Obituaries

Robert Carr “Bob” Mueller

     Mr. Robert Carr “Bob” Mueller, 95, of 960 Hawthorne Ave., Athens, Ga., died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in the Athens Heritage Nursing Home. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 A.M., Nov. 24, 2014 at the graveside (weather permitting) in the Blakely Cemetery with Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating. In case of rainy conditions, the funeral will be held in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home.

Mr. Mueller was born August 20, 1919 in LaGrange, Illinois to the late George Frederick Mueller and Louise Klein Mueller. He was retired as the former owner/operator of a furniture, upholstery and refinishing shop in Americus, Georgia. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Richard William “Dick” Mueller and George Mueller. His church membership was with the Maysville United Methodist Church in Maysville, Ga.

His survivors include a niece, Suzanne Redding of Thomasville, Ga and a nephew, Spencer Mueller and his wife Gail of Blakely, Ga.

Leonard Free Bridges

Leonard Free Bridges, 80, passed away today, November, 15, 2014 at his residence. Funeral service will be held at the Cuba Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2 PM. Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6-8 PM.

Serving as active pallbearers will be LaDon Durham, Bruce Wilson, Andy Middleton, Sterling Ceaser, Ray Jordan, Hal Waller, Jay Holman , Emmett Mock and George Bates. Honorary pallbearers will be Max Holman, Stanley Houston, Kenneth Moore, Tyner Cooper, Monroe Taylor, Riley Anglin, James Wiley and Curtis Freeman.

Mr. Bridges was born in Blakely, Ga. November 26, 1933 to the late Jack Free Bridges and Annie Lou Harrison Bridges. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Bridges was very active in both the New Hope Baptist Church and the Cuba Presbyterian Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister and a brother, Sam Jack Bridges.

Mr. Bridges is survived by his wife Bernice Gayle Taylor Bridges; daughter: Leann and Robert Murkerson and a son: Taylor and Tina Bridges, all of Blakely. 3 sisters: Annette Sims, Edith Whiggington and Helen Bridges all of Ellijay, Ga. 5 Grandchildren: Karlie, Morgan and Knox Bridges ; Bridges, and Reilly Ann Murkerson.

David Lanier Plowden

     David Lanier Plowden, 65, of 1480 Sanders Rd., Edison, Ga. died Friday evening, Nov. 14, 2014, at the Calhoun Nursing Home in Edison. His funeral will be a graveside service held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2014, at 2 PM in the Dickey Cemetery with Rev. Chris Holdorf officiating.          

     Mr. Plowden was born July 22, 1949 in Atlanta, Ga. to the late Robert Lanier Plowden and Frances Miller Plowden. He was a graduate of Southern Tech in Marietta, Ga. with a B.A. degree. He retired from the Southern Company as a fiber optic  cable splicer. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in Vietnam.      

      His survivors include his brother Th0mas Plowden and his wife Susan of Powder Springs, Ga., a nephew, Matthew Plowden of Atlanta, Ga., 2 Aunts  and several cousins.

James Luther Tabb

   James Luther Tabb, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at his home on Reese Rd., Blakely, Ga. Mr. Tabb has been cremated and no services are planned at the present time. He was born Feb. 9, 1943 in Ft. Bragg, NC to the late Eddie Tom Tabb and Helen Frances Ellis Tabb. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Carol Hobbs Tabb.

Mr. Tabb was survived by a son James L. Tabb, Jr. (unknown address at the present time) and a brother: Robert Tabb of West Chester, Ohio.

Mary Grace Wynn Glass

Mary Grace Wynn Glass, 72, passed away today, November 10, 2014 at her residence in Ft. Gaines, Ga. Her funeral will be a graveside service Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at 2 PM in the New Park Cemetery, Ft. Gaines, Ga. with Rev. Bill Sanders officiating.

Mrs. Glass was born June 17, 1942 in Lewisburg, TN,  to the late Hubert Eugene Wynn and Clabie Stella Bledsoe Wynn.  She was a former owner and operator of Larry’s Quick Stop in Ft. Gaines and a member of the New Harvest Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a brother William (Bill) Wynn and a sister Martha Hils.

Mrs. Glass is survived by her husband Larry Mims Glass of Ft. Gaines, a daughter Leah Renee Merkison and son-in-law Paul Merkison of Ft. Gaines and a son Larry Mims (Jake) Glass Jr. of Ft. Gaines. She has 2 sisters: Susan Tabor and husband Butch of Crawfordville, FL and Gloria Brock of Bainbridge, Ga.; 4 brothers; David Wynn and wife Helen of Midway, Ga., Carroll Wynn and wife Judy of Bainbridge, Ga., Hubert E. Wynn Jr. and wife Kim of Bainbridge, Ga. and William Howard Wynn, Jr. of Bainbridge, Ga. There are 3 Grandchildren: Rachel Merkison, Mary Merkison and Paul Ashley Merkison and by 3 Great-Grandchildren; Precious Thomas, Joseph Thomas and Michael Merkison.

Mary Elizabeth Weaver Evans

   Elizabeth Evans, 92, of 129 Lacey Rd., Blakely, Ga., died Friday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Donalsonville Hospital. Her funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2014, at 2 PM, in the Cedar Springs Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Horn and Rev. Bill Hovey officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation starting at 1 PM at the church. Burial will follow in the Cedar Springs Cemetery with Mrs. Evans’s grandson, Dr. Boyd Evans officiating the interment. Pallbearers will be Mikey Cowart, Mark Cowart, Matt Cowart, Boyd Evans, Nicholas Evans and Jeff Shields.

   Mrs. Evans was born April 6, 1922 in Bartow, Florida to the late John Roy Weaver and Mary Emma Jane Roberts Weaver Margison. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cedar Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Sam Edward (Red) Evans; her brother: Jack Weaver; and 3 sisters: Addie W. Amos, Martha Kautzman and Lorraine Lawson.

Her survivors include her daughter: Pat E. Cowart of Blakely, Ga.; 3 sons: Martin Evans and Gail of Blakely, Roy Evans and Dean of Blakely and Bill Evans of Cedar Springs, Ga. She also has 3 sisters: Ann Peeples and Cary of Tallahassee, Fl., Connie Messer of Calhoun, Ga. and Carol Grondine of Bismark, ND. There are 9 grandchildren: Tim Evans of Blakely, Rhonda Chandler & Keith of Blakely, Dr. Boyd Evans & Jenny of Windsor, CO, Amy Shields & Jeff of Sharpsburg, Ga., Missy Cowart of Blakely, Mikey Cowart & Tab of Hilton, Ga., Mark Cowart of Blakely, Matt Cowart & Lori of Ashford, Al. and Nicholas Evans & Laura of Cedar Springs, Ga. and 12 great grandchildren.

Flora Glass Evans

   Mrs. Flora Glass Evans, 84, formerly of Cedar Springs, Ga. and current resident in the Seminole Manor, Donalsonville, Ga., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at the Donalsonville Hospital. Her funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 5, 2014 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Cedar Springs Cemetery. Rev. Bill Hovey & Rev. Jerry Murkerson will be officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral Wednesday, at the funeral home (1 until 2 ). Pallbearers will be Jerry Nix, William Cleveland, William Murkerson, Eddie Riley, Joe Wilson, Phil Evans and as an alternate, Chris Warfield .

    Mrs. Evans was born October 25, 1930 in Cedar Springs, Ga. to the late Edgar Glass and Estelle Mathis Glass. She was a retired school bus driver for the Early County School System and a homemaker. She was a member of the Providence Assembly of God Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Evans, a daughter: Esther Lord, 2 brothers: James Glass and Richard Glass and by a grandson: David Moring.

Her survivors include 3 daughters: Sara Moring & James of Dothan, Al., Sue Evans  and Robin Amos & Billy, all of Cedar Springs, Ga. Her 2 sons are: William “Buddy” Evans & Ann of Jakin, Ga. and Philip Evans & Debbie of Cedar Springs, Ga. She has one sister: Kathleen Lashley of Bainbridge, Ga. and 9 grandchildren: Amanda Phillips (Shannon), Greg Moring (Lana), Dee Riley (Kris), April Grist (Dee), Amber Grimes, Phil Evans (Deana), Zachary Lord, Natalie Lord and Shyann Amos.

JoAnn Moore Williams

JoAnn Williams     JoAnn Moore Williams, 75,  passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, 2014 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Blakely. A graveside service will be held  Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Ga. with  Rev. Dwight Bishop officiating both services.  Active pallbearers will be Buddy Moore, Tony Fritz, Billy Dan Keith, Roger Markwell, David Lamb and Eric Stier. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Royce Smith, Kent Smith, Emmett Smith, Curtis Smith, Billy Glass, Clint Smith, Lewis Jones and Clarence Jones.The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM.

Mrs. Williams was born in Blakely, Ga. on November 10, 1938 to the late Julian James Moore and Mary Vivian Smith Moore. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a retired Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor for the State of Georgia. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Edgar Powell Williams Sr. and by a brother and sister-in-law: Ansley and Eileen Moore.

 Her survivors include 2 daughters: Alice W. Fritz and husband Tony of Tyrone, Ga., Lisa W. Keith and husband Billy Dan of Dacula, Ga. by a son: Powell William Jr. and wife Trisha of Adel, Ga. and 6 Grandchildren: David James Lamb, Courtney Leigh Keith, Erin Peytyn Williams, Casey Jo Keith, Bryce Randall Williams and Kendall Ann Keith.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 265, Blakely, Ga. 39823

Ronnie Varnum

     Ronnie Varnum, 51, of 825 Bull St., Damascus, Ga., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Al. A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 11 A. M. in the Damascus Baptist Church with Rev. Buren Womble officiating.

Ronnie was born Oct. 15, 1963 in Donalsonville, Ga. to the late Clarence Varnum and Lucy Pearl Benton Varnum. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Allen and Ricky Varnum.

He is survived by his sister: Lisa V. Temples & Robin of Damascus, Ga., a sister-in-law: Clara Ann Varnum of Damascus, 2 nieces: Michelle Cooper of Damascus and Denise Starr of Donalsonville and by a nephew: Blake Temples of Damascus.

Marie Lindsey White

Marie Lindsey White, 104 years, 10 months and 4 days, passed away today October 28, 2014 at Early Memorial Nursing Home in Blakely. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2 PM at the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church in Lucille with Rev. James Miller and Rev. Sterling Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the White Plains Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons: Victor White, Christopher White, Harry White, Jr. Jonathan White, Danny White, Warren White, Jr., Billy White and Jack White. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 1 to 2 PM.

Mrs. White was born December 24, 1909 in Coleman, Ga. (Randolph Co.) to the late William Henry Lindsey and Jenny Ragan Lindsey. She was a homemaker and a member of the White Plains Freewill Baptist Church. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: Simeon Alphonso (S.A.) White, a son: Hiram Wayne White, 2 sisters: Winifred Louise Lindsey and Dorothy Lindsey Kidd and also by a brother: Ralph Lindsey.

Mrs. White is survived by a daughter: Virginia Ann Torrance (Michael) , 3 sons: Herman Hoyle White (Myra), Harry Bryan White (Judy) and Warren Baxley White, all of Blakely and by  10 Grandchildren, 24 Great-Grandchildren and 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren.