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May 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Classification: Obituary
Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

May 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Arthur Williams, Jr. was born on Sept. 13, 1930 in Baxley to the late Arthur Williams, Sr. and Hazel I. Williams. He attended the local schools in Appling County. He worked as a supervisor at Plant Hatch in Baxley with Southern Company Services until his retirement after working over 25 years. He was a member of Thankful New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church, but later joined Greater Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Baxley, under the leadership of his son, Pastor Norris Williams, Sr. He served there faithfully until he entered into eternal rest on April 26, 2014.

Arthur, Jr. met and married the late Verdell C. Williams in his youth. They were married for 43 years and to that union 12 children were born. Out of the 12 children they produced 53 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. He was not only a father and grandfather to his immediate children, but he was father and grandfather to many of his nieces and nephews. In fact he was an intricate part and a present day pillar of the Jack Summerall clan. He supported the Jack Summerall family reunion down through the years. He was loved by all.

The following relatives preceded him in death: Verdell C. Williams (wife), Arthur Williams, Sr. and Hazel Howard Williams (parents), Mayola Bryant, Harvey Williams, Audrey Williams, Caldina Williams, Ardelia Butts and Albertha Williams Price (siblings).

Known as “The Colonel,” “Pops,” “June,” and “Granddaddy,” he was loved by anyone that he encountered and he showed that same kind of love.

He is survived by his children, Evangelist Darlene (Willie Gene) Heller, Kenneth L. Williams, Carl Williams, Jefthor (Joan) Williams; Sister Brenda (Glenn) Dunlap; Elder/Pastor Norris (Gail) Williams, Sr. , Terry (Diane) Williams, Vernell Williams, Stanford (Lynette) Williams and Grace Williams, all of Baxley; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Williams and Cliston (Heather) Williams, both of Lawrenceville and Angela Randolph of Nashville, TN; sisters and brothers, Mary Hairston of Baxley, Shelton (Lula) Williams of Jeffersonville and Hazel Frances Williams of Philadelphia, PA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Florine Smith of Baxley, Isabell (Lester) Moses of Jesup and Clarence (Lela) Copeland of Buffalo, NY; two aunts, Addie Hunter and Drissie Williams, both of Baxley and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Homegoing celebration services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Greater Faith Temple Church of God in Christ with Bishop Leonard Gibbs, Jr. presiding. Eulogy was given by Superintendent James F. Carter. Interment followed in Rachel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Paul Williams, Kevin Hairston, Earnest Heller, Bernard Williams, Phillip Williams, Jerry Howard, Darrell Lewis, Kenny Edwards, Jr. and Antwan Carter.

Musical selections were rendered by Greater Faith Temple/Combined Choir and Charlotte Gibbs/Heller Sisters.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Dwayne “Baby Hulk” Washington, received his wings and took his seat in Heaven. Dwayne was born June 9, 1966 and raised in Miami, Florida, to the parentage of Adolph and Lois Washington. He was the baby boy of 15 children; the father of two daughters and one adopted son. He was an amazing brother and an awesome uncle. Dwayne enjoyed the majority of his adult life in New Jersey and traveled often back and forth to Georgia to be amongst his immediate family. Such an inspiration, Dwayne encouraged himself and lifted others by sharing life experiences. Through scriptures and song he inspired others with his testimony and his personal relationship with God. He will surely be missed and forever remain in our hearts.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his father, Adolph “Billy” Washington, his mother, Lois Washington; three brothers, Greg, Donald and Melvin and three sisters, Cookie, Sylvia and Gennell.

He is survived by two daughters, Samona of New Jersey and Savannah of Kansas; four sisters, Sabrina of Sarasota, FL, Yolanda (Charlie) of Albany, Shana (Carl) of Douglas and Sharon (Willie) of Sarasota, FL; four brothers, Lamar (Carolyn) Anchorage, AK, John (Brenda) of Baxley, Gerald (Geraldine) of Miami, FL and Jimmy of Miami, FL; a very special nephew, Michael (Cynthia) of Port St. Lucie, FL; two aunts, Lula Mae Weaver of Deerfield Beach, FL and Addie of Miami, FL; one uncle, Bobby (Whitie) Washington of Miami, FL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Homegoing celebration services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Thankful New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. BJ Virgil officiating. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Musical selections were rendered by Anterius Paulk Graves-Vickers and the Thankful New Jersey Choir.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Faye Carter Mayers, who passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 at her residence under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County. Mrs. Mayers was in the wholesale and retail flower business for over forty-five years; she was the owner and operator of Mayer’s Nursery and Faye’s Greenhouse. She was known by everyone as “The Flower Lady”.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to many people.

Mrs. Mayers was preceded in death by her parents, David Monroe “Dude” and Georgie Johnson Carter; husband, Jimmy E. Mayers; brothers, Ben C. Carter, James L. Carter, Dupree Carter and William Lafayette Carter; sister, Jackie C. Mock; special aunt, Juanita Christmas and grandmother, Mozell Carter.

Survivors are her son, Edsel B. and wife, Kathy Mayers; daughters, Sharan Mayers and Donna Mayers Branch; grandsons, Greg and wife, Roxanne Eason, Bradley Branch and David Wilson; granddaughters, Kimberly Deal and Kristy Wilson; great-grandsons, Caleb Eason, Kaden Eason, Logan Branch and Dana Covington; great-granddaughters, Brailey Grace Branch, Whitney Poole and Kaylei Wilson; sister-in-law, Iris Carter; special niece, Marzia Branch and special nephew, Jimmy G. Carter.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Zoar Baptist Church with the Reverend Rick Brown and the Reverend Brad Park officiating.

Musical selections were by Glenda Reeves. Interment followed in the Zoar Cemetery.

Mrs. Mayers lay in state one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Visitation was held Monday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers were Jimmy G. Carter, Johnny Godfrey, Stacy Teston, Steve Wynn, Stephen Smith and David Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Deal, Frances Martin Daniels, Al and Margaret Graham, Dwain and Carolyn Hutto, Tansey Nail, Mary Jo Davis, Dana Edenfield, Juanita Harris, Charles Harris, Nettie O’Quinn, George O’Quinn, Charles O’Quinn, Elaine Dollar, Huey Lane, Karen Lane, Denise Lane, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Orvin, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Allen, June Bratcher, Melinda Tanner, Dawn Sanford, Andy Branch, Clint Bass, James Eason, Vicky Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Orvin, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Lewis and Members of Sand Hill Creek Church.

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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Lillian Carter Marchant, 86, of Hazlehurst, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Pavilion in Baxley. Mrs. Marchant was born December 7, 1927 in Appling County to the late Charlie Carter and the late Caroline Walker Carter. She was formerly employed by Hazlehurst Manufacturing as a supervisor with 50 plus years of service. She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and a proud member of the choir. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bill Miller and Z.W. Marchant and daughter, Virginia Miller.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnne (Don) Quarterman of Hazlehurst, Melcene (Mike) Yawn of Waynesville and Sharon Kay (Rick) Wiggs of Jacksonville, FL.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Ray (Aldine) Miller of Hazlehurst and Dan (Melinda) Miller of Hazlehurst; sisters, Mary Taylor of Buenavista and Muriel Miller of Hazlehurst; brothers, Otis Carter of Hazlehurst, Charlie Carter of Winsboro, S.C. and Arthur Carter of Hazlehurst; nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Elizabeth Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Yawn, the Rev. Royce Hulett and the Rev. Mike Yawn officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Rick Wiggs, Kevin Jump, Rodney Miller, Mark Yawn, Matthew Yawn and Tim Roberson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of her Sunday school class, all friends in attendance and her brothers and sisters that were not able to attend.

Musical selections were rendered by E.H. Claxton, Elizabeth Baptist Church Choir and Brenda Yawn.

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

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Elene Drawdy Rowell Jackson, 78, of Vidalia, formerly of Hazlehurst, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Community Hospice in Vidalia. Mrs. Elene was born August 6, 1935 to the late Albert E. Drawdy and the late Lettie Harden Drawdy.

She was formerly employed by Hazlehurst Mills and a member of Vidalia Church of God. She is preceded in death by her son, Keith Rowell.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Jackson of Vidalia; a son, Michael Rowell of Graham; step-daughter, Julie Hopkin of Vidalia and Juanita Fair of Charleston, S.C.; step-son, Mark Jackson of Denver, CO; two grandsons, Brandon Rowell and Trent Rowell of Hazlehurst.

Funeral Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 27, 2014 in the chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home with the Rev. William Vanzant officiating. Interment followed in Hazlehurst City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kenneth Drawdy, Leon Hutcheson, Bobby Driggers, Dean Vollman, Stewart Nencioni and Brandon Rowell.

Wainright-Parlor was in charge of all arrangements.

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Caleb Hazzard, 21, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Caleb was a Junior at Georgia Southern University majoring in construction management. He was employed by Custom Aviation, Inc. (Badged through Gulfstream for pickups and deliveries) and their family farm since he was 14 years old. He graduated from South Effingham High School in 2011.

He was an avid motorcyclist and loved ATV’s and motocross all of his life. He had become a duck hunter in the past year, which he was very passionate about and enjoyed this sport with his friends, and many other sports. He loved boating and going to the islands off the coast of Tybee. He enjoyed water sports, jet skiing and wake boarding. He had a passion for working out at the gym and was very devoted to achieving his goals in weightlifting and always enjoyed taking someone with him.

Caleb never met a stranger whether young, middle-aged, or elderly and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Caleb loved and cared for his family and friends deeply and was a compassionate and big hearted young man with many hopes and dreams.

He was an active member of Savannah Christian Church.

Survivors include his mother, Gina Hazzard; father, Wayne Hazzard; sister, Raquel Hazzard; grandmother, Nanny Grace Craven; grandmother, Nanny Carolyn Hazzard; grandfather, Montgomery Hazzard; aunt, June Craven; uncle, Mickey Craven (Jan); great-aunt, Roxie Roberts; cousins, Kenny Roberts, Josh Ellis (Rachel), Lori Bryant (Adam), and Kimberly Craven; great-cousins, Allie Bryant and Aiden Connell; and many other relatives.

Visitation was from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at Savannah Christian Church Effingham Campus.

The Funeral was at 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Savannah Christian Church Effingham Campus.

The Graveside service was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Appling County.

Remembrances can be sent to The One Campaign, Savannah Christian Church, in memory of Caleb Hazzard, 55 Al Henderson Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

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Nelson James Ewing Jr., 66, of Hazlehurst, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Meadows Medical Center in Vidalia. He was born March 14, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Nelson James Ewing, Sr. and the late Margaret Rose Peacock Ewing. He was a retired Veteran serving in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Ewing of Baxley; daughter, Chihara Ewing of Baxley; sons, Michael Ewing of Hazlehurst, David Ewing of Gillete, WY and Cpl. Patrick Ewing of Camp Pendleton, CA.; a brother, Eugene Kelbaugh of Harrington, DE; a brother-in-law, Henry Chaudron of Baltimore, MD.; twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild and four nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday in the chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Rogers and the Rev. Doug Wiesel officiating. Interment followed in Miles Chapel Cemetery, Baxley.

Active pallbearers were Matt Ursrey, Keith Tillman, Jamie Spaur, Virgil Ursrey, Mike Kerr and Paul Wood.

Honorary pallbearers were all those in attendance.

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

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Henry Collins, 93, of Dallas, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at his residence. Collins was born September 25, 1920 in Hazlehurst to the late Samuel Clarence and Rebecca Clark Collins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Walker Collins. He was a charter member of Woodlawn Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the church choir. He was a retired auto parts manager for Cromer Chevrolet and was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Billy Grogan of Acworth and Donna and David Englett of Dallas; sister, Arlow Eagleson of St. Augustine, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Corbet and Jean Collins of Lawrence, KS; two grandchildren, Jonathan and wife, Katie Grogan and Katie and husband, Joey Ventre; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home. The Rev. Brad Park and the Rev. Rick Brown officiated. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Joey Collins, Sammy Walton, Glenn Yawn, Kevin Lewis, Eddie Rentz and Al Mercer.

Honorary pallbearers were Mr. and Mrs. Grady Branch, Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Crummey, Dana, Patrick and Caroline Rentz, Brenda Branch, Myrtice Stencil, and Eduardo Zavala.

Musical selections were rendered by Eilene Stone and Jonathan and Katie Grogan.

Remembrances may be made to The American Alzheimer’s Association, Global Missions Project, or Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Dennis E. Cain, 60, of Hazlehurst, died Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia. Dennis was born December 23, 1953 in Jeff Davis County. He was the owner of Dennis Cain Insurance Company and a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School Teacher.

He is preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Buck Cain.

Survivors include his wife, Vanny Mam Cain of Hazlehurst; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Paula Carr Cain of Statesboro; his mother, Betty Cain of Hazlehurst; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Dwayne Creamer of Hazlehurst; a brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Janellda Cain of Hazlehurst; and four nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 24 in the First United Methodist Church with Jeffery Spell, the Rev. Kevin Sanders and the Rev. J. Barry Owens officiating. Interment followed in Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Josh Cain, Karson Creamer, Kalin Creamer, Hugh Brantley, Ashley Atkins and Ken Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Hamm, Jeff Pace, John Rentz, Gary Rowell, Stanley Land, Steve Land, Steve Toler, Walter Thompson, Jr., Zell Moody, Thomas Wooten and Jeffery Spell.

Musical selections were rendered by Janice Cole, Jeffery Spell and Dustin Hutto.

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Berryhill, 56, who passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 after a brief illness. She was a lifelong resident of Appling County and a caregiver.

Survivors include two children, Roderick Mortimer Berryhill IV of Baxley and Amy Berryhill of Brunswick; six grandchildren, Zyria Berryhill, Saniya Floyd, Roshaun Sears, Brayden Berryhill, Bayleigh Berryhill and Erin Newburn; one sister, Lana Jean Stone; two nephews, Matt Griffin and Chris Griffin; special friends, Roderick Berryhill, III and Roderick Berryhill, II; other family members also survive.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 4 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. 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 was in charge of the arrangements.

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Issue: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Deborah Gail Sheffield, 51, who passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at her residence.

She was a lifelong resident of Appling County. She was the 1981 Valedictorian of Appling High and a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Patricia Bush Sheffield and a brother, Ronald T. "Ronnie" Sheffield (May 2013).

Survivors include her son, Wayne and Cheryl Butler of Baxley; three sisters, Cynthia Holcombe of Orange Park, Carolyn Akridge of Baxley and Sandra Rowell of Harker Heights, TX; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ron Ross and the Reverend Brad Park officiating.

Visitation was held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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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Gary George Collins, 70, of Baxley, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at his residence. Collins was born on October 19, 1943 in Bacon County. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from Independent Life Insurance Company. Collins was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Collins.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Jean Collins of Baxley; mother, Helen Walters Kennedy of Baxley; sister, Lark McIntosh of Anderson, South Carolina; and brother, Joey Collins of Baxley. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. from Crosby Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Buddy Coss and the Rev. Chris Nail officiating.

Active pallbearers were Stanley Norris, Gary Norris, Jody Collins, Reid Collins, Stacy Culbreath and Neil Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.

Visitation was Monday, May 5, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home. The family received friends at the home on 1499 Nail Rd.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Spanish Oak Hospice, 8510 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31406 or Crosby Chapel Methodist Church, 2607 Crosby Chapel Church Rd., Baxley, Ga. 31513

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Jane Ann Thornton Smith, 71, who passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County. She was a loving sister. She loved country and gospel music, children, singing and sitting outside.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lyndia Thornton and sisters, Juanita Daniels and Francis Thornton.

Survivors include two sisters, Shirley and Ernie Mann of Baxley and Mary Sharpe of Baxley; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Martha Crosby.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 with the Reverend Tommy Daniels officiating. Interment followed in Surrency City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Steve Holton, Dustin Mann, William Carter, Kenny Carter and Leonard Spell.

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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Betty M. McDonald, 84, died Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Betty was born July 1, 1929 in Baxley, to the late Emmett Mock and the late Sallie Hardwick Mock and was the widow of the late Robert Way McDonald. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baxley where she served on the administrative council and was a member of the United Methodist Women. Betty worked at Baxley Federal Savings Bank for 31 years achieving the position of Vice President before her retirement. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Mock and two aunts, Grace Hardwick and Carey Hardwick.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Carlin and Charles W. Morris of Dallas, TX and Lisa and Robert G. Kupper of Paducah, KY; grandchildren, Caitlin Hyatt and her husband, William Michael Hyatt of Dallas, TX, Jennifer Ray and her husband, Luther Beebe Ray, IV of Pompano Beach, FL, Charles R. Morris and his wife Lindsay Morris of Dallas, TX, and Jillian Yi and her husband Ung Chang Yi of Frisco, TX; four great-grandchildren and a fifth great grandchild expected in September; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 from the First United Methodist Church of Baxley with the Rev. Patrick Brannen officiating and a eulogy by James I. Johnson. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Charles Robert Morris, William Michael Hyatt, Larry Eugene Morris, Ricky Platt, Billy Bowers, and Trevor Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance of the funeral service

Music was by Jeff Lewis, Tami Swain and Raylene Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Main Street Baxley, Georgia 31513.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Homegoing celebration services were held for Shirley Pearl Clemmons King from the Greater Saint Matthews Faithful Church in Baxley, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.

She transitioned from earth to eternity on Sunday, May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day), at the home of her daughter, Abigail Bryant in Bristol, surrounded by her loving and caring family.

Shirley Pearl, 67, was born to the parentage of the late Hosea Clemmons and the late Lucille Smith Clemmons in Wayne County on January 12, 1947.

She was united in Holy matrimony to Ike King. She was educated in the Clinch County School System in Homerville. King was employed for a number of years at the Appling County Public Library in Baxley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Pearlie Mae Harrell; a son, Christopher Yarbrough; a granddaughter, Ja Tia McCall; a grandson, Brandon Clemons; grandparents, Homer and Lucille Graham Smith; and aunts and uncles, James (Ruth Lee) Johnson and Ben (Mary) Freeman.

She is survived by five daughters, Rose Mary Clemmons of Jesup, Molly (Vinson) Merritt of Jesup, Patricia Horne of Bear, Delaware and Abigail (Robert Sr.) Bryant of Bristol; four sons, Walter L. (Geanette) Edwards of Jacksonville, FL, James M. Harrell of Baxley, Carlos Yarbrough of Baxley and Deryl Edwards of Baxley; 33 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; very special friends of the family, Willie B. Lloyd, Queen Kitchen, both of Baxley, Glenda Young and Omilee Edwards, both of Homerville; and special nieces and nephews, Emma Pear Johnson, Harl Johnson, Carl Johnson and Michael Green.
Bishop Lucious Rogers, pastor, presided at the services. Eulogy was given by The Rev. Michael Fedrick.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were Walter L. Edwards, Carlos Yarbrough, James M. Harrell and Deryl Edwards.

Interment followed in Baxley Cemetery, Friendship Church Road.

Musical selections were rendered by Phyllis Jackson, Ihesia Bryant, the Love and Faith Chapel Choir, Alfreda West, Stacy Bryant and Sharon Bryant.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Nick A. Fortner, 62, of Hazlehurst, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 at his residence. Fortner was born February 15, 1952 in Fulton County, but had resided in Hazlehurst for the past 30 years. He was a carpenter and a member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Alberta Bowling Fortner.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Floyd Fortner of Hazlehurst; one daughter, Amber Alisha Fortner of Hazlehurst; son, Levi McKinley Fortner of Hazlehurst; his father and step-mother, Wallace Marion and Sara Vines Fortner of Smyrna; two sisters, Cindy Fortner of Winder and Jennifer Depp of Canton; one brother, Mike Fortner of Forest Park; two grandchildren and ten nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home with the Reverend’s Charles Carter, Andy Williams and Matthew McNeely officiating.

Musical selections were rendered by his son, Levi Fortner.

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

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Issue: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Terry Jean McLeod, 59, who passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Pavilion under the care of Comfort Care Hospice.

She was a native of Glynn County and had spent most of her life in Baxley and Hazlehurst. She was a graduate of Appling County High School in 1972 and was a dedicated basketball player for the Lady Pirates. She played softball for the Men’s Den and retired from Hazlehurst Mills.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ivey “Pete” and Edna McLeod; a sister, Joyce Hart McLeod and a beloved dog of 19 years, Maggie.

Survivors include one sister, Lisa (Richard) Walker of Baxley; one brother, Swain McLeod of Jesup; a special aunt, Shirley Rouse of Baxley, one niece, Kristal Walker; two nephews, Jason Walker and Jonathan Walker; two great nieces, Madison Walker and Brilee Walker and her buddy, Yolanda Thomas.

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

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with Donald Rouse and Lisa Walker speaking. Interment followed in Melton’s Chapel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Michael Ussery, Ronnie Walker, William Griffin and Winston Mincey.

Honorary pallbearers were the Pavilion “B” Hall Nurses and Comfort Care Hospice.

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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Tommie Lee Staten Ogden (black) was born on January 30, 1923 to the late Bismarck Staten and Ulla Haynes.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Alvin Ogden in April 1943, who preceded her in death on May 23, 1998. To that union, seven children were born. Tommie Lee Ogden departed to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday May 19, 2014.

She leaves to cherish her memories: Areatha (B.J.) Virgil of Baxley; Blondell (Joey-deceased) Webb of Baxley; Eddie (Lois) Ogden of Pooler; Claudette (Wilson) Scott of Pooler; Ervin (Assunta) Ogden of Midway; Turner (Ann) Ogden of Baxley; Alfred (Patricia) Ogden of Pooler; and one sister, Oma Brown of Savannah; nineteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grand; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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Homegoing celebration services were held for Wendell D. Burkett at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul Church of God In Christ on Highway 121 South in Surrency. He transitioned from earth to eternity on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Wendell was born Oct. 17, 1957 in Baxley to the union of the late Jethar Burkett and the late Gussie Mae Alderman Burkett. Grandparents, Robert and Vinia Neville-Alderman and Coree and Will Harding, all of whom preceded him in death.

His Christian experience began at Surrency Grove Baptist Church where he was an active member and later in 1989 he moved his membership to Tabernacle Deliverance Holy Ghost Temple in Christ Church. Burkett worked faithfully for 17 years as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and later became a minister. Apostle Burkett’s first assignment as a pastor began in Hazlehurst and he served three years before becoming pastor of Absolute Truth Ministries in Nicholls from 1995 until God called him home.

Burkett attended elementary school in Surrency. He graduated from Appling Consolidated High School and attended Fort Valley State College.

On Oct. 17, 1980 he was united in matrimony to Doris Goethie Burkett. To this union was born four children, Candace Burkett, Crystal (Jermaine) Blaine, Sylvia and Isaiah Burkett, all of Surrency; three sisters, Phyllis Cray of Wilmington, Delaware, Lawanna Burkett of Baxley and Reba Cash of Surrency; two brothers, Milus Burkett and Simeon (Lillie) Burkett of Surrency; two aunts and uncle, Vera J. George, Minnie A. Barnes and Charles Alderman; four grandchildren, Xavier, Brooklyn, Destiny and Jeremiah; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Apostle Alfred Solomon was the officiating minister and Apostle Leviticus Moore was the eulogist. Interment followed in Surrency Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Absolute Truth Ministries.

Musical selections were rendered by the Fellowship Choir, and Prophetess Karla James.

The Absolute Truth Dance Ministry “A Chosen Few” ministered through worship and dance.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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