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December 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

December 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Ophelia Reynolds, 90, of Baxley, died Sunday, November 23, 2014.Ophelia was born November 18, 1924 in Appling County to the late Orlando Chester Reynolds and the late Gertrude Rentz Reynolds. She was a member of Melton’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Smiley (Roger) of Baxley; one son, Carroll Reynolds (Barbara) of Middleburg, FL; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Reynolds of Baxley; three grandchildren, Rodney Smiley, Chanda Reynolds Teston (Greg), and Melissa Smiley Hartley (Andy). Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Dylan Elisha Christopher, Jackson Christopher Hartley, and Anna Kate Hartley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. David Deen and the Rev. Rickey Rushing officiating.

Visitation was held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral hour.

Interment was at Melton’s Chapel.

Active pallbearers were Dylan Christopher, Greg Teston, Andy Hartley, Davy Reynolds, David Yawn and Kenny Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were A-Hall and B-Hall Nurses from the Pavilion and all friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Melton’s Chapel Church Choir.

Remembrances may be made to Melton’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Keith David Passmore, age 12, of Savannah died Saturday, November 22, 2014

Keith was born February 1, 2002 in Summerville, SC and attended Isle of Hope Elementary and Myers Middle School and loved playing basketball. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Frank Passmore (d. 2011) and grandfather, David “Doodlebug” Carter.

Survivors include his mother, Tammy Carter of Savannah; a brother, Thomas Passmore of Jacksonville, FL; maternal grandmother, Mary Beth Spinharney and husband, Tommy of Summerville, S.C; paternal grandmother, Marlene Burbage of Summerville, S.C.; aunts, Darlene (Alan) Schnieber of Baxley and Debbie (Carl) Clark of Summerville, S.C and uncle, Joey Passmore of Texas.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. from the Surrency City Cemetery with the Rev. Justin McLellan officiating and a eulogy by Krista Stone Carter.

Active Pallbearers were James David Chleborad, Paul Carter, Clay Sharpe, Chris DeMott, Javari Anderson and Jeffrey Carter.

Visitation was held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Jack Melton, 82, of Lakeland passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born December 25, 1931 to the late Lish and Lilie (Darling) Melton in Fitzgerald. He served in the United States Air Force for eight years with the fire department. After his service he became employed with Civil Service at Moody Air Force Base continuing his career as a firefighter until his retirement. He was a member of Pleasant Way Baptist Church in Lowndes County and a member of Lakeland Masonic Lodge #434. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Melton and two brothers, Earl Melton and Lamar (Bud) Melton.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Shirley Melton of Lakeland, daughter, Elaine Metts of Lakeland, daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Stanley Parrish of Lakeland, son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Carol Melton of Lakeland, son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Dawn Melton of Baxley, nine grandchildren, Jessica, Nathan, Becky, Matthew, Joseph, Carmen, Kellie, Richie and Marley and nine great grandchildren, sister, Merle Holley of Waycross, sister, Peggy King of Fitzgerald, sister-in-law, Gail Knight of Fitzgerald, brother-in-law, Walter Tucker of Fitzgerald, several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014 in the Chapel of Music Funeral Services in Lakeland with burial following in Burnt Church Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com Music Funeral Services of Lakeland served the Melton Family.

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Edna Earl Hand Leigh, 65, of Baxley, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Leigh was born October 18, 1949 in Coffee County to the late Elias Monroe Hand and the late Leaty Mae Cato Hand. She was a retired Seamstress from Hazlehurst Manufacturing, and a member of Hazlehurst Pentecostal Church. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Jean Sanders.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Leigh of Baxley; two daughters, Brenda Williams of Hazlehurst, and Mallissa Sanders of Baxley; one sister, Linda Jane Rammage of Hazlehurst; one brother, George Hand of Hazlehurst; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Hazlehurst Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Prentice Herndon, the Rev. Kevin Sanders, and the Rev. Nathan Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Denton Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Darrell Hand, Charles Moody, Ramon Boone, Daniel Boone, Dylon Sanders and Jaun Lara.

Musical selections were rendered by Linda Rammage, George Hand, and Kevin Sanders.

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Felicia (nee Morano) Driggers, 67, who passed away peacefully with her family at her side on November 24, 2014. She was born to Nicholas and Josephine Morano and was raised in Ardsley, NY. She was a graduate of Ardsley High School.

She was pre-deceased by her late husband, Charles A. Driggers. She was the beloved mother of Leon Morano (Cindy), Frank Stokes (Robin), Stephanie Capalbo and Charles Driggers; step mother of Dan Driggers and deeply loved sister of Michael Morano (Dale) and Nicholas Morano (Beth). A loving grandmother to Logan Stokes and Frankie Stokes and also a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Felicia was a warm, loving, giving woman, who was generous and kind to everyone she met. She loved a good joke and always had a twinkle in her eye. She opened her heart and home to family and friends. She spent every day with her children and grandchildren-always loving and caring for them.

Felicia enjoyed bowling, music, dancing, living life and having fun, especially sharing it all with the people she loved most. She was an amazing cook and baker. She baked professionally, while managing Bills Donuts in Vidalia.

Felicia was brave and strong and faced life’s challenges with strength, courage and positivity. She will always be remembered for her fierce love of all her family.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home chapel with Randy and Agnes Sellers officiating.

Visitation was held Monday from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to services.

Interment followed in the Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Corbin Barnard, Shawn Mobley, Jay Winge, Mike McClendon, Ted Mincey and Brandon Carter.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the American Heart Association.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Felicia (nee Morano) Driggers.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the services of Brian Keith Davis, II, (born Nov. 2, 1988) who passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County and a member of the Appling County High School Class of 2007.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jasper Elvie Hand, Maryland and Minnie Davis and an uncle, Reggie Hand.

He is survived by his daughter, Mailey Elizabeth Davis of Baxley; parents, Brain Keith Davis Sr. and Rebecca Davis of Baxley; sister, Kayla Davis of Baxley; niece, Kaylynn Davis of Baxley; grandmother, Elwanda Surrency Plair of Baxley; three uncles, Tommy Elvie Hand, Timothy Hand and Derek Davis, all of Baxley.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Miles-Nobles Funeral Chapel with the Reverend Roy McClung officiating.

Interment followed in the Zoar Cemetery.

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

Active Pallbearers were Kyle Ross, Josh King, Sean Williams, Drew Herndon, Adam Carter and Austin Crosby.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Appling County High School Class of 2007.

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

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Brian Keith Davis, II.
(NOTE: Keith Davis and Nocole Torpea both perished as a result of the same automobile accident.)

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Issue: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the funeral service for Redmond A. Strickland, 85, of Graham, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Services were held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of Miles Funeral Home.

The Rev. James Boyd and Carliss Graham officiated with burial in the Graham United Methodist Cemetery.

Strickland was a native of Appling County and he lived in Appling County. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Redmond Strickland. He was preceded in death by A. J. Strickland, Odell Strickland, Jeff Strickland, Lucille Ursrey and Edgar Strickland. Redmond was a member of Graham United Methodist Church.

Survivors include wife, Janelle Hamm Strickland of Graham; daughter, Cheryl Stephens (James) of Graham; son, Kenneth Strickland of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Wendy Ivey, Kim Breedlove (Tony), Brandy Clotfelter (Brad), Dylan Mims, Marilyn Stapleton; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Active pallbearers were John Strickland, Bryan Strickland, Darrell Strickland, Virgil Ursrey, Ralph Crosby, Keith Graham and Tony Rowell.

Honorary pallbearers were Aldine and Billy Ray Miller, Tim Rowell, Dr. David Shumans, and all other friends that attended.

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Shelia Kay Smith, 57, who passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She was a native of Appling County and a Registered Nurse. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Eugene Smith and Eula Overstreet Smith and a brother, Denny Smith.

Survivors include two sisters, Sandra Lewis and husband, Staten of Baxley and Deborah Parker of Baxley.

Private graveside funeral services were held Friday, December 5 at Red Oak Cemetery. Interment followed.

The family gratefully appreciates the thought of food and flowers but would prefer donations be made to the American Humane Society at americanhumane.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 Shelia Kay Smith.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Johnnie Harden, 79, who passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence after a long illness under the care of Comfort Care Hospice. He was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County; retired from Appling Healthcare System Maintenance Department and a member of Ferry Road Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick Henry and Vinnie Louise Harden; two sisters, Velma Bohannon and Evelyn Carter and three brothers, Elmer Harden, Wilford Harden and Alan Harden.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Donnie Mae Harden of Baxley; two sons, Tommy Harden and wife, Julie of Gainesville and Larry Harden of Baxley; five grandchildren, Misty Brown and husband, Josh of Port Saint Lucie, FL, T.J. Harden and wife, Leigh of Dublin, Josh Clements and wife, Ashley of Dublin, Jeremy Clements of Dublin and Tuesday Clements of Gainesville; eight great grandchildren and two brothers, Bill Harden of Brunswick and W.H. Harden of Mooresville, N.C.

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

Funeral services were held Friday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ernest Dyal and the Reverend Rick Brown officiating.

Interment followed in the Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Brooks Beasley, Scotty Carter, Robbie Harden, Edward Overstreet, Earl Griffis and Will Beasley.

Honorary pallbearers were Comfort Care Hospice staff, Appling Healthcare Systems staff, Tommy King and all family and friends in attendance.

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

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

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Yolanda Latrice Gibbs was born Oct. 20, 1974 to the late Leroy and Beatrice Vail, she transitioned from her earthly life and slipped quietly into God’s waiting embrace on Nov. 23, 2014.

Yolanda was educated in the Wayne County School System and graduated with Wayne County High School Class of 1993. She met and married the love of her life, Robert “Bubba” Gibbs and their union was further blessed with a handsome son, Da’Marion Ti’Shaun and a beautiful daughter, B’Lelah Aariana Kensail. Yolanda’s greatest joy in life was caring for her family and playing bingo and cards with her friends. She rededicated her life to Christ in the summer of 2014.

Yolanda was predeceased by her parents, Leroy and Beatrice Vail and her sister, Joann Vail Jenkins and her nephew, Jeffrey “Spook” Deloach.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert; her son, Da’Marion and her daughter, B’Lelah; one sister, Barbara (Ricky) Deloach; two brothers, Allen and Donald (Doris) Vail; sisters-in-law, Leshia (Thomas) Price, Pamela (Neiman) Alvarez, Leslie (Victor) Davis, Patsy (Theodore) Wilkerson, Stacy Gibbs Handsome, Lasonda Gibbs Rooks and Francis Gibbs and brothers-in-law, Aaron (Tisha) Gibbs and Norman Jenkins. She is also survived by her aunts, Ernestine (Harry) McCray, Ruthie Vail, Shirley Ward and Vera Wallace, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 from New Bethel Life Changing Ministry, 521 Brown Street in Screven. Bishop Sherwood Gibbs officiated. Eulogy was given by Bishop Kendall Shaw. Interment followed in Screven Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Musical selections were rendered by Tiffany Frazier and Bishop Carter.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the funeral service for Terrell (Terry) Allen Sellers, 47, of Hazlehurst, who died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday in the Bridgeford Church of God with the Rev. Bob Powell and the Rev. Milton Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Bridgford Church of God Cemetery.

Terry was born in Appling County. He was the son of Elaine and Leroy Graham and the late George W. (G.W.) Sellers. Terry had a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brewton-Parker College. He was a former employee of Hazlehurst Mills as an electrician for 21 years. Terry was the gym manager of Workout Unlimited, LLC and was employed as an electrician with CSX Railroad and attended Bridgeford Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Sellers of Hazlehurst; two sons, Brandon Sellers and Laramie Sellers, both of Hazlehurst; parents, Elaine and Leroy Graham of Hazlehurst; one step-daughter, Kaytlyn Crapps of Hazlehurst; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Melanie and David Rewis of Hazlehurst, and Melissa and Timothy Davis of Westgreen; one step-sister, Angela Hardy of Waycross; one step-brother, Rodney Graham (Tina) of Waycross and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Music was rendered by the choir at Bridgeford Church of God, Howard Ray and Marcus Vann.

Active pallbearers were Chris Williams, Mike Williams, Stanley Sellers, Brad McCall, Ray Maddox, Randy Lewis, Mike Watson and Greg Waters.

Honorary pallbearers were all who attended the service.

Arrangements were under the direction of Miles Funeral Home of Hazlehurst.

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William David “Bill” Black, 75, of Baxley, died Thursday, December 11, 2014. Black was born November 5, 1939 in South Carolina to the late Thomas David Black and the late Ruth Alma Brinson Black. He was a member of Harvest Chapel and retired from IBEW Local 508 Savannah.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Black of Baxley; two brothers, Wayne King Black of Savannah and Charles Loren Black of Thunderbolt; mother-in-law, Anne Smith of Titusville, Florida and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. from Harvest Chapel with Pastor Agnes Sellers, Pastor David Knight and Bishop Randy Sellers officiating. Interment was in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Greg Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Keith Thomas, Richard Rainwater, Lewis White and Steve Craven.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Musical selections were rendered by Bishop Randy Sellers and Steve Aycock.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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God in His almighty wisdom called David Benard Wright from labor to reward on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Wright was born Nov. 15, 1963 to the late Wilbur Lee Wright and Beatrice Carter Wright.

David attended school in Appling County and competed in track and softball events in the Special Olympics, where he earned many blue ribbons. He was also chosen to go to New York City to participate in the Special Olympics Track and Field. His favorite color was green and his hobbies were fishing, coloring and writing. He was a collector of watches and hats. David had a passion for nurturing; he babysat all his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Tommy Lee Wright, Wilbur Lee Wright, Jr., York Benjamin Wright and Willie Eugene Wright.

He is survived by five sisters, Marilyn Peoples of Jacksonville, FL, Jeannette Peoples of Baxley, Cora (Kenneth) Clinton of Hazlehurst, Annie Rose Clinton of Savannah, Elnora Beard of Orlando, FL; four brothers, Edward (Jackie) Wright of Jacksonville, FL, Artis (Vivian) Wright of Lumber City, Earl (Laudie) Wright of Baxley, and Kenneth (Simikia) Wright of Baxley; two aunts, Frances Vann of Warner Robins and Rena Smith of Rhode Island; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His extended family members include Andrew Hood, David Gowen and The House Staff; Shirline, Shemika, Chassity, Deborah, Stella and Mrs. Armstrong.

A home going celebration service for David B. Wright was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 from Rachel Missionary Baptist Church. The eulogy was given by Dr. Kendall Bennamon. Interment followed in Rachel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were his nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff and residents of Pineland and staff of St. Joseph’s Nero ICU.

Musical selections were rendered by Alberta Ryals and the choir.

Baxley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Donald Douglas “Bud” Stoner, 87, of Baxley, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his residence. Stoner was born September 28, 1927 in Ball Ground to the late Andrew Clayton Stoner and the late Lao Cook Stoner. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Stoner was a retired teacher and administrator for the Appling County Board of Education. He enjoyed his long retirement years spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, camping all over the Southeast, playing golf and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Survivors include his wife, Pat McLean Stoner of Baxley; two daughters, Suzy Mercer of Baxley and Laury Sikes and husband, David, of Lawrenceville; five grandchildren, Logan Mercer, Whitney McGouyrk, Haley Mercer, Emily Sikes, and Olivia Sikes; two great grandchildren, Jace Williams and Abby McGouyrk; one sister, Doris McHan of Ball Ground; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Winston Collins and Lucille McLean Parham.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Wigley, the Rev. Jill Jenkins, and the Rev. Winston Collins officiating. Interment followed in the Stewart Family Cemetery in Bacon County.

Active pallbearers were Larry Knight, Doug Doyle, Jeff McLean, Steve Pickering, Troy Lorier, Jimmy Anderson, and Mike Godowns.

Honorary pallbearers were the Fishermen Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, staff of South Georgia Hospice, and all friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Claire Tanner, David Williams, Elaine Black Edwards, Julie Hawkins and Winston Collins.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Thomas Spearman passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Thomas was born April 4, 1950 to the late Horace and Alma Thomas Spearmon. He attended public schools in Bradenton, FL and Baxley.

He spent many years as a professional truck driver where he traveled all across the United States. Thomas was a dedicated husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Frances Spearmon and a sister, Peggy Randall.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret J. Spearmon; six children, Debbie Spearmon of Bradenton, FL, Marlon (Nikki) Spearmon of Baxley, Darrin Corey (Philisia) Spearmon of Cobbtown, and Nicholas (Shanda) Spearmon, Sr. from Baxley; two step daughters, Philisia Spearmon and Marquita Robinson of Jesup; 13 grandchildren, Leon Spearmon. Elrica Moore, Darimus Robinson, Kedrick Spearmon, Jayden Robinson, Mahalee Spearmon, Davonte Foster, Zoria Foster, Nicholas Spearmon, Jr., Zegary Spearmon, Francine Spearmon, Destinee Robinson and Demetria Woods; four great-grandchildren, Ja’Nyla Gillis, Ja’Darius Moore, Isaiah Spearmon and Lauren Spearmon; four sisters, Dora Spearmon, Margaret Cherry, Pearl Turner and Betty Newman; three brothers, Richard Spearmon, Earl Spearmon and Gene (Mary) Spearmon; five sisters-in-law, Josephine Williams, Devora (Eugene) Smith, Aldonia Bennett, Carlotta Barfield and Sheila (Donald) Spellman; two brothers-in-law, David Jackson and Clifton Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Home going celebration services were held for Thomas Spearmon at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Thankful New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. W. F. Davis officiating. Burial followed in Old Field Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Terelle Harris, Robert Solomon, Justin Ellis, Marcus Hartwell, Allen Tillman, Billy Newsome, Davonte Foster and Jason Reynolds.

Musical selections were rendered by Stacey Stanaslis and Elizabeth Smith.

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

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Gloria Ann Lightsey Smith, 55, of Waycross died Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2014) at Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross after a sudden illness. She was born in Jesup to the late Earlish and Barbara Ann Moreland Lightsey. Gloria Ann was a homemaker and enjoyed writing poetry and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, David L. Smith of Waycross; one son, George Dyal and his wife, Ashkea of Lake Butler, FL; one grandson, Raylan Xander Dyal; one sister, Cheree Broom of Alma and several other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

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

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Doris Googe Ingram, 79, who passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Appling Healthcare Systems.

She was a native of Jeff Davis County living most of her life in Appling County. She retired from Appling General Nursing Home as an LPN; a member of Calvary Baptist Church and volunteered at “The Mission Store”.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Herman Googe and Louella Lewis Googe; one sister, Judy Hand and two infant brothers.

Survivors include three children, Debbie Bass and husband, Ronnie of Hazlehurst, Larry Hayes and wife, Sharon of Hazlehurst and Rhonda Denison and husband, David of Jesup; two special daughters, Denise Hayes of Waycross and Kim Williams of Baxley; eight grandchildren, Jody Bass, Ronwin Bass, Glynn Hayes, Bryan Hayes, Jordy Roland, Clint Denison, Cassie Denison and Desiree Denison; sixteen great grandchildren; a special friend, Louisa Bush of Baxley; one sister, Iris Shadrick and husband, Jeff of Jekyll Island; many special friends, nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation was held Tuesday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverend Roger LaRoche officiating.

She lay in-state one hour prior to funeral services.

Interment followed in Oakland Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Calvary Baptist Church and Steve Copeland.

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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Irene Fullmore Green was born Jan. 9, 1938 to the late Robert M. Fullmore and Amanda Fullmore in Gardi. The angels quietly came to her bedside on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 and called her to a heavenly home.

Irene was a hardworking, dedicated mother who raised five children. She had a heart of gold and would lend a hand to anyone who needed her assistance. She loved her family and the more it grew the more she loved. In their early years she taught her children and grandchildren to work and work and work. Irene worked many years at the Ship and Shore sewing factory in Baxley as well as in tobacco and many other fields. This served as a means to show that through hard work and dedication you can accomplish anything.

Her favorite pastime was fishing. You could always find her on the fish creek, doing what she loved most. Irene could cook and bake and would feed anyone who needed a meal. She took pleasure in family celebrations, reunions and encouraged her family to live through the love of God. She was a member of the Temple of a Higher Calling Church Family. While in Louisiana she became an honorary member of Mossville Truth Tabernacle and earned her title with the “Golden Girls” of the church. Standing a little over five feet, she was a “Powerful, Package of Dynamite,” 100% real. If you didn’t want to know, you better not ask!

Her devoted and longtime companion, Colis McKenzie, Sr. and 11 siblings preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharline Hollingsworth and Sabrenda Mitchell; three sons, Donell Fullmore, Sedric (Jackie) Green and Charles Green; four sisters, Elnora (Levan) Gordon, Earlene Fullmore, Pauline (Charles) Carter and Betty Nassar; two brothers, Robert (Hattie) Fullmore, Jr. and David Fullmore; ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Tanya White and goddaughter, Terkisha White also survive.

Visitation was held Friday, Nov. 21 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Baxley.

Home going celebration services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 from New Jersey Baptist Church in Baxley. Viewing was held at 10:00 a.m. at New Jersey Church prior to funeral services. Pastor Michael Fedrick presided and Minister Demarcus Green gave the eulogy. Burial was in Odom Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kendrick Green, Jeremy Green, Hollis Hollingsworth, Larry Fullmore, Wesley Carter and Travis Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were La Randall Jenkins, Sedric Green, Jr., nephews and staff of ResCare.

Musical selections were rendered by Tammy Richburg and the congregation.

Baxley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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William David “Bill” Black, 75, of Baxley, died Thursday, December 11, 2014. Bill was born November 5, 1939 in South Carolina to the late Thomas David Black and the late Ruth Alma Brinson Black and was a member of Harvest Chapel Church.

He worked in Nuclear Power Plants for many years as a General Superintendent for electrical subcontractors, spending most of his career working at Plant Hatch. He was most recently employed by Williams Plant Services for the past 15 years and retired from IBEW Local 508 Savannah.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Black of Baxley; two brothers, Wayne King Black of Savannah and Charles Loren Black of Thunderbolt; mother-in-law, Anne Smith of Titusville, Florida and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. from Harvest Chapel with Pastor Agnes Sellers, Pastor David Knight and Bishop Randy Sellers officiating. Interment was held in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Greg Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Keith Thomas, Richard Rainwater, Lewis White and Steve Craven.

Musical selections were rendered by Bishop Randy Sellers and Steve Aycock.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the funeral services of Carolyn Toler Altman, 82, who passed away Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Bethany Home in Vidalia after an extended illness.

She was a lifelong resident of Appling County and a member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Carolyn was a homemaker and along with her husband, Ottis operated Altmans County Store for 22 years and was a loving mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Luther and Beulah Mathis Toler, her husband, Ottis Altman and a son, Russell Altman.

Surviving is one son, Dewey Altman and wife, Shirley of Baxley; two daughters, Joann Bellew and husband, Donald of Baxley and Diane Knight and husband, Lloyd of Baxley; nine grandchildren, Rose Toler, Patsy Dickie, Shirlene Jackson, Two Bellew, Yolanda Wright, Michael Edge, Skipper Hutcheson, Buddy Altman and Richie Altman; two brothers, Thomas Toler of Alma and Miles Ray Toler of Myakka City, FL; numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m. from the Bethel Free Will Baptist Church with the Reverends Michael McClintock, Billy Bratton and Earl Wiggins officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Altman lay in state one hour prior to services.

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

Active pallbearers were Steve Toler, Danny Orvin, Johnny Altman, Tommy Altman, Wayne Branch and Junior Harden.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends and family in attendance.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

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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Issue: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Margie Ann Watts, 74, of Waycross, died suddenly at her home Saturday, December 27, 2014.

She was a native of Glynn County but had lived in Appling and Bacon County for many years and in Waycross the past 12 months. She was daughter of the late Richard Robert (Rob) Bell and Jessie Lightsey Bell and was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Bell and a sister, Mary Nell Brown.

Margie was an insurance representative for many years and a member of Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Appling County.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Leroy Watts of Waycross, a son, John Robert (J R) Miles (Linda) of Mershon, a daughter, Suzy Miles Dixon (Jamie) of Alma, two step-sons, Johnny Watts of Fitzgerald and Ken Watts of Elkmont, AL, a step daughter, Kathy Anderson of Columbia, SC, eight grandchildren, Shira Dixon Medders, Jodi Dixon, Marianne Miles, Lilah Grace Mullis, Sarah Kate Miles, Jackson Miles, Samuel Miles, John Lander Miles, one great-grandchild, Rilyn Medders, a sister-in-law, Vickie Bell of Waycross, several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 29, at 11:00 o’clock at Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Appling County with the Rev. Jimmy Thrift and the Rev. Jimmy Miles officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The body was carried to the church Monday morning at 10:00 o’clock to lie in state. The family received friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Jimmy Hugh Bell, Jeffrey Bell, Jody Miles, T-Boy Carter, Jacob Bell and Travis Taylor. All others in attendance were considered as honorary.

Crosby Funeral Home was in charge of all the arrangements.

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William Michael “Mike” O’Brien, 72, of Surrency, died Saturday, December 20, 2014.

O’Brien was born March 17, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Ernest Len O’Brien and the late Martha Letitia Tillman O’Brien and was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. He worked for ITT Rayonier for 30 years as company supervisor in the paper mill. O’Brien proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tania Michelle O’Brien, and his son, Jason Eric O’Brien.

Survivors include his wife, Linda W. O’Brien of Surrency; one daughter, Sandi (Tim) Shaffer of Savannah; three sisters, Elaine (Wendell) Johnson, Jan (Mike) Lamb, and Beverly (David) Eason, all of Surrency and one grandson, Logan Seth Shafer.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Derek Hobbs officiating.

The body lay in state for one hour prior to the funeral hour.

Interment followed in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Josh Lamb, Mark Lamb, Eric Eason, Clark Eason, Greg Johnson, and Chris Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Surrency Graduating Class of 1959.

Musical selections were rendered by Eric Eason and Mona Shumans.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Flora Mae Hutchinson, 87, of Baxley, died December 26, 2014.

Flora Mae was born Sept. 22, 1927 in Appling County to the late Marc Lee King and the late Emma Lou Barnes King. She was a member of Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church. Hutchinson was a retired seamstress for Manhattan Shirt Company.

She was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Hutchinson.

Survivors include her husband, Way Hutchinson of Baxley; one daughter, Clara Vickers of Baxley, one son, Wadis Hutchinson of Baxley; four sisters, Emma Lee Stone, Rhoda Roberson, Eleanor Strickland and Faye Griffin, all of Baxley; two brothers, Tommy King and Marc Lee King, Jr., both of Baxley; four grandchildren, Chris Hutchinson, Jayme Hutchinson, Del Burns and James Burns; seven great-grandchildren, Dustin Hutchinson, Hope Hutchinson, Haven Hutchinson, William Causey, Ethan Burns, Collins Burns and Nicole Burns and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church, with the Reverends Bobby Brinkley, Chip Woodruff, Tommy Daniels, Rick Brown, Robert Wigley, Bryan Gill and Ronald Wilcox officiating. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

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

Active pallbearers were Bub Moody, Toby Claxton, Wendell Carter, Henry Branch, Ray Boatright and Wayne Bruce.

Honorary pallbearers were nieces and nephews.

Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Ronald Wilcox, Ray Lane and the Spring Branch Baptist Church Choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Jean F. Deen, 86, of Baxley, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at West Georgia Hospice of LaGrange.

Jean was born March 3, 1928 in Hayes, LA to the late Thomas Fontenot and the late Oza LeBlanc Fontenot. She was a retired clerk from Morris’ Department Store and a member of Tearer Road Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Maxwell “Max” Deen.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy (Joe) Whaley of LaGrange; one son, Jackie (Deborah) Deen of LaGrange; one sister, Helen (Bob) Lewis of Bossier City, LA; three grandchildren, Jeremy (Jane) Whaley of Merritt Island, FL, Brett (Abby) Whaley, Adam Deen of Cleveland, OH and Natalie Deen of Alliane, OH; three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28 at Dunn Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Rick Brown officiated and interment followed in Satilla Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Active pallbearers were Jeff Baxley, Mitch Crosby, Dax Brown, Mike Norris, Bender Brown and Jason Lott.

Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Bender Brown, Carolyn Lott, Katheryn NeeSmith, Donnie Sikes, Sr., Frances Daniels, Brad Carter, Mike McLean, Donnie Sikes, Jr. and Lewis Parker.

Musical selections were rendered by the Rev. Rick Brown.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Mark Stephen Darsey, age 49, of Surrency, died Saturday, December 20, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Darsey was born September 1, 1965, in Jesup. He was a truck driver for Hendrix Trucking and was preceded in death by his son, River Hugh Darsey.

Survivors include his parents Edsel and Gail Darsey of Surrency; sisters, Sheena (Dale) Smith and Teena (Charles) Davis both of Surrency; brother, Rickey (Donna) Darsey of Baxley; nieces and nephews, Beverly Ann Smith, Brentley Smith, Sarah Darsey, and Joshua Darsey; and great nephew, Finn Lightsey.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with Charlie Thomas officiating. Interment followed in the Antioch Congregational Christian Church Cemetery.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service at Swain Funeral Home.

Active Pallbearers were Ken Loper, Scott White, Jamie Sharpe, Dale Smith, Charles Davis and Brentley Smith.

Honorary Pallbearers were Constance Carter, Bruce Yawn, Leisa Schutt, Ronnie Bracewell, Robert Royal, Brack Haynes, Ronald Watson, Maxwell Leggett, David Yawn, Butch Edenfield, Jeff Buckhalter, Pat Haynes, Freda Jones, Davey Jones, Glenn and Sherry Beach, Tim Butler, Eddie Johnson and Mark Cole.

Music selections were rendered by Brack Haynes.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Robert Lawrence Crapps, 46, of Baxley, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at his residence. Crapps was born August 17, 1968 in Appling County.

He was a talented mechanic and welder and worked for Tina Altman Farms. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Ann Crapps of Vidalia; mother, Patricia Ann Murray of Richmond Hill and father, Lawrence Crapps of Buford. He was the grandson of George and Betty Murray and Thomas and Loretta Crapps.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Justin McLellan officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Viola Verdamae Bain Coker was born on Sept. 30, 1940 in Nassua, Bahamas to Wilfred Bain and O’Rita Brown.

God unveiled his master plan and called Mrs. Coker to her final resting place on Dec. 22, 2014 at her home.

She graduated from Western Senior High School. Viola worked at Saint John’s Preschool as a teacher. She was also employed at the Shirley Street Theater as a manager before moving from the Bahamas to Miami in 1985. She lived in Miami, Fla. and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. before settling in Baxley.

Viola joined Saint James A.M.E. Church in Baxley in 2008 and she was a faithful member. She was a true servant of the Lord. During her membership she served as Stewardess, Sunday school teacher, pastor, pulpit aide, chairperson of the hospitality committee and member of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was also active with Concerted Services, Inc.

Viola will always be remembered as a kind and lovable person. People never had a negative word to say about her. Her favorite color was pink. She was an excellent cook and cooking was her passion. She loved to cook for her family, church family and the community.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Beulah Bain and husbands, Harold Burrows and Charles Coker.

Survivors include four daughters, Dedrie Daniels (William) of Baxley, Vallis Johnson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Nora McIntosh of Freeport, Bahamas and Vandera Capron of Nassau, Bahamas; one son, Ricardo Newman (Deloris) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Shirley Ingram of Hollywood, Fla. and Velva Rahaming of Nassau, Bahamas; two brothers, Robert Bain and Maxwell Bain, both of Nassau, Bahamas; 12 grandchildren, Ahman Newman, Quentin Newman, Dervina Williams (Quache), Vonnesha Johnson, Amanda Daniels, Veshon Johnson, Valtavia Johnson, Valecia Foster, Keyonna Bain, Nadine Doresca, Nancy Doresca and Bernaria Rodgers; two great-grandchildren, Mikaela Singletary and Ayden Bain; a special niece; Karen Glendaria-Bastian of Nassau, Bahamas; a special cousin, Sheila Robinson of Sarasota, Fla.; special friends: George and Hazel Johnson, Bettye Isom-Lofton, Bessie Conaway, Almaree Miller, Larry Byrd, Teresa Hayes, John and Carolyn Wade, Genevieve Garnes, Alfred and Eleanor Abramson, Carolyn Reaves and Kathy Reaves. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 at St. James A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Lucretia J. Stinson presiding. The Rev. Douglas B. Stinson gave the eulogy. Granddaughters, Dervina Williams and Amanda Daniels, gave a “Tribute to Grandma”.

Honorary pallbearers were stewards, stewardess and trustees of St. James A.M.E. Church and Concerted Services, Inc.

Musical selections were rendered by Peggy Fletcher, Tammy Richburg and the choir.

Interment will be held Jan. 10 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Joseph Elliott Carter, 52, who passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Appling HealthCare System. He was a member of the 1980 graduating class of Jeff Davis High School, a 1982 graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a 1984 graduate of Mercer University. Elliott was a member of the A.B.A.C. and Mercer University Tennis Teams playing all four years of college; he was the former tennis coach at Brewton Parker College, the community tennis coach at Jeff Davis County High School since 2000, attended Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church and was co-owner of Peacock Oil Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zeke R. and Maxine C. Carter and father-in-law, Wilbur W. Peacock.

Surviving is his wife, Cynthia Peacock Carter of Hazlehurst; one daughter, Jordan L. Carter and fiancé, Austin Griffin of Virginia Beach, Virginia; mother-in-law, Wynelle Crosby Peacock of Baxley; two brothers, Zeke R. Carter III and wife, Susan of Smyrna and John C. Carter and wife, Eileen of Duluth; one nephew, Michael Carter of Smyrna, two nieces, Megan Carter of Atlanta and Sarah Carter of Smyrna; and very special family friends, Jimmy, Shirley, Andrew and Sarah Maley of Hazlehurst.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 30 at 11:00 a.m. from the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Roy McClung and Creig Smith officiating.

Interment followed in Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Active pallbearers were Ethan Stone, Tony Pham, Payne Eason, Stephen Tillman, Jared Turner and Cole Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers were Glenn and Tammy Kemp, Mary Katherine Kemp, Rob and Jan Stone, Brantley Stone, Nell Head, Gloria Parker, Jeannie and Edsel Moody, Anthony Carter, Cindy Claxton, Sherrie Spell, Roger Williams Jr., Julie and Ken Wiggins, Peacock Oil employees: Helen Smith, Jill Johnson, Bobby Dupree, Russell Dupree and Alan Brock; Southern Express employees: Donnie Reaves, Tammy Hand and Jennifer Parsells, and all past and present members of the Jeff Davis County High School tennis teams.

Honorary Pallbearers met at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church, Building Fund, c/o Glenda Crosby, 1192 Memphis Crosby Rd., Baxley, GA 31513.

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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