Emmett Smith

Emmett Smith     Emmett Smith, 89, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 2015 at his residence after a lengthy illness. His funeral will be held Thursday morning, April 23, 2015, at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dwight Bishop and Mr. Cliff Starr officiating. The family will receive friends at the church starting a 10 AM in the Friendship Fellowship Hall. Pallbearers will Jeff McLain, Ray Garner, Denton Powers, Buddy Moore, Tony Fritz, Trey Smith, Donny McGowan and Tim McGowan. Honorary pallbearers will be Nephews, Great-Nephews and Cousins.

Mr. Emmett was born Dec. 27, 1925 in the Rock Hill community of Early County to the late Abdally Duncan Smith and Menla Marie Temples Smith. He was retired from Early Tractor Company , where he worked from 1953 until 1990. He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class and Men’s Choir. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: James Emmett “Jimmy” Smith; two sisters: Edith Smith Jones and Vivian Smith Moore; and by 4 brothers: A. D. Smith, Jr., Roy, Lynward and Bill Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Merlene McGowan Smith of Blakely, Ga. and a daughter, Sandra Smith Sanders and her husband, Charles of Norcross, Ga., 2 grandsons: Justin Lane and wife Marianna and William “Bo” Lane and wife Emily and by 5 great grandchildren: George Emmett Lane, Natalia Eleni Lane, Emma Catherine Lane, Annabelle Grace Lane and Myles Brunson Lane.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, Ga. 39819 or to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823.

Mary Belle Tedder Williams

Mary Belle Tedder Williams, 95, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 3 PM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Fred Odom and Mr. Ewell Jarrett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1:30 to 2:30.

Mrs. Williams was born in Early County April 26, 1919 to the late Emmett Edgar Tedder and Belle Kegler Tedder. She was a homemaker and retired owner and operator of Mary B Grocery Store. She was a member of Colomokee Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Paul Williams. 2 sons, Rodney Williams and Tony Williams.4 brothers, Harry Tedder, Emmett Tedder, Lamar Tedder and John Tedder. and by 3 sisters; Gladys Scarborough, Inez Leavitte, and Margie Scerri.

Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter; Anne Jenkins of Blakely and by 2 sons; Ralph J. Williams and wife  Crissy of Gainesville, Fl., Arthur Perry Williams of Blakely. Daughter-In-Law: Gloria Ann McCann Williams of Dothan. Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gentiva Hospice at 432 East Shotwell St., Bainbridge , Ga. 39819

Carole Ann Roberts Ross



Carole Ann Roberts Ross, 71, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at Miller County Hospital in Colquitt, Ga. Funeral service will be held  on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the George Cemetery. Rev. Scott Dobson and Rev. John Roberts officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be: James Bright, Bill Roberts, Dustin White, Matt Jansen, Emmett Mock and Bruce Wilson.

The family will receive friends at the at New Hope Baptist Church from 10:00 Until 11:00 Monday morning.

Mrs. Ross was born in Holyoke Massachusetts May 2, 1943 to the late Rev. Kingsley Sawyer Roberts, Sr. and Emily Antonia Bohm Roberts. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and was retired from the Collier County School System as a Bus Driver and Dispatcher. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband David Ross.

Mrs. Ross is survived by  a daughter Cheryl Ann Goddard of Alabama, a son Charles David Wilmet of Blakely and a step-daughter Lisa Barton and husband Brian of Florida. 3 Grandchildren: David Wilmet and wife Samantha, Adam Wilmet and wife Jackie and Mark Goddard and 3 great-grandchildren.  6 brothers: Dr. Joseph Roberts and wife Doralyn of Gorham, Maine, Rev. John Roberts and wife Sandra of Tryon, N.C. James Roberts and wife Dixie of Ft. Myers, Fl., Jeffery Roberts of Blakely, William Roberts and wife Dawn of Galax, VA., Kingsley Roberts, Jr. and wife Patsy of Melbourne Beach, Fl., 3 sisters: Cynthia Logan and husband Joe of Port Charlotte, Fl, Christine Molleur and husband Don of Blakely and Cheryl Harrell and husband Jerry of Blakely.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church or to he Huntington’s Disease Society at

William Turner Hendry , Jr.

William Turner Hendry, Jr.,85, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at his residence in Damascus, Ga. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 2 PM in the Damascus Cemetery, Damascus, Ga. Rev. Jay Reppert officiating.

Mr. Hendry was born in Macon, Ga. November 28, 1929 to the late William Turner Hendry, Sr. and Louise Haddock Hendry. He was a retired Pharmacist for Big B Drug Co. Served in the U.S. Army. During the Korean War he served in the Pentagon as a Pharmacist. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Joan Patricia Kearns Hendry, a son  William Turner Hendry III, daughter;; Julie Ann Hendry, Brother; Charles Haddock Hendry and by a granddaughter, Kelley Louise Powell.

Mr. Hendry is survived by 4 daughters: Kathleen ( Andy)  Powell of Mobile, Al, Cynthia (Curtis) Kervin, Sr. of Red Level, Al, Jeanne (Robert) Taylor of Mobile, Al. and Emily ( John) White of Mobile, Al.  2 sons: Frank ( Heidi) Hendry of San Antonio, TX. and David (Dee) Hendry of Delta Junction, Alaska. 11 grandchildren: Bradley (Amy) Powell, Bryan (Mikki) Hendry, John Turner Hendry, Curtis (Summer) Kervin, Jr., Evan Kervin, Kristen Kervin, Nathan (Katie) Hendry, Jayden Hendry, Daphne Hendry, Dana Hendry, Jacob White and Jason White and by 3 great-grandchildren: Bryan Hendry, Zane Kervin and Evangeline Kervin. Many Nieces and Nephews. Also a very special friend Peggy Whitaker.

Sarah Hayes Arnold

Sarah Hayes Arnold, 92, passed away today, April 3, 2015 at the Seminole Manor Nursing Home in Donalsonville, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home at 11 AM with Rev. Fred Odom and Rev. Cory Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10 AM until funeral time at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Greg McFay, Leigh McFay, Matthew Balkcom, Brian Lance, Sarah Arnold and Amie Atkinson.

Mrs Arnold was born in Early County, September 11, 1922 to the late Henry Hayes and Mary Ann Elizabeth Gill Hayes. She was an active  member of Flat Creek Baptist Church. She retired from General Telephone Co. as a telephone operator. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Edward Arnold and by 2 sisters, Pauline Allen and Elon McCarty.

Mrs. Arnold is survived by 2 daughters; Ann Boyd and husband Mike of Colquitt, Ga. and Donna Easom and husband Scott of Donalsonville, Ga. and by 2 sons; William (Bill) Lance and wife Annette of Valley , Al. and Richard Arnold and wife Laura of Leavenworth, Kansas. 8 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren.


Sarah Lou (Sadie) Bridges

Sarah Lou Bridges 2Sarah Lou (Sadie)  Bridges, 97, passed away today, April 2, 2015 at her residence in  Blakely, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Sterling Jones will be officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the church social hall from 1-2 Saturday. Her pallbearers will be Zack Holley, Zeke Bridges, Ashby Bridges, Holden Holley, Ryan Holley and Blake Holley.

Mrs. Sadie was born in Perry, Fl. on  August 10, 1917 to the late John Wilburn Grubbs and Vencie Vashti Hendry Grubbs. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blakely and a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class there. For 25  years she taught an  eight years old boys Sunday School Class. For many years she worked at Brew-Schneider Mfg. Co. as a seamstress and sewing inspector. She was a charter member of the Blakely Senior Center.  Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ulmer Zack (U.Z.) Bridges Sr. and by 4 brothers; Woodrow, Cleo, J.B. and Henry Grubbs.

Mrs. Sadie is survived by  3 daughters: Vashtie Hamid of Chester, S. C. , Louise Holley of Blakely, Virginia Hoyle of Eatonton, Ga.,  and son, Ulmer Zack Bridges Jr. and his wife Vicki of Hephzibah , Ga.,  9 Grandchildren and 13 Great – Grandchildren.  Also surviving are two loving caregivers Peggy Temples and Jessie Avery . Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gentiva   Hospice located at 432 E. Shotwell St. Bainbridge, Ga. 39819


Melba Strickland Bell

Melba Strickland Bell, 92, passed away today, March 31, 2015 at her residence in Bluffton, GA. Her funeral will be a graveside service held Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 11 A. M.  in the Bluffton Cemetery with Rev. Randy Spicer officiating.

Mrs. Bell was born September 2, 1922 in Clay Co. to the late Lutha Strickland  and Anna Bell Farr Strickland. She was  a homemaker and a member of the Bluffton Methodist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Byron Jackson Bell Sr.

Mrs. Bell is survived by a daughter; Brenda Brown and husband Joe of Albany, Ga. and a son; Byron Bell and wife Kay of Bluffton, Ga. Grandchildren: Jay Brown and wife Karen  of Winder, Georgia, Teresa Brown of Hobe Sound, Florida, Lynn Perkins and husband Darren of Buford, Ga., Michael Bell and wife Michelle of Blackshear, Ga.,  Great Grandchildren: Jack and Joe Brown of Winder, Ga, ; Jazmin and Alejandro Lucci Brown of Hobe Sound, Fl.; Tyler, Dalton and Abbi Perkins of Buford, Ga. and Morgan Bell of Blackshear, Ga. A brother; Aubrey Strickland and wife Glennie of Tuscaloosa , AL, ; Nephew” Jody O’Connell of Augusta, Ga; Niece: Phyllis Greene of Tuscaloosal, Al. Nephew: Richard Strickland of Tuscaloosa, Al. Special Caregivers for Mrs. Bell were Debra Burnette, Brenda Lawson and Sara Tompkins.

Ruby Griffin Davis

     Mrs. Ruby Griffin ” Soonie ” Davis, 86, of 13670 GA Hwy 45, Arlington, Ga. 39813, passed away early Thursday morning, March 26, 2015 at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Early in Blakely. Her funeral will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at the graveside in Oak Grove Cemetery at 2 PM. The family will receive friends at her home in the Rowena Community starting at 1 PM until about 1:45 PM. Elder Bridgeman Harris will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Trey Davis, Todd Davis, Danny Griffin, Ladon Calhoun, Mike Peavy and Darian Peavy.

Mrs. Davis was born February 7, 1929 in Miller County, Georgia to the late Vaughn Griffin and Eula Collins Griffin. She was retired as Owner/Operator of Davis Grocery Store in Rowena, was a homemaker and attended the Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Thomas Davis; her sisters: Ossie G. Tyson, Edna G. Cox and Betty Griffin and her brothers: Claude Griffin and Cliff Griffin.

Her survivors include her son, Tommy Davis and his wife Tonya, 2 grandsons: Trey  Davis and Todd Davis and a great grandson, Tom Davis, all of Arlington, Georgia. Special Caregivers: Becky Butler, April Barefield and Jan Newberry.


Rebecca Rhodes Coleman

Rebecca (Becky) Rhodes Coleman, 91, of Edison, died March 17, 2015 at Willowood Personal Care Home in Edison, Ga. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, March 20-, 2015 at 11 AM at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church with and Elder Kenneth Brantley and  Elder Ross Plowden officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be close family members. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 PM.

Rebecca  was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Randolph County, Georgia to the late Marvin E. and Hortense Ingram Rhodes. She was married to Archie Coleman on Novemfber 2, 1941 and they  celebrated  42 years of a loving life together before his death in February, 1984. She was a homemaker and a member of Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Coleman Settles of Carrollton, Ga. and a brother, Aubrey Rhodes of Dawson, Ga.

She is survived by her daughters, Marie C. Ford and Ernie of Edison, Ga. and Reba C. Goodin and Wayne of Cordele, Ga. and a son-in-law, Bill Settles of Carrolton, Ga. Grandchildren; Jennifer Settles Johnson and Bob of Round Rock, TX., David Settles and Melissa of Jacksonville, Fl. ,Jake Ford and Jaclyn of Alapaha, Ga., Leigh Ford Bruner and Matt of Blakely, Ga., Kate Goodin of Phoenix , Az. and Kasey Goodin Thigpen of Jacksonville, Fl.. Great-Grandchildren; Zach and Reese Johnson , Will and Ben Settles, J. Manry and Mabry Ford, and  Cole, Taylor and Abby Bruner.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mars Hill Church Cemetery Fund, PO. Box 101, Edison, Ga. 39846. The family will be at the home place west of Edison. Located at 22379 Hwy 37 West, Edison, Ga.

Terry Dean Cox

     Terry Dean Cox, age 29, of  7947 Joe Bryan Rd.,Damascus, Ga., who died in Damascus, Tuesday evening, will have a funeral Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2  PM in the Temple Baptist Church with Jack Cowart officiating. His burial will follow in the Crossroads Cemetery. The family wil receive friends from 1 PM until funeral time. Active pallbearers will be: Anthony Cox, Eric Cox, Corey Cox, Eli Manning, Danny Davis and Dustin Knight and Honorary pallbearers will be Felisha Jones, Fred Foster, Alanna McElroy, Quanna Williams, Jeffrey Jones .    

Terry was born in Colquitt, Ga. on Feb. 21, 1986 to Horace Jackson and Tina Marie Cox, of Damascus, Ga.  He was a self employed General Contractor and was of the Baptist Faith. He has 4 Brothers: Michael R. Cox of Donalsonville, Ga., Anthony R. Cox, Eric R. Cox and Corey Adam Cox, all of Damascus, Ga. Sister: Melissa Sinquefield of Atlanta. His step-siblings are: Felica Jones of Arlington, Ga., Demetrius Pugh of Blakely, Ga., Quesha Brackins, Kindra Brackins, both of Colquitt, Ga. and Dawn Hudson of Atlanta, Ga. 3 God Mothers: Patricia Mills of Donalsonville, Ga., Denise Cox of Damascus and Gloria Sheffield  of Atlanta, Ga.  Several Aunts and Uncles and Cousins survive.