina; and her lifelong friend, Patricia Smith Newman, of Ames, Iowa. Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dickinson Atwell; parents, Thomas Clinton Judy and Agnes Thomas Judy; and brother, Thomas Clinton Judy Jr. Libby was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on Sept. 28, 1943, and she graduated from Columbia College with a degree in education. She and Richard began their lives together in 1964, and they were married for 44 years. They each had great respect and admiration for one another, and they made for an exceptional role model for both family and friends. A high school English teacher for 40 years, Libby taught at Brookwood School in Thomasville and retired from Brookwood High School in Snellville. While Mrs. A shared her love of literature, language and grammar with those in her classroom, she also focused her attention on the potential and development of the whole student. She challenged her students to do and be their best, while providing guidance and encouragement for their future. Students weren't the only beneficiaries of her dedication and loyalty. Libby cared deeply for others. She nurtured her relationships by staying connected and letting her friends know that she genuinely loved and cared about them. There was a unique trait of Libby, in that she exhibited kindness to each person she met. Stephen Grellet stated, "I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. The family will receive friends in High Point on Monday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cumby Family Funeral Service at 1015 Eastchester Drive. A memorial service will be on Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive. The family will also receive friends in Lawrenceville on Thursday, June 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel at 1031 Lawrenceville Highway. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel on Friday, June 19, with interment at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. Memorial donations may be made to the music program at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. — Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point

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Crosby Mercer
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Graveside services for Betty Ruth Crosby Mercer, 73, of Thomasville, will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, on Oklahoma Street at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Holland and the David Roberson will officiate. Mrs. Mercer died at her home on June 13, 2015, in Thomasville. Born Aug. 15, 1941, in Pavo, she was a daughter of the late Mathie David and Bobbie Lee Inman Crosby. She was married to the late Noah Mercer. Mrs. Mercer worked for Jack Rabbit Foods and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Howard Miller, of Thomasville; a daughter, Theresa Sheffield Davis, of Thomasville; and a son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Katrina Mercer, of Stafford, Virginia. Also surviving are grandchildren, Colby Cone, Kelly Martinez, Paul Mercer, Andrew Mercer, Chris Sheffield, Ashley Thompson, Quinton Waters, Caitlin Murrell, Cory Waters; and great-grandchildren, Ciny and Greyson Martinez, Jaci Cone, Linley Cone, Prince Banks, Paige Banks, Kendall, Caleb and Kaeden Sheffield, Scarlett Murrell, Nathaniel Murrell Jr., Elliot Murrell, Georgia Bell Waters and Gideon Waters. Other survivors include brothers, John Wayne Crosby, of Tampa, Florida, Robert Crosby, of Thomasville, Tony Crosby, of Tampa; and sisters, Rita Crosby Lynch, of Tampa, and Sue Clements, of Macon. She was preceded in death by brothers, Sonny Crosby, Randall Crosby; and a sister Norma Jean Crosby. The family would like to give a special thanks to Jesse Crosby, a nephew of Mrs. Mercer, for being there to help during the past few months. Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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James Robert ‘Bobby’ Murphy
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Services for James Robert “Bobby” Murphy, Boston, are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Boston United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kirk Beckham officiating. Interment is at Rosewood Cemetery in Barwick. Active pallbearers are Robby Murphy, Frank Murphy, Trey Murphy, Dillon Mott, Tucker Abbott and Al Abbott. Mr. Murphy died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Hospice Atlanta. He was born December 23, 1942, in Valdosta, a son of the late James E. “Pop” Murphy and Virginia “Mom” Terrell Murphy. He was an engineer for Flowers Baking Co. and married to Louise Elizabeth Garvitte Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Louise Elizabeth Garvitte Murphy, Boston; sons, Robby Murphy (Jennifer), Coolidge; daughter, Angi Abbott (Al), Columbus; son, Frank Murphy, Boston; grandsons, Trey Murphy, New York, New York, Dillon Mott (Lauren), Columbus, Tucker Abbott, Columbus; granddaughters, Hollie Murphy, Columbus, Jenna Murphy, Coolidge; brothers, Terre Murphy (Pearl), Thomasville, Jamie Murphy, Thomasville, Wayne Murphy, Boston, Van Murphy (Julie), Morven; sister, Gina Murphy Hall, Boston; and brother, Lee Murphy (Cheryl), Thomasville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emory Healthcare Development Office, 1762 Clifton Road N.E., Suite 1400, Atlanta, Ga. 30322, in memory of James R. Murphy. Pre-addressed envelopes will be provided at the service. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the funeral home. Immediately following the interment, there will be a fellowship gathering at the Boston Community Center. Sign the register book online at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Wesley Gordon Benton
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Services for Wesley Gordon Benton, 82, of Ochlocknee, will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday ,June 16, 2015, at Little Ochlocknee Baptist Church. The Rev. Keith Lairsey and the Rev. Walter Singletary will officiate, and internment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Pallbearers will be Greg Arline, Edward Benton, Larry Benton, Tim Griner, Odell Griner and Shannon Banks. Mr. Benton died peacefully at his residence on Saturday, June 13, 2015, with his family by his side. He was born on Nov. 20, 1932, to Mr. H. P. and Lizzie Busbee Benton. On March 20, 1957, in Tallahassee, Florida, he married Sandra Jean Ward. Mr. Benton graduated from Ochlocknee Consolidated High School, Ochlocknee. After high school, he served four years in the Air Force. He received his bachelor degree in education from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in education from Florida State University. Mr. Benton returned to his alma mater in Ochlocknee and served as principal for three years before moving to Orlando, Florida. In Orlando, he passed the Florida real estate exam and became a licensed broker and owned and operated Benton Realty Co. for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandra; two sons, Mark Benton, of Orlando, Florida, and Bert Benton, of Ochlocknee; four grandsons, Ryan (Whitney) Benton, Zachary Benton, Jeremy Benton; Ethan Benton, all of Columbus, Ohio; and two great-grandsons, Weston and Logan Benton, of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are two sisters, Marie (Jack) Kirby, Aiken, South Carolina, and Evelyn Roberts, of Destin, Florida; and two brothers, J. L. (Winnie) Benton, of Greenville, South Carolina, Eugene (BJ) Benton, of Bridgeman, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Myrtice Bloodworth, Deoris Vinson, Ruby Loyd, Margaret Lairsey; and one brother, Albert Benton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday night from 6 to 7. Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Loyce Tompkins Goff
Posted: June 15, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Loyce Tompkins Goff, of Ochlocknee and longtime resident of Thomas County, passed away at her home Sunday, June 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Services for Mrs. Goff will be held at the graveside at New Hope Freewill Church Cemetery, 1786 U.S. 319 South, Moultrie, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Johnny Cooper and the Rev. Stanley Norman will officiate. Mrs. Goff was born to the late Clarence A and Loney D. Tompkins on March 20, 1939, in Worth County. After attending college and receiving her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing in 1981, she went on to receive her master’s degree in 1986. She was employed by the Thomas County Health Department for 34 years as a registered nurse and later served as director. She married her husband of 52 years, Aldwin K. "Buck" Goff, who survives, and raised two children, a daughter, Regina "Gigi" Hicks, and a son, Kenny Goff. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Moultrie, and she loved and cherished her family and friends, and she was loved by all. Survivors include her husband and two children and their spouses, Tim Hicks, and granddaughters, Stephanie and Alison Hicks, Donna Goff and grandchildren Ashton and Seth Goff; and a sister, Ann T. Stone. Mrs. Goff was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Theron and Earl Tompkins; and a sister, Pauline Rogers. No visitation has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Murphy Cemetery Fund c/o Susan Martin 144 Moncrief Road, Moultrie, Georgia 31768. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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Saturday 06/13/2015
Local deaths June 14
Posted: June 13, 2015 - 3:36 pm

William Issac Jones, 72, Cairo, died Friday at Pinewood Nursing Home. — Clark Funeral Home

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Friday 06/12/2015
William Kenneth Comer
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Graveside services for William Kenneth Comer, 89, of Thomasville, will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Don Prevatt will officiate. Mr. Comer passed away at Plantation Manor on June 11, 2015. Born Jan. 30, 1926, in Oakland City, Indiana, he was a son of the late John Calvin and Clara Nice Comer. On March 10, 1956, in DuPont, Indiana, he married Margie R. Comer, who survives. He was a veteran of the Army Airforce, a B-52 gunman in World War II. He was a member of Gatlin Creek Baptist Church. Local survivors include niece, Dawn and Gerald Muller of Thomasville; sister and brother-in-law, Rich and Janet O’Neal; and several other nieces and nephews, who live elsewhere. He was preceded in death by brothers, James Maurice Comer and Walter Lee Comer. He was a private but devoted husband and brother. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com — Allen & Alen Funeral Home

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Laura Elizabeth Lee
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Services for Laura Elizabeth Lee, 93, of Cairo, are at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Cairo. The Rev. Charles Parker, the Rev. Tommy Willis and the Rev. Al Sessions will officiate. Interment will be at Pine Hill Cemetery, Cairo. Mrs. Lee passed away at her home in Grady County on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Active pallbearers will be Al Sessions, John Sessions, Jason Sessions, Chuck Lee, Jason Wilder and Palmer Henderson.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Morning Glories of Pine Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Lee was born on Jan. 16, 1922, in Cairo to the late Andrew Romeo Sessions and Annie Jones Sessions.  On Feb. 11, 1944, she married Thomas Berry Lee, who preceded her in death on April 1, 1990. She was a homemaker and member of Pine Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include children, Jerry Lee (Linda), of Cairo, Mary Ann Lee, of Tallahassee, Florida, Wesley Lee (Kay), of Cairo, Jackie Sessions, of Tallahassee, Florida, Albert Sessions (Janie), of Tallahassee, Florida, Lee Sessions (Sandra) of Cairo; grandchildren, Carla Henderson (Bill), of Valdosta, Chuck Lee (April), of Cairo, Missy Wilder (Jason), of Cairo, Marcy Lee, of Cairo, John Sessions (Erica), of Cairo, Jason Sessions (Lindsey), of Athens, Holli McLanahan (Todd), of Tallahassee, Florida, LuAnn Mann (Greg), of Jacksonville, Florida, Al Sessions (Kelley) of Cairo, Samantha King, of Cairo, GA; great-grandchildren, Palmer Henderson, Payton Henderson, both of Valdosta, Stafford Lee, Hughston Lee, Jase Lee, all of Cairo, Hailee Wilder, Will Wilder, Dylan Wilder, all of Cairo, Logan McLanahan, Jenna McLanahan, both of Tallahassee, Florida, April Mann, Nate Mann, Sam Mann, Alex Mann, all of Jacksonville, Florida, Hadlee Sessions, Connor Sessions, Avery Sessions, all of Cairo, Claire Whitehead of Tallahassee, Florida, Jim Whitehead, of Bainbridge, Annabel Whitehead, of Cairo; and devoted neighbor, Cindy Ingram. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; three brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Lee's memory to Pine Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1392, Cairo, Georgia  39828. The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 5 until 7 p.m. Guests may sign the online register at www.clarkfuneral.com. — Clark Funeral Home

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Local deaths June 13
Posted: June 12, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Floyd Alan Shiver, 54, Ochlocknee, died Wednesday at his residence. — Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, Pelham

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Thursday 06/11/2015
Local death, June 12
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Norman S. “Buddy” Watkins Jr., 73, of Cairo died Wednesday at Grady General Hospital. — Clark Funeral Home

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Samuel Lorenzo Sparrow
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Services for Samuel Lorenzo Sparrow, 58, of Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the chapel of Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. William Bradley will officiate and interment is in Ready Creek Cemetery in Pavo. Mr. Sparrow died June 10 at Grady General Hospital. Born May 14, 1957, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, he was employed by Flowers Foods Inc. Survivors include sons, Gary Sparrow, Travis Brooks both of Thomasville; daughter, Nikki Meeks of Thomasville; sisters, Diane Tyler, Elaine Whitehead Anderson (Randell) all of Thomasville; brothers, Dennis Sparrow of Thomasville, Robert Sparrow (Annette) of Cairo, Reggie Gentry of Jacksonville, Florida, Willie James Whitehead of Thomasville; uncles, Robert Wright, Jimmy Wright, Marvin Wright all of Tampa, Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The viewing is from noon to 8 p.m., today at the funeral home. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home

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Mary Joyce Warren
Posted: June 11, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Graveside services for Mary Joyce Warren, 79, of Thomasville will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Pine Park Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Gordon Cloud will officiate. Mrs. Warren passed away on June 11, 2015 at her residence. Born May 7, 1936 in Miami, Florida, she was the daughter of the late William and Fay Stephens O’Neal.  She was a member of Pine Park Baptist Church. Mrs. Warren was married to La’Don Warren, who preceded her in death. Survivors include daughter, Millie and Bob Duncan of Ochlocknee; grandchildren, Amanda and David Gibson, Jennifer and Ronnie Burk, Bobby and Dana Duncan, Brittney Duncan and Megan Warren; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Haley, Zach, Josh, Bobby, Connor, Hannah, Kaitlin and Dylan and sister Judy Dixon of Pine Park. She was preceded in death by son James Warren; sister Mattie Marsh, M.C. Paggett and Frances Milam. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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Tuesday 06/09/2015
Local deaths, June 10
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Lola Jackson died Tuesday at Pinewood Nursing Center. — Weston’s Funeral Home

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Joseph Wesley Nettles
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Services for Joseph Wesley Nettles of Thomasville are at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. Mr. Nettles died June 7, 2015 at his residence. Born April 7, 1951 Baldwin, Florida, he was the son of the late Joseph Pratt Nettles and Eloise Crawford Nettles. On July 28, 1979, in Fort White, Florida, he was married to Janet Hancock Nettles, who survives, of Thomasville. He was Road Master with CSX Railroad, member of Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and Masonic Lodge. Other survivors include a daughter, Amanda Lee Tyner (Daryel) of Okeechobee, Florida; and sisters, Jane Lloyd and Debbie Faulk both of Jacksonville, Florida. He was preceded in death by three brothers, David Earl Nettles, Johnny Martin Nettles and Robert Glen Nettles. Guests may sign the register book on-line at www.whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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William Edward Clinebell
Posted: June 09, 2015 - 4:21 pm

A graveside service for William Edward Clinebell, 85, of Apopka, Florida, is 11 a.m., Friday, June 12 on Ninth Street in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville. Mr. Clinebell died June 5, 2015. Mr. Clinebell was born February 18, 1930 in Rainelle, West Virginia. He was a food broker. Mr. Clinebell is preceded in death by his son Wayne Clinebell. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Clinebell of Apopka, Florida; children Jerry (Gabriele) Clinebell of Apopka, Florida, Iris (Butch) Roberts of Maine, Joy (John) Albano of Tampa, Florida; sister Christina (Eric) Barnhill of Longwood, Florida; four grandchildren Vanessa (Rolando) Chang of Texas, Roman (Melissa) Albano of Tampa, Florida, Steven Robert and Stacey Robert from Maine; six great-grandchildren. Guests may sign the online register at www.allenfh.com. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

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