Thomasville Times Enterprise

July 13, 2006

OBITUARIES July 14, 2006


Jordan Abrams III

Services for Jordan Abrams III, 49, Bainbridge, are at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006, at New Oak Grove M.B. Church. The Rev. Dr. James Redman and the Rev. Larry Jessie will officiate and interment is in Oak Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Karl Abrams, Nathaniel Abrams Jr., Adam Cooney, Benjamin Hudson, Morris McCaskill and Melvin Carr. Mr. Abrams died July 9 in Atlanta. Born Sept. 22, 1956, in Thomas County, he was a son of the late Glenn R. Abrams Sr. and the late Mabel G. Abrams. He was a 1975 graduate of Central High School and a 1977 graduate of Southwest Georgia Technical School in Americus. He was a machine operator for 27 years with Georgia Industry for the Blind. Survivors include a son, Jordan Alexander Abrams IV and his mother, Eddie Mae Abrams both of Bainbridge; stepdaughter, Katrina Freeman and her husband, James of Pelham; stepson, William Harrison of Bainbridge; stepmother, Ethel Abrams of Boston; brothers, Glenn Abrams Jr. of Boston, Thomas Abrams and his wife, Jerrylean of Bainbridge, Allan Hudson and his wife, Marie of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gary Hudson and his wife, Karen of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Brenda A. Hudson of Athens, Lashondra Bryant of Atlanta, Alice Green and her husband, Johnny of Jessup, Md.; two aunts, Louise Cooney of Boston, Johnny Mae Abrams of Thomasville; two uncles, the Rev. John Gloster and his wife, Rubye of Thomasville, James Gloster and his wife, Betty of Philadelphia, Pa.; three great-uncles, Lawrence Abrams and his wife, Joesella of Yellow Springs, Ohio, Thomas L. Washington Sr. of Thomasville, William Gloster of Boston; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers, extended family and friends. The viewing is from 1 to 8:30 p.m., today at the funeral home and from noon until the funeral service Saturday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home



Willie T. Glenn

Services for Willie T. Glenn, 74, Coolidge, are at noon, Saturday, July 15, 2006, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Bishop Joe Frank Burns Sr. and the Rev. Dr. Warren C. Hope will officiate and interment is in St. Paul Cemetery. Mr. Glenn died July 6 at his residence. Born Sept. 17, 1931, in Thomas County, he was a son of the late Essie Mae James Williams and Rosvell Glenn. He was married Willie Dean West who preceded him in death. He attended St. George Chapel School and Coolidge School. He was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Silver Hill Missionary Baptist Church and past member of Aucilla Masonic Lodge. He was a retired meat cutter from Sunnyland. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Bevard of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sons, Tommy Bevard, Ernest Glenn both of Fort Lauderdale, Ricky Blount of Arizona, Cleveland Dubose of Thomasville; daughter, Denise Dubose of Albany; son, Tony Anderson of Washington; daughter, Patricia Glenn of Albany; son, Terry Glenn of Macon; sister, Rosetta Rackley of Coolidge; sisters-in-law, Vineta Jones, Geraldine Peoples both of Coolidge; aunts, Beatrice Rolle of Thomasville and Jimmie Lee Baker of Cleveland, Ohio. A son, Jerry Dubose preceded him in death. — Grooms Funeral Home



Henry G. McKelvey

Services for Henry G. McKelvey, Cairo, are at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. The Rev. Willie G. Smiley will officiate and interment is in Crestview Cemetery. Mr. McKelvey died July 7 at Archbold Hospital. Born in Grady County, he was a son of the late Henry G. McKelvey and Wallace and Louise Albright. He attended Grady County public schools and was a member of Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. He was married to Meredith Lee McKelvey. Survivors include his wife, Meredith L. McKelvey of Hartford, Conn.; mother, Louise Albright and her husband, Wallace of Cairo; sons, H. Wilson Glenn and his wife, June of Thomasville, Robert Willis and his wife, Sherita of Ellenwood, Lorenzo Willis of Milledgeville; daughters, Tammy Smith and her husband, Ronnie of East Hartford, Conn., Staci M. Shannon of West Hartford, Conn., Katrina Jones and her husband, L.V. of Pavo, Mary Reddick and her husband, Norris of Boston; brother, Leroy McKelvey of Cairo; godsister, Earlene Cooper of Cairo; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; uncles, Max McKelvey and his wife, Mary of Moultrie, Willie Bell and his wife, Lois of California; aunts, Sadie Crump of Cairo, Betty McPhearson of Miami, Fla., Dorothy McKelvey of Detroit, Mich., Lucrecia White of Rochester, N.Y.; brothers-in-law, Bryon H. Lee, Wayne Lee and his wife, Delores all of Bloomsville, Conn.; sisters-in-law, Valerie Williams and her husband, James, Judith Ryans and her husband, Robert all of Windsor, Conn., Karen Ryans, Belinda Clarke and her husband, Alton all of Bloomsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. — Weston’s Funeral Home



Sarah Louise Swift McKinnon

Graveside services for Sarah Louise Swift McKinnon are at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006, in Laurel Hill Cemetery on Mississippi Street. The Rev. Weyman Cleveland will officiate. Mrs. McKinnon, 95, died on Thursday, July 13, at Camellia Gardens of Life Care in Thomasville. She was born on May 2, 1911, in Thomasville. She was a daughter of the late Ila Missouri Blanton Swift and James Orrin Swift. She was married in Thomasville on Oct. 25, 1932, to Charles Wilson McKinnon Sr. of Thomasville. Mrs. McKinnon graduated from Thomasville High School and attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. After attending college, she worked as a dietitian at Archbold Memorial Hospital. She was a former member of the Killarney Queen Garden Club and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Thomasville. She was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. McKinnon Sr.; and a son, James Orrin McKinnon. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. McKinnon Jr. and his wife Ann McKinnon; a daughter, Dorothy M. MacDonald all of Thomasville; six grandchildren, Charles Heath, Bradley Heath, Stanton Heath all of Atlanta, William McKinnon, of Birmingham, Ala., Elizabeth Edge, of Greenville, S.C., Fran Herndon of Thomasville; 13 great-grandchildren, Megan Heath, Ashley Heath, Holly Heath, Justin Heath, Charlie Heath, Courtney Heath, Clayton McKinnon, Joseph McKinnon, Lindsey Edge, Michael Edge, Katherine Herndon, Randy Herndon, Brandt Herndon; one great-great-grandchild, Patricia Heath; many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Bet McKinnon of Tallahassee, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 975, Thomasville, Ga. 31799, or The Thomasville Garden Center Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 2654, Thomasville, Ga. 31799 or any charity of choice. — Allen & Allen Funeral Home



James Alfred Mitchell

Services for James Alfred Mitchell, 60, Lawrenceville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Trinity M.B. Church in Boston. The Rev. Dellise Cox will officiate and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Thomasville. Active pallbearers are members of the Magnolia High School Class of 1964. Mr. Mitchell died July 9 at DeKalb Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1946, in Thomas County, he was a son of Lizzie Hill of Boston. He was married to Beverly Williams of Waycross. He was a 1964 graduate of Magnolia High School and a 1970 graduate of Albany State College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was a member of Mt. Moriah M.B. Church in Boston and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Mitchell of Lawrenceville; sons, Chief Christopher Williams of Yokohama, Japan, the Rev. Jacob Williams and his wife, Amy of Valdosta; mother, Lizzie Hill of Boston; sisters, Dr. Janice Conner and her husband, LeRoy of Atlanta, Winnie Crawford and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Crawford of Rochester Hills, Mich., Joann Aldridge and her husband, Henry of Mason, Ohio, Sandra Lockett and her husband, Randy of Antioch, Tenn.; brother, Gary Hill and his wife, Rose of Clarkville, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Alice Williams of Blackshear; brothers-in-law, Arthur Williams, Eugene Williams, Isaac Williams all of Blackshear, McKinnelly Williams of Raleigh, N.C., Curtis Williams and his wife, Sylvia of Sanderson, Fla., Fitzgerald Williams and his wife, Catherine of Valdosta, Eric Williams of Alma; sisters-in-law, Eugenia Washington and her husband, David of Lawrenceville, Dr. Jacquelyn Turner and her husband, Swails of Blackshear; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. The viewing is from noon to 8:30 p.m., today at the funeral home and from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., today at the funeral home. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home



Ester Williams Peterson Riles

Services for Ester Williams Peterson Riles, 76, Havana, Fla., are at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Old Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Havana. Interment is in Barber Cemetery in Havana. Mrs. Riles died July 10 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Fla. She was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Havana. Survivors include a brother, Paul Chandler of McCrayville; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. The family will receive friends from 1 to 8 p.m., today at the funeral home. — Chandler’s Funeral Chapel in Attapulgus



Dr. Hiram Othellia Sanders

Services for Dr. Hiram Othellia Sanders, 77, Thomasville, are at 1 p.m., July 15, 2006, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Emory Virgil, pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Thomasville. Active pallbearers are deacons of Providence M.B. Church. Dr. Sanders died July 11 at Hospitality Care Nursing Center. Born Oct. 12, 1928, in Thomas County, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Curtis Sanders. He was a 1946 graduate of Douglass High School, received his bachelor of science degree from Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley in 1950 and received his PhD degree from Howard University in 1956 in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Providence M.B. Church. He had lived most of his life in Thomasville and spent 35 years in Albany. Survivors include his wife, Ella Mae Reid Sanders of Thomasville; son, Haywood Killings of Atlanta; aunt/cousin, Marie Nottage and daughter of Columbia, Md.; devoted nephew, the Rev. Patrick Gilley and his wife, Tellesis of Cairo; sisters-in-law, Eloise S. Sanders of Trenton, N.J., Florence Sanders of Pittsburgh, Pa.; mother-in-law, Gladys A. Reid of Thomasville; devoted sister-in-law, Carolyn R. Hester of Thomasville; devoted cousins, Fred Davis and his wife, Corine, Lizzie Mays all of Thomasville; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The viewing is from noon to 8:30 p.m., today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home



Local death



SFC Connie Bell, 56, of Fort Benning and Cedartown, died Monday at Fort Benning. — Nathaniel Thomas and Son Home for Funerals