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June 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

June 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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Anne Lois Beck Patterson (born abt. 1931) went home to be with our Lord and Savior on 25 May 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents: LauraBell Bacon Beck and John Perry “J.P” Beck, also brothers: J.P. JR. Baby Ozzie and Gene; and one sister, Mima “Susie" Jemima Butler.

Surviving siblings include: Emory (Ruth) Beck, Beth (Guy) Gay, Sidney (Sylvia) Beck, Milton Beck and sister-in-law, Donnett Beck.

She is also survived by her loving husband of 61 years, James D. “Pat” Patterson, and their only child, Daniel “Wayne” Patterson and daughter-in-law, Tammyjane Patterson; one granddaughter, Alexandria “Andria” (Jason) Mccann; one grandson, Alexander “Alex” Patterson; five great-grandchildren, Alliester and Lilly Patterson, Liam, Alden and Adalyn Mccann; as well as a host of lifelong friends and family members, too many to mention all by name.

Lois was a Blessing to everyone she came in contact with and never missed a chance to share the Gospel with anyone that would listen. Momma was born in Baxley and attended Dyal’s school and graduated from Appling County High School.

James and Lois were married June 7, 1953, then moved to Jacksonville, Florida, she was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church.

There was a small graveside service, Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Jacksonville Memory Gardens on Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fl.

The family would like to say a special thank you to David Kramer, Steve Beck, John Beck, Roger Beck, Chris Beck Urell Butler, Ben Szesny and Bryan Adams for being Momma’s pallbearers. You’ll never know how much it meant to us, to know that you loved her enough to honor her this way. Thanks.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, FL. (904) 264-2481.

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Olivia Lawrence Bennett, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 24, 2014. She was born July 18, 1919 in Baldwin County to Paul Nesbitt Lawrence and Sarah Buckner Lawrence. On Feb. 4, 1944 she married Valene Bennett of Alma. She was a member of First Baptist Church and Joy Sunday School Class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Valene Bennett; (brother) Nesbitt Lawrence; (sisters) Mildred (Tillie) Sparrow and Agnes Hardy; (step-sons) Harry Keith Bennett, Sr. and Larry Bennett; (grandsons) Dane and Jeff Bennett, and great grandson, Bennett Jones Hudson.

Bennett is survived by two sons, Lawrence Bennett (Joyce) and Paul Thomas Bennett (Holly) of Alma; a sister, Juanita Hawkins (Wallace) of McDonough; a brother-in-law, T. F. Hardy of Perry; a daughter-in-law, Lillian Bennett Johnson of Alma; 11 grandchildren, Lorie Hyers (Jimmy), Dottie Sommers, Pam Vonier (Chuck), Deanna Sears (Devin) Mandy Lee (Dave), Thomas Valene Bennett, Olivia Bennett Hudson (Andrew), Matthew Wood (Reagan), Harry Keith Bennett, Jr. (Clydia), John Bennett (Rhonda), Holly Porter (Bruce) and 19 great-grandchildren.

Bennett graduated as Valedictorian from Peabody High School in Milledgeville in 1937 and Georgia College for Women in Milledgeville in 1939. She was one of the first female Bank Presidents in Georgia serving as President of Alma Exchange Bank and retired Chairman of the Board of People’s State Bank, Baxley, People’s Bank, Lyons; and Citizens State Bank Kingsland, Alma Exchange Bank of Alma, She retired from banking at 90 years young!

She also served as director for South Banking Co., and Bankers Data Service.

Bennett was also active in local civic organizations and across Georgia. She was a member of the Foundation Board at Georgia College-Milledgeville, served as a board member for Magnolia House Shelter for abused women and children. Member of Alma Chapter 324 order of the Eastern Star, Alma Garden Club, Past President of PTA and Home Demonstration Club, Cancer Society and American Heart Association.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Alma First Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Johnson officiating and eulogy given by Lillian Johnson. The body was carried to the church at 10:00 a.m. to lie in state. Interment followed in Big Creek Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Thomas Bennett, Matt Wood, Keith Bennett, John Bennett, Jimmy Hyers, Devin Sears, Dave Lee and Chuck Vonier.

Honorary pallbearers were Joy Sunday School Class, Directors of Alma Exchange Bank, Peoples State Bank of Baxley, Bankers Data Services, Directors of Peoples Bank of Lyons, Directors of Citizens State Bank of Kingsland, Directors of Pineland State Bank of Metter, Lawerence Osburn, Wayne Hall and Clyde Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund 201 North Church St. Alma, GA. 31510.

Crosby Funeral Home of Alma was in charge of arrangements.

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Issue: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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William Henry Stripling departed this life on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at his residence under the care of his brother, Charles, and the staff of Spanish Oaks Hospice. Stripling was born July 6, 1927 to the parentage of Henry and Blanche Stripling in Wayne County. He was married to the late Martha Hollis Stripling.

Henry attended the Baxley Training School in Appling County and was a faithful and loyal member of Harper Chapel United Methodist Church. Henry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country with honor and distinction.

In addition to his parents and wife, Henry was also preceded in death by sisters, Annie Mae, Louise, Onah Bell, Thelma and Vernell; and brothers, Hosie, Johnny and James.

He is survived by a devoted brother, Charles Stripling of Baxley; one son, Adolph (Rose) Gibbs; one step-son, Samuel Hollis; sister-in-law, Verlene Stripling of Baxley; aunt, Elizabeth Stripling of Baxley and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A homegoing celebration service was held for William Henry Stripling at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at Harper Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. C. James Carter presiding. Eulogy was given by the Rev. Vicki Scott. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Spanish Oaks Hospice staff.

Musical selections were rendered by Harper Chapel United Methodist 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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Russell Homer Sharpe, 59, of Baxley, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Athens Regional Health System in Athens. Sharpe was born, August 30, 1954, in Baxley to the late Homer Aaron and Mattie Ruth Sharpe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Sharpe and his sister, Annette Sharpe Stone. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Sharpe was employed by Americord in Hazlehurst before retirement and enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables to share with his friends and neighbors.

Survivors include his son – Joshua Sharpe of Hazlehurst; two sisters, Linda (Raymond) Beasley of Eatonton, and Juanita (David) Durrance of Roberta and one sister-in-law, Jean Sharpe of Baxley. Russell is also survived by several special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, special friends and family members.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home. The Rev. Eddie Shumate and the Rev. Ben Defore officiated.

Musical selections were by Conner Aaron Evans

Interment followed in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Mickey Morris, Earnest Dyal, Clifton Mincey, Winston Mincey, Byron Carter, Curtis Stone, Mike Todd, and Kenny Upchurch.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.

Visitation was Sunday evening, June 1, 2014, from 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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On Saturday, May 31, 2014 Sharon Thomas King made the transition from earth to “GLORY” at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. Sharon was born in Surrency on March 22, 1962 to the parentage of Robert “Bob” Thomas and Verdell Wallace Thomas of Surrency.

Sharon was a graduate of the Appling County School System and was employed as the general manager at Hardee’s in Hazlehurst, where she served faithfully. Sharon’s work ethics allowed her to move through the ranks from biscuit maker in 1997, assistant manager in 2004 and finally to general manager in 2013. She was the first employee to receive the “Quality Award” from Rocket Enterprises in the shortest period of time. Sharon was truly a blessing to all she came into contact with during her journey. She was always a joy to be around and would always come to the aid of those in need. Sharon was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, niece, cousin and most of all a wonderful friend.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Thomas; brothers, John Henry Thomas and Edward Lee Wallace; and her grandparents, Everlena Wallace and Less Wallace.

She is survived by a devoted husband, Freddie Joe King of Surrency; three children, Bryan J. (Frankeya Williams) King, LaSharon D. (Tony Lorenzo) Bentley, both of Baxley, and Clarence H. King of Surrency; her mother, Verdell Wallace Thomas of Surrency; four sisters, Beatrice (Jerome) Bell of Surrency, Christy Thomas of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Teresa (Ronald) Roberts of Surrency, and Betty McMillan of Glennville; five brothers, Edgar (Angela) Thomas of Baxley, Donald (Debra) Thomas of Columbus, Leavern (Lottie) Thomas of Surrency, John E. (Angela) Thomas, Sr. of Surrency and Stacy (Tabatha) Thomas of Odum; three aunts, Mildred Wallace of Surrency, Udell Wallace of St. Petersburg, FL and Ida Talley of Atlanta; three uncles, Curry Wallace, Dwight (Diane) Wallace and Wendell Wallace, all of Jesup; mother-in-law, Maude King of Baxley; five grandchildren, Bryannah N. King, LaSharon D. Bentley, Kamiya Bentley, Paliya Bentley and Tony Bentley, Jr.; a special niece, Tonia Byrd of Surrency; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of love service for the life of Sharon Thomas King was held at 12:00 p.m. from St. Paul COGIC Church Thursday, June 5 with the Rev. Daniel Smith presiding. Eulogy was given by the Rev. Moses Eason. Interment followed in Surrency Grove Community Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Mack Bass, Juan Perez, John Thomas, Jr., Noah Lee, Brad Wilcox and Steven Bell.

Honorary pallbearers were Hardee’s of Hazlehurst co-workers.

Musical selections were rendered by Marissa Bryant, Lance Newkirk, praise team and the choir. A poem was recited by Shanay Gibbs.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Jacob Anthony Forehand, 14, of Baxley, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

Jacob was born December 1, 1999 in Coffee County. He was a member of First of Assembly of God and served in One Way Kid’s Ministry. Jacob was an Honor Student at the Appling County Middle School.

Survivors include his parents, Tony and Rebecca Forehand of Baxley; a sister, Courtney Forehand of Baxley; maternal grandparents, Rex and Vera Moses and paternal grandparents, Curtis and Janet Forehand; paternal great-grandparents, Thelma Herndon and Betty Forehand. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. from the First Assembly of God with the Rev. Ronnie Rentz and the Rev. Bryan Gill officiating. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Caleb Fowler, Lee Fowler, Dan Brannon, Richard Taylor, Doug Jackson and Stephen Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were the up and coming eighth grade class of Appling County Middle School

Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Remembrances may be made to the Forehand Expense Account c/o Interstate Credit Union 665 W. Parker Street, Baxley, Ga. 31513.

Musical selections were rendered by Jamie Gardner and Lauren Turner.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Sandra Lula “Sandy” Weeks Carter, 69, of Baxley, died Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Carter was born March 1, 1945 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late Arthur Durant Weeks, Sr. and the late Lula B. Seals Weeks. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church. Mrs. Carter was a retired Seamstress.

Survivors include her husband, Colvin Carter of Baxley; two daughters, Regina Benton of Boiling Spring, S.C. and Kim Carter of Inman, S.C.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Rena Goforth of Chattanooga, TN, Kevin and Amanda Carter and Blake Carter, all of Baxley; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Alicia Weeks of Greenville, Texas; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Beecher and the Rev. Wayne Williamson officiating. Interment followed in Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Andy Harrelson, Randy Harrelson, Brandon Harrelson, Curtis Hallman, Jeff Pearce and Aaron Williamson.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.

Music was by the Rev. Rick Brown

Visitation was held one hour prior to funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Lana Jean Stone, 51, who passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Appling Healthcare under the care of Southern Care Hospice. She was a resident of Appling County where she lived most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Paul and Mary Jerrel Haffele, and her husband, Steve Stone.

Survivors include two sons, Matt Griffin and Angela Hall of Baxley and Chris Griffin and Amanda Cooper of Hazlehurst; four grandchildren, Rileigh Brooks Griffin, Jordan Marie Scott, Gavin Smith and Annabelle Taylor; other family and friends also survive.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Miles Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Charles Hutcheson officiating. Interment followed in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Carroll Hand, Chris Ryals, Victor Cooper, Matt Johnson, Randy Cooper and Thomas Hall.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Southern 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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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the services of Victor Eugene Lewis, Sr., who passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County, a bee-keeper since the age of 18 retiring after 32 years in the business. Victor was a devoted son and a Baptist by Faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Victor Eugene Lewis, Jr. and his father, Clinton Eugene Lewis.

Surviving is his mother, Lue Myrtle and husband, Herman Miller, of Surrency; three sisters, LaFonda Lewis of Baxley, Jeannie and husband, Mike Medders, of Nichols and Rebecca and husband, Bill Brady, of Godwin, N.C.; one brother, Anthony Lewis and Christina Champion of Lakeland, FL; several nieces and nephews and other family also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ronnie Rentz officiating. Interment followed in Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Active pallbearers were Steve Spell, Samuel “Pebo” Hughes, Jerry Rozier, Chris Gardner, Bobby Woods and Shane Hampton.

Honorary pallbearers were Comfort Care Hospice, Wayne Turner, Charles Roach, Debbie Gibbs and Caroline Anderson.

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

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

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Timothy “Tim” Flood, 69, of Baxley, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Flood was born June 15, 1944, in Barberton, Ohio, to the late Kenneth and Ruth Flood. He was self employed as a construction supervisor. He was a member of Satilla Baptist Church and he was a Gideon.

Survivors include his spouse, Polly Flood of Baxley; three daughters, Cathy (Stacy) Williams, Kelli (Dennis) Richey, Sephy (Paul) Rentz, all of Baxley; one son Jimmy (Angela) Flood of Albany; three sisters, Carol Loguidice, Jean Wiedeman, and Becky Pataki, all of Wadsworth, Ohio. He is also survived by six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. from Satilla Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Davis and the Rev. Ron Ross officiating. Interment followed in Miles Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Randall Odum, Henry Crosby, Aubrey Lynch, Rocky Courson, J. F. Griffin, Clifton Mincey, and Jerry Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Tammy Nix and Elaine Black Edwards.

Remembrances may be made to Satilla Baptist Church Elevator Fund 1910 Pat Lewis Road, Baxley, Georgia 31513.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Vedennis Dixon, 75, of Baxley, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his residence. Dixon was born, January 28, 1939, in Appling County, to the late Devis and Irene Dixon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tillie Norris Dixon and his son, Robert Johnson. Dixon was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Survivors include his son, Danny (Wendy) Norris of Hoboken; three sisters-in-law, Joyce (Richard) Deen of Baxley, Barbara (Ricky) Morris of Baxley and Janice (Axel) Carlson of Brunswick; and one brother-in-law; Kenneth (Montine) Johnson.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Brown officiating.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Janice Rebecca Sellers, 60, of Baxley, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at her home.

She was born on July 7, 1953, to the late Lamar Sellers and the late Wynell Taylor Sellers. She was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church in Appling County. She was a member of the 1971 graduating class of Appling County High School. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Special Education from Georgia Southern University in 1975. Following the earning of her first degree she completed three advanced degrees in Special Education, School Psychology, and Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. During her life she graced many occasions and church services throughout South Georgia with her beautiful voice and extraordinary piano skills. Ms. Sellers retired in 2007 as an educator in the Appling County School System. The positions she held over 30 years of service included classroom teacher, school psychologist, Director of Special Education, assistant principal at Appling County Primary School, and assistant superintendent and interim superintendent for the Appling County Board of Education. She also served as an assistant coach for eleven years for the Lady Pirates Basketball Team and assistant coach for 22 years for the Lady Pirates Softball Team. Ms. Sellers’s coaching skills contributed to the Lady Pirates Softball Team’s earning 405 wins, 12 regional championships, runner-up five years for the state girls’ softball championships, and the capture of the state championship in 1999 and 2001.

Survivors include Kathy Warren, a lifelong friend; two brothers, Carlos Sellers and his wife Deloris, of Phoenix City, AL, and Larry Sellers and his wife, Mary, of Cleveland; three nieces, Michelle (Danny) Green, of Baxley, Tammy Sellers of Ludowici, and Delaninia (Eric) Ranstead, of Montgomery, AL; a maternal aunt, Helen T. Dubberly of Savannah; step-nieces and nephews, Donna (Keith) Ayers, Dale (Kathy) Atkins, David (Debbie) Atkins, Chris (Lorie) Sellers, and Timmy (Brooke) Hipps; and several great-nieces, great nephews, and cousins also survive.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home. The Reverend Roger LaRoche and Bishop Randy Sellers officiated and eulogies were given by Chris Taylor, Sheila Tillman, and Lee Johnson.

Musical selections were performed by pianist, David Williams and vocalists, Jennifer Akin, Rena Grunieson and Kathy Cook.

Interment followed in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Samuel Green, Gabriel Green, Jeremy Johnson, E. J. Ranstead, Eric Ranstead, Brad Tillman, Jimmy Warren, and Matthew Warren.

Honorary pallbearers were former Lady Pirate Basketball and softball players.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 214 W. River Road Baxley, GA 31513.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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A well loved and respected cosmetologist for over 40 yrs. and independent business owner by trade, a talented and avid artist with painting, crafts and gardening. Treasured mother and friend.

She is survived by her five children, Randy Glisson, Ted F. Glisson (Melanie), Carol Freeman (Steve), T.M. Smith and Lisa Smith. Eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A private internment will be held in Savannah at Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

The family asks that any remembrances be given to the Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga.

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Mary Ann Green Holton, 63, of Baxley, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 at The Hospice House of Satilla in Waycross.

Mrs. Holton was born April 13, 1951 in Appling County to the late Winifred Nute “Jack” Green and the late Modena Johnson Green. She was a member of Friendship Congregational Christian Church. Mrs. Holton retired from Gibson McDonald Furniture and was the owner of Prime Time Video. She was preceded in death by a brother, W.N. Green.

Survivors include her husband, William L. Holton, Jr. of Baxley; two daughters, Angela Michelle Thomas and Lacie Baxley, both of Baxley; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Wendy) Thomas of Baxley; four sisters and brothers -in-law, Ann and Charles Aldridge of Baxley, Yunell Smith of Vidalia, Debbie and Richard Varnadore of Byron and Lynne and Randy Crummey of Baxley; two brothers and sisters-in- law, Edward Lee and Nancy Green of Byron and Arva Lee and Imogene Green of Baxley. Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Friendship Congregational Christian Church with the Rev. Barry Teutsch and the Rev. James Walsh officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Willie Lee Kersey, Jr., Wendell Brown, Neil Salter, Mark Walton, David Kersey, and Chad Hutchinson.

Music was rendered by Sandra Nettles, Glenda Kersey, and the Friendship Congregational Christian Church Choir.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or to The Hospice House of Hospice Satilla (811 Beacon Street Waycross, GA 31501).

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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June K. Garner, 65, of Baxley, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at her residence under the care of Community Hospice.

Mrs. Garner was born January 13, 1949 in Harriman, Tennessee. She was a cook and a member of Friendship Congregational Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer K. Garner; her parents, Jack Kaisor, Essie Mae Manis Brackett and Skeeter Brackett; a daughter, Tammy Thompson; a sister, Unie Watson and a grandson, Phillip Lyons, Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Melissa Williams and Susan Harris, both of Baxley; son, James Thompson of Baxley; sisters, Mary Waley, Bobbie Faulk and Martha Ann Hicks, all of Harriman, Tennessee; twelve grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. James Walsh officiating and a poem by Susan Harris

Interment followed in the Baxley Graveyard.

Active pallbearers were James Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Jordan Harris, Chuck Smith, Chris Norman and Richard Hobby.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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William A. “Bill” Black, 66, of Baxley, died Monday, June 16, 2014. Bill was born March 28, 1948 in Bacon County to the late William Issac Black and the late Mildred Boatright Black. He was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and served in the Vietnam conflict. He was retired from Bell South and a member of CWA Local 3220.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, William Marshall and Sandy Black of Baxley; two granddaughters, Jacie Black and Rylan Black, both of Baxley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jacqueline and Clint James of Baxley and Katherine and Richard Decker of Chesapeake, VA.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. from Red Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Ross and the Rev. Lamar Lee officiating. Mr. Black lay in state one hour prior to funeral service.

Interment followed in the church cemetery with Military Honors.

Active pallbearers were Chris Smith, David Black, Robert Decker, Curtis Taylor, Dale Lynch and Donnie Black.

Honorary pallbearers were friends, family of the Huddle House, Bell South/ATT employees and retirees; John Rudd, Steven R. Hudson, Jack McMillan and others.

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

Musical selections were rendered by Elaine Edwards, Ellen Black, Pam Williams and Jacie Black.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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