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April 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

April 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, April 3, 2014

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Dr. Juanita Brookins Nails, a native of Appling County, a member of First African Missionary Baptist Church and a pillar in the community found eternal rest on Monday, March 17, 2014. Dr. Nails was born on July 9, 1947 to the late Louella Brookins McTier, the late Sampson Brookins, Sr. and the late Adel McTier, Sr. She attended school in Appling County, beginning in the first grade at the age of five and graduating at the age of 16 in 1964.


Juanita always had the desire to make a difference in the lives of children. To fulfill this desire, she chose education as a profession. She attended Fort Valley State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1969 and a Master’s of Education in 1978. Juanita received her Master’s of Educational Leadership and Supervision from Valdosta State University in 1993 and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1997.

Juanita began her teaching career at Jeff Davis County High School in 1969. She taught in Kingsland, Jesup, and also taught in DeRidder, Louisiana. James Twiggs welcomed her aboard with a teaching position at the Appling County Junior High School in 1976. Since then, Juanita has been Assistant Principal at both the Appling County Elementary and Appling County High School, from which she retired. Dedicating a total of 40 and 1/3 years to education.

Juanita always said that out of all her major investments to make life better for her, her first investment was choosing Jesus as Lord and Savior of her life. She lead by example and was a great role model for all people.
She was affiliated with several different civic and religious organizations, including being a member of the First African Missionary Baptist Church, the Baxley Trio, the NAACP and the Retired Educators Association to name a few. Juanita was named Grand Marshal for the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Some of her hobbies were working with puzzles of any kind, music, fishing and spending time with family and friends and just interacting with nice Christian people.

Juanita was one of the first administrators in Appling County to obtain a Doctorate Degree in Education. She did not only inspire children but other teachers as well. Appling County Schools now have more teachers and personnel with Doctorate Degrees than ever before. Her family knows that Juanita was the woman that inspired them all. She was married to the late James W. Nails and Hovis James.

Survivors include one daughter, Theresa Hayes; two sons, Janos (Prescola) Nails and Jamie Nails of Baxley; one step-daughter, Gwendolyn Ryals of Baxley; eight grandchildren, Jalone, Jahnae, Autumn, Joy, Jacy, Courtney, Torreon, and Nicheon; five sisters, Gerty Akinleye of Upper Marlboro, MD, Rebecca Ogden, Nadeen Sumner, Alberta Ryals and Martha Crosby, all of Baxley; six brothers, Sampson (Mary) Brookins of Durham, N.C., Harry (Yvette) Brookins of Brooklyn, NY, Adel (Ozella) McTier, Jr. of Williamsburg, NY, Lorenzo Brookins of Surrency and James (Pat) and John McTier of Baxley; one aunt, Helen Davis of Baxley; one uncle, Ben (Hester) Smith of Baxley; two godchildren, Thandie Lee of Savannah and Jamela Morgan of LaGrange and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Funeral service celebrating the extraordinary life of Dr. Juanita B. Nail was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22 from First African Baptist Church with the Rev. J. M. Blair officiating. Eulogy was given by Dr. Leonard L. Gibbs, Jr. and a tribute was given by grandson, Jalone Nails. Interment was held in Appling Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Lonnie Zinamon, Mitchell Williams, Tyrone Smith, James Mitchell, Larry Nails and Michael Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were The Baxley Trio, Appling County Board of Education, FAB Senior Citizens Ministry, Class of 1964, retired teachers, Johnnie Mae Reddish, Carolyn Wade and Phil Murphy.

Musical selections were rendered by David Sharpe.

Arrangements were entrusted to Baxley Funeral Home.

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Joseph Franklin (J.F.) Griffin, Sr., 71, of Baxley, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his residence.


J.F. was born May 22, 1942 in Appling County and was the son of the late Frank Griffin and the late Mary Idell Leggett Griffin. He was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church. Griffin retired from Local 709 Structural Ironworkers. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carroll Ray Griffin and Johnny Israel Griffin.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dianne Roberson Griffin of Baxley; one daughter, Becky Griffin Murray of Baxley; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Pam Griffin of Martinez; six sisters, Mary Wilma Sweatt, Wanell Parker, Janie Batten, all of Alma, Maxie Martin of Waynesboro, Kay Moore and Charlotte Gruber both of Alma; and a brother, Henry Griffin of Waynesboro. Five grandchildren, Houston Griffin, Hannah Griffin, Alannah Griffin, Brock Murray, Jamie Murray and special friend his dog, Jay.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 p.m. from Red Oak Baptist Church with the reverends Ron Ross, Owen Waters, Robbie Gill and Daniel Harris officiating. Griffin lay in state one hour prior to funeral service.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jeffery Griffin, Michael John Griffin, Tim Sweatt, Justin Moore, Jordan Roberson, Brett Aycock, Matt Gardner and Stevie Roberson.

Honorary pallbearers were Beverly Johnson, Tim Claxton, Lamar Leggett, Wayne and Irene Lloyd, Travis Gibbs, Gary Leggett, Ellen Black, Lyrissa Smoak, Wright, Whitty, Davis families, Buck and Mary Williams, Robert and Violet Williams, Betty Jo and GM Daniels, Sandra Lewis, David Black, Randy and Angie Branch, Larry Williams, Stacey Williams and members of Local 709.

Musical selections were rendered by Pam Griffin and Elaine Black Edwards.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Cecil E. (Dub) Dubberly, Sr., 92, of Valdosta, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. A native of Appling County, Dubberly was born September 8, 1921, a son of the late Clyde Eston and Ola Estelle McNeal Dubberly.

Dub graduated from Surrency High School with the Class of 1941. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as a Field Telephone Man in the South Pacific at Guadalcanal, August 1942 to January 1943; Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 1943 to April 1944; and Peleliu Island, Palau Islands, September 1944 to October 1944. Following his service, he began his career with Bell South Telephone serving in various capacities which included Labor Representative for The C.W.A. retiring as a Communications Engineer, after thirty-eight years of service. He attended Northside Baptist Church, and was a sixty-one year member of Azalea Masonic Lodge #716.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Cecil and Cindy Dubberly, Jr. of Valdosta; one daughter, Cheryl Dubberly of Okinawa, Japan; two grandsons, Daniel Dubberly and Richard Dubberly, both of Albany; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Clarice Swinson of Chapin, NC, Doris and Don Dugger of Richmond Hill, Frances and Linton McGlohon of Savannah, Pat and Wally Moody of Jesup, and Louise Johnson of Baxley; four brothers and four sisters-in-law, Bud and Beth Dubberly of Prince George, VA, Frank and Elva Jean Dubberly of Savannah, Joe and Jo Ann Dubberly of Baxley, and the Rev. Paul and Donna Dubberly of Baxley; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Addie H. Dubberly; and two brothers, Claude and Leroy “Red” Dubberly.

The Funeral Service for Cecil E. (Dub) Dubberly, Sr. was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 28 in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Willis and the Rev. Paul Dubberly officiating. Interment with Military Honors and Masonic Rites followed at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta. The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com.

Carson McLane Funeral Home, Valdosta was in charge of arrangements.

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Hoyt Blanton, 78, of Savannah, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Candler Hospital in Savannah.


Blanton was born February 22, 1936 in Appling County to the late Jim Blanton and the late Viola Kimberly Blanton. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Savannah. Blanton was a veteran of the United States Army and was a retired Market Manager for Winn Dixie.

Survivors include his wife, Sweetie J. Blanton of Savannah; daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa and Michael North of Statesboro; granddaughter, Justice North of Statesboro; brother, Wayne Blanton of Brunswick. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Locklear and the Rev. Art Tarver officiating.

Interment followed in Memorial Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors.

Musical selections were rendered by Jerry Kersey and Gail Dixon

Active pallbearers were Andrew Kersey, David Kersey, Randall Kersey, Mark Peacock, Al Meadows and Dale Dixon.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Fred Beecher, 65, of Baxley, died March 19, 2014 at Appling Health Care System.Beecher was born August 23, 1948 to the late Brice Clifton Beecher and the late Sallie Mae Craven Beecher. He was a member of Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnee Beecher, Ken Beecher, Pete Beecher, Tommy Beecher, Wilton Beecher and Randall Beecher.

Survivors include one sister, Frances (Edwin) Johnson of Baxley; two brothers, Franklin (Cheryl) Beecher of Darien and Michael (Charlotte) Beecher of Baxley; two sisters-in-law, Martha Beecher of Baxley and Emily Beecher of Hazlehurst; special friend, Larry Varnadoe and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 22 at Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Williamson and Jeffery Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kevin Parker, Joe Beecher, Mickey Beecher, Lloyd Beecher, Allen Dixon, Cody Dixon, Jordan Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Ricky Mitchell, Jacob Beecher, Trevor Johnson and Monty Hatcher.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff of the Pavilion and all family and friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Martha Beecher, Michelle Beckworth and Missy Parker.

Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of all arrangements.

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Early Tuesday morning on March 25, 2014 God dispatched his angels to bring his child home. Mother Willie Mae Cannon Barney (black) transitioned from earth to glory at the Appling Healthcare Pavilion in Baxley. Mother Barney was born July 22, 1924 in Alamo (Wheeler County) to the parentage of the late Jack Cannon and the late Bessie Cannon. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Samuel L. Barney, Jr.

Mother Barney was a faithful member of Upper Room Temple Church of Christ Holiness Unto the Lord, Inc. where Elder Joseph Lumpkin served as her pastor. She loved God with all of her heart and soul and served as the Mother of the church, member of the Women’s Auxiliary and was a very faithful member of the Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Edna Mae Hicks and brothers, Rosie Cannon, Flozell Dupree, Junior James Cannon, Robert Dale Dupree, Roosevelt Hicks and Sylvester Thompson, and a daughter-in-law, Alma Barney and a son-in-law, Eugene Burden.

She is survived by her loving children, Geraldine (Earnest) Burden, Dallis Barney, both of Baxley, Ethel Mae (Eugene) Harris of Savannah, Rosa Lee (Bobby) Rogers, Mildred (Arnold) Davis, Betty Jean (Mitchell) Smith and Troy Lee (Vondola) Barney, Sr., all of Baxley; one sister, Clyde Murchison of Pembroke; one sister-in-law, Gertrude Gamble; 16 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Including Special friends, Alice Davis, Jimmie and Bell Hicks (like a son and daughter), Thomas Barney (nephew), Evangelist Rose Knight, Mary and Bobby Scott, Elder Gregory and Sadie Russell, Betty Ann Richardson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her church family.

Funeral services for Mother Barney were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 from the Upper Room Church of Christ Holiness Unto the Lord, Inc., 99 West Allen Street in Baxley, with Elder Gregory Russell presiding. Eulogy was given by Bishop Moses Lewis. Interment followed in Hall and Wilcox Family Cemetery in Hazlehurst.

Active pallbearers were Charles Williams, Sr., James Grant, Keith Rogers, Edward Barney, Charles Vann, Sr., Norris Barney, and Jakharis Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Orlando Fernando, M.D. and staff, Appling Healthcare System Pavilion staff, nurses of Home Healthcare and the staff of Spanish Oaks Hospice.

Musical selections were rendered by the New Jerusalem Church Choir, Overseer Pastor Sarah Ruth Mims, and musical tribute by her grandchildren.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Dorothy Hall White, of Vista, California, died March 5, 2014, at the age of 77 years. Dorothy was born September 5, 1936 in Baxley (Appling County).

Activities and hobbies Dorothy enjoyed were cooking, fishing and taking walks with family.

Dorothy’s parting words: “To all my loved ones and friends, just know I am at eternal peace and walking with the Lord.”

Survivors include her husband, Hiram G. White of Vista, CA; one daughter, Lynn Meyer of Upland, CA; one son, Larry White of Fallbrook, CA; six grandchildren, Melissa Short Thrower of Dawson, Heather Meyer, Marcus C. Meyer, both of Upland, CA, Brandon R. White, Tyler R. White, and Connor R. White, all of Fallbrook, CA; one brother, Wilton Hall of Ringold; and four sisters, Betty Rentz of Baxley, Helen Arnold of Rocky Face, Caroline Scissom and Virginia Dixon, both of Dalton.

Dorothy’s remains were interred at Riverside National Cemetery on April 2, 2014.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Gary Dewayne “Boss Hogg” Miller,53, who passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at his residence. He was a native of Appling County, a retired produce salesman and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Blackshear. He enjoyed speeding in his power chair and talking on his cellphone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Lola Atkinson Miller; two sisters, Polly Cartee and Lucy Gibbs.

Survivors include two sisters, Sue Landon of Jesup and Sarah and Johnny Brown of Odum; five nieces and two nephews also survive.

Visitation was held Sunday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Tim Horne and the Reverend Carlton Rowell officiating. Interment followed in the Surrency City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Tony Rowell, Ernest Gibbs, Ernie Austin, Josh Austin, Dave McKay and Don Cuervo.

Honorary pallbearers were all of Dewayne’s friends and his nurses’ aides.

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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Jack L. Griffis, 80 of K-Ville died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his residence after an extended illness. The Appling County native was a member of Ephesus Church of God and a retired pipefitter and welder of Local Union #177 of Brunswick, working at Rayonier and Plant Hatch. Farming and fishing were favorite pastimes. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mildred Carter Griffis; four brothers, Mack, Sr., Leonard, Carl and Wilton Griffis.

Survivors are his wife of 59 1/2 years, Betty Herndon Griffis of K-Ville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Larry Boatright of Odum, Sherry and Gerald Morris, Pam and Joe Gardner, both of Surrency; a brother and sister-in-law, R.A. and Margaret Griffis of Ocoee, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Oreeda and Christine Griffis, both of Odum; six grandchildren, Dana, Larramie, Daisha, Dustin, Leah and Alissa; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Mark Griffis, the Rev. David Hubbs and the Rev. Earl Wiggins officiating. Interment was in the Zion Church of God Cemetery, Hwy. 15, Zion Church of God Road, Appling County. Active pallbearers were Larramie Boatright, Dustin Morris, Derek Smith, Lavan Vaughn, Cam Brannen and G. Robert “Buddy” Griffis. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Local Union #177 of Brunswick, Ga.

Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup, Ga. was in charge of arrangements.

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Sidney M. Frost, 94, of Baxley, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Frost was born September 4, 1919 in Emanuel County to the late John Fleming and Sipper Sutton Moring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin Frost. Mrs. Frost was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was a social worker with Appling County Department of Family and Children Services.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Darwin Crummey of Baxley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randall and Susan Frost of Gainesville and David and Deborah Frost of Alpharetta; five grandchildren, Susannah Yost, Charles Frost, April Scruggs, Whit Frost, and Sloan Frost; four great grandchildren, Drew Scruggs, Bryson Scruggs, Adeline Yost, and Claiborne Yost.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. The body lay in state one hour prior to the funeral service. The Rev. Thad Harvey and the Rev. Rick Brown officiated. Entombment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jeff Yost, Andrew Scruggs, Whit Frost, Sloan Frost, Charles Frost and Drew Scruggs.

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

Musical selections were rendered by Brandi Harvey.

Remembrances may be made to Spanish Oaks Hospice, 75 Wilbanks Road, Bellville, Ga. 30414 or First United Methodist Church, 217 South Main Street, Baxley, Ga. 31513

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Rachel Elizabeth (Tuinstra) Delisle, 30, of Jacksonville, N.C., died Saturday, February 15, 2014 in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Rachel was born April 3, 1983 in Warner Robins to Jeffrey Simon and Elizabeth Logue Tuinstra.

Rachel graduated with honors from Appling County Comprehensive High School in Baxley in 2001 and went on to graduate with honors from Waycross College. Rachel was a member of Centerville United Methodist Church in Centerville. She and her family attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, N.C., where her husband, 1st Lt. Jason Robert Delisle, U.S.M.C., is currently stationed.

Rachel is survived by her husband, 1st Lt. Jason Robert Delisle; her three sons, Michael, Jason Jr., and Gabriel; parents, Jeff and Elizabeth Tuinstra of Savannah; one sister, Katie Tuinstra of Statesboro; maternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Frances Logue of Byron; paternal grandparents, George and Ingrid Tuinstra of Grand Rapids, MI; and her best friend, Tara Linebarger of Hazlehurst. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Funeral services were held at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins on Friday, February 21. Visitation was at 1:00 p.m. and the funeral followed at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Eugene Barlow officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Warner Robins.

Pallbearers were Doug Mitchell, Brian Mitchell, Stephen Bell, Nathan Langmack, Thomas Combs and Patrick Guthrie.

Remembrances may be made to the memorial fund for Rachel’s children: Rachel Tuinstra Delisle Memorial Fund, c/o Marine Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 1551, Jacksonville, N.C. 28541-1551.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, N.C. and McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins.

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Jacqueline Michelle “Jacque” Beckworth, 42, of Baxley, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Mrs. Beckworth was born July 15, 1971 in Atlanta and was the daughter of Ilon Burean Webb and the late Donna Sue Stephens Kemp. She was preceded in death by her son, Toby Keith Beckworth.

Survivors include her husband, William Keith Beckworth of Baxley; two daughters, Amy of Wyoming and April of Baxley; three sons, Dennis, Adam and Derec, all of Baxley; father, Ilon Webb of Baxley; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Becky and Randy Spell, Tammy and Tommy Hand, both of Baxley, Misty and Justin Stroud of Stockbridge and Lindsey and Ryan Williamson of McDonough; two brothers and sister-in-law, Micah Webb of Warner Robins and Paul and Julie Collier of McDonough; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Dannie Hix officiating.

Interment followed in Beckworth-Swinson Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Randy Spell, Tommy Hand, Jesse Stone, Cole Beckworth, Justin Stroud and Duane Mabry.

Honorary pallbearers were Janet Beecher, Polly Beecher, Michelle Ivy, Dr. Teresa Cezar and all friends and family in attendance.

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

Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Dannie Hix.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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James Edward “Ed” Bowers, 91, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at his residence. Bowers was born March 23, 1923 in Wayne County and was the son of the late John McLaurin Bowers and the late Myrtice Mann Bowers. He was a member of Memorial Freewill Baptist Church. Bowers was a veteran of the United States Army having served in WWII and retired from ITT Rayonier. He enjoyed gardening and shared with everyone. Bowers was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather and most of all a true Christian. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Merle Bowers (2012), son, John Edward Bowers and brother, Emory Bowers.

Survivors include his daughters, Lois B. (Mike) Sutton of St. Simons Island and Sherry B. (Glenn) Stone of Baxley; sisters, Linda B. Barnette of Hanahan, S.C. and Cheryl B. Durbin of Devils Lake, ND; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Ima Dean Herrin of Baxley, Frances Bowers of Elloree, S.C. and Betty Jean Herrin of Surrency; and six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 11 from Memorial Freewill Baptist Church with the Reverends Karl Sexton, Darrell Quinn, R.M. Warren, Virgil Carter and Jonathan Mann officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Military honors.

Active pallbearers were Josh Smith, Stone Bates, Brandon Dubberly, Bryan Weaver, Jeremy Bates and Logan Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were Dell Teppenpaw, Phyllis Williams, Euna Foskey, Ruby Joiner, Spanish Oaks Hospice, Dr. Errol and Denise Graham, Larry and Pam Aspinwall, Curt and Bobbie McMillan, Gene and Beth Mann, Terry and Beth Rentz, Herbert Rentz, Mitchell Bryant,Jerry and Charlotte Mann, Buddy Cain, Rodney and Hazle Herndon, Susan Quinn, James and Joan Carter, Hilda McCall, Wanda Powell, the Rev. Ronnie Rentz and members of Memorial Freewill Baptist Church.

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

Music was rendered by James Carter, Freda Jones and Bryan Weaver.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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William J. Deal, Sr., 80, of Bristol, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Wayne County native had lived in Bristol most of his life, attended Lake Chapel Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a produce, poultry and egg farmer and truck driver. He was predeceased by his parents, Jasper and Dicie Lightsey Deal.

Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Rodney Brannen of Bristol, Kellie and Larry Hand of Baxley; two sons, Kevin J. Deal of Bristol, William J. Deal, Jr. of Surrency; a sister, Maxine Hutto Griffis of Screven; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Lake Chapel Cemetery with Elder Jason Deal officiating along with the American Legion Post 311’s presentation of the U.S. Flag.

The family received friends at the cemetery.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

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A homegoing celebration for Clynell Jackson Bell was held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mizpah Baptist Church with Minister Darren Moore presiding. Eulogy was given by Pastor James Carlyle. Active pallbearers were grandsons and nephews. The committal followed in Blarney Cemetery. Musical selections were rendered by the choir.

“For God so loved the world that He gave.” Among His abundant gifts was the gift of a beautiful baby girl born on August 29, 1930 to the parents of the late David and Janie G. Anderson Jackson of the Blarney Community in Appling County. This child they named Clynell; a unique name for a unique person. Clynell grew up in the knowledge of Christ and joined the Mizpah Baptist Church at an early age. As an active member of the church, she became involved with the establishment of the first usher board where she served as its president for many years.

Clynell attended the Baxley Training School graduating in 1948. After graduation she attended Paine College in Augusta and received a nursing degree in 1951. After licensing as a Practical Nurse she came to work at Appling General Hospital, where she spent forty-two years caring for the sick and those in need while working as floor nurse and eventually as charge duty nurse.

In 1953, Clynell found love and married Lonza Bell. To that union three children were born, Larry (Debra) Sumter, SC, Diane (Rodney) Maxwell, Baxley, and Michael (Gail), Bluffton, SC. She is preceded in death by husband, Lonza and son, Larry.

Clynell retired from Appling General Hospital in 1993. Being unable to “sit still” after retirement, she chose to stay busy both mentally and physically. She completed classes in Peoples Law and basic use of computers. She also returned to work on a part-time basis as an intervenious nurse for several insurance companies and as office nurse for Dr. Thomas Williams, Urologist, and Dr. Cennerly, county medical examiner. She also worked part-time as a school nurse in the local elementary schools.

Clynell was hardworking,loving and a true woman of strength. She was a clear thinker and enjoyed giving, baking and especially fishing.

She made her transition from earth to glory on March 29, 2014.

In addition to her children, she is also survived by eight grandchildren, David (Inez) Bell of Ohio, Christopher Bell of Sumter, SC, Lawrence (Christina) Fredrick of Baxley, Sonja Maxwell of Newton, Kim (Horace) Roberts of Douglasville, Rodney Maxwell, Jr. of Baxley, Justin (Katherine) Bell of Rock Hill, SC and Bryson Bell of Bluffton, SC; one sister, Lorene Jackson of Baxley; one brother, Donald (Ellen Faye) Jackson of Rivera Beach, FL; nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Barbara Dyal Sparks, 90, who passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Appling Healthcare System. She was born February 11, 1924 in Baxley and had resided here most of her life.
She graduated from Appling County High School and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. While she was receiving her training at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing she answered the call of duty to the United States in World War II, serving as a member of the Cadet Nursing Core.

Barbara had a long and prestigious career as a registered nurse. She did private duty nursing and worked in the hospital in Baxley and Hazlehurst. Dr. Ben Goldman had a hospital in Hazlehurst and would call her when he had a critical case that needed a special care nurse. He relied upon her knowledge of the medical profession and her skills as a registered nurse to give his patients the best of care.

Not only was Barbara a wonderful nurse but also a wonderful teacher, she taught Medical Terminology and Nurses Aid classes for the Baxley Hospital. In the 1970’s the government passed a law that all ambulance drivers and emergency personnel had to be trained as EMT. There was a great need for a qualified teacher to teach these classes; Barbara resigned from the Baxley Hospital to teach Emergency Medical Technology for Appling and surrounding counties. Not only did she teach regular EMT classes but she was also called on to teach the Emergency Helicopter Crew from Fort Stewart.

Barbara was a member of the Eastern Star and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.R. Sparks and her son, Kenne R. Sparks. She was the daughter of the late Napoleon V. Dyal and Alma Carter Dyal.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kathryn S. Stone of Atlanta and Dyalan Randall of North Canton, Ohio; one grandson, Stephen Joel Stone, Jr. of Atlanta; one aunt, Ruby Carter Phillips and two nieces, Cynthia Richman of Augusta and Elaine and Blair Brandon of Augusta.

Graveside services were held Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Omega Cemetery with the Reverend Ronnie Rentz officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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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Robert William Ridlon, 57, of Baxley, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Pavilion. Bob was born September 5, 1956 in Lewiston, Maine, to the late Robert Maxfield Ridlon and the late Elizabeth Ann Baxter Ridlon. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a carpenter. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sharon E. Ridlon.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law Gayle and Matthew Jones of Baxley; nieces, Sara E. Jones of Oak Park, IL and Jennifer E. Roy of Portland, ME; nephew, Seth E. (Connie) Jones of Taylors, S.C.; and a great niece, June H. Jones of Taylors, S.C.

Graveside funeral services were held Friday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m. from The Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Visitation was Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Swain Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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A homegoing celebration for Mrs. Irma Jean Jones Gillis was held Tuesday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. from Baxley Church of God with Bishop Nathan Flowers officiating. Interment was in Old Field Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Irma Jean transitioned from this life on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Appling Healthcare System Pavilion in Baxley, surrounded by a host of loving family and friends.

Irma Jean was born Sept. 11, 1944 in Hazlehurst to the late George Jones and the late Florence Barney Jones. She was married to the late Jerry Gillis. Mother Gillis was a faithful member of the Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church and served as Mother of the Church. She was a retired certified nursing assistant and worked for a number of years at the Appling Nursing Home and Appling Healthcare System.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Mary Artis Williams and a brother, John J. Jones.

She is survived by four children, Carolyn Jones, Gwen (George Allen) Jackson, Tony Gillis, all of Baxley and Teresa (Vernon) Turner of Statesboro; special niece, Joyce (Thomas) Corley of Atlanta; sister, Georgia Anna Murphy of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters-in-law, Joanne Jones of Baxley and Nellie Ruth Perry of Gainesville, FL; aunts, Gertrude Gamble of Baxley and Garaldine McFlannen of Augusta; grandchildren, Angela (Darrell) McCoy, Chasity Brown, Steven (Kande) Gillis, Chris (Krissy) Gillis and Shane Gillis; 20 great-grandchildren; special friends, Dorothy Howard, Josie Bell Wilson, Becky Holton, Vera Henry, all of Baxley, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers were Steven Gillis, Wayne Banks, John Murphy, Keith Rogers, Shane Gillis, Arick Banks and Norris Barney.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Errol G. Graham, M.D., and staff, Appling Healthcare System Pavilion staff and Spanish Oak Hospice staff.

Musical selections were rendered by Peggy Fletcher, Gene Smith, Carletha Wright and Christine Sease. Her grandchildren ministered through praise dance.

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

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Shirley Milton, 76, of Baxley, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Milton was born June 4, 1937 in Tifton and was the daughter of the late Melvin Smith and the late Willie Fletcher Smith. She was a member of Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church where she was in the church choir, a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the WMU. She was a former member of the Baxley Jacetts and Baxley Pilot Club. She was co-owner of Weatherly and Son Insurance Agency.

Survivors include one son, Skip (Ginger) Milton of Surrency; her father Richard Blue of Baxley; one brother, Richard (Glenda) Blue, Jr. of Burlington NC; five grandchildren, Krisann Milton (Adrian) Atkinson of Baxley, Rick (Amy) Milton of Baxley, Brittany Milton (Daniel) Guerra of Baxley, Christina Milton of Baxley; five great grandchildren – Melana Atkinson, Kendra Leggett, Jared Leggett, Kaylei Atkinson, and Landen Milton.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 23, from Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Tommy Daniels officiating.Interment followed in Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Active pallbearers were Harry Moody, Terry Moody, Joe Gardner, George Milton, Tommy Barry, and Robert Bartles.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff of DaVita of Baxley and Dr. William G. Grubb and staff at Marshes Medical.

Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Tommy Daniels, Jeffery Spell and Kim Hall.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Swain Funeral Home announces the death and funeral services of Dorothy Ann Etters, 70, of Baxley, who died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center.

Dorothy Ann was born Sept. 4, 1943 in Baxley and was the daughter of the late Rev. Louis Wadis Hampton and the Rev. Mary Burke Hampton. She was preceded in death by her spouses, Clinton Hoyat Gray, Sr. and Freddie Lee Etters, Sr. She was a member of Cornerstone Church and a former employee of Appling HealthCare System.

Survivors include one daughter, Christi Gray of Baxley; two sons, Clint Gray of Baxley and Freddie L. Etters, Jr. of Brunswick; her mother, the Rev. Mary L. Hampton of Baxley; one sister, Joann Hatcher of Baxley and eight grandchildren.

Funeral service was held from Baxley Church of God at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27 with the Rev. Lamar Lee, Rev. Jamie Jackson and Rev. Walter Langdon officiating. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the chapel of Swain Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Justin Nabors, David Haynes, Andy Fallin, Keith Fallin, Mark Kamalakis and Brandon Porter.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of Cornerstone Church.

Musical selections were rendered by Tyler Gray and the church choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Swain Funeral Home announces the death and funeral services of Albert Crosby, 78, of Baxley, who died Friday, April 25, 2014 in Appling HealthCare System. Albert was born April 5, 1936 to the late John Henry and Minnie Lee Crosby. He was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church. Crosby was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his spouse, Wilda Ann Crosby of Baxley; one daughter, Carol Waters of Alma; three sons, Henry Crosby, Wayne Crosby, both of Baxley and Richard Crosby of Hazlehurst; four sisters, Willene Crosby, Dorthy Carter, Betty Osteen and Emma Lee Deloach, all of Baxley; one brother, Robert Crosby; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 27 from Hopewell United Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m. with the Rev. Buddy Coss, Rev. Tommy Davis, Rev. Bobby Brinkley and Rev. Brian Brazzell officiating. Interment followed in Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the chapel of Swain Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Clint Waters, Trevor Crosby, Travis Crosby, Kaleb Crosby, Blake Weaver and Dillon Christopher.

Honorary pallbearers were H. M. Herndon, Roy Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Jones, Ezra Varnadore, Lanier Branch, Pete Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Crosby, David Crosby, Dale Overstreet, Mike Smith, Terry Rentz, Johnny Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Mincey, Robert Williams, the Rev. Jerry Rogers, Donald Harrelson, Robert Churchville, Aaron Branch, Jr., Floyd Hunter, Bro. Wayne Williamson and all friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by the church choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Treecy Leggett Burns, 70, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Appling County, she was the daughter of Ira Lee and Ollie Mae Griffin Leggett. She was a graduate of Appling County High School and lived in Augusta for 36 years before moving to Cobbtown in 2003. Treecy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a homemaker. She was a member of the Hillside Church of God and was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Hattie Mae Lane and a brother, Royce Leggett.

Survivors are her husband of 47 years, Edwin “Ed” Burns of Cobbtown; a son, Kim Allen (Tracy) Burns of Augusta; two daughters, Sheila (Chris) Chavous of Augusta, and Sharon Luke (Tommy Rauton) of Cobbtown; four brothers, I.J., Maxwell, and Charlie Leggett, all of Appling County and Edward Leggett of Hazelhurst; two sisters, Ruby Lewis of Hazlehurst and Jeannette Pearce of Appling County; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Bethany Luke, both of Cobbtown.

Funeral services were held Sunday, 3:00 p.m., at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Sunlight Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Joel Watson, Jeffrey Williamson, Nicholas Luke, Joey Lewis, M.C. Leggett and Dale Johnson.

Please sign the guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomechapels.com.

Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

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Calvin Delano “Cal” Bennett, Jr., 54, of Bristol, died Thursday morning (April 24, 2014) at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Bennett was born January 13, 1960 in Savannah, but had lived most of his life in Blackshear. He was a 1978 graduate of Blackshear High School and was retired as a superintendent for Rinker Materials based in West Palm Beach, FL. He was very talented at pouring concrete and enjoyed farming, primarily blueberries and pecans.

He loved people, never meeting a stranger, and enjoyed reminiscing about old times. He enjoyed reading, painting, and was a Civil War enthusiast. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who were the lights of his life.

A very gracious and giving man, his giving continues as the donation of his organs will continue to impact many lives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Delano Bennett, Sr. and his grandparents, Ehrlich and Pearl M. Bennett and Hilburn and Pauline Gunnells Cobb.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 16 years, Donna Gregory Bennett of Bristol; his son, Cade of Dallas, TX; his daughter, Jennifer Breaker Dixon (husband, Tim) of Patterson; three grandsons, Shane, Allen, and Joseph Dixon, all of Patterson; his loving mother, Mary Bennett of Blackshear; two brothers, Ashley Bennett (wife, Sharon) of Mershon and Sheriff Ramsey Bennett (wife, Charlene) of Blackshear; his niece and nephews, Jordan, Josh, and Paige Bennett and Shawn King (wife, Brittney), all of Pierce County; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.

A funeral service took place Sunday afternoon (4/27/14) at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear. Burial followed at Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce county.

The family received friends Saturday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton Street, Waycross, GA 31501 in honor of his mother and wife.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com.

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

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