Martha Murkerson Johnson

     Martha Murkerson Johnson, 87 of 13307 Hwy 39, Blakely, Ga., died Tuesday evening, Feb. 2, 2016, at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. Her funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 11 AM with Rev. James Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation Thursday evening Feb. 4, 2016 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Todd Cliett, Bryon Cliett, Paul Howard, Jonathan Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Samuel Wilson and Eric Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 7, 1928 in Colquitt, Georgia to the late Oscar Allen Murkerson and Esther Hayes Murkerson. She was a seamstress for many years with the Brew-Schneider Corporation and she was a member of the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church.  Other than her parents, she was preceded by her husband, James Bruce Johnson and all 7 of her siblings.

Her survivors include a son: Gary Johnson of Blakely, Ga., 4 daughters: Linda Skipper of Blakely, Nan Wilson and husband James  of Columbus, Ga., Sandra Staley and her husband Dan of Greenville, SC, Beverly Jordan and her husband Joe  of Ft. Benton, MT. There are also 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Lucy Merle Williford Baggett

Lucy Merle Williford Baggett, 95, of Mobile, Al. passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 at her sons house in Blakely , Ga. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2 PM in the Colomokee Cemetery. Rev. T.J. Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 12.00 to 1:00 .

Mrs. Baggett was born February 20, 1920 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Syndey Williford and Ginnie Sermons Williford. She was a retired seamstress at Brew-Sneider Co. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Louise Evans and her husband Robert Joseph Baggett and by 8 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a son; Raymond and Sandra Hardy of Blakely, a brother; James Williford of Ruskin, Fl. and by 6 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.


Geraldine Longmire Gilbert

     Geraldine Longmire Gilbert, 90, of 185 Ft. Gaines St. in Blakely, Ga., passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. She was born October 8, 1925 in Louvale, Stewart County, GA to the late Annie Parker and Roy C. Longmire and was raised in the Colomokee community of Early County by her aunt and uncle, Clara Parker and James H. Brownlee.

On Christmas Eve 1944, Geraldine wed David Gilbert and they were married for 64 years. She was a faithful member of the Blakely Church of Christ for more than 50 years.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her aunt and uncle, brothers Clifford Longmire, Eugene Bell, Earnest Bell, Roy C. Longmire, Jr. and Charles Longmire, a sister, Lonzola Bell Waller, a nephew, Steve Waller and a great grandson, J. D. Manders.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne Gilbert Woodlief  and Joe of Kathleen, FL, and Kristi Gilbert of Albany, three sons: Dwayne Gilbert and Pattie of Watkinsville, GA, David Michael Gilbert of Alexandria, VA and Tony Gilbert of Blakely, a sister, Irene Longmire Blancett of Chamblee, GA, grandson, Jeff Woodlief of Edgewater, FL, granddaughters, Teri Woodlief Grocholske and Doug of Lakeland, FL, Donna Gilbert Gakstatter and Eric of Dacula, GA, Kelly Gilbert Manders and Brandon of Buford, GA, Stephanie Gilbert Warren and Matthew of Bremerton, WA and Geri Gilbert Walker and James of London, England, great grandchildren: Matthew Grocholske, Cody Woodlief, Bianca Woodlief, Reagan Gakstatter, Bailey Gakstatter, Emma Manders, Lila Manders, Ashton Walker, Sophie Walker, Austin Warren and Michael Warren; a special sister-in-law, Marilyn Bell of Columbus, a special niece, Terri Bell Applewhite of Albany and caregiver, Takila Hutchins. 

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2 PM at the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges with visitation at 1 PM. A graveside service will follow with interment in the Blakely Cemetery. Mr. Danny Brewer will be officiating the funeral and the pallbearers will be: Scott Starr, Ray Shierling, Danny King, Franklin Ford, Clay Jordan, Herbert Edge Sims, Bill Stone and John Stone.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Geraldine Gilbert to the Blakely Church of Christ, P. O. Box 467, Blakely, GA 39823.

Betty Jean Poppell Willis

    Betty Jean Willis, 79, formerly of Blakely, Ga. died Tuesday evening, Jan. 12, 2016 in the Budd Terrace Nursing Home in Atlanta, GA. Her funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 11 AM EST in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga. with her son, Jeff Willis, delivering the Eulogy.  The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 10 AM. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Bryan Willis, Blake Willis, Will Willis, Clay Pitzing and Zac Pitzing. 

Mrs. Willis was born on Jan. 3, 1937 in Brentwood, Ga. to the late Harry Poppell and Alma Moody Poppell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Blakely Church of God.

Her survivors include a daughter: Valencia W. Pitzing and Mike of Dothan, Al.; 2 sons: Jeff Willis and Lori of Dunwoody, Ga., Glen Willis of Blakely, Ga. and 5 grandsons: Bryan Willis and Teagan of Newton, GA, Blake Willis of Charleston, SC, Will Willis of Ft. Bragg, NC, Clay Pitzing of Demorest, GA and Zac Pitzing and Susana of Tuscaloosa, AL. There are also 2 great grandchildren: Evelyn Rae Willis and Rhett Galen Willis, both of Newton, Ga.

Jeffery (Jeff) Alton Ashley

Jeffery (Jeff) Alton Ashley, 56, of 745 Bay St. Edison, Ga. passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3 PM in the Vincent United Methodist Church Cemetery in Clay Co. Rev. David Crowdis and Rev. Susan Beverly officiating. No visitation will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Counties in Partnership Hog Show, at P.O. Box 309 Morgan, Ga. 39866

Jeff was born in Cuthbert, Ga. April 1, 1959 to Roy Ashley and Betty Braithwaite Ashley of Edison, Ga. He was Operations Manager for Sunshine Warehouse in Arlington, Ga. He attended Vincent United Methodist Church.  He was preceded in death by a brother; William Bradley (Brad) Ashley.

Jeff is survived by his wife: Shanda Faircloth Ashley of Edison. Two sons: Joshua and wife Tiffany  Ashley of Edison and Hayden Ashley of Edison. Parents listed above.  A brother; Mike Ashley and 2 sisters; Martha Widner and Donna Blalock all of Edison.  Father and Mother – IN- Law; Tommy and Delores Brock Faircloth of Cuthbert, Ga. He was also looking forward to being a proud grandfather on July 26 of this year.

Ella Fuller Taylor

Ella Taylor Obituary

Ella Taylor,99, died at Morningside of Albany on January 12, 2016.

Homa Ella Fuller Taylor was born in Iron City, Ga. July7, 1916 to the late Homa Jessie Mosely Fuller and Benjamin Franklin Fuller. Ella grew  up in Jakin, GA. She graduated for Donalsonville High School than spent a year at Ga. Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia, before attending and graduating from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in Atlanta and Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in New Orleans. Miss Fuller met and married her husband Dr. Alvin Earl Taylor of Cuba, Ga in 1947 while working in Birmingham, Al. the two then moved to Chicago Ill. where Mr. Taylor earned a Doctor of Optometry Degree and Mrs. Taylor was the first nurse anesthetist to use sodium pentothal in Chicago. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the DAR. former President of the Blakely Woman’s Club, a member of the First Baptist church of Blakely, the Dorcus Sunday School Class and help her husband run the Quail Motel in Blakely for many years.

Columbus Ga was their home for a short while, then Blakely Ga. They raised two daughters Ella Sue and Jo Ann Taylor who also are Optometrists in Albany Ga. and Suwannee Ga. Dr. Jerry Prchal, Sue’s, husband, practices Optometry in Blakely currently. Anna Catherine Prchal (Matt), Mrs. Taylor’s granddaughter, has become a nurse anesthetist like her grandmother; and her grandson Dr. Taylor Prchal (Claire) practices Optometry in Albany Ga. Mrs. Taylor’s youngest daughter Jo Ann, practices Optometry with her husband Dr. Greg Payne in Suwannee, GA. They have two daughters ages 14 and 10, Claire and Margaret. There are three great grandchildren, Mosely Elizabeth Prchal, Ruby Ella Belcher and Marion Page Prchal. She also has a very special friend and caregiver in Rosa Smith of Blakely, Ga.

William H Sewell III, Priscilla Perkins, Jan McLemore, Ben Fuller, Jimmy Taylor, Jr., Jeff Taylor and Nona Free Moran are surviving nieces and nephews.

Two siblings predeceased her: Jefferson Franklin Fuller and Ruby Fuller Carlan.

Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church of Blakely Ga. where the Reverend William Collins and Rev. Keith Alderman will officiate. A private interment following in the Blakely Cemetery .Visitation will be held in the church sanctuary at 10:00 AM.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Raymond James Perkins, Raymond James Perkins, Jr., Blake Carlan Perkins, Benjamin Franklin Fuller III, Wynne Arthur Sewell, Jimmy Stuckey Taylor, Jr., William Larry McLemore and Charles DeLoach, Jr.


James Michael Revells

     James Michael Revells, 61 of Cottonwood , Al. died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 9, 2016 in the ER of Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. The family will have a visitation Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM EST at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home and then a Memorial Service will be held Friday afternoon at 3 PM EST at the funeral home.

     Mr. Revells was born June 16, 1954 in Nashville, TN to the late Grady Everett Revells and Bettie Jo Edwards Revells. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of 6 years and after his Naval service he worked for the government as an electrical engineer. He also was a Taxi Cab Driver in Lebanon, NH for several years before moving back to Alabama.

     Mr. Revells is survived by 2 daughters: Sonja Revells of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Dawn Revells of Cottonwood, AL and the Mother of his children, Jane Revells of Santa Rosa Beach Fl.  He has 2 brothers: Larry Wayne Revells of Jakin, Ga., Robert E. “Bones”  Revells of Lebanon, NH and 3 grandchildren: Daryan Koehler, Dalayna Revells and Everett Ingle, all of Cottonwood, AL.

Mary Louise Cheney Sirmons

    Louise Cheney Sirmons, 80, died  Saturday night, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Pioneer Community Hosptial of Early in Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 in the First Baptist Church of Blakely at 2 PM EST. The family will receive friends in the Social Hall from 1 PM up until funeral time at 2 PM. Dr. Alex Howell and Rev. Keith Alderman will be officiating.

Mrs. Sirmons was born on August 4, 1935 in Morgan, Georgia to the late John Clifford Cheney and Connie Ragan Cheney. She was a retired Bank Teller, having worked at the First State Bank of Blakely for 30 years +. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Angus Sirmons and by 6 of her siblings.

Her survivors include a daughter: Glenda S. Williams of Blakely, a grandson: Joel Williams and his wife Courtney of Kennesaw, GA and by 3 great granddaughters: Addison, Kaitlyn and Britton Williams, all of Kennesaw, Ga. She also has a sister: Martha Blount of Jemez Springs, NM. and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph Douglas Ellis

Ralph Douglas Ellis, 87, passed away today, January 8, 2016 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 3 PM at the Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Rev. William Smith   and Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery. The family  received  friends Saturday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral Home.

Serving as Active pallbearers are; Arthur Brackin, J.C. Freeman, Joey Freeman, Curtis Freeman, Paul Smith, Lynwood English, Sammy Williams and James Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Milton Anderson, David Still, Terry Ferguson and William Powell.

Mr. Ellis was born April 2, 1928 in the Sowhatchee Community in Early County to the late Cleve E. Ellis and Daisy Bell Temples Ellis  He was a farmer and a member of  Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Lillian Williams, Thelma Freeman and Gracie Hadden also by 2 brothers; Charlie Ellis and Wilson Ellis.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Hazel English Ellis of Blakely. 2 sons; Mike Ellis and  Steve Ellis and his wife Starla all of Blakely, a brother, Roscell (Buddy) Ellis of Blakely and by 2 grandsons: Randall Ellis and Fiancée Bailey Barrett and Ethan Ellis of Blakely. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends also survive.

Wendell Thurman Brooks

Brooks, W. T.

     Mr. Wendell Thurman Brooks, 78, of 31 Westview Drive, Blakely, Ga., died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 5, 2016, at Pioneer Community Hospital of Early. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at 2 PM at Westview United Methodist  Church with Rev. Jonathan Fuller officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM in the Sanctuary. After the closing prayer , military honors including Taps and the folding of the flag will be done and the flag will be present to Carol Brooks. Mr. Brooks was born on July 7, 1937 in Middleboro, KY to the late William Thurman Brooks and Bessie Poff Brooks. He was a heavy equipment operator for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill, a U. S. Army Sgt. serving from 1959 until 1966 and he attended Westview  United Methodist Church. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Louise B. Cutchins and Delores B. Moore and by a brother: Jefferson Lee Brooks. His survivors include his wife, Carolyn Zuelke “Carol” Brooks of Blakely, Ga; a daughter: Brenda B. Cooley and husband Randi of Columbia, Al. and a son: Barry Brooks and his wife Tina of Blakely, Ga. There are also 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews who survive.