Tom "Tommy" Bivens

Services for Deacon Tom "Tommy" Bivens, 100, 505 McKinley St., Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2002 at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 3212 Parramore Fishpond Rd., Boston. The Rev. Harvey W. Virgil, pastor officiating, and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery in Thomasville. Active pallbearers are members of Tried Stone Lodge No. 1. Honorary pallbearers are deacons of Mt. Moriah M.B. Church. Mr. Bivens died June 8 in Manhattan, N.Y. Born Sept. 12, 1901 in Boston (Thomas County), Ga., he was a son of the late Peter and Hattie Bivens. He was married to Corine Jones, who preceded him in death. He attended Mt. Moriah School, member of Masonic Tried Stone Lodge No. 1, a deacon at Mt. Moriah M.B. Church and former member at New Oak Grove M.B. Church. He was a housekeeper at Southwestern State Hospital and retired after 25 years. Mr. Bivens had lived most of his life in Thomasville. Survivors include a daughter, Glenda Bivens Thomas of Thomasville; a brother, Robert Bivens of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Glenda Davis Thomas of Manhattan, N.Y.; a grandson, Wesley Thomas of Bronx, N.Y.; granddaughter, June Kathleen Thomas of Thomasville; nephew, Glenn Bivens of Miami, Fla.; a niece, Rudean Bivens of Miami; a nephew, Charlie Butler of Edison; a sister-in-law, Cleo Bivens of Miami; a niece, Willie Mae Bivens of Jacksonville; great-grandsons, Jamil Thomas of Bronx, Troy Oliver of Manhattan, Willie Thomas of Thomasville, Simon Thomas of Thomasville; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends. A wake is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. -- Hadley's Funeral Home



Clifford James

Services for the Rev. Clifford James, 72, Thomasville, are at 3 p.m., June 15, 2002 at Providence M.B. Church, Thomasville. The Rev. Emory Virgil, pastor of Providence M.B. Church, will officiate and interment is in Springhill M.B. Church Cemetery on Hall Road. Active pallbearers are Lorenzo Garlin, Kenneth Whitaker, Patrick James, Bernard James, Terrence Redding, Allen Powell, James Ivey and Mickey Anderson. Rev. James died June 12 at the Brian Center. Born March 4, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late Willie James Sr. and Rosa Lee Scott James. He was married to Lovetta Bush, who preceded him in death. He attended Springhill Community School and was a member of Providence M.B. Church. He was employed at Glen Arven Country Club, Sunnyland Packing Co. and retired from Flowers Industries after 35 years. Survivors include daughters, Linda G. James Edwards, Faye Redding Johnson (Elma), Betty Redding Brooks all of Thomasville, Loretta Redding Kamaro (Issa) of Austin, Texas; brother, Moses James (Claretha) of Thomasville; a sister, Rachel James Cunningham of Philadelphia, Pa.; special niece, Louise Payne of Thomasville; sisters-in-law, Mary Whitaker, Grace Almond (Robert), Pearlie Garlin (Eugene) all of Thomasville, Myra Wyratt (Ernest) of Tallahassee, Fla., Elizabeth Green (Samuel) of California, Polly Hall of Atlanta; brothers-in-law, Freddie Bryant, Jerome Jones both of Thomasville, Robert Hadley of Beaumont, Texas, Jesse Cunningham; 14 adoring grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Rev. James will be on view from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. The family will receive friends at 2108 Shadywood Drive. The lineup for the funeral procession is at 2 p.m. Saturday at 2108 Shadywood Drive. -- Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home



Christopher Greene Langley

Memorial services for Christopher Greene Langley, 69, Pennsauken, N.J., are at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2002 following private cremation at Alloway Funeral Home in Merchantville, N.J. Mr. Langley died June 8 at his residence in Pennsauken. Born July 16, 1932 in Thomasville, he was the son of the late William Christopher Langley of Columbia, S.C. and the late Margaret Triplett Langley of Thomasville. Mr. Langley served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1949 to 1952. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and served at Fort Monmouth, N.J. and in Bava





ria, Germany. Mr. Langley was a police officer for the city of Richmond, Va. from 1960 to 1966. From 1966 to 1993, he was a salesman in the electronics industry. He was life member of the American Legion. His book, Pushing the Envelope, was published shortly before his death. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Sauls; his former wife, Shirley Lachenauer of North Brunswick, N.J.; his son and daughter-in-law, Ernest C. and Noreen Langley of Wall Township, N.J.; his daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Langley and Joseph M. Sierotowicz of Milltown, N.J.; his sister, Gardiner Langley Hasty of Thomasville; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his cousin, Susan Lois Palmer of Thomasville. -- Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home



Catherine A. McCoy

Services for Catherine A. McCoy, 75, Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., June 15, 2002 at St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church in Miccosukee, Fla. Interment is in Old Union Cemetery. Mrs. McCoy died June 6. A native of Leon County, Fla., she had lived most of her adult life in Metcalfe before moving to Thomasville a few years ago. During the early 1940s, she lived in Tampa, Fla. where she worked in the laundry industry. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church of Miccosukee, where she previously served as a member of the choir and the ushers board. Survivors include six sons, James Andrews (and wife Josephine), George McCoy Jr. (and wife Emma), Ronald McCoy (and wife Annie), William McCoy (and wife Bertha), Eddie McCoy (and wife Sharonda) and Milton McCoy, all of Thomasville; five daughters, Willie Mae McCoy Tillman (and husband Willie James Sr.), Bessie Lee McCoy Jones and Pearl McCoy Mitchell, all of Thomasville and Ethel Lee McCoy Lundy (and husband Bernard) of Atlanta; a brother, Henry Green of Tallahassee, Fla.; four sisters, Hattie Andrews Herring of St. Petersburg, Fla., Priscilla "Cilla" Andrews Wilson and Gertrude "Red" Andrews Clark of Tallahassee and Marie Andrews Patterson (and husband Ira) of Thomasville; 33 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Sr., in 1979. Mrs. McCoy will be on view from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. -- Tillman Funeral Home, Monticello, Fla.

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