Edward Earl (Bud) Toole, Sr.

Edward Earl (Bud) Toole, Sr,77,passed away today, September 4, 2015 at the Early Memorial Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 3 PM in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery.  Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2:45 PM.

Bud was born in Blakely, Ga. November 11, 1937 to the late Daniel Burley (Buck) Toole and Edna Earl Lewis Toole. He was a retired Wo0odyard Supervisor for what was formerly called Great Southern Paper Co. Served in the Air Force and was of Baptist Faith. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Bill Toole and Arthur Toole and by 2 sisters; Thelma Cole and Frances Payne.

Bud is survived by his wife; Brenda Scarborough Toole of Blakely, 2 sons: Edward (Ed) Toole Jr. of Dothan, Al. and Kenneth (Ken) Toole and wife Kim of Valdez, N.C. and by 2 granddaughters; Amelia and Libby Toole. 2 brothers: Dan Toole and wife Barbara of Temple, Ga. and Drake Toole of Woodstock, Ga. 2 sisters: Lottie Alston Newberry and husband Pat of Arlington, Ga. and Sue Barksdale and husband Bill of Marietta, Ga. Also by several nieces and nephews.

Homer Cyrus Houston, Jr.


Homer Cyrus Houston, Jr, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 3, 2015. He was born September 21, 1926, near Blakely, GA. He was the seventh child of eleven children born to Laura Mock Houston and Homer Cyrus Houston. Homer was raised on a farm outside of Blakely and graduated from Damascus High School where he was King of the Class and two time all-state basketball player. He married Samolene Cooper in 1947 and they moved to Dothan, AL, where they had one son, Cyrus Phillip Houston. Homer began work with Colonial Baking in 1947 as a route salesman and worked 42 years with them until he retired as their sales manager in 1990. Homer was always active in the Baptist church and most recently served as a deacon at Southside Baptist Church in Blakely, Ga. He was a people person and made many friends through his work, church and social activities. Known by family and friends as the ” ultimate good guy”, he was quick to help, teach or encourage others around him. Homer was preceded in death by his wife, “Sam”, after 62 years of marriage and is survived by his son, Phillip; daughter-in-law, Katherine ( Kathy) Rivers Houston; granddaughter, Jenny Oakes Sobera, husband, Paul Scott Sobera, children, Will, Carter, Lily Kate and Shaw; grandson, Philip Colton Houston, wife, Megan McCall Houston, children, Caroline ; grandson, Hunter Lee Houston. He is also survived by 2 sisters; Eugenia Redding of Ft. Valley, Ga. and Betty Strickland of Ashford, Al. and by 2 brothers; Chester an d Thelma Houston and Stanley and Linda Houston – both of Blakely. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Hilda King and by 5 brothers; Bill Houston, Charlie Houston, Bob Houston, Bruce Houston and Max Houston. Homer’s family wishes to thank relatives and friends who have supported them though this time. A special thank you to the UAB doctors, nurses and medical personnel who have attended to Homer during his time of need. They performed their work professionally, but with loving care to Homer and family. Thanks and may God bless you.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. There will also be a Celebration of Life Service held at Southside Baptist Church at 1 pm. Rev. Rick Smith officiating. After the service the family will receive friends.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the McDonald Coffee Group.

Elsie Mills Henson

Elsie Mills Henson went home to be with her Lord on August 28, 2015. She was peacefully taken to her heavenly home on Friday. Born January 13, 1928 to George Marion Mills and Martha Buena Sutton Mills in Fort Gaines, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her darling Jack on September 15, 1965. At the age of 16 she began working in the Fort Gaines Drug Company owned by her father. Following her graduation from high school, Elsie spent the summer working in Atlanta. In the fall, she attended the University of Georgia. The following December 25, 1947 she married Andrew Jackson Henson, the single love of her life. Elsie and Jack lived in the Cotton Hill community prior to returning to her ancestral home in Fort Gaines. Elsie, was a member of Fort Gaines Baptist Church, as were her mother and grandmother before her. She spent her life guiding her children to become faithful, God loving adults. Her five daughters were often seen wearing dresses designed and sewn with her loving hands. Following the death of her husband she began her working career outside the home. In 2003 she retired from over 30 years of service at the Fort Gaines Hospital and Nursing Home.

She is survived by her six children, Cheryl (Cherry) Henson Naramore, Nanette Henson Selman (Bill), Gene Jackson Henson (Joyce), Penny Henson Childers, Jennifer Henson Mason (Kenny), and Jocelyn Henson Warnock (Ric). Twelve grandchildren, Renee Miranda (Omar), Ken Altschul (Suzanne), Michael Selman (Elizabeth), Daniel Selman (LaDonna), Laurie Joseph, Drew Henson (Mickel), Jamie Henson, Todd Childers (Miranda), Ben Childers, Jack Childers, Angel Mallory (Jimmy), Dixie Mason and twenty- three great grandchildren.

This beloved wife and mother will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Pall bearers will be her much loved grandsons. Honorary pall bearers will be nephews Tommy Mills and Mike Mills, friend Willie Ed Reynolds and George Hartley.

Manry, Jordan, and Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, GA will be coordinating the arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, August 31st from 6-8 PM. The funeral will be at Fort Gaines Baptist Church, Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 AM, with the graveside services at New Park Cemetery. Revs: Mike Hartley, Randy Stokes and Jeff Hines will be officiating.

Cindy Howard Pitts

     Cindy Howard Pitts, 51, of 333 Long Branch Rd., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died Wednesday afternoon, August 26, 2015 at Flowers Hospital, Dothan, Al. Her family is honoring Cindy’s wishes to be cremated.  A Memorial Service for her will be held Friday afternoon, August 28, 2015 at 2 PM at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating and Janie Thomas White giving a Eulogy. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary starting a 1 PM Friday.

     Cindy was born on Dec. 12, 1963, in Blakely, Ga., to the late Phillip Steward Howard and Mary Beth Brunson McDonald. She was a graduate of Early County High School, a member of Southside Baptist Church and was the Payroll Manager for the Blakely office of Birdsong Peanut Company.

     Her survivors include her husband, Kevin Pitts of Blakely and a daughter, Maria Marquez both of Blakely, Ga. and a son Hunter Cook and his wife Ashton of Athens, Ga. She also has a step-daughter, Brittany Hughes and her husband Dylan and a step-son, Bryce Pitts and wife Laken , all of Tallassee, Al. She has 2 brothers: Stu Howard of Tallahassee, Fl. and Swann Howard and his wife Heather of Vienna, Ga.

Joe Preston Phelps

     Mr. Joe  Preston Phelps, 68, of 67 Oklahoma St., Blakely, Ga., died Monday night, Aug. 24, 2015 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. His funeral will be held Saturday morning, August 29, 2015 at 11 AM EDT in the Colomokee Baptist Church with the burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Robert Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening, August 28th, from 6 until 8 PM EDT at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Active pallbearers are Robbie Hayes, Jasper Doswell, Isaac Cox, Glynn Floyd, Ricky Taylor and Scott Anglin.

Joe was born on Jan. 26, 1947 in Blakely, Ga. to the late Veto Franklin Phelps and Lila McCraine Phelps. He was a 1965 graduate of Blakely High School and received his A.A. degree from Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga. He had just retired in June from the Federal State Inspection Service in Blakely as an Inspector for the past 15 years. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Phelps and a daughter, Angela Phelps and a brother, Veto Phelps Jr.

His survivors include his daughter: Melissa Branton and her husband Keith of Dothan, Al., 2 sisters: Lottie B. Phelps of Blakely, Ga. and Dorothy P. Goolsby of Lilburn, Ga., a granddaughter: Kira Branton of Dothan, Al., a niece: Cathy Goolsby of Decatur, Ga. and a nephew: Frank Goolsby of Norcross, Ga.


     Eloise Bass Gray, 91, of 48 South Church St., Blakely, Ga. 39823, died early Monday morning, August 17, 2015 at her residence. The funeral will be held at 4 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the graveside in the Blakely Cemetery with Dr. Alex Howell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:30 PM until 3:45 PM Thursday.

     Eloise was born in Bluffton, Georgia on September 30, 1923 to the late Herman S. Bass and Irene Gay Bass. She was a former school teacher for the Clay County School System for many years and she was the Owner/Operator of Gray Jewelry Store until she retired. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blakely. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by Jenene’s father, Edward Alonza Gray.

     Her survivors include her daughter: Jenene G. Bracewell of Smyrna, Georgia; 2 granddaughters: Caroline Bush of Smyrna, Ga. and Jenni B. McKinney and husband John of Huntsville, Al. She also has 2 great grandsons: Collin Edward Rene’ and Samuel Davis, both of Huntsville, Al. She also leaves behind a very special friend in Annette Chapman  and a very special friend and caregiver for almost 39 years in Bennie Wiley. Terry Alexander and Juanice Hightower are two other caregivers that helped to care for “Miss Eloise”.

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to your church or favorite charity.


    Mrs. Helen Hubbard Veatch, 82, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, in the Early Memorial Nursing Home, Blakely, Ga. Her funeral will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 3 PM in the Bluffton Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Williams officiating. The burial will take place at 6 PM in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 1256 U S Highway 280 E., Americus, Ga. 31709.  After the graveside, the family will receive friends and family in the church for visitation. The pallbearers will be Landon Veatch, Ed Chance, Stephen Barnes, Bill Bruner, Daniel Bruner and Luke Morley.

Mrs. Veatch was born April 30, 1933 in Arlington, Ga. to the late William Monroe Hubbard and Hortense Meadows Hubbard. She was a Southern Baptist Missionary to the Bahamas for almost 30 years and a member of the Byne Memorial Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carol Allen Veatch, Sr.     

Her survivors include a daughter, Elaine Veatch Morley of Missouri City, TX and a son, Carol Allen Veatch, Jr. & Elizabeth Willauer of Birmingham, AL. She has 2 sisters: Billie Anne Bruner of Edison, Ga. and Shirley Chance and Raymond of Albany, Ga. and she has a brother: Albert Hubbard and Gloria of Bluffton, Ga. There are also 4 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the: International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23230.

Willie Jim Glass

     Mr. Willie Jim Glass, 79, of 1622 Buckhalter Rd., Jakin, Ga. 39861, died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2015 at his residence. His body will be cremated. A Memorial Service was held at Springfield Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2015 with Rev. Fred Odom officiating.

Mr. Glass was born June 14, 1936 in Blakely, Ga. to the late James Thomas (Jim Tom) Glass and Mary Gertrude Nowell Glass. He was retired from the Early County Road Department, where he was a mechanic.

His survivors include his wife, Rutha Lois Day Glass of Jakin, Ga.; 2 daughters: Cathy Lord & Lloyd of Rehobeth, AL and Marsha McCullough of Blakely, Ga. and 2 sons: Steve Allen Glass and Kim of Blakely and Roger David Glass and Connie of Bainbridge, GA. He has a sister: Nettie Varnum of Blakely and  there are 22 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

Henry James (Jim) Malsberger, Jr.

    Mr. Jim Malsberger, 88, of 182 Lakewood Drive, Blakely, Ga., died Tuesday morning, August 4, 2015 at his residence. His funeral will be a graveside service Saturday morning, August 8, 2015 at 11 AM in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. Following the message and prayer by Rev. Bishop, the service will conclude with Military Rites. The family will receive friends in the First Methodist Social Hall starting at 9:30 and lasting until 10:45. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Steve Malsberger, Tim Malsberger, Woody Brooks, John Poidevant, Robert Brownlee, Billy Peters, Julian Willis, Eddie Martin, Doug Hansard and Wayne Dodson.

Mr. Malsberger was born August 12, 1926 in Sherman, FL to the late Henry James Malsberger, Sr. and Dorothy Quicksell Malsberger. After serving in the U. S. Navy in WWII, he received a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Georgia in 1950. During his career, Mr. Malsberger sat on the State Board of Registration for Foresters and was recognized several times by the Governor of Georgia for his dedication and hard work in advancing the field of forestry. He was also a member of the Society of American Foresters and was retired from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill where he worked in the Woodlands Division. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blakely and was an avid golfer for almost his entire life. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Doug and Kenny Malsberger and a sister: Jan Whiteaker.

     His survivors include 2 daughters: Amy M. Brooks and Woody of Bettendorf, Iowa, JoAnne Renfro-Poidevant and John of Waleska, Ga and 2 sons: Steve Malsberger of Abbeville, AL and Tim Malsberger and Sara of Blakely, GA. He also has 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

James Earl Jackson, Jr.

    Mr. James Earl Jackson, Jr., 82, of 20780 Hwy 45, Arlington, Ga. 39813, died early Monday morning, Aug. 3, 2015 at the Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, His funeral service will be held Wednesday morning, August 5, 2015 at 11 AM in the Arlington Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church social hall beginning at 10 Am up until 10:50. Active pallbearers will be Clayton Cook, Tyler English, Ryan English, Robert Payne, Stephen Jackson and Ashley Walker.    Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Boney of Staunton, VA., John Chappell of Dudley, Ga., Clifford Frady of Brevand, NC, Jean McMurry of Greenville, SC and Gene Trouy of Memphis, TN.


Mr. Jackson was born January 12, 1933 in Newton, Georgia to the late James Earl Jackson, Sr. and Cora Nix Jackson. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Arlington Baptist Church, member of the Arlington American Legion and was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Marie Louise Marguerite VanRysselberge Jackson; by a brother: J. T. Jackson, Sr. and by 3 sisters: Sarah Fulmore, Betty Hudgins and Eunice Isler.

His survivors include 3 daughters: Lauri English and Mark of Forsyth, GA, Donna Cook of Leary, GA, Jenny Payne and Bobby of Bishop, GA and by a son: Steve Jackson and Peggy of Arlington, Ga. A Brother; Bobby Jackson and Mary of Leary, Ga. and by 2 sisters; Celestine J. Adams and Hollis of Arlington, Ga. and Lois J. Paul of Thomaston, Ga.  There are 8 grandchildren: Tyler English (Sarah) of Atlanta, GA, Ryan English of Forsyth, GA, Kristin Cook Walker (Ashley) of Dawson, GA, Clayton Cook of Newton, GA, Robert Payne and Maggy Payne both of Bishop, GA, Madison Jackson and Stephen Jackson, both of Arlington, GA. There are also 2 great grandchildren: Mary Rysse Walker and Collier English. He also had a very special friend in Millie Richardson.