Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 27, 2006

OBITUARIES November 28, 2006

Iris Payne Boyle

Services for Iris Payne Boyle, 99, are 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, the Rev. Bob Dixon and the Rev. Waymon Cleveland officiating and interment is in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Boyle passed away Nov. 25 at Glenn-Mor Nursing Home. She was born in Crosland on May 23, 1907, the eldest daughter of the late John Clyde and Leola Calhoun Payne. She attended Norman Institute and taught school for a brief time. She married Louie W. Moreland, who preceded her in death and moved to Thomasville where they raised their family. Over the years she was associated with Jerger Jewelers and Thomas Drug Store as many remember. In 1957, she married Thaddeus W. Boyle (Tom). They were active together in church and civic affairs and enjoyed traveling throughout the years until his death in 1998. Mrs. Boyle was devoted to her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Payne, and to her entire family. She was a great letter writer and corresponded with quite a number of friends and family all her years and was a blessing to many. She was a woman of great strength and pride in her family and Christian heritage. She loved her church, First United Methodist Church, and was an active member throughout the years in Sunday School and the Women’s Circle. Mrs. Boyle was a wonderful cook and hostess for family and friends as well. She is survived by daughter Joanne Moreland Johnson of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; son, John Allen Moreland and wife Millicent, of Atlanta; two sisters, Clara Payne Dyches, of Lake Park, Julia Payne Beal of Goldsboro, N.C.; one niece, Julia Beal VanNutt and husband Robert of New York; one nephew, Edward Beal and wife Cindy of N.C.; grandchildren, Neal Andrew Ross (deceased), Laura Ellison Ward and husband Roger; John Allen Moreland Jr. and wife Wendy all of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Jordan Benjamin Ward, Lillie Ellison Ward, Davis Payne Moreland, John Winfield Moreland, Henry Hawkins Moreland; stepchildren, Kitty Boyle Schwab and husband Bill of Washington, D.C., Jerry Boyle and wife Joan of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; stepgrandchildren, Kim Schwab and Michael Schwab, Benjamin Boyle and Joshua Boyle; and stepgreat-grandson, Tyler Schwab. Guests may sign the online guest register at — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

Deanie Byrnes

Services for Deanie Byrnes, 60, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., are at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at the Fort Gaines Baptist Church in Fort Gaines, Ga. Interment follows at Fort Gaines New Park Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Byrnes died Sunday, Nov. 26 at her residence. Born in Cuthbert and raised in Panama City, Fla., she was preceded in death by her loving and devoted mother, Mary Elizabeth Plowden De Loach, the Dad, Curtis James DeLoach and sister, Marianne D. Paris, all of Panama City, Fla. She was a retired cosmetologist, member of Metro Church of God in Hoover, Ala., and St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Panama City, Fla. Other than Panama City and Vestavia Hills, she was also a resident of Thomasville for eight years. Survivors include her loving and devoted "Burnzie" Paul J. Byrnes, Jr. of Vestavia Hills, Ala.; three children: Chuck Ruble Jr., his wife, Jennifer Lynn of Greensboro, N.C. and granddaughter, Nyla Ruble; Pamela Cox Crosby and husband, Ray Crosby of Troy, Ala.; grandson, Christian Michael Crosby; granddaughter, Lauren Michelle Crosby; Michael D. Cox of Panama City; older brothers, Joe DeLoach and his wife, Eva of Bremen, Jimmy DeLoach and Rachel of Elberton; half-sister, Rena DeLoach of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; cousins, Ellen Jordan and family of Sylvester, Joy Moncrief and family of Fort Gaines; her very best friend, Patty Gainer Jencks; plus Granny Helen Myers and Nan Whitehurst of Panama City and Rusty Stone of Tallahassee, Fla. A viewing is from 6 to 8 p.m. CST today at the funeral home and from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Manry Jordan Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made through your local church, to programs that provide food and medicine to hungry children. — Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, Ala.

Michael Connell

Services for Michael Connell, 60, Cairo, were at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Richard Soper officiated. Mr. Connell died Sunday Nov. 26 at Lake City VA Hospice in Lake City, Fla. Born June 11, 1946, in Cairo, he was a son of the late Corbett Y. and Carolyn Ferrell Connell. He was a logger and carpenter, member of Cairo First United Methodist Church, member of VFW and a past member of the Ochlocknee Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Connell served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Sandee and Jim Rinker of Cairo; brothers and sister-in-law, George Bryce Connell of Cairo, James Randall and Gail Connell of Cairo; nieces, Codi Ponder of Whigham, Carolyn Rinker of Cairo; nephew, Jason Rinker of Cairo; great-niece, Anna Marie Rinker of Cairo; great-nephews, Colton and Riley Ponder of Whigham; and aunt, Lucille Ferrell of Cairo. Memorials may be made to Veterans Last Wish Fund, c/o VA Medical Center, 619 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, Fla. 32025. — Clark Funeral Home

Cornelia Elizabeth Jones

Cornelia Elizabeth Jones of Tallahassee, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. A native of Thomasville, she had lived in Tallahassee since 1994. She had been an elementary school librarian in Ridgewood, N.J., and lived in Martinsville, Maine, after her retirement. She is survived by a sister, Ruth J. Schwellenbach of Tallahassee; a brother, C. Horace Jones of Tallahassee; nephews, H. John Schwellenbach of Santa Barbara, Calif., James C. Schwellenbach of Portland Maine; nieces, Susan T. Schwellenbach of Denver, Colo., Nancy S. LeRoy, Fuveau, France; several great-nephews and great-nieces. Visitors may sign the online guest register at — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

Stacy DeLoyd Mills

Services for Stacy DeLoyd Mills, 43, Whigham, are at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The Rev. Nathan Fowler and the Rev. Earl Justice will officiate and interment is in Mars Hill Cemetery in Decatur County. Active pallbearers are Trey Godwin, Greg Arline, Freddie Miller, Chad Godwin, Dewey Howell and Keith Mills. Honorary pallbearers are Ike Godwin, Lee Palmer, Bruce Godwin, Tim Holt, Gerald Hunt, Terry Beck and Jeff Justice. Mr. Mills died Nov. 25 at Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla. Born Feb. 27, 1963, in Mitchell County, he was a son of Gail Horne Mills and the late Lloyd Rudolph Mills. He attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Karis Holt Mills of Whigham; mother, Gail Horne Mills of Whigham; sister, Marchelle Godwin and husband, Trey Godwin of Pelham; nephew, Kade Godwin of Pelham; and two loyal companions, Sissy and Sadie. Visitors may sign the online guest register at — Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home

Willie Lawrence NeSmith

Graveside services for Willie Lawrence NeSmith, 72, Quitman, were at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville. Chaplain Daren Waters officiated. Mr. NeSmith died Nov. 25 at Fellowship Home. Born in Thomas County, he was the son of Homer and Katie Reagan NeSmith. He was a cook, member of the Presbyterian faith and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Twyla and Craig Trulove of Woodstock; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Brandy NeSmith of Kennesaw, William and Chris NeSmith of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeannette Sapp of Barney. — Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home

Frederick ‘Fred’ Smith Sr.

Services for Fredrick (Fred) Smith Sr., 97, Cairo, are at noon today, Nov. 28, 2006, at Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Cairo. Interment is at Crestview Cemetery in Cairo, with the Rev. Willie G. Smiley officiating. Active pallbearers are Cedric Smith, Corey Smith, Lamar Smith, Reginald Smith, Artomus Shepherd and Redell Walton. Honorary pallbearers are Charlie Copeland, Louis Copeland, Hubert Metcalf, L.C. Stewart, Jimmy Jones, Freddie Garland, Willie Maxwell, Claxton Copeland and C.W. Cleveland. Mr. Smith died Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at Grady General Hospital in Cairo. A lifelong Cairo resident, Mr. Smith was a brick mason. He was a son of the late Frank and Susie Smith, born Feb. 5, 1909, in Grady County. He was married to the former Susie Perry, who is deceased. Mr. Smith was a member of Greater New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church and attended Grady County public schools. He is survived by a daughter, Mary K. Stovall, Columbus; a son, Alton (Dorothy) Smith, Cairo; a brother, Edward A. Smith, Philadelphia, Pa.; granddaughters, Iris Shepherd, Tilda (Richard) Brimm, Pamela Lewis, Christine (Bernard) Johnson, all of Cairo; grandsons, Lamar Smith, Tallahassee, Fla., Reginald Smith, Cairo, Cedric (Julene) Smith, Cairo; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. — The Cloud & Son Funeral Home

Dorothy J. Pigorsh

Services for Dorothy J. Pigorsh are at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at Morningside Methodist Church, where she was a member, with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Allen Hartsfield will officiate. Mrs. Pigorsh died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at her residence. Born July 24, 1931, in Grady County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Lee Godwin and Lucille Dekle Godwin. On May 17,1953, at Dawson Street Methodist Church, she married Gerald Pigorsh, who survives. Mrs. Pigorsh was employed as a telephone operator with Bell South, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Other survivors include a daughter, Glenda Golden of Thomasville; grandson, Gary Tucker; and great-grandson, Jason Tucker. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Visitors may sign the online guest register at — Allen & Allen Funeral Home

Local deaths

l Willie Rene Blount, 72, Coolidge, died at Archbold Hospital. Local survivors include daughter, Olivia Stewart; sons, Oliver Blount and Eric Blount. — Grooms Funeral Home

l Angela Brown, 45, Pelham, died Friday at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. — Nathaniel Thomas and Son Home for Funerals

l Vera Mae Copeland Hill, 63, Meigs, died Sunday at Archbold Hospital. — Nathaniel Thomas and Son Home for Funerals

l Cassandra Demetricia Whitehead, 28, Thomasville, died Sunday at Archbold Hospital. Local survivors include her father, Robert Whitehead; mother, Mary Alice Coates; son, Micah Whitehead; daughter, Ja’Mia Keaton; sisters, Sholanda Whitehead and Sykeitha Sanders. — Hadley’s Funeral Home