WORLD WAR II VETERAN
Mack Temples Jr., 89, of Blakely, Ga., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Temples was born in Early County August 12, 1924, to the late Mack Temples and Maggie Harris Temples. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army and fought in the 84th Mortar Battalion in Northern Africa and Italy where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor under fire. He returned to Blakely in 1945 and worked building highways in the area. He married Josephine Elizabeth Harrell in 1946, and they shared sixty seven years together. He worked as a full time farmer until his retirement in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, H.T. Temples and Gordon Temples; and one sister, Vassie Temples McDowell.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Elizabeth Harrell Temples; a son, Billy Harris Temples and wife Dialane of Blakely; a daughter, Jeannie Temples Davis and husband Tommy of Leesburg; four grandchildren, Ashley Davis Bush and husband Jason of Savannah, Ga., Gordon Michael Temples and wife Tiffany of Blakely, Courtney Davis Sheeley and husband Jesse of Valdosta, Ga., and Mary Beth Temples of Blakely; and four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Clay County with Dr. Michael Warren officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Pallbearers are Buddy Alderman, James Alderman, Bill Cleveland, Tony Gentry, Jason Kirkland, Joe King, Jackie Smith and Mike Sumner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 29 Blakely Hwy., Blakely, Ga., 39823.