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March 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

March 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Randall Kelly Bird, 56, of Baxley, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Bird was born May 21, 1957 in Appling County. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served in various leadership capacities. Bird has been an active member of Boy Scout Troup 472 for 50 years and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and later served as Scout Master for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Bird of Baxley; daughter, Rachel Kelly Bird of Baxley; Parents, Claude and Cleora Bird of Baxley; brother, Gary Bird of Baxley; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim McLendon, the Rev. Thad Harvey and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating. Interment followed in Appling Memorial Gardens. Mr. Bird will lay in state one hour prior to funeral service.

Active pallbearers were Brad Rentz, Charles Vann, J.T. Pollock, Matt Jones, Mitch McLean and Brad Park.

Honorary pallbearers were Boy Scout Troup 472

Visitation was Thursday, February 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Musical selections were rendered by Chelsei Norris and Brandi Harvey.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Boy Scout Troup 472 c/o First United Methodist Church 217 South Main Street, Baxley, Ga. 31513.

Funeral arrangements for Randall Kelly Bird, 56, of Baxley, were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Amelia Ann Carter, 81, who passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Appling Healthcare Systems, under the care of Southern Care Hospice. She was a native of Charlotte, N.C. living the past 30 years in Baxley and retired from McDaniel Vending Service in Jesup after 30 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Carter; grandson, Travis Carter; sister, Audrey Ash and a brother, Perry Darby.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Ann Carter of Baxley and Donna Mae Carter of Jacksonville, FL; one son, Perry and wife, Raedell Carter of Baxley; five grandchildren, Jean Justice, Nicole Carter, Wesley Sheppard, Tracy Carter and Kevin Sheppard; four great-grandchildren, Will, Nicholas, Logan and Cadence and other family also survive.

A private family memorial service honoring the lives of Eddie and Ann Carter will be held at Omega Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the on-line registry at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Jessie Louis “Joe” Crowley, 82, of Baxley, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his residence.Crowley was born January 17, 1932 in Liberty County and was the son of the late Leland Ross Crowley and the late Eva Ashmore Crowley.

He was a member of the Fleming Baptist Church. Crowley was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Appling County Road Department as a supervisor. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Grace Crowley, two sons, Jerry Kersey and Ronnie Crowley.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Wendell Spell, of Baxley; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Lawton Shumans, of Richmond Hill; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Joy Crowley, Paul and Margie Crowley, both of Fleming, and Clinton and Bobbie Crowley, of Alabama; one grandchild, Lisa Fields and two great grandchildren, Matthew Fields and Sydney Fields; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. David Herndon and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating.

Interment followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fleming at 3:00 p.m. with Military Honors.

Active pallbearers were Matthew Fields, Bubba Crowley, John Crowley, David Bryant, Bill McGuire and Freddie McLain.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Errol G. Graham and Staff, Comfort Care Hospice and Appling County Road Department.

Musical selections were rendered by Marilyn Bass and the Rev. Rick and Julie Brown.

Visitation was Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements for Jesse Louis “ Joe” Crowley, 82, of Baxley, were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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LaShonda Deshea Williams, daughter of Warren and Seveta Lewis, died on March 1, 2014 at Appling HealthCare System under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice. LaShonda was born in Hazlehurst on December 7, 1976.

She attended the Appling County High School and graduated with the class of 1995. During her high school years, LaShonda excelled in basketball, cross country and track and field. She was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church in Brunswick.

Survivors include parents, Warren Lewis and Seveta Lewis of Baxley; two children, Courtney Williams and Dennis Williams of Baxley; one sister, Konkista (Demetrius) Ellison of Macon; three brothers, Warith Allah (Regina) of Atlanta, Al-Malik Allah of Carrolton and Stacy (Melissa) Lewis of Anderson, S.C.; grandmother, Johnola Robinson of Daytona Beach, FL; great-grandmother, Drissie Mae Williams of Baxley; aunts, Zephry (John) Kirk of Trenton, N.J., Belinda Gail Robinson and Demetrice Robinson, both of Daytona Beach, FL, Nettie Jean Burke, Charlene Howard and Teresa Bing, all of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Liz Ellen Williams of Baxley; one great-great aunt, Addie Hunter of Baxley; uncles, Alvin Robinson of Daytona Beach, FL, Larry Robinson of Baxley, Albert Lee Howard and Lee Early Howard of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Anthony Williams of Texas and Conrad (Margie) McDuffie of Albany; special great aunt, Christine Robinson of Baxley; three special nieces, Demetria and Kaitlyn Ellison of Macon, Georgia and Ashlyn Lewis, Anderson, S.C.; a special cousin, Lundynn Spearman of Baxley; two special friends for life, Charity Yawn and Zylphia Hansley, both of Baxley and a host of cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services celebrating the life of LaShonda Williams were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8 from First African Missionary Baptist Church with Supt. James C. Futch presiding and the eulogy given by Pastor Isaiah Allen. Interment followed in Old Fields Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Christopher Allen, Jason Allen, Charles Baldwin, Ronald Bell, Vincent Chance and Dennis Howard.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff of SOURCE, Rescare, Excel Care, Dr. Teresa Cezar and staff, Appling Healthcare and Dr. Garland Martin and staff.

Musical selections were rendered by the Voices of Genesis, Tiffany Lewis, and the choir.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.cmbrownfh.com.

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

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Allen B. Wells, Sr., 73, of Jeffrey Street, North Augusta, SC, entered into rest February 26, 2014. Wells was a native of Washington, DC, having made the North Augusta area his home for the past 46 years. He was a sports enthusiast, an avid golfer and a Georgia Bulldog fan; and will always be remembered as being a devout Christian, devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Eleanor T. Wells, two sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Kim Wells, North Augusta and Randy and Shelley Wells of Anderson; a daughter and son-in-law, Paige and Scott Kahler; six grandchildren, Brooke Wells, Barrett Wells, Sam Kahler, Sarah Kahler, Jackson Wells, and Anna Claire Wells.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the faculty and staff of United Post Acute Care of Aiken for their care and support to the Wells family for the past six years.

Memorials may be made to United Hospice of Aiken, 211 York Street, N.E., Aiken, S.C. 29801 or to James Rackley Ministries, P. O. Box 132659, Tyler, TX 75713.

Swain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Shawn Lambert Stone, 32, of Perry, died Friday, February 28, 2014 in the Perry Hospital.

Shawn was born December 16, 1981 in Appling County and was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church. He graduated from Jeff Davis County High School in 2000 and went on to receive his Aviation Mechanic Degree from Middle Georgia College. He was employed as an aviation mechanic at Robins Air Force Base where he worked on jet planes. He was an avid outdoorsman, a devoted father and a loving son and brother, and a friend to many. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Helen Stone.

Survivors include his children, Kylee Stone, Kaitlin Stone, and Kaden Stone, all of Cochran; parents, Kenneth and Sherry Stone of Hazlehurst; brother, Justin Stone of Hazlehurst; niece, Brianna Stone of Hazlehurst; maternal grandparents, Vickers and Patricia Mead of Hazlehurst; paternal grandfather, Nathan Stone of Baxley; special friend, Michelle Fincher and her family of Perry; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. from Hillcrest Baptist Church in Hazlehurst with the Rev. Brian Brazzell and the Rev. Charles Hutcheson officiating. Interment followed in Altamaha Baptist Church Cemetery in Appling County.

Active pallbearers were Stephen Mullis, Matt Rowell, Calvin Edwards, Kenny Bell, Kenneth Cravey and Stetson Wood.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael Jennings and the crew of the 561st B Flight Squadron.

Musical selections were rendered by Kam Brazzell, Lorrie Lewis, and Vicki Waters.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Sue Ellen Stephens Roberson, 60, of Baxley, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Appling Healthcare System. Mrs. Roberson was born August 30, 1953 in Patterson to the late Eston Stephens, Sr. and the late Vera Davis Stephens. She was a retired waitress and of the Pentecostal Faith.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Lanora Roberson.

Survivors include her husband, D. L. Roberson; daughters, Lori Roberson, Debra Roberson, and Teresa Kersey; son, David Roberson; sisters Brenda Hersey and Lorene Schultz; brother, Eston Stephens, Jr.; seventeen grandchildren; and one great grandchild also survives.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Clifton Kersey, Christopher Kersey, Seth Kersey, Shawn Smith, Rusty Hutto and Jeremy Kersey.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the services of Freda Newell, 74, who passed away on February 12, 2014 at her home in Jacksonville after battling cancer for almost three years. She was born in Baxley and was one of five children.

Her siblings, two brothers (Darwin Music and James Carlos Herndon) and two sisters (Earline Branch and Myrtle Thomas), preceded her in death.

She had a passion for reading and would immerse herself in a book into the wee hours of the night. She enjoyed listening to music, going to concerts, and loved to dance. She loved animals, especially her pet cat and dogs. She was a humanitarian. Her compassion for people had no boundaries. She volunteered at the Senior Center in Jacksonville to help the elderly and loved to entertain children. She was generous, contributing to charitable organizations and always willing to help those in need.

She worked many jobs in her lifetime but the most important and rewarding job she devoted her heart and soul to was being a Mom. A loving mother of three, she leaves behind two sons, Rodney E. Newell, II and Kim Newell, and a daughter, Karla G. Newell. She also leaves behind two beautiful grandchildren, Amie T. Newell and Rodney E. Newell, III. She was admired for her strength, determination, and unconditional love.

A memorial service will be held at Friendship Congregational Church March 15th at 12:00. Family and friends are invited to come and share in the celebration of her life.

The family wishes memorial contributions be made to First Coast Cancer Foundation, Attn: Jennifer, 18881San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32258.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Beverly Ann Nance died on Sunday evening, February 23, 2014. Beverly was born on August 16, 1954 in Ft. Myers, FL, to the parentage of Mildred R. Nance and the late Willie Nance. She grew up in Ft. Myers and was educated in the Broward County School System.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father, Willie Nance and a sister, Kathleen Nance.

Survivors include her six children, Curtis L. (Chay Y.) Hagins of Waycross, Rosalind C. Hagins, Otis M. (Kamesha Drake) Brinson, Jr., Lawrence R. Nance, Nathan C. (Myra Merced) Nance and Josephine Brinson, all of Baxley; 20 grandchildren: Tobias Hagins, DaShaun Miller, Curshara Hagins, Maya White, LeShawn Mobley, Khaelil Russell, Kamiya Ryals, Jody Hamilton, Omaree Brinson, MeShari Drake, Shakhia Nance, Lawrence Nance, Jr., Jakhia Powell, Kobe Jordan, Lawren Lewis, Londynn Nance, Camden Byrd and Nathan Nance, Jr.; mother, Mildred R. Nance of Ft. Myers, FL; two sisters, Tanya (Andrew) Thornton and Cassandra Allen, both of Jacksonville, FL; four brothers, Eugene Nance, Sr., Carlton Nance, Sr. and Nathaniel Singleton and Clarence (Sonia) Reeves, all of Ft. Myers; nine special friends, Otis M. Brinson, Jessica Coley, Tanya White, Elaine Harris, Tasha Mckenzie, all of Baxley; Jeanette Golden of Ft. Myers, Clarence Reeves, Sr. of Tampa, FL, Hazel Lewis of Waycross and Felecia Jenkins of Patterson. She is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Beverly will truly be missed and remembered by her family, friends, and all those who loved her.

Funeral services honoring the life of Beverly Nance were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1 from New Life Ministries with Elder Norris Williams, Sr., officiating. Eulogy was given by Bishop Alfred Butler. Interment followed in Baxley Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Wendell Singleton, Torrence Jones, Terrance Reynolds, Derrick Heller, Marcus Baker, Rochester Jones, Carl Curvin and Jhirmack Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Doctor of Compassionate Services, Dr. Tonya Fordham, nurses and staff.

Musical selections were by Tammy Richburg and the choir.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.cmbrownfh.com.

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

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Bobby Kirkland, 76, of Snipesvile, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at his residence. Bobby was born in Jeff Davis County and was the son of the late Dan Kirkland, Jr. and the late Jean Chambliss Kirkland. He was preceded in death by a wife, Jewell Frost Kirkland. Bobby was a farmer and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Rawlins Morrison Kirkland of Snipesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Tabatha and Vann Wooten of Snipesville, Renea and Brad McCall of Graham, Lynn and Donnie Carver of Ambrose, Cindy and Jim Girtman of Snipesville, and Mary and Dudley Vickers of Ambrose; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Jan Morrison, and Alex and Regina Morrison, all of Douglas; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Miles Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenyon Fennell officiating. Burial followed in Palms Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Derick Wooten, Brandon Adams, Anthony Harris, Austin Vickers, Andrew Vickers, Cole Morrison and Bryce McCall.

Musical selections were rendered by Austin Vickers and Kimberly Girtman.

Miles Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of the arrangements.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Dorothy “Dot” Eason Kimberly, 77, who passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at her residence under the care of Hospice of South Georgia. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County and a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin C. Kimberly; a son, Derwin K. Kimberly and her parents, Emil and Cleta Mae Eason.

Survivors include two sons, Mitchell Kimberly and wife, Darlene, of Surrency and D.J. Kimberly and wife, Megan, of Surrency; two granddaughters, Chesney Kimberly and Kristian Kimberly; two step granddaughters, Erika Tharp and Racheal Tharp; one brother, James Eason, and wife, Laverne, of Surrency; one sister, Genevieve Murray, of Surrency, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend Wayne Williamson officiating. Mrs. Kimberly lay in state one hour prior to services. Interment followed in Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Stephen Carter, Dustin Johnson, Will Perry, H.D. Kimberly, Gary Cowines and Jeffery Murray.

Honorary pallbearers were the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class at Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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James W. “Smokey” Howard, Sr., 84, joined his Heavenly Father on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. The family met friends following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Sylvester, Lottie Moon or Annie Armstrong Missions, 207 N. Isabella St., Sylvester, GA 31791.

The Rev. Howard, son of the late Willis Edgar Howard, Sr. and Maggie Dean Samuels Howard, was born in Waynesboro. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, FL. Fulfilling his call to the Ministry, the Rev. Howard served as pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Macon, First Baptist Church, Warrenton, West Highland Baptist Church, Macon, First Baptist Church, Colquitt, Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Columbus and First Baptist Church, Baxley. He then served with the Georgia Baptist Convention Stewardship and Annuity Department, retiring February 29, 1996. The Rev. Howard was a member of First Baptist Church, Sylvester.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Eutonah Lea SerVoss Howard of Sylvester; his children, Deana Ruth May of Burnsville, N.C., Monabeth H. (Glenn) Parkman of Sylvester, Jimmy (Donna) Howard of Baxley, Mark Howard of Sylvester, Jay (Ellen) Howard of Waycross; eight beloved grandchildren, Travis May, Dana May, Leanna May, Leigh P. Vickery, Render Parkman, Glenna Ruth P. Carlisle, Walt Howard and Lauren Howard; and three great grandchildren, Logan, Maggie and Luke also survive.

Visit www.maconmp.com to express condolences.

Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery was in charge of arrangements.

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Garner Max Gardner, 75, of Baxley died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

Mr. Gardner was born August 13, 1938 in Appling County to the late Willie Roy “Bill” Gardner and the late Marie Juanita Altman Gardner. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of The Appling County Exchange Club, the Georgia Press Association (GPA) and recipient of various awards and recognitions including the Golden Club Award for 50 years in the GPA and the Freedom Bell Award. He was a retired newspaper publisher of The Baxley News-Banner. He was preceded in death by brothers, J. L. Gardner and Willie Gardner.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Jones Gardner of Baxley for 54 years; sons, the Rev. Freddy (Lynn) Gardner of Broxton; Tim (Melanie) Gardner and Jamie (Amy) Gardner both of Baxley; sisters, Betty Beavin of Dallas and Wilma (Darvin) Spell of Baxley; brother, Tommy (Renee) Gardner of Crawford; twelve grandchildren; Mathew (Carrie) Gardner of Baxley, Joshua (Rebecca) Gardner of Baxley, Rachel (Joshua) Landmon of Baxley, Ryan (Katie) Gardner of Baxley, Meagin (Keaton) Sasser of Alma, Cole Gardner of Baxley , and Jacob Gardner of Baxley. Also surviving are six great grandchildren; Mattie Gardner, Cooper Gardner, Aiden Landmon, Hollis Gardner, Hadlee Gardner, and Hudson Gardner.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. from Midway Baptist Church with the Reverends Marty Anderson, Wayne Williamson, Michael Beecher, and Ronnie Rentz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Gardner lay in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Visitation was held Friday evening, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at Midway Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers were Matthew Gardner, Joshua Gardner, Ryan Gardner, Keaton Sasser, Joshua Landmon, Chris Floyd, Cole Gardner and Jacob Gardner.

Honorary pallbearers included the Deacons of Midway Baptist Church and their wives, Dr. and Mrs. Orlando Fernando, Charles Coley, Donald and Lorene Hunter, Joann Beecher, Helen Samardjich, Ronald Bullard, Chad Bullard, Diane Dyal, Billy and Patricia O’Berry, Wanda Ammons, Lloyd Gunter, Alex Johnson, Charlie Stuckey, Butch Barfield, Johnny and Lillian Aycock, Helen Roberson, Gene and Peggy Lott, Marvin and Brenda Callaway, Chuck Nail, Lewis Parker, and all past and present employees of The Baxley News-Banner.

Musical Selections were rendered by the Rev. Billy Gardner and the Midway Baptist Church Choir accompanied by Danny Smith.

Remembrances may be made to the Midway Baptist Youth Fund.

Funeral arrangements for Garner Max Gardner, 75, of Baxley were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Jeanette Baxley Baxley passed away Thursday, March 6, at Appling Healthcare System.

Mrs. Baxley, 82, was a native of Appling County, the daughter of Olen J. and Elnora "Nora" Branch Baxley.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wilton Baxley of Baxley; four children, Marian Spears of Baxley, Marlyn Phillips of Monroe, Marsha Massey of Decatur and Robert Baxley of Monroe, N.C.; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, M.H. Baxley, of Baxley; a sister, Lynda Womble, of Snellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Baxley retired from the United State Army Civil Service in 1988. Her church home is Spring Branch Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was a founding Board member of the Appling County Heritage Center. Mrs. Baxley played basketball for Baxley High School at the time the team won three back-to-back State Championships with an unprecedented 109 consecutive wins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. from Spring Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Daniels, the Rev. Robert Wigley and the Rev. Bryan Gill officiating.

Interment followed in Carter Cemetery on Carter Cemetery Road.

Active pallbearers were Andy Massey, Carey Phillips, Jason Massey, Matthew Baxley, Brett Massey and Dustin Cotner.

Music was rendered by Lawanda Medders,Spring Branch Baptist Church Choir,The Apostles, Glynda Reeves and Lorene Purcell.

Visitation was held Saturday evening, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Baby Corey ReShawn King, Jr., went to heaven on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Appling HealthCare System in Baxley. He spent his final days surrounded by loving family and friends.

During Corey’s brief time here on earth, he touched a lot of lives. His beautiful smile could melt the hearts of those around him. With Corey’s passing we are reminded that life is to be cherished and celebrated and not to be taken for granted. We created wonderful memories with Corey and are thankful that we were blessed that he came our way.

Corey is survived by his parents, Kristy Lynette Ivory and Corey ReShawn King, Sr.; one sister, Destiny Ivory and one brother, Xavier Ivory; grandparents, Thomas and Ruby McDew, Margie King and Chris and Wynell Ivory; great grandparents, Maude King and Shellie and Lora Cash; and aunts and uncles, Kansona and David Wilcox, Amy McDew, Mario King and Brandon King. He also leaves behind many caregivers that gave him outstanding love and support, as well as many family, friends and loved ones who visited and prayed for him during his short life on this side of heaven.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 from C. M. Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Eulogy was given by the Rev. Kendall Bennamon. Interment followed in Rachel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Musical selections were by Joy Edwards.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.cmbrownfh.com.

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Ledley Baxley passed away Saturday, March 8, at Appling Healthcare System. Baxley, 89, was a native of Appling County, the son of Wilton and Marjie Baxley. He is survived by his son, Michael (Bo) Baxley of Baxley; one sister, Sue Nell Lawson of Jacksonville, Florida; and three grandchildren; Michael Jon Baxley, Brandy Baxley Deloach and Jason Wilson Baxley, all of Baxley. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Haynes Baxley.

Baxley was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a member of the Young Farmers.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Williamson, the Rev. Bill Stone and the Rev. Keith Alderman, officiating. Interment followed in Baxley Grave Yard Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Donnie Baxley, Pete Martin, Eldon Baxley, Wade Moody, David Brantley and Tommy Atkins.

Honorary pallbearers were the Fisherman Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, staff of the Pavilion, C-Hall, Bill Branch, Dave Sellers, James Clark, and Paschol Pearce.

Visitation was Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

Musical selections were rendered by Floyd Hunter and David Williams.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.
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The Reverend James H. "Jim" Branch, 85, died Monday, February 24, 2014 in Jacksonville, FL following a brief illness. James was born in Graham on June 8, 1928 to Arthur Bowen Branch and Beulah Miller Branch, both deceased.

The Branch family moved to Baxley when James was two-years-old and he resided in Baxley until he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. James served in the Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. Returning home from Germany, he was ordained as a minister and served as Pastor to three churches during his ministry of 54 years. After his retirement he also served as interim pastor for two churches, one being Dunn Memorial Baptist of Baxley. He is said to have preached 6,000 sermons, 2,000 funerals, hundreds of revivals in FL and GA and officiated for countless weddings.

The Rev. Branch graduated from the Luther Rice Seminary in 1964 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He taught at Luther Rice Seminary for 12 years as a member of the adjunct faculty. He also held an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary.

James is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Carter Branch, daughter of the Rev. Cecil W. Carter (deceased) and Lois Beecher Carter; one daughter, Melody (Tim) Johnson; two grandchildren, Amy Terrell and Tonya (Tony) Palatsidis; three great-grandsons; three sisters, Mary (Len) Hyatt, Lee Ada (Frank) Ray and Loyce Kimberly; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, James D. Branch of Jacksonville and three brothers, Percy M., David C. and Wilbur Branch, all former residents of Baxley.

The Rev. Branch was a gentleman and scholar who loved God, his church and family and friends. His generous, kind spirit and keen wit will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all privileged to know him.
(NOTE: Burial was in the Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.)

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Issue: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Mrs. Alice Geneva Barron affectionately known to family and friends as “Gen, “Geneva,” “Granny,” and “Queen B” was born October 11, 1934 to the late Andrew Hansley, Sr. and the late Minnie Blanding Hansley. Geneva died on March 18, 2014.

She received her education in Jeff Davis County Schools. She later moved to Baxley where on Nov. 14, 1960 she met and married, Clarence R. Barron, Sr. (who preceded her in death). Geneva joined St. James A.M.E. Church and she was very active as a class leader, member of Senior Choir, Stewardess Board and secretary of the Improvement Board. She retired from the Appling County Middle School in 1999 after 30 years in food service.

In addition to her parents and husband, Geneva was also preceded in death by sisters, Ella Davis and Mattie Alderman, a brother, Andrew Hansley, Jr. and a grandson, Nicholas Nails.

Survivors include five daughters, Marcia Hall, Flonnie (Dwight) Nails of Baxley, Angela (Leon) Garrett, Valley, AL, Leslie (Alton) Hendricks of Hazlehurst, Carol Mobley of LaGrange; two sons, Albert Maurice (Annita) Barron of Americus and Clarence (Priscilla) Barron, Jr. of Dallas; 23 grandchildren – three devoted grandchildren, Zylphia Hansley of Baxley, Takeela Barron of Tifton and Cyntoria Barron of Baxley, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, Matilda Stokes of Jacksonville, FL, Ernestine Barron and Merle Barron of Fort Myers, FL; two brothers-in-law, Artis Barron, Elisha Barron of Fort Myers, FL; two special friends, Carolyn Reeves and Mary Barnum; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 o’clock noon on Tuesday, March 25 from St. James A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Earnest Ryals presiding. Eulogy given by the Rev. Douglas Stinson. Interment followed in Old Field Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kenneth Barron, Henry Hood, Thaddeus Russell, Reginald Fedrick, Ronald Jackson and Willie Russell, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were the Stewardess of St. James A.M.E. Church, Davita Dialysis, Geraldine Hayes, Lumber City Nursing Home, Wayne and JoAnn Bruce and Ruthie NeSmith.

Musical selections were rendered by Peggy Fletcher, Catherine Pearsey and Tammy Richburg.

Condolences to the family may be expressed to cmbrownfh.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Genevieve E. Murray who passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County. She was a retired seamstress from Douglas and Harper and a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Cleta Mae Eason and sister, Dorothy Eason Kimberly.

Survivors include her two sons, Jeff Murray and wife, Shelia, of Kountze, TX and Joe Murray and wife, Felicia, of Surrency; six grandchildren, Amber Forse, Tammy Jordan, Randy Jackson, Jessica Murray, Nicole Castille and Austin Castille; 12 gxreat-grandchildren, Magen Jordan, Mallory Jordan, Calynn Wright, Jayce Forse, Ryleigh Forse, Kaylee Jackson, Kyler Jackson, Chandler Jackson, Randi Jackson, Jesse Osteen, Isabella McCumber and Sanibel Tyler; one brother, James Eason and wife, Laverne, of Baxley; several nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 8,6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend Wayne Williamson and Elder Thomas Kelly officiating. Interment followed in Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Earl Eason, Stephen Carter, David Barber, Dustin Johnson, Adam Osteen and Jimmy Harrell.

Honorary pallbearers were the Zion Missionary Baptist Church Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of James Edward Pearce, 65, who passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Appling County and a retired mechanic.

He was a member of Harvest Temple Church of God and enjoyed woodworking, auctions, fishing and yard sales. He loved his family, grandchildren and dog, Shadow. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manning and Dollie Pearce and a brother, Dwight Pearce.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jeanette Leggett Pearce of Baxley; two sons, James and Lisa Pearce of Jesup and Robert and Lia Pearce of Baxley; five grandchildren, Dusty Bruce, Tyler Pearce, Aaron Pearce, Peighton Pearce and Alexis Pearce; three sisters, Gail and Matt Rushing of Baxley, Glenda and Joe Wykle of Baxley and Debbie Pearce of Baxley, several nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Thursday, March 20, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 21 at Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Earl Wiggins, Sister Agnus Sellers, Reverend Rick Brown and Reverend Richard Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Zoar Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dale Johnson, Anthony Pearce, Jason Rushing, Benji Pearce, Stacey Leggett, M.C. Leggett, Jason Pearce and Huey Lane.

Honorary pallbearers were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Cylde Ishee, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie White, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Horton, Mr. and Mrs. Mack Igou, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Sharpe, Dr. Ronald Reagan, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Rogers, Bill Smith, Mr. and Mrs. RL Branch, Randy Sellers, Carroll Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Carter, Ronnie Nelson, Lonnie Wooten, Horace Wooten, Mr. and Mrs. David Barlow, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Altman and all friends and family in attendance.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Marjorie Devereaux Westberry, 79, passed away Tuesday, March 18, at Golden Living Center.

Westberry was a native of Appling County and the daughter of the late Gus Parker Devereaux and the late Henrietta Ridgdill Devereaux. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and a member of DAR and Daughters of the Confederacy. Westberry retired from Civil Service Contracting Office with Ft. Stewart. She was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Devereaux and sister, Janice Sisson.

Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Gary Bennett of Odum; son and daughter-in-law, Deen E. and Cheryl Westberry of Jesup; three brothers, Olvid Devereaux of Surrency, Bryant Devereaux of Forsyth and Joe Devereaux of Surrency; and five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20 from the Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Derek Hobbs officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Keith Bennett, Kelly Lightsey, Mark Wingate, Gary Moore, Jr., Ted Kicklighter and Lester Stanfield.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service.

Musical selections were rendered by Ashley Smith.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Other Obituaries

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Hildred Stone
(May 5, 1932 - March 12, 2014)

Miles~Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Hildred Stone, 81, who passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Pavilion. He was a lifelong resident of Appling County. He was a member of Oakview Church of God and retired from Baxley Veneer and Cleat.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Pearl Stone Sr.

Survivors include two brothers, Kenneth Stone of Baxley and Ellis Stone Jr. of Baxley; a niece, Erica B. Stone of Reidsville; a nephew, Ken Stone of Baxley; an adopted son, Chan Stone of Baxley and other family members also survive.

Memorial services will be held Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2pm at Miles~Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dennis Bryant officiating.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles~Nobles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Hildred Stone.

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Jenny Lou Coplin
(April 19, 1948 - March 17, 2014)

Miles~Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Jenny Lou Coplin, 65, who passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Coplin; a son, Timmy Crosby, a grandson, Christian Dean; three brothers, Amos, Wainley and Carlos and a sister, Eula Mae Crapps.

Survivors include her son, Greg Dean and fiancé Renea Sapp of Odum; five grandchildren, Steven Bratcher and wife Kaleigh of Baxley, Kody Dean and wife Jessica of Baxley, Phoenix Dean of Baxley, Payton Dean of Baxley and Paisley Dean of Odum; two great grandchildren, Karmen Bratcher and Dezaray House; a brother and sister in-law, Frank and Ann Barber; a nephew, Mike Crapps; a niece, Pam Williams; several other family also survive.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2pm at Surrency Community Bible Church with the Reverend Carlton Rowell officiating.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles~Nobles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Jenny Lou Coplin.

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Fred Beecher - BAXLEY - Fred Beecher, 65, died March 19, 2014.
Visitation: 6-8 Friday at the funeral home. Funeral: 1 p.m., Saturday at Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church.
Interment: Church Cemetery.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home Savannah Morning News March 21, 2014

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