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September 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

September 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Connie Elizabeth Thomas was born on January 17, 1947 to the parentage of the late Earlie Moore and the late Ella Bails in Macon. Connie received her education in the Appling County School System. She was a member of Fresh Start Ministry, under the leadership of her daughter, Apostle Gloria Hood. During her membership she was the mother of the church until her health failed.

God unveiled His master plan and called Connie to her final resting place on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute in Savannah.

She was preceded in death by the following relatives: her parents, Earlie Moore and Ella Bails; two daughters, Valerie Thomas and Tara Wright; brother, Creswell Bails and sister, Rosalind Bails.

Survivors include her husband, John Robert Thomas “JR” of Baxley; five children, Angela L. Thomas, Terry D. Thomas, Apostle Gloria Hood (Danny), Gregory D. Thomas and Tamika N. Thomas, all of Baxley; a sister, Billie Moore of Palatka, FL; a brother, James Bails of Atlanta; a special son-in-law, Christopher Wright of Baxley; a special friend and sister, Gloristene Harris of Ft. Myers, FL; a special family friend, Marvin Owes; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28 from Greater Faith Temple Church of God In Christ with Apostle Lorraine Drake, presiding. Eulogy was given by Elder Norris Williams, Sr. Ashley Solomon, granddaughter, recited a poem.

Active pallbearers were Chris Wright, Ronald Ryals, Darius Miller, Steven Pearsey, Deonate Shaw, Vernon Dasher and Marvin McRae.

Friends and family served as honorary pallbearers.

Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens.

Musical selections were rendered by the Greater Faith Temple COGIC Choir, Fresh Start Ministry Choir and granddaughter, Sheenie Williams.

Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.

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Elizabeth Henry Vallier died Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Appling Healthcare System.

Mrs. Vallier was born March 24, 1922 in Sarnia, Canada to the late Clarence Henry and the late Nellie Elizabeth Taylor Henry. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Vallier became a United States nationalized citizen in 1961 and was a retired District Sales Manager for Avon Corporation, and a devoted wife, mother and a poet. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Vallier and two sons, Warren Vallier and James Vallier.

Survivors include two sons, Mark T. Vallier of Baxley and Dan W. Vallier of Orlando, Florida; ten grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Victoria (Tori) Anne Riley, 26, of O’Fallon, IL, born June 11, 1988 in Cincinnati, OH, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at her home in O’Fallon, surrounded by her loving family.

Philippians 4:13 is a bible verse often interpreted as meaning that we can accomplish anything we want through Christ who strengthens us. The real meaning is we can accept and handle all things, whether good or bad, through Christ who strengthens us. Tori knew the real meaning. She found her strength in Christ to accept and handle all good and bad that came her way. We all saw that in her even more so when she began her battle against colon cancer over two years ago on July 12, 2012.

She fought hard, she did not complain, she just did what she had to do and moved on. She knew that the Lord was in control and would see her through. Her faith was evident in her life and she depended on the Lord for her strength and her acceptance that this was a battle in her life that she had to go through. We have all been amazed at her and blessed beyond measure by the example she set in this. She has been an inspiration to many during her life and will continue to be. Those of her closest family and friends have enjoyed her smile, her kindness, her laughter, her compassion, and just simply her. They will all miss the beautiful shining light that she was. Even those that only knew Tori through her fundraising and supporting group, Team Tori, could see the beautiful person she was inside and out.

Thousands of people rallied around her to help in any way they could with this fight. Through all of this, cancer did not define who she was. Tori was a young and vibrant woman who had many goals in life, one of which included graduating from Paul Mitchell Academy. She loved to bring the beauty out in others. She also had plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Tori had a huge giving heart and doing for others was important to her. She also had a way of making those around her feel special and could turn anyone’s frown to a smile.

One of the many wonderful things that we can appreciate about Tori is that she knew her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was prepared to go home to be with Him when it was time. She left with dignity, lying in her mother’s arms and holding her dad’s hand, the way she came into this world.

Victoria was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, David and Berneice West, and her paternal great-grandfather, Angelo Puglisi.

Tori is survived by her parents, Lisa Medders, and Richard and Michelle Riley; siblings, Angelo Riley, Jessica Castillo, Kendra Turner, Ryan Hebel, and Lorenzo C. Ross; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Catherine Riley; paternal grandfather, Jack Fuche; maternal grandparents, Bill and Lawanda Medders; maternal grandmother, Ann Flowers; maternal grandparents, Wendell and Elizabeth Allen; paternal great-grandmother, Alice Puglisi; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Victoria Riley Trust Fund, First National Bank, 350 Hartman Ln, O Fallon, IL 62269. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com

Visitation was held on Friday, August 29, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church O’Fallon, 1111 E. Highway 50 O’Fallon, IL 62269.

A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church O’Fallon with James Crace officiating.

Interment followed at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, IL.

Arrangements were entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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Pauline Lawrence, 84, of Baxley, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice. Mrs. Lawrence was born January 26, 1930 in Appling County to the late William Curtis Collins and the late Velma Hopkins Collins. She was a member of Dunn Memorial Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Luther Lawrence and a grandson, James Shipes, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Kathryn Finerson of Memphis, TN and Joy and John Cardwell of Hazlehurst; four sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas L. and Sheryl Lawrence of Baxley, Paul Lawrence of Memphis, TN, John and Rhonda Lawrence and Jim and Tonya Lawrence, all of Baxley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Cosmo Glass of Lake Wales, FL and Kathryn and Leonard Flanagan of Baxley; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Elaine Collins of Vero Beach, FL, Wendell and Sue Collins of Ft. Pierce, FL, Maxie and Elvie Jean Collins of Hazlehurst, Bill and Candy Collins of Indian Lake Estates, FL, Kenny and Pat Collins of Statesboro and Troy and Linda Collins of Baxley; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Taylor of Dothan, Al, Mable and Herbert Rentz of Baxley, Delcie Lawrence of Macon; 11 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were Thursday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Teutsch, the Rev. Allen Rea and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating.

Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Sean Heath, Dean Collins, Darrell Sellers, Reggie Lasseter, Terry Rentz and Larry Branch.

Musical selections were rendered by Kristin Worth, Kelly Shipes, and Debra Youmans.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Margaret Lucille Black Hutcheson,82, who passed away Monday, August, 25, 2014 at the Pavilion under the care of Southern Care Hospice. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County. Mrs. Hutcheson retired from Appling Healthcare as the Director of Medical Records. She was a member, former Sunday school teacher and song leader of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Anthony Hutcheson, Jr.; a brother, Robert Earl Black and a sister, Myrtle Ruth Jones.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Weaver and husband, Cleve of Baxley and Janet Dean and husband, Lewis of Baxley; five grandsons, Scott Weaver, Bryan Weaver, Ross Weaver, Kyle Weaver and Adam Dean; one granddaughter, Amy Myers; eight great grandchildren; three brothers, Dale Black and wife, Hilda of Baxley, Wendell Black and wife, Lawanna of Jacksonville, FL and James W. Black of Jacksonville, FL; one sister-in-law, Vonice Black; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Wednesday, August 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Reverend Bobby Brinkley, the Reverend Billy Gardner and the Reverend Charles Carter officiating.Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Scott Weaver, Bryan Weaver, Ross Weaver, Kyle Weaver, Adam Dean, Mitch Myers and Amy Myers.

Honorary pallbearers were the Pleasant Grove Adult Sunday School Class, Elaine Williams, Lori Futch, Sherry Futch, Yolanda Mitchell-Smith and Ruby Joiner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International at www.gideons.com

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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Yuba Eliza Sellers Altman, 96, of Warner Robins, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Mrs. Altman was born November 17, 1917 in Appling County to the late Edward D. Sellers and the late Dora Dukes Sellers and was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Baxley and Calvary and Anderson Drive in Jesup. Mrs. Altman was a member of Jesup Ceramic Club and was a painter, seamstress, hairdresser, window dresser, and electrician in Jacksonville, Florida. She was also a loving caregiver to her late husband, Vernon Sampson “Samp” Altman, Sr.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Vernon Sampson Altman, Jr. and Jan Woods Altman of Warner Robins; her grandchildren, Jennifer Lyn Altman and Benjamin Lawrence Altman; and two nieces, Shirley Lee of Peachtree City and Lana Jill Tift of Atlanta.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Sabord Woods officiating and Jennifer Lyn Altman delivered a eulogy.

Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Sabord Woods and Mary Ellen Harris.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all contributions be made directly to: Serenity Hospice Care, 1057 North Houston Road Warner Robins, Georgia 31093.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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David Lee Watson, Sr., 62, of Sylvester, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at his residence following an illness. Watson a native of Colquitt County has lived in the Albany area his entire life. He was a welder/fabricator by trade working for J. M. Miles and previously for Cooper Construction of Moultrie. David was a hard working Christian man that loved his family greatly and was loved by them in return.

His parents, Lena Pearson Watson and Artis Lee Watson, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughter, Nicole Watson of Kannapolis, N.C.; his sons, Johnathon Lee Watson (Rhonda) and Michael Watson (Torie), all of Baxley and David Lee Watson, Jr. of Albany; several grandchildren, his sister, Linda Watson Deas (Spud) of Berlin, GA; his brothers, Wayne Watson (Sandra) and Tommy Watson (Lisa), all of Albany, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 from Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Chapel and the family received friends one hour prior to the funeral service.

You may sign the online guestbook and share your thoughts and memories of David Lee Watson, Sr. by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Olin Dewitt Thornton, Jr., 63, who passed away September 3, 2014 at Appling HealthCare. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County and a retired painter. He was preceded in death by his father, Olin Dewitt Thornton, Sr. and sister, Patricia Crosby.

Survivors include three sons, Preston Thornton and wife, Melony, Dewitt Thornton, Jr. and wife, Heather and Jason Thornton, all of Hazlehurst; three daughters, Laronda Carter and husband, Randy of Baxley, Stephanie Thompson and husband, Dale of Tennessee and Angie Thornton of Vidalia; mother, Laurnell Driggers of Baxley; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Joe Thornton of Florida; one sister, Nellie McQuirt of Baxley; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was held Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home with the Reverend Andrews officiating.

Interment followed in the Surrency Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dale Thomson, Blake Thompson, Randy Carter, Olin Thornton, Gavin Jones and Justin Wright.

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

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Olin Dewitt Thornton, Jr.

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On August 23, 2014, God spoke to Sister Delia Dunwoody Ogden and said, “Well done my good and faithful servant, your work is done.” Delia was born on March 23, 1928 in Townsend to the late Campbell and Mollie Dunwoody. She was the youngest of ten siblings, who all preceded her in death. She attended and was educated in the McIntosh County Public School System.

Sister Ogden joined First Credit Hill Baptist Church at an early age. In 1948 she joined Rachel Missionary Baptist Church where she was a faithful member. During her membership at Rachel Baptist, she served in the choir, Gospel Chorus and Deaconess Ministry.

Delia was united in holy matrimony in 1947 to the late Deacon Ealie Ogden. To this union eight children were born. Her daughter, Debra Jean, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Joseph (Mary) Ogden of Brunswick, Campbell (Joeanne) Ogden of St. Louis, MO, Freddie (Latrelle) Ogden of Baxley, Martha (Melvin) Simmons of Savannah, a devoted and faithful daughter, Susan Ogden of Baxley, Kenneth Ogden of Baxley and Marsha Ogden of Atlanta; one sister-in-law, Deaconess Minnie Ogden of Baxley; one god daughter, Jeanette Peoples of Baxley; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, special nieces, nephews, and friends.

She will be sadly missed by the Rachel Missionary Baptist Church Family.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 from Rachel Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Wilson Scott, Jr. presiding and the Rev. Dr. Kendall Bennamon as eulogist. Interment followed in church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Ageless Mobley, Rodney Mobley, Wilma McTier, Shane Mobley, Dwight Cash and Michael Fletcher.

Honorary pallbearers were nephews.

Musical selections were rendered by Alberta Ryals, Gwendolyn Greatheart, granddaughter, Lakien Williams, granddaughter, and the 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 funeral services of Lindon J. Lightsey, 68, who passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Appling County; a retired truck driver, a member and treasurer of the Exchange Club of Appling County, a former member of the Appling County Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Baxley Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee and Sunday school teacher. Lindon was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and was a friend to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reppard Lightsey and Jenetha Lightsey Vaughn.

Surviving is his wife, Helen Cowart Lightsey of Baxley; three sons, Craig and Wendy Lightsey of Ballground, Kevin and Tania Lightsey of Cleveland, Andy and Janey Dowdney of Baxley; one daughter, Misty and Jim Avera of Baxley; one brother, Windell and Iona Lightsey of Marietta; two sisters, Peggy and James Mills of Baxley and Jenna and Tim Young of Fitzgerald; twenty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. from the Baxley Free Will Baptist Church with the Reverends Caleb Folsum, Lamar Lee and Rick Brown officiating.

Interment followed in Memorial Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Lightsey lay in state one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Baxley Free Will Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers were Tim Varnadore, Mark Varnadore, Alan Everett, Josh Griffis, John Garner, Dustin Pendarvis, Jon Thomas Pendarvis and Brock Pendarvis.

Honorary pallbearers were the Family of Baxley Free Will Baptist Church, members of the Exchange Club of Appling County and all friends in attendance.

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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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Ralph Kelvin Butler, 52, who passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Appling HealthCare Systems. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County, a retired electrician and a member of Miles Chapel Church. Survivors include his mother, Sarah Ann Butler of Baxley; a daughter, Katie Marie Wilson and husband, Michael of Pooler; one grandchild, Michaela Marie Wilson; four brothers, Freddy Butler and wife, Lynn of Baxley, Lamar Butler and wife, Vicky of Baxley, Roy Butler of Baxley and Charles Butler and wife, Denise of Baxley; a sister, Beverly Brown and husband, Wendell of Baxley; twelve nieces and nephews and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Saturday, September 6 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Mitch Jones officiating.

Interment was held at Red Oak Cemetery.

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, September 17, 2014

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Bobbie Dean Sellers Howard, 82, of Hazlehurst, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah. Howard was born August 31, 1932 in Jeff Davis County to the late Johnson Cleo Sellers and Midian Yawn Sellers.

She was a retired Seamstress with Hazlehurst Manufacturing and member of Oak View Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Boggie Howard.

Survivors include son, Tim Howard of Hazlehurst; two sisters, Sarah McNeal of Baxley, and Jeanette McLeod of Tallahassee, Fl.; two brothers, Herman Sellers and Kenneth Sellers of Hazlehurst; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak View Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Hutcheson, the Rev. Keith Yawn, and the Rev. Jeff McLeod officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were John Edward Dykes, Leon Sellers, Lewis Sellers, Chris Sellers, Gregg Wilcox, Ryan McNeal, Cecil Veal and Jerry Howard.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends and family in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Cecile Griffin and Brenda Webb.

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Otis Lynn Beecher, 67, who passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Plain View, TX and had lived in Appling County for the past 26 years. He was a member and deacon of Harmony Baptist Church; a member and past Master of Plain View Lodge #709 F.&A.M. Otis loved working and helping others and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Lynn and Blanch May Beecher and sister, Brenda Beecher.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Elaine Beecher of Surrency; one son, Robert Lynn Beecher of Surrency; two sisters, Shelly Beecher of Rome, and Kathryn Gemelarro of Amarillo, TX, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with the Reverend Samuel Holland and the Reverend Carlton Rowell officiating.

Visitation was held one hour prior to funeral services on Tuesday.

Interment followed in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic Rights.

Active pallbearers were James Mark Boatwright, Joseph Pearce, Jr., Benjie Pearce, Jason Pearce, Christopher Pearce, Timothy McCellan, Scott Cooper and Brad Rentz.

Honorary pallbearers were Harmony Baptist Church members, Surrency Community Bible Church members, Joseph and Barbara Pearce, Keith and Vicki Pearce, Bernie and Wanda Pearce, Glynn and Lisa Pearce and Rita and Tommy Hutto.

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, September 24, 2014

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Mrs. Lily Bullard Webb, 90, of Baxley, died Thursday, September 18, 2014, in the Pavilion. Webb was born May 12, 1924 in Hawkinsville, to the late Remus Ben Bullard and the late Ida Louise McKinney Bullard. She was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and was a graduate of Coastal College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fain Elbert Webb; three sisters, Loretta Lightsey, Evelyn Lewis, Benez Hart and a brother, the Rev. Bennett Bullard.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda B. Highsmith of Hortense; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Janice Branch of Baxley; sister, Laura Spivey of Baxley; brother and sister- in-law, Ronald and June Bullard of Baxley; six grandchildren, Shannon Gibson of Woodbine, Don Gibson of Nahunta, Ben Gibson of Hortense, Rhonda King, Mendie Branch and Krisan Nail, all of Baxley and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 20, at 2:00 p.m. in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Brad Park officiating.

Active pallbearers were Shannon Gibson, Don Gibson, Ben Gibson, Brett Nail, Chuck Nail and Walker Rowell.

Visitation was for the immediate family only.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Betty Voncil Spell, 70, who passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at her residence under the care of Hospice of Golden Isles. She was a lifelong resident of Appling County; a homemaker, secretary of Spell’s Construction, and a member of Altamaha Church of God. Mrs. Spell was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Dolly Aldridge.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, J.E. Spell of Brunswick, three children, James Spell and wife, Denise of Brunswick, Voncil Poppell and husband, Craig of Brunswick and J.R. Spell of Tyron; ten grandchildren, Jeremy Spell, Michael Durrence, Jonathan Durrence, Collin Spell, Kinsley Spell, Morgan Spell, Jessica Spell, Austin Spell, Hannah Poppell and Eric Spell. Four great- grandchildren, Kaitlynn Spell, Hunter Spell, Allie Spell and Kylie McKenzie also survive.

Graveside services were held Saturday, September, 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Surrency City Cemetery with the Reverend R.M. Warren, the Reverend Carlton Rowell and Craig Poppell officiating.

Interment followed in Surrency City Cemetery.

A reception followed at the Surrency Community Bible Church following the graveside service.

All friends and family were invited to attend.

Active pallbearers were Jeremy Spell, Jonathan Durrance, Michael Durrence, Eric Spell, Collin Spell and Bryan Horton.

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

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Shelton Ray Sellers, 68, who passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County and a retired Maintenance Supervisor at Propex with 43 years of service. He enjoyed farming, going to his granddaughters softball games and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Lee and Colleen Hall Sellers and a brother, G.W. Sellers.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Sapp Sellers of Baxley; three sons, Sherman Sellers of Baxley, Stanley Sellers and wife, Kathy of Baxley and Stacy Sellers and wife, Christy of Baxley; five grandchildren, Alexis Sellers, Lynsey Sellers, Breann Sellers, Amber Hunter and Tyler Griffin; three great grandchildren, Paislee Jewell Griffin, Harley Hunter and Aiden Griffin; one brother, Jimmy Sellers and wife, June; two sisters, Geraldine McCall and husband, Donald and Dale Brewer and husband, Paul; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was held Saturday, September 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Wayne Herrington and the Reverend Ronald Leggett officiating.

Interment followed in Graham United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Chad Floyd, Craig Floyd, Bryan McCall, Brad McCall, Andy Sellers and Terry Sellers.

Honorary pallbearers were friends and members of Graham Church of God, Alvin Merritt, Johnny Padgett, Tommy Lawrence, Wendell Crosby, Cephus Turner, Earl Baucom, Steve Smith, Calvin Clements, Richard Lewis, Patrick Spell, Ira Lee Clements and Harrison Stege.

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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J.C. Scarborough, 91, died September 16, 2014 in the Pavilion. Scarborough was born January 19, 1923 in Appling County to the late David McCoy Scarborough and the late Annie Mercer Scarborough. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Scarborough retired from AKZO Chemical Utility. He was preceded in death by a son, Stanley Scarborough.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Youmans Scarborough of Baxley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Wilma Scarborough and Danny and Julie Scarborough, all of Baxley; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Scarborough of Baxley; cousin, Edwin Moody of Baxley. Ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben DeFore officiating. Interment followed in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery

Active pallbearers were Tommy Youmans, Donald Youmans, Joseph Switzer, Greg Thomas, Ricky Thomas and Keith Thomas.

Visitation was one hour prior to funeral service.

Musical selections were rendered by Debra Youmans

Remembrances may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o of Lake Carter, 584 Cattle Gap Lane, N.E., Baxley, Ga. 31513

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Lillie Bell Nail Peacock, 99, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Peacock was born October 23, 1914 in Baxley to the late Abner Mitchell Nail and the late Lula Carter Nail. She was the owner and operator of Pete’s Nursery in Jacksonville, Florida. Peacock was a loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Monroe Peacock, Sr.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Faye Carter of Fernandina Beach, FL and two sons, Lewis Monroe Peacock, Jr. of Brunswick and William Ellis Peacock of Coral Springs, FL; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and twelve great-great grandchildren.

Visitation was held Friday, September 19, beginning at 12:00 at Friendship Congregational Christian Church.

A Graveside service followed at 1:00 p.m. in the Baxley Graveyard Cemetery with the Rev. Barry Teutsch officiating.

Music was by Floyd Hunter.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Lisa Washam Hazlett, 52, who passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Meadows Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Appling County and had lived in Jacksonville, FL for the past 30 years. She was a Logistics Coordinator at Yusen Logistics.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Lee Washam, Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Schellenberg of Neptune Beach, FL; a son, Blake Birdwell of Atlantic Beach, FL; mother, Odessa Washam of Baxley; a brother, Jimmy Lee Waham, Jr. and wife, Lori of Hazlehurst; a sister, Karen Mayhew and husband, Steve of Vidalia; two nephews, Jeremy Lightsey of Acworth and Justin Washam and wife, Amanda of Hazlehurst; a niece, Kara Harrell and husband, Joshua of Remerton, GA; a great nephew, Eagan Washam; a special companion, Sonny and several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Visitation was held Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Friendship Congregational Christian Church.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Friendship Congregational Christian Church with the Reverend Barry Teutsch and the Reverend Bill Stone officiating.

Interment followed in the Friendship Congregational Christian Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jason Baxley, Chris Baxley, David Sickle, Stacy Mobley, Michael Hall and Mark Baxley.

Honorary pallbearers were all in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Lisa Washam Hazlett.

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